* Lavender is blooming from early June to late July. Possibility to include the visit
of the “L'occitane en Provence Museum and shop” instead of the visit of the “The
This private tour offers you the opportunity to discover and enjoy the sceneries
of lavender, sunflowers… and the charming villages of two magnificent regions of
Provence: the Regional Natural Reserve of the Luberon and the Plateau of Valensole.
Let’s begin this Provence tour by exploring the Luberon Natural Park with its hill-top
villages and beautiful landscapes. We’ll visit the renowned village of Gordes, which
is one of “the most beautiful villages in France”. Built on top of a rock, the village
offers a wonderful view over the Luberon valley. The history of this village goes
back to the Roman time when it was a very important Roman oppidum. Gordes can boast
about having been able to keep its authenticity with its narrow cobbled streets,
beautiful stones houses, its castle… and in having kept its traditions.
You’ll enjoy the Notre Dame de Sénanque Abbey, an architectural jewel of 12th century
Cistercian art surrounded by sumptuous lavender fields. This monastery is still inhabited
by a small community of Monks who grow the lavender in the old way.
Then, this excursion will lead us to the picturesque village of Roussillon, well-known
for the rich ochre deposits (clay earth pigment). Built on an ochre cliff and surrounded
by numerous ancient ocher quarries, it is listed amongst the “the most beautiful
villages in France”. You’ll tour this Provençal village and enjoy the bright colors
of its houses, little streets and squares… made in different shades of the ochres
A scenic drive along the Luberon mountain will allow us to reach a very large plateau
at 600 m high, called the “Valensole Plateau”. We’ll drive around this beautiful
countryside and will do many stops to make you enjoy this colorful “Ocean” composed
of lavender fields in bloom, fields of wheat and sunflowers.
We’ll finish our private tour in Provence with Valensole. You’ll adore the authenticity
of this “Haute Provence” village located in the middle of the Plateau of Valensole.
We’ll stop in a lavender farm during the tour where you’ll appreciate the relaxing
fragrances of the lavender products.