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Nice: Gorges of Verdon and Fields of Lavender Tour

1. Nice: Gorges of Verdon and Fields of Lavender Tour

Discover France’s most scenic landscapes on a full-day trip to Castellane, Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, and the Verdon Gorge from Nice. See the iconic Lavender Fields and learn about these picturesque locations from your guide. Be picked up from your hotel or home address in Nice. Depart with your driver to the hills of your countryside destination. Cross the "gorge of the wolf", complete with its 40-meter-high waterfall, before stopping at Castellane. Whilst traveling along the Verdon (named for its astonishing turquoise green color), enjoy spectacular views of the 700-meter-deep canyon. Afterward, move on to the village of Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, nestled under a rocky cliff and surrounded by mountains from all sides. Known for its rich history in ceramic craftsmanship, you will have free time here to explore Moustiers at your leisure. Discover the earthenware in the stores, and buy souvenirs before lunch in one of the terrace cafes. Photograph the world-famous lavender platters, or enjoy the lake of St. Croix, an artificial treasure of clear water which is one of the most beautiful lakes of Provence. Then, marvel at the endless lavender fields at the foot of the Alps and stop to take unique and memorable pictures with this impressive backdrop. Stop to smell the light and enchanting lavender aroma surrounding you as you do. After enjoying your trip, return to your vehicle at which point you will be driven back to your point of origin in Nice.

From Nice: The Grand Canyon of Europe & its Lavender Fields

2. From Nice: The Grand Canyon of Europe & its Lavender Fields

Leave the coast and enjoy a beautiful drive through the Gorges du Loup with its 40 meter high waterfall. Stop in Castellane, gateway to the Gorges of the Verdon, nestled at the foot of its famous rock. Drive along the Verdon river, named after its startling turquoise-green color, up to the canyon which is considered to be Europe’s most beautiful. Enjoy the spectacular and breathtaking views overlooking the ravine which is up to 700 meters deep. Stop in Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, one of the most beautiful medieval villages in France which is known for its rich history in ceramic craftsmanship. Take time to enjoy a lovely meal and a stroll.

From Nice: Verdon Gorge Full-Day Tour

3. From Nice: Verdon Gorge Full-Day Tour

Start your full-day shared group or private tour with a pickup from your accommodation in Nice and admire the famous Promenade des Anglais as you depart the city. With your guide, travel first to Castellane, a quintessentially-French, cultural village at the gates of the famous Verdon Gorge, and classified as a "city of character". Visit its ancient ramparts, and three listed monuments, including St. Victor's Church, the Clock Tower, and the Pentagonal Tower. Continue to the charming village of Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, listed as one of the most beautiful villages in France and part of the phenomenal Verdon Natural Regional Park. From here, make sure to snap pictures of the idyllic Provence setting complete with lavender fields, panoramic views of the surrounding rocky mountains, and the blue waters of the Lake of Sainte-Croix, the third largest lake in France. Finally, return to your accommodation in Nice after a full day of memorable sightseeing.

From Nice or Cannes: Verdon Gorge and Lavender Fields

4. From Nice or Cannes: Verdon Gorge and Lavender Fields

Explore the natural wonders of the French countryside on a guided tour to the Verdon Gorge. Admire spectacular views and visit nearby villages for an unforgettable experience. Depart from Nice or Cannes in the morning and head for the Gorges du Loup. Make a stop here for incredible views of the waterfall. Continue along the road to Castellane, the entrance of the Verdon Gorge. Take time to explore this charming village, famous for its picturesque chapel built on a rock overlooking the village below. Finally, come to the Verdon Gorge, the Grand Canyon of Europe at 700 meters high. Visit the spots that offer the best panoramic views across the canyon - perfect for photos. Next stop: Moustiers Sainte Marie. Visit this scenic village built along the lake of Sainte Croix. Enjoy free time here to explore the winding streets, and have some lunch. Then, if in season, head to the beautiful lavender fields and capture one-of-a-kind photos of the purple fields.

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What people are saying about Castellane

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 633 reviews

My husband and I took the private tour. We realized renting a car for 24 hours would have cost the same, and this way we can skip the driving and have a tour guide! We loved our guide Ichrak’s explanation of the local areas around Nice and his knowledge of the traditions and landmarks. We went in early September so unfortunately the gorge was on the drier side and the lavenders had been harvested. However we still had a great time exploring the area and would recommend it! Definitely take Dramamine - my husband who normally doesn’t get carsick was quite nauseous.

Mat our host/driver was excellent!! He was funny and very knowledgeable which made the trip very interesting and fun, especially as the other people on the tour were quiet. He made us feel very welcome and happy & wanted to make our trip very good. I strongly recommend this trip if you want to see beautiful villages and the lake. The lavender fields were out of season when we went but I still think we got amazing value for money & we were picked up and dropped off outside our accommodation which makes it very easy! Thanks so much Mat!

A very nice tour with a knowledgeable and really cool guide through great and breathtaking places. The driver/guide was a professional - he drove the car well, it felt like we were participating in a real rally through the serpentines :D This tour will be for those who like not only the beautiful views of nature, but also the speed. If you get sick easily, it's probably best not to participate! But visiting the beautiful places would definitely outweigh that. We really liked it!

Tour with Matt was fun from start to end. He even made it easygoing although we were stucked in traffic. Demonstrated very well knowledge of all places he took us too. Excellent driver and made it as smooth as possible with all curves presented on the road.

My driver, Ondrei, was great!! The tour was beautiful and fun!