The photos show the colours of the lavender growing in its gorgeous surroundings in Provence but there’s nothing quite like seeing it – and sniffing it – in person…
Go in June to enjoy the lavender fields before the summer crowds arrive. At this time of the year the purple flowers begin to share their magical hues and scents. Emily Durand of Your Private Provence says “you never get used to seeing this magical sight. There’s something about the image of standing in a sea of purple blue with your hands held up to the Provence blue sky that doesn’t stop lingering until you’ve accomplished the journey”.
It’s also the ideal time to visit some of the legendary towns and villages and experience the culture of Provence. The weather is usually wonderful but not too hot, with azure blue skies and evenings warm enough to dine al fresco.
The Perfect Provence Tour
It’s an ideal time of the year to explore Saint Remy de Provence and learn about the influence of the Romans in the area and discover why artists like Van Gogh fell hook, line and sinker for the beauty of Provence. Isle sur la Sorgue is another town that shouldn’t be missed. The antiques capital of France is pretty, historic and all those antique shops and the famous Sunday flea market will leave you lusting after, and surely finding, the perfect souvenir of your trip.
Visit the markets, take a cookery lesson and thrill to the site of the iconic Abbaye de Senanque. Explore glorious Gordes and ravishing Roussillon with its ochre cliffs and coloured houses. Go wine tasting in Chateauneuf-du-Pape, take a tour of the Roman theatre in Orange and picnic in the shadow of the Gothic Palace of the Popes in lovely Avignon which is just a couple of hours away from Paris by train.
How to take a lavender tour and see a lot in just 4 days
Emily says it’s absolutely possible to do all of this in four days when you know how. She’s just launched her new summer 2018 Provence lavender and culture tour. It’s the perfect Provence tour for those who have a brief time to visit. “My lavender tours are much more than seeing lavender. I am often tempted to refer to them as retreats rather than tours. There is a magical element that sparkles the whole week when a group of nature lovers are brought together to explore the lavender in Provence. Fine food, charming villages, connecting with the locals and a relaxing atmosphere are also highlights…”
It’s the ideal way to see Provence and truly experience it with a large dose of luxury as Emily organises everything from gourmet meals to transport and you just have to enjoy your trip and make memories to cherish for ever.
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