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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.

Aix-en-Provence: Verdon Canyon & Moustiers-Sainte-Marie

4. Aix-en-Provence: Verdon Canyon & Moustiers-Sainte-Marie

Enjoy a scenic full-day tour of the picturesque Verdon Canyon, departing from Aix-en-Provence by air-conditioned minibus. Meet your guide at the Tourist Information Center of Aix, and set off on a lovely drive through the dramatic splendor of the Grand Canyon du Verdon. Cross the Valensole plateau, which is especially spectacular when the lavender fields are in full bloom (mid June to mid July). Head to Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, famous for its earthenware workshops, and enjoy some free time for lunch on your own. Continue to the Verdon Gorges of the Verdon River for breathtaking views of the lake of Sainte-Croix. Stop for some free time on the beach before driving back to Aix-en-Provence via the enchanting village of Sainte-Croix-du-Verdon.

From Aix-en-Provence: Full-Day Lavender Tour to Valensole

5. From Aix-en-Provence: Full-Day Lavender Tour to Valensole

Drive through the valley of the Durance River and discover the Plateau of Valensole specializing in the cultivation of lavandin, where small roads wind through the fields of flowers. Many stops will be included by the fields in bloom. Stop at a farmer/ producer's place with lavender and lavandin essential oils, olive oil and lavender honey. Stop in the perched village of Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, so famous for its earthen ware workshops (free time for visit and lunch not included). In the afternoon, continue to the breathtaking opening of the Grand Canyon of the River Verdon. Stop in the lavender fields for a photo. Have free time in the picturesque village of Sainte Croix du Verdon by Sainte Croix Lake, and possibly swim or sunbathe before going back to Aix-en-Provence.

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What people are saying about Moustiers-Sainte-Marie

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!