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Provence: food, LUBERON, wine and the good life - Customized for Patricia SHEPPARD & friends

Provence: food, LUBERON, wine and the good life - Customized for Patricia SHEPPARD & friends


Customized for Patricia SHEPPARD & friends

We've combined the absolute best two things Provence has to offer: its walking paths and its foods! 

The walking is light, enough though to see the countryside along its stunning trails through the heart of the Luberon as well as Van Gogh's Provence and famous Cotes du Rhone vineyards, certainly enough to work up an appetite for what we have planned: Châteauneuf du Pape wine tastings, cheese tastings, 2 market visits in Vaison la Romaine & St Remy de Provence, a cooking class of Provence cuisine, and much more...

A great tour of Provence and it famous "art of life".

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  • Easy walking along stunning trails 
  • Experiencing the best of Provençal food traditions
  • 6 picnics
  • Day 2 : 1 wine & cheese tasting and dinner
  • Day 4 : 1 cooking class included followed by a dinner
  • 4 dinners
  • 2 greats markets of Provence : Vaison la Romaine & St Remy de Provence
  • 1 Châteauneuf du Pape wine tasting 
  • The sheer cliffs of the Dentelles de Montmirail above the Cotes du Rhone vineyards
  • Cotes du Rhone wine making village: Gigondas
  • The otherwordly summit of Mont Ventoux, with views over the chain of Alps 
  • Luberon and its jaw dropping villages: Bonnieux, Roussillon
  • The wild & beautiful Aiguebrun valley
  • On Van Gogh's footsteps in St Remy de Provence & the medieval village of Les Baux de Provence
  • Avignon & the famous Pope's palace 

Day 1

    • Distance :
    • 4 km
    • Elevation :
    • + 100m
      - 100m

Medieval Avignon & Châteauneuf du Pape

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  • Avignon > Châteauneuf du Pape > Vaison la Romaine (2 hours - 2.5 miles)
  • Picnic included
  • 9.30am : We meet at in Avignon, city of the Popes. We explore Avignon's indoor market, a veritable sensory explosion of the region's best foods and produce.
  • And with our picnic fare in tow, we set off for the famed vineyards of Châteauneuf du Pape, its world-renowned reds powerful with notes of spices and fruit. We stroll between the parcels of vines, partake in a wine-tasting, and enjoy a gourmet picnic under the shade of pine trees.  
  • We then head to Vaison la Romaine, a harmonious mix of Roman ruins, perched medieval village, and a "new" town filled with bustling restaurants and cafés.
  • Dinner included and night in Vaison la Romaine.
  • Activities:  Avignon market visit,  wine tasting in Chateauneuf du Pape
  • Access: Regular train lines from Paris > Avignon on the SNCF

Day 2

    • Distance :
    • 11 km
    • Elevation :
    • + 300m
      - 300m

Gigondas : wine making Cotes du Rhone villages

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  • Vaison la Romaine > Gigondas > Vaison la Romaine (3 hours - 2.5 miles)
  • Picnic included
  • A short transfer takes us to the village of Gigondas, world-renowned for its red wines. We stroll through the village streets, leading up to the imposing church, from where the entire Rhône valley is in view: the world’s second largest vineyard. From the village we climb up farming tracks through the gnarled vines: Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre and Cinsault, digging their ancient roots in the chalky soils. Our walk takes us up to the Dentelles de Montmirail: a chain of awe-inspiring and sheer limestone cliffs that soar high above the rows of vines. We follow farming tracks laced at the foot of these cliffs, between vines and mountains, with panoramic views along the way. 
  • Back in Gigondas we enjoy a wine-tasting before returning to Vaison for a second night.
  • In the evening,  we have a special treat: a "wine and cheese" tasting dinner - and all sorts of other goodies -
  • Wine & cheese dinner included, and Night in Vaison la Romaine.
  • Activities: 1 Wine tasting in Gigondas, 1 "cheese & wine" dinner

Day 3

    • Distance :
    • 7 km
    • Elevation :
    • + 200m
      - 200m

Vaison market visit & Provence's Giant Mont Ventoux

  • Vaison la Romaine > Mont Ventoux > Isle sur la Sorgue (2 hours, 30 mins.,  - 4 miles)
  • Picnic included
  • Today is market day in Vaison ! The weekly market in Vaison la Romaine sees its entire centre filled with colourful market stalls, a veritable sensory extravaganza of foods, spices, and crafts. Take your time to meander through the market and pick up your picnic fare (not included).
  • We then journey to the slopes of Mont Ventoux, Provence's highest peak, to enjoy our lunch with views of the entire chain of the Alps, including Mont Blanc. 
  • Our final destination is the charming little village of Fontaine du Vaucluse where we check in for 2 nights
  • Dinner included and night in Fontaine
  • Activities: Vaison market visit

Day 4

    • Distance :
    • 6 km
    • Elevation :
    • + 150m
      - 150m

Bonnieux & Lacoste: right in the heart of the Luberon

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  • Fontaine > Lacoste > Bonnieux > Roussillon > Isle sur la Sorgue (2 hours, 30 mins.  - 4 miles)
  • Picnic included
  • The Calavon valley is reputed for its beautiful perched villages. Our walk begins in the medieval village of Lacoste, crowned by the castle of the divine Marquis de Sade. We meander through a tight-knit set of cobbled streets before dropping down into the Calavon Valley, laden with truffle oaks, muscat vineyards, and cherry orchards. We reach the village of Bonnieux, itself crowned by a 12th century church, and reach the top to admire the view.
  • In the afternoon, we visit Roussillon, set on the world’s largest ochre deposit. Its sands, in every hue of yellow, orange, and red, have been used to paint the façades of the village homes, a rainbow of colour highlighted by the ever-present Provençal sun. Stroll through the pigmented streets, and walk in the ochre quarry trail (included), a guaranteed postcard picture with every step.
  • In the evening a special treat is planned, with a cooking class of "Provence cuisine" followed by a dinner.
  • Dinner included and night in Fontaine
  • Activities:  Visit Roussillon & its ochre quarry trail (fee included), 1 cooking class

Day 5

    • Distance :
    • 6 km
    • Elevation :
    • + 200m
      - 200m

Hike in the genuine Luberon Mountains

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  • Isle sur la Sorgue > Aiguebrun gorge > Sivergues > St Remy de Provence (2 hours, 30 mins. , 3.8 miles)
  • Picnic included
  • We transfer to the heart of the Luberon Mountains. We find ourselves in the Aiguebrun gorge, dwarfed by sheer and soaring limestone cliffs (a world-renowned rock-climbing site) and surrounded by the lush vegetation. We follow the river upstream, in an otherworldly setting of giant boxwood and ivy, all framed by magnificent limestone walls. Climbing out of the riverbed we follow an ancient cobbled path past abandoned stone terraces. 
    And as if by magic the village of Sivergues appears: with only a handful of stone homes, Sivergues is lost in time. We take a seldom-used path past an ancient farm, and remaining on a shelf high above the gorge with breathtaking views. Picnic on the way.
  • In the afternoon, we visit the 3000 year-old Buoux Fort (included), sitting above a rocky crag with sheer cliffs and awe-inspiring views. We then leave the Luberon and head towards the Alpilles mountains, a set of jagged limestone pinnacles surrounded by the Rhône Valley.
  • Dinner included and night in St Remy.
  • Activity: Visit of Buoux fort (included)

Day 6

    • Distance :
    • 3 km
    • Elevation :
    • + 200m
      - 200m

Les Baux de Provence: olive oil mill visit & tasting

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  • Saint Rémy > Cretes des Alpilles > Saint Rémy (3h30 to 4h)
  • Picnic included
  • We start walking from the picturesque Saint Rémy into the Alpilles hills, then along the fabulously panoramic ridge-line. Along the way, we take the Van Gogh path, facing the same landscapes he painted during the most productive period of his short-lived life, including his Starry Night. Windswept by the Mistral, the landscapes were immortalized in painting by Van Gogh during his stay: the swaying cypress tree, the lone farmhouse, the open fields, the bold colours that attracted so many artists to the region.  We 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.
    Tonight, dinner is on your own
  • Dinner on your own, and night in St Remy
  • Activities: The Van Gogh path, and 1 visit of St Paul de Mausole (included

Day 7

    • Distance :
    • 10 km
    • Elevation :
    • + 270m
      - 100m

Van Gogh Provence

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  • St Remy > Les Baux (3h30)
  • Today is market day in St Remy ! 
    Free morning and free lunch to enjoy the market and lunch on your own.
  •  At 2pm, we walk towards the the fortified village of Les Baux, listed as one of the most beautiful villages in France. We walk on the  the windswept crest of the Alpilles, laden with thyme and rosemary, with views extending towards the vast plains of the Camargue, and the mountain ranges to the north. Les Baux has stood proudly atop its rocky spur for a thousand years, just a handful of homes hovering defiantly above the plains: homes dwarfed by castle ruins that have a thousand stories to tell.
  • We visit the village, and enjoy the famous lightand picture show in the Carrieres de lumiere (included) , set in the old limestone quarries. We stay in Les Baux for a farewell dinner and aperitif in Les Baux
  • Dinner included and night in St Remy.
  • Activities: Visit of the famous castle and the "carrieres de lumiere" in Les baux

Day 8

Bye Bye Provence

  • St Remy > Avignon
  • Transfer at 10am to Avignon. End of your trip in Avignon
  • You are free to visit this beautiful medieval town, and the famous Pope's palace ! 
  • We recommend: add an extra night in Avignon to make sure you won't miss the famous Pope's Palace and the Pont d'Avignon bridge!
  • Return:  Regular lines Avignon > Paris, Marseille city-airport with the 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 Jun 02 2019
to Sun Jun 09 2019

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

  • Hotel Le Burrhus - Vaison

    Hotel Le Burrhus - Vaison

    Set in the main square of Vaison la Romaine with a quaint terrace overlooking the town.

    The owners have a penchant for modern art: the hotel and its rooms are used as a gallery, showcasing art and regularly hosting new exhibits.

    Simple but comfortable rooms and an exceptionally warm welcome!

  • Hotel du Poete - Font. de Vaucluse

    Hotel du Poete - Font. de Vaucluse

    Set on the serene banks of the Sorgue river, the emerald green waters rush out of their spring a short walk away.

    The setting cannot be more peaceful. The rooms are modern, charming, breakfast is delicious, and your hosts are very welcoming.

  • Hotel du Soleil *** - St Remy

    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.

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 - 8 days > 2 weeks trip
  • Repatriation insurance : applicable for all clients visiting the Europe-Schengen region that includes France
  • Rate : for a trip from 8 days > 2 weeks = 14 days
    Supplement for a trip above 14 days
  • See the insurance contract here 

Guided trip rates

  • The rates are per person (shared room)
    . 6 to 7 persons : 2 500 €
    . 8 persons : 2 390 €
    . 9 persons : 2 660 €
    . 10 persons : 2 560 €
  • Guaranteed departure from 6 participants
  • On our guided trips, you may have the opportunity to meet & travel in Provence with international travellers


  • 7 nights double occupancy with private bathrooms 
  • 7 breakfasts
  • 6 picnic lunches
  • 1 wine tasting (in Chateauneuf du Pape)
  • 1 lunch
  • Day 2 : 1 wine & cheese tasting and dinner
  • Day 4 : 1 cooking class included followed by a dinner
  • Day 7 : 1 aperitif
  • 4 dinners
  • All food experiences listed in the program 
  • Entrance fee of the ochre trail in Roussillon
  • Entrance fee of the fort of Buoux
  • Entrance fee of St paul de Mausole in St Remy
  • Entrance fee of the Chateau des Baux de Provence + carriers de Lumiere show
  • All transfers carried out by minivans, and driven by your guide(s) : 1 van for 8 clients
  • Day 1 to 8: Luggage transfers 
  • A private guide during the whole tour


  • Your transport to /  from Avignon
  • All lunches & dinners not noted-included in your itinerary
  • Day 6 : dinner on your own
  • Day 7  : lunch on your own
  • Insurance
  • drinks, items of personal nature
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