Spotlight on….Provence

Quintessential purple landscapes glimmer like amethysts in this picture-postcard paradise of lavender fields radiating violet-twinged views, where the soft natural light and timeless landscapes have been used by artists and writers to create iconic masterpieces.

So what is it that makes Provence so special?

·        Picturesque hilltop villages hosting weekly markets selling fresh local produce, colorful textiles and original artworks.

·        Fresh and flavorful Mediterranean-inspired cuisine: olive oil from the sun-drenched olive groves, ‘caught that day’ fish, home-grown tomatoes and garlic. The Provencal countryside is rich with the aroma of fresh herbs.

·        Rich in medieval history: Provence is a living museum of some of the best-preserved Roman ruins in Europe, from amphitheatres, châteaux and monasteries to stone fountains and lavoirs.

·        Verdant vineyards: stop off for a wine-tasting, visit wineries and experience the subtle nuances of how topography, climate, geography, and soil affect the flavor of the tremendous vintages.

·        Interesting fact: more than 25 years after his book, A Year in Provence, was first published, Peter Mayle is still receiving fan mail from strangers delighted by his tale of a 50-something British couple and their two dogs moving into a 200-year-old stone farmhouse in the Luberon.

Take a look at a couple of our most popular waking and cycling tours in Provence….

Landscapes of the Luberon Walk

Enjoy varied walking in the glorious Luberon National Park – inspiration for generations of poets, painters and writers. Wander through vineyards and olive groves to medieval villages perched on ochre cliffs and stay in delightful hotels, full of character, along the way.

                   What’s included:

8 nights | All breakfasts | 4 evening meals | Luggage transfers | Wine service
Route notes and maps | On-site English speaking rep | 24hr support

Landscapes of Luberon Walk from $1,690 per person

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Côtes de Ventoux Cycling

Cycle through the verdant vineyards covering the patchwork landscape of the Vaucluse and the ever-present shape of Mount Ventoux, ‘the Giant of Provence’ that’s silent and ever watchful on the horizon. Taste the fresh local produce as you venture to the foot of the mountain.

                What’s included:

6 nights | All breakfasts | All evening meals | Luggage transfers | Wine service
Route notes and maps |On-site English speaking rep | High quality bikes
Option to rent electric bikes | 24hr support

Cotes de Ventoux Cycling  from $1,765 per person

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