Experience the flavours and fragrances of Provence
Provence is famed for its fields of lavender, red-tiled houses, vivid blue skies and glorious sunsets. This wild and beautiful landscape has inspired so many: the Romans, Impressionist painters and writers and filmakers alike. The warm Lubéron hills are scented with the aroma of thyme and rosemary and make for ideal walking. Our trails take us from one perched village to another: Lacoste, castle home to the infamous Marquis de Sade, Menerbes, where Peter Mayle wrote ‘A Year in Provence’, Gordes, to explore dramatic limestone gorges and to the graceful arches of the mighty Pont du Gard, one of the regions Roman masterpieces and now designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Our walks follows attractive paths through this most Mediterranean of landscapes, where the air is perfumed with the scent of herbs, and buzzards and falcons soar overhead. To discover this region on foot is a delight, all the more so when we stay in attractive hotels and savour classic Provençal dishes flavoured with local olive oil, garlic and tomatoes accompanied by a cold glass of the local Rosé.
Day 1, 2 & 3
Meet in Avignon and transfer to St Remy, the quintessential Provencal town. Walk through spectacular countryside to the fortified village of Les Baux and its ruined castle. Visit an olive oil mill at Maussane. Explore the beautiful village of Uzes, and walk to the Pont du Gard a UNESCO World Heritage site. Try the delicious Rosè wines of Provence.
Day 4, 5, 6 & 7
Visit the market in St Remy, explore the ruined Gallo-Roman town of Glanum with a local guide; marvel at the 12th-century Abbey of Sénanque walk to the perched village of Roussillon set among the ochre quarries. Explore the wild landscapes of the Luberon and the attractive villages of Bonnieux and Oppede le Vieux. Enjoy a tasting of the delicious wines of southern France with a expert wine guide.
- Provence Walk: tour details
- Duration: 7 nights/8 days
- Difficulty: Moderate 6 - 15 km/day over gently rolling terrain.
- Tour Price: $2800 (single supplement $500)
- Start/Finish: Avignon
- Departures: on request
- Inclusions: 7 night's accommodation in comfortable boutique hotels; all breakfasts and meals as specified in the itinerary; all transfers, tips and gratuities; the services of a professional tour guide.