Cycling Through Lavender
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.
- 6 Days
- (Some) Hills|Quiet Roads
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- Cost From:
- EUR 825
Tour Distance & Dates
- 230 Km
- Riding Days:
- Starts on June 29th, July 13th and July 27th 2019. Peak lavender season is in July.
Winter promo: Book for 4 (or more) and get 10% off until March 1st
Double Occupancy / Twin Share
Single Supplement: From 320 euros
A minimum of 4 riders is required for this tour.
Other departure dates possible on request for parties of 4 or more
4 nights in 3-star hotels and 1 night in a charming guesthouse
2 dinners (drinks are not included)
Meeting with our local representative
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
Expenses of personal nature Travel insurance Rental bikes
Hybrid bikes €80 per bike.
We can book extra nights in Greoux-les-Bains or in Manosque (price on request).
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