The Lavender Trail

7 Days  |  From £1399pp

France ( Best airport: Marseille)

Discover one of the most beautiful regions of France on this varied trail, beginning in the Luberon natural regional park before reaching the Colorado Provencal and the lavender fields. Enjoy the scents and colours of Drôme Provence and ride through stunning and varied landscapes to the sound of cicadas.

The Riding

The trail takes you through various landscapes from Mediterranean Provence to Haute Provence and across the high plateau of lavender and the charming old French villages, as well as the stunning park of Provencal Colorado.

Although forbidden for riders, your host Didier, has a special licence to take you onto this unique park. The “Colorado Provençal” is the most spectacular of the ocher sites. For miles, in the heart of Provence, cliffs of gold and blood unfold with canyon-like quarries, succession of fairy chimneys and valleys with surprising contours.

Level of Riding and Fitness

The trail is suitable for intermediate and experienced riders. All participants must be confident and in control at all paces and in open spaces (walk, trot, canter). A reasonable level of current riding fitness is required as you’ll be spending 4-6 hours in the saddle each day and enjoy a 2 hour lunch break everyday.

The weight limit is 90 kg / 14,2 stones.

Guides and Group Size

All guides are bilingual french/english, they are experienced and qualified.

Group size is 4-8.

The Horses

The horses are from the region, and of medium size selected for their character: kind, responsive and easy to ride. They live outside and in a herd all year around. They work from April till November and enjoy a well deserved holiday in a 5000 ha field in the winter.

Horses are assigned to their riders onsite after a discussion with your guide and based on your height, weight, level and experience.

You will ride in comfortable trail-riding saddles with saddle bags and simple bridles.

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Accommodation and Dining

On this trail riding expedition you will be staying in comfortable, simple and welcoming inns and hotels along the trail and will spend each night in a different location. You can expect a hearty meal at each destination. Some hotels have pools.

For your holidays you will be able to choose to share a room of 2 – 3 people with other riders, or book your own room for a supplement.

The meals are shared together, and you’ll enjoy local and refined cuisine. Special diets can be accommodated. Wine is included with meals. Your lunch will be taken on the trail and prepared by one of your guides. Enjoy copious and hearty buffets every day.

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Itinerary

The Lavender Trail

7 days / 6 nights / 5 riding days
£1399pp

£1299pp sharing

£259 single supplement

International flights & Airport transfers

Transfers are included at set times from and to:

Marseille Airport 5 pm
Aix-en-Provence TGV 5.30 pm
Aix-en-Provence station 5.45 pm

On the last day, transfers leave at 9:30 am for Aix en Provence centre (after 10am), Aix en Provence train station (after 10am) and Marseille Airport (after 11am).

No transfer is possible before 9:30 am, plan your trip according to the fixed free transfer to avoid booking a taxi.

Price Includes
  • Five days of riding
  • Six nights of shared accommodation
  • All arrangements for the duration of the holiday
  • Trail riding horse, tack & saddlebags
  • Breakfasts
  • Packed Lunches
  • Evening Meals
  • Transfer from/ to airport or train stations
Price Excludes
  • Other drinks not included (mineral water, sodas, hot drinks)
  • Visits
  • Tips

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