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Verdon Gorge (Gorges du Verdon)
Verdon Gorge (Gorges du Verdon)

Verdon Gorge (Gorges du Verdon)

Alpes de Haute Provence, France

The Basics

Whether you're after adventure or relaxation, the Alpes de Haute Provence region has it all. The stretch of the Verdon River that flows between Castellane and Chasteuil boasts Class I-IV rapids, making it an ideal place for thrill-seeking rafters. Hiking trails abound, with the 9-mile (14-km) Sentier Martel trail ranking as one of the country's top treks, while the emerald waters of the Sainte-Croix-du-Verdon lake, nestled deep within the limestone canyon, prove the perfect place to swim or sunbathe. For rock climbers, the gorge provides ample adventures with its 15-mile (25-km) network of climbing routes.

Experience the best of Provence (Verdon Gorge included) on a day trip tour from Cannes, Aix-en-Provence, or Nice that also visits the picturesque pilgrimage site of Castellane and the medieval village of Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, famed for its pottery industry.

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Visit the fields of lavender and the gorges du verdon.
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Visit the fields of lavender and the gorges du verdon.
$98.40 per adult
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See the countryside and feel the forces of nature folded rocks lakes and twisting mountain roads
Vultures flowers tomatoes in the market at Castellane . Lavender bushes like caterpillars across the plateau fields . Tourquoise water in the gorge and sky blue sunshine with vultures along the gorge , yellow and blue flowers in solidarity with Ukraine .
Angela_P, May 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Cannes

star-5
soooooo goooood tour!!
JOONWOO_Y, May 2022
Visit the fields of lavender and the gorges du verdon.
guide is very kindness, good explain, safty driving, enough free time given to me I'm really really satisfied this tour verdon is fantastic, and good people with tour, so very happy day
star-5
Absolute Gem!
Jennifer_L, May 2022
Gorges du Verdon Shared Tour from Nice
The whole day was amazing. It was a very packed day but everything we saw were beautiful. And the best part is our guide Nora. She told us about the history of the places, answered our questions, engaged us throughout the day. She was very accommodating and easy going. Thanks Nora for making it such a memorable day!
star-4
Great trip despite rain in the afternoon Scenery is stunning!
Martina_A, May 2022
Visit the fields of lavender and the gorges du verdon.
Gorges de verdon and blue lake fantastic scenery. Also small villages along the way. Lavender fields not in bloom but still worth seeing .
star-4
Beautiful but not entirely accurate
Christy, May 2022
Gorges du Verdon Shared Tour from Nice
Georges is a knowledgeable and personable guide, but the members of our group were very frustrated that the tour was not as advertised. We made frequent stops at beautiful places, but were not given the choice to do so. As a result, the trip to Lac St Croix was less than 40 minutes (instead of 3 hours listed on the web) and there was no time to do what we came for - boating and water activities. We expressed before Moustiers St Marie that we wanted time for boating, but it did not seem important to the guide- he had another tour that evening and seemed to rush. It should have been explained to our group that our other stops were not part of the tour and time there would reduce our time at the lake, and all of us who came for water sports were very disappointed. It also should be outlined in your web info that boat companies require passport or photo ID to rent, and that there was a donation to required to view cascade sur loup so that guests are better prepared. A beautiful day to be sure, but it should have been billed as a le vars/Alpes de Provençe village tour with a stop at the Gorges, not as a Gorges de Verdon tour.
star-5
Have to do it! Most beautiful side of France
n_k, Apr 2022
Visit the fields of lavender and the gorges du verdon.
Loved it!!! Abdul was the sweetest host and drove us around and gave us a full explanation for all the Grand Canyon of Europe, the lavender fields, and all scenic sports! Moistures of Saint Marie and the whole gorges du vernon was beautiful to another level! I would recommend this everyone!
star-5
Breathtaking and awesome
Bryon_D, Sep 2021
Gorges du Verdon Private Tour
We had a wonderful time on our tour to the Verdon Gorge. We booked a private tour. Our guide provided lots of history along with other interesting information and let us dictate the flow of our day.
star-4
Gorges du Verdon
Compass34113427567, Jul 2019
Gorges du Verdon Private Tour
Scenery is excellent, A+. Little villages are nice stops, also. This was a trip that we would not have attempted as independent travelers with a rental car due to the switchbacks and rural setting. My only suggestion for improvement is that the guide, although friendly, acted entirely as a driver and provided no commentary - was not a professional guide, as anticipated. That aspect was disappointing and thus, I can't give the trip 5 stars.
star-5
Wonderful experience
Diana_L, Apr 2022
Visit the fields of lavender and the gorges du verdon.
Our guide was fantastic. I can’t remember her name but she was from Russian and has lived her over 20 years. She shared so much history of France and gave us beautiful memories.
star-5
Interesting and enjoyable day trip
162MarianneS, Jun 2019
Verdon Gorge and Moustiers Ste-Marie Tour from Aix-en-Provence
This tour lived up to expectations and description. The visit to the L’Occitaine factory was interesting, a good amount of time. We were lucky to be there in the three weeks that the lavender was in bloom, and our guide took the trouble to stop at a particularly scenic spot for us to look at the lavender and sage and take photos. Moustiers was very picturesque. The views of the gorge and lake were breathtaking and our guide took us to a spot where we could get better views with few other tourists. It was a slightly challenging short walk (due to the rocky ground) to this viewpoint. Finally, we had enough time at the lake to have a swim and some hired a paddle boat - it was a very hot day and most welcome. There is nowhere private to change if you want to swim, and you need to take thongs or boat shoes because the shore is rocky. Overall a great day.
star-5
A very nice experience
IFIGENEIA_S, Dec 2021
Visit the fields of lavender and the gorges du verdon.
Our guide, Parfait, went over the limits to please us, since we did the tour late December when there are no lavenders. We saw some picturesque villages and he drove us extra to a chocolate factory and the Fragonard parfumery. Highly recommended!
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We enjoyed the ride, all...
Phoebe_P, Dec 2021
Visit the fields of lavender and the gorges du verdon.
We enjoyed the ride, all the villages were so picturesque and even though it wasn't the season for fully bloomed lavender, it was all worth it...And we had the best guide ever! Milles merci!
star-5
Excellent
Abbie_N, Mar 2022
Visit the fields of lavender and the gorges du verdon.
Tour was great and guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. The guide was also very accommodating when it came to stopping for pictures etc. There's only 2 things that could be improved: which is that the online info said there would be time for lunch, but there wasn't really enough time in each place to go to a restaurant and the stops were not at times when restaurants were open. If this is the case, maybe it would be good to advice people prior to the tour to bring lunch. Secondly, we knew the lavender fields were not going to be in bloom during the time we went, but it doesn't seem right to me to advertise that as a main attraction when there is only a 3 week window where this is available. This may lead to others being disappointed.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The majority of tours departing from Cannes, Aix-en-Provence, and Nice provide hotel pickup and drop-off.

  • Choose between a group or private tour, both available with half- and full-day options.

  • Outdoor activities include rock climbing and kayaking.

  • Remember sunscreen, hiking boots, and appropriate attire for outdoor Verdon Gorge adventures.

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How to Get There

A couple of hours' drive west from St. Tropez, the right bank of the Verdon Gorge is easy to reach from the north (on route D952 from Castellane to Moustiers-Sainte-Marie) by car. From the south, it's better to follow its left bank (on routes D71, D90 and D955 from Aiguines to Castellane). The Verdon Gorge is more difficult to access via public transport.

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When to Get There

Summer is the perfect time to visit the Verdon Gorge. Reliable sunshine makes all outdoor activities possible, while warm temperatures also allow visitors to camp throughout the region. During summer, tours usually visit the scenic Valensole Plateau and Grasse to see the blooming lavender fields.

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Wildlife in the Gorge

Natural beauty is not the only reason to visit Verdon. The area is a cornucopia of wildlife, attracting birders and flower fanatics alike. Expect to see griffon vultures, the goat-antelope-hybrid chamois, and hoopoes, birds known for their striking striped pattern and eccentric crown of feathers. Turn your gaze downward to admire the lush flora; orchids, hawthorn, and yarrow are among the most prevalent blooms.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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