Lake of Sainte-Croix

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Lake of Sainte-Croix: Our most recommended tours and activities

  • 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.

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

    2. 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 Nice: Full-Day Provence & Lavender Tour

    3. From Nice: Full-Day Provence & Lavender Tour

    Discover the highlights of Aix-en-Provence on a full-day tour. Appreciate the region's architecture and the sweet brightness of the famous lavender fields.  Visit Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, voted one of the most beautiful villages in France, filled with ramparts, fountains, and an ancient aqueduct. Photograph the world-famous lavender plateaus and then go on a guided tour of a lavender processing plant located in the heart of the field. Lac de Sainte-Croix is located in a wooded setting at the foot of the Gorges du Verdon between the Alpes de Haute Provence and Var, this artificial reservoir of clear and pure water is a jealously guarded quality and one of the most beautiful lakes in Provence.

  • From Nice: Verdon Gorge Full-Day Tour

    4. 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...

  • From Nice or Cannes: Verdon Gorge and Lavender Fields

    5. 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 Lake of Sainte-Croix

Overall rating

4.5 / 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!