Nestled on the border of a great wooded plateau, the village of Sault affords spectacular views of immense blue lavender fields alternating with fields of wheat. If you are touring the place in August, you could be just in time for some lavender revelry.
Stroll around the village, with wide squares, a few cafes and a well-restored church, and pick up some interesting lavender souvenirs from the local shops.
Our highly recommended trip to the Lavender Museum in Provence will give you a glimpse into the reaping and distillation process of fine lavender, popularly known as the "Swiss Knife of aromatherapy".
05 Jun - 15 Aug: DailyDuration
9 hoursStart time
Start Time: 9:00am
(If your accommodation is located outside Avignon, the pick up time can be from 8.40 am to 9.20 am)
Duration: 9 hours
Your hotel in Avignon.
(Please advise your hotel details at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator 24 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details.)
If you are not staying in a hotel in Avignon, a pick-up can be organized for you from the front of Provence Reservation 61, rue Grande Fusterie – next to the Pont d'Avignon.
The tour ends at the starting point
In the morning, you will be picked up in an air-conditioned minibus from your hotel in Avignon. Accompanied by an English-speaking guide, you will be taken around the lavender fields of Provence.
Drive to the traditional open market in the village of Provence and you will come across stalls selling a range of fresh fruits and vegetables.
Further on, proceed along the picturesque road through wild lavender fields to Sault, situated about 65 kilometres from Avignon. The pretty village of Sault is situated on the border of a great wooded plateau at a height of about 776 metres. Enjoy the stunning views of its lavender fields. The village also hosts summer lavender festivals, the biggest being held on the 15th of August every year. The celebration comprises of games, competitions and other activities to do with lavender, including sales exhibition of local products. You will have leisure time in Sault to pick up some souvenirs from its impressive lavender shops.
You could visit the picturesque village of Goult located between Gordes and Roussillon, or the village of Roussillon and appreciate the beauty of its ochre-coloured cliffs and surreal landscape. You could buy lunch from the market in the villages (cost not included), as there is no designated stop for lunch in the tour.
Continue to Coustellet across lavender fields and small picturesque villages. Stop for a photo-opportunity at St. Jean, Lioux and Gordes (some of the most beautiful villages of France). Visit the village of Gordes, one of the most well-known hilltop villages in the region. Stroll around and you will see houses of white stone and labyrinth of narrow cobblestone streets. Along the way, make a photo-stop at the Senanque Abbey, a Cistercian monument surrounded by a wonderful lavender field. (Blooming period is mid June to mid July, and this stop is only organized between June 15th and July 15th).
Proceed to the Lavender Museum in Coustellet where you can learn everything about lavender. The museum was created by the Lincele family, cultivators and distillers of fine lavender for over 5 generations. The Linceles are one of the largest producers of fine lavender in the region. The museum tells you the history of distillation of this ancient plant and its utilization in medicines and perfumes. You will come across an impressive collection of copper stills dating from the 16th century. A 10-minute audiovisual documentary about the reaping and distillation is also projected on to the big screen in the museum's cinema. You can pick up some interesting lavender souvenirs from the museum boutique.
After a memorable lavender tour, you will be dropped back to your hotel in Avignon.
Please call the local activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure details.
There should be minimum 2 passengers for guaranteed departure. Should this number not be met for your chosen date you will be offered an alternative date or a full refund.
At the beginning of the season (June to the beginning of July), we go to Roussillon instead of Sault (lavender blooms later there).
At the end of the season (July to mid-August), we go to Sault instead of Roussillon
Senanque stop is organized only between June 15th and July 15th. Outside this period, we do not go to Senanque and spend more time in Gordes.
I have been around Avignon quite a few times and have explored this region fairly well. I basically booked this tour for my mother, as the itinerary seems great for someone who...Ying Ding, Germany, 07/Jul/2017
Very good tour guide. Beautiful lavender scenery. Highly recommended....CHARLES C. HAN, Taiwan, 09/Aug/2016
Great timing for lavender farm adventure....Wu Pey Ye, Malaysia, 21/Jul/2016