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5 days / 4 nights
Regions :
  Alpilles
 
Departure : Avignon
Return : Arles
  Minimum : 2 people
 

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01/10/14
31/12/14
780 €
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31/03/15
800 €
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05/07/15
810 €
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810 €
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31/12/15
790 €
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A walk through Van Gogh's Provence
Van Gogh arrived here in the late 19th century, and this beautiful region inspired some of his greatest work: the chiseled teeth of the Alpilles mountains that soar high above the Rhône Valley, the sunflower fields, the piercing Provençal sun that highlights the façades of village homes, the Mistral winds that rhythmically sweep the lone cypress tree.
You will follow Van Gogh’s steps into the most secret of the Alpilles landscapes.
You will spend time in the artsy town of Saint-Rémy, the spectacular village of Les Baux, and the Roman city of Arles along the way.
 
Highlights
 

> awe-inspiring vistas atop the Alpilles mountains
> the vineyards and olive groves blanketing the plains
> retracing the life and brush strokes of Van Gogh
> the cafés and restaurants of Saint Rémy de Provence
> the perched medieval village of Les Baux de Provence














Day 1 : Saint-Remy-de-Provence
Avignon>Saint-Rémy
Your self-guided walking tour starts in Avignon. Transfer from Avignon towards the Alpilles(20 km, 30 min).
Explore the artsy Saint-Rémy de Provence and its environs, the museum of Van Gogh’s paintbrush.
Head into the sunlit hills to discover the remains of the Roman town of Glanum.
Market on Wednesdays.
Dinner and night in Saint Rémy.


Day 2 : Eastern valleys and crests
Saint-Rémy>St Paul de Mausole>La Caume>Saint Rémy
- Walking time about 3 hours - 10km - +250m/-250m
or Walking time about 6 hours - 18km - +550m/-550m

A picturesque start to your Provence walking holiday: from Saint Rémy into the Alpilles hills, then along the fabulously panoramic ridge-line.
Along the way, take the time to visit the Saint-Paul de Mausole monastery, where Van Gogh spent over a year, creating over 150 paintings, and some of his best work.
Dinner and night in Saint Rémy.


Day 3 : From the Roman ruins to the Val d’Enfer
Saint-Rémy>Val d'Enfer>Les Baux de Provence
- Walking time about 3h30min - 10km - +270m/-100m

Today’s scenic forestry path hovers high above the valley, giving you spectacular views of the hills to the north and the Mediterranean Sea to the south.
Your walking path descends through the sculpted limestone “valley of hell” towards the perched village of Les Baux de Provence: its homes packed tightly and defiantly on top of the cragged rock, earning its listing as one of the most beautiful villages in France.
Dinner and night in the Baux de Provence.


Day 4 : Vineyards and olives trees of the Baux Valley
Les Baux>Maussane>Les Baux
- Walking time about 4h30min. - 11.5km - +250m/-250m

Your walking tour continues with a circular walk to admire the renowned silvery-green olive groves, and through the village of Maussane.
Market on Thursday.
Visit the famed 17th century Cornille mill where you can taste one of Provence’s best olive oils, or try a tapenade at Jean Martin.
Back to les Baux along cypress lines and vineyards.
Dinner and night in the Baux de Provence.


Day 5 : Crests and valleys of Saint Gabriel
Les Baux de Provence>Les Traversières>Chapelle St Gabriel>Arles
- Walking time about 5h30min. - 15km - +100m/-350m

You head westward on the ridge path, with outstanding views of Mont Ventoux, the Montagnette and the Rhône Valley, all the way to the very end of the Alpilles range; descend through hills and pine forests to the 12th century Romanesque Saint Gabriel Chapel.
Afterwards, a short transfer to Arles (10 km, 15 min) in the heart of the town to explore Van Gogh’s second home, and discover the treasures of the city’s Romanesque center!
Market on Saturdays. End of the walking tour.
Return: Regular local train lines from Arles>Avignon and Marseille


Included
 

- 4 nights double occupancy with private facilities
- 4 breakfasts, 4 dinners
- day 1: transfer by taxi from Avignon to St Rémy de Provence
- day 5: transfer by taxi from the end of your walk to Arles
- Luggage transfers days 2 to 5
- Our Road Book with detailed walking itineraries, including highlighted maps.

Not included
Lunches, entrance fees into museums, insurance, drinks, items of personal nature

Path Restrictions: from the 1st of June until the 30th of September access to forest paths may be forbidden or partially restricted (access until 11:00am) if the risk of forest fire is high. At 6:00pm the local prefecture creates an automated telephone message for the following day's access; the informaotion is also available on the internet.

Some dates become very busy, book early if you want to make sure to get space for your next holiday!
All Provence: May, long weekends (includ. bank holidays).
Arles: March 29 to 1st Apr., Easter Feria – Jul. to early Sept., international photography exhibition – Sept. 1st weekend: Rice Feria. Arles & Saintes Maries de la Mer: May 23&24, Gipsy Feria.
Avignon: July 5 to 30, Theater Festival.

 

Extend your stay
You arrive in Provence before your tour or you would like to extend your stay.
You can book extra nights and transfers on the dates that suit you, directly using the online reservation form.


Coming to Provence

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Art de vivre
 
The region of Les Baux de Provence produces a rare and sublime olive oil, made from a blend of all five of the region's olives. The groves are nestled at the foot of the Alpilles mountains, their silvery leaves glistening in the Provençal sun. Some of the freshly picked olives are "broken" and marinated in fennel: absolutely delicious.
 
Hotels
 
Hôtel  Sous les Figuiers
Hôtel Sous les Figuiers
A small and charming hotel, in a quiet area, steps from the historic centre of Saint Rémy de Provence. Entirely renovated, most of the 13 rooms have a terrace leading to a lovely garden shaded by centuries-old fig trees. Have a savoury breakfast on the terrace and relax next to the swimming pool.

Le Mas d'Aigret
Le Mas d'Aigret
Hidden in the heart of the Alpilles mountains, with an exceptional view of the medieval fortress of Les Baux and its surrounding olive groves. 15 rooms set in a centuries-old building, harmoniously restored with sophistication and taste, swimming pool in the garden. Refined Provençal cuisine served in a breathtaking setting, carved into the stone grotto, laden with fossils, and complete with a majestic stone fire place.

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