Things to do in Valensole

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

1. 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.

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

2. 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.

From Marseille: Full-Day Valensole Lavender Fields Tour

3. From Marseille: Full-Day Valensole Lavender Fields Tour

Spend the day among the purple-blue sea of the lavender fields of Provence, which bloom stunning shades of lilac and mauve from June through August. Start your day in the beautiful city of Aix-en-Provence, fondly known as the “city of art and water.” Located approximately 19 miles (30 kilometers) from Marseille, Aix dates back to Roman times and has a wide promenade called the “Cours Mirabeau” that is lined with plane trees.  Discover the cafés that were once frequented by Cezanne, Camus, and Zola. Go to one of the numerous markets that take place in the city center every day, and admire the shimmering palette of fragrances and colors.  After some free time for lunch on your own, continue along the picturesque roads lined with golden wheat and blue lavender fields. Your driver will stop for plenty of photo opportunities en route to Valensole, with free time to explore this traditional Provencal village on arrival. They will also give useful information about the uses of lavender essential oil, and the lavender crop in Provence in general.

From Marseille Cruise Port: Shared Lavender Tour

4. From Marseille Cruise Port: Shared Lavender Tour

Don't miss out on the lavender blossom season. Head to Valensole where oceans of lavender fields await your admiration and photo taking. Discover the properties and benefits of lavender essential oil with some local producers. Many stops will be organized to take pictures of the renowned purple flowers. Take advantage of free time for lunch on your own (not included) in the village of Valensole.

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What people are saying about Valensole

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This was certainly an experience I would never forget! Florence, our guide, was incredibly knowledgeable, personable, and accommodating. We had a chance to get to Aix early enough to frequent the market and Florence continuously gave us good tips on shops and streets to check out along the way. Everything about seeing the lavender fields in person with your own two eyes is simply surreal. It is better than any postcard, that’s for sure! I loved the small villages and towns that we visited and ending our tour with a demonstration of organic lavender products made on site, complete with olive oil and almond tastings, was a perfect way to finish the day. I HIGHLY recommend this day trip!

Wow! What an incredible experience. The scenery is breathtaking! The lavender fields and wheat fields are so colorful. We visited a lavender farm and learned about different types of lavender and their uses. In the afternoon, we went to the Verdun Gorge which is another incredibly beautiful place.

The tour was rerouted as a result of the extreme heat which forced farmers in Valensole to harvest early. Even still, the tour was absolutely incredible. A bucket list item for several decades, I had very high expectations for this tour and they were exceeded.

This was truly a great trip! There was a lot of variety (lavender fields, adorable towns, beautiful lake and gorge stops!) and we loved being able to see so much. Our guide Remy was knowledgeable, fun, and so accommodating! Would absolutely recommend!

Very good choice for one day trip with variety activities in small group.