Tour Provence with Sunshine Lavender Farm

Provence, France

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4 reviews
Jun 30 - Jul 9, 2023
Group size: 1 - 14
Tour Provence with Sunshine Lavender Farm
Provence, France

4 reviews

$NaN
Jun 30 - Jul 9, 2023
Group size: 1 - 14

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
Sold Out

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
Sold Out

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
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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. 

Your Organizer


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TripUSAFrance
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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

Once again Julia and Stephane, her father, the owners of TripUSAFrance have outdone themselves! Three years ago we took the Normandy tour with them and it was so wonderful that as soon as we got home we knew we wanted to book their South of France tour. After having to reschedule three times because of covid, we finally made it! With a personal pickup at the airport, it was like seeing old friends. We stayed the entire time in a lovely boutique hotel in Palavas across the street from the beach. The hotel owners, Katy and Jerome are friendly and run a clean and well appointed establishment which includes a wine store! We enjoyed sipping wine on our balcony that overlooks the Mediterranean Sea after a day of touring. The breakfast prepared by Katy for our group was so welcoming each morning with fresh croissants, cheese, fruits and yogurt. The first morning I ordered a decaf coffee and every morning after, she brought it without me even asking. Julia, who grew up in the South of France and completely bilingual is the best tour guide you could hope to have. She has detailed each day of the tour so all you have to do is show up at the appointed time to be ready for the day's adventure, which ranges from ancient Roman cites to medieval castles and cathedrals to a BBQ at a ranch and so much in-between. We enjoyed wine tastings, a Roquefort cheese cave tour and tasting, an authentic French picnic, where Cathy, Julia's Mom (and Stephane's wife) prepared many delicious courses. We played several lively games of Pétanque and saw a beautiful underground light show featuring Cezanne. When Julia provides a private guide in a particular village just know that you're getting the best. The wonderful dining experiences are another highlight of the tour. Each restaurant is hand chosen by Julia and Stephane where we enjoyed the local dishes of each region we visited, carefully prepared and well presented. I love the motto of this company, "see France like a local" as it's exactly the experience Julia and Stephane provide. However, it's like seeing France with dear friends as well. Thank you for another wonderful trip!
By Brenda C for Signature 9 Day South of France Tour Sept 14th - Sept 23rd, 2021 on 09 Oct, 2021
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Oh my goodness! We had such an amazing time. The TripUSAFrance team exceeded all of our expectations on every level. The itinerary was excellent and we were delighted every day. Julia and Stephane made sure that every detail large and small was perfect. You can tell that they love the south of France and they made sure that we did, too. And, the food(!!) was fabulous with restaurants carefully picked out and two memorable "picnics". We felt like we were traveling with family and best friends. The hotel was charming and it was great to stay in one place for the whole tour. Yes, you need to book this tour right now.
By Christine H for Signature 9 Day South of France Tour Sept 14th - Sept 23rd, 2021 on 03 Oct, 2021
Enjoyed the trip.Disappointed by Nime flooding a d car rental expense, later closed museums and lo cal Nime guide. No audioguide avai!able at Popes palace. air France had no seats at scheduled departue so return delayed overnight. Tour director and meals quite good. Not enough time at St.Remy hospital .hopedto visit St. Remy village. Historic site visits remarkable.
By Daniel A for Signature 9 Day South of France Tour Sept 14th - Sept 23rd, 2021 on 26 Sep, 2021
This tour was everything I’d hoped for and more! I love that this is a family-owned tour group, and Julia and Stephane were fantastic guides. They (and Cathy, mom to Julia/wife to Stephane) made us feel at home and taken care of. Probably the highlight of the trip was the picnic after one of the wine tastings. Cathy made all the food for a 4-5 course meal, Stephane played guitar and sang for us, and we all ate too much, laughed, and had the best time. We saw truly incredible towns and sites: St Guilhem, Arles, and the cathedral at Carcassonne were probably my favorites. However, the food and wine on this were truly outstanding! Julia and Stephane carefully select and try out each restaurant and so every lunch and dinner were incredible, especially the lunch at Rochefort and our last dinner in Aigues-Mort. Lastly, I’m so glad I chose a small group tour because we really got to know our fellow guests and made great friends with them. Bring your sense of adventure and appetite to France, and you’ll love this tour as much as I did!
By Anne H for Signature 9 Day South of France Tour Sept 14th - Sept 23rd, 2021 on 26 Sep, 2021