Tour Provence with Sunshine Lavender Farm

      Provence, France

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      26 reviews
      Jun 30 - Jul 9, 2023
      Group size: 1 - 13
      Tour Provence with Sunshine Lavender Farm
      Provence, France

      26 reviews

      $NaN
      Jun 30 - Jul 9, 2023
      Group size: 1 - 13

      About this trip

      The farm is pledged to offer unique behind-the-scenes adventures to the South of France. Our aim is to create an itinerary that is poised for lasting memories in the top lavender growing region in the world. When you travel with Annie Baggett from the farm, be assured that you will experience vast lavender fields and other unique off-the-beaten-path destinations that are only possible in Provence. You'll meet French families and friends and enjoy France like a local with the care and attention to detail you deserve thanks to our partnership with the tour company TripUSAFrance.


      TripUSAFrance is a small family run tour company that specializes in small group tours of France. It was started by Julia Girard-Gervois, a native from the South of France who wanted to use her passion for travel as a way to share her knowledge and help people experience French culture in an authentic way, like a local, by creating tours that are balanced with history, culture, and activities. Their tours have received glowing reviews from past travelers on TripAdvisor, and Annie worked with them to create the perfect Provence tour, exclusive to us, and full of the Lavender that we love! We are very excited to have formed this partnership with them and can't wait to go on this adventure with you all.


      On this adventure designed exclusively for a small group of travelers, you'll soon discover lasting friendships with kinships only possible when experiencing interesting people and places together. Not only will you enjoy the historical sites and hidden gems Julia knows well, but she will also help us understand the culture and traditions by visiting a truffle farm and learning to hunt with the dogs, sampling the herbs of Provence straight from fields, standing in purple waves of lavender with the scent filling the air, sampling olive oil at a mill, tasting the French wine at the vineyards, picnicking with locals, going to the market, enjoying dinner with a local chef, hanging with the cowboys of the Camargue at the ranch, and more!

      FAQ

      What’s included

      • Local Guides
        2 Local Expert French Tour Guides (including Julia, owner of TripUSAFrance)
      • Airport pickup
        Transfer from Nice Airport (NCE) to St Rémy-de-Provence and Back
      • Transportation
        Transportation to All Sites in Comfortable, Air-Conditioned Mini-Bus
      • Accomodations
        9 Hotel Nights in St Rémy-de-Provence at Le Petit Hotel
      • 9 Breakfasts
        Served each morning at your hotel
      • 7 Lunches
        You will get to try a variety of French cuisine at restaurants handpicked by Julia
      • 6 Dinners
        There will be a variety of dinners in special locations: Restaurant, Local chef's home, Picnic at a Winery, Dinner at a Ranch, Dinner at a Truffle Farm, Sandwiches during Sunset Photography Class
      • Drinks
        One drink with each lunch and dinner with the group (alcoholic or soft)
      • Entrance Fees
        Tickets and fees are included to all daily tours & activities listed and these unguided site visits: St Paul de Mausole Monastery, Carrieres de Lumieres Art Show, Foundation Van Gogh, and Pont du Gard
      • Guided walking tours
        Les-Baux-de-Provence, Montpellier, Avignon, Carpentras' Synagogue
      • Cultural Activities
        Traditional Marseille Soap Factory Tour
      • Cultural Activities
        Guided Food Market Tour in St Rémy w/ Tastings
      • Cultural Activities
        Lavender Workshop at Local Lavender Farm (harvest your own lavender to distill into essential oil to take home!)
      • Cultural Activities
        Guided Herbs of Provence Walk w/ Farmer
      • Activities
        Sunset Cellphone Photography Class
      • Cultural Activities
        Olive Oil Mill Visit + Tasting
      • Cultural Activities
        Truffle Farm Hunt Tour w/ Truffle Products Tasting & Champagne at Local Farm
      • Cultural Activities
        Van Gogh Walking Tour in Arles w/ Van Gogh Expert
      • Cultural Activities
        Visit of Camargue Ranch w/ Demonstration of Work by Cowboys/Cowgirls
      • Cultural Activities
        (optional) Lavender Fuseaux Workshop. Thanks to Elsa you will be able to make your own Fuseau to take home!
      • Winery Visits
        2 winery visits and tastings
      • Airfare
        Transportation to the airport in Nice, France (NCU) where the tour pickup will occur is not included.
      • 3 Lunches
        Lunch will be on your own three times at local markets
      • 3 Dinners
        You will have 3 free evenings to make dinner plans
      • Drinks
        Additional drinks beyond the 1 included drink with meals is extra cost to you
      • Travel insurance
        We will send you a quote when you book the tour

      Available Packages

      Queen Bed: Couples sharing a room
      only 2 left

      You must select 2 for the quantity when booking this package. This package is for couples coming on the trip. 

      $5,095
      Deposit: $764
      Twin Beds: Two people sharing a room
      only 2 left

      This package is for friends, family, or couples who want to share a room with someone else and have separate beds. Solo travelers can request this room if they are willing to share a room with another solo traveler who books. Please make a note in your booking if this is what you are doing.

      You can also book this room on your own to share with a friend and they can make their own booking. Please put your traveling companion's name in the "Notes to organizer" section when filling out your information if you want to share the room with a friend.

      $5,095
      Deposit: $764
      Queen Bed: Solo Traveler Room
      Sold Out

      This package is for solo travelers who want their own room. 

      $5,895
      Deposit: $884


      Itinerary

      Day 1: Friday June 30th
      Pick-up in Nice, drive to St-Remy-de-Provence, Hotel check-in

      After picking you up from your hotel in Nice in the morning (pick up time between 9 and 10 am) we will head to the heart of Provence: Les Alpilles where you will be staying at a lovely boutique hotel in the city center of St-Remy-de-Provence for the next 9 nights! 

      On the way to St Remy we will stop at The Marius Fabre soap factory, an emblematic manufacturer of authentic Marseille soap since 1900. After you settle in your cozy hotel room you will have some free time to enjoy the pool area before we meet again for a welcome drink followed by our first group dinner. 

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      TripUSAFrance
      26 reviews
      We started this company to help people who are in love with France to have a cultural trip where they can experience the country as temporary locals, not the average tourists bouncing around in a crowd or waiting in long lines and getting stuck in tourist traps. We will help you make a deeper connection with the country and understand what it is like to live there, while fulfilling the desire to see amazing sites and make lasting memories.

      Reviews

      GB
      This was terrific! We looked forward to each day, as it was different from the day before. It was wonderful to be able to see so much of the South of France and not have to unpack and repack every single day. The small group experience was fantastic. We highly recommend.
      By Gary B for Signature 9 Day South of France Tour Sept 27th - Oct 6th, 2022 on 14 Nov, 2022
      The tour of southern France with TripUSAFrance was one of the best travel experiences I have ever had. I have taken many trips to Europe but always avoided tours. This was my first. But it was more like traveling with a large group of friends (13 of us) because the owner and tour guide (Julia) and her parents went out of their way to create a highly personalized experience. Our base town of Palavas-Les-Flots was a picturesque and easily walkable fishing village on the Mediterranean. Shops, cafes and restaurants lined the canals traversing the town, just a few blocks from our hotel. So there was plenty to do when we had downtime… We saw more amazing sites in 9 days than I could ever have done on my own … and yet the tour did not feel rushed. The outdoor scenery in this part of France was visually stunning, particularly the mountain views from medieval hilltop villages like Les Baux and St. Guilhem-Le-Desert, as well as the gorgeous river valley surrounding the Pont de Gard. Among the many highlights was the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Carcassone, the largest medieval fortress remaining in Europe today. It still houses a small city. We spent an entire day here, enjoying a fascinating (and funny) tour led by an expert guide, eating a leisurely group lunch, and having loads of fun shopping for unique gifts and memorabilia. At a local winery one day, Julia’s mother prepared exquisite delicacies — such as mini quiches and tiny croissants of cheese and meats —to create a gourmet picnic for the group. After lunch, Julia’s father treated us to French and American songs on his guitar, with written lyrics passed out to the group so we could all sing along. We were also treated to a winery tour and tasting, after which we played four fiercely competitive games of Petangue.… although I have no idea who won. 😂 🤣 Great fun for all … and an example of the uniquely personalized nature of this tour. Definitely a five-star experience.
      By Cynthia K for Signature 9 Day South of France Tour Sept 27th - Oct 6th, 2022 on 29 Oct, 2022
      DW
      While researching an itinerary for a trip to southern France, I happened upon the TripUSAFrance site.It sounded too good to be true so I called the company. All my questions were thoroughly answered and I was reassured by the fact that they had repeat customers. Nothing for me to do but book the travel to and from Montpellier and enjoy the anticipation of the trip. We took a chance and the trip far exceeded our expectations. From our pick up at the airport to our drop off at the train station, Julia and her father Stephane anticipated our every need. Hôtel les Coquilles in Palavas was charming and comfortable. Our hosts Kathi and Jerome were delightful and very helpful. We could see the Mediterranean from our balcony and enjoyed walks along the beach and through town. Each day the van rides to our destinations provided us an opportunity to observe the countryside and get to know our fellow travelers who were also appreciative of the small tour experience. We enjoyed all of our explorations of the region from Roman ruins to small hillside villages to larger cities. The activities that we would not have included had we planned our own itinerary made the trip special. We loved the trip to the Carmargue ranch and the introduction to the bulls, the Roquefort cave and the lumières show in the quarry, the very unique restaurants, and most especially the picnic at the winery with food prepared by Cathy, Julia’s mother and entertainment by Stephane. Meeting their friend, playing pétanque, and touring the vineyard was icing on the cake. Julia is a great guide who gives just enough history and background to give you appreciation of the area but not overwhelm you with facts. We now can’t imagine a tour without Julia and her family. We definitely will plan on one of her other tours in France.
      By Donna W for Signature 9 Day South of France Tour Sept 27th - Oct 6th, 2022 on 28 Oct, 2022
      JH
      Lovely trip. Well organized. Lots of fabulous food and wine. Trips to Roquefort and Les Baux de Provence were highlights. But it is hard to pick what was best. The hotel, in Palavas , on the beach is a great base of operations. Tour operators are friendly, informative and flexible.
      By Janice H for Signature 9 Day South of France Tour Sept 27th - Oct 6th, 2022 on 18 Oct, 2022
      Wonderful trip! We met wonderful people, ate delicious food, and traveled to great locations! Julia and Stephane make you feel like long lost family. It was a terrific trip and I would definitely do it again.
      By Amy P for Signature 9 Day South of France Tour Sept 27th - Oct 6th, 2022 on 16 Oct, 2022
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