This guided trip is only available during the short flowering season of lavender in Provence. It combines visits, encounters, activities and hikes for a fun immersion in the world of organic lavender.
This original organic lavender route crosses the Drôme provencale, the Vaucluse and the Alpes de Haute Provence. Discover the plants, the region, and let the locals share their knowledge of the essential oils and other lavender-based products that have made Provence famous.
Day 1: Arrival in Montélimar, "Porte de la Provence" in the Drôme
Meet at 6pm at your hotel for a welcome and briefing. Overnight stay & dinner in town.
Day 2: Lavender professionals - Grignan
A short transfer on a minibus (approx. 30min.). Visit an organic farm and discover the profession of organic lavender producer. Lunch on own. Check-In at the Grignan hotel then walk around the city and its castle - Overnight stay & dinner in Grignan.
Day 3: Lavender fields - Visit/ workshop distillery in Nyons
Transfer by minibus (approx. 30 min.). A roundtrip of the country through lavender fields and a guided tour of a family distillery in Nyons. Workshop for adults. - Overnight stay & dinner in Grignan.
Day 4: Hiking in Grignan, Chamaret and the Lez River
Bus-free day! 19km roundtrip starting at the hotel. We cross lavender fields and the village of Chamaret, with its very Provencal flair, its shaded square with platanus trees and its old houses with blue and green shutters. Superb panorama from the ruins of the feudal keep, 33m high. Overnight stay & dinner in Grignan.
Day 5: Lavender Route - Organic Lavender Honey - Banon - Forcalquier
Departure by minibus to Forcalquier in the Alpes de Haute Provence by taking the Lavender route. Stop at Saint Saturnin lès Apt on the theme "bees & lavender". Tasting of organic lavender honey. Then walk around the picturesque village of Banon, through the lavender fields. Check-In at the Forcalquier Hotel. Relaxation Overnight & dinner in Forcalquier. (approx. 4 hours of transport spread over the day)
Day 6: Hiking: Water heritage and natural site of Les Mourres
Bus-free day! A rountrip of about 12km starting at the hotel. On the way, we discover the heritage linked to the precious water resource: springs, fountains, including the historical "mother of fountains", aqueduct, etc. Passage through the protected natural and geological site of Les Mourres. Overnight stay & dinner in Forcalquier.
Day 7: Plateau von Valensole und Digne-les-Bains, the Lavender capital.
Transfer by minibus of 1 hour. A stroll on the Plateau de Valensole, the centre for laundry production along a former transhumance route. A visit to a farm in Saint Jurs. Lunch of choice in Digne les Bains, stroll and plunge into history at the Lavender Museum. Return via Les Mées and its extraordinary rocks, "Les Pénitents". Dinner and overnight stay in Forcalquier.
Day 8: Departure for Avignon
After breakfast, departure by minibus to Avignon Station (about 1h45 min transfer). Take the time to stroll through the mythical City of Popes! End of the tour
Want to extend your stay?
Overnight in Avignon to discover the City of Popes:
Stay "On the trail of transhumance from Arles to Digne"
Indicated pricing is for double occupancy per adult
Single bedrooms upon request: + 300,- €
Lavender bloom between mid-June and mid-July.
Our trip starts at Montélimar station and ends at Avignon station.
For parties of 8 or more, we're happy to arrange for additional travel dates and/or customized themed tours.
Please fill out our enquiry form #enquiry# indicating the number of your party and your preferred travel dates.
7 nights with half board, guide, visits, activities and workshops on the programme, luggage transport, all transfers by minibus, visitor's taxes.
Minimum number of participants: 8 participants (Max. 16 participants)
Not accessible to people with reduced mobility.
The tour operator reserves the right to cancel this trip up until 21 days prior to departure.
7 nights in double bedrooms in comfortable French B&Bs*** and/or 3-star hotels
Meals will be provided either at the accommodation or a nearby restaurant. Single room available for an additional charge (+300,- €)
Daily hikes of 3h to 5h with a difference in altitude of 300 to 500 m.
Average daily hikes: from 3 h to 5 h per day on hiking trails with an average altitude differences of 300 to 500 m per day. The guide will be able to adapt to the climatic conditions (high heat possible) and /or the level of the group another more appropriate hike. Travel by minibus and hikes in the most beautiful routes in the region.
Dates: from mid-June to mid-August, the lavender covers the land from Crest in the Drôme to Grasse in the Alpes-Maritimes and gives it the blue gold of Provence. The hikes we have selected in the Drôme provençale, Haut-Vaucluse and Haute-Provence will allow you to fully enjoy these distinctive landscapes, the true originality of this lavender-growing area. Emphasis will also be placed on special visits to distilleries and sites producing essential oils only in organic form.
Due to stronger pests (such as the lavandin midge, Arima marginata, "meadow spittlebug" and Trionymus multivorus), the traditional Provencal lavender crop, the one planted in line, has faced a drop in production.
Bright and very sunny climate in general. Mild temperatures most of the time, sometimes very hot in summer, but the Durance towards Forcalquier brings a little breeze at night. The trip takes place between 400 and 1400 metres above sea level.
We recommend a low-carbon train ride to Montélimar