Provence Lavender Tour
Provence Lavender Tour
Sign up for 2018: July 2 – 8
Pick up / Drop off – Avignon TGV train station
Price per person – $2,400 based on double occupancy($400 supplement for single occupancy) Provence Lavender Tour includes:
- All transportation
- Private escort guide
- 6 nights lodging in a charming and luxurious Provencal Mas in the Luberon
- 6 gourmet breakfasts, 5 dinners (1 dinner & lunches on your own)
- Truffle hunt with champagne and truffle hors d’oeuvres
- Private tours with lavender growers
- 1 dinner and all lunches
- Airline / Train tickets
- Entrance fees to monuments or places visited with a cost not mentioned in itinerary
- Meet local lavender growers and explore the lavender off-the-beaten-path
- Tour the distilleries to understand the method of extracting essential oils
- Leisure walks in the Provencal countryside with your local guide
- Truffle hunting tour
- Morning market in Apt
- Roussillon, Menerbes, Gordes and Lourmarin – villages rated as most beautiful in France
- Wine tasting and Olive Oil tasting
- Tour designed to give you the perfect mix between being on your own and being guided by a local
Payment for Provence Lavender Tour
$250 deposit (non-refundable) to reserve spot, full payment due 30 days prior to day one of tour. You may reserve your spot by emailing Emily –
Credit card payment via PayPal (link will be sent) or US check made out to:
Your Private Provence, LLC, 2450 Taylor Rd, Central Point, Or 97502
Provence Lavender Tour Itinerary
Monday, July 2nd – 2pm pick-up at Avignon TGV train station
Your Provence Lavender Tour will start with a short drive to our Provencal Luxury Mas in the Luberon. Located between Bonnieux and Lacoste, surrounded by the magic of hilltop villages lit up at night and the cicadas singing during the day, your senses begin the journey with complete enchantment.
You will have the rest of the afternoon to relax by the pool or on your private terrace with a rosé and a few olives. Your guide Emily will also teach you how to play petanque for complete immersion into Provence. Around 7pm, when the Provencal heat has ended its day, we will dine together at a local village restaurant.
We will start our journey before most tourist today to reach one of the most photographed monuments of Provence, the Abbey of Senanque. Surrounded by lavender fields that the monks cultivate, this haven of peace is ours before the crowds arrive. We will then meander our way to the village of Gordes close by for a historic walking tour and then time for you to roam, boutique shop and have lunch at your leisure.
After lunch we will explore the lavender fields around Roussillon (and discover the ochre deposits in this area), do some wine tasting at one of the Luberon wineries and also taste some olive oils at the local olive mill. We’ll arrive back at the B&B in time for a dip in the pool before dinner at a nearby restaurant I consider one of my favorites in the Luberon
Wednesday, July 4th
We will venture out after breakfast to three Luberon villages not far from the B&B (Oppede, Menerbes & Lacoste). In the valley below we will be able to spot the hues of lavender coloring the countryside; in the villages we will learn the unique history that made each village different. Lunch at one of the quaint restaurants in Menerbes.
After a refreshing break back at the B&B we will venture across the Luberon mountain range to Lourmarin – village rated as most beautiful in France. After a bit of strolling this picturesque village and sipping a rosé in the village square we will make our way to our Truffle Hunt. Embrace the land of Provence and all its richness with this guided walk to discover truffles, olive trees, herbes and cultivating secrets. The evening will be topped off with champagne and truffle hors d’oeuvre.
Light dinner with Provencal munchies back at the B&B (you won’t be very hungry after the truffle/Champagne hors d’oeuvres)
Thursday, July 5th
Some of the highlights of the day will be the Medieval village and castle in Simiane-la-Rotonde, A wine bistro lunch in Banon with a look through one of the largest independently owned book stores in France, a stop at the local Banon goat cheese farm to pick up a few rounds of cheese wrapped in chestnut leaves and the picturesque drive through the ochre lands of Provence.
Dinner at local restaurant near B&B.
Friday, July 6th
Beautiful Saignon, settled up on a crag and looking over the lavender fields, is a must stop for a lavender tour. After roaming the village and capturing its charm we’ll go to the back country where hidden fields of lavender will suddenly appear.We’ll continue our lavender exploring by visiting a nearby distillery where you will see just how the oils are extracted. On our way back to the B&B we’ll stop in Bonnieux for a walk down the village from the old church to the new church -built much later to make it easier to get to church! Farewell dinner together at the B&B (aperitif style) next to the pool and with another game of Petanque.
Saturday, July 7th
One of the best markets in Provence is in Apt – not far from the B&B. You will be dropped off at the market this morning to roam and shop at your leisure. In the afternoon we will have a bistro lunch in a neighboring village and explore Saint-Saturnin-les-Apt. We will venture our way back to the B&B for your last day to soak up the sun around the pool and just breathe in the relaxed atmosphere of Provence before heading off to your next destination on Sunday.