See and smell the fragrant lavender while it is in full bloom. Lush purple fields await you each day on this ride which has wonderful food each day and fun long canters through the countryside. Call us today as space is limited on these dates.
Rate: $1,935.00 USD per person in a shared room
(Single Supplement: $300.00 USD)
Dates: July 3-8, July 10-15, July 17-22, July 24-29
- 5 nights accommodation
- 5 days of guided trail riding
- All meals
- Horse and all tack
- Airport transfers
- Tours as indicated in the itinerary
- All local taxes
- Travel insurance
- Gratuities for the team at the end of the stay
- Beverages outside of meals
- Visits or tips not outlined in the itinerary
Day 1 - Lauri to Buoux
Meet at noon at farm in Lauris. Enjoy a welcome aperitif and presentation of your ride and lunch.
We start this horseback ride in the Luberon, starting from the southern slope. We climb the crests of the Petit Luberon before descending the northern slope towards Bonnieux: a very beautiful village perched with stone houses. Then we head towards the Claparèdes plateau and the first lavender fields. We then descend towards the Aiguebrun gorges which mark the boundary between Petit and Grand Luberon.
We pass near the Priory of St Symphorien, then follow the Aiguebrun river to reach the first accommodation at the foot of the large climbing falsies of Buoux. You can enjoy a swim in the pool before dinner.
Day 2 - Buoux to Rustrel
In the morning, we follow the stream to its source by a pleasant green pathway, then we reach Saignon where we stop to water the horses at the fountain, on the square of this charming Provençal village. We then join our steward who will have prepared a beautiful buffet for us for lunch.
In the afternoon, we take paths in the pine forests and scrubland, to reach Rustrel. After installing the horses, you join your accommodation for dinner in an inn in the heart of the village.
Day 3 - Rustrel to Revest du Bion
We set off again on horseback towards the Plateau d'Albion, leaving the Natural Park of Luberon and entering the Natural Park of Ventoux. We climb quietly in a "combe", a valley shaded by holm oaks, to the Plateau, a major place of lavender cultivation. Picnic near a chapel before exploring the plateau, a former launch site for surface-to-surface ballistic nuclear missiles of the French Nuclear Deterrent Force from 1971 to 1996.
Ride through fields of lavender and sage. Arrival at the gîte where you can relax in the swimming pool or visit the village of Sault, capital of lavender, for some shopping, or visit its lavender distillery.
Day 4 - Revest-du-Bion - Montbrun les Bains
Departure on horseback through moors and forests. Picnic near Sault.
In the afternoon, we set off again on horseback towards Aurel, a charming medieval village at the foot of Mont Ventoux. This afternoon, the colors of lavender, grain fields and the shadows of the foothills of Mont Ventoux will perhaps make you want to imitate the many painters who have fallen in love with this region.
Arrival at the end of the afternoon in Montbrun-les-Bains, facing Mont Ventoux, surrounded by green hills and dominating a pretty little plain planted with fragrant lavender: one of the most beautiful villages in France.
Day 5 - Montbrun les Bains - Mévouillon
This morning, the ride passes at the foot of the Giant of Provence: Mont Ventoux. We follow the Toulourenc, a pleasant refreshing stream, cross typical villages, and enter the Drôme Provençale: an alternation of wooded hills planted with lavender.
In the afternoon, we head for Mévouillon where the truck and minibus are waiting for us to bring horses and riders back to Lauris, in the Luberon.
Day 6 - Departure
End of the ride after breakfast. Transfer to Marseille airport or Aix en Provence train station.