One celebrated way to take in the charming French countryside is a Provence lavender tour – a must for any aesthete. Not only do the rolling fields provide perfect photo opportunities, but they’ll whisk you to new heights as you traverse the Moustiers Sainte Marie, a whimsical hilltop village, and the Verdon Canyon.
The tour begins as a lavender tour should… surrounded by the stuff! Your starting point at the Plateau de Valensole allows you to get a first look at the lavender, before journeying on to Moustiers-Sainte-Marie Village which has been coined as one of France’s most beautiful places. The Verdon Canyon plays a part in the day too, rife for white water activities and perfect for those who love a hike.
The tour is not only a feast for the eyes but for the other senses too – you can breathe in the scent, attend a lavender festival depending on the month, and, finally, try the treats at the Occitane Factory – home of famed skincare brand L’Occitane. You’ll have a trusty host as your guide, who’ll show you how lavender oil is extracted and used, and you’ll get a whiff of how lavender production works while visiting the the Coustellet Lavender Museum. After all, have you even been to France if you haven’t visited the lavender fields?