the highlight & the key of your trip !
Professional & passionate guides
- A French and English speaking PROFESSIONAL guide (AMM French licensed) chosen for his/her experience, training and good humour, and alsotrained in first aid
- A source of historical and regional information on unknown Provence: flora, fauna, traditions, history of Provence
- A faithful companion, always attentive to the little details that make the difference. His goal is creating an exceptionally pleasant and worry-free trip for your utmost enjoyment
- For our picnics we select fresh and local products
- He/she takes care of the entire logistics of your trip
They ensure your holiday runs smoothly !
Stuart - walking & cycling guide
* Stuart creates all our adventures at Walk Inn
* and heads our team of guides
Stuart is Canadian by birth but Provençal by heart, having devoted the past fifteen years of his life to exploring and leading groups along the trails of Provence. An all-around specialist of the region, he’ll get you better acquainted with every aspect of the countryside. Always attentive to his groups – to their interests and hiking ambitions – every one of his week-long adventures becomes custom-tailored to his guests. And his picnics never cease to amaze. An avid bike rider, Stuart also leads our bike tours, dragging himself up his yearly pilgrimage to the summit of Mont Ventoux.
Anne Charlotte - WALKING GUIDE
Life is too short to be boring : which could be penned as Anne Charlotte’s mantra. Her travels have taken her all over the world and she’s worked a number of trades, ranging all the way from denturist to lumberjack, and everything in between. But the one constant has always been her love of nature, growing up with a mountain-guide-of-a-father, and embarking on many treks of her own. As a guide Anne-Charlotte began along the rough trails of Corsica before favouring the rolling hills of Provence. Soft-spoken, attentive, and with a heart of gold, Anne-Charlotte will ensure your Provence experience will be a memorable one. And don’t try to stump her on anything botany-related: it won’t work.
Mariska - WALKING GUIDE
An avid mountain climber, certified paragliding instructor and professional film-maker and writer, Mariska alternates periods of writing with travels, outdoor sports and guiding. In 1984 she joined the Dutch National Everest expedition as a radio reporter and camerawoman, and climbed 150 meters short of the top. The daughter of a Dutch diplomat, Mariska has been steeped in different languages and cultures all her life. Home is currently the South of France, where, between writing and sharing her passions as a guide, she is renovating an old stone house in an abandoned hamlet.
Pierre - walking guide
Pierre studied at a renowned art school in Paris before joining his brother in his ceramic pottery. Pierre would spend his Friday nights driving his 2CV Citroen 700 km across France to the Alps, for a weekend of extreme climbing, before driving back again for Monday morning eight o' clock. Later in life he decided to leave clay and earthenware for what it was, to take off into the airs. As a certified paragliding instructor he turns his pupils into birds. But he lands from time to time to walk the paths of southern France and share his passion for wild flowers, history, travels and storytelling. As a real Frenchman he speaks two languages: French and English (with a cute accent). Despite his respectable age and greying hair Pierre still has his infatigable youthful energy.
BERNADETTE - WALKING GUIDE
Bernadette grew up in a small village close to Avignon. She studied forestry management in Scotland, and now works as a forest consultant in the Sologne région, neighboring the Châteaux of the Loire. Also a professionnal hiking guide, Bernadette has tackled some of the toughest Alpine treks: usually the harder the better. In her spare time, Bernadette continues to explore the world by foot, while her love of Provence brings her back home several times a year. Along the trails, she'll share her deep understanding of flora and fauna, and the joys of a childhood spent meandering through the villages and landscapes of Provence. Warm at heart and attentive to her groups, Bernadette is a wonderfull travel companion.
MAGALI - WALKING & CYCLING GUIDE
Magali grew up in Arles and Beziers, in the south of France. She studied philosophy, art history, and environmental issues and has worked for environmental education centers that offer children and young adults weeklong residential programs. When she’s not leading tours she works as a website translator for a Nepali agency that organizes treks. She has lived throughout France and now resides in Avignon.
OLIVIER - WALKING & CYCLING GUIDE
Olivier is trained as both a geographer and cartographer, and teaches those subjects to adults and high school students. He’s hiked all over the Alps and also abroad, including South America and Asia. More recently he’s combined his passions for hiking and his expertise in geography and cartography to become a professional guide. He’s passionate about old stones and rural construction, and will acquaint you with the ancient villages and hamlets of Provence. A teacher by trade but nature-lover by heart, Olivier enjoys sharing his experiences in the open air with his guests, whom he always makes feel at home.
ALEXANDRE - WALKING GUIDE
Born and raised in Corsica, Alex spent much of his childhood exploring and playing in the mountains with its Corsican family, travelling back and forth from the continent. In 2006 he successfully passed his mountain leader certification and now lives fulltime on the Island of Beauty: he can then explore and play in the mountains professionally. Alex is an amateur photographer, and is keen to share his love of Corsica with his guests. Friendly, outgoing, full of anecdotes, and a fountain of knowledge, Alex is a great travelling companion, not to mention a caring guide.
ARIANE - WALKING GUIDE
Raised in Provence, Ariane has studied English and Chinese languages, and went to live in China in the Yunnan Province, where she worked as a tour guide on trekking and classical tours from tropical forests to yack meadows. After 12 years, she came back to France and passed the french state diploma to become a professional mountain leader. Today she passionately guides hikes in Provence, the Alps and Corsica. She likes to share what nature offers, specially plants and their many uses, as well as the testimony of human history in the mountain scenery.