Real Provence - Special Excursions!

Special Excursions

Whatever your base in Provence, we can help you plan a special day trip or a longer excursion. Or we can include these ideas as part of your Tailor Made holiday itinerary. Click >> Tailor Made.




Here are just a few thoughts on those special excursions for an added dimension to your holiday in this beautiful part of France.

Lavender Fields and Mont Ventoux

For the real sight and scent of Provence a tour of the lavender fields of the Plateau de Sault, including a drive to the summit of Mont Ventoux is an easy day trip from any of our three areas. If approaching Sault from the Dentelles area, your drive can be via the quiet hidden valley of the Toulourenc nestling beneath the northern slopes of Mont Ventoux.

Lavender fields
Plateau de Valensole, Lac de St. Croix and Moustiers
Plateaux de Valonsole, Lac de St Croix, and Moustieres

The Plateau de Valensole is one of the main lavender growing areas of the region and in its stunning position ringed by distant mountain peaks in Haute Provence it makes a stunning sight in the height of summer. At the western end of the plateau the turquoise blue waters of the Lac de St. Croix shimmer in the sun and beyond the interesting old village of Moustiers, famous for its distinctive porcelain, is just a short drive away. Easily visited in a day trip from the Luberon or with an overnight stay in Moustiers, a two day trip from the Dentelles or the Alpilles areas.

Gorges de Verdon

In the Alpes de Haute Provence, Europe's widest and deepest Gorge, the Grand Canyon de Verdon is a stunning site. The whole circuit is 130 km and the Corniche Sublime on the south side and the Route des Cretes on the north of the Gorge both have great view points. A two day excursion from any of our areas of Provence or an interesting driving route as part of a longer tour of southern France.

Gorges de Verdon
Nimes and Pont du Gard
Nimes

Combine a visit to the city of Nimes and the UNESCO world heritage site of the Pont du Gard for an insight into the Roman history of Provence. Nimes 1st century amphitheater and the Maison Carrée, the best preserved temple of the Roman world are fascinating relics of Roman times and the Pont du Gard is a magnificent reminder of the skills of Roman craftsmen builders. An easy day trip wherever your base in our part of Provence.

Cassis and the Calanques

Visit the charming fishing village of Cassis at any time of the year and you will not be disappointed. The pretty harbour with its many quayside cafes and restaurants makes a great dining and people watching location and is also the departure point for boat trips along the coast to view the 'calanques' , fjord-like inlets cut into the limestone cliffs. There is also a small town beach from which you can swim in the summer months.

Cassis
Porquerolles, Port Cros, Le Levant – Iles d’Hyeres
Iles d'Heyeres

These beautiful islands a short boat crossing from Hyères on the mediterranean coast make up a protected area and a national park to preserve the flora and fauna of the coastline and seabed. A boat tour of the islands makes a great outing for the day or stay overnight on Porquerolles and enjoy the ambience of mediterranean island life as it used to be.

Train des Pignes

For the real sight and scent of Provence a tour of the lavender fields of the Plateau de Sault, including a drive to the summit of Mont Ventoux is an easy day trip from any of our three areas. If approaching Sault from the Dentelles area, your drive can be via the quiet hidden valley of the Toulourenc nestling beneath the northern slopes of Mont Ventoux.

Train des Pignes
Scenic Flights by helicopter
Light aircraft flights over the Pont du Gard

Or for a different view of this beautiful landscape why not take a flight in a helicopter for great aerial photo opportunities. Taking off from Avignon airport there is a choice of aerial tours. High above the summit of Mont Ventoux for spectacular views of the lavender growing plateau of Sault and the tiny villages nestled under the slopes of the mountain. The stunning Pont du Gard and the fortress village of Les Baux clinging to the rocky peaks of the Alpilles. Or the perched villages of the Luberon. Pre booking is necessary and flights are subject to weather conditions

Hot air balloon over the Luberon Valley

Dawn on a hot summer morning, a pink light suffuses the sky as the basket gently leaves the earth and rises above the vineyards for a spectacular flight over the Luberon valley and hills below. An hour later you return to a champagne breakfast - is there a better way to start the day? Hot air balloon flights are available all year round and must be pre-booked. Flights are of course dependent on weather conditions.

Hot air balloon over the Luberon Valley

Page updated: 05-Dec-2018