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Lavender and cultural tour of Provence

A seriously special lavender and cultural tour amidst the scented lavender fields and in the most beautiful villages of Provence. You’ll experience the Provencal way of life, visit colourful street markets, celebrate Bastille Day, explore magical medieval villages and discover secret places.

This unique and very special tour takes place in July against a backdrop of singing cicadas. There are lavender fields in full bloom, fields of smiling sunflowers and bougainvillea flowers trailing over walls – creating splashes of vibrant red and fuschia. The countryside is full of rich colour. The sunsets are spectacular. The cobbled streets in hilltop villages, ancient castles and charming little villages of Provence are vibrant and buzzing at this time of the year. This really is one of the most amazing lavender field tours there is.

Discover the most beautiful places in Provence

On this exclusive, small group tour you’ll explore Baux-de-Provence and enjoy a wonderful sound and light show in a former quarry where you’ll be immersed in the art of famous artists. Follow in the footsteps of Van Gogh at Saint-Remy de Provence. Visit a market and explore gorgeous Gordes and the colourful village of Roussillon in the ‘Colorado of Provence’ where you’ll tour a former ochre mine. You’ll really get to know this land of wonderful countryside and authentic villages with the most exquisite architecture, boutiques, cafés and stunning views.

Bonnieux, Simiane-la-Rotonde, a guided visit at a gorgeous rose garden. Vaison-la-Romaine, and Montbrun-les-Baines, which, like Gordes is an officially prettiest village in France, and many more stunning locations are on your itinerary. You’ll also experience Bastille Day during the tour. A national holiday, France’s Independence Day is always a special celebration.

Visit the Lavender fields

Your host Emily Durand will take you to a dreamy lavender field location for sunset photos before you head to a nearby bistro, the scent of lavender still in the air. You’ll also explore Sault, one of the most beautiful Provence lavender areas. There you’ll take a private tour of a lavender farm and distillery. And you’ll visit a chateau for a private tour and discover a magical lavender field where you’ll take a stroll before dining in a tiny village at a restaurant with a view you’ll never forget.

A most delicious tour

Enjoy foraging in the most beautiful countryside with experts in beautiful Brantes and cookery lessons with chefs. Indulge in wine tasting sessions, and vineyard visits. Enjoy a picnic and markets plus a fabulous olive oil tour and tasting at a farm. Every lunch and dinner is memorable not just for the delicious dishes but for sublime views and a special ambiance. And as if that’s not enough – you’ll also take a truffle tour and then have lunch with the truffle grower.

Relax and enjoy the tour

You’ll be driven everywhere in comfort. And all meals are organised, from dining al fresco in a lavender field to beautiful bistros loved by the locals.

Though this tour packs a lot in, there’s still plenty of time to relax. You’ll stay for two nights in a luxurious stone-built 19th century guest house with a swimming pool in Bonnieux. Then you’ll spend 5 nights at an exquisite traditional wonderfully renovated farmhouse in the Provence Alpes. There is a beautiful pool, charming rooms and breath-taking views over the Luberon countryside.

Find out more about this exquisite lavender and culture of Provence: yourprivateprovence.com

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