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Lavender Holiday

Our client, a keen photographer wanted to be certain to be able to capture the lavender flowers and fields at their best.  We organised this holiday for our client and his wife to visit two of the main lavender growing areas in late June early July.

The holiday started with six night staying in a small hotel on the Plateau de Sault with extensive lavender

fields on a wide plateau beneath the slopes of Mont Ventoux in the Vaucluse.  Then two nights staying in the spa town of Gréoux les Bains near the Plateau de Valensole in Haute Provence, with its stunning lavender and sunflower fields.   Suggested driving routes were provided following the back roads and hidden corners of these two stunning lavender areas in southern France.

Just four of the magnificent vistas our client captured on film
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Day by day Itinerary
The itinerary was planned as a first day of Tuesday and last night of Tuesday accommodating the possibility

of visiting two different lavender growing areas and allowing for our client's arrival and departure point in Nice.

Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4

Arrive Nice, drive to the lavender growing area of Sault for 5 nights. This area is one of the three large lavender growing areas in Provence on a plateau nestling beneath Mont Ventoux providing a stunning panorama from the town. Arrive early afternoon in time to explore the interesting local shops in Sault and perhaps take a stroll along the Lavender Path just outside the town.

Stay for 5 nights at Richarnau near the village of Aurel, 5km from Sault with dinner each evening in your choice of restaurants.

Market day in Sault this morning when the whole town comes alive with the colours and scents of Provence. Maybe buy a picnic for lunch from the tempting array of produce. This afternoon drive the winding route through the Gorges de la Nesque, a grandiose wild canyon and one of the most spectacular gorges of Provence or possibly visit the Jardin Conservatoire de la Lavande. A further day to explore the lavender fields of the Sault plateau. Possible routes could include the lavender fields above Ferrassières or the wide open spaces of the Plateau D'Albion.

A day's excursion south into the Luberon valley for a visit to the excellent Lavender Museum and the old Abbaye de Senanque nearby nestling in its picturesque valley setting flanked by lavender fields. In the afternoon visit one or more of the delightful perched villages for which this area is renowned, before returning to Sault on a pretty drive culminating in a stunning view across lavender fields to the Gorges de la Nesque and Mont Ventoux beyond.

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Drive the picturesque Toulourenc valley nestling below the northern slopes of Mont Ventoux. Maybe stop for coffee at the delightful café in Brantes with its terrace overlooking the valley and mountain beyond. Returning to Sault via the summit of Mont Ventoux with superb views of the distant Alps and a beautiful panorama of the lavender fields as you approach Sault. Visit the local Fete de la Lavande in the village of Ferrassieres before leaving the Plateau de Sault this afternoon. Drive south through the Vaucluse hills to the delightful old village of Simiane la Rotonde in a picturesque setting perched above lavender fields. Explore the village then continue via Manosque across the Durance valley towards the Valensole plateau with its huge vistas of lavender fields surrounded by distant mountains of the southern Alps. Stay for two nights in the spa town of Gréoux les Bains with dinner each evening at your choice of restaurants. A day exploring the villages and lavender fields of the Valensole Plateau including the old town of Riez, famous for its lavender honey, Valensole itself and the beautiful Lac de St. Croix with its turquoise blue waters. Leave the lavender fields and drive south to Nice for your final night. Overnight in Nice with dinner at your choice of restaurants.
Day 9      
Depart Nice this morning.      
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Updated: 4 December, 2012