Provence France: (IT-FRPV04)
A Unique Trail in Provence - On the Road of Lavender
A trip itinerary rich in fragrance and color, from the South Luberon to Provencal areas famous for their production of lavender: Plateau of Claparèdes, Plateau of Albion, the Country of Banon, and the foothills of the Lure Mountain. At the end of the third day, you will leave the scented lavender country to discover the historical forest surrounding Peyruis and its two chapels, “Sainte Magdeleine” and “Saint Donat”. The ride will end on the Plateau of Ganagobie and the charming village of Lurs, dominating the Country of Forcalquier and the Durance Valley, the gateway to the Plateau of Valensole, another important place for lavender, to be discovered next time!
Accommodations during the trail will be in guesthouses
and country inns. They are basic, but clean and with character and charm. We select our
accommodations according to the beautiful settings and friendly
atmosphere and ambiance for riders to enjoy a most pleasant and authentic stay.
For lunch, the
assistant will prepare a substantial buffet. A “pastis”, a glass of red
wine, a barbecue by a mountain stream, a refreshing salad, and then have a quick nap before
leaving again! The many small pleasures which will add to the enjoyment of
our rides. In the evening everyone meets
around the table to discover the delicious local foods - or we should say "cuisine" -
don't count on losing any weight!
You will ride an average of five
hours everyday. The pace will vary according to the terrain. In order to make the most of the
ride, we require riders to be at ease with walk, trot and canter, in
outdoor riding. Groups are made out of 5 to 12 riders. This limited
amount of riders – often rich of several nationalities – allows each
person to make the most of the trip.
Guides are certified, and are friends
who made a job of their passion. They apply themselves to share this
passion and the pleasure of trail riding. Whether on the Alpes or on
the beaches of Camargue, amongst odorant thym, rosmary and lavander,
our guides insure riders safety in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
All the guides speak English.
ride, we advise you to take care of your horse in order to get to know
him better and to create a special relationship with him.
Lavender Road and Wine Trail Route
Day 1 Sunday: Meeting at Marseille airport or Aix-en-Provence train station, or directly at Mas de Recaute.
Welcome aperitif and presentation of the trail ride. You will be introduced to your guide and spend a first friendly dinner at he «host’s table». Overnight at Mas de Recaute.
Day 2 Monday: From Lauris to Buoux.
The ride starts on the southern side of the small Luberon. A small rocky trail will take you up on the hills of the Luberon. Nice view on the Mont Ventoux (localy called "the giant of Provence") and the Lure Mountain. We will reach the Plateau of Claparèdes, famous for its lavender production. Lunch in the hills. On the afternoon, you will ride down to the Aiguebrun Gorges, the border between Small Luberon and Big Luberon. Your charming Inn is down the cliffs.
Day 3 Tuesday: Buoux to Rustrel.
This morning you are riding up on the Plateau of Claparèdes, follow lavender fields, dry stone walls and " bories " (small shepherds' pen). You will ride down towards the Valley of Apt on ancient paved trails. After lunch, you will ride down to the "Colorado Provençal" old ocher mines. You will visit on horseback this exceptional site before leaving your horse and reach your hotel in the village of Rustrel.
Day 4 Wednesday: Rustrel to Saint Trinit
You quietly get into a valley shaded by oak trees, onto the Albion Plateau, high spot for lavender. Picnic near a chapel before browsing the plateau, former nuclear missiles site for the French nuclear force from 1971 to 1996. Ride among the lavender and sage fields with a break at a distillery where your guide will explain the production of basis for the perfume manufactures. Arrival at the guesthouse where you can relax and take a swim in the pool before visiting the village of Sault, lavender capital, do some shopping and visit the lavender distillery.
Day 5 Thursday: Saint Trinit to Montbrun-les-Bains.
This morning, you will ride in direction of Saint-Trinit. The lunch will wait for you in the shade near Sault. In the afternoon, you will leave in the direction of Aurel, charming medieval village at the foot of the Mount Ventoux. In the afternoon, the colors of lavenders, fields of cereal and the shadows of the Mount Ventoux may tempt you to imitate the numerous painters who felt in love with this region. You will arrive the afternoon near Montbrun-les-Bains, surrounded with green hills and dominating a plain of perfumed lavenders: one of the most beautiful villages of France.
Day 6 Friday: Montbrun-les-Bains to Saint Auban sur Ouvèze (near Buis les Baronnies).
This morning, you will follow the foot of the Giant of Provence: the Mount Ventoux. You leave Montbrun riding along a pleasant refreshing stream, then we start a climb through forests and lavender fields heading to the "Arles" pass, where we enter the Provence Drôme. You will ride down to the wonderful Mevouillon valley to reach your assistant for lunch breack. The afternoon, you will leave the valley riding towards the Pelleret hamlet going up to the "Bouvreges" pass where you will enjoy an amazing 380° view. Last canter through the forest to Saint Auban sur Ouvèze, where the truck and the minibus are waiting for your transfer back to Lauris, and Mas de Recaute.
Day 7 Saturday: End of the trip after breakfast. Transfers to Aix-en-Provence train stations and Marseille airport.
--Subject to changes--
Rates and Dates for Provence Lavender
6 nights accommodations in guesthouses and inns with private bathrooms, meals, 5 riding days
Transfer and Other Options:
Transfer from Marseille Airport or Aix-en-Provence Train Station included at set times
Rates do not include:
Beverages outside of mealtimes, gratuities
Meeting: Mas de Recaute
A Mediterranean climate is witnessed
in the Rhône valley south of Valence and the coastal areas of Languedoc
and Provence at the foot of the southern Alps. The glamour, class and fame of this region is accompanied by a glorious
typical climate of warm summers and mild winters. The hottest
summer days are broken up by the evening sea breezes which waft over
the cities and provide a cooling break from the heat and creating an ideal
atmosphere to enjoy what this alluring picturesque region has to offer.
What To Bring:
Along the coast, summers are hot, with scarce rain for a 3 month period
in the midst of summer. However, when it rains – it pours and often
associated with thunder. Sunshine is plentiful - up to eleven to twelve
hours a day in summer and around five in midwinter. Winters in the region are generally mild and sunny but this pleasant
weather is often interrupted by very unsettled cold and squally weather
brought in by the famous northerly ‘mistral’ wind. The mistral blows
with particular strength through around Marseille and through the Rhône
|This list is only a guideline for you
|Travel documents and Voucher
|Visa (check with your consulate)
|Jodhpurs or comfortable jeans (used if possible!)
|Riding boots and mini chaps
|Hat (with chin strap) for sun protection
|Jacket or sweater for cool evenings
|Underwear and socks
|Bag for dirty clothes
|Trekking boots/ comfortable shoes
|ADDITIONAL THINGS TO BRING
|Sore cream (for an emergency)
|Adapter for electric appliances
|Camera and extra batteries
|Sun glasses with strap
|Sun tan lotion and lip balm