Lavender fields cycling holiday in the South of France
Description of Lavender fields cycling holiday in the South of France
Celebrate Provence’s most famous flower, its intense colour and unmistakable fragrance on a tailor made cycling tour through lavender fields. Lavender in all its forms is the star and inspiration of this holiday, whether cultivated in huge purple fields or growing wild, made into soap or included as a flavouring in edible treats.
This lavender fields cycling holiday in the south of France leads you through the fragrant landscapes located between the Alps and Provence. This region enjoys an exceptional climate, often with around 300 days of sun a year, but it’s unique draw is the scent from seemingly endless lavender fields in full bloom, mingled with fresh Alpine mountain air.
This is an active but relaxing holiday, best suited to those who cycle regularly. There are some hills and climbs to tackle, but any effort is repaid by the contrasting landscapes that unfold before you. You will ride past the Gorges of Verdon (nicknamed France’s “Grand Canyon”), reach Valensole, a hilltop village surrounded by a spectacular lavender covered plateau, and pedal through valleys that border the Luberon. Visit Moustiers-Sainte-Marie (where faience pottery is made), the medieval citadel of Manosque, and Digne-les-Bains and Gréoux-les-Bains, spa towns famous for their thermal baths.
As well as history and beautiful natural landscapes, this area is a culinary hotspot, where prestigious chefs such as Alain Ducasse have found their foodie inspiration. Local produce and specialties include truffles, olive oil, honey and, of course, lavender.
PlanetTravelling by bike, you are no longer an observer — you are an active participant in the local environment and culture.
We recommend travel by train, a much more eco-friendly solution. To travel within Europe, we recommend taking trains over renting cars, or air transports. Trains are more energy-efficient and will minimize the CO2 emission by capita.
In cities, we recommend clients to use public transportations, or to walk or bike. City bike rentals are more and more widely available in big and medium-sized cities across Europe they are the best way to get around congested cities.
PeopleTravelling on small and quiet roads, this tour will allow you to experience part of the rural countryside and ride through famous and not-so-famous small and authentic villages that all so well illustrate the multi-faceted Upper Provencal character.
During this trip you may get the best out of fine local produce – tasting and directly buying authentic Provencal food to local producers like lavender in all shapes and forms, truffles, olive oil, honey, rosemary and thyme.
Relying on local guides and family-owned hotels, you will be ensured a warm, personalized welcome. All properties are run by people who have a passion for their region and its cultural, gastronomic, and historical heritage. We use genuine places with local charm, blending harmoniously into the environment. Our hotels offer guests a pleasant, nice-sized environment. Some of them have as few as two rooms, while others are small human-sized hotels.
We are based in France. This is where we live and work. Our office is located in the French Alps, just a stones throw from the Swiss border, and we ride the very same roads we recommend to you for your cycling vacations. As firm believers of sustainable development, we have established a friendly network of professionals, comprised mainly of local tour guides, small operators, and family-run agencies. Most of our people have created their own jobs/enterprises in order to live their passion for the region and cultural heritage. All have extensive travel experience and have lived in various places before falling in love with the area they now call home.
Traveling with us guarantees that you will be taken care of by caring professionals who chose to build their lives here. Forget the nondescript and indistinguishable big chain hotels; we use genuine places with local charm. All the properties we use are run by people who have a passion for their region and its cultural, gastronomic, and historical heritage.
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