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France Provence Village to Village Hiking

Lavender Trails, Hilltop Villages & World-Class Wineries

 

Experience quintessential Provence on this adventure away from tour-bus crowds and head out on foot along the sun-washed countryside's hidden trails. Take in a true hiker's Provence, from the dramatic white limestone peaks of the Dentelles de Montmirail to medieval villages nestled in olive groves to the great vineyards of the Cotes du Rhone wine domains. Wander through fields of poppies, lavender and wild herbs, stop in at wineries of worldwide repute, visit medieval abbeys, hike amidst the coastal calanques' limestone inlets, and enjoy a luxurious private boat ride. Vive la Provence!

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  • Hike the postcard-perfect, medieval hilltop villages of Gordes, Bonnieux, and Les Baux de Provence

  • Soak in panoramic views of the Alps on the hike to Mont Ventoux's summit

  • Explore the limestone inlets of the coastal calanques, and enjoy a spectacular sailing excursion

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Arrive:

Avignon, France

Depart:

Cassis, France

Price: from $5,595

Duration:

10 Days

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Group Size:

6-16 Guests

Min Age:

16 yrs

Activity:

Level 3

This is a moderately challenging hike with hiking distances of 6-9 miles per day. You should be comfortable hiking 4-7 hours per day. Elevation gain and loss is moderate, usually 500-1,000 feet.
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  • Welcome to Avignon

    Day 1

    An MT Sobek representative will meet you at Avignon TGV station at 2:30pm today and transfer you to your hotel. After a welcome group meeting, complete with local wine, it's time to explore the wonders of this ancient city. Meander through a labyrinth of cobbled streets, discover 14th-century ramparts, and the Papal Palace (entrance to the Pope's Palace not included) - all within its historic UNESCO-listed town center.

    Accommodation: Avignon Grand Hotel

    Experience true Provencal charm with historic cobblestone streets, just blocks away. The Avignon Grand Hotel is ideally located in the heart of Avignon city. It's the perfect mix of modern and traditional, with 124 spacious, quiet rooms adapted for relaxation. After exploring the bustling town just around the corner, guests can enjoy the hotel's extensive amenities, friendly common area, outdoor pool, and garden.

    Meals: Dinner

  • Hike from Saint Rémy to the Alpilles

    Day 2

    After breakfast, take a 30-minute transfer to Saint Rémy de Provence, nestled at the foot of the Alpilles Mountains. Follow Van Gogh's footsteps through an aromatic landscape of wild herbs and sun-baked pine trees up towards the jagged ridge of the windswept Alpilles. Enjoy panoramic views from the summit and a gourmet Provencal picnic before completing the loop back to Saint Rémy. After completing the hike, visit with a local producer of goat's cheese to tour the farm and have a taste of fresh cheese. Savor a group dinner in town tonight.

    Accommodation: Le Gounod-Saint Remy, France

    Centrally located in Alpilles, in the heart of Saint Remy de Provence, this eclectic boutique hotel boasts a classic French flair. Set in a 16th-century inn but newly renovated, Le Gounod is perfect for unwinding after a day of exploration, with a private terrace, beautiful stone pool, hot tub, and a spa offering a variety of soothing treatments.

    Activity: 3.5 hours/6 miles hiking with 600' elevation gain & loss

    Transportation: 30-minute private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Hike to Les Baux de Provence

    Day 3

    Start the day at Saint Rémy's morning market with its bounty of fresh regional produce - perfect for today's picnic. From there, follow a path up a shaded valley laden with cedar and pines, back up to the crest of the Alpilles. From here, take an easy trail along the ridge, enjoying wide-sweeping views. Perched atop the ridge is the 1,000-year-old village of Les Baux de Provence - a few dozen stone homes huddled together high above the valley. Meander through its narrow, cobbled streets, then stop at a working olive mill for a visit and a tasting. In the evening, enjoy dinner on your own back in Saint Rémy.

    Accommodation: Le Gounod-Saint Remy, France

    Centrally located in Alpilles, in the heart of Saint Remy de Provence, this eclectic boutique hotel boasts a classic French flair. Set in a 16th-century inn but newly renovated, Le Gounod is perfect for unwinding after a day of exploration, with a private terrace, beautiful stone pool, hot tub, and a spa offering a variety of soothing treatments.

    Activity: 3.5 hours/6 miles hiking with 600' elevation gain & loss

    Meals: Breakfast

  • Journey from Gordes to the Senanque Abbey

    Day 4

    After breakfast, transfer from the Alpilles to the Luberon mountains, dotted with lofty medieval villages such as Gordes, its golden-stone homes rising in vertiginous circles above the Calavon valley. Explore its steep labyrinth of cobblestoned streets, while the guide picks up picnic fare, before heading out along thyme-laden hills toward Senaque Abbey, a collection of 850-year-old Romanesque structures hidden among lavender fields. Enjoy a private guided tour, then hike up for aerial views before returning to Gordes for dinner together at the hotel.

    Accommodation: Le Mas des Romarins-Gordes, France

    Housed in an atmospheric 19th-century building, Le Mas des Romarins is a spectacular property in the quaint hilltop village of Gordes. Each comfortable room has its own unique theme and stunning views. The three-star hotel's restaurant offers delectable French cuisine: La Clarome is recognized as one of the region's premier restaurants.

    Activity: 3.5 hours/6 miles hiking with 900' elevation gain & loss

    Transportation: 1-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Walk in the Landscape of Cezanne

    Day 5

    Today begins with a transfer to nearby Bonnieux, a village nestled between the two Luberon Mountains that took center-stage in Peter Mayle's best-selling memoir A Year in Provence. Head out for a long gradual climb up the northern slope of the Luberon, through a forest of white oak and shrub. At the ridge, take in magnificent views across the valley, and have a Provençal picnic. Walk to the medieval village of Lacoste, crowned by the ruins of the Marquis de Sade's castle. Visit a family farm to sample traditional Provençal fare. (weather permitting)

    Accommodation: Le Mas des Romarins-Gordes, France

    Housed in an atmospheric 19th-century building, Le Mas des Romarins is a spectacular property in the quaint hilltop village of Gordes. Each comfortable room has its own unique theme and stunning views. The three-star hotel's restaurant offers delectable French cuisine: La Clarome is recognized as one of the region's premier restaurants.

    Activity: 5 hours/9 miles hiking with 1,500' elevation gain & loss

    Transportation: 1-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Hike the Vineyards Above Gigondas

    Day 6

    Today set out for the tiny medieval village of Gigondas, nestled under the imposing limestone cliffs of the Dentelles de Montmirail, and renowned for its rich red wines. Walk between the gnarled vines, and above them into the heart of the Dentelles de Montmirail. Trails crisscross the dramatic rock formations and lead to the top of a ridgeline that soars above the village. After the hike, enjoy wine tasting at one of the local estates. Return to Vaison for dinner at the hotel.

    Accommodation: Hotel Le Beffroi

    Composed from 16th century estates, the Hotel Le Beffroi is a short cobblestone stroll away from the historic sites in Vaison-la-Romaine. Each room is individually decorated and modernly equipped with complimentary Wi-Fi, cable TV, mini-bar and a hair dryer. Guests can relax at the outdoor pool and terraced gardens with panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.

    Activity: 5 hours/9 miles hiking with 1,300' elevation gain & 550' loss

    Transportation: 1.5-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Summit the Lofty Mont Ventoux

    Day 7

    Today's hike begins on the upper slopes of Mont Ventoux. Cross majestic and barren rockslide formations, get a chance to spot local wildlife like chamois, and reach Ventoux's fabled moonscape - bare limestone, with alpine and even arctic flowers peeking out from between the stones. Take in the 360-degree view from the summit, showcasing the Alps and the Rhone River snaking its way to the Mediterranean Sea. Enjoy a lunch at the summit and then return to Vaison. This evening, celebrate by dining on some of the best wine and cheese that the country has to offer.

    Accommodation: Hotel Le Beffroi

    Composed from 16th century estates, the Hotel Le Beffroi is a short cobblestone stroll away from the historic sites in Vaison-la-Romaine. Each room is individually decorated and modernly equipped with complimentary Wi-Fi, cable TV, mini-bar and a hair dryer. Guests can relax at the outdoor pool and terraced gardens with panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.

    Activity: 5 hours/9 miles hiking with 2,000' elevation gain & loss

    Transportation: 1-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Cruise the Calanques & Explore Cassis

    Day 8

    After breakfast, venture south toward the Mediterranean Sea to explore the Calanques de Marseille, France's newest national park. The calanques are a set of dramatic limestone inlets spanning nearly 13 miles from Marseille to Cassis - an unspoiled playground of cliffs and trails. As a reward for all of the miles hiked and vertical feet ascended, trade your hiking boots for deck shoes. Pamper yourself with a private boat excursion in the calanques, starting from Cassis and navigating lazily from one calanque to the next. Enjoy a chance to swim off the boat and time to recount the week's adventures, before lunch onboard. Explore Cassis on your own this evening and choose a local eatery for dinner.

    Accommodation: La Rade-Cassis, France

    Perched high above the waterfront, La Rade offers dramatic sea views from the center of Cassis. Guests can luxuriate in the hot tub, which overlooks the bay, and enjoy local cuisine and cocktails paired with panoramic views from the bay-facing terrace. The rooms are more than comfortable, and each morning brings a fresh assortment of flaky croissants, juice, and coffee.

    Transportation: 3-hour private boat excursion

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

  • Hike Parc National des Calanques

    Day 9

    Today head into the heart of the Parc National des Calanques, hiking to turquoise inlets with plenty of swimming opportunities along the way. Contemplate the vast blue Mediterranean Sea in the most secluded of spots and enjoy a gourmet Provençal picnic by the water. A vast network of trails runs through the calanques; your expert guides will choose a hike based on the group's interests and fitness levels. This afternoon, we'll stroll to the port to sample the Riviera's most coveted delicacy - bouillabaisse, made fresh from fish caught that day!

    Accommodation: La Rade-Cassis, France

    Perched high above the waterfront, La Rade offers dramatic sea views from the center of Cassis. Guests can luxuriate in the hot tub, which overlooks the bay, and enjoy local cuisine and cocktails paired with panoramic views from the bay-facing terrace. The rooms are more than comfortable, and each morning brings a fresh assortment of flaky croissants, juice, and coffee.

    Activity: 4.5 hours/8.5 miles hiking with 1,500' elevation gain & loss

    Transportation: 45-minute private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Depart from Cassis

    Day 10

    After breakfast, take a morning shuttle to the train station in Cassis for your onward journey. If you are departing from the Avignon TGV Station, we will transfer you back to Avignon, arriving in the afternoon.

    Meals: Breakfast

France Provence Village to Village Hiking

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What to Expect

 

Why take this trip with us?

Reason #01

MT Sobek pairs incredible hikes in majestic landscapes with Provençal picnics and guided tours of quaint medieval towns.

Reason #02

Enjoy the charming company of local guides who will give you that je ne sais quoi perspective you can get only from a Provence native.

Reason #03

An alternative to the ubiquitous sedentary bus tour of Provence, this carefully crafted trip is perfect for active Francophiles.

Meet your guides

Anne-Charlotte Luneau

Anne-Charlotte Luneau

Life is too short to be bored-which could be penned as Anne-Charlotte's mantra. Her travels have taken her around the world and she's worked a number of trades, from denturist to lumberjack! But the one constant has always been her love of nature, growing up with a mountain-guide-of-a-father, and embarking on many treks of her own. As a guide, Anne-Charlotte began along the rough trails of Corsica before favoring the rolling hills of Provence. Soft-spoken, attentive, and with a heart of gold, Anne-Charlotte will ensure your Provence experience will be a memorable one. And don't try to stump her on anything botany-related: it won't work.

Ariane Cruells

Ariane Cruells

Raised in Provence, Ariane studied English and Mandarin growing up, before moving to the Yunnan Province of China to work as a guide. After 12 years, she returned to her French roots and brought her skills as a guide with her to lead hikes throughout the Alps, Corsica and Provence. As an expert in the region and professional mountain guide, Ariane is eager to share her knowledge of the local flora and fauna, and ancient history.

Olivier Leonard

Olivier Leonard

Olivier is trained as both a geographer and cartographer, and teaches those subjects to adults and high school students. He has hiked all over the Alps and also abroad, including South America and Asia. More recently, he's combined his passions for hiking and his expertise in geography and cartography to become a professional mountain guide. He's passionate about old stones and rural construction, and will better acquaint you with the ancient villages and hamlets of Provence. A teacher by trade but nature-lover by heart, Olivier enjoys sharing his experiences out in nature with his guests, whom he always makes feel at home.

Activities

Long hikes through dazzling landscapes, insightful tours of medieval towns and abbeys, and spectacular boat rides along the coast.

Lodging

Boutique hotels with classic French flair, historic hideaways, and artsy retreats, all with stellar locations and amenities.

Climate

May is usually dry with moderate sun. June is hot and rain is rare. September is warm but flash storms can occur.

FAQ

Who will meet me on arrival?

Please arrive at the Avignon TGV train station by 2pm on Day 1. An MTS representative will meet the group and transfer you to our hotel in Avignon, at 2:30pm.

How can I get from Paris to Avignon?

Take the high speed TGV train from either Charles De Gaulle airport or from the Gare de Lyon train station in downtown Paris.

Which Avignon train station should I arrive at: Avignon TGV or Centre?

You can arrive at either train station. The TGV station is a 10-minute taxi ride from the hotel. The Avignon Centre station is a 4-minute walk to the hotel.

Do the hotels on this trip have swimming pools?

Yes, all of the hotels have swimming pools.

Where can I purchase train tickets?

Purchase your train tickets online at either Trainline or Rail Europe.

Can you recommend a hotel in Avignon if I want to arrive early?

Yes. Try the Avignon Grand Hotel. This is the hotel where we meet on Day 1 of the tour.

2021

Scheduled Dates

  • Sep 27 - Oct 06, 2021
    $5,595 price per person dbl occ
    +$1,200 single supplement
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Price Includes

  • Expertise and services of our experienced adventure guides
  • All accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • All breakfasts, almost all lunches and dinners as noted in the itinerary
  • Snacks and water between meals
  • Additional regional guides and experts on many trips
  • Comprehensive Trip Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at historic sites, museums, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the itinerary
  • Special events and other select attractions as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Equipment and experienced guides for activities as described in the itinerary
  • Park and other entry fees (unless otherwise noted)
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the itinerary
  • Select transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Price Does Not Include

  • International airfare, airport taxes, and excess baggage fees
  • Alcoholic beverages (MT Sobek provides wine at select events)
  • Gratuities for MT Sobek guides and guide-drivers
  • Travel Protection Program
  • Personal expenses

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  • May 09 - 15, 2022
    $4,295 price per person dbl occ
    +$900 single supplement

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  • Sep 19 - 25, 2022
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  • Oct 10 - 16, 2022
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Price Includes

  • Expertise and services of our experienced adventure guides
  • All accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • All breakfasts, almost all lunches and dinners as noted in the itinerary
  • Snacks and water between meals
  • Additional regional guides and experts on many trips
  • Comprehensive Trip Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at historic sites, museums, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the itinerary
  • Special events and other select attractions as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Equipment and experienced guides for activities as described in the itinerary
  • Park and other entry fees (unless otherwise noted)
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the itinerary
  • Select transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Price Does Not Include

  • International airfare, airport taxes, and excess baggage fees
  • Alcoholic beverages (MT Sobek provides wine at select events)
  • Gratuities for MT Sobek guides and guide-drivers
  • Travel Protection Program
  • Personal expenses

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Price Includes

  • Expertise and services of our experienced adventure guides
  • All accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • All breakfasts, almost all lunches and dinners as noted in the itinerary
  • Snacks and water between meals
  • Additional regional guides and experts on many trips
  • Comprehensive Trip Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at historic sites, museums, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the itinerary
  • Special events and other select attractions as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Equipment and experienced guides for activities as described in the itinerary
  • Park and other entry fees (unless otherwise noted)
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the itinerary
  • Select transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Price Does Not Include

  • International airfare, airport taxes, and excess baggage fees
  • Alcoholic beverages (MT Sobek provides wine at select events)
  • Gratuities for MT Sobek guides and guide-drivers
  • Travel Protection Program
  • Personal expenses

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