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Whatever your base in Provence, we can help you plan a special day trip or a longer excursion.  Or we can include these ideas as part of your Tailor Made holiday itinerary (click >>Tailor Made holiday). Here are just a few thoughts on those special excursions for an added dimension to your holiday in this beautiful part of France.
Lavender Fields and Mont Ventoux
Lavender and Mont Ventoux For the real sight and scent of Provence a tour of the lavender fields of the Plateau de Sault,  including a drive to the summit of Mont Ventoux is an easy day trip from any of our three areas.  If approaching Sault from the Dentelles area, your drive can be via the quiet hidden valley of the Toulourenc nestling beneath the northern slopes of Mont Ventoux.
Plateau de Valensole/Lac de St. Croix/Moustiers
The Plateau de Valensole is one of the main lavender growing areas of the region and in its stunning position ringed by distant mountain peaks in Haute Provence it makes a stunning sight in the height of summer.  At the western end of the plateau the turquoise blue waters of the Lac de St. Croix shimmer in the sun and beyond the interesting old village of Moustiers, famous for its distinctive porcelain, is just a short drive away.  Easily visited in a day trip from the Luberon or with an overnight stay in Moustiers, a two day trip from the Dentelles or the Alpilles areas. Lac de St. Croix
Gorges du Verdon
Gorges Verdon In the Alpes de Haute Provence, Europe's widest and deepest Gorge, the Grand Canyon de Verdon is a stunning site. The whole circuit is 130 km and the Corniche Sublime on the south side and the Route des Cretes on the north of the Gorge both have great view points giving birds-eye views of the sheer cliffs dropping down to the sliver of water of the River Verdon at the foot of the Gorge below. A two day excursion from any of our areas of Provence or an interesting driving route as part of a longer tour of southern France.
Nimes &Pont du Gard
Combine a visit to the city of Nimes and the UNESCO world heritage site of the Pont du Gard for an insight into the Roman history of Provence.  Nimes 1st century amphitheater and the Maison Carrée, the best preserved temple of the Roman world are fascinating relics of Roman times and the Pont du Gard is a magnificent reminder of the skills of Roman craftsmen builders. An easy day trip wherever your base in our part of Provence. Nimes
Cassis & Callanques
Cassis and the Callanques Visit the charming fishing village of Cassis, east of Marseille, at any time of the year and you will not be disappointed. The pretty harbour with its many quayside cafes and restaurants makes a great dining and people watching location and is also the departure point for boat trips along the coast to view the 'calanques' , fjord-like inlets cut into the limestone cliffs.  There is also a small town beach from which you can swim in the summer months. An easy day trip from the Luberon and Alpilles areas, a long day trip or an overnight excursion from the Dentelles.
Isle d'Hyeres - Porquerolles, Port Cros and Le Levant
These beautiful islands a short boat crossing from Hyères on the mediterranean coast make up a protected area and a national park to preserve the flora and fauna of the coastline and seabed.  A boat tour of the islands makes a great outing for the day or stay overnight on Porquerolles and enjoy the ambience of mediterranean island life as it used to be. Le Levant
Train des Pignes
Train des Pignes Running from Dignes les Bains in Haute Provence to Nice on the Cote d'Azur this charming little railway trundles through the southern Alps with delightful scenery at every turn and some interesting old villages en route.  Definitely at least a two day excursion if you wish to travel the whole line to or from Nice or just ride part of the line and explore one of the villages such as Entrevaux before return at the end of the afternoon.  The railway also runs steam locomotives on certain Sundays during the summer months.
Light aircraft flights
For a different view of the 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. Pont du Gard
Hot air balloon ride over the Luberon valley
Hot air balloon ride over the Luberon valley 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.
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Updated: February 18, 2010