Provence Lavender

Provence France: (IT-FRPV04)
URL: http://www.hiddentrails.com/tour/france_provence_lavender.aspx

Introduction
Provence France
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! 

Accomodation

Accommodations
This is a progressive ride, so you will be staying in different locations during the trip. You will be staying in 4 different locations total.

Description
Accommodations during the trail will be in guesthouses and country inns. They are basic, but clean.  We select our accommodation according to its beautiful setting and friendly atmosphere, for riders to enjoy a pleasant stay. There are no laundry facilities while on trail. All accommodations have WIFI.

Room Options

Standard
Night 1 & 6: Le Mas de Recaute  
    -Total of 5 rooms accommodating 1-3 people per room
    -1 dorm room accommodating 20 people
    -Double or single beds
    -Shared bathrooms
Night 2: Auberge des Seguins    
Night 3: Auberge de Rustreou or Le Chateau 
Nights 4 & 5: Le Petit Labouret   


Upgrade first and last night
Night 1 & 6: Les Gargoulettes 
    -5 rooms total accommodating 1-2 people per room
    -Double or queen beds
    -Private bathrooms
    -Air conditioning, WIFI, TV, kettle
    -Pool, Jacuzzi, sauna

Please note that hotels and guesthouses are subject to change!

Room Occupancy
Triple occupancy is available at most accommodations. If not available, we can book one double and a single without the supplement.
If traveling as a single rider willing to share: half single supplement rate will be applied if we don't find anyone to share.


Meals
Breakfast will be provided by the accommodations we stay in. At lunch, our assistant will prepare a substantial buffet. A “pastis”, a glass of red wine, a barbecue by a mountain stream, a refreshing salad, a nap before leaving again : many small pleasures which will add to the enjoyment of our rides. In the evening everyone meets around the table, to discover local food - or should we say "cuisine" - don't count on losing any weight. Wine is included at lunch and dinner.

Dietary Restrictions
We can cater to dietary restrictions with prior notice.

This trip includes some wine with dinner and can accommodate special dietary requests.

Riding

Riding Level
In order to make the most of the ride, we require riders to be at ease with walk, trot and canter, in outdoor riding.

Pace
This program includes 2/3/5 riding days depending on the option you choose. You will ride an average of 5 hours every day (about 2-3 hours in the morning and again 2-3 hours in the afternoon). The pace will vary according to the terrain.

Horses
Most of our horses are Barb and Spanish crosses. They have been trained for trail riding and are sure-footed. They live together as a herd, all year long.
During the 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.

Riding Group
Groups are made out of 5 to 8 riders. This limited amount of riders, often including several nationalities, allows each person to make the most of the trip.

Staff
Two members of staff will accompany you on your trip: 1 guide on horseback who speaks English and French and 1 person in charge of transporting luggage and setting up the lunch buffets.
Guides are certified, and friendly. They made a job out of their passion and enjoy sharing their passion with guests. Whether on the Alpes or on the beaches of Camargue, amongst odorant thym, rosmary and lavander, our guides are here to keep riders safe. All guides speak English.

Itinerary

7-day Lavender Road and Wine Trail Route

Day 1 Sunday: Arrival
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: Departure
End of the trip after breakfast. Transfers to Aix-en-Provence train stations and Marseille airport.

--Subject to changes--

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Sample Itinerary - 3-day trip (Part 1)- Subject to changes

Day 1: Arrival
Pick-up from Marseille Airport (5:00 PM), Aix-en-Provence TGV Station (5:30 PM), or Center Station (5:45 PM) and drive to Mas Recaute for overnight.

Day 2: Lauris - 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: Buoux - 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: Rustrel - 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. You will be able to visit the village of Sault, lavender capital, do some shopping and visit a lavender distillery before your car transfer back to Lauris. The ride ends around 6:00pm.

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Sample Itinerary - 3-day trip (Part 2)- Subject to changes

Day 1: Arrival
Meeting at Cap Rando in Lauris at 5 pm. Car transfer to Saint-Trinit. Dinner and overnight in a nice accommodation with swimming pool.

Day 2: Saint-Trinit - 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 3: Montbrun les Bains - 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 4: Departure
Transfer to the airport or train station.


Rates and Dates for Provence Lavender

Rates include:

6 (or 3 or 2) nights standard accommodation in country guesthouses and inns, all meals with wine at lunch and dinner, 5 (3 or 2) riding days, transfers at pre set times

Packages and Options



  • SeasonYearDescriptionEUR ~US$
    A
    20197 day trip, AP€1400$1680
    • Single supplement€250$300
      Discount for use of dormitories(€100)($120)
  • B
    20193 day trip, AP- Part 1 (3 riding days)€800$960
    • Single supplement€120$145
      Discount for use of dormitories(€50)($60)
  • C
    20193 day trip, AP- Part 2 (2 riding days)€650$780
    • Single supplement€120$145
The US Dollar Rate is Based on Exchange Rate of 1.2

Rates Note:


** For 1 pax booking as willing to share: half single supplement rate will be applied if we don't have anybody to share with you

* prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy

Rates Note:


** For 1 pax booking as willing to share: half single supplement rate will be applied if we don't have anybody to share with you


Transfer and Other Charges:



 DescriptionEUR~US$
2019 Transfer from Marseille Airport or Aix-en-Provence Train Station included at set times 0 $0
2019 Pick-up (part 1) or drop-off (part 2) from Marseille Airport, Aix-en-Provence center train station, or Aix-en-Provence TGV station included 0 $0
2019 Drop-off (part 1) or pick-up (part 2) from Marseille Airport, one-way (3 day trip) (3-4 pax), per car
This is a "Group Rate" - to be paid locally
290 $350
2019 Drop-off (part 1) or pick-up (part 2) from Aix-en-Provence TGV station, one-way (3-4 pax), per car
This is a "Group Rate" - to be paid locally
280 $335
2019 Drop-off (part 1) or pick-up (part 2) from Aix-en-Provence center train station, one-way (3-4 pax), per car
This is a "Group Rate" - to be paid locally
240 $290
2019 Non-rider -- 50% discount 0 $0
2019 ** For 1 pax booking as willing to share: half single supplement rate will be applied if we don't have anybody to share with you 0 $0
2019 Upgrade accommodation of first and last night near the equestrian centre with simming pool, hammam, jacuzzi, dbl, pp 70 $85
2019 Upgrade accommodation of first and last night near the equestrian centre with simming pool, hammam, jacuzzi, single 120 $145

Dates Note:

Rates do not include:

Beverages outside of mealtimes, gratuities

Other Info
Meeting: Mas de Recaute
Airport: Marseille
Transfer: Marseille

Climate:
                                                Lourmarin area


Month

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Average High Temperature (°F)

50

52

59

64

72

80

85

83

77

68

57

51

Average Low Temperature (°F)

32

33

37

42

49

56

61

60

54

48

39

33

Average High Temperature (°C)

10

11

15

18

22

26

29

29

25

20

14

11

Average Low Temperature (°C)

0

0

3

6

10

13

16

16

12

9

4

1

Average Precipitation (days of rain)

5

4

4

5

4

2

1

2

4

5

5

4

Source: NOAA
 

Seasons
Thanks to its position in the South of France, the Provence region enjoys a warm Mediterranean climate with an average of 300 days of sunshine a year. The region benefits from warm summers and mild winters.

Summer
The hot summer days are broken up by the evening sea breezes which provide a cooling break from heat and create an ideal atmosphere to enjoy what this alluring picturesque area has to offer. 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 the rain is associated with thunder. Sunshine is plentiful - up to 11/12 hours a day in summer and around 5 in midwinter.

Winter
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 Valley.

What To Bring:  
This list is only a guideline for you

 

Travel documents and Voucher
Flight tickets
Passport
Visa (check with your consulate)

 

RIDING GEAR
Jodhpurs or comfortable jeans (used if possible!)
Riding boots and mini chaps
Riding helmet 
Riding gloves
Hat (with chin strap) for sun protection
Lightweight Waterproof

 

PERSONAL CLOTHING
Jacket or sweater for cool evenings
Comfortable T-Shirts/Shirts
Jeans
Shorts
Underwear and socks
Pyjamas
Bag for dirty clothes
Jacket
Trekking boots/ comfortable shoes
 
ADDITIONAL THINGS TO BRING
Personal Toiletries
Insect protection
Personal medications
Sore cream (for an emergency)
Sewing kit
Handkerchiefs
Adapter for electric appliances
Camera and extra batteries
Sun glasses with strap
Sun tan lotion and lip balm