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Lavender & Provence’s best heritage sites

June 19 – 26, 2025
7 nights / 8 days

Limited to 7 guests
4,400€ EUROS per person based on double occupancy
950€ EUROS supplement for single occupancy
*Prices converted to USD three months prior to tour date

This 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 3 different regions, marvel at the blooming lavender, stroll the markets abundant with local produce and artisan craftsmanship, and taste the exquisite flavors of Provençal cuisine and wine.  

Saint Paul UNESCO World Heritage site in Provence on lavender tour

Tour Notes

Tour before the summer crowds arrive – this tour is the perfect timing to get in your lavender viewing (and cultural sites) before the official French school holidays start.  

Lavender blooms from mid-June to mid-July. Depending on the spring (warmer or colder) there can be a slight variation to the blooming season. With the climate change, lavender tends to be earlier than the traditional past dates of July.  

Itinerary

NOTE: This is a working itinerary; the final itinerary will be posted and provided to guests closer to the tour date.

Day 1 (Thursday, June 19)
Avignon historic square

Today is arrival day…pick-up at the Avignon TGV at 10:30 am (or at your Avignon hotel should you arrive the day before).  We’ll embark on a journey to the 14th century to get the full story of why the Popes made the biggest Gothic palace in Europe here in Avignon.  After our historical tour & bistro lunch, we make our way to our B&B in Saint Remy. You have time to relax in your private courtyard or at the pool.  The center of Saint Remy is just a short walk should you feel like boutique browsing.  Dinner this evening together in the center.

Lunch in Avignon & Dinner in Saint Remy included

Day 2 (Friday, June 20)
Chateauneuf-du-Pape

We start the day at the unbelievable construction of the Roman aqueduct known as the Pont du Gard.  Then on to the legendary wine appellation,  Chateauneuf-du-Pape.  At the top of the hill, where the Pope’s castle ruins still stand, we can admire the views of the Rhône Valley before making our way to our lunch venue with a view.  Next is a special tasting of the wines  representing the different Chateauneuf-du-Pape styles.  Back at the B&B, you have time to relax before our dinner outing. 

lunch & dinner included

Day 3 (Saturday, June 21)
Where Van Gogh stayed in Saint Remy

Today we start with captivating Arles.  We’ll trace the steps of Van Gogh and weave in some Roman monuments and crazy stories of the Roman Empire.  Then on to one of Emily’s favorite countryside restaurants located between Arles and Les Baux.  Before our R&R time back at the B&B, we must complete our Van Gogh route by visiting the Ayslum (former monastery) where he stayed 1 year after his time in Arles.  Dinner together in Saint Remy.

Lunch & dinner included

Day 4 (Sunday, June 22)
hilltop village of Gordes in Provence, France

Bags packed – changing regions today.  Today is market day in L’Isle sur la Sorgue (also known as the little Venice of Provence with its charming canal-lined streets).  You have free time to explore the market and the town before we meet up for a casual lunch (a sharing of local cheeses, spreads, charcuterie and salad).  Next up is stunning Gordes, with a stop at the view point for some pictures.  After settling into our accommodations near Gordes, you have free time to walk to the village for more exploring.  Catered dinner at the B&B this evening.

lunch  & dinner included

Day 5 (Monday, June 23)
Provence Lavender Tour

Before the crowds come, we make a peaceful stop at the Abbaye de Senanque – taking in the lavender aroma and the sound of silence (time for a tour inside the abbaye as well).  Next stop is at a dreamy Mediterranean garden and olive grove.  Alexandra & Charlotte will lead us on an épicurien journey through herbs, plants, and olive oil.  You’ll even get to make your own blend of olive oil!  Lunch will be served on site.  Our afternoon village tour is at the refeshing water source of the Sorgue River in the village Fontaine-de-Vaucluse.  

This evening we head off for some evening lavender photos and dinner in a small village nearby

lunch & dinner included

Day 6 (Tuesday, June 24)
Roussillon

We start the day with a spectacular drive by lavender fields along the sides of the Luberon mountain.  After a few lavender photo stops, we explore the charming village Saignon with its impressive Romanesque church for such a small village.  Then on to a Luberon winery…both the wine and the history behind this estate will impress you.  The visit ends with a casual catered lunch at the winery.  A little bit of rest time back at the B&B to get ready for our evening outing to see Roussillon, the ochre village, and enjoy a lovely dinner together among the ochre hues.  

lunch & dinner included

Day 7 (Wednesday, June 25)
Oppede le Vieux

Last but not least – more lavender bliss! We embark on a mountain drive to the high lavender region near the village Sault. After a couple of stops for pictures we visit a small lavender farm to learn about the cultivation, harvesting and different lavender products sold around the world.  Caterd picnic lunch at the lavender farm. Next door is the local distillery where we’ll have a guided tour to see how the oils are extracted from the plants. Farewell dinner with a magical view in the village Gordes.  

 

Catered picnic lunch & dinner 

Day 8 (Thursday, June 26)

After breakfast, you’ll be transferred back to the Avignon TGV train station.

Activities & Sites Included

  • Pont du Gard
  • Chateauneuf-du-Pape & Luberon winery visits/tastings
  • Van Gogh route
  • Roman ruins
  • Olive oil workshop 
  • Lavender farm & distillery tour
  • Provencal market (Isle sur la Sorgue) 
  • Guided tours – learn the historical & cultural anecdotes that shaped the sites, towns, villages, and region as a whole

Places Visited

  • Avignon 
  • Chateauneuf-du-Pape 
  • Pont-du-Gard 
  • Arles 
  • Saint Remy 
  • Isle sur la Sorgue 
  • Gordes 
  • Roussillon 
  • Saignon
  • Abbaye de Senanque
  • Fontaine-de-Vaucluse 
  • Sault

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

Vincent Van Gogh

(Photo: Provence lavender field by Emily Durand.)

Includes

  • All transportation in Emily’s comfortable Mercedes van
    • Pick-up either at Avignon TGV train station or Avignon hotel 
  • 3 nights lodging at charming B&B in Saint Remy (cottage style rooms) & 4 nights lodging at Luberon countryside B&B (walking distance to Gordes)
  • All breakfasts 
  • All lunches 
  • All dinners (a variety from fine dining, local cuisine, private chefs, and unique atmospheres)

Does Not Include

  • Transportation to/from Avignon TGV (or hotel) 
  • Before and/or after dinner drinks (wine is included during the meals)
five star review
""Experiencing the lavender fields of Provence was just part of a fabulous week with Emily. From truffle hunting, olive oil tasting, wine tasting, visiting hilltop villages, to lovely breakfasts at an idyllic B&B, casual picnic lunches, and first class dining, Emily provided us with an off the beaten path adventure of a lifetime. Her knowledge of the history of the area made for an educational as well as rewarding and fun trip. She was well organized and such a delight to travel with in he..."
""2019 Lavender Tour This tour exceeded all of my expectations! The small group size made it easy for us to get to know each other and each day was such a treat! Emily shared not only her love and knowledge of her adopted country but afforded us a glimpse into life in Provence. She introduced us to local chefs, farmers, and artisans and each was colorful and engaging and passionate about their chosen profession and excited to share with us. We visited beautiful villages and ate marvelous local..."
""Emily set-up an incredible getaway! We chose France for our honeymoon (I’ve been dreaming about Provence for years) and my husband stumbled upon Emily’s website. Wow, we are so happy we found her. After a Skype chat, we knew we made the right decision in going with Your Private Provence.She was flexible, sweet, knowledgeable, and accommodating from the very start. In the beginning, we filled out a form so she could determine what kind of experience we were looking for: museum/history hea..."
""We had the trip of a lifetime with Emily! She was friendly, fun, very knowledgeable, bilingual and a very safe driver. She took us to some of the most picturesque places in Provence and even accompanied me to the doctor’s office for an emergency, AND was my translator with the doctor! She went above and beyond! Her kindness and expertise were 5 stars. We did not want to rent a car because we didn’t know the roads and having her in the driver’s seat in her beautiful van made the journey stres..."
""Thank you, Emily, for all your help in arranging my trip and transporting me before and after the tour.  Also, the tour was so special.  I enjoyed it all.  You are a great guide to all the special things, places, foods, and experiences in this area of Provence."Diane Logon, Florida"Our group consisted of six women and one very brave gentleman with of a wide range of ages, backgrounds, personalities, and abilities. We toured the historic Chateauneuf Du Pape. We visited a Winery, A..."
""Thank you for making our recent visit to Provence a delight. Your attentive and engaging personality made it so enjoyable, and you were incredibly gracious. The Melon and Truffle Experience day was a favorite; your culinary talents exceeded any expectation we had. Thank you for the special melon macarons, too. What a treat!We were impressed with the history and anecdotes you shared with us at every place we visited; you made these places we’d only read about much more real, and alive. An..."
""We had a wonderful time exploring Provence with Emily as our guide! With her intimate knowledge of the region, Emily was able to weave into the itinerary places of interest for which we had made special requests, and was able to suggest good alternatives when necessary.Emily’s deep knowledge of Provence came through best as she led us through several little villages — the little nuggets of information she shared along the way certainly helped us appreciate much better the history of the ..."
"Emily's Lavender and Photography Tour is, as stated, a private, and I would say INTIMATE, experience in Provence.  From the first evening in L'Isle sur la Sorgue everything about the tour is carefully crafted to create a sense that one has become "at home" in Provence.  The accommodations at the converted stone farmhouse are comfortable and well appointed, creating an intimacy that speaks of "part of the family."  In addition to breathtaking venues for photography, each day provided a creativ..."
""We recently returned from France and wish to leave a few comments on our experience.At the top of my bucket list is a visit to Provence France. My husband and I are not world travelers and were somewhat hesitant about this trip, we were anxious about almost everything, the language, the travel and the fact that we were in a foreign country. Despite all these concerns we bite the bullet and decided to go for it. We booked a package with My Private Provence.Much to our surprise and del..."
""If you want the best tour of Provence, choose Emily as your guide.  My husband and I enjoyed this years Lavender and Cultural Tour so much that the day before it ended I signed up to bring my 2 daughters next year!  As a local Emily knows the history of the towns we visited as well as the best places to explore, eat and shop. She has a nice group of friends – chef Giuseppina cooked a delicious lunch and Raina took beautiful photos of my husband and I in the lavender fields. There were so man..."