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Provence: food, LUBERON, wine and the good life

Provence: food, LUBERON, wine and the good life


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, olive oil tastings, 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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  • A fully certified walking guide, from day 1 to day 7
  • Easy walking along stunning trails 
  • Experiencing the best of Provençal food traditions
  • 4 picnics, 1 lunch, 5 dinners and 1 cooking class included
  • 2 greats markets of Provence : Vaison la Romaine & St Remy de Provence
  • 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
  • Hands-on cooking class complete with dinner
  • 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)
  • Wine & cheese 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.
  • Dinner included and night in Vaison la Romaine.
  • Activities: 1 cheese & wine picnic, 1 wine tasting in Gigondas

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)
  • Today is market day ! 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 Isle sur la Sorgue; this veritable island of a village is carved into a circle by the waters of the Sorgue, with quaint quayside antique shops and a labyrinth of narrow roads in the centre. In the evening a special treat is planned, with a cooking class of "Provence cuisine" followed by a dinner. Night in Isle sur la Sorgue
  • Activities: Vaison market visit, 1 cooking class

Day 4

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

Bonnieux & Lacoste: right in the heart of the Luberon

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  • Isle sur la Sorgue > 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 explore 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. Walk in the cedar forest
    In the evening, we discover in a stark contrast :  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.
  • Dinner is on your own tonight so that you can enjoy Isle sur la Sorgue's grest ambiance &  restaurants. Night in Isle sur la Sorgue
  • Activities:  Visit Roussillon & its ochre quarry trail (fee included)

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)
  • Lunch 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. We reach the  "Auberge des Seguins" for a lunch - a tasting of regional specialties in a jaw-dropping setting. 
    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 :
    • + 50m
      - 50m

Les Baux de Provence: olive oil mill visit & tasting

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  • Saint Rémy > Les Baux > Saint Rémy (2 hours, - 3 miles)
  • Picnic included
  • Today, 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 then visit  an olive oil mill, and enjoy an olive oil tasting.
  • Return to St Remy. 
  • Dinner included and night in St Remy.
  • Activities: Visit of the famous "carrieres de lumiere" in Les baux, 1  olive oil visit & tasting (all included) 

Day 7

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

Van Gogh Provence

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  • Saint Rémy > Cretes des Alpilles > Saint Rémy (3 hours - 6 miles)
  • Today is market day in St Remy !  Free morning to enjoy the market and lunch on your own.
  •  At 2pm, we start 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.
  • Your guide will bid you “au-revoir” at the end of the walking day.  
  • Dinner on your own and night in Saint Rémy.
  • Activities: The Van Gogh path, and 1 visit of St Paul de Mausole (included)

Day 8

Bye Bye Provence

  • St Remy > Avignon
  • Transfer at 10am to Avignon. You are free to visit this beautiful medieval town, and the famous Pope's palace ! End of your trip in Avignon.
  • 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 Mon Jun 17 2019
to Mon Jun 24 2019
From Sun Sep 01 2019
to Sun Sep 08 2019

For a single room ( 1 pers. ) a single supplement will be charged.
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  • 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 Terrasses by David

    Hotel Terrasses by David

    In town, set on the banks of the Sorgue River. 8 lovely rooms, some of which overlook the clear green waters, the hotel boasts a simple yet refined setting.
    On the terrace, at the water’s edge, you can savour traditional Provençal cuisine.

  • 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

Join a Food & Wine gourmet tour in Avignon !

This Food & Wine day Tour offers the perfect combination of food, wine and sightseeing. It will please every food and wine lover ! You meet local artisans and taste regional products (small groups of max 8).
- From 9am, the 3h30h tour stimulates your taste buds as you walk through picturesque parts of the town and learn about culinary traditions and local history, from the oldest bakery in town to the best artisan chocolate maker. At the end of the tour, we wash everything down with a tasting of a Châteauneuf du Pape wine, the region’s most prestigious wine. 
- The tour includes 10 tastings, olive oil and a wine tasting.
- Subject to availability
- Différent program in July & August : contact us 

Enjoy a HALF-day wine tour in Chateauneuf du Pape !
  • Morning 9am / Afternoon 2pm transfer fromAvignon > Chateauneuf du Pape 
  • Half-day wine tour with a wine expert for 3 hours (non private)
    * Visit of a family run winery : explanation of the vinification and barrel wine tasting
    * Visit to a Château (one of the most famous and oldest cellars in the area) + wine tasting
    * if time permits,  chocolate and wine tasting
  • Transfer back to Avignon at the end of the wine tour
  • Rates on a min. of 2 persons. reservation ( for 1 person: contact us)
  • NOT POSSIBLE on Sunday & bank holidays
    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)
    • You can book this guided trip as from 1 person
    • Guaranteed departure from 4 participants -  Maximum 8 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
    • 5 picnic
    • 1 lunch
    • 4 dinners
    • 1 cooking class followed by a dinner
    • All food experiences listed in the program 
    • All transfers carried out by minivans, and driven by your guide(s)
    • Day 1 to 8: Luggage transfers 
    • A private guide during the whole tour


    • Dinner on day 4 + Day 7
    • Lunch on day 7
    • Entrance fees into museums (not included in the itinerary)
    • insurance,
    • drinks, items of personal nature
    • SINGLE supplement: 350€ 
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