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Immerse yourself in the distinctive beauty of Provence with a full-day tour from Avignon! With your small group, view elegant mansions and local art in Aix-en-Provence before heading to the cliffside town of Moustiers Ste-Marie to catch breathtaking views and peruse signature ceramics. Finish with a visit to Sainte-Croix du Verdon and the limestone peaks of Verdon Gorge, where you can unwind with a lakeside stroll and a refreshing swim.

Highlights

  • Aix-en-Provence and Verdon Gorge day trip from Avignon
  • Explore the medieval town of Aix-en-Provence with an expert guide
  • Discover the hilltop town of Moustiers Ste-Marie
  • Meet a skilled artisan in a local ceramics workshop and learn of the techniques used in production
  • Travel beneath the towering limestone cliffs of the Verdon Gorge to the village of Sainte-Croix
  • Relax by the lake, stroll along the beach and explore at your leisure
  • Small-group tour limited to eight people, ensuring a personalized experience

What You Can Expect

Small-Group Aix-en-Provence, Verdon Gorge and Moustiers Ste-Marie Day Trip from Avignon

Visit in June and July and see the famous lavender fields of Provence

Your full-day, small-group Provence tour starts with morning pickup from your Avignon hotel. Meet your guide and board the minivan for a short ride to Aix-en-Provence, a chic university town with a distinct bohemian vibe. As you head out of Avignon, admire the rare beauty of the sun cresting over rolling hills of lavender.

Disembark in Aix-en-Provence for a brief walking tour. Snap memorable photos of 17th- and 18th-century mansions, interesting façades and tree-lined walkways. Make your way to a local bakery to sample a calisson, a French sweet made of candied fruit and almonds, then enjoy some free time to explore the town’s vibrant open-air market.

Next, head to Moustiers Ste-Marie, a medieval village nestled in a limestone canyon. Soak up sunshine and heady lavender scents as you walk through town and peruse the traditional ceramics for which the town is known. Pop into a workshop to get a unique look at ceramic production and technique from a local artist.

Your final stop is the Verdon Gorge and the village of Sainte-Croix du Verdon. Here, take in magnificent views of the towering limestone cliffs and discover the science behind the river’s unbelievable turquoise hue. Take your time wandering the charming town, swimming and lounging on the golden sand beach. 

Your 9-hour tour ends with evening drop-off at your Avignon hotel.

Customer Reviews

monikagrzegorzek

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Very good! Great sights, enjoyed it all the way!

Melissa M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Our tour was wonderful, I would highly recommend it. Our guIde Emilie was wonderful, very helpful and full of interesting and knowledgeable information. Pleasure to spend the day with and it was fantastic to be able to visit so many places within the one day with comfortable stops in between. Highly recommend if not for Gorges Verdun alone.

Casper S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Awesome sights!

Lotta S

4 star rating: Recommended June 2016

We saw beautiful places on this trip and our guide Jeremy was really good. There were only 3 customers, so almost like a private tour. First we spent an hour in Aix-en-Provence. We walked to the calisson place and then had free time. The city was nice, but an hour was not much. There was a market, but at least the area where they sold clothes and bags etc wasn't very interesting. Most stalls sold the same stuff, that looked like it was brought from China.

Next was Moustiers Ste-Marie, about an hour there too. The village was very beautiful! There's some old place and a good view higher on the mountain. I had lunch here so I didn't have time to climb up, but another person on the trip did and recommended it. You have more time to look around if you bring your own food or just grab something quick. Otherwise you have to eat here or in Aix.

Next stop was a ceramics workshop. It was interesting, but it took an hour which was too long. We drove up higher and stopped to take photos above the lake, the view was beautiful. The canyon we only saw briefly from the car, before we turned back to drive down to the lake. We stopped at a place where the canyon starts and then drove to Sainte-Croix. We had about 30 min by the lake. None of us had swimming suits with us, but there wouldn't have been much time for swimming anyway.

On our way back we stopped by a lavender field, but they were not fully in bloom yet early June. The overview page says that the trip is 9 hours and the info page says 11. For us it was a bit over 10 hours.

I really enjoyed the trip, but I would've changed a few things. I booked it because I wanted to see the river canyon, but we didn't see it very much. I would have liked a possibility to rent a boat and go to the river, but I don't know if that's possible on this kind of tours. Though Aix and the ceramics were interesting, I could have skipped them to have more time in the canyon and Moustiers.

Charlotte W

4 star rating: Recommended June 2016

Overall the trip was good and Remy was a pleasant and professional guide, but there were a few problems. The main reason I booked this trip was because I wanted to visit the gorge and maybe go for a swim if time. However, due to the stop at the earthenware factory being far too long and several members of the group not meeting back on time, we had literally 10 minutes by the water. And then a 2 1/2 hour drive back.

EGLAL R

4 star rating: Recommended September 2015

The long walk in the back streets of Aix en Provence to try a piece of calisson was not worth it. Cours Maribeau and Cezanne' studio would have been much more interesting. The rest of the trip was good .
Emelie the driver was very good.

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