Picturesque Provence

Tour highlights

  • Guided tour of Sisteron
  • Explore Forcalquier Market
  • Visit the beautiful village of Moustiers Sainte Marie
  • Discover the lavender fields of the Plateau de Valensole
  • A guided visit of the Fortune Arizzi olive oil mill
  • Visit a lavender distillery

Day 1 – 8: Camping L’Hippocampe

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Day 1 – Arrive at Camping L’Hippocampe (C09)

Meet your fellow members over a welcome drink and dinner at the campsite restaurant, Le Gueco.

Day 2 – Morning visit of Sisteron

Known as the ‘Gateway to Provence’, take a tour of this beautiful pre-Roman town built on the banks of the Durance River.   

Day 3 – Visit Moustiers Sainte Marie and lavender distillery

Visit the beautiful village of Moustiers Sainte Marie today on this half-day excursion. Situated on the edge of the Gorges du Verdon and built into the side of a limestone cliff, this village is well known for its pottery or ‘faïence’. Then, visit a lavender distillery, going via the Plateau de Valensole on the way - an area famous for its lavender fields that stretch as far as the eye can see!

Day 4 - Free time at your leisure

Why not relax at the campsite today with the river Durance flowing past and the inviting swimming pool?

Day 5 – A trip to Forcalquier market

This morning you have the opportunity to wander around this extensive and popular market, and treat yourself to some local specialities.  

Day 6 – Fortune Arizzi olive oil mill

Today is a visit family-run olive oil mill where 8000 olive trees grow over an area of 70 acres. Learn all about the history and culture of the olive trees and the process of the oil production, from growing the olives to the bottling of the end product. At the end of your visit, why not treat yourself to a bottle or two of this fine Provençal product.

Day 7 – Occitane en Provence and the village of Les Mées

Visit the ‘Occitane’ factory in Manosque this morning. Learn all about how their products are made with natural ingredients inspired by Provence with a guided tour. Afterwards, head back to the campsite via the village of Manosque, where you will have the opportunity to see the fascinating ‘Penitents’ rock formations and find out about the legend behind them.

Day 8 – Final day at L’Hippocampe

Enjoy a final day at L’Hippocampe at your leisure and finish your first week with a farewell dinner at the campsite restaurant.

Day 9 – 16: Camping Les Ranchisses

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Day 9 - Arrival at Camping Les Ranchisses

Travel westwards today to your next campsite. Unwind after your journey with a welcome drink and discuss the week ahead at the meeting with your fellow members.

Day 10 - Excursion to Pont d'Arc and lavender museum

See the incredible replica of the Grotte Chauvet, a UNESCO World Heritage site that contains the earliest and best-preserved cave paintings in the world. Finish the day with a guided tour of the St Ramèze Lavender Museum and take a stroll through the wonderfully fragrant lavender fields that this region is renowned for.

Day 11 - Free day at your leisure

Day 12 – Excursion to Le Château des Roure and silk farm

Today enjoy an excursion to the 15th Century Château des Roure and learn about its fascinating history. Then, go on to visit the château's very own silk farm where you will see the complete life-cycle of the worms and their cultivation, then follow the silk-making process all the way through to the finished product with a visit to the silk Eco museum.  End the trip with a visit to the château’s haunted dungeons!

Day 13 - Free day at your leisure

Day 14 - Market and wine tasting

Do a bit of shopping at the Joyeuse market in the morning and then enjoy an afternoon of wine tasting to sample some of the local wines.

Day 15 - Free day & farewell meal

A free day at your leisure, to perhaps explore the local area one last time or maybe to return to one of your favourite locations from the week. Enjoy your last evening with a farewell meal to round off your second week.

Day 16 - Leave campsite before midday

Please note that this itinerary may be subject to change and minimum numbers may apply.

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