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Provence Lavender Photography Tour

Provence Lavender Photography Tour

Provence Lavender photography tour

Quiet hilltop villages in the high lavender region of Provence are waiting for you and your lens.

Photography TourMore than a photography tour – this is the true Provencal lifestyle tour. Provence will forever be captured not only in your artistic eye but in your heart as well.

From Medieval architecture, to gourmet food experiences, to rolling lavender fields leading to a hilltop village, you will engage in a sensory experience each day. This is your opportunity to rediscover (discover) your creative talent in one of the most inspiring lands in the world. 

Enjoy the high region of Provence combining Mediterranean flavors with a pre-alpine influence while the lavender is in bloom.  This backcountry of Provence is a hidden gem offering spectacular views of rolling hills of lavender and authentic villages nestled up high in the sky.



6 night, 7 day tour


Monday, July 11th - Sunday, July 17th, 2022

Small Group Tour - 6 spots only
All inclusive package price
$4,500 USD per person (single room price)

An Unforgettable restored farm house awaits you in Provence…

5 nights at Le Domaine de la Done near Montbrun-les-Bains

Connect with nature — the venue is nestled in the serene mountains of High Provence.  The photography element is a means by which you can immerse yourself into your surroundings.  One does not need to be an artist nor a photographer to enjoy this retreat.  An openness of the mind & eye to see and connect with nature and your surroundings is all you need to benefit from this unique experience in Provence.  This is a retreat to give water to your soul. 

 

The 2021 Lavender Photography Tour was indeed a memorable experience.  

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Tell your story through photography

Provence Lavender Photography Tour

On this tour you will be using photography to capture magical moments, artistic flair, and the Provencal way of life.  Raina will lead mini-presentations to open your eye and enhance your skills:

  •  Create beautiful digital photographs with your mobile phone and or digital camera

  • See and understand the use of natural light and shadows to create more depth to your imagery

  • Take compelling photos of landscapes, people, and more, by learning simple composition rules

  • Enhance your photos using photo editing apps on your phone and or computer.

  • Learn simple processing skills to enhance your imagery with lightroom for computer processing and snapseed for processing on your mobile phones

  • Learn to tell stories through your imagery.

  • All skill levels are welcome.

  • You do not need a fancy camera to participate. Mobile cameras are very welcome, in addition to DSLR’s

 


Provence Lavender Photography Tour Itinerary

A Contemplative Photography Retreat

Provencal imagery and lifestyle at its best!

Day 1 – Monday, July 11

  • Pick-up at 2 pm at the Avignon TGV train station and transfer to L’Isle sur la Sorgue
  • After check-in to your hotel, Emily will guide through this lovely town known for its antique dealers and as the little Venice of Provence (many canal-lined streets).  Hotel Grand Henri, 1 night
  • Refresh with a drink at the local café and meet Raina, our photography mentor for the week.  Begin your immersion into the contemplative photography focus (as well as any technical question you may have to begin the week well)  
  • Free evening and dinner in the town (restaurant options will be given to you).

Day 1 – Tuesday, July 12

  • We have about a 1 hour drive to our first lavender field experience.  After roaming the wide-open spaces we’ll enjoy an amazing Provencal countryside farm lunch experience.  
  • After lunch, we have a picturesque drive passing through more lavender fields taking us to High Provence
Provence Lavender Photography Tour

Montbrun-Les-Bains – our home based village for the tour

  • Around 4 pm we’ll settle into our Provencal home for the next 5 nights.  You have free time to rest, swim and/or walk the many nature trails until we gather poolside for a briefing with Raina who will present the photographic moments for you to capture during the week and how best to prepare for them.
  • The evening outing will be in the nearby village (Montbrun-les-Bains) for an evening village photoshoot and dinner. 

Day 2 – Wednesday, July 13

Provence Lavender Photography Tour

  • Following your delicious French country breakfast, the journey to wide open lavender fields and authentic Provencal villages begins.  We will be out most of the day capturing the fields, Medieval constructions, ancient doors, colorful shutters, and so much more. 
  • Lunch is at a rose garden with a amazing view of the valley (origins of the site going back to a celtic tribe).  
  • Later afternoon, back at the B&B,  refresh at the pool before a mini-workshop with Raina to go over the editing of your pictures.
  • We will not venture out again so you have plenty of time to unwind and enjoy a catered dinner at the B&B.  

 

Day 3 – Thursday, July 14

cooking lesson

  • 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.
  • Later afternoon will be a time to relax back at the B&B before our evening photoshoot and dinner in Montbrun-les-Bains to celebrate France’s Independence Day  (Bastille Day). 

Day 4 – Friday, July 15

lavender bouquets

  • Our first village today will be Aurel.  A hidden gem with lavender fields all around.  There are so many different angles and depths to explore in this village – not to mention capturing it from a distance in the background of a lavender field. 
  • Next stop is Sault – the lavender capital of Provence and where we will learn more about this aroma plant…how the oils are extracted, how it is harvested, and the different uses.  We’ll meet with a lavender grower to get all the answers and see the distilling process first hand!
  • Picnic lunch near the distillery then time to stroll through the village Sault.  You may also be tempted to stop at the local artisan ice-cream shop :-)
  • Rest time back at the B&B to cool off at the pool in or in the shade of a tree.
  • Dinner together in the village Montbrun-les-Bains.
  • After dinner, you will be taken to the stars and planets.  One of the world’s best observatories is located just 20 minutes from our B&B.  This unique opportunity will be engraved in your heart forever (activity takes place provided the weather cooperates with us).  

Day 5 – Saturday, July 16

  • Today is market day in Montbrun-les-Bains.  You have time this morning to roam the market at your leisure.  Back at the B&B, we’ll have a casual lunch with our market goodies.
  • Later afternoon we take off for a lavender field shooting session where the rolling hills meet the sky and the valley.  Along the way, we’ll make a stop at a privately owned chateau for a guided tour that will take us back to the time when the powerful lords built their fortresses.  
  • Farewell dinner (with an amazing view) at nearby village 

                              lavender fields

Day 6 – Sunday, July 17

  • The tour has reached its end but not before one last stop to visit the brocante market in Carpentras (antique flea market).  Find a treasure to take home, photograph a collection of old French items, then follow your guides through the town to a quaint salon de thé for a light lunch. 
  • Drop-off at Avignon TGV train station at 3 pm.
    • Transfers to Marseille airport can be arranged should you have a flight out later evening or early the next day (Monday 18).  Price supplement may be applied.

 

 

Meet your hosts…

All about Raina (the essential anyways)

Provence Lavender Photography Tour

Raina is an American international award winning portrait photographer and has been living in Provence for the past two years. She worked as a registered nurse for 34 hears and decided to take an early retirement to follow her dreams of living in France and pursuing her photography career full-time. Raina is a fun a social person and loves to meet new people from all over the world.  She feels quite lucky to be able to live in France.  

Raina will be sharing her process of how to tell a unique and powerful story through your travel photography.  She will teach you different ways of seeing and shaping light, composition, and how to connect to your environment so that you can create interesting travel images.  

Her instruction will deepen your visual awareness while imparting skills that will make your photography more satisfying and fun.  As a gift to all participants Raina will be taking a portrait of every participant in the beautiful lavender fields of Provence for you to take home.

To learn more about Raina and to see her gallery of Provencal images…visit her  website HERE!


All about Emily (well almost)

Emily created Your Private Provence, speciality tours in the South of France, in 2013.  Her French love affair started in 1996 and since then she has always lived in Provence.

Over the years, she has become accustomed to life in France as a local.  Her expertise in knowing the region and all it offers is greatly appreciated among foreigners and the French. 

Her tours are the perfect balance of seeing the well-known sites, discovering the hidden gems, engaging in the Provencal lifestyle and getting to know the people behind the scenes (the potter, the wine grower, the olive oil producer, the master chef…)

Beyond seeing magical Provence and hearing historical anecdotes, guests can embrace the real essence of travel: letting go of pressures and reconnecting with self.  Emily’s philosophy for every tour is creating an atmosphere of fun, leisure and inspiration.

More details about this Provence Lavender Photography Tour Experience:

Meals Included:

  • Provence lavender photography tourBreakfasts (5)
  • Lunches (5)
  • Dinners (5)
  • Local wine included with meals 

Not included:

  • Transportation to/from Provence, Avignon
  • Cocktails or digestive drinks are not included 
  • Dinner & Breakfast in L’Isle sur la Sorgue 
  • 1 lunch (on Saturday…pick up food at the market you want to share with the group)

Activities included:

  • Photography workshop sessions with Raina through the week
  • Foraging & Cooking lesson
  • Provencal market (Montbrun-les-Bains)
  • Lavender distillery tour
  • Evening observatory tour to see the stars and galaxies
  • Montbrun-les-Bains is classed as « One of the most beautiful villages of France »
  • Guided tours – learn the historical anecdotes that marked the villages and towns.

Villages visited:provence lavender photography tour

  • Montbrun-les-Bains
  • Simiane-la-Rotonde
  • Aurel
  • Sault
  • Brantes
  • Saint-Auban-sur-L’Ouvèze
  • Carpentras
  • And many scenic routes passing through other villages such Ferrassières & Revest-du-Bion.

Tour remarks:

    • Drop-off is at the Avignon TGV at 3pm.  You can find a train later afternoon to take you up to Paris or even a train to take you to Nice should you want to visit the French Riviera.  You may also want to spend more time in Provence. 
      • Arrangements can be made to take you to your next accommodation in the area OR the Marseille airport (possible price supplement depending on distance). 
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Provence Lavender Photography TourThis tour is a wonderful opportunity to see the more rugged and authentic part of Provence (authentic meaning less touristy but with all the elements that make up a Provencal village – remains of ramparts, chateaux, medieval influences, fountains, cobblestone, and of course all the Provencal colors splashed on doors and shutters)

Rugged terrain means winding roads.  Should you have a tendency to get motion sickness, you should think about a treatment to help.

The tour has been designed to give rest time at the B&B every day.  Summers in Provence can be quite hot.  The advantage in High Provence is the cooler temperatures – but nevertheless, it can get hot.  Please be prepared to sweat a little.

ARRIVAL:

    • You may be interested in arriving a few days before the tour starts.  Private touring can be organized to visit areas outside the group tour itinerary.  

DEPARTURE:

    • Drop-off is at the Avignon TGV at 3pm.  You can find a train later afternoon to take you up to Paris or even a train to take you to Nice should you want to visit the French Riviera.  You may also want to spend more time in Provence.  Arrangements can be made to take you to your next accommodation in the area (possible price supplement depending on distance). 

Contact Emily Today to reserve your spot on this unique Provence Lavender Photography Retreat:

 July 11 - 17, 2022

6 nights / 7 days

4,500 USD per person (single room price)

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