Coordinateur du réseau provence escapades
Musée de la lavande 84220 Coustellet

WHO ARE WE ?

What is the purpose of the Provence Escapades network?

This organization is the collaboration of 20 tourism partners supported by the tourist offices of the territory (Apt of course, Cavaillon and Isle sur la Sorgue). Its goal is promoting circulation of tourists from one site to another, to offer advantages during a visit, a purchase in a producer shop or a restaurant, in the form a discount or a free offer.  The Escapades Provence brochure is a real free Pass.

Each member is an ambassador for other sites to their own visitors. It also makes the communication with tourism professionals, tourist offices, travel agencies, tour operators to offer tailor-made tours possible and easy. Together, we are stronger to promote the destination of the Luberon. A tourism professional does not move a group of people for a single site, he needs ideas for circuits, a route rich in discoveries with places of restoration. Our proposals for individual visitors and for groups represents valuable opportunities; it is an effective promotion tool, everyone is a prescriber for their colleagues. To make you dream, inspire you, support you. This is our daily mission, what we aspire to share.

Why the name Provence Escapades?

The term “getaway” was unanimously used by the 20 sites to evoke the independent spirit of this collaboration by really offering something new, “escaping” from the classic and ready-made circuits. The idea is truly to offer quality experiences for everyone according to their desires: for families, young people, the not-so-young, gourmets, lovers of cultural heritage, athletes, lovers of the wonders of nature … everything everyone finds happiness!”Provence” because we are at the heart of our beautiful region full of authenticity. The 20 partners, even if they are mainly divided between the north and south of the Luberon, others highlight the heritage around Isle sur la Sorgue as far as the Comtat Venaissin. It is rare to have so many discoveries within a 30 km radius. The diversity of our territory is fabulous. This wealth off the beaten track is a facet of Provence that French and foreign visitors enjoy discovering. Provence resonates with everyone in a very positive way both in terms of culture, our skills, our gentle way of life, our specialties, our pretty villages, as well as in the mildness of its climate. So Provence Escapades is a bit like a fugue, a breakaway, in the heart of an emblematic territory.

The history of Provence Escapades?

The first getaways for professionals were launched in early 2018. We proposed ideas for a day trip. We sent these proposals by mailing and newsletters. There were the Getaways in the Luberon and the Getaways in the Pays des Sorgues. As the Lavender Museum is in the middle, we participated in the 2 territories. At the end of 2018, we decided to hold a meeting with the partners on both sides of Coustellet, with the network of 8 “Matters and Colors” sites which published since 2008, a brochure with advantages for their visit sites. This merger has brought together the Château de Lourmarin and the Silvacane Abbey. The merger immediately worked very well to create a synergy of 20 great tourist addresses in the Luberon.

The history of Provence Escapades?

The first getaways for professionals were launched in early 2018. We proposed ideas for a day trip. We sent these proposals by mailing and newsletters. There were the Getaways in the Luberon and the Getaways in the Pays des Sorgues. As the Lavender Museum is in the middle, we participated in the 2 territories. At the end of 2018, we decided to hold a meeting with the partners on both sides of Coustellet, with the network of 8 “Matters and Colors” sites which published since 2008, a brochure with advantages for their visit sites. This merger has brought together the Château de Lourmarin and the Silvacane Abbey. The merger immediately worked very well to create a synergy of 20 great tourist addresses in the Luberon.

 How is Provence Escapades developing?

In 2019, the 20 sites were able to launch an action plan for individuals and an action plan for groups. The edition of the first Provence Escapades brochure offered by each partner site to encourage the discovery of other sites with 19 advantages was a great success. In addition, the distribution support of the Association Bienvenue en Provence has enabled wider dissemination in the region. The tourist offices support this project because it is an effective and easy-to-use tool for promoting the area with a “good deals” aspect that is not insignificant for family visits. The action for groups is a little more complicated because it is a question of being referenced, so the results are not immediate. The tourist sites which took part in fairs in France or abroad used the circuits to promote our destination and the other partners, those which organize at their places of reception for the hosts also use this support. In 2019, we really laid the foundations of Provence Escapades.
In 2020, we are delighted to welcome 2 new partners with the Blachère Foundation and its unusual exhibitions on African Art, and La Roumanière à Robion jams, which does an extraordinary work with people with disabilities. This year, we are also building our website www.provence-esacapades-experiences.com with an agenda to present our news, which is relayed on social networks @provence_escapades_exp experiences on instragram and @provenceescapades on facebook

Who are the members of Provence Escapades in 2020?

As we said, it really means combining good addresses in the territory. We can try to classify the 20 sites in 4 sections: Discoveries with Les Mines de Bruoux, Okhra-l’Ecomusée, the Blachère Foundation, the Little Train of Isle sur la Sorgue, Cultural heritage with the Château de Lourmarin, Silvacane Abbey, La Filaventure – Brun de Vian Tiran, the Stained Glass Museum and the Bouillon Mill, the Lavender Museum, Nature with the Thouzon Caves, the Amazon Carbet, the Agnels Distillery, Green Kayak, Gourmet with the Maison du Fruit Confit, the Aureto Vineyard, the Maison de la Truffe et du Vin, the Moulin des Jeannons, the Nougats Silvain, the jams from La Roumanière and the Restaurant Le Pescador.

What are the circuit ideas offered by Provence Escapades?

This year, we are offering 8 ideas to do according to your own wish! There are 6 days with lunch, the loops are between 26 and 50kms. They are themed: escapades know-how in the Luberon, nature and lifestyle, gourmet sweet-savory, colorful, between north and south Luberon, between Pays des Sorgues and Comtat Venaissin.
New this year: 2 Longer Getaways a little longer with dinner, one romantic with the sunset in Ménerbes, the other which allows a great cultural loop which ends in a tavern atmosphere at Les Eaux à l ‘Isle sur le Sorgue.
However, we insist on the fact that our circuits are à la carte, each one chooses his own itinerary. We offer the possibility to navigate, to escape as you see fit.

What does the Provence Escapades network want?

Whether you discover the region for the first time or whether you are a resident of our territory, everyone is invited to discover or rediscover our expertise, taste our specialties, marvel at our heritage, dive into unusual visits . We hope that visitors will appreciate our new proposals and offers. Each year, the sites create new tours, treasure hunts, workshops, events, entertainment: it’s very lively. We want to share this dynamic with as many people as possible, starting with our privileged visitors to the region.
Without being defeatist, the year will be hard with the blow of this virus at the start of the season and the closure of our sites from March 15 to April 15, 2020 (to be updated according to the news) caused by this terrible health crisis. We’ll have to stick together. And our partnership will also work in these difficult times to support each other, while providing a breath of fresh air and freedom to our visitors.

What is the originality of Provence Escapades?

Bringing together tourism and economic players from the region that are so different is a great challenge. The structures are very different in size, some backed by industrial structures, others are 100% family owned, or carried by local authorities, or even classified as Historic Monuments. What brings us all together is team spirit. We trust each other because we are passionate people each in our sector of activity, our offer is qualitative.
We are the only ones to offer this free advantage: 1 full price entry – 19 advantages at partner sites in the region. The Provence Escapades brochure is a real free pass.
We also have in the brochure the Escapade game, a real treasure hunt with an enigma to discover in visit sites and restaurants. With 8 correct answers, the winner wins a gift worth € 500, an exceptional basket filled with the guarantee of the best regional products Made in Provence.
But above all, originality is revealed in each new experience of the track, enjoying freedom during your holidays in the heart of true Provence.

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Musée de la Lavande Luberon

276 Route de Gordes – CS50016

Hameau de Coustellet

F-84220 Cabrières d’Avignon

Provence – France