Visit the vibrant Provence lavender fields on a full-day trip from Marseille! Traveling with an expert local guide, you'll spend the morning of your tour in the pretty town of Aix-en-Provence visiting its markets, before continuing to the Valensole Plateau. The landscape here comes to life in June and July, when the fields fill with eye-catching swathes of fragrant lavender. Stop for photos and shop for essential oils and flowers in Valensole village.Numbers are limited to eight on this small-group tour, ensuring you’ll see the best of the lavender fields with personalized attention from your guide.
Meet your guide at Marseille Vieux Port in the morning, and then set off by air-conditioned minivan to Aix-en-Provence -- a chic little town in the heart of the Provence region. Stroll through Aix’s streets with your guide and browse the wares at one of the town’s vibrant markets.Enjoy roughly three hours at leisure in the town to soak up the ambiance and take lunch (own expense). You guide will happily give you tips for the best places to eat or to simply sit and watch the world go by.After meeting back at a pre-arranged time, leave Aix by minivan and travel to the achingly beautiful Valensole Plateau – an area that bursts to life in the summer with a fragrant abundance of lavender and almond trees. Aptly translated from Latin as ‘valley of the sun,' Valensole is perfectly positioned with its sunny climate and fertile ground to grow lavender... and lots of it! As you travel through its picturesque streets, stop for photos in the magnificent lavender fields, and then explore Valensole village at leisure, perhaps shopping for lavender flowers and essential oils to take home.Return to Marseille in the late afternoon, passing through more picturesque Provence countryside on the way to the coast. Your tour ends back at Marseille Vieux Port.