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Lavender Tour in Provence

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Lavender Small Group Walking Tour
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7 Days
Avignon
Avignon
Max People : Small Group
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You enjoy walking as a means to get fresh air and see the countryside, without considering yourself as a “real hiker”. You like to walk to get exercise on your holidays, and enjoy strolls in the countryside and discover Provence in a different & fun way.

Walks are generally from 2-4 hours / day on easy terrain, with some climbing up to perched villages .. You don’t need to be an athlete at all to enjoy this trip!

What to Expect

  • Accomodation: Four Stars Boutique Hotels
  • Difficulty Level: Easy
  • Guide : 1 professionally certified walking guide for up to 8 guests

Stay in the Chateau Mazan built in 1720, then visit the famous “marché” in Vaison la Romaine. walk through the lavender’s field at the foothill of Mt Ventoux. Enjoy a picturesque walk through cherry orchards, vineyards, and truffle oak plantations.

Day 1Avignon

Welcome meeting with guests at 9:30am at the Hotel Cloitre Saint Louis in Avignon. Direct transfer out to Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Loop walk through the vineyards of Chateauneuf. Picnic lunch during the walk. Visit a wine estate at the end of the walk with wine tasting. Late afternoon transfer to Mazan. Welcome drink & dinner at the hotel.

Walk: 8 km, 2 ½ hours of walking time. 100m of elevation gain
Meals included: picnic lunch, dinner at the hotel

Day 2Vaison la Romaine

9h Transfer to Vaison la Romaine. Free time to discover the morning market and pick up your picnic. Around 11:00am transfer to the upper slopes of Mont Ventoux, Provence’s highest mountain. We’ll stroll around the paths at the ski resort of Mont Serein, with awe-inspiring views of the snow-peaked Alps and the chance to see wild mountain goats (chamois). We’ll picnic among the larch trees and wildflowers before transferring to the summit itself, where we can enjoy a café at a restaurant that has been run by the same family for three generations, with views of the Rhône valley and the Mediterranean Sea. On our way down the southern slopes of Ventoux we’ll visit a family run fruit and vegetable farm, where we’ll walk through the greenhouses and taste the produce right from the source. In the evening we eat dinner at a local restaurant.

Walk: 6.5 km, 2 hours of walking time. 100m of elevation gain
Meals included: breakfast, dinner.

Day 3Village of Sault

It’s a little known fact: lavender – at least in its true medicinal form – is not a Mediterranean plant, and is not grown in much of Provence, at least not at lower altitudes. That is why in the morning we transfer to the village of Sault – at 800m – on the plateaus where the lavender fields will be in full bloom. We walk around the lavender fields and learn everything there is to know about the precious flower. Our walk takes us along a botanical path, lined with fragrant lavender plantations, along the foothills of Mont Ventoux.
We have free time in the village of Sault for a leisurely lunch before a visit to a working lavender distillery.
In the evening we have a special treat: a wine and cheese evening hosted by a master cheese-maker, where we learn all about the more than 365 cheese of France and how to pair them well will local wines.

Walk: 8 km, 2 ½ hours of walking time. 100m of elevation gain
Meals included: breakfast, wine & cheese dinner.

Day 4Monts du Vaucluse

This morning, you transfer from Mazan and over the Monts du Vaucluse mountains to the lovely mountain village of Lacoste. Overlooked by the castle ruins of its most famous resident, the Marquis de Sade, it is the start of a walk to the nearby hilltop town of Bonnieux. The walk takes you through the valley through cherry orchards, vineyards, and truffle oak plantations to Bonnieux, crowned by its 12th-centurey church, and a shady picnic site for lunch.
This afternoon, you visit a lavender distillery that has been in the same family for five generations above the village of Apt. You are invited on a private tour of the operations and a stroll through the fields, learning more about the delicate purple flowers and watching the distillery in action.
In the late afternoon, you continue on just over a half hour to the village of Forcalquier, near the vast plateaus of lavender, for a three-night-stay. Your hotel is idyllically set in a landscape of rolling hills. After settling in and perhaps taking a dip in the pool, you enjoy dinner at your hotel.

Walk: 12km (7.5mi)/3hr45min/1,033-ft elevation gain and 820-ft elevation loss/easy to moderate
Meals included: breakfast, picnic lunch, dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 5Saint Michel l’Observatoire

We head to the lost village of Saint Michel l’Observatoire, amid a garrigue vegetation of aromatic herbs and sparse oak and pine. The air is so pure and the skies so clear that a center for astronomy was built in the 1930s, giving the sleepy village its name. We’ll stroll along the timeless paths in a landscape of rolling hills, and in a Provence far from the beaten-track, with wafts of thyme and winter savory permeating the air. We’ll enjoy a picnic lunch at the family-run goat farm that produces prized Banon goat’s cheese. The delicate goat’s cheeses are individually wrapped in chestnut leaves and taste of the herbes de Provence upon which the goats roam.
In the evening we enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

Walk: 9.5 , 3 hours of walking time. 150m of elevation gain
Meals included: breakfast, picnic lunch, dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 6Valensole Plateau

Today, after croissants and café au lait at your hotel, you transfer across the Durance River to the Valensole Plateau, where the lavender fields stretch out seemingly infinitely to the horizon—a giant sea of light purple here in the “valley of the sun.” Up until the early 20th century, the more than 300 square miles of land making up the plateau around the village of Valensole was covered in almond orchards; now it is almost entirely dedicated to lavender production. Your walk plunges you into the fields of lavender, overlooking the surrounding hillsides and valleys, all the while accompanied by lavender-scented breezes. You choose an ideal picnic spot before proceeding to a family-run lavender distillery. Here, you learn the difference between true lavande and lavandin, and their respective medicinal virtues and commercial uses. Returning to your hotel in the later afternoon, there is time to relax with a drink before gathering for a festive farewell dinner at a favorite
local restaurant.

Walk: Valensole Plateau, 9.6 km, easy to moderate, 450-ft. elevation gain
Meals included: breakfast, picnic lunch, dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 7Avignon

Trip ends. Transfer back to Avignon.

Price includes

  • 6 nights double occupancy in 4-star hotels with private bathrooms
  • 1 guides for up to 8 guests
  • All transfers from the start in Avignon to the end of the trip in Avignon
  • All activities described in the itinerary
  • Meals noted in the itinerary
  • welcome drink day 1 & day 4, wine with all dinners, local juice and soft drink, and tea or coffee during meals
Small Group Walking Tour

Departure

June

PRICE: from: 3390.00 cad / per person*
Single Supplement : on request

This tour can be privatized, or self guided. Ask us for more details

*based on double occupancy

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