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Self drive: 100% lavender FIELDS OF PROVENCE

Self drive: 100% lavender FIELDS OF PROVENCE

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Make sure to start your trip a SATURDAY !

A real Provence experience, lost among a sea of purple: the perfect base from which to explore the rolling countryside. This holiday gives you the liberty of choosing among several walking options, according to the markets of Provence.

* Rental car is not included : let us know if you want us to arrange it for you

LAVENDER IN BLOOM

Lavender fields in this region are blooming between early June to mid July : they are then harvested around the 15th-20th of July (dates can vary each year).
Except around Sault: the harvest is made after the "lavender festival" in August 15th.

DON'T MISS THE LAVENDER FESTIVAL !
* 1st Sunday of July in Ferrassieres - small village at 8km from Montbrun
* 3rd Sunday of July in Valensole - 1h45mn ride from Montbrun
* August 15th in Sault - Just next to Montbrun

  • Jan
  • Feb
  • Mar
  • Apr
  • May
  • Jun
  • Jul
  • Aug
  • Sep
  • Oct
  • Nov
  • Dec
  • Strolling through the lavender fields
  • Walks off the beaten-track, far from tourists 
  • The perched villages of Luberon : Gordes, Roussillon, Lacoste 
  • The famous Senanque abbaye
  • A range of easy walking possibilities 
  • Authentic Provence countryside and guaranteed peace and quiet 
  • Choose your walk every morning according to the local markets around !

    Day 1

    Arrival in Provence

    • Montbrun beautiful village in the lavender fieldACCESS: the car rental is not included. Let us know if you would like us to arrange it for you
    • ACCESS: regular trains & flight from Paris, Nice, Marseille
    • A drive through the countryside takes you behind the Mont Ventoux to the lost villages of the LAVENDER region of Provence. You settle in your first accommodation for a 3-night stay.
      Dinner is included on your first night, and on day 4 in Forcalquier.
      •  Day 2 > 5 - WALKS : you have a choice of 5 different easy walks, all over-meticulously detailed in our famed Roadbook. You will find our selection of the regional markets which are closed from your accommodations: you will then have the freedom and the pleasure to choose your day walk according to them, just like locals

      • SIMPLE accommodation:
        3 nights in Ferrassieres (a small hamlet 8km from Montbrun) and 3 nights in Mane, just next to Forcalquier
      • COMFORT & CHARMING accommodation:
        3 nights in Montbrun and 3 nights in Forcalquier
      • PRESTIGE accommodation:
        3 nights in Sault and 3 nights in Forcalquier

      Walk 1

        • Distance :
        • 7,5 km
        • Elevation :
        • + 170m
          - 170m

      A stroll through the Lavander fields

      walking in lavender fields in Provence in Sault

      • Loop walk from Aurel (2h40 - 4.3 miles)
      • Your walk starts in Aurel. You can have a short option walk to Sault during this walk. Sault is praised all over the world for its cultivation of lavender, and very famous for its lavender festival on August 15th. It’s an old fortified village perched along the top of a high ridge overlooking a wide valley, with large lavender fields spread out below to the south and west. This easy, themed walk meanders through farmers' fields, among an endless sea of lavender, complete with explanatory signs about planting, harvesting, and distilling the precious purple flower.Take the time to discover the village of Sault : its charming central square overlooking the vast plantations. Don't miss the irresistible nougat shop, where the Boyer family has been making this delicious honey and almond treat for four generations. 
        Dinner on your own tonight.
      • Market on Wednesday morning in Sault

      Walk 2

        • Distance :
        • 7 km
        • Elevation :
        • + 150m
          - 150m

      The quaint village of Ferrassières

      montbrun les bains in the heart of the lavender fields of Provence

      • Loop walk from Ferrassières (2h15 - 3.7 miles)
      • Set a bit higher in altitude, the sleepy village of Ferrassières is the capital of fine lavender - Lavandula angustifolia - one of over a hundred varieties of lavender, but by far the one that's most prized: not only for its delicate smell, but also for its many medicinal virtues. This easy walk will take you through a mix of forest and cultivated lavender fields, and this is about as far off the beaten tourist path as you can get, with some wonderful views of Mont Ventoux to the west. After your walk we recommend a visit to the village of Montbrun les Bains, listed among the most beautiful villages in France. Dinner on your own and third night in Sault.
      • Market on Wednesday morning in Sault
      • Market on Saturday morning in Montbrun les Bains

      Walk 3

        • Distance :
        • 7 km
        • Elevation :
        • + 150m
          - 150m

      Lagarde d'Apt & the perched villages of the Luberon

      abbaye senanque lavender in the luberon

      • Walk option 1 : Loop walk from Lagarde d'Apt (2h20 - 3.7 miles)
      • Walk option 2 : Loop walk from Gordes > Senanque Abbey (3h20 - 10 km - 6.2 miles)
      • On this transition day towards Forcalquier, you enter the Luberon mountains, sprinkled with stunning hilltop villages, many worth visiting - your bags being transferred meanwhile. Just to name a few: Gordes perched vertiginously over the Calavon valley, Roussillon and its home painted in a veritable palette of colours, and Lacoste crowned by the ruins of the Marquis de Sade's castle. There are two walking options available.
      • The first walk option  begins high atop the plateaus, in the tiny hamlet of Lagarde d'Apt, through a rolling countryside carpeted with fine lavender fields, with views extending to the Alps.
      • The second walk option begins in the stunning village of Gordes, through a garrigue vegetation of aromatic herbs and brush, to the much-postcarded 12th century Sénanque Abbey, surrounded by its lavender field.
      • Your final destination is Forcalquier, a pretty town well off the tourist-radar, where you settle for 3 nights. Dinner included tonight.
      • SIMPLE & PRESTIGE accommodation : 3 nights in Mane, just next to Forcalquier
      • COMFORT & CHARMING accommodation : 3 nights in Forcalquier
      • Great Market on Tuesday (local producers) & Saturday in Apt
      • Market on Thursday morning in Roussillon

      Walk 4

        • Distance :
        • 8 km
        • Elevation :
        • + 200m
          - 200m

      Saint Michel l'Observatoire & goat cheese

      goat cheese in Provence in the heart of lavander fields

      • Loop walk from Saint Michel l'Observatoire (2h45 - 5 miles)
      • Just west of Forcalquier is the sleepy village of Saint Michel l'Observatoire. The "observatoire" in question was built in the 1920s, 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. You reach a goat farm, lost in the brush, a small family-run outfit awarded for their Banon cheeses, carefully wrapped in a chestnut leaf, creamy and bursting with flavour. An inviting picnic table makes for the perfect lunch stop before finishing your loop. Dinner on your own.
      • Great & famous market on Monday morning in Forcalquier
      • Market on Sunday morning in St Michel L'Observatoire

      Walk 5

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

      Valensole : a sea of lavander

      champs de lavande mer de lavande valensole coeur de la provence et des alpes de haute provence

      • Loop walk from Valensole (3h20 - 6.8 miles)
      • It's THE big lavender day. Forget the small plots of lavender sprinkled in the countryside where most of the tourists go : today you'll be swimming in a veritable sea of lavender, on the Valensole plateau. It's a common misconception that lavender is prevalent in all of Provence. In reality lavender is not a Mediterranean plant, does not grow in the Provence that most tourists venture to. Lavender grows up on the plateaus, in altitude, nestled between Provence and the Alps. you'll be in the very heart of it.
        Nothing but purple into the horizon, the intense Provençal sun concentrating the heavy lavender perfumes in the air. you'll frolic through the fields, taking all the time you need, meandering along the tracks between the lavender fields. You can visit a family-run lavender distillery along the way, in the heart of the fields, and learn everything about the plant and its origins, its uses, its medicinal properties.
        Dinner is on your own.
      • Market on Saturday morning in Valensole

      Day 7

      Bye Bye provence

      • End of your trip after breakfast
      • 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

      Sup per period
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        • High + 30€

      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

      • BB Chateau Gabelle - Ferrassieres

        Located in the "Lavender region", between the Lure and the Luberon mountains, the "Chateau de la Gabelle" is an old fortified farmhouse from the t13th century at the foot of Mont Ventoux.

        Surrounded by centuries lime trees, the castle is located in the heart of the farm, amidst meadows, lavender and "petit épeautre" fields. You will be greatly welcomed by Margherite and her family, and enjoy the quietness of its guest rooms - of simple comfort - along with the provençal "table d'hote" dinner, made of local fresh products (part of them from the organic farm)

        Optionnal: You can ask for massages - relaxation - reflexology sessions

      • BB Jardins des Glycines - Mane

        Located in the heart of the village of Mane - right beside Forcalquier - the “Jardins des Glycines” is an ancient former 19th century mansion house, that offers 3 rooms.

        Myriam always welcomes her guest with warmth. At her “table d’hôte”,  you will discover for dinner a genuine Provencal cuisine made with with local products

      • BB Marguerite - Montbrun

        Located 2 km from Montbrun-les-Bains village, surrounded by lavender fields, Maison de Marguerite is renovated 18th century goat farm. Michelle & Etienne welcome you in their comfortable guest house, that offers a swimming pool with a large garden and a terrace.

        The continental breakfast includes homemade products and fresh fruit juices.

      • BB Beatrice Cols - Forcalquier

        Located in the heart of Forcalquier, Béatrice welcomes you in this 18th century mansion house, with 3 charming rooms. Breakfast is served in the indoor garden, next to the fountain

      • BB Defends de Redon - Montbrun

        Located a few steps away from the village of Montbrun-les-Bains, Le Deffends de Redon is a charming BB, that offers an outdoor swimming pool, a terrace and a large garden with great views of Mont Ventoux, surrounded by lavender fields, perched on the edge of the forest.

        You will enjoy the tranquillity of this charming guest house, decorated with antique furnitures.

      • 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 Val de Sault - Sault

        The "Hostellerie du Val de Sault" is 4 star hotel, located just 1km from the centre of Sault village.

        The property features little houses - with suites that offers a private terrasse - along with an indoor and outdoor swimming pools, with great views on the Mont Ventoux.

        A little slice of paradise in the heart of the lavender region.

      • Le Couvent des Minimes - Mane

        Located in the charming village of Mane, nestled in the heart of Provence, Le Couvent des Minimes is a prestigious Relais & Chateaux hotel.

        This 17th century ancient convent is a talented combination of medieval architecture and design decoration, with beautiful gardens and terrasse

        The L’Occitane Spa will pamper you in its cosy cocoon during this unforgettable fairy-tale stay.

      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 

      TRIP rates 

      The rates are per person, on a 2 pers. minimum reservation basis ( shared room), and subject to availability

      INCLUDED

      • 6 nights double occupancy with private facilities
      • 6 breakfasts
      • 2 dinners
      • Luggage transfer on day 4
      • Choice of 5 self-guided walks
      • Our Road Book with detailed walking itineraries, including highlighted maps
      • 1 road map of the region

      NOT INCLUDED

      • The car rental & the car parking fees during your stay
      • All lunches & dinners not noted-included in your itinerary
      • Entrance fees into museums, insurance, drinks
      • Items of personal nature
      • SINGLE supplement 
        Simple accommodation : 115 €uros
        Comfort accommodation : 199 €uros
        Charming accommodation : 265 €uros
        Prestige accommodation : 499 €uros
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