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Lavender fields of the Valensole plateau, Forcalquier & Simiane La Rotonde 

Tour summary

Be totally immersed in the exquisite natural beauty of the Lavender fields of the Valensole plateau on a full-day private guided tour from Marseille or Aix-en-Provence. Drive across the fields of the Valensole plateau covered in lavender blooms as you travel on to some of the most enchanting and exceptional villages in Provence. Visit the tiny village of Valensole, the fortified village of Forcalquier and Simiane La Rotonde that sit against the backdrop of the Luberon mountain range. Browse artisanal lavender shops and markets as well as see for yourself the production of the Lavender planting and essential oils. These are small group private tours so you are assured of a very special day out in the region. The Lavender season is short, so enjoy this at its best - June through July is idea, although we do offer the tour throughout the year, but with a slight variation on the day. Out of the main season, this tour is also interesting as you experience the atmosphere and the countryside and authentic small towns and villages. Historic tiny Provençal villages, ancient markets and medieval towns & the culture of the south of France.

Tour itinerary & highlights

This tour heads directly for the Valensole plateau area and the local village. In season it's awash of colour from the lavender fields. Out of the flowering season the landscape is quite stunning against the backdrop of the Luberon mountains. From here we head to Valensole to explore this beautiful village, time to stop for a snack or light lunch. After lunch we head towards the small Provençal town of Forcalquier which hosts frequent brocante markets and is an exceptional little town with a vibrant atmosphere and beautiful architecture to explore. Next on to visit Simiane La Rotonde, before heading back to our starting point.

For logistical reasons, this tour is not suitable if arriving and departing same day from Marseille Cruise terminal.

Language: English or French

Tour duration

The total duration of the tour is 8 hours, assuming pick-up in Aix-en-Provence, Marseille or Avignon. The order for the tour is flexible enough to take into account the starting point changing depending on your location.  There is a scheduled break for lunch, price not included.

What's included

Pick-up & drop-off at either the Cruise Terminal in Marseille or your hotel in Aix-en-Provence, Marseille or Avignon. If your staying elsewhere we can coordinate a pick-up from your address.  (There may be a suppliment payable) 

Travel to all of the sites and destinations proposed with dedicated guide/driver & return to your hotel, address or the cruise terminal.  Refreshments, snacks & lunch is an additional cost.

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