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Cycling Through Lavender
Tour Location
Country:
France
From:
Manosque
To:
Manosque
Tour Information
Guiding:
Self-guided
Support:
Luggage Transfer, Maps or GPS, Phone Support
Duration:
6 days
Level:
Moderate
Terrain:
On Road, Hills, Low traffic
Bike Options:
Bike hire available
Tour Language:
English
Cost From:
€695
Tour Distance & Dates
Month(s):
Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
Departure:
Tour starts any Sunday from June 18th through August 6th, 2017. Peak lavender season is in July.
Tour Operator:
Cyclomundo
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Cycling Through Lavender

6 Days Moderate

Embrace the wonderful colors and perfume-like scents of Provence’s favorite fragrant bloom on a tour through the region’s favorite lavender fields. Our itinerary is a celebration of lavender in all its forms, whether cultivated by locals or growing wild in the fields, in soaps and oils or even in edible treats.

Located between the Alps and Provence, our Lavender Route highlights both regions. With an exceptional Provençal climate, it is very typical for the region to receive about 300 days of sun per year. The true draw of this region, however, is the unmistakable and calming aroma of endless lavender fields combined with pure Alpine-fresh mountain air — an invigorating aroma for an active holiday with a relaxing edge.

Riding through contrasting landscapes, you’ll pass the Gorges of Verdon (France’s “Grand Canyon”), climb to the hilltop village of Valensole and its spectacular lavender-covered plateau, and meander through hills and valleys bordering the Luberon. You’ll visit places steeped in history and tradition, such as Moustiers-Sainte-Marie (famous for its FaÏence pottery), the medieval citadel of Manosque, as well as the spa towns of Digne-les-Bains and Gréoux-les-Bains. (Bains, if you couldn’t tell, means “baths” — as in thermal baths!)

This is an extraordinary tour that’s best enjoyed by those who bike regularly. The terrain involves some hills and climbs, but the payoff is more than worth it. Once immersed in this charming landscape, you will have no difficulty understanding why Alain Ducasse and fellow prestigious chefs have found their culinary inspiration in this region. It’s hard not to be captivated by the variety of local produce and specialties: truffles, olive oil, honey, rosemary, thyme, and, of course, lavender.

Lavender blooming season is approximately from early July to early August. Check our blog post about lavender: http://bit.ly/14Dsiaq
Accommodation
Double Occupancy / Twin Share, Hotel / Guesthouse, Comfort (3-4 ★)
Single Supplement: From 320 euros
Booking Conditions
A minimum of 4 riders is required for this tour. Prices for 2 riders or solo riders are available on request.
Inclusions
4 nights in 3-star hotels and 1 night in a charming guesthouse
Daily breakfast
2 dinners (drinks are not included)
Meeting with our local representative
Luggage transfers
Arrival and departure transfers from/to Manosque on days 1 & 6
Marked maps and/or cue sheets and route notes
Pre-loaded GPS unit (subject to availability)
Assistance if necessary (you will be provided with our local rep
Exclusions
Expenses of personal nature
Travel insurance
Rental bikes. Hybrid bikes are available at the rate of 80 euros per bike.
Options
We can book extra nights in Greoux-les-Bains or in Manosque (price on request)
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