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PRIVATE GUIDED -- LAVENDER WALKING TOUR!

PRIVATE GUIDED -- LAVENDER WALKING TOUR!

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CHOOSE YOUR START DATE FOR THIS PRIVATE GUIDED LAVENDER WALKING ADVENTURE WIth a MINIMUM of 4 participants! 

Is there anything more quintessentially Provence than lavender? This one-time only departure celebrates our precious purple flower: we'll visit family-run distilleries, walk through a countryside carpeted with lavender, in full bloom, serenaded by the chant of cicadas, and bathed in light by the ever-present Provençal sun. 

The walking is light, the views will be spectacular, a once-in-a-lifetime trip to remember...

Don't miss the Lavender

  • 1st Sunday of July in Ferrassieres
  • 3rd Sunday of July in Valensole
  • August 15th in Sault 
  • Jan
  • Feb
  • Mar
  • Apr
  • May
  • Jun
  • Jul
  • Aug
  • Sep
  • Oct
  • Nov
  • Dec
  • Frolic through vineyards, olive groves and lavender in bloom
  • Savour gourmet picnics that feature regional delicacies amongst the vines 
  • Walk off the beaten-track through the Calavon valley, far from tourist crowds
  • Indulge in the sumptuous reds, whites & the celebrated rosé wines
  • Admire the region's most stunning hilltop villages  Gordes, Bonnieux and Lacoste 
  • Visit a traditional family-run lavender distillery & learn all about Provence's treasure
  • Enjoy the spectacular views of the famous Colorado Provençal 
  • Explore the famous Bruoux mines 
  • Participate in an extensive wine tasting & cellar visit in Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Day 1

    • Distance :
    • 5 km
    • Elevation :
    • + 50m
      - 50m

Medieval Avignon & world-famous Châteauneuf du Pape

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  • Avignon > Châteauneuf du Pape > Joucas (2h - 3 miles) 
  • Welcome to Provence! We meet in the morning in Avignon, and are whisked to nearby Châteauneuf du Pape, the uncontested king of Rhône Valley wines. We'll stroll through the parcels of gnarled vines, carpeted by a bed of smooth red rocks, passing centuries-old châteaus. After a wine-tasting and a gourmet Provençal picnic we head to Joucas, set right in the heart of the famed Luberon mountains for a 3 night stay. Dinner is included and night in Joucas. 
  • Activity : wine estate visit & wine tasting in Chateauneuf du Pape
  • We recommend:  Add a pre-night in Avignon to discover the World Unesco Pope's Palace, and the beautiful medieval city!
  • Access : regular train lines from Paris CDG and Marseille airport to Avignon station SNCF WEBSITE

Day 2

    • Distance :
    • 3 km
    • Elevation :
    • + 250m
      - 250m

Roussillon & Rustrel: in the heart of the Provençal Colorado

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  • Joucas > Rustrel > Gargas > Roussillon > Joucas (1h30-2 miles)
  • The Luberon is home to the world's largest natural ocher deposit: creating a rainbow of colourful sands, from pale yellows to deep reds and even purples.  We devote our day to explore three ocher-clad sites in the Luberon. First is the "Colorado Provençal", by far the most majestic and otherworldly.  We enjoy lunch at an authentic bistro in the sleepy village of Rustrel, away from the tourist crowds. In the afternoon, we explore the astonishing Bruoux mines, created in 1848 to quarry the precious ocher soils. After a rest and swim at the hotel pool, we take a short transfer to the jaw-dropping-ocher-painted village of Roussillon for sunset and dinner. Dinner included in Roussillon and night in Joucas.
  • Activities : Provence ancient ochre quarries & small morning market in Gordes

Day 3

    • Distance :
    • 6 km
    • Elevation :
    • + 100m
      - 100m

Bonnieux & Lacoste jaw-dropping perched villages

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  • Joucas > Lacoste > Bonnieux > Joucas (2h30 - 4 miles)
  • We transfer to the village of Lacoste, a tight set of medieval homes and cobbled streets, winding up to the ruins of the Marquis de Sade's castle. On foot, we cross the Calavon plains, walking through truffle oak plantations, muscat grape vineyards, and cherry orchards. Our paths lead us to the village of Bonnieux, centre-stage in Peter Mayle's "A Year in Provence", offering stunning views of the valley below. In the afternoon we visit & taste a typical candied-fruit producer. In the evening, we take a short transfer to the Aiguebrun gorge, enjoying a meal of local specialties in the very heart of the Luberon mountains, in a very spectacular setting in Buoux. Dinner is included and night back in Joucas.
  • Activity : Visit & tasting of a candied-fruit producer

Day 4

    • Distance :
    • 7 km
    • Elevation :
    • + 100m
      - 100m

Through the Luberon mountains from Joucas to Forcalquier

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  • Joucas > Plateau des Claprèdes > Forcalquier (3h-4 miles)
  • Our first real taste of lavender happens on the Claparèdes plateau, in the Luberon mountains. With stunning views and in a decor of lavender in bloom, we stroll through the fields, soaking in the fragrant perfume. We visit a family-run lavender distillery and watch the magic happen in the stills, learning all about Provence's sacred purple flower. After a delicious picnic lunch, we head eastward to the town of Forcalquier, off the beaten-tourist-track. We settle into our hotel just outside the town of Forcalquier for 3 nights. Dinner is included in town and night in Forcalquier.
  • Activity visit of a family-run lavender distillery

Day 5

    • Distance :
    • 7 km
    • Elevation :
    • + 100m
      - 100m

Off the beaten track: Forcalquier to Saint Michel de l'Observatoire

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  • Forcalquier > Saint Michel de l'Observatoire > Forcalquier (3h -4 miles)
  • Just west of Forcalquier is the sleepy village of Saint Michel de l'Observatoire. The "observatoire" in question was built in the 1920s, set a few kilometers from the village, taking advantage of some of the clearest skies in the country. The walk enters the heart of the garrigue vegetation, with stunning views of the Alps. We reach a goat farm, lost in the brush, a small family-run outfit awarded for their famous "Banon" cheeses - carefully wrapped in a chestnut leaf - creamy and bursting with flavour. Intimate guided tour of the farm with its jovial and personable owner, complete with a cheese-tasting. Inviting picnic tables make for the perfect lunch stop before finishing our loop. We return to Forcalquier for a second night. Dinner (included) in town and night in Forcalquier.
  • Activity : visit of a goat farm & tasting of the famous "Banon" cheese

Day 6

    • Distance :
    • 10 km
    • Elevation :
    • + 100m
      - 100m

Purple Lavender fields

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  • Forcalquier > Valensole > Forcalquier (3h - 6miles)
  • Today is THE big lavender day. Forget the small plots of lavender sprinkled in the countryside where most of the tourists go. Today we'll be in the very heart of Lavender, on the Valensole plateau.  Nothing but purple into the horizon, the intense Provençal sun concentrating the heavy lavender perfumes in the air. We'll frolic through the fields and visit a family-run lavender distillery, in the heart of the fields, and learn everything about the plant and its origins, its uses, its medicinal properties.  Picnic lunch surrounded by nothing but purple.  Return to Forcalquier for a farewell dinner and final night.
  • Activity: visit of a family-run lavender distillery

Day 7

Bye Bye Provence !

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  • After breakfast we leave the lavender fields for Avignon, imprinting scents and sights in memory for always. Bye Bye Provence or....
  • DON'T MISS THE LAVENDER FESTIVAL !
    Arrive earlier in Provence or Extend your stay and enjoy the lavender festival
    * 1st Sunday of July in Ferrassieres
    * 3rd Sunday of July in Valensole
    * August 15th in Sault
  • We recommend: extend your stay (if possible during the lavender festival dates listed at the top) or in Arles, Uzès, Isle sur la Sorgue or Saint Rémy de Provence) there are so many things to see and do in Provence!
  • SELF GUIDED TOUR : The rates and supplements are per person 
  • GUIDED DAY - A fixed rate: the price is the same from 1 to 4 participants with one guide 
     The rate for the guided day remains the same no matter if you are 1 or 2 or 3 or 4 persons 
  • BOTH are subject to availability
  • Go to the TRIP INFO section below :
    - to check the minimum person BASIS of this trip
    - to check the single room ( 1 pers. ) supplement
    - if you're travelling SOLO: please contact us

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Choose your level of comfort according to your wish & budget !

> For a single room ( 1 pers. ) a single supplement will be charged
> See in our TRIP INFO section
> Keep in mind that your trip is always subject to availability

  • Hotel Charembeau - Forcalquier

    Just outside of the town of Forcalquier, the family-run Charembeau is comfortably installed inside the imposing walls of an 18th century farmhouse.

    Sandra, André Berger and their son Martin welcome you in this discreet charming eco-friendly hotel surrounded by 7 hectares of hills and meadows, with a swimming pool and tennis court.

    You'll feel at home within an instant with your marvelous hosts.

  • Hotel La Bergerie - Joucas

    Marie-José welcomes in this small and intimate family run hotel, situated right in the heart of the Luberon park in the quiet village of Joucas.  

    This ancient sheefold converted into a hotel-restaurant now features 20 confortable rooms some with terrasse and stunning views of the Luberon mountains as well as a swimming pool.  

The rates are per person, on a 2 pers. basis and subject to availability

  • Most prices are based on a 2-person booking ( with shared accommodation for a hotel)
  • You will be able to select the exact number of traveller(s) when completing your reservation form
  • If you're travelling SOLO : please contact us
  • Repatriation insurance : applicable for all clients visiting the Europe-Schengen region that includes France
  • Rate : for a maximum trip of 1 week = 7 days
    Supplement for a trip above 7 days
  • See the insurance contract here 

GUIDED TRIP RATES

  • The rates are per person (shared room)
  • You can book this guided trip as from 1 person
  • Guaranteed departure as from 4 persons
  • On our guided trips, you may have the opportunity to meet & travel in Provence with international travellers

INCLUDED

  • 6 nights double occupancy with private facilities
  • 6 breakfasts
  • 4 picnic lunches, 1 bistro lunch
  • 6 dinners
  • Private van driven by the guide from days 1 to 7
  • A private guide during the whole tour, two guides from 9-16 guests
  • All visits described in the itinerary
  • Day 1: transfer from Avignon to Joucas
  • Day 5: transfer from Forcalquier to Avignon
  • Luggage transfers days 2 to 5
  • 1 road map

NOT INCLUDED

  • All lunches & dinners not noted-included in your itinerary
  • Entrance fees into museums, insurance, drinks
  • Items of personal nature
  • SINGLE supplement
    Charming accommodation : 295€

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