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Provence Lavender & Cultural Tour

Provence Lavender Photography TourProvence Lavender & Cultural Tour

Great things are done by a series of small things brought together

Vincent Van Gogh

 

 Sunday, July 10th - Sunday, July 17th, 2022

TOUR IS FULL - Sign up for 2023

Pick-up Avignon TGV train station 10:45 am 

Drop-off Avignon TGV train station 12 pm

$3,350 USD per person (based on double occupancy room)

Day 1 – Sunday, July 10th 

  • Pick-up at Avignon TGV train station at 10:45 am.  
  • Drive to Les Baux de Provence for the sound and light show at the old rock quarry (Carrières de Lumière).  1 hour show at 12 pm.  
  • 1 – 2:15 – Picnic lunch prepared for you
  • 2:30 pm – arrival at Saint Remy de Provence to visit the Asylum where Van Gogh stayed for a year
  • 4 pm – departure from Saint Remy for drive to B&B in the countryside in the Luberon (50 minutes)  
  • 5 – 7 pm – relaxing time at the B&B
  • 7:30 pm – Dinner together at a chef’s house.  

Picnic lunch & dinner included 

Day 2 – Monday, July 11th

  • Breakfast 8:45 am  
  • Depart B&B at 9:45 am.  
  • 10h – 11h — Olive oil tour & tasting at olive farm
  • 11:15 – 12:30 pm: Gordes village tour
  • 1 pm – Lunch with a view at a nearby winery.  Casual lunch (cheese, charcuterie, vegetable trays with wine). 
  • 3:30 – Tour of a former ochre mine, Mines de Bruoux & village Roussillon
  • 5 – 7 pm relaxing time at the villa 
  • 7:15 pm depart for village Bonnieux – dinner in the village

Winery lunch & dinner included

First 2 nights — lodging at Les Eydins in the Luberon countryside

Day 3 – Tuesday, July 12th

  • 8:45 am — Breakfast
  • 9:30 departure from B&B
  • 40 minute Scenic drive through lavender country to Simiane-la-Rotonde Medieval hilltop village.
  • 11:30 – 1pm – Guided garden visit at Valsainte (a rose garden with over 400 variety of roses at a former abbey site – musical surprise in the chapel).  1 pm lunch with a view at the garden site.  
  • Around 4pm we’ll arrive at our High Provence B&B for resting and refreshing pool time.  We will not venture out again so you have plenty of time to unwind and soak up the lovely atmosphere at the B&B.
  • 7:30 pm — Catered dinner at the B&B with a local chef, Alexandra  

Bistro lunch with a view & Catered dinner at the B&B

Day 4 – Wednesday, July 13th

  • 8:45 am — Breakfast
  • 9:30 am departure from B&B
  • Guided walking tour through the village Montbrun-les-Bains (village close to the B&B)
  • 1 hour drive to our truffle hunt!  Hunt with the dogs and then casual lunch with the truffle grower.
  • Return to the B&B later afternoon for free time.
  • Evening outing in Montbrun-les-Bains for dinner.  

Truffle hunt lunch & dinner in the village

Day 5 – Thursday, July 14th

  • 8:45 am — Breakfast
  • 10 am departure from B&B
  • This morning we will go to Vaison-la-Romaine for a tour.  The Roman era has left its mark here along with the Medieval village on the other side of the river.  A cultural tour back into two different time eras.  
  • Casual lunch in town.
  • Return to the B&B later afternoon. 
  • We’ll not venture out again today…rather, we’ll get ready for our own little Bastille Party…
    • This evening is France’s Independence Day (Bastille Day) so we will spice up the evening with a little French celebration and catered dinner at the B&B with our local chef, Alexandra.  

Bistro Lunch & Catered dinner at the B&B

Day 6 – Friday, July 15th

  • 8:45 am — Breakfast
  • 9:30 am departure from B&B
  • 10 am – Our day will begin in a stunning mountain village, Brantes, where we will meet Brigitte & Odile who will guide us on a foraging walk.  We will need some flowers and herbs in order to make our farm-to-table lunch.  The whole setting is one photographic moment after another.  From the quaint village house where we will make lunch to the table set out on the patio, not to mention all the food prepared with beautiful herbs and flowers.  
  • Around 3:30 pm we’ll be back at the B&B for some rest & pool time.
  • 7 pm — Departure from B&B for 20 minute drive to a dreamy lavender spot where your sunset pictures may soon be printed for the walls in your bedroom.  
  • 8 pm — Dinner restaurant at a local small town bistro close to the field.  

Cooking/foraging lunch & small village bistro dinner

Day 7 – Saturday, July 16th

  • 8:45 am — Breakfast
  • 9:45 am departure from B&B
  • 10h – 11h —Today is market day in Montbrun-les-Bains.  You have time this morning to roam the market at your leisure.
  • 11:30 — Private tour of a Lavender Farm/distillery 
  • 1pm — Lunch in Sault
  • 2:30 pm return to B&B for relaxing time
  • 4:30 pm – departure from B&B to Chateau d’Aulan (private tour of the chateau)
  • Short drive to a magical lavender field for evening lavender stroll/pictures
  • 7:15 pm — Dinner reservations in a tiny village at a restaurant with a view (La Clavelière in Saint-Auban-sur-l’Ouvèze)
  • Return to B&B around 10 pm

Picnic lunch with food from the Market & village restaurant dinner

Day 8 – Sunday, July 17th

  • 8:45 am — Breakfast
  • 10:30 am departure from B&B
  • 12 pm — Arrival Avignon TGV train station

Possibility to add extension – Stay one more night in Paradise!

  • Add on one more night: Sunday July 17th — $300 per couple add-on
  • The Day — Leisurely breakfast, relax by the pool, take a hike on one of the many trails leaving from the B&B, meditation on the amazing yoga deck.  Soak in the amazing atmosphere.  
  • Transportation for lunch and dinner will be provided (cost of meals not included in extension price)

Provence Lavender photography tour

Contact Emily today to reserve your spot on this Provence Lavender Tour!

 $3,350 per person – shared room

Small group tour – 1 rooms left!

$350 deposit holds your spot - send Emily an email today and she'll give you all the details.  

 

Truffle & Wine Tour

Truffle & Wine Tour in Provence

March 1 – 7, 2022

Truffle & Wine Tour in Provence for a unique and authentic experience

truffle & wine tour in Provence

The Truffle & Wine Tour in Provence is all about escaping the winter blues and enjoying the best part of winter.   This is your chance to explore fine food, outstanding wines, Provence truffles and cozy winter fires.

This tour is designed for small group travel giving just 7 people the opportunity to discover Provence without the heat nor the crowds of summer.

Provence Spring Tour Gardens & Villages

Provence Spring TourProvence Spring Tour

Connecting you to nature and authentic Provencal villages

This Provence Spring Tour is designed to connect you to nature and the Provencal lifestyle.  Throughout the week you will be immersed into the savoir-faire of local artisans, farm-to-table meals, and cultural and historical anecdotes connecting past Provence to what it is today.

What is unique about this tour?

Enjoy many best experiences on this tour.  The Market in Lourmarin, tasting local specialties, winery visits, as well as time to relax are all a part of the journey.  Beyond these activities, you will have a special focus on plant & garden life in Provence.  The Mediterranean climate, limestone soils, alpine variations, and ochre deposits have all had an influence on what grows in Provence.

Provence heritage sites tour

 Provence Heritage Sites & Lavender Tour

Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Plunge into the beauty of Lavender

Taste the flavors of Provence

2022 tour is full –

2023 dates: June 18 – 25

Provence TourThis Tour is designed to immerse you into the historical past of Provence taking you to the most captivating sites for both their cultural heritage and stunning architecture.  Along the routes, you’ll plunge into the beauty of lavender in bloom, stroll the markets abundant with local produce and artisan craftsmanship, and taste the exquisite flavors of Provençal cuisine.

Discover the Luberon region where hilltop villages and lavender mingle together creating an array of textures and backdrops.  The Alpilles region, around Saint-Remy & Les Baux-de-Provence is also part of the itinerary.  The contrasts in nature from these two regions offer a unique Provencal experience - everyday is new to the senses.  

Sunday, June 19 – Sunday, June 26, 2022

  • Tour pick-up location: Sunday 19 at 3 pm – Avignon TGV train station 
  • Tour drop-off location: Sunday 26 around 11 am – Avignon TGV train station

Two charming accommodations for you:

This B&B is within walking distance to the town center of Saint Remy.  You’ll enjoy cooling off in the pool, and lounging in courtyard with a glass of rosé.  The spacious rooms, studio style, allow you to settle in and feel at home. 

This B&B is an oasis of tranquility and beauty in the Luberon countryside.  It’s the perfect place to stay with the lavender in bloom as it’s in the heart of the lower elevation fields and even has its own private field right next to the swimming pool.  

Package Price:

  • 3,950 € (Euros) per person based on double occupancy (shared room). Price converted to dollars closer to trip start date.

Deposit to secure your spot on the tour:

  • $500 USD (non-refundable)
    • Should restrictions due to COVID in your home country or in France prohibit the tour from happening your deposit will be applied to the 2023 tour.

Itinerary

Day 1 – Sunday, June 19

  • Pick-up at Avignon – TGV train station at around 3 pm (exact time will be coordinated once Emily receives all the arrival times)
  • From the train station we’ll drive into the center of Avignon for a historic walking tour.  UNESCO sites Pont d’Avignon and Popes Palace.
  • A 30-minute drive from Avignon will take us to Saint Remy.  Lodging at a charming B&B near the town center for the next 4 nights  
  • 7:30 pm – Dinner arrangements for the group in Saint Remy

Day 2 – Monday, June 20 

  • Today’s exploring will take us back to the Roman era that was built up starting around the 1st century AD.  Two masterpieces, the aqueduct (Pont-du-Gard) and the Orange antique theatre will be our playground today. Last, but not least, before returning to Saint Remy, we’ll stop in the village Chateauneuf-du-Pape for a tasting of the renowned wine.  
  • Picnic lunch on the site Pont du Gard.  
  • Dinner together in Saint Remy.

Day 3 – Tuesday, June 21

  • In the morning we’ll drive south to the Camargue region (classified as a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO) to connect with nature and wildlife. The fresh water from the Rhone and the saline waters from the Mediterranean Sea create a mosaic of ecosystems unique to the area.  Flamingoes, herons, white Camargue horses & bulls will accompany us along our off-the-beaten-path routes.  
  • Lunch in the Camargue region to taste the specialties.  
  • Later afternoon we will plunge back into the Roman world in Arles and also trace the footsteps of Van Gogh who lived here from 1888 to 1889.  
  • Dinner together in Saint Remy.  Tonight is also the yearly music festival and the town will have live music on the streets.

Day 4 – Wednesday, June 22

  • Today is market day in Saint Remy.  You have a free morning to roam the market and its boutiques.  
  • Picnic lunch together with your market goodies near a lake close by Saint Remy.  Then we’ll tour the asylum (Saint Paul de Mausole) where Van Gogh stayed for a year after his time in Arles.  
  • Relaxing time back at the B&B.
  • Around 5:30 pm we’ll take off for our evening events.  First the multimedia art show at the former rock quarry, Carrières de Lumières.  Then an evening stroll through the village Les Baux de Provence.  
  • The evening meal will be at small village bistro near Les Baux de Provence.  

Day 5 – Thursday, June 23

  • We’ll be changing regions today and lodging (bags packed).
  • Our first stop will be in Isle sur la Sorgue, known for its canal-lined streets and antique shops.  There’s a small farmers market today that will add some color to our tour, weaving through antique shops and heritage sites. 
  • We’ll pick up our picnic lunch at a gourmet sandwich & dessert shop.
  • Picnic lunch in the forest nearby.
  • Fontaine-de-Vaucluse is a unique village laid out next to the Sorgue River.  The source of the water you saw in Isle sur la Sorgue is here at the Fontaine-de-Vaucluse.  The legends, both a little scary and funny, will enchant you.  
  • Gordes will be our last village tour before making our way to our B&B.
  • Dinner together in the nearby village Bonnieux.

Day 6 – Friday, June 24

  • Today’s touring will be a remarkable contrast of colors.  From violet purple in the lavender fields to the rusty red and musky yellow of the ochre rich lands; you will be dazzled with natural wonder.  
  • Near Sault (the lavender capital of Provence) we will visit a lavender farm and distillery (also our lunch stop).
  • Explore the ochre lands near Roussillon and Rustrel.  
  • Relaxing time early evening back at the B&B before our dinner outing.

Day 6 – Saturday, June 25

  • Learn the tips and tricks of French cuisine during a casual cooking lesson followed by lunch.
  • Afternoon visit of the beautiful village, Lourmarin and its Renaissance chateau.  
  • Farewell evening meal catered at the B&B.  

Day 7 – Sunday, June 26

  • After breakfast, you’ll be transferred back to the Avignon TGV train station (around 10:30 am).  Other drop-off places can be arranged (supplement may be applied).  

Provence Heritage Sites & Lavender Tour

June 19 – 26, 2022

7 nights / 8 days

  • 3,950 € EUROS per person based on double occupancy (shared room) 
  • Deposit: $500 USD to secure your spot (non-refundable)
  • Balance due by April 15, 2022.  
  • No refund of paid balance after May 15, 2022.  
    • COVID restrictions are the only exception