Saignon - Valensole Plateau - Valensole - Moustiers Sainte-Marie - Sainte-Croix du
Verdon - Sainte-Croix Lake
Full day tour - Dep: 8.00am / Ret: 5.30pm
* Lavender is blooming from early June to late July
Let’s head for a Provence lavender tour around the Valensole Plateau area to enjoy
splendid sceneries, large fields of lavender in bloom and golden wheat, beautiful
hill-top villages of Provence…
First, we’ll drive through the Luberon Natural Park to reach Saignon. Listed as one
of the most beautiful sites in the Luberon, Saignon is a little village clinging
to a rock which has kept its authentic quality and charm thanks to its 12th – 18th
century houses, its wash houses, its Clock Tower… Enjoy wonderful 360° views over
the Luberon Natural Park, the Valley of Apt, the Alpilles Mountain...
Then, this private tour in Provence will lead us to Valensole, situated in the middle
of a magnificent plateau of lavender, called the “Plateau of Valensole”. We’ll take
a scenic road around the Valensole Plateau to discover its famous and very large
lavender fields stretched out of sight. Many stops are planned to enjoy this vast
colored and perfumed “Ocean” of lavender and wheat.
Visit of Valensole, built in 600 BC at 600 m high on the Valensole Plateau, the village
has given its name to the whole plateau. You will appreciate to stroll through the
little streets of this charming village which has kept the authenticity and character
of the “Haute Provence” villages, and you’ll have the opportunity to have lunch in
this lovely and quiet village.
We’ll continue our sightseeing tour in Provence with the visit of Moustiers Sainte-Marie.
Located in the heart of the Regional Natural Park of Verdon, Moustiers Sainte-Marie
is ranked as one of “the most beautiful villages in France”. The village enjoys of
its exceptional location, built on the steep slopes of two limestone cliffs at a
hundred meter high overlooking the Rioul Valley and surrounded by the Gorges du Verdon
(Verdon Great Canyon), the Sainte-Croix Lake and the Plateau of Valensole. You can
visit this lovely village internationally renowned for the ceramic and faïence craftsmanship.
Discover its charming narrow streets with pottery and faïence shops and reach the
Notre-Dame de Beauvoir chapel that watches the village, to admire the wonderful view
of the valley and the Sainte-Croix Lake.
A little road alongside the Sainte-Croix Lake and bordered of lavender fields will
lead us to the last step of this Provence tour, Sainte-Croix du Verdon. The little
Provencal village of Sainte Croix du Verdon is built on a rocky at 513 m altitude
overlooking the Sainte-Croix Lake. A leisurely walk will make you discover the beautiful
views of the lake, the light and colors which do the charm of this village. Then,
you will enjoy the Sainte-Croix Lake with its deep turquoise color. This lake is
the third largest of France stretches over 2200 hectares (14 km long and 2 km wide)
and holds 760 million cubic meters of water for the benefit of agriculture irrigation,
drinkable water supply and production of electricity.