Exploring the Provence region from Avignon promises an unforgettable journey. Visitors can enjoy the captivating Luberon Valley, marvel at the 12th-century Senanque Abbey, and uncover the ancient Roman engineering of the Pont du Gard. Along the way, they’ll discover traditional Provençal towns and follow in the footsteps of the legendary artist Vincent Van Gogh. With a small-group tour, travelers can soak up the authentic atmosphere of the Provençal countryside. Whether seeking natural wonders, architectural gems, or cultural insights, this comprehensive excursion delivers an enriching exploration of Provence’s highlights.

Key Points

Provence Highlights Full-Day Tour From Avignon - Key Points

  • Scenic drive through the picturesque Luberon Valley and visit the 12th-century Cistercian Senanque Abbey, renowned for its beautiful lavender fields.
  • Explore the iconic Provence lavender fields, a quintessential symbol of the region, and learn about the vibrant purple hues.
  • Marvel at the ancient Roman Pont du Gard aqueduct bridge, a UNESCO World Heritage site with impressive engineering and enduring legacy.
  • Discover the traditional Provencal towns of Roussillon, les Baux de Provence, and Gordes, showcasing the authentic Provençal way of life.
  • Follow in the footsteps of Vincent Van Gogh in Saint Remy de Provence, exploring the sites that inspired his iconic paintings.

Luberon Valley and Senanque Abbey

Provence Highlights Full-Day Tour From Avignon - Luberon Valley and Senanque Abbey

The tour begins with a scenic drive through the picturesque Luberon Valley, where visitors admire the rolling hills and traditional Provençal villages dotting the landscape.

The group then arrives at the magnificent Senanque Abbey, a 12th-century Cistercian monastery renowned for its beautiful lavender fields that bloom in the summer.

Guests have the opportunity to explore the abbey’s tranquil cloisters and marvel at the striking contrast between the stone architecture and the vibrant purple hues of the lavender.

Whether the fields are in bloom or not, the abbey’s serene ambiance and well-preserved Romanesque features make it a highlight of the Provence tour.

Provence Lavender Fields (Seasonal)

Provence Highlights Full-Day Tour From Avignon - Provence Lavender Fields (Seasonal)

After visiting the Senanque Abbey, the tour makes its way to the iconic Provence lavender fields, where visitors can enjoy the stunning purple hues and intoxicating aromas – but only during the seasonal bloom, typically from June to August.

The vibrant lavender fields are a quintessential symbol of Provence and a highlight for many visitors. Guests will have the opportunity to wander through the rows of fragrant flowers, snap Instagram-worthy photos, and fully experience the tranquility and beauty of this picturesque landscape.

The tour allows time to soak in the serene atmosphere and capture the essence of the Provençal countryside before moving on to the next destination.

Ancient Roman Pont Du Gard

Next, the tour moves on to marvel at the ancient Roman Pont du Gard, a UNESCO World Heritage site that’s sure to impress. This impressive aqueduct bridge, which stands over 150 feet tall, was constructed in the 1st century AD to transport water from a nearby spring to the ancient city of Nîmes. Visitors can explore the impressive engineering of this well-preserved Roman structure and learn about its remarkable history.

Feature Description
Height Over 150 feet tall
Construction 1st century AD
Purpose Transport water to Nîmes
Designation UNESCO World Heritage site

This iconic landmark offers a glimpse into the ingenuity and craftsmanship of the Roman Empire, captivating visitors with its sheer scale and enduring legacy.

Traditional Provencal Towns

Provence Highlights Full-Day Tour From Avignon - Traditional Provencal Towns

This tour offers visitors a chance to explore several traditional Provencal towns, each with its own unique charm and character.

Roussillon, known for its vibrant ochre cliffs, les Baux de Provence, a picturesque medieval village perched atop a rocky outcrop, and Gordes, considered one of the most beautiful villages in France, provide a glimpse into the authentic Provençal way of life.

Visitors can wander through the narrow streets, admire the traditional architecture, and soak up the laid-back atmosphere that has made these towns so beloved. Whether it’s browsing the local markets, enjoying a leisurely lunch, or simply taking in the stunning scenery, these Provencal towns offer a truly authentic taste of the region.

Footsteps of Van Gogh

Provence Highlights Full-Day Tour From Avignon - Footsteps of Van Gogh

The tour allows visitors to follow in the footsteps of the renowned artist Vincent Van Gogh in Saint Remy de Provence, where he spent a significant portion of his productive years. Guests can explore the historic town that inspired many of Van Gogh’s most iconic paintings, such as the iconic ‘Starry Night’ and ‘Wheat Field with Crows.’

The tour highlights four key Van Gogh sites in Saint Remy:

  1. The Saint-Paul de Mausole Asylum, where Van Gogh was voluntarily admitted and created over 150 paintings.
  2. The Olive Grove, which inspired his famous ‘Olive Trees’ series.
  3. The Entrance to the Asylum, the subject of his renowned ‘Road with Cypresses’ painting.
  4. The views of Les Alpilles mountains, which can be seen in several of his landscape works.

Small-Group Tour Highlights

Provence Highlights Full-Day Tour From Avignon - Small-Group Tour Highlights

Along With following in Van Gogh’s footsteps, this small-group Provence tour from Avignon showcases the region’s natural and architectural wonders. Guests marvel at the ancient Roman Pont du Gard, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and admire the picturesque Luberon Valley and its lavender fields during the seasonal bloom. The tour then ventures to charming Provencal towns like Roussillon, les Baux de Provence, and Gordes, immersing visitors in the local culture and history.

Tour Highlights Inclusions
Luberon Valley Driver/guide
Senanque Abbey Transport by air-conditioned minivan
Provence Lavender Fields (seasonal) Bottled water

The small-group size of 8 people or fewer ensures a more personalized and intimate experience throughout the day.

Inclusions and Logistics

Provence Highlights Full-Day Tour From Avignon - Inclusions and Logistics

Alongside the tour highlights, the Provence Highlights Full-Day Tour from Avignon includes a driver/guide, transport by air-conditioned minivan, and bottled water to keep travelers comfortable throughout the day.

The tour meets at the Avignon tourist office at 9:00 AM and returns to the same location at the end of the day.

This small-group tour is limited to 8 people, ensuring a more personalized experience.

The tour logistics include:

  1. Meeting point: In front of the tourist office, 41 Cr Jean Jaurès, 84000 Avignon
  2. Start time: 09:00 AM
  3. End point: Returns to the meeting point
  4. Cancellation policy: You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund

Cancellation Policy

Provence Highlights Full-Day Tour From Avignon - Cancellation Policy

With a flexible cancellation policy, travelers can cancel their booking up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund.

If the minimum number of travelers isn’t met, guests will be offered an alternative date/experience or a full refund. This allows for a hassle-free booking process, giving customers the freedom to adjust their plans if needed.

The tour operator understands that plans can change, and they want to ensure a positive experience for all participants. The transparent cancellation terms provide peace of mind and allow travelers to book the Provence Highlights Full-Day Tour from Avignon with confidence, knowing they can get a full refund if their plans suddenly change.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is This Tour Suitable for Children?

The tour may not be the most suitable for young children, as it involves extensive walking and touring historic sites. It’s best suited for older children and teens who can appreciate the sights and handle the pace.

Can I Bring My Own Snacks and Drinks?

Absolutely! Passengers are welcome to bring their own snacks and drinks on the tour. The tour company encourages travelers to pack a lunch and stay hydrated throughout the day’s adventures.

How Much Walking Is Involved During the Tour?

The tour involves moderate walking through the Luberon Valley, Senanque Abbey, and traditional Provencal towns. While the pace is leisurely, guests should be prepared to walk up to 3-4 miles throughout the day.

Can I Customize the Itinerary to My Preferences?

The tour’s itinerary is pre-set, but you can discuss with the guide if you’d like to spend more or less time at certain stops to customize the experience to your preferences within the tour’s timeframe.

Is Wifi Available in the Minivan During the Tour?

The tour does not provide WiFi in the minivan. However, guests can enjoy the scenic landscapes and enjoy the Provencal experience without distractions during the journey.

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Recap

The Provence Highlights Full-Day Tour from Avignon offers an immersive exploration of the region’s captivating landscapes, historic landmarks, and artistic heritage.

Visitors can indulge in the natural beauty of the Luberon Valley, marvel at the Senanque Abbey and its lavender fields, and discover the ancient Roman engineering of the Pont du Gard.

This comprehensive tour provides a unique opportunity to experience the essence of Provence and its charming Provençal towns.

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