Lavender fields cycling vacation in the South of France

“Lavender is the fragrant inspiration for this tailor made cycle tour, between the Alps and Provence. Four days cycling past purple fields and spectacular landscapes, with time to explore, eat and unwind.”

Highlights

Option to explore Manosque and visit the L'Occitane factory | Forcalquier | cycle to Digne-les-Baines | village of Les Mées | climb to the Plateau des Lavandes | mountain views | rest day in Moustiers-Sainte-Marie | optional circular ride past Gorges of Verdon | Roman town of Greoux-les-Bains | lavender distillery visit

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Departure information

Starts any Friday or Sunday from April through October. Peak lavender season is in July
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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Lavender fields cycling vacation in the South of France

Environment

We offer you a unique way to offset your carbon by using pollution-free bicycles. Traveling 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. When flying is required, prefer an airline that contributes to funds aimed at offsetting carbon emissions.

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.

Community

Traveling 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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