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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.
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.
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.
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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