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So you prefer a more active life - look no further!  Whether its riding the white horses of the Camargue, walking in breathtaking mountain scenery,  or an early morning hot air balloon ride over the Luberon valley the choice of activities to fill your day is many and varied.  Whatever your preference we can point you in the right direction to enjoy your favourite pursuit.  Just tell us what you would like to include in your holiday and we'll do the rest. Click >> Tailor Made holiday.

Here are just some of the activities this area of Provence can offer. Of course, if you prefer something a little less physical there is always
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Countryside strolls walking & hiking
Walk 1 This area is just perfect for exploring on foot with hundreds of way marked footpaths for gentle strolls and of course the longer hiking trails. The scenery of this part of Provence really is amazingly varied - from pine and oak forests to lavender fields and vineyards, from green rolling hills to wild limestone cliffs.

If you plan to walk during your holiday, we recommend Spring, early summer and autumn as the best times to visit.  The weather is not too hot, the skies are clearer affording the best vistas and the countryside is greener.  Winter walking too is a great option.  When all is grey at home, bring your winter woolies and enjoy a short break under the clear blue skies. Stay in a cosy hotel or cottage and stroll the hills and valleys by day.
Walk 2 We can include walks or gentle strolls in any of our Tailor Made holidays.  We can even plan a walking excursion including a nice lunch in a countryside restaurant with either a taxi home or a return walk to your car. Just tell us your plans or let us suggest what you might do in the area you plan to visit. Click >> Tailor Made holiday.

And if you are looking for a different way to explore Provence our Self Drive and Walk in the Luberon holiday combines visits to the prettiest villages of the Luberon with leisurely self guided walks and strolls.  Its a great way to discover this beautiful area. Click >> Tour & Walk in the Luberon holiday
Canoeing & Kayaking

Canoe down the pretty river Sorgue in the Parc Naturel du Luberon,  along the Gardon river under the stunning aqueduct of the Pont du Gard or through the salt marshes of the Camargue delta on the Petit Rhone.  All trips are fully accompanied with full instructions before departure and life jackets are supplied in the hire charge. Return to your departure point at the end of the trip is by minibus.  Ideal as a fun family trip or just to try something a bit different on holiday.
Canoe & Kayak
Horseriding & Horse Carriage rides
Horse Riding The Parc Naturel du Luberon has a choice of well run stables with horses and ponys for all levels of riding ability. Rides of an hour as well as half day and day trips including picnic are available with experienced guides to accompany you on mainly gentle trails through the woods and hills.In the Camargue discover the marshes and lagoons and even have a ride on the beach.  Whole day riding tours including lunch can also be arranged.  There is a wide choice of stables with horses specially chosen for leisure riding and trekking and suitable for all levels, beginners or experienced, adults and children.

Two hour Carriage rides through the salt marshes are available in the Camargue.
Birdwatching
If you are an enthusiastic bird watcher you will undoubtedly know what great opportunities this area has to offer at all times of the year with the vast migrations of bird life through and across this part of southern France. We don't pretend to be experts in what can be a highly specialist interest but can certainly advise you on the best places to stay in the area you plan to visit.

If your interest is more one of a simple curiosity about the wildlife of this part of the world some of the natural reserves particularly in the Camargue are highly recommended and can be easily planned into any touring holiday. Click >> Tailor Made holiday.
Camargue Stork
Paragliding

Float high above the valley for an out of this world experience.  Initiation courses for beginners, weekly courses or free flying all available at this very professional Paragliding school in the Luberon valley.  Improve your technique or simply enjoy a one off flight experience in tandem with a tutor.  Pre booking necessary.
Cycling
Whether you are 'tour de France' material or simply enjoy pottering around country lanes, this is superb cycling country with quiet back roads and beautiful views around every turn.  In the Parc Naturel du Luberon the well marked cycling trail leads you along a route through the whole valley on country roads from village to village.  For the more adventurous, the pine clad hills of the Alpilles and the peaks and valleys of the Vaucluse mountains including the ascent of famous Mont Ventoux, present stiffer challenges with great rewards.  Cycle hire is easily arranged for the day or the week and guided tours are also available for small groups.  Cycling
Golf
Golf
Thanks to the quality and variety of the courses and the beauty of the course settings in the Provencal countryside, this area is becoming a premier destination for golfers. There are 15 courses to choose from throughout the whole of the Provence/Cote d'Azur region for which it is possible to buy a special golf pass for green fees to 3 or 4 courses or you can simply book a round on the course of your choice.  Green fees vary by course and we can supply full details on request.
Hot air balloon flight and scenic flights by light aircraft

Dawn on a hot summer morning, a pink light suffuses the sky as the basket gently leaves the earth and rises above the vineyards for a spectacular flight over the Luberon valley and hills below.  An hour later you return to a champagne breakfast - is there a better way to start the day?  Hot air balloon flights are available all year round and must be pre-booked.  Flights are of course dependent on weather conditions.
Hot air balloon
Or for a different view of this beautiful landscape why not take a flight in a light aircraft for great aerial photo opportunities of some of the most famous sights of the area.  Taking off from Avignon airport or Carpentras aerodrome there is a choice of aerial tours with a guided commentary. High above the summit of Mont Ventoux for spectacular views of the lavender growing plateau of Sault and the tiny villages nestled under the slopes of the mountain.  The stunning Pont du Gard and the fortress village of Les Baux clinging to the rocky peaks of the Alpilles.  The wide expanse of the Camargue delta or the perched villages of the Luberon.  A la carte tours can also be arranged. Pre booking is necessary and flights are subject to weather conditions. Light Aircraft
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Updated: 17 January, 2012