Discover the essence of Provence as it unfolds at your feet. Enjoy gentle open ridge walks along mountain ranges with sweeping views of the southern French landscape. Descend through olive groves and vineyards to quaint medieval villages with colorful markets, fountains, and cobbled lanes that invite exploration. Experience Provence in a new and different way - one that's even more magical on foot.
Choose from a variety of hikes, according to your interests
Savor picnics atop the Alpilles and the Luberon mountains
Add a cooking class, kayak descent to Pont du Gard, an ebike ride or wine tour
Arrive in Avignon and transfer to St. Remy, a picturesque Gallo-Roman town with a marvelous old quarter, encircled by the remnants of its 14th century wall and protective buildings, and the region that inspired some of Van Gogh's greatest work. Take a short walk to the hotel, followed by a welcome dinner in town.
Start from picturesque St. Remy into the Alpilles hills, then along the fabulously panoramic ridge-line. Along the way, take the time to visit the Saint-Paul de Maussole monastery, where Van Gogh spent over a year, creating over 150 paintings - some of his best work. Enjoy a picnic and admire the windswept views over the valley. Continue on to the Crest of Alpilles for an optional hike or return to St. Remy.
Take in spectacular views of the hills to the north and the Mediterranean Sea to the south from today's scenic forestry path high above the valley. Descend through the sculpted limestone "valley of hell" toward the perched village of Les Baux de Provence, one of the most beautiful villages in France. Return to Saint Remy or continue on for an optional hike to dip down into the plains, where the prestigious olive groves carpet the landscape. Visit the famed 17th century Cornille mill to taste one of Provence's best olive oil.
Choose between two hikes for today. Transfer to the village of Fontaine de Vaucluse to start the first hiking option, with its magical water source: a well that descends into infinity. Climb through the pine and cedar forest on seldom-used trails, to a plateau where the panorama extends to far-reaching hilltop villages. Follow the 30-year old Plage wall, constructed when the plague hit Marseille in 1720, as a means to protect the Provence of the Popes. End at the magnificent village of Gordes, perched up on its rocky crag. Or take a loop to the magnificent 12th century Senanque Abbey to start the second hiking option, hidden in the Senancole valley - still intact and still housing a community of monks after 750 years. Walk through boxwood, evergreen oaks, aromatic herbs, and other shrub plants that adapt well in the sunny, Mediterranean climate. After, take a path that climbs to the pass, with wonderful overhead views of the abbey, then descend back to Gordes.
Transfer to Bonnieux for a pleasant and gradual climb through the forest leading to the ridge of the Petit Luberon mountain, the ideal picnic spot. Enjoy spectacular views in all directions; on a clear day, look for the snow-covered Alps to the north-east. Walk along the ridge through stately cedar trees, then choose the optional loop to continue to Lacoste to explore the ruins of the castle of the infamous Marquis de Sade, or a leisurely return to Bonnieux. Enjoy a special farm-to-table dinner tonight.
Transfer to the village of Gigondas, one of the most famous wine-making villages in Provence. Meander through its labyrinth of tiny streets leading up to the church then hike along farming tracks, through the gnarled vines of Grenache and Syrah, and to the imposing limestone cliffs. then make our way back to Gigondas where we partake in a wine tasting of some of its renowned wines.
Say farewell and transfer to the Avignon train station after breakfast.
For 50 years MT Sobek has created unique hiking adventures and powered hikers with fantastic regional fare thanks to our local know-how.
Our adventure takes you away from the tour-bus crowds and out on timeless trails over Provence's thyme-laden hills.
Perfect for foodies looking to sample premier cheeses and wines, and hike it off too!
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Hikes through dazzling scenery, medieval towns, and bustling markets.
Villas and boutique hotels that offer upscale amenities and services in culturally, historically and naturally rich surroundings.
The Mediterranean climate of Provence is warm and dry. Mornings may be cool, but it will warm up to hot during the day.
Either light-weight hiking boots or walking shoes with ankle support.
Absolutely. There are plenty of varied and delicious choices for the gluten-free eater on this trip.
Take the high speed TGV train from either Charles De Gaulle airport or from the Gare de Lyon train station in downtown Paris.
While lavender can be seen in mid-June to mid-August, the bloom is at it's peak in June. Fields of bright red poppies can be seen in April and May, and yellow sunflowers bloom all summer.
We offer this trip on a private basis with seasonal departure dates that offer great flexibility (pending availability). Click below to request dates and an MT Sobek Regional Specialist will be in touch to help organize your private adventure.
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