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Lavender Holidays Itinerary
 Day by Day Itinerary  

The itinerary has been planned as a first day of Sunday and final night of Thursday in order to ensure you can visit the best of the markets and local events which are held on specific days of the week. We can arrange an alternative day of week to start your holiday but in this case the day by day itinerary may change slightly according to your choice of holiday dates.

This holiday can be taken at any time from the beginning of June to mid August. However we recommend planning your visit during the period of mid June to mid July when the lavender

blooms are at their peak and before the harvest takes place.

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For the first three nights of your holiday you will stay in the Parc Naturel du Luberon, a designated area of outstanding natural beauty. The Luberon valley is a picturesque landscape of vineyards, orchards and small lavender fields nestling on the valley hillsides. Depending on your arrival time today, take a leisurely drive through the Luberon valley for your first views of the lavender fields. A scenic drive today into the Vaucluse hills and the lavender growing area of the Plateau de Sault. Lavender is all around you but we suggest two driving routes to explore. Maybe also follow the Lavender Path for a gentle stroll along country roads flanked by lavender fields near the town of Sault , which is a centre of lavender production. From the town the panorama across the valley below towards the slopes of Mont Ventoux is a stunning vista. Lunch maybe at a pretty village near Sault or perhaps take a picnic. Market day this morning in the picturesque perched village of Gordes perched on a rocky outcrop overlooking the whole of the Luberon valley. Enjoy all the sights and colours of Provence in the market then visit the beautiful Cistercian Abbaye de Senanque flanked by lavender fields, in its peaceful valley setting nearby. Include also a visit to the Musée de la Lavande for an interesting explanation of lavender production and an excellent shop selling local lavender products. Then continue on to the pretty village of Roussillon , perched on its red ochre cliffs. Leave the Luberon today and following a picturesque route via the tranquil 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 sweeping 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.
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A whole day to explore the stunning sight of the vast lavender fields on the plateau surrounded by views of the distant southern Alps. This area is also known for the production of honey with the bees feeding on the lavender and other aromatic plants. Visit the old town of Riez famous for its honey production and also the beautiful Lac de St. Croix with its turquoise blue waters. Depart this morning after breakfast or if you are taking our Extension Option to explore the Gorges de Verdon, depart Gréoux this morning and drive on to Moustiers St. Marie for the final days of your holiday.    
Recommended visits and excursions are planned into your holiday to make sure that you make your most of the time in the area. Please note that whilst we do our best to ensure that pre-planned visits are possible on the specific days indicated, variations in opening times and guided visits can sometimes require a slight alteration to the day by day itinerary. Occasionally a guided visit may be conducted only in French but we try to ensure that an English explanation (usually in the form of a leaflet) is also available.

We have planned the itinerary with accommodation in the specific hotels described below. However the final choice of accommodation will be determined by availability according to your choice of holiday dates. If we cannot secure accommodation for you in our chosen hotels, we will let you know immediately and suggest an alternative, and advise you of any

supplement which may apply. There are many charming hotels and chambre d'hotes in the area all of which we have visited personally and have selected for the comfort of their rooms, their friendly and welcoming ambience and of course for their excellent provencal food.

Ferme de la Huppe Ferme de la Huppe

A charming hotel in a renovated farmhouse located in the countryside near the stunning perched village of Gordes. The hotel has pretty gardens, a swimming pool and lovely dining terrace where breakfast and light lunches are served.

Villa Borghese Villa Borghese

In the spa town of Gréoux , Villa Borghese has its own spa facilities, swimming pool and good restaurant. Located in the centre of the town it is ideally placed for exploring the beautiful Plateau de Valensole.

  The best of French Food

Dinner on two evenings is included in the price of your holiday as detailed in the itinerary. The hotels we have chosen and the restaurants we recommend all offer the best of provencal food so you can be sure to enjoy a delicious three or four course meal every evening.

We have planned your itinerary with suggested lunchtime locations offering a choice of cafes and restaurants to ensure you can sample all the delights of the local cuisine. On some days you may choose to have a lunchtime picnic choosing from the superb range of produce in the local markets.

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Updated: 28 November, 2016