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Ventoux: walking on the roof of Provence

Ventoux: walking on the roof of Provence


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The whole chain of the Alps spread out before you...
At 1912m in altitude, Mont Ventoux is Provence’s highest peak, and the highest point in the interior of France outside the Alps and the Pyrenees.

Though “only” 1912m, it stands out from an otherwise flat Mediterranean, and the views from and near the summit are jaw-dropping. From Malaucène at 350m, and towards the summit, you’ll move from Mediterranean vegetation to arctic flowers in just 2 days of walking, and along every level of vegetation in between: from thyme to arctic poppies, from vines to mountain pine, from wall lizard to chamois (wild mountain goats).

You’ll be along seldom used paths, and have an authentic chalet experience in Provence, cool mountain air and extraordinary scenery.

  • Walking options available : for level 2 walks OR level 3 walks
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  • An authentic mountain experience in the heart of Provence
  • Some of the most jaw-dropping panoramas you'll see 
  • A great diversity in flora, scenery, and paths
  • A great chance to see wildlife on the slopes of Ventoux
  • The foot of the Ventoux blanketed with vineyards

Day 1

At the foot of the Mont Ventoux

MALAUCENE hiking in the mont ventoux

  • Access: Regular train lines from Paris-Marseille > Avignon > Carpentras. Then regular bus line Carpentras > Malaucene : check the schedule
  • For a direct private transfer from Avignon or Carpentras : contact us.
  • Your Provence walking tour begins in Malaucene, at the food of the Mont Ventoux. Malaucène is a walled old town, with the newer part built around it. The huge 14th century fortified church has an interesting multi-pillared clock tower. 
  • Dinner on your own and night in Malaucene.

Day 2

    • Distance :
    • 7 km
    • Elevation :
    • + 460m
      - 60m

Mont Serein & the Mont Ventoux balcony

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  • MODERATE Walk option : Mont serein balcony > Mont serein  (2h30 - 7 km - 4.4 miles - +460m / -60m)
  • CHALLENGING Walk Option : Malaucene > Mont Serein  (5h - 15 km - 9.3 miles - + 1100m/-100m)
  • If you choose the EASIER of the day’s walks, a transfer takes you halfway up the mountain. If you choose the CHALLENGING one, you start walking from Malaucene, Your walk takes you into the heart of Mont Ventoux, through its densely forested northern slopes, far from the beaten tourist paths. Along a forestry road 700m above the village, your views extend far into the Barronies mountains to the north, and to the dozens of villages that dot the countryside. And here you can catch your breath before a steep climb to Ventoux’s ski resort, Mont Serein, at 1400m in altitude. Settle into your chalet for two nights.
  • Dinner included and night in Mont Serein.
  • Market on Wednesdays in Malaucene

Day 3

    • Distance :
    • 15 km
    • Elevation :
    • + 600m
      - 600m

The summit of the Mont Ventoux

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  • Picnic included
  • MODERATE Walk option : Mont serein > Mont Ventoux > Mont serein  (5h30 - 15 km - 4.4 miles - +600m / -600m)
  • CHALLENGING Walk Option : Mont serein > Mont Ventoux > Mont serein (7h - 22 km - 13.7 miles - +650m/-1650m)
  • Leisurely zigzags lead you above the ski resort. You trade fir and beech for larch, and then a little higher only sparse mountain pine remains, and finally nothing at all: the echo of your feet walking on the scree towards the summit. A final push takes you to the 1912m summit, the highest point in Provence. Once at the top you have a 360° view, Alps to the north and the plains of the Rhône to the south, the Rhône River snaking its way down to the Med Sea. Once you’ve soaked in the ambiance of the summit, of its café, its endless stream of cyclists exhausted but having reached their goal, you head eastward along the barren ridge. The upper ridge is carpeted with sparse bunches of arctic flowers (including the arctic poppy, which grows only on the Spitzberg islands just shy of the North Pole, and on Mont Ventoux).
    After about 1 hour on the ridge you have ONE OF THE TWO WALK OPTIONS, but both return to Mont Serein via the vast slopes of scree that seem to descend towards infinity.
  • Dinner included & second night at the Mont Serein. 

Day 4

Bye Bye Mont Ventoux

  • Transfer to Malaucene after breakfast. End of your trip in Malaucene
  • Market on Wednesday morning in Malaucene
  • Return : Regular bus line > Malaucene > Carpentras  (check the schedule) and then regular train lines from Carpentras > Avignon > Paris-Marseille. 
  • For a direct private transfer from Malaucene : contact us.
    - The rates are per person, based on a double-bedded room (1 bed) 
    - Sup for a twin-bedded room (2 beds) in some hotels 
  • GUIDED DAY - A fixed rate: the price is the same from 1 to 4 participants with one guide 
     The rate for the guided day remains the same no matter if you are 1 or 2 or 3 or 4 persons 
  • BOTH are subject to availability
  • Go to the TRIP INFO section below :
    - to check the minimum person BASIS of this trip
    - to check the single room ( 1 pers. ) supplement
    - if you're travelling SOLO: please contact us

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Choose your level of comfort according to your wish & budget !

> For a single room ( 1 pers. ) a single supplement will be charged
> See in our TRIP INFO section
> Keep in mind that your trip is always subject to availability

  • Hotel Blueberry - Malaucene

    Hotel Blueberry - Malaucene

    Located in the centre of Malaucène - at the foot of the majestic Mont Ventoux - the hotel–restaurant Le Blueberry welcomes you in a friendly and family atmosphere. 

  • Chalet Ventoux Serein

    Chalet Ventoux Serein

    Set on the northern slopes of Mont Ventoux, under its imposing summit and overlooking the entire chain of the French Alps : the perfect base from which to explore the trails of the mountain. 

    his intimate chalet only has 5 rooms. The rooms are simple, cosy and comfortable
    You'll be welcomed with open arms by the Arnaud family.

  • Hotel les tilleuls - Malaucene

    Hotel les tilleuls - Malaucene

    Charming hotel - set in a majestic 18th century mansion house - with a beautiful garden and a swimming pool.

    Set at the foot of Provence’s highest peak Mont Ventoux, in the heart of the village.

  • Chalet Ventoux Serein

    Chalet Ventoux Serein

    Set on the northern slopes of Mont Ventoux, under its imposing summit and overlooking the entire chain of the French Alps : the perfect base from which to explore the trails of the mountain. 

    his intimate chalet only has 5 rooms. The rooms are simple, cosy and comfortable
    You'll be welcomed with open arms by the Arnaud family.

The rates are per person, on a 2 pers. basis 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 - 1 week trip
  • 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 

TRIP rates 

The rates are per person, on a 2 pers. minimum reservation basis ( shared room), and subject to availability


  • 3 nights double occupancy with private facilities
  • 3 breakfasts
  • 1 picnic
  • 2 dinners
  • Day 2: transfer from Malaucene to the start of your walk in Mont Serein
  • Day 4: transfer back to Malaucene
  • Luggage transfers 
  • Our Road Book with detailed walking itineraries, including highlighted maps
  • 1 road map of the region


  • All lunches not noted-included in your itinerary & drinks
  • Insurance
  • Entrance fees into museums
  • Items of personal nature
  • SINGLE supplement
    Simple accommodation : 130 €uros
    Charming accommodation : 150 €uros
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