Lavender Fields in Bloom, Provence, France
July 2 - July 9, 2019
Long rows of lavender flowers in bloom, dazzling fields of giant sunflowers, and charming
French villages -- what could be more exciting for a European photo tour! Join Jim for a
wonderful sojourn through Provence, France to photograph landscapes full of purple, sunflower
fields, picture-perfect villages, Medieval abbeys, and Roman ruins. We will take advantage
of the best light -- sunrise and sunset -- to capture award-winning images. In addition, we'll
capture cobalt blue skies above villages at twilight.
Day 1, July 2, Tuesday.
Depart from your home city and arrive in Marseille, France. Our group will meet in the baggage
area at 3pm on July 2 and leave the airport for our hotel in the heart of lavender territory where
we will base our operators for the first part of the trip. Overnight Gordes.
Day 2, July 3, Wednesday.
We spend the day today photographing the beautiful lavender fields in and around Sault as well
as the quaint village itself. We'll shoot from elevated perspectives where telephoto lenses are the
perfect choice as well as from the edge of the lavender rows where both wide angles and
telephoto lenses capture the graphic designs, the wonderful color and texture, and the repetitive
patterns of the lavender flowers. Low angled sunlight adds warmth to the scenes, and by
including the sun with a wide angle the images look magical. At twilight, we will photograph the
lavender field at the foot of Banon village, and with HDR the lights on the village can be
exposed correctly along with the flowers in muted light. It's stunning. Overnight near Gordes.
Day 3, July 4, Thursday.
This morning we photograph sunrise on the hillside village of Gordes, and then we visit the
picturesque villages of Roussillon and Lacoste. These villages are beautiful from afar as they are
nestled into the hilly terrain of the countryside, and up close they offer wonderful architectural
details in cobblestone streets, windows decorated with flowers and artistically designed doors.
After lunch, we head toward the 2000-year-old aqueduct, Pont de Gard, one of the two best
preserved ancient aqueducts and a World Heritage Site. It makes a fabulous sunset shot.
Overnight near Gordes.
Day 4, July 5, Friday.
For sunrise this morning we photograph Senanque Abbey, famous among photographers because
of the rows of lavender that act as leading lines that bring our right to the Medieval structure that
was consecrated in the year 1178. This is a great place to use a telephoto lens for compression
and, at the same time, use focus stacking for complete depth of field with the long lens. We
follow this with a visit to Saint-Remy-de-Provence to photograph the beautiful St. Paul-De-
Mausolea monastery and the lavender field in front of it as well as the wonderful cloisters. Twilight
photography this evening will be of Gordes. Overnight near Gordes.
Days 5 - 7, July 6 - 8, Saturday - Monday.
After a morning sunrise shoot in the lavender fields, we check out of our hotel and drive to the
village of Moustiers Sainte Marie near the Valensole Plateau. This is one of the premier lavender
growing areas in Provence, and we will spend these three days exploring the best vantage points
to capture the incredible 'sea of purple.' We also photograph some of the beautiful villages on
the Valensole Plateau including Forcalquier, Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, and Sisteron. Sisteron was
built at the base of a dramatic geological rock formation, and the village of Moustiers-Sainte-Marie
is stunning with its backdrop of mountains. Even more beautiful, though, is the way the village
and the mountains are lit up in the evening. This is one of the prettiest settings in Europe.
Day 8, July 9, Tuesday.
After a last sunrise shoot and breakfast, we head back to the Marseille Airport for our return
flight home. We should arrive around noon, so make sure your departure time is around 2 pm
Tour cost: $4750.
Single supplement: $950 (to have your own room)
All lodging based on double occupancy, all breakfasts, all dinners, entrance fees, all ground
transportation, photo instruction, critiques on demand.
International airfare, meals not specified in the itinerary, gratuities to local guide, items of a
personal nature, trip cancellation insurance, other types of insurance such as medical evacuation,