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France, Provence - Luberon and Lavender

The Provence lavender Inn to Inn trail ride ... a fragrant and colored equestrian trip across the Provence, from the south Luberon natural park to the highlights of lavender cultivation in Provence: Plateau Claparèdes north of Grand Luberon, Plateau d'Albion, the country of Banon and Sault: the lavender capital. A fragrances horseback trail ride in Provence herbs, lavender, sage ... A colored ride: the white limestone cliffs of the Luberon, the green of the "garrigue", pine and oak forests, the ocher of the Colorado Provençal, the blue sky and lavender. Breathtaking scenery from the Lower to the Upper Provence at the foot of the Giant of Provence: the Mont Ventoux.

Please only bring one piece of luggage maximum 15 kg that will be transported where you ride. If you bring several pieces, please inform us. 

The peak of the lavender bloom is before July 15th ! Harvests generally start mid July. Later, this riding trip remains superb, but with less and less blooming lavender fields as the summer progresses.

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The Program

Day 1
You arrive at the equestrian center in the afternoon where you will receive information about the upcoming week's ride and be offered a welcome drink.

Day 2 Lauris - Buoux
The ride starts for about two hours on the Southern side of the Luberon to the crest of the little Luberon: nice view on the Mont Ventoux (localy called "the giant of Provence") and the Lure Mountain. Picinic in a cedar forest. The afternoon, you will ride down the Northern side to Bonnieux: a nice stone village ou will reach the Plateau of Claparedes, the first lavender fields, and you will ride down to the Aiguebrun Gorges, the border between Small Luberon and Big Luberon. Your charming Inn is down the cliffs and you will enjoy the swimming pool before dinner. At some dates: transfer back to your accommodation in Lauris.

Day 3 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 - Revest-du-Bion.
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, or visit a lavender distillery.

Day 5 Revest-du-Bion - 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 Montbrun les Bains - Mevouillon. 
This morning, the ride passes at the foot of the Giant of Provence: Mont Ventoux. We follow the Toulourenc, a pleasant refreshing stream, cross some typical villages, and enter the Drôme Provencale: an alternation of wooded hills and lavender fields. In the afternoon, we head to Mévouillon, where the truck and minibus await us, for the horse and rider transfer back to Lauris, in the Luberon.

Day 7
After breakfast, transfer to Aix-en-Provence train station or Marseille airport.

You will ride 5-6 hours of day.

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.

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