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France, Provence - Luberon to Haute Provence

On this popular ride, you will pass through the lower parts of the French Alps and through fields of sage and lavender. The ride goes from the Luberon National Park to the foot of Mont Ventoux. It goes through the Provence of light and scent, between the Alps and the Mediterranean. You ride through a varied landscape with beautiful views and fields of lavender.

The scenery is magnificent and you see the snow-capped Alps in the north and the Mediterranean to the south. You travel along roads that the Romans built more than 2000 years ago. The days are broken with lovely picnics, and as most people know Frenchmen take their food seriously. After a siesta, you wake up, rested and hungry for more great riding.

It is important that you can control a horse in a walk, trot and gallop.

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The Program

Day 1
Arrive at the equestrian center between 6:00pm and 8:00pm. Dinner and overnight stay at the farm.

Day 2 Lauris - Sivergues
After breakfast, the horses are allocated and the trail ride starts. You follow the Luberon mountain slopes in the direction of Lourmarin, the famous village where Albert Camus lived. You will picnic in the vicinity of the village, before you ride up to the ridge to enjoy the beautiful view: Alpine peaks to the north and the Mediterranean to the south. Overnight at an old Provencal farm from the Twelfth Century hidden in the heart of the Luberon.

Day 3 Sivergues - Céreste
You ride through the prehistoric Gorges de l`Aiguebruns. In a small Provencal village, you will water your horses at the village fountain. Picnic in the shade of beautiful oak trees, before continuing towards Céreste. Tonight you will stay at a guest house in the middle of the village.

Day 4 Céreste - Simiane
Today you ride towards Oppedette and pass lavender fields that, when they are flowering, spread a scent over the area that can not be mistaken. You then will pass a typical village of Haute (Upper) Provence, built on the hillsides. A nice gallop and you approach Simiane where you will stay overnight.

Day 5 Simiane - Saint-Trinit
A picnic lunch under the chestnut trees. Chestnut-tree leaves give the exquisite taste to Banons goat cheese which you can taste along with a nice Côte du Luberon wine. Then you will ride further, still surrounded by lavender and sage fields, to reach your destination for the night, the guesthouse in Saint-Trinit.

Day 6 Saint-Trinit - Montfroc
You will ride up Mt. Montagne de Lure and through the Pas-de Redortier Pass (1241 meters above sea level; 4,100 ft). You then ride across a vast grassy plateau, through wild landscapes and along the Lure Mountains from where you can see towering limestone formations. Minibus transfer to Mas de Recaute.

Day 7 Lauris
Departure after breakfast. Back at Marseille airport at 11.00am.

We reserve the right to make any changes to riding program, including the cancellation or changing of hotels. 

The program is subject to change due to local circumstances beyond our control.