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Guided Walking : Europe

France: Lavender in Provence

Easy to Moderate Terrain: 4-8 Miles Daily

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Experience the allure of Provence with lavender in bloom—from landscapes that inspired the Impressionists to world-renowned wineries and exquisite cuisine. Stroll through delightfully scented lavender fields, distilleries, and outdoor markets of Provence—exploring the places where the iconic plant is grown, processed, and sold…and, in addition, experiencing the peaceful essence of life in Southern France. Sample acclaimed vintages at a Rhone wine vineyard in Chateauneuf-du-Pape or Gigondas with a knowledgeable wine expert. Enjoy dinner with a master cheesemaker, each delectable creation paired with the perfect wine. Walk the cobblestone streets of Gordes and surroundings, above the Calavon valley and crowned with a gold-stone castle. Throughout your journey, you’ll stay in authentic accommodations, including an estate once owned by the Marquis de Sade.


Tour Highlights:
  • Walk through the sun-drenched vineyards of Châteauneuf-du-Pape or Gigondas, learning first-hand about the concept of terroir, and visit an estate château for a tasting.
  • In medieval Vaison-la-Romaine, explore the vibrant outdoor market, finding everything from farm-fresh olives to exceptional lavender soaps.
  • Walk through oak forests and terraced fields along the slopes of Mont Ventoux before enjoying an afternoon café on the summit.
  • Stay in intimate inns with exclusive dining rooms that feature regional delicacies—Picodon goat cheese, fougasse (flatbread), or marinated lamb—served with a local vintage.
Flight + Tour Combo

10 days, 9 nights

FROM $6,198 USD

per person, double occupancy

Tour extensions available
Aix en Provence | 2 nights $348

Tour Only

7 days, 6 nights

FROM $4,798 USD

per person, double occupancy



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Itinerary & Accommodations

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Day 1

Meet in Aix-En-Provence

Begin walking above the Rhone Valley in Châteauneuf-du-Pape or Gigondas (weather depending), a lovely hilltop region where renowned Rhone wine is made, following undulating farming tracks through age-old vineyards. Later, stop at one of the many producers of these well-regarded vintages for a tour and tasting.

Accommodation: Château de Mazan, Mazan (or equivalent)

This former residence of the Marquis de Sade turned four-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

After breakfast at your hotel in Mazan, head to Vaison-la-Romaine to explore its sprawling outdoor market—set up in small squares throughout the town. Then, press on to Mont Ventoux, the tallest peak in Provence, where you may have views of the distant Alps, and this evening, dinner in the town of Crillon le Brave.

Accommodation: Château de Mazan, Mazan (or equivalent)

This former residence of the Marquis de Sade turned four-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

Wine and cheese evening

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

Accommodation: Château de Mazan, Mazan (or equivalent)

This former residence of the Marquis de Sade turned four-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

Lavender distillery visit

Gordes—a breathtaking hilltop village often regarded as the most beautiful in France—stroll along medieval streets before continuing to lesser-known paths of the Luberon Mountains and a picnic lunch. You visit a family-run lavender distillery in the afternoon.

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

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

Day 5

Saint Michel l’Observatoire

Explore the sleepy village of Saint Michel l’Observatoire, which sits at 1,800 feet, where the air is so pure and the skies so clear that a center for astronomy was built here 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 four-star hotel stretches over extensive grounds. Featuring spacious rooms and common spaces blending Provencal décor, exposed beams and stone, with contemporary comfort and design, also on the premises are an inviting swimming pool and spa and terraced lounge area.

Day 6

Valensole Plateau

After croissants and café au lait at your hotel, transfer to the Valensole Plateau, where a seemingly infinite expanse of lavender fields stretches 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 four-star hotel stretches over extensive grounds. Featuring spacious rooms and common spaces blending Provencal décor, exposed beams and stone, with contemporary comfort and design, also on the premises are an inviting swimming pool and spa and terraced lounge area.

Day 7

Departure from Forcalquier

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

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Flight

Overnight Flight from USA to Marseille, France

Please refer to your air itinerary for your specific flight details.

Arrival

Arrival into Marseille, France

Upon arrival at Marseille Provence Airport, a representative holding a Country Walkers sign will meet 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 will be provided to the Hôtel Aquabella, about a 30-minute drive away. The remainder of the day is at your leisure (no meals included).

Accommodation: Hôtel Aquabella, Aix-en-Provence

The Hotel 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.

Day 1

Join your Country Walkers France: Provence Lavender tour

Breakfast is included at your hotel. Your guide(s) will meet you at the Hôtel Aquabella at 9:30 a.m. in the lobby. Your guide(s) will be wearing a Country Walkers shirt. Please be dressed for walking. Please refer to the France: Provence Lavender (7-day/6-night) itinerary for full tour details.

Begin walking above the Rhone Valley in Châteauneuf-du-Pape or Gigondas (weather depending), a lovely hilltop region where renowned Rhone wine is made, following undulating farming tracks through age-old vineyards. Later, stop at one of the many producers of these well-regarded vintages for a tour and tasting.

Accommodation: Château de Mazan, Mazan (or equivalent)

This former residence of the Marquis de Sade turned four-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

After breakfast at your hotel in Mazan, head to Vaison-la-Romaine to explore its sprawling outdoor market—set up in small squares throughout the town. Then, press on to Mont Ventoux, the tallest peak in Provence, where you may have views of the distant Alps, and this evening, dinner in the town of Crillon le Brave.

Accommodation: Château de Mazan, Mazan (or equivalent)

This former residence of the Marquis de Sade turned four-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

Wine and cheese evening

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

Accommodation: Château de Mazan, Mazan (or equivalent)

This former residence of the Marquis de Sade turned four-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

Lavender distillery visit

Gordes—a breathtaking hilltop village often regarded as the most beautiful in France—stroll along medieval streets before continuing to lesser-known paths of the Luberon Mountains and a picnic lunch. You visit a family-run lavender distillery in the afternoon.

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

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

Day 5

Saint Michel l’Observatoire

Explore the sleepy village of Saint Michel l’Observatoire, which sits at 1,800 feet, where the air is so pure and the skies so clear that a center for astronomy was built here 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 four-star hotel stretches over extensive grounds. Featuring spacious rooms and common spaces blending Provencal décor, exposed beams and stone, with contemporary comfort and design, also on the premises are an inviting swimming pool and spa and terraced lounge area.

Day 6

Valensole Plateau

After croissants and café au lait at your hotel, transfer to the Valensole Plateau, where a seemingly infinite expanse of lavender fields stretches 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 four-star hotel stretches over extensive grounds. Featuring spacious rooms and common spaces blending Provencal décor, exposed beams and stone, with contemporary comfort and design, also on the premises are an inviting swimming pool and spa and terraced lounge area.

Day 7

Departure from Forcalquier

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

Post-Night

Tour Departure from Avignon

After saying goodbye to your group in Avignon, you’ll transfer to Hôtel Cloître St-Louis for a post-tour night. (Lunch and dinner are on your own.)

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 amenities like a rooftop swimming pool and sun terrace, hidden gardens, and a beautiful restaurant. Rooms feature minibar, hairdryer, and free Wi-Fi.

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
Pre-Tour Extension: Aix en Provence

2 nights from only $348

  • Two nights at the Hôtel Aquabella*
  • Small-group airport, hotel, and train station transfers
  • Two breakfasts

By departing two days before your scheduled tour begins, you’ll have ample opportunity to get settled in Aix-en-Provence—perhaps using your extra time to stroll the “Cezanne Circuit,” visit the Museé Granet, one of France’s finest art museums, or enjoy a drink and dinner on the Cours Mirabeau. Aix-en-Provence is a city of profound cultural wealth, with a history dating back to the Romans and an artistic legacy made famous by Paul Cezanne.

Single Supplement: $198

*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 Aquabella in Aix-en-Provence and one night at the Hôtel Cloître St-Louis in Avignon*
  • 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.

Tour Extension Available

Aix en Provence
2 nights from only $348

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Dates & Prices

Due to high demand, this tour has limited availability for 2017.
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Tour Only

2017 Dates Per person, double occupancy Single Supplement
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Jun 12 - Jun 18 $4,798 $848
Jun 19 - Jun 25 $4,798 $848

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Jun 10 - Jun 19 $6,198
$1,048
Jun 17 - Jun 26 $6,198 $1,048
*Savings applicable to new bookings only. Standard Terms & Conditions apply when purchasing this trip. Prices include all airline surcharges and Government taxes and fees. Call for details. All prices are subject to change. Departure dates and prices shown may be updated several times daily, and apply to new bookings only. We reserve the right to correct errors.

Private Adventure

Make this Tour a Private Adventure

You can transform this itinerary into an exclusive experience for you and your fellow guests. Enjoy all the same walks and inclusions as on our traditional tours, in the company of the same expert guides. Simply gather your friends, choose your preferred departure date, and we’ll take care of the rest.

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2017 Dates Number of Travelers
6 - 11 12 - 18 Single Supplement
Jun 20 - Jul 10$4,998$4,798$848

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.

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