Gardens of Provence
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Experience the glory of Provence in lavender season while exploring the world-famous gardens nestling at the foot of the Luberon Hills. We’ll admire gardens ancient and modern, from 13th century monastic gardens to the breathtaking designs of Nicole de Vesian
- Mme Liardet's Lavender Farm and Garden, home to a collection of over 200 lavender varieties
- The celebrated Nicole de Vesian contemporary gardens, renowned for their sense of place and sculptural beauty
- The grand terraces of the Château Val Joanis, a working vineyard laid out in the 17th century manner
- Good quality en-suite accommodation in one of our European partner hotels
- Half Board – continental breakfast and evening meal
- The guidance and services of our knowledgeable HF Holidays’ leader, ensuring you get the most from your holiday
- ‘With flight’ holidays include return flights from the UK and hotel transfers
- All transport to and from gardens on a comfortable, good-quality mini coach
- All gardens admissions costs (please note this does not include entrance to private homes or castles, for which there is a separate admission fee)
The 4-star Villa Borghese has a fine tradition of service and is a member of the prestigios Châteaux Demeures de Tradition and the Relais du Silence groups. The owners of Villa Borghese will be very happy to welcome you to their hotel which is in a lovely, quiet and comfortable setting surrounded by gardens and woodland. Gréoux-les-Bains is close to the Verdon Gorges, the Luberon and the lavender fields in Provence.
|Villa Borghese has 50 en-suite bedrooms have a balcony or terrace.
Facilities in the bedrooms include:
The hotel is surrounded by a small wood and offer pleasant views from the bedrooms.
|There is a small outdoor heated swimming pool next to the pleasant terrace.
Villa Borghese contains tennis courts, table tennis, and a spa offering treatments (extra charge).
Relax at the cosy bar with an open fireplace.
The hotel offers it guests free WiFi.
Holidays at Gréoux-les-Bains are Half Board with a 3-course served dinner.
|The hotel prides itself on serving locally sourced produce from within 20km of the town.|
The friendly atmosphere of our holidays continues into the evening.
Enjoy a glass of wine or local beer before hearing about the next day's activities. Your evening meal is the main focus of the evening. After dinner relax on the terrace or in the bar, with a drink and chat with your fellow guests or try your hand in a friendly game of boules.
There are some slightly longer coach journeys on this holiday. We're happy that the travel time on the coach is reasonable for the experience of visiting so many charming gardens in this area.
Your leader will welcome you and talk you through the holiday. Please be aware that walking shoes or sturdy footwear are advisable if you want to make the most of your visit to Provence, for although we have footpaths that can be accessed by all, there are many over the sites that require regular walking attire.
There is a free day during the holiday, for you to explore the local area independently or to relax in the hotel.
Soft plantings at Pavillon de Galon and classical terraces at Le Clos de Villeneuve
We spend the morning wandering through the peaceful pools and soft planting of the Pavillon de Galon. This is designated a 'jardins remarquables' by the French Ministry of Culture. In the afternoon there's more to delight the eye (and nose!) at the grand formal 17th century gardens of Le Clos de Villeneuve where fountains, terraces and more roses tumble down the hillside.
Lavender loveliness as we follow the Lavender Route to Mme Liardet's Lavender Farm and Garden
Today you'll set off along the Lavender Route through billowing fields of flowers - one of the finest sights (and scents!) in France. You'll discover the art of growing and distilling lavender, with a chance to sample the fragrances; and the day ends at Mme Liardet's Lavender Farm and Garden, home to a collection of over 200 lavender varieties.
Roses smell as sweet... at Château Val Joanis and Abbaye de Valsaintes
A day to bask in the beauty of French classical gardening style. First you'll visit the grand terraces of the Château Val Joanis, a working vineyard laid out in the 17th century manner. The sweetly-scented rose gardens planted around the old Cistercian monastery at the Abbaye de Valsaintes are a breathtaking sight, perched 600m up in the Haute Provence hills.
Contemporary chic by Nicole de Vesian at La Louve and her hidden gem, Le Clos Pascal
The celebrated Provence-based designer Nicole de Vesian created thoughtful, contemporary gardens which are renowned for their sense of place and sculptural beauty. Among those you'll visit is her most famous, La Louve, a peaceful, sculptural space created over 10 years as a homage to the characteristic 'garrigue' landscape of the area, and her hidden gem of Le Clos Pascal.
Mazes and parterres at the superb Bastide de Romegas & graceful, leafy boulevards of Aix en Provence
The superb gardens at the Bastide de Romegas have been cultivated since the 16th century and make a great introduction to the delights of Aix en Provence: you'll enjoy mazes and parterres, fountains and relaxing lawns before heading off to spend the afternoon exploring the graceful, leafy boulevards and marketplaces of the birthplace of Paul Cézanne.
An early start to the day before saying au revoir!
Sometimes things happen beyond our control – the weather, traffic jams or changes at the places we visit. If we need to adjust your holiday programme, for whatever reason, your leader will help smooth the way.
Immerse yourself in the landscape of Matisse, Cézanne and Van Gogh, in this quiet corner of Provence. Rolling fields, blue skies, gorgeous villages and excellent food and wine epitomise everyone’s image of Provence, and we hope that this holiday will deliver that, and a little bit more. As well as sitting in the Route de la Lavande, an area steeped in the culture of lavender production, Greoux-les-Bains straddles the exquisite Luberon region, and also the mighty Verdon Gorge. The Grand Canyon of France with 800m sheer cliffs sums up this area’s unspoilt countryside. On Mondays the traditional Provençal market at the hill-top village of Forqualquier has run for centuries. Moustiere Ste Marie, deemed officially one of the prettiest villages in France, is a lovely place to drink a beer in one of the many pavement cafés.
Greoux-les-Bains, a former spa town, is off the main Provençal tourist track, and is a bustling town full of local commerce. It has an impressive hill-top castle, reached by walking up pretty pedestrianised roads, and a smattering of tourist shops in the old town. There are good cafés in the pleasant central plaza in the old town. The hotel is 15 minutes walk from the old town.
Colourful port of Marseilles – There is a public bus service which takes you to Marseilles. To get around the city and see the major sights use the Le Grand Tour open-topped, double decker bus which runs each day from 10am until 4pm and costs around €16 for the day. The bus travels between all the main sights and museums taking in Vieux Port, the Corniche and Basilique Notre Dame de la Garde. You can hop on and off throughout the day and the tour includes a 5 language audio guide. The best place to pick up the tour bus is Vieux Port – buy tickets either on the bus or from the tourist office.
Visit the bohemian, chic university town of Aix-en-Provence, home of Cezanne, visited by Van Gogh and the author Emile Zola. The town is packed with bars, cafés, and affordable restaurants. The city itself is rich in culture and has elegant plane tree-lined boulevards and chic boutiques. There is a public bus service but times vary throughout the year; the journey takes about an hour.
Spend the day around the hotel and take advantage of the heated pool and loungers provided by the hotel, or more adventurously book a session at the Hotel Spa!
The Verdon Gorge
in French: Gorges du Verdon or Grand Canyon du Verdon) – is a river canyon that is often considered to be one of Europe's most beautiful. It is about 25 kilometres long and up to 700 metres deep. It was formed by the Verdon River, which is named after its startling turquoise-green colour, one of the canyon's most distinguishing characteristics. The most impressive part lies between the towns of Castellane and Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, where the river has cut a ravine up to 700 metres down through the limestone mass.
Explore the old centre of Greoux and walk up to the Chateau des Templiers, which sometimes has concerts and art exhibitions.
We recognise that everyone’s travel arrangements are unique, so all our holidays to Europe can be booked ‘with flight’ or ‘without flight’, giving you more flexibility and choice.
‘With flight’ holidays – the hassle-free option
Book your holiday ‘with flight’ and choose between Heathrow and Manchester flights to Marseille airport. For flight times and prices please see the Dates & Prices tab.
If you choose this option we automatically include return transfers between the airport and the hotel. We've changed airports for 2018 which means the coach transfer now only takes approx 1 hour 15 minutes to the Villa Borghese.
‘Without flight’ holidays – the flexible travel option
Alternatively, tailor your journey to suit you by booking your holiday ‘without flight’ allowing you the freedom to book your own flights from your local airport.If you choose this option, transfers are not included in the price. We recommend independent travellers meet our HF Holidays’ transfer coach from Marseilles airport. This is timed to meet the HF Holidays’ flights* (provisional flight times can be found on the dates and prices tab or you can call us on 020 8732 1220 for more information). Cost per single journey is £62.00.
Transfers must be pre-booked. Please call 020 8732 1220 for more details
* Please note that HF Holidays is not responsible for your onward travel if you fail to meet the transfer coach
Sally is a qualified professional gardener, planting designer and well-established garden writer. She is a columnist for the RHS journal The Garden, and writes regularly for BBC Gardeners' World Magazine, Grow Your Own and Guardian Weekend. She loves to share her passion for all things plant-related, especially design, garden history and kitchen gardening, and is much in demand for her talks at gardening events from horticultural society meetings to the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show. She is also an online tutor at My Garden School.
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Dates & Prices
|23 Jun 2018||PVGDT - Gardens of Provence - Without Flights||7||£1,269.00||Book Now|
|30 Jun 2018||PVGDT - Gardens of Provence - Without Flights||7||£1,269.00||Book Now|
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Prices are per person
- Double room for sole occupancy: £23 per night
- Non-member associate fee: £10 per person