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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

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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

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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.