The Colorado of Provence

Remem­ber, all of man’s hap­pi­ness is in the lit­tle val­leys. Tiny lit­tle ones. Small enough to call from one side to the oth­er.” Jean Giono

Ochre quarries in Pays d’Apt

Set off with your guide to dis­cov­er the Pays d’Apt, between Vau­cluse and Luberon, along the Sen­tier des Ocres (Ochre Trail), bor­der­ing the vil­lage of Rous­sil­lon, on a pub­lic, sign­post­ed route, whose red-orange scenery evokes the land­scapes of the Grand Canyon.
Fol­low a guid­ed tour about the geol­o­gy and his­to­ry of the ochre range, from which the sea retreat­ed some 100 mil­lion years ago.

Rates

pri­vate rate :

excur­sion by pri­vate minibus :

  • from €660 for 4h
    from 2 par­tic­i­pants

entrance tick­et to quar­ries not includ­ed

Meeting Point

pub­lic :
  • Sen­tier des Ocres entrance to choose between Rous­sil­lon or Rus­trel

pri­vate :

  • depar­ture from and return to Mar­seille tourist office
  • pick-up and drop-off at your hotel at extra charge
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Duration / Schedule

  • Sen­tier des Ocres (Ocre trail) in Rous­sil­lon : 2h
  • Rus­trel quar­ry tour : 2h ou 3h
  • excur­sion : full day or half day
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Options

addi­tion­al charge
 
  • vis­it to Ôkhra, ochre eco-muse­um (full price: 7€ / reduced: 6€)
  • cof­fee break or snack in a local Rous­sil­lon restau­rant

Equipment

  • hat
  • cam­era
  • walk­ing shoes
  • 2 liters of water

Program

The trail begins with a panoram­ic land­scape view­ing plat­form, then fol­lows the path through the ochre quar­ries, with a total of 350 steps along the way.
For a cou­ple of hours, dis­cov­er these pas­tel land­scapes of red clay rock, shaped for cen­turies by wind and ero­sion, and pro­found­ly trans­formed by the hand of man. It’s a total­ly exot­ic jour­ney through a mul­ti­coloured palette.
At the end of this pic­turesque itin­er­ary, dis­cov­er the vil­lage of Rous­sil­lon, with its ochre-red facades, ranked as one of France’s most beau­ti­ful vil­lages.

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