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  • Nice: Gorges of Verdon and Fields of Lavender Tour

    1. Nice: Gorges of Verdon and Fields of Lavender Tour

    Get ready to explore some of France’s most scenic landscapes on a trip to Castellane, Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, and the gorges of the Verdon. Be picked up from your hotel or home address in Nice at 8:00 AM. Depart with your driver to the hills of your countryside destination.

    Cross the "gorge of the wolf", complete with its 40-meter-high waterfall, before stopping at Castellane. Whilst traveling along the Verdon (named for its astonishing turquoise green color), enjoy spectacular views of the 700-meter-deep canyon.

    Afterward, move on to the village of Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, nestled under a rocky cliff and surrounded by mountains from all sides. Known for its rich history in ceramic craftsmanship, you will have free time here to explore Moustiers at your leisure.

    Discover the earthenware...

    We loved the trip! We would have liked more time in the gorge to go swimming/ kayaking. Less time needed in the village. Leo was a charming tour guide! You should have been clearer during booking that lavender would not be out this time.

  • From Nice: The Grand Canyon of Europe & its Lavender Fields

    2. From Nice: The Grand Canyon of Europe & its Lavender Fields

    Leave the coast and enjoy a beautiful drive through the Gorges du Loup with its 40 meter high waterfall. Stop in Castellane, gateway to the Gorges of the Verdon, nestled at the foot of its famous rock. Drive along the Verdon river, named after its startling turquoise-green color, up to the canyon which is considered to be Europe’s most beautiful. Enjoy the spectacular and breathtaking views overlooking the ravine which is up to 700 meters deep. Stop in Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, one of the most beautiful medieval villages in France which is known for its rich history in ceramic craftsmanship. Take time to enjoy a lovely meal and a stroll.

    Natan the french driver was an amazing professional and person to spend these long day tour!helping everybody with the picts and explaning the places and about France!was a pleasure to spend the day with such a professional person and the group was really nice as well!thank you for all and specially Natan!

  • Aix-en-Provence: Verdon Canyon & Moustiers-Sainte-Marie

    3. Aix-en-Provence: Verdon Canyon & Moustiers-Sainte-Marie

    Enjoy a scenic full-day tour of the picturesque Verdon Canyon, departing from Aix-en-Provence by air-conditioned minibus. Meet your guide at the Tourist Information Center of Aix, and set off on a lovely drive through the dramatic splendor of the Grand Canyon du Verdon. Stop en route at Manosque for a guided tour of the L' Occitane factory, famous for its cosmetics using local flowers and plants. Cross the Valensole plateau, which is especially spectacular when the lavender fields are in full bloom (mid June to mid July). Head to Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, famous for its earthenware workshops, and enjoy some free time for lunch on your own. Continue to the Verdon Gorges of the Verdon River for breathtaking views of the lake of Sainte-Croix. Stop for some free time on the beach before driving back to Aix-en-Provence via the enchanting village of Sainte-Croix-du-Verdon.

    Interesting tour with fantastic views. Wld b better if the lavenders are still in bloom

  • From Aix-en-Provence: Full-Day Lavender Tour to Valensole

    4. From Aix-en-Provence: Full-Day Lavender Tour to Valensole

    Drive through the valley of the Durance River and discover the Plateau of Valensole specializing in the cultivation of lavandin, where small roads wind through the fields of flowers. Many stops will be included by the fields in bloom. Stop at a farmer/ producer's place with lavender and lavandin essential oils, olive oil and lavender honey. Stop in the perched village of Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, so famous for its earthen ware workshops (free time for visit and lunch not included). In the afternoon, continue to the breathtaking opening of the Grand Canyon of the River Verdon. Stop in the lavender fields for a photo. Have free time in the picturesque village of Sainte Croix du Verdon settled by Sainte Croix Lake (possibility of swimming or sunbathing) before going back to Aix-en-Provence.

    Lots of opportunity to see Lavender fields - breathtaking! Also sunflower fields - olive trees, along with tastings of different olive oils, etc. Loved being able to tour the charming towns- and with the benefit of a driver so that’s we did not have to deal with parking or navigation. The tour guide we had, Remy, spoke English very well- and since we and the other members of our tour spoke English our guide was in English - however he does them in French as well if that is better suited. Remy was knowledgeable about many subjects from the lavender, to local farming, to the history of the villages, the region and France in general.

  • From Nice: Verdon Gorge Full-Day Tour

    5. From Nice: Verdon Gorge Full-Day Tour

    Start your full-day shared group or private tour with a pickup from your accommodation in Nice and admire the famous Promenade des Anglais as you depart the city. With your guide, travel first to Castellane, a quintessentially-French, cultural village at the gates of the famous Verdon Gorge, and classified as a "city of character". Visit its ancient ramparts, and three listed monuments, including St. Victor's Church, the Clock Tower, and the Pentagonal Tower. Continue to the charming village of Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, listed as one of the most beautiful villages in France and part of the phenomenal Verdon Natural Regional Park. From here, make sure to snap pictures of the idyllic Provence setting complete with lavender fields, panoramic views of the surrounding rocky mountains, and the blue waters of the Lake of Sainte-Croix, the third largest lake in France. Finally, return to your a...

  • Provence: Verdon Gorge Private Tour

    6. Provence: Verdon Gorge Private Tour

    Discover the amazing natural beauty of Provence as you explore hidden villages and enjoy the scenic views of the Verdon Gorge. Start your adventure along the Napoléon road until your first stop at Castellane, a medieval village and site of pilgrimage, known as the “Gateway to the Verdon Gorge”. From here, step into the heart of the Verdon Gorge and experience the towering peaks, the emerald-green river, and the breathtaking panorama surrounding you. Continue along the Gorges road and arrive at Sainte Croix’s lake, a serene turquoise lake that feeds from the Verdon River. Next, uncover the picturesque medieval town of Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, nestled among the rocky peaks. Here, explore the winding, medieval streets and even browse the locally crafted ceramics and pottery. As you stroll through this historical village, your friendly local guide will tell you interesting facts and anecdo...

  • From Nice or Cannes: Verdon Gorge and Lavender Fields

    7. From Nice or Cannes: Verdon Gorge and Lavender Fields

    Explore the natural wonders of the French countryside on a guided tour to the Verdon Gorge. Admire spectacular views and visit nearby villages for an unforgettable experience. Depart from Nice or Cannes in the morning and head for the Gorges du Loup. Make a stop here for incredible views of the waterfall. Continue along the road to Castellane, the entrance of the Verdon Gorge. Take time to explore this charming village, famous for its picturesque chapel built on a rock overlooking the village below. Finally, come to the Verdon Gorge, the Grand Canyon of Europe at 700 meters high. Visit the spots that offer the best panoramic views across the canyon - perfect for photos. Next stop: Moustiers Sainte Marie. Visit this scenic village built along the lake of Sainte Croix. Enjoy free time here to explore the winding streets, and have some lunch. Then, if in season, head to the beautiful l...

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What people are saying about Verdon Gorge

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 272 reviews

Awesome trip! You going to see European Grand Canyon, totally beautiful, breathtaking! Have a few stops, take lots of photos, swim in the fresh water lake. Groups are small, max 8 people, mini vans are very comfortable and drivers , or I should say our driver/ guide Leo was excellent! Spoken few languages, very good knowledge of area. Just a couple of things every one should consider….. Beautiful lavanda flowering in July, so if you go on this trip in spring or autumn don’t expect purple beauty . Also the cars or minivans as well as comfortable they are for 8 people and driver. Isn’t big room to move, so please be considerate to each other and don’t wear strong parfums please . The rest is up to you to pay ( very good value for money) and enjoy beautiful Provence

It was a positive experience. De driver is very kind and really takes everyone into account. Moustiers Sainte-Marie was stunning as was my absolute highlight of the day. It is a very long drive through the mountains so after it you will be back off, but to me it's worth it. The bus is clean and comfortable.

No lavender fields in September but a sublime visit to the Gorges du Verdon. Very good discussion with our guide Raphael. We had the chance with a friend to take advantage of this "private" excursion because we were the only ones to have booked.

We loved the trip! We would have liked more time in the gorge to go swimming/ kayaking. Less time needed in the village. Leo was a charming tour guide! You should have been clearer during booking that lavender would not be out this time.

Excellent tour with an amazing/multi-lingual/energetic guide! Plus, the staffs were super kind!