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Provence WALKING uncovered: Dentelles, Luberon, Alpilles MOUNTAINS

Provence WALKING uncovered: Dentelles, Luberon, Alpilles MOUNTAINS

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It's a week to explore 3 of Provence's most beautiful and diverse landscapes and its provencal flavors of fresh local cuisine and fine wine:
les Dentelles de Montmirail with its famed vines and village of Gigondas, the secret cobbled paths of the Luberon Mountains, and Van Gogh's Alpilles mountains, set with lone cypress tress and sunflower fields.  

It's a glimpse of the best of Provence's walking paths and villages, and will have you aching to stay another week ...

 

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  • Aug
  • Sep
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  • Nov
  • Dec
  • 2 nights in each region to discover a variety of landscapes: Dentelles, Luberon & Alpilles 
  • Pass through centuries-old stone villages of Gigondas, Buoux and Les Baux
  • Spectacular views from the Southern Alps to the Mediterranean Sea
  • The 3000 year-old ruins of the Fort de Buoux
  • Enjoy the sublimely gourmet dinners at Les Florets accompanied by a local wine
  • Stay in the otherwordly Auberge des Séguins dating back to 17th century
  • Saturday morning market in Saint Remy de Provence
  • Walk on Van Gogh's footsteps through the Alpilles Mountains
  • Taste your delicious & fresh typical picnics in the most idyllic picnic spots

Day 1

    • Distance :

Avignon & Gigondas: heart of the Cotes du Rhone wines

walk guided self-guided bike cycle through the vines

  • Welcome to Provence! We meet at 5pm in Avignon. Transfer to Gigondas, perched high above the Rhone valley's sea of vines. We check into the charming family run hotel Les Florets, well-hidden in the hills and amongst the vineyards, where we will spend two nights. Dinner included and night in Gigondas. 
  • We recommend:  Add a pre-night in Avignon to discover the World Unesco Pope's Palace, and the beautiful medieval city!
  • Access : regular train lines from Paris CDG and Marseille airport to Avignon station SNCF

Day 2

    • Distance :
    • 12 km
    • Elevation :
    • + 250m
      - 250m

Dentelles de Montmirail: vines & more vines

cotes du rhone wines guided walking holidays in provence

  • Gigondas > Dentelles de Montmirail > Gigondas (4h - 7 miles)
  • A short climb takes us to the foot of the imposing Dentelles de Montmirail, a set of chiseled limestone teeth hovering dissingly above the ground, a setting for some of France's best walking. You are surrounded by the vines of Gigondas, their old and twisted branches proudly displaying bunches of Grenache and Syrah grapes.  Soon you find yourself atop the hills, from where views extend across the entire southern Rhone plains, seemingly carpeted by one gigantic vineyard, while the backdrop is painted by silhouettes of the Cevennes Mountains.  You descend back to Gigondas through the vineyards.   Dinner and night in Gigondas. 

Day 3

    • Distance :
    • 11 km
    • Elevation :
    • + 100m
      - 350m

Buoux & Beaumes de Venise: Jagged mountains & Muscat wine

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  • Gigondas > Beaumes de Venise > Buoux (4h - 7 miles)
  • We take old farming tracks through the vines, surrounded by the scent of rosemary and roasted pine needles. Secret paths atop the hills lead you through the ancient stone ruins of an abandoned village before descending to Beaumes de Venise, a town renowned for its sweet white wine made from Muscat grapes. In the afternoon, we transfer to the forgotten village of Buoux, hidden deep in the Luberon Mountains. You find yourself hovering vertiginously above the giant limestone cliff, with your hotel nestled deep below.  A centuries-old cobbled path leads you down in gentle zigzags, where you find your improbable guest house, restored from a 17th century goat farm. Enjoy the authentic family ambiance and traditional Provençal cuisine.  Dinner and night in Buoux. 

Day 4

    • Distance :
    • 12 km
    • Elevation :
    • + 100m
      - 350m

Hidden Luberon and its 3000 year old fort

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  • Buoux > Sivergues > Buoux (5h - 7 miles)
  • Buoux is a walker's paradise, set at the junction of the Luberon's most breathtaking paths. We start our walk along the Aiguebrun River through lush and dense vegetation. The landscape gives way to dry shrublands, mixing boxwood and thyme.  We follow alongside old terrace walls to the lost hamlet of Sivergues, just a handful of medieval himes set around its cobbled streets.  A last climb and we reach the upper ridges of the Luberon Mountains, from where the 360 degree views extend from the Southern Alps to the Med Sea: the most idyllic of picnic spots.  A gently track leads you back down towards the guest house, but not before you visit the 3000 year-old ruins of the Fort de Buoux, a stronghold set atop the Aiguebrun gorge, used before the Roman Empire.  Dinner and night in Buoux. 

Day 5

    • Distance :
    • 10 km
    • Elevation :
    • + 300
      - 500

The southern Luberon and its magnificient villages

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  • Buoux > Lourmarin > St Remy > de Provence (5h - 6.2 miles)
  • We leave Buoux by foot and zigzag up the untamed sloped of the Luberon, in landscapes of wild lavender and truffle oaks, on our way to the upper ridges. After your leisurely descent, you reach the village of Lourmarin, classed as one of the most beautiful villages in France.  Its Renaissance castle overlooks the village.  The tiny cobbled streets of Lourmarin - set around its stone fountains - are an invitation to stroll amongst the centuries-old homes and sit down at the main square for a café or glass of rosé.  Transfer to Saint Remy, our base for the next two walks.  Dinner and night in Saint Rémy de Provence. 

Day 6

    • Distance :
    • 10 km
    • Elevation :
    • + 250m
      - 250m

On Van Gogh's footstep in Provence

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  • St Remy > Les Alpilles > St Remy (3h30 - 6 miles)
  • Saint Rémy de Provence is a lively artist’s town, birthplace of Nostradamus and final home of Vincent Van Gogh. It’s Van Gogh’s hospital that we pass this morning: a Romanesque monastery converted into a residence for the mentally ill, where Van Gogh spent a year of his life and did some of his best work. The narrow lanes of Saint Rémy are dotted with enamel reproductions of Van Gogh’s paintings, facing the landscapes where he laid down his easel.  Today’s walk takes us through a botanical path and slowly up to the crest of the Alpilles Mountains. The windswept landscapes offer magnificent views in all directions, from Mont Ventoux to the Med Sea .. a Provence walking dream.
    Dinner on your own and night in Saint Rémy de Provence.

Day 7

    • Distance :
    • 9 km
    • Elevation :
    • + 250m
      - 300m

St Remy market & perched village of Les Baux

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  • St Remy > Les Baux de Provence > Arles (4h - 5.6 miles)
  • We take a stroll on Saturday's morning market before walking on the crest of the Alpilles mountains, where you are atop the world, contemplating panoramic views and untamed landscapes of Provence.  Suddenly the village of Les Baux de Provence comes into view, its 1000 year-old castle overlooking the rest of the village, all of which sits like an eagle’s nest atop a rocky crag. Walk through the old cobbled streets of Les Baux, visit the castle ruins, and enjoy a cool drink overlooking the plains below, carpeted by olive groves.  Private transfer to Arles, where you can admire the great Roman coliseum that stands proudly in the centre of town. Dinner on your own and night in Arles.
  • Morning market visit in Saint Remy de Provence 

Day 8

Au revoir Provence !

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  • Your Provence walking tour ends after breakfast in Arles. 
  • We recommend: extend your stay in Arles or head down to the Camargue wild regional park - Contact us for more details!
  • Access:  Regular train lines Arles > Paris, Marseille city-airport SNCF

GUIDED TRIP - The rates and supplements are per person and subject to availability

Go to the TRIP INFO section:
- to check the minimum of person BASIS of this trip
- to check the single room ( 1 pers. ) supplement

Dates Sup. Status
From Sun Apr 23 2017
to Sun Apr 30 2017
Guaranteed departure
From Sun Jun 11 2017
to Sun Jun 18 2017
+130
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From Sun Sep 17 2017
to Sun Sep 24 2017
+130
Available
From Sun Oct 08 2017
to Sun Oct 15 2017
Available
From Sun Jun 10 2018
to Sun Jun 17 2018
+135
Available
From Sun Sep 16 2018
to Sun Sep 23 2018
+135
Available

For a single room ( 1 pers. ) a single supplement will be charged.
> Refer to our TRIP INFO section

  • Hotel Les Florets - Gigondas

    A small and very charming family run 3* boutique hotel, nestled at the base of the imposing limestone cliffs of the Dentelles de Montmirail, set hidden among the reputed vineyards of Gigondas.

    At dinner, you’ll taste local wines paired with outstading food made from fresh ingredients in a semi-gastronomic dinner. Swim in the wonderful hillside pool and simply relax in the shade of the plane trees.

    A heaven for all gourmets !

  • Auberge des Seguins - Buoux

    Here, in the heart of the Luberon mountains, at the base of the Aiguebrun gorge, you are truly lost in the countryside. A breathtaking 17th century goat farm, restored and converted into a simple guest-house.

    Authentic and delicious provencal recipes, and at the crossroads of the most beautiful walking paths in the Luberon.

  • Hotel du Soleil - St Remy

    Set in Saint Rémy de Provence - only a stone’s throw from the monuments and quiet landscapes immortalized by Van Gogh- this fully 3* hotel has been recently fully refurbished.
    The old building is hidden in a quiet courtyard, surrounded by a swimming pool, and also offers a spa.
    For the cyclists, there is a garage for the bikes.

  • Hotel Le Calendal - Arles

    The hotel with its own spa is a short walk from Arles' many treasures. A 17th century building opens out to a peaceful garden, under the shade of a 300-year-old hackberry tree. 38 Provençal rooms overlook the cobbled streets, the Amphitheater, the Antique Theater, or the gardens.

    A quaint restaurant for lunch.

The rates are per person,  and subject to availability

  • Most prices are based on a 2-person booking ( with shared accommodation for a hotel)
  • You will be able to select the exact number of traveller(s) when completing your reservation form
  • If you're travelling SOLO : please contact us

  • Repatriation insurance : applicable for all clients visiting the Europe-Schengen region that includes France
  • Rate : for a maximum trip of 1 week = 7 days
    Supplement for a trip above 7 days
  • See the insurance contract here 

GUIDED TRIP RATES

  • The rates are per person (shared room)
  • You can book this guided trip as from 1 person
  • Guaranteed departure as from 4 persons
  • On our guided trips, you may have the opportunity to meet & travel in Provence with international travellers

INCLUDED

  • 7 nights double occupancy with private facilities
  • 7 breakfasts
  • 6 picnic lunches
  • 5 dinners
  • Day 1: transfer by taxi from Avignon to Gigondas
  • Day 3: transfer by taxi from Beaumes de Venise to Buoux
  • Day 5: transfer by taxi from Lourmarin to St Rémy de Provence
  • Day 7: transfer by taxi from Maussane to Arles
  • Luggage transfers from days 1 to 8
  • All visits described in the itinerary
  • A private guide during the whole tour, 2 guides from 9-16 guests
  • 1 road map

NOT INCLUDED

  • All lunches & dinners not noted-included in your itinerary
  • Entrance fees into museums, insurance, drinks
  • Items of personal nature
  • SINGLE supplement
    Charming accommodation: 280€

PATH RESTRICTIONS

Important : From June 1st to September 30th
Access may be restricted in the Alpilles & Luberon mountains if the risk of forest fire is high. There is a risk that the paths may be closed as of noon on any given day or in exceptional circumstances the paths may be closed altogether. Information is available from 6:00pm for the following day from the local prefecture by telephone (automated message).

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