Best Verdon Gorge And Moustiers Sainte-Marie Day Trip From Aix-en-Provence - Aix-en-provence

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On this day trip from Aix-en-Provence, venture north from the French Riviera to Alpes de Haute-Provence to see the highlights of this wonderfully scenic region. Discover centuries-old artisan craftsmanship in the postcard-worthy Provencal towns of Moustiers Ste-Marie and Manosque where youll tour the famous L'Occitane factory and enjoy breathtaking views of the Verdon Gorge and Lake of Sainte-Croix.


  • Day trip (destination A to B)
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors

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Youll be picked up from central Aix-en-Provence in the morning by your guide. Traveling by air-conditioned minvan, travel 45 minutes north to the Alpes de Haute-Provence region to your first stop, just outside Manosque.

The largest and liveliest town in the region, Manosque is home to the L'Occitane factory, a high-end cosmetics company famous around the world. Take a guided tour of the factory to discover the steps involved in the production of perfumes, which are made with local flowers and plants. This fragrant experience lets you trace the key steps in the history of the L'Occitane brand, and youll end with a chance to purchase products at preferential prices.

Afterwards, continue your drive across the Valensole plateau, arriving in Moustiers Ste-Marie after about an hour. This lovely village is in a gorgeous setting, at the base of rocky cliffs along a rushing mountain stream that divides the village with a narrow canyon. The view of this mini-gorge, with small waterfalls down inside and medieval houses above, is quite beautiful.

Enjoy free time to have lunch and explore Moustiers Ste-Marie on your own. Wander the narrow medieval streets and vaulted passages, visit ceramics shops for which the village is known and enjoy a relaxing lunch at a terrace caf (own expense). Dont miss the centerpiece of the village, Notre-Dame de Beauvoir chapel, which sits high above the village behind the ruins of the ancient city walls. Built in the 8th century and restored in the 12th century, this church has layers of history, and offers fantastic views of the villages red-tiled roofs, the expanse of the Maire valley, the far hills and the Lake of Sainte-Croix, which youll visit later.

Your next stop is the Verdon Gorge (Gorges du Verdon), considered to be one of the most beautiful canyons in Europe. Named for the Verdon Rivers striking turquoise-green color, the gorge draws many visitors for its scenic rim drive and great hikes. Admire awe-inspiring views from the rim before descending to the end of the canyon, where the river flows into Lake of Sainte-Croix (Lac de Sainte-Croix).
Enjoy free time to lounge on the beach and soak up the views of the magnificent turquoise water.This man-made lake has a feeling of endless space and light.

After your time here, its time to hit the road back to Aix-en-Provence, about 1 hour and 45 minutes away. You will travel through the village of Sainte-Croix-du-Verdon overlooking the lake.

Inclusions for Best Verdon Gorge And Moustiers Sainte-Marie Day Trip From Aix-en-Provence

  • Professional guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan

Exclusions for Best Verdon Gorge And Moustiers Sainte-Marie Day Trip From Aix-en-Provence

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Food and drinks

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Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Please bring swimwear and a towel if you wish to swim in Lake Sainte-Croix

Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

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  • I guide was great but the tour itself was a bit rushed and pricey for what it was.

  • This trip was fantastic. Leon was a great guide who talked knowledgably about everything. Some amazing scenery along the way .... awesome

  • This tour should be renamed to a lavender tour. It's unpleasant to write this, but the tour was very disappointing. We had around 25min split in to a couple of stops by the Gorges and 15-20min by the lake only.

    We started with 1hour visit to L'OCCITANE factory, where the factory guide told us about the building, rooms and machines. Nothing about the qualities of the raw materials, she couldn't even differ between essential oils and basic oils. The answers to our questions were 'I don't know', unless you asked about a machine. There was something to learn in the last room though - written on the walls about making of perfumes - but we didn't have time to read. It was an hour stolen from Gorges by some very boring stuff.

    When we went to the Valensole fields of lavendine lavender is not growing there - at least yet, the view was amazing. The driver-guide told us how to differ between lavender and lavendine, and which altitudes they grow in, which was the only useful and interesting information of the tour. We used a lot of time in the fields, loosing the time in Gorges.

    We had 1.3hours in Moustiers - a lovely town, there is enough time if you walk not looking too much into things. There was no time for eating or visiting the museum, if you wanted to see the town. The driver-guide didn't guide us, just dropped us off - no maps provided. Since I didn't know what there is to find, I kept on walking, it was beautiful, but you don't know what you're looking at without any explanation from the guide. This town was the last stop for the WC, which the guide forgot to tell us about, and we figured it out later, being by the lake. The guide was not concerned about finding a WC for us and it was a long drive home.

    We made 2 stops by the Gorge of 10min, and one shorter one. This was only to take pictures, not to wander and see it. Then we had another 15-20min by the lake, again - no time at all. I just jumped into the lake, because the heat was very tiring, and then ran back to the minibus. The views were gorgeous, but no time to stop and enjoy. There were a lot of water activities by the lake like rafting, water-bike, or you could just relax by it - having a 9 hour trip there should be a couple of ours for that at least. It was disappointing.

    The most of these things could have been saved by a guides stories, but the driver-guide was not a guide - she was just a driver. A good driver though! She was very nice, somewhat careless, considering the WC situation, but she didn't tell us any information or history of the sights, local customs, stories about the places we visit, etc. Very non-informative tour. It was either silent in the minibus, or she would say 'now we are in this and that area' and....nothing about it. Or she would say what's round the corner, that we won't see, or what's in another town, that we're not going to visit - why? And nothing about what we are visiting. Nothing to learn. The most answers to our questions were 'I don't know'. Many times, when she pointed at something, I was waiting for a story or the purpose of why she mentions it, but no story or information came, her sentence just finished there. If she told us any dry facts, it was the first hits you get if you google the area - you don't book a guide for that. What we have learned was what trees were growing here and there, and about the star in the mountains near Moustiers. The rest was in the following manner: look there's let's say a church! Ok, I see a church, but what about it, when, who, what's the story? Nothing. So, as a guide, she was not knowledgeable and inexperienced. But a nice girl and a good driver.

    Last but not the least - the minibus. It was really good with AC and very comfy for the 7 out of 8 passengers. Be the first one to get in, don't wait or be polite! If the tour is fully booked, one of you will sit in the middle front seat, where there is no space for legs - I mean none. I'm short and have small feet, but this space is for a child up to 8 years old. I couldn't feel my legs already after 15min. The driver asked me if it was ok, I said 'no', but she couldn't do anything. My neighbor was so sweet she agreed to put our things in the trunk so I could put my legs in her leg space and travel in a twisted position. She also swapped seats with me once in a while. This is not the drivers fault, but the tour provider should keep the childrens' seats for children and not book all seats for adults.

    All in all, the sights were great, but the tour name is misleading, the time management is bad and the driver-guide has nothing to tell. It was my first tour with Viator, but I'm afraid, it was also the last, since I can get the same amount or more of information and more quality out of a regular car-drive and just reading or asking the locals. The concurring tour providers in the area can offer much more knowledgeable driver-guides with better time management for the same price, which I have enjoyed after this tour.

  • This day trip was fantastic. The visit and tour of the LOccitane factory started a number of great experiences. Moustiers-Saint-Marie is a very pretty village in which to enjoy lunch. The Verdon Gorge is vast and very impressive. Having a quiet drink in a bar overlooking the lake was a perfect way to complete the day before returning to Aix-en-Provence. Thanks to Valerie we had a delightful day.

  • Great tour visiting L'Occitaine factory and learning the history of Olivier and his discovery? Had lunch in Moustiers. Charming town. One of the prettiest I've seen. We left the best for last - the Vernon Gorge. Magnificent views! Excellent day trip from Aix. Natalie was a super guide - well informed and she is made it a fun day.

  • The scenery was fantastic and Natalie was an energetic and fun guide.

  • Amazing scenery. Plenty of time to explore

  • A lovely trip. The tour guide gave great information and was most helpful. One glitch- one traveler was late. We were told that it is company policy to wait for 25 minutes after the start time. I had evening plans and this made me late for them. I was also unable to visit a museum as we arrived after the closing time due to our late start.

  • It was simply A M A Z I N G !! Leonardo was our guide and he was a really good one. This was definatly the highlight of my euro trip !!

  • Excellent tour guide , Moustiers village was lovely , we had a great day out helped by some fabulous weather :

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