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Provence Lavender Tour

Provence Lavender Tour

July 3 – 9, 2023 (6 nights / 7 days)

The Provence Lavender tour starts and ends at the Avignon TGV train station

Price per person – $3,500 based on double occupancy

($600 supplement for single occupancy)

Provence Lavender Tour includes:

  • All transportation
  • 6 nights lodging in a charming and luxurious Provencal house (B&B) in the Luberon
  • 6 gourmet breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
  • Olive oil tour
  • Wine tasting at local domaine
  • Carrières de Lumière sound and light show in Les Baux
  • Truffle hunt with champagne and truffle hors-d’oeuvres
  • Private tours with lavender growers

Provence Lavender tour does not include:

  • 1 dinner
  • 1 lunch
  • Airline / Train tickets

Tour Highlights              

  • 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 & villages
  • Truffle hunting tour
  • Market in Gordes
  • A nice array of Provencal casual picnic style lunches and unique dinner experiences
  • Roussillon, Gordes and Lourmarin – villages rated as most beautiful in France
  • Wine tasting
  • Tour designed to give you the perfect mix of being on your own and being guided by a local

lavender in provence

   Payment for Provence Lavender Tour

$500 deposit (non-refundable) to reserve spot, full payment due 60 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 3rd – 10:30 am pick-up at Avignon TGV train station

Your Provence Lavender Tour will start with a short drive to Les Baux de Provence.  Discover the old rock quarry turned into a sound and light show displaying art from different artists each year (Carrières de Lumière).

After contemplating the village set on the rocky spur (Les Baux de Provence) we’ll cross the Alpilles to Saint Remy de Provence for our picnic and then visit the asylum where Van Gogh stayed in 1889.

Next, off to our Provencal house (B&B) 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.

You will have the rest of the afternoon to relax by the pool or in the garden before our special (private) Mediterranean dinner.

Tuesday, July 4th

We will start our journey today at an olive grove to learn the secret of growing and producing olive oil.   Next stop is the village Gordes for the market and then a casual winery lunch.

After lunch we’ll tour a very unique site:  the underground tunnels where ochres was once mined. Back at the B&B for time to relax until the early evening when we will take off to explore the village Roussillon followed by dinner.

Wednesday, July 5th

This morning we’ll visit one of Emily’s favorite villages to photograph and then focus on the AOC Luberon & Ventoux wine in the area.  After the village Saignon, we’ll have a tour through a small artisan winery followed by a tasting and a catered lunch on their patio.

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.  Enjoy strolling through this picturesque village until we meet to 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, herbs and cultivating secrets.  The evening will be topped off with champagne and truffle hors-d’oeuvre.

Provencal munchies back at the B&B if you are still hungry after the truffle appetizers (very likely you won’t be hungry after the truffle/Champagne hors-d’oeuvres)

Thursday, July 6th

Experience the agricultural aspect of Lavender; how it is cut, sold and distilled.

Our first lavender farm visit will be in the valley of Sault.  Here you will learn the different steps of harvesting lavender and see first hand the process of assembling bouquets of lavender that are shipped throughout the world.

After our picnic lunch at the lavender farm, we will visit a distillery to see the process of extracting the essential oils.

A tour to the Sault lavender valley wouldn’t be complete without a stop in the medieval village of Sault for some ice-cream.

Dinner outing in Bonnieux (village next to the B&B)

Friday, July 8th

lavender tourYou have always dreamt of having yourself photographed in a sea of lavender. This lavender tour is all about making those dreams come true.  The plateau of Valensole is where the blue sky and purple fields meet.

Before arriving on the plateau, we’ll make a stop at the Occitane Factory for a tour to see how this company grew worldwide and how the products are made.  Lunch will be casual at a farmers’ market shop before going up on the lavender plateau for pictures.

Dinner tonight will be catered at the B&B by a local chef.

Saturday, July 9th

We’ll start the day by walking by the cool waters of the Sorgue River in the village Fontaine-de-Vaucluse. This water source has been sacred since prehistoric times giving rise to many enchanting legends.

Then we’ll make our way down the river to the popular town, often known for its many antique dealers, L’Isle sur la Sorgue. Here you will have free time for boutique shopping & antique browsing.  Lunch on your own.

Tonight’s dinner will be at a nearby village.

Sunday, July 10th

Your guided Provence Lavender Tour has come to end. After breakfast, you will be transferred back to the Avignon TGV train station (departure at 9:30 am from the B&B with a 1-hour drive back to the train station – train departures at 11 am are perfect timing).

While you wait for the adventure to start - imagine the dream-like setting that will be yours for the stay...Le Clos des Eydins

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Comments (12)

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    Luciane

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    HI! I want To GO this year. Send all information for my email.

    Thank you!

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    Emily Durand

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    Bonjour – I’ll be sending you more information via email. Thank you!

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    Sylvia Goodman

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    My husband and I are very interested in your tour. Please keep in touch.

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    Sharon Chandler

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    We may be interested in joining you next year…can you please let me know further details. Thank you…

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    Janifer Eales

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    Hello,

    Do you still have one spot left on your 2020 Lavender tour commencing July 6th.

    Kind Regards

    Janifer Eales

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    Emily Durand

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    Hi Janifer, Thanks for your interest in my tour. The July 6th tour has been filled. I have 2 spots on the June 27 – July 3 tour though.

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    Lorraine Chickering

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    I am interested in learning more about your Photographers’ Tour for 2021. Thank you.

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    Emily Durand

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    Thank you Lorraine for you interest in the Photographers’ Tour! The dates will be July 13th – 18th. Details will be published on my website in the next couple of weeks. Best – Emily

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    Virginia Gallagher

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    I am interested in this tour for July 2023 or 2024. When will bookings for this far ahead be open?
    I’m just not confident of travelling to Europe at the moment, due to COVID. Sorry to say that.

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    Emily Durand

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    Bonjour Virginia, I’ll put your name on the list for 2023. Reservations start 1 year prior. If you are still interested, we can proceed next summer. Very best, Emily

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    Ronnie

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    I am interested in the June 28th tour as well as the other tour for next year. Please send me further information
    Thank you so much.

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    Emily Durand

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    Hello Ronnie, I will email you more information. Best.

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