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10 experiences in Provence to include in your programmes

We have selected our top 10 experiences in the Vaucluse to add to your programmes.   Each of these providers have a number of other products to offer, but we had the tough job of narrowing it down to one experience per provider!    

1 – From lavender to essential oils

Harvest lavender with a sickle, learn all about its culture in Provence, distil it in the alembic and leave with your bottle of organic lavender essential oil

At set dates during the season (from Monday to Thursday from 2.30 pm to 5 pm) or by booking on Fridays or mornings from Monday to Thursday

Rate: €12/pers. for collective classes at set dates, €180/group of 1 to 12 people by booking

Duration: 2:30

Languages: French/ English

During the lavender season: from 1st July to 19 August

Where: In Aroma Plantes, at Sault

2 – Skincare workshop

Learn how to make your own organic skincare with Julie, a qualified biologist, who comes to the villa you’ve rented or your guesthouse. You can even do a lip balm workshop as a family with your children!

From €10/pers. for a lip balm duo package (children/parent)
€25/pers. for a face cream

From 2 persons

Duration: 1:30

All year round, weekends or evenings

Where: at the location of your choice

3 – The Luberon on an electric scooter

Go for a ride on an electric scooter in the Luberon and finish enjoying a glass (with or without alcohol!) on a wine estate

Rate: €42/pers. – €39/pers. for less than 18-year olds

From 2 people until 9 (for large groups, please enquire)

Languages: French/ English/ Japanese

Duration: 1h30

All year round

Where: Domaine la Tuilière at Lioux (several other options possible)

4 – Pick wild plants

Learn how to recognise wild flowers and cook with them, then share a tasty meal inspired by nature in the Ventoux

Rate: €55/pers.

From 5 to 10 people

Languages: French/ English

Duration: 3h

From April to November, at set dates, on Thursdays at 4pm and Saturdays 10am, and upon request for groups

Where: at Brantes, north Ventoux

5 – In a Vintage car

Hire an electric Citroën Mehari and explore the small routes of Vaucluse following routes suggested by Yes Provence with a roadbook made just for you!

Rate: €265/half-day (€245/non electrical, tradional Méhari )

From 1 to 4 people

Where: from Isle sur la Sorgue

6 – Outing in a Dyane and sunset aperitif

Set out in a Citroën Dyane with your guide Corine, for a “Aperitif perché” in a secret place where you can watch the sun setting while chatting and tasting a selection of local products.

Rate: €65/pers. (including transport, guidance and aperitif-cum-dinner)

From 2 to 3 people

Languages: French/ English

Duration: 3 hours

From April to October

Where: departure from Vaison-la-Romaine between 5 and 7 p.m. depending on the season

7 – Cook at the market

Take part in a cooking class in the Halles d’Avignon indoor market after having filled your baskets with what inspires your chef, and finish with lunch in the heart of the market

Rate: €85/pers. – €95/pers at weekends

Languages: French/ English

Duration: 3 hours

All year round, except Mondays

Where: Cuisine Centr’halles, at the Halles, in Avignon

8 – Almond trees to nougat

Visit fields of almond trees (which flower for a short week in March) with an artisan nougat maker and finish with a nougat tasting.

Rate: €12/pers from 7 to 15 people (less than 7 people: package €80)

Languages: French/ English

Duration: 2 hours

All year round, reservation no later than 2 weeks in advance and subject to availability of the farmer – blossom visit in March (check prior to reservation)

Where: from the Silvain Nougats shop, at St Didier (south Ventoux)

9 – In a VW Kombi in the vineyards

Set out with a winemaker for a ride in a VW Kombi with seventies decor to explore the Gigondas vineyard and finish with a bucolic picnic, wine tasting of wines from the Domaine de la Tourade and a 70s’ music ambience until nightfall

All year round except during the harvest in September, by reservation.

Duration: 1h30

Rate: €60/pers.

Languages: French/ English

Where: From the Domaine de la Tourade, at Gigondas

10 – From olive tree to olive oil

Visit a Luberon olive grove, with guaranteed panoramic views, then come back to the mill to understand all about the methods of extracting olive oil and follow an introduction to tasting different kinds of olive oil (green fruity, ripe fruity, mature olives)

Rate: from €7/pers. (group from 20 persons) to €21/pers. (4 pers.)

From 4 to 20 people (and more, by dividing the group)

Duration: 1h15

Where: at Bastide du Laval olive oil mill, near Lourmarin (south Luberon)