Things to do in Moustiers-Sainte-Marie

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Nice: Gorges of Verdon and Fields of Lavender Tour

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

Discover France’s most scenic landscapes on a full-day trip to Castellane, Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, and the Verdon Gorge from Nice. See the iconic Lavender Fields and learn about these picturesque locations from your guide. Be picked up from your hotel or home address in Nice. 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 in the stores, and buy souvenirs before lunch in one of the terrace cafes. Photograph the world-famous lavender platters, or enjoy the lake of St. Croix, an artificial treasure of clear water which is one of the most beautiful lakes of Provence. Then, marvel at the endless lavender fields at the foot of the Alps and stop to take unique and memorable pictures with this impressive backdrop. Stop to smell the light and enchanting lavender aroma surrounding you as you do. After enjoying your trip, return to your vehicle at which point you will be driven back to your point of origin in Nice.

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. 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.

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

3. 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.

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 accommodation in Nice after a full day of memorable sightseeing.

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

5. 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 by Sainte Croix Lake, and possibly swim or sunbathe before going back to Aix-en-Provence.

From Nice: Full-Day Provence and Lavender Tour

6. From Nice: Full-Day Provence and Lavender Tour

Discover the highlights of 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 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, have some lunch, and go for a swim. Then, if in season, head to the beautiful lavender fields and capture one-of-a-kind photos of the purple fields.

Provence: Verdon Gorge Private Tour

8. 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 anecdotes about its history and people. Finally, enjoy a lunch of provincial specialties on a terrace cafe before savoring the scenery once more as you journey back.

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What people are saying about Moustiers-Sainte-Marie

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 798 reviews

We had a great time on this tour. We were collected from our hotel and dropped back there afterwards. We saw some absolutely stunning views such as the gorges du verdon which is the deepest canyon in Europe. We also stopped at a lovely waterfall and visited some lovely traditional villages including the very charming Moustier. A very enjoyable day which was greatly helped by our wonderful driver/ guide Andy who spoke excellent English and was extremely knowledgeable, helpful and informative throughout the day.

This was a wonderful trip to discover the rural part of France if you enjoy the nature and visiting old fairy tale villages this will blow your mind!! We booked a private tour for seven, 5 adults and 2 kids. We were fortunate to have an amazing tour guide. Ondrej was amazing he explained and gave us historical facts, provide plenty of water, gave us time to move on own time explore and gave us ideas where to visit if we come back again. Again thank you Ondrej!! we had a blast!!

We covered a lot of ground in one day. Be prepared for a long drive on winding mountain roads and prepare accordingly. The lavender fields had already been harvested but was still worth it for the views of the Gorge.

Great trip and a wonderful guide. Youness took us for this trip and we had a memorable time. The company hosted it well too

Alex was a great tour guide! very experienced and knowledgeable. I recommend this tour, definitely worthwhile