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We begin in the charming Isle sur la Sorgue, a veritable island of a town, surrounded by the emerald waters of the Sorgue, and filled with cafés, antique shops, and possibly the best weekly market in all of Provence. From here, we set out to explore some of the famed hilltop villages of the Luberon, including Gordes, Bonnieux, and the lost and timeless village of Sivergues in the beautiful Aiguebrun valley.
Our walks takes us through a countryside laden with aromatic herbs, off the beaten-track and far from the tourist masses, following ancient cobbled paths: the routes taken before the roads were built.
Our next base will be Roman Arles, complete with its amphitheatre and other Roman vestiges, a bustling town with great restaurants and picturesque streets. Van Gogh lived year in his famed yellow house. We walk along the chiseled ridge of the Alpilles mountains and visit the village of Les Baux de Provence, perched perilously on its rocky crag.
And last but not least, we’ll walk to the Pont Du Gard aqueduct, a marvel of Roman architecture, the tallest of its kind in the Roman Empire.
- Arles is packed with Roman monuments, including its amphitheater, one of the largest of the Roman Empire. And a stunning museum of Roman artifacts, including a Cesar’s bust dating from Roman times- If you’re adventurous you may choose to rent bikes and cycle into the vast marshlands of the Camargue, under the flight of flamingos, and past bull farms. - Or make your way by bus to the Saintes Maries de la Mer for a swim in the Mediterranean Sea.It’s your choice: Arles region has lots to offer!
Dinner and lunch on your own, night in Arles.
The Alpilles mountains – literally the baby Alps – rise only a few hundred meters above sea level. From the ridge we have jaw-dropping views of the plains, and on a clear day the Mediterranean Sea can be seen shining to the south. Fragrant rosemary and thyme blanket the hills, while solitary cedar trees point their branches toward the south.
Our walk leads us right into the village of Les Baux de Provence, which sits onto a chaos of cragged limestone. Its 1000-year-old castle ruins hover above no more than 25 homes, and the whole lot huddles perilously on a small piece of rocky real-estate, high above the valley floor. After time to visit the village we enjoy a wine-tasting at a local estate. Short transfer back to Arles
Picnic, wine tasting included. Dinner is on your own, with plenty of options in town. Night in Arles
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Modern hotel, entirely air-conditionned, 42 simple yet comfortable rooms.
Situated along the Sorgue River, just a few steps from the old centre of Isle sur la Sorgue, and the antique shops. Pool on the roof and a garage for our cyclists.
Only a short walk from the famous arenas and the Roman Theatre, facing the Van Gogh café, this beautiful restored old house welcomes you in one of its 38 indidivually decorated and air-conditioned rooms. Breakfast can be taken in the charming inner courtyard. Take a swim and relax!
The perfect location for your stay in Arles.
Located in the heart of Avignon, the newly refurbished Central Hotel offers 27 very comfortable - air-conditioned guest rooms with free Wi-Fi internet access.
You will enjoy the lovely & quiet patio for your breakfast.
The rates are per person, and subject to availability
Important : From June 1st to September 30thAccess may be restricted in the Alpilles & the 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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