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Provence Picturesque Villages Small Group Day Trip from Avignon

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Avignon, France

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icon5 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 2 more
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Discover Provence’s lavender fields and enchanting villages with a 5-hour trip from Avignon. Travel through the countryside by comfortable coach, marveling at the bursts of color that make up the region’s Mediterranean landscape. See the ochre quarries of Roussillon, visit the hilltop town of Gordes and enjoy a refreshing walk in Fontaine de Vaucluse. The small-group format ensures a custom experience for all!
  • Provence villages and lavender fields half-day tour from Avignon
  • Travel through Provence’s beautiful lavender fields, in full bloom during the summer
  • View the unique red cliffs of Roussillon
  • Visit Gordes, considered one of France’s most beautiful villages
  • Small-group tour limited to eight people ensures a more personalized experience
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Local guide
Transport by air-conditioned minivan
Food and drinks, unless specified
Hotel pick up / drop off

Departure Point

41 Cours Jean Jaurès, 84000 Avignon, France

Departure Time

9:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Your morning or afternoon small-group tour begins with pickup from your Avignon hotel. Take a seat in the comfortable minivan and enjoy the passing Provençal landscape, famous for endless swathes of lavender and postcard-worthy villages carved from stone. The summer particularly affords glorious views, which you’ll have the chance to capture at photo stops such at the medieval Sénanque Abbey.

Explore beautiful Rousillon, a hilltop village at the edge of the Luberon mountain range, marked for its brilliant red stone buildings. Learn about the town’s unique mining history as you view the surrounding ochre cliffs, painted in shades of red and yellow. Then continue to Gordes, one of France’s most gorgeous villages. Composed of white stone, this ancient town seems to rise straight from the earth. As you walk the narrow cobblestone streets, take in the scenery that inspired artists such as Pablo Picasso and Peter Mayle, author of A Year in Provence. 

Your last stop is Fontaine de Vaucluse, a typical provençal village built at the spring of the Sorgues river. 

Your 5-hour tour ends with drop-off at your Avignon hotel by early afternoon or evening.
Stop At:  
Free time in the village famous for the red ochre
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Le Sentier des Ocres
Possibility to take 30-minute path to discover the impressive ochre cliffs.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Photo stop from the panorama view point
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
La Fontaine de Vaucluse
Free time to walk to the source of the Sorgue River.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Provence Reservation

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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What is the maximum group size during Provence Picturesque Villages Small Group Day Trip from Avignon?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers.

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28 Reviews

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Trip cancelled without notifying
, Jun 2020
I booked this trip 3 days in advance and received a confirmation for the chosen day. However, on a day of the trip service provider told me that all trips are cancelled due to corona. I never received a cancellation infromation or my reimbursement.
A fascinating day!
, Nov 2019
The villages we went to were beautiful and very interesting, and the guide was pleasant and extremely well informed. We also liked the way in which he would give us an introductory overview to each place, then provide us a map and leave us to do our sight-seeing at our own pace and discretion - then answer questions arising from our impressions as we moved on in the mini-bus.
Quick visit to the Luberon Area
, Oct 2019
This was great way to see visit tow of the Luberon hilltop villages and see the source of the Sorgue River. Our guide was very helpful and informative.
Scenic Day
, Jun 2019
Our tour to Roussillion, Gordes and Vauclause with Amar was wonderful. He was a great guide and explained things very well. Well worth the trip.
Viator bait and switch
Marc S
, Aug 2018
Viator changed the locations of the trip, never informing the 2 couples taking the trip. The trip booked sold fir more than the trip taken on. Where is the refund
Really enjoyed this tour. It lasted...
Kitso L
, Aug 2017
Really enjoyed this tour. It lasted about 5 hours, and comprised of a visit to the lavender museum which is filled with various stills and other distillation equipment. A short movie gives you an overview of the lavender industry. Following that, we drove to Roussillon, where we were free to walk around for about an hour, and then over to Gourdes, with similar freedom to meander. Both of these villages are charming and beautiful. Our host, Doreen was very knowledgeable, and gave us good insights on Avignon and the villages as she drove us around in her air-conditioned van. If you do not have the time to do each of these places for a day on your own, this is a very good tour to take.
Tour guide excellent. Enjoyed the...
John K
, Oct 2016
Tour guide excellent. Enjoyed the tour good variety of visits, unfortunately too late in season to see the lavender fields. Would recommend.
This half day trip was booked for...
Kevin B
, Aug 2016
This half day trip was booked for friday 22nd July 2016 my 54th birthday, and my first full day in the Provence countryside. My wife and I had paid 102 for this ½ day and we were met by driver Marc as arranged at our hotel we shared this excursion with a couple from Quebec in Canada who like us had eager expectations of seeing some Lavender fields. Driver Marc who coincidentally shared his birthday with me took us first to the Lavander Museum in Cousetellet where he made arrangements for our small group to have a leisurely look there at the end of the trip. Little did we realise that the only Lavender we would get to photograph would be the displays in the fields right by the museum. It seemed that even by 22nd July the vast majority had been harvested and it was apparently not worth our while to drive to either Sault or the Abbey of Senanque. Marc did a great job of highlighting the very pretty villages of Gordes and Roussillon, though it was slightly disappointing that there wasnt enough time to do the Ochre Sentier or footpath. In addition, we drove straight past a lavender field just outside Roussillon, and also enjoyed a fleeting glimpse of the sunflower fields sadly there was nowhere to stop for pictures. We did thoroughly enjoy the bright vivid colours of Roussillon, but having paid 102 and expected to see fields of lavender our memories will always be tinged with disappointment discounts should be offered or the trip should be marketed differently once lavender has been harvested.
I would like to have seen more...
Claire M
, Jun 2016
I would like to have seen more lavender and had less time in the villages. I think I speak for our group when I say I was disappointed not to be able to spend time in the lavender fields - we had literally five minutes!
The whole exercise was to visit the...
Estrella I
, Sep 2015
The whole exercise was to visit the lavender fields. I think if the lavender field were already harvested you should have informed us so we could decide if we still wanted the tour. Was very disappointed.

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