Cycling Through Lavender

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6 Day(s)
Moderate
230 Km
avg 58 Km
Self-guided

Description

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.

Information

Tour Location

Country:
France
Region:
Provence
From:
Manosque
To:
Manosque

Tour Information

Guiding:
Self-guided
Duration:
6 Days
Level:
Moderate
Terrain:
(Some) Hills|Quiet Roads
Tour Type:
Groups
Tour Language:
English
Cost From:
EUR 825

Tour Distance & Dates

Distance:
230 Km
Riding Days:
4
Month(s):
April|May|June|July|August|September|October
Departure:
Starts on June 29th, July 13th and July 27th 2019. Peak lavender season is in July.

Additional Information

Special Deal

Winter promo: Book for 4 (or more) and get 10% off until March 1st

Accommodation:

Double Occupancy / Twin Share

Single Supplement: From 320 euros

Booking Conditions:

A minimum of 4 riders is required for this tour.

Group Information:

Other departure dates possible on request for parties of 4 or more

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's mobile number)
All tax and service charges

Exclusions

Expenses of personal nature Travel insurance Rental bikes

Options

Hybrid bikes €80 per bike.
We can book extra nights in Greoux-les-Bains or in Manosque (price on request).

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