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Self drive : Ventoux, Spa and lavender fields of Provence

Self drive : Ventoux, Spa and lavender fields of Provence

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Hidden behind Mont Ventoux, the tiny villages & hamlets of the LAVENDER region of Provence is your home base for 5 nights

Set around the Toulourenc valley,  you're assured peace and tranquility. During the days you can choose from one of several walks in the region, whether in the deep Toulourenc canyon, among the lavender fields of Sault, or on the upper slopes of Mont Ventoux. Fine cuisine is included on the first evening. In the afternoons, we've included 5 days access to Montbrun les Bains' celebrated THERMAL SPA. 

* Rental car is not included : let us know if you want us to arrange it for you
* Start this trip on a SATURDAY

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

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  • May
  • Jun
  • Jul
  • Aug
  • Sep
  • Oct
  • Nov
  • Dec
  • Montbrun les Bains, rated among the most beautiful villages in France
  • The famous lavender fields of Sault
  • Authentic Provence countryside and guaranteed peace and quiet
  • Full use of the thermal baths and spa
  • A diverse range of walks from tight canyon to soaring peaks
  • Walks around of the famous Mt Ventoux summit
  • Optional walk in the Toulourenc river & gorges
  • 5 days access to Montbrun THERMAL SPA that includes:
    Thermal water swimming pool, sauna, hammam, jacuzzi, panoramic terrace, fitness classes according to availability (aquagym, relaxation, stretching)

Day 1

A drive behind Mont Ventoux

  • 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
  • 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 accommodation for a 5-night stay.
    Dinner is included on your first night,  on your own the next days.
    •  Day 2 > day 6 - WALKS : you have a choice of 6 different walks  from very easy to challenging, 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: 5 nights in Ferrassieres, a small hamlet 8km from Montbrun
    • COMFORT to CHARMING: 5 nights in Montbrun les bains
    • PRESTIGE: 5 nights in Sault, just next to Sault

    Walk 1

      • Distance :
      • 7 km
      • Elevation :
      • + 230m
        - 230m

    Montbrun, one of the most beautiful village in France

    walk in lavender fields below montbrun provence

    • Reilhanette > Montbrun > Reilhanette ( 3h - 4.4 miles)
    • Your walk begins and ends in Reilhanette, a charming small medieval village surrounded by hills and crowned by the ruins of its castle. In medieval centuries, its strategic perched position allowed for surveillance of the valley below. You take seldom used paths behind the village, in a setting of oak and broom. Your loop reaches Monbrun les Bains, listed among the most beautiful villages in France, its tall stone houses set in rows and perched above the Toulourenc valley. You can have lunch in a local restaurant before your return.
      Dinner on your own tonight.
    • SPA - We've included a 5-day pass to the local thermal baths of Montbrun les Bains .. well-deserved after a great walking day ! 
      It 
      includes: thermal water swimming pool, sauna, hammam, jacuzzi, panoramic terrace, fitness classes according to availability ( aquagym, relaxation, stretching)

    Walk 2

      • Distance :
      • 10 km
      • Elevation :
      • + 370m
        - 370m

    Savoillans and Brantes : stunning views !

    brantes wild provence between lavender and ventoux

    • Savoillans > Brantes > Savoillans (4h - 6.2 miles)
    • The walk today begins in the pretty village of Savoillans. Pick up a "baguette" at the century-old bakery before climbing atop a ridge behind the village. The views of Mont Ventoux and of the deeply encased Toulourenc are stunning. A descent through the oak forest leads to the hilltop village of Brantes, where only 25 people live year-round, its narrow cobbled streets picture-perfect postcards with each turn. A well-reputed café -restaurant in the village is the perfect place for lunch before a return along the Toulourenc valley! 
      Dinner on your own tonight.
    • Enjoy the SPA after your walking day with your 5-day pass to the local thermal baths of Montbrun les Bains.

    Walk 3

      • Distance :
      • 5 km
      • Elevation :
      • + 30m
        - 30m

    A stroll through the Lavander fields

    lavender field provence

    • Sault > Sault ( 2h - 3.1 miles)
    • 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.
    • Enjoy the SPA after your walking day with your 5-day pass to the local thermal baths of Montbrun les Bains.

    Walk 4

      • Distance :
      • 17 km
      • Elevation :
      • + 400M
        - 400M

    Ventoux: The north slope

    walking on mont ventoux

    • Malaucène > Malaucéne (5h - 10.6 miles)
    • This circular walk starts in Malaucene. Your walk takes you into the heart of Mont Ventoux, through its densely forested northern slopes, far from the beaten tourist paths. Along a forestry road 400m above the village, your views extend far into the Barronies mountains to the north, before you reach a most improbable chapel on a plateau (great picnic spot). A steep descent  leads you down to the small hamlets in the plains, and you are led back to Malaucène via quiet country roads, laden with truffle-oak plantations and orchards of all kinds, and two more Romanesque chapels on the way. Dinner on your own tonight.
    • Enjoy the SPA after your walking day with your 5-day pass to the local thermal baths of Montbrun les Bains.

    Walk 5

      • Distance :
      • 15 km
      • Elevation :
      • + 600M
        - 600M

    Ventoux: The Summit

    walking to mont ventoux summit

    • Mont Serein > Mont Ventoux > Mont Serein (5h - 9.3 miles)
    • Longer walk option: 7h - 22km - 13.7 miles - +650m/-650m
    • Leisurely zigzags lead you above the ski resort of Mont Serein, start of your walk. You trade fir and beech for larch, and then a little higher only sparse mountain pine remains, and finally nothing at all. The echo of your feet walking on the scree towards the summit. A final push takes you to the 1912m summit, the highest point in Provence, where one of the best panoramas on the planet awaits. You return along the north face path, a playground for moutain goats.
    • Enjoy the SPA after your walking day with your 5-day pass to the local thermal baths of Montbrun les Bains.

    Walk 6

    The Toulourenc gorges

    walking in the river of ventoux

    • EXTRA WALK OPTION: Veaux hamlet > Toulourenc Gorges > Veaux hamlet
    • Walking time: your choice as you go out and back in the river
    • The Toulourenc Gorge is one of the region's best kept secrets. You will enjoy walking through the waters, cooled by the shade of the tight, limestone gorge. Deep pools allow for a refreshing dip, while in some places you need to pass with the waters waist-high. Though the river walk is not technically difficult, the walking requires a sure foot on the rocks below the water's surface, some light scrambling, and no aversion to getting very wet. It’s a magnificent and impressive gorge, with photographic opportunities with every turn. 

    Day 6

    Bye Bye Provence ..

    spa montbrun in the lavender

    • Though your holiday ends after breakfast, you still have access to the thermal baths on your 5th afternoon !
    • We recommend : Enjoy Provence a little longer and add extra nights in one of our selected guest house in Isle sur la Sorgue - where the antique shops and cafés line the crystal clear waters of the Sorgue river - and enjoy the great & famous Sunday morning market !
    • 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

    • 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 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 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 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.

    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

    • 5 nights double occupancy with private facilities
    • 5 breakfasts
    • 1 dinner
    • 5 days access to the spa including : swimming pool, sauna,  jacuzzi, hammam, panoramic terrace, fitness classes according to availability (aquagym, relaxation, stretching)
    • Choice of 6 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 : 95 €uros
      Comfort accommodation : 265 €uros
      Charming accommodation : 355 €uros
      Prestige accommodation : 600 €uros

    Path Restrictions

    Important : From June 1st to September 15th
    Access may be restricted in the Luberon & Mt Ventoux mountains if the risk of forest fire is high. There is a risk that the paths may be closed as of noon on any given day or in exceptional circumstances the paths may be closed altogether. Information is available from 6:00pm for the following day from the local prefecture by telephone (automated message).

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