A trek in Provence – the country of cicadas and Manon des Sources, in the heart of the Luberon National Park. Beautiful, colourful landscapes where the arid chalk cliffs contrast with the rivers and lavender fields. A trek through the mountains, mixing breath-taking views with the charm of authentic and original accommodation. Share the warm and calm atmosphere of this region, and its delicious cuisine, with the small group of riders.
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Riders can join the trek with their own horse*: €420/person (this rate includes the same price conditions, except hire of the horse)
*You are welcome to bring your own horse provided it is in good physical condition and trained to be able to endure long days of trekking over undulating and rocky paths at all paces (good condition shoeing essential). The horse must be calm, sociable, used to riding in a group, but not necessary leading it, used to staying outside and able to adopt the diet and rhythm of eating during a trek. If not all of these conditions are met, a trek is still possible but made-to-measure with an itinerary and activities adapted to the level of the rider and the horse.
Option of arriving the day before the trek starts (you should plan to arrive at around 7pm) or of spending an extra last night at the end of the ride. See supplement below.
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Option of arriving in Provence the day before the trek starts. Night and half-board in hotel with swimming pool, in a village 5 minutes away from the stables: €69/person on the basis of a double room, half board. Plan to arrive at 7pm. Option of B&B in the village, without meals, restaurants in the village (contact us)
Day 1. Vaugines - Gorges de l’Aiguebrun - Buoux - 4 hours horse riding - Night in traditional lodge
Our guide will meet us at 8.30am to go through the trek itinerary with us. We will then meet our horses in the meadow surrounded by lavender and olive trees.
We will saddle our horses and set off on our ride in Provence, riding around the bottom of the Grand Luberon in the direction of Loumarin. Our horses will advance at a steady pace over the ridges of the mountains from where we will appreciate beautiful views over the Durance valley, the Mont Ventoux, the Lure Mountain and the Alps. After a break at the peak of the pass, we will set off back down the north slope of the Luberon.
The mule-track will lead us to the Gorges de l’Aiguebrun, an area where man has settled since the Palaeolithic era. Convoys carrying salt, pilgrims and then Waldensians fleeing royal galleys, once travelled through this deep and mysterious gorge. We will follow these imposing cliffs to reach our charming lodge, nestled into the bottom of the cliff. Its typical Provençale dry-stone architecture and the little river that flows at the bottom of the meadow where our horses will rest, create the unique charm of this lodge. We will also be able to take advantage of the terrace and the large stone swimming pool filled with spring water, before we enjoy the regional flavours of dinner with our hosts.
Day 2. Buoux – 4 ½ - 5 hours horse riding – Night in traditional lodge
In the morning, once we have seen to our horses, we will continue on our trek, taking the old cobbled path to ascend the overhang of the cliffs. The view over the Claparèdes plateau is magnificent: dating to the Neolithic period, here you will see old dry-stone buildings in the middle of lavender fields. This plateau made of chalk goes up to 821 metres high and has the most original relief of the area. We will head down to the gorges, following the fern-lined river which contrasts with the dry landscape we have just visited. We will stop at the riverside for lunch and a refreshing swim! In the afternoon we will get back on our horses to ride towards Luberon over rocky and little used paths, discovering the little Troglodyte village and then crossing the breath-taking Roman bridge. We will arrive at the charming village of Sivergues where we will spend the night in a little gîte at the heart of the village, in dormitories. Option of sleeping at a B&B a couple of kilometers away by car (supplement of €35 per person).
Day 3. Buoux - Vaugines – 5 hours horse riding
We will leave Sivergues and continue our trek towards the hills via an old roman road which will give us a superb view over the Claparèdes plateau and Mont Ventoux. We will go up the north side, along the ridges, to Mourre Nègre, the summit of the Luberon, at 1125 metres high. Enjoy the unobstructed view over the surrounding valleys and mountains – from which you can sometimes even see the Mediterranean sea glittering in the distance… We will enjoy this view while we have our picnic in the company of our horses. We then will go back down towards the charming village of Cucuron, thought the pine trees, to arrive at the stables. After looking after our horses, we will let them ride free in their meadow. End of stay at around 6pm.
Option of staying an extra night at the end of the trek in Provence. Night and half board in hotel with swimming pool, in a village 5 minutes from the stables: €69/person on the basis of half board, double room. Option of staying at a B&B in the village, without meals, restaurants in the village (contact us)
HORSES & TACK
The 6 horses at the stables are of various different breeds (Portuguese, Arab, Quarter-Horse). They spend the entire year outside in large open spaces between olive groves and lavender fields. They are ridden throughout the year in order to maintain their fitness levels, suppleness and sure footing.
The tack is specially made to order for the comfort of the ride: trekking saddles with cruppers, sheepskin, breastplate, stirrups under the flaps for the comfort of the legs, leather saddle bags
Maximum weight of rider: 100 kg (horses available for riders over this weight, please contact us in advance).
RIDING ABILITY & PACE
This riding holiday is Provence is for riders who are comfortable and autonomous riding outdoors at all paces. The itinerary takes us over hilly terrains and sometimes rocky ground. The sure footing of the horses will guarantee the safety and comfort of the riders. The length of each day is around 4-5 hours. Children accompanied by an adult are welcome from the age of 10 years old, if they are experienced riders and have the required level of ability and fitness.
HORSE RIDING GUIDE & SUPERVISION
Our horse riding guide is a qualified instructor for horse riding holidays. She has been trekking in Provence for 10 years and shares her love of the region with passion. Her years of experience with horses have led her to develop an approach to horse riding that focuses on the communication between the horse and the rider. During the ride we will have the occasion to share our experience of the ride with each other.
France, Vaucluse (84)
3 days, 2 nights, 3 days horse riding
The rider’s individual insurance and/or French FFE licence (register your French FFE license with Caval&go)
2 - 4 people
SNCF TRAIN STATION / AIRPORT
Aix-en-Provence TGV (45 minutes) or Marseille Airport (60 minutes)
French / English
MEALS & ACCOMMODATION
The accommodation for this trek in Provence has been specially chosen for its charm and authenticity.
For the first night, we will be welcomed at a charming lodge – a former goat farm, transformed into a guesthouse. Nestled in the Grand Luberon cliffs, this dry-stone lodge offers accommodation in small dormitories or some double rooms, some of which are in a cave dwelling. Breakfast is served on a shaded terrace, overlooking a large stone swimming pool filled with spring water.
On the second day, we will arrive at Sivergues, one of the most beautiful villages in the region, where will stay in a small gîte with architecture typical of the region. The horses will roam free in an enclosed meadow. If you so wish, you can spend the night in a B&B, around 15 minutes drive from the village (€35 supplement per person with dinner). The house is build into the rock, which comes through into certain rooms, lending the building a unique charm. The rooms are tastefully decorated in an authentic Provençal style.
For lunch, we will carry packed lunches in our saddlebags and enjoy lunch breaks in the great outdoors with exceptional views as our backdrop. Dinner is eaten at the accommodation, at the gîte or B&B, and will allow you to sample the flavours of the region.
You are welcomed and supervised by your riding guide who will share with you their love for the region and passion for horses.
The Luberon is the name that is given to the Luberon Massif, i.e. the mountain range that spreads from Vaucluse to Alpes-de-Haute-Provence. This mountain range contains several mountains:
- The Little Luberon: peak of 727m and altitude of between 110m and 727m
- The Big Luberon: this is the highest mountain in the Luberon Massif, covering a vast part of the Luberon. - -The Oriental Luberon: in the east of the mountain range, varying in height between 300 and 900m
The Luberon Massif covers a relatively large surface area (around 300 km²). The highest point of the Luberon is the Mourre Nègre with an altitude of around 1125m (in the Big Luberon).
The climate in the Luberon is pleasant almost all year round. It is a Mediterranean climate with mountain influences. The region enjoys maximum sunlight for the most part of the year with a clear sky, particularly on the days when the mistral wind clears the sky and allows for spectacular and far-reaching views. The average temperature varies between 8-13°C from November to March and 15-25°C from April to October.
Luggage is transported every day of the trek in Provence to each different place of accommodation.
Bring equipment and clothes suitable for the season, without forgetting the essentials:
Before or after your trek in Provence, you have the option of extending your stay for one or several days in order to discover this beautiful region. Walking or mountain biking itineraries possible.
We can help you create a tailor-made itinerary. Contact us!