If you have ever thought of getting away and taking a relaxing cycling holiday, there could be nothing more fitting then traveling at a Provençal pace, looking out over a tranquil sea of purple, and breathing in that calming scent of Lavender. To help you experience cycling through vast lavender fields while embracing a wealth of colors and perfumes, we offer tours which celebrate lavender in all its forms, whether cultivated by locals or growing wild in the fields.
The lavender fields extend throughout the department of Vaucluse in the Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur region. The fields are located in the valleys and hillsides between the southernmost mountains of the Massif Central range and the Southern Alps, stopping at the Verdon River before they reach the coast.
At lower elevation, the fields in the Luberon and Rhone valley region begin to bloom earlier (around mid-June). The Valensole plateau and Drome Provençal fields begin around early July, and the area of Sault begins blooming in mid-July.
Located between the Alps and Provence, our Lavender Route makes the most of both regions. With the exceptional Mediterranean climate that Provence enjoys, it is very typical for the region to receive about 300 days of sun per year. The true gem of this region, however, is the unmistakable and calming aroma of endless lavender fields combined with pure Alpine-fresh mountain air, which sets the perfect stage for blending an active holiday with a relaxing wellness pursuit.
Riding through contrasting landscapes, you’ll pass near the Gorges of Verdon (France’s “Grand Canyon”), climb to the hilltop village of Valensole with its spectacular lavender-covered plateau, and meander through hills and valleys bordering the Luberon. You will visit places full of history and tradition, such as Moustiers-Sainte-Marie (famous for its Faïence ceramics), the medieval citadel of Manosque (an optional addition), as well as the Spa towns of Digne-les-Bains and Gréoux.
This is an extraordinary tour that’s best enjoyed if you bike regularly. The terrain involves some hills and climbs, but the payoff is worth it. Once immersed in this charming landscape, you will have no difficulty understanding why Alain Ducasse and fellow prestigious chefs have chosen this region for much of their culinary inspiration. It’s hard not to be captivated by the variety of local produce and specialties – truffles, olive oil, lavender, honey, rosemary, and thyme.
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