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France: Lavender in Provence

Easy to Moderate Terrain: 4-8 Miles Daily

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Each year, the highland fields of rural Provence erupt into a spectacle of purple blossoms—a scenic bounty of lavender that fills the air with its delightful scent. In this exceptional setting, you’ll experience the peaceful essence of life in southern France during walks through medieval hilltop towns, colorful farms, Chateauneuf-du-Pape or Gigondas vineyards, and family-run distilleries. Exploring terraced fields in bloom, you’ll learn about lavender’s significance to the culture and landscape of Provence. In medieval Vaison-la-Romaine, wander the vibrant outdoor market, and walk through oak forests along the slopes of Mont Ventoux. Immerse yourself in the Provencal art de vivre, visiting with farmers and cheese-makers. Throughout your journey, you’ll stay in authentic accommodations, including an 18th-century farmhouse and an estate once owned by the Marquis de Sade. It’s the ideal way to enjoy one of the world’s most beautiful landscapes—and the culture that makes it possible.


Tour Highlights:
  • Learn about France’s cheeses—more than 365 varieties—during a tasting hosted by a master cheese-maker, each course paired with an exceptional wine.
  • Near Sault, visit a traditional lavender distillery that still uses a straw-fired oven to extract essential oils, and chat with the owners about how the plant is harvested and processed.
  • Walk beneath the ruins of the Marquis de Sade's castle in the medieval village of Lacoste.
Flight + Tour Combo

10 days, 9 nights

FROM $6,498 USD

per person, double occupancy

Tour extensions available
Aix en Provence
1 nights $148*

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7 days, 6 nights

FROM $5,298 USD

per person, double occupancy



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Itinerary & Accommodations

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Day 1

Join your Country Walkers France: Lavender in Provence tour

Your guide(s) will meet you at the Hôtel Cloître St-Louis at 9:30 a.m. in the lobby. Your guide(s) will be wearing a Country Walkers shirt. Please be dressed for walking.

Begin walking above the Rhone Valley in Chateauneuf-du-Pape or Gigondas (weather depending), following undulating farming tracks through age-old vineyards. Later, stop at a wine producer for an estate tour and tasting.

Accommodation: Château de Mazan, Mazan (or equivalent)

This former residence of the Marquis de Sade turned 4-star hotel features 30 elegant rooms, a lovely garden, and a stone swimming pool. The property perfectly highlights the castle’s ancient architecture such as 19th-century tile, a massive staircase and fireplace, and an original library, while offering a warm family welcome and modern amenities.

Day 2

Vaison-la-Romaine market

Today, head to Vaison-la-Romaine to explore its sprawling outdoor market. Then, press on to Mont Ventoux, the tallest peak in Provence, where you may have views of the distant Alps. Dinner this evening is in the town of Crillon le Brave.

Accommodation: Château de Mazan, Mazan (or equivalent)

This former residence of the Marquis de Sade turned 4-star hotel features 30 elegant rooms, a lovely garden, and a stone swimming pool. The property perfectly highlights the castle’s ancient architecture such as 19th-century tile, a massive staircase and fireplace, and an original library, while offering a warm family welcome and modern amenities.

Day 3

Lavender plantations, wine-and-cheese evening

Near the village of Sault, ramble through vivid lavender fields, learning about the precious flower in the high plateaus where it’s grown. Lunch is on your own. Cap your day with an evening of wine and cheese hosted by a master cheese-maker.

Accommodation: Château de Mazan, Mazan (or equivalent)

This former residence of the Marquis de Sade turned 4-star hotel features 30 elegant rooms, a lovely garden, and a stone swimming pool. The property perfectly highlights the castle’s ancient architecture such as 19th-century tile, a massive staircase and fireplace, and an original library, while offering a warm family welcome and modern amenities.

Day 4

Lacoste to Bonnieux. Lavender distillery visit

Walk a route between the stunning hilltop villages of Lacoste and Bonnieux in the Luberon Mountains. You visit a family-run lavender distillery this afternoon.

Accommodation: Bastide Saint Georges Hôtel & Spa, Forcalquier (or equivalent)

Perched high on a hill overlooking the Luberon Natural Park of Provence, this stylish 4-star hotel stretches over extensive grounds. It features spacious rooms and common spaces blending Provençal décor, exposed beams, and stone with contemporary comfort and design. Also on the premises are an inviting swimming pool and spa and a terraced lounge area.

Day 5

Saint Michel l’Observatoire

Explore the sleepy village of Saint Michel l’Observatoire, where a center for astronomy was built in the 1930s. In the afternoon, visit a family-run goat farm that produces prized Banon cheese for a picnic lunch and tasting.

Accommodation: Bastide Saint Georges Hôtel & Spa, Forcalquier (or equivalent)

Perched high on a hill overlooking the Luberon Natural Park of Provence, this stylish 4-star hotel stretches over extensive grounds. It features spacious rooms and common spaces blending Provençal décor, exposed beams, and stone with contemporary comfort and design. Also on the premises are an inviting swimming pool and spa and a terraced lounge area.

Day 6

Valensole Plateau

This morning, transfer to the Valensole Plateau, where lavender fields stretch out to the horizon. Here, you walk through a giant sea of light purple in the “valley of the sun” before heading back to Forcalquier for a farewell dinner.

Accommodation: Bastide Saint Georges Hôtel & Spa, Forcalquier (or equivalent)

Perched high on a hill overlooking the Luberon Natural Park of Provence, this stylish 4-star hotel stretches over extensive grounds. It features spacious rooms and common spaces blending Provençal décor, exposed beams, and stone with contemporary comfort and design. Also on the premises are an inviting swimming pool and spa and a terraced lounge area.

Day 7

Your France: Lavender in Provence tour concludes

Your trip comes to a close with an hour drive to Aix-en-Provence, where you may continue your explorations or depart for other destinations.

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Flight

Overnight Flight from USA to Marseille, France

Begin your adventure by departing from a convenient gateway city in the United States or Canada. Spend the first night aloft.

Arrival

Arrival into Marseille, France

Upon arrival at Marseille Provence Airport, a representative holding a Country Walkers sign meets you as you exit the baggage-claim area. Please note that there may be up to a 45-minute wait if there are other guests arriving within the same time frame. A complimentary private transfer is provided to the Hôtel Cloître St-Louis, about an hour away. The remainder of the day is at your leisure (no meals included).

Accommodation: Hôtel Cloître St-Louis, Avignon, France

Located within the ancient walls of Avignon’s Old Town, Hôtel Cloître St-Louis is the perfect home base for exploring this remarkable city. With a 16th-century building that was originally a monastery, the hotel blends ancient architecture with modern design, boasting such amenities as a rooftop swimming pool and sun terrace, hidden gardens, and a beautiful restaurant. Rooms feature a minibar, hairdryer, and free Wi-Fi.

Day 1

Join your Country Walkers France: Lavender in Provence tour

Breakfast is included at your hotel.

Your guide(s) will meet you at the Hôtel Cloître St-Louis at 9:30 a.m. in the lobby. Your guide(s) will be wearing a Country Walkers shirt. Please be dressed for walking.

Begin walking above the Rhone Valley in Chateauneuf-du-Pape or Gigondas (weather depending), following undulating farming tracks through age-old vineyards. Later, stop at a wine producer for an estate tour and tasting.

Accommodation: Château de Mazan, Mazan (or equivalent)

This former residence of the Marquis de Sade turned 4-star hotel features 30 elegant rooms, a lovely garden, and a stone swimming pool. The property perfectly highlights the castle’s ancient architecture such as 19th-century tile, a massive staircase and fireplace, and an original library, while offering a warm family welcome and modern amenities.

Day 2

Vaison-la-Romaine market

Today, head to Vaison-la-Romaine to explore its sprawling outdoor market. Then, press on to Mont Ventoux, the tallest peak in Provence, where you may have views of the distant Alps. Dinner this evening is in the town of Crillon le Brave.

Accommodation: Château de Mazan, Mazan (or equivalent)

This former residence of the Marquis de Sade turned 4-star hotel features 30 elegant rooms, a lovely garden, and a stone swimming pool. The property perfectly highlights the castle’s ancient architecture such as 19th-century tile, a massive staircase and fireplace, and an original library, while offering a warm family welcome and modern amenities.

Day 3

Lavender plantations, wine-and-cheese evening

Near the village of Sault, ramble through vivid lavender fields, learning about the precious flower in the high plateaus where it’s grown. Lunch is on your own. Cap your day with an evening of wine and cheese hosted by a master cheese-maker.

Accommodation: Château de Mazan, Mazan (or equivalent)

This former residence of the Marquis de Sade turned 4-star hotel features 30 elegant rooms, a lovely garden, and a stone swimming pool. The property perfectly highlights the castle’s ancient architecture such as 19th-century tile, a massive staircase and fireplace, and an original library, while offering a warm family welcome and modern amenities.

Day 4

Lacoste to Bonnieux. Lavender distillery visit

Walk a route between the stunning hilltop villages of Lacoste and Bonnieux in the Luberon Mountains. You visit a family-run lavender distillery this afternoon.

Accommodation: Bastide Saint Georges Hôtel & Spa, Forcalquier (or equivalent)

Perched high on a hill overlooking the Luberon Natural Park of Provence, this stylish 4-star hotel stretches over extensive grounds. It features spacious rooms and common spaces blending Provençal décor, exposed beams, and stone with contemporary comfort and design. Also on the premises are an inviting swimming pool and spa and a terraced lounge area.

Day 5

Saint Michel l’Observatoire

Explore the sleepy village of Saint Michel l’Observatoire, where a center for astronomy was built in the 1930s. In the afternoon, visit a family-run goat farm that produces prized Banon cheese for a picnic lunch and tasting.

Accommodation: Bastide Saint Georges Hôtel & Spa, Forcalquier (or equivalent)

Perched high on a hill overlooking the Luberon Natural Park of Provence, this stylish 4-star hotel stretches over extensive grounds. It features spacious rooms and common spaces blending Provençal décor, exposed beams, and stone with contemporary comfort and design. Also on the premises are an inviting swimming pool and spa and a terraced lounge area.

Day 6

Valensole Plateau

This morning, transfer to the Valensole Plateau, where lavender fields stretch out to the horizon. Here, you walk through a giant sea of light purple in the “valley of the sun” before heading back to Forcalquier for a farewell dinner.

Accommodation: Bastide Saint Georges Hôtel & Spa, Forcalquier (or equivalent)

Perched high on a hill overlooking the Luberon Natural Park of Provence, this stylish 4-star hotel stretches over extensive grounds. It features spacious rooms and common spaces blending Provençal décor, exposed beams, and stone with contemporary comfort and design. Also on the premises are an inviting swimming pool and spa and a terraced lounge area.

Day 7

Your France: Lavender in Provence tour concludes

You say goodbye to your group this morning in Aix-en-Provence, where you are transferred to the Hôtel Aquabella for a post-tour night. (Lunch and dinner are on your own.)

Accommodation: Hôtel Aquabella, Aix-en-Provence

The Hôtel Aquabella is at the foot of the ancient fortifications. From this convenient location, you can reach all its attractions on foot. Later, unwind in the hotel’s spa or heated pool. With Provençal style, guest rooms are bright and spacious. A restaurant and bar are also on site.

Departure

Au revoir! This morning a complimentary private transfer is provided to Marseille Provence Airport based on your departure time.

Add a Tour Extension to Your Flight + Tour Combo
Post-Tour Extension: Aix en Provence

1 night from only $148*

  • One night at the Hôtel Aquabella*
  • Small-group airport, hotel, and train station transfers
  • One breakfast

By spending an extra day in Southern France, you have ample opportunity to explore Aix-en-Provence—perhaps strolling the “Cézanne Circuit”; visiting the Museé Granet, one of France’s finest art museums; or enjoying a drink and dinner on the quintessentially Provençal Cours Mirabeau. Aix-en-Provence is a city of profound cultural wealth, with a history dating to the Romans and an artistic legacy made famous by Paul Cézanne. Or you may choose to take an easy day trip to France’s lively port city of Marseille.

Single Supplement: $98

*Please note that some hotel city taxes may need to be paid locally.

 

Flight + Tour Combo Inclusions:

  • Round-trip international airfare (includes airline fuel charges and taxes)
  • Small-group airport and hotel transfers
  • One night at the Hôtel Cloître St-Louis in Avignon and one night at the Hôtel Aquabella in Aix-en-Provence*
  • Two breakfasts
  • 7-day/6-night France: Provence Lavender guided walking tour with on-trip inclusions

*Please note that some hotel city taxes may need to be paid locally.

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Aix en Provence
1 nights from only $148*

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Dates & Prices

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2018 Dates Per person, double occupancy Single Supplement
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Jun 18 - Jun 24 $5,298 $848
Jun 25 - Jul 1 $5,298 $848
Jul 9 - Jul 15 $5,298 $848

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Jun 16 - Jun 25 $6,498
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Jun 23 - Jul 2 $6,498 $1,098
Jul 7 - Jul 16 $6,498 $1,098
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Guides

Guides

Our guides' experience, dedication, and enthusiasm make them ideal ambassadors for your destination. They chart the course, finesse the details, and speak the language (English, as well as the local language). They also possess a truly rare skill, knowing when to let serendipity and inspiration take the lead.

Mariska - Provence Lavender Tour Guide
Mariska Mourik

An avid mountaineer, certified paragliding instructor, and professional camerawoman and writer, Mariska Mourik alternates periods of writing with travel, outdoor sports, and guiding. In 1984 she joined the Dutch National Everest expedition as a radio reporter and camerawoman, and climbed 500 feet short of the summit. The daughter of a Dutch diplomat, Mariska has been submerged in different languages and cultures all her life. Her home is currently the South of France, where, in between writing and sharing her passions as a guide, she is renovating a stone house in an abandoned hamlet.

Pierre Luneau
Pierre Luneau

Pierre Luneau studied at a renowned art school in Paris before joining his brother in a ceramics studio. The ultimate adventurer, Pierre used to drive his vintage car 450 miles across France and back, only to enjoy a weekend of extreme climbing in the Alps. Later in life he left his art venture to become a certified paragliding instructor. He now combines his love for flying with walking the paths of southern France. Pierre is known to share his passion for wildflowers, history, travels, and storytelling with an insatiable youthful energy.

Stuart Sommers Walking Guide
Stuart Sommers

Stuart Sommers is Canadian by birth but Provençal in his heart, having spent the 15 years of his life exploring and leading groups along the trails of Provence. With broad knowledge of the region, he is delighted to share the many aspects of the countryside from human and natural history, to wine and cuisine. When he’s not with guests, he’s most likely out scouting and writing about new routes.

Charlotte Luneau
Anne Charlotte Luneau

From a family of mountain guides, Anne Charlotte Luneau grew up with an appreciation of nature, walking and hiking, and translated this to guiding walking tours in Corsica and in Provence. Her carpe diem outlook has led her to travel the world and try out a range of jobs from dental hygienist to lumberjack. She is thrilled to share her passion for the natural world with guests, especially her knowledge and love of botany.

Magali Faugères

Magali Faugères grew up in Arles and Beziers, in the south of France. She studied philosophy, art history, and environmental issues and has worked for environmental education centers that offer children and young adults weeklong residential programs. When she’s not leading tours she works as a website translator for a Nepali agency that organizes treks. She has lived throughout France and now resides in Avignon.

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