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Aix-en-Provence: Day Trip to the Valensole Lavender Fields

1. Aix-en-Provence: Day Trip to the Valensole Lavender Fields

Travel along the lavender road on the Valensole plateau on this half-day tour from Aix-en-Provence. Capture pictures in the lavender and sunflower fields. Uncover the secrets to making lavender products at a local lavender distillery. Meet your guide at a centrally-located spot in the city of Aix-en-Provence. Ride in a comfortable and air-conditioned minibus to the Valensole plateau. Stop for pictures a stunning locations along the lavender road.  Have some free time to take pictures and enjoy the lavender and sunflower fields which bloom between June and July. Visit a local lavender distillery to find out how lavendin essential oils, olive oil, and honey are made. After your visit to the local producer, understand the difference between Lavender and lavendin. Return to your starting point in Aix-en-Provence at the end of your tour.

Aix-en-Provence: Food Tour

2. Aix-en-Provence: Food Tour

Take your tastebuds on an adventure with a food tour of Aix-en-Provence. Enjoy tasty stops and historical anecdotes about the different streets and places along the way. Start the tour with a tasting of artisanal olive oils as well as three different spreads. Sample a charcuterie and cheese board and discover a delicious Corsican delicatessen. Thanks to its climate and soils favorable to the development of the fungus, Provence is home of delicious truffles. Taste this delicious recipe of Truffle Chicken. Try some small almond-shaped pastries and hear about the legend of a jewel of Aix: the calisson.

From Aix-en-Provence: Lavender Half Day Afternoon Tour

3. From Aix-en-Provence: Lavender Half Day Afternoon Tour

Depart from Aix-en-Provence and drive along the scenic, countryside roads passing the colorful lavender fields on the Plateau of Valensole. Enjoy plenty of stops to take photos and soak up the breathtaking sights and scents of the 'Blue Gold of Provence'.  Later, stop at a farmer/producer's place and learn everything about the cultivation, distillation, and the properties of pure lavender and lavadin (a hybrid plant). Finally, take the opportunity to purchase the essential oil, olive oil, lavender honey directly from them.

Aix en Provence: Delicious Food and Wine Tour

4. Aix en Provence: Delicious Food and Wine Tour

Get a taste of Aix en Provence and explore its old town. Wander through its narrow streets and discover incredible gourmet small boutiques with an expert guide that will ensure that you miss nothing. Enjoy the irresistible opportunity to savor food specialties like the famous calisson and of course sip a local wine in a charming and relaxing place. Stroll along the city's stately avenue le Court Mirabeau, before heading to an incredible food farmer market. Get to see local producers that sell olive oil, eggs, cheese, honey, lavender, and authentic provencal herbs. An authentic experience full of colors and savors.

Aix-en-Provence: Half Day Wine Tour in Bandol and Cassis

5. Aix-en-Provence: Half Day Wine Tour in Bandol and Cassis

Discover the delicious wines of Bandol and Cassis, and the stunning landscapes that surround this little area of Provence that borders the Mediterranean Sea. With your wine guide, learn about the French wine classification system, and the local grape varieties of the region. Next, enjoy a private visit to the vat and aging rooms, followed by a tasting of the refreshing rosés and deep reds from the wine region of Bandol. On your way to the second winery, marvel at the stunning scenic views of vines and olive trees that line the coast. Then, taste the elegant white and delicate rosé wines from the region of Cassis, widely praised by connoisseurs across the globe. Afterwards, enjoy a quick stop in the charming little port of Cassis and pick up a souvenir of your trip.

Aix-en-Provence: Avignon Tour & Chateauneuf-du-Pape Tasting

6. Aix-en-Provence: Avignon Tour & Chateauneuf-du-Pape Tasting

Avignon Walking tour of Avignon where you can see the famous pope Palace dated 14th century Stop on top of Le Rocher des Doms that overlook the Rhône river and the very old pont d'Avignon (12th century) Local produce Market in Les Halles Stroll in the old town Drive to Châteauneuf du Pape 1 Wine tasting in the most re-known wine appellation.

Provence Olive Harvest

7. Provence Olive Harvest

ITINERARY (begins at your convenience, at 10:30 or 14:00) 10:30 – 12:00 Enjoy a walk through the property and a tour of the fruit trees, vineyards, beehives, Provençal herbs and truffle trees. Then you'll pick olives by hand in the autumn sun, while you learn everything you ever wanted to know about olive trees: pruning, planting, harvesting, making olive oil, etc... 12:00 – 13:00: Hearty Provençal apéritif with all you care to drink of the property red wine, a sampling of homemade olive oil, truffle oil and truffle salt, enjoyed poolside with a view of the olive groves.

Provence: Mushroom Hunting with Outdoor Breakfast

8. Provence: Mushroom Hunting with Outdoor Breakfast

You will use knives and baskets so as not to not damage the mushrooms. During your time in the Provence forests you will learn how to distinguish between edible and poisonous mushrooms.  You will hunt for about 10 different varieties, including: cepes, chanterelle, golden chanterelle, hedgehog mushroom, blue stalk mushroom, Tricholoma myomyces, Saffron milk cap, white saddle, elfin saddle, and black trumpet. You'll discover the quiet, unspoiled forests of the area and enjoy the bucolic and relaxed atmosphere of Provence. You will need to be equipped with sturdy, comfortable shoes that you don’t mind getting muddy.    The arrival at the hunting grounds will be followed by a brief tutorial on the different mushrooms we'll be searching for.  An outdoor breakfast, including bread, sausage, paté, tapenade, mushrooms and red wine (juice for the kids), will be served. The search for mushrooms will end with a last glass of wine to toast new friendships.

Aix-en-Provence: City tour and Cheese and Wine

9. Aix-en-Provence: City tour and Cheese and Wine

Join your guide to discover a stately and refined city Aix-en-Provence ! Founded by a Roman colony around natural hot springs, Aix en Provence is a real jewellery city known as a city of water, city of art ! You will enjoy strolling in the historical pedestrian center, discovering beautiful fountains, spectacular monuments, charming courtyards. You will have the chance to visit a morning Provençal farmer market that offers a variety of incredible fruits and vegetables. There's also local produce such as Calisson d'Aix, Cavaillon melon, goat's cheese, Carpentras strawberries, soap, lavender honey, syrups, jam, olives, olive oils and great wine from Provence's vineyards. A delightful experience to indulge your eyes ! Then, you will go to a charming local place located in a beautiful cobbled alley to enjoy a glass of local wine with a cheese platter consisted of two cheese from different areas of France, handily explained in small signs. A wonderful opportunity to experience the French way of life !

From Aix-en-Provence: Luberon Perched Villages Guided Tour

10. From Aix-en-Provence: Luberon Perched Villages Guided Tour

Visit the différent small villages of: Lourmarin ( beautiful renaissance castle) Bonnieux (unlimited views of the Luberon valley) Roussillon (the ocre village with orange houses as well as the ocre path if you fancy walking on the trail) Gordes (typical hilltop village with stunning views. This is a photo stop only of that village)Fontaine de Vaucluse L'Isle sur la Sorgue (the antic village called the little Venice of the Luberon with the many waterwheels set on the Sorgue river) A good mix of small villages perched on top of cliffs as well as typical provençal villages - Depending of the day, possibilities to spend time in different markets Lourmarin: Friday Roussillon: Thursday Gordes: Tuesday L'Isle sur la Sorgue: Sundays

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4.8 / 5

based on 15 reviews

It was a lovely experience. The tour guide was very friendly and knowledgeable of the areas where the lavender is grown and their different types. She was willing to answer any burning questions. The fields were also very beautiful, making for a unique experience where you could take all the photos you wanted. Lastly, trying the products made was an eye-opening experience as we not long ago walked through the fields where they were grown. I'd highly recommend it.

It was my dream to visit the lavender fields, and this tour made that dream unforgettable. The guide Thomás was wonderful, bringing historical context in a very fun way to spend the 4 hours together, in an unknown group, but fully engaged in the tour. Thank you so much for the organization and the guide's happiness in adding so much to us in such a short time.

The tour was excellent, wonderful scenery. Everything went according to plan, the Solemn guide - by the way an excellent guide - was at the agreed time and place. She took us to wonderful lavender fields and showed us and told us about the region and the lavender cultivation process. I recommend

Great tour. We had a very friendly and nice tour guide, Lili. She is funny, explains very well about lavender. Overall, i loved it. Thank you

Suzana is so knowledgeable about the local food culture! What a fun activity to enjoy while in Aix-en-Provence!!