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France Provence Walking Private Adventure

Van Gogh Landscapes from Avignon to Gigondas

 

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.

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  • 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:

Avignon, France

Depart:

Avignon, France

Price: from $3,995

Duration:

7 Days

Departures:

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Group Size:

2-8 Guests

Min Age:

14 yrs

Activity:

Level 3

The hiking on this tour is moderate, ranging between 6 and 8 miles each day on well-worn paths, on village roads, and through vineyards. This trip is perfect for daily walkers who are comfortable with 4-5 hours of activity each day.
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  • Arrive in Avignon

    Day 1

    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.

    Accommodation: La Villa Glanum + Spa

    Situated a short walk from important cultural sites in Saint Remy de Provence, this hotel features gardens, an outdoor pool, and spa. Recently renovated in 2019, the elegantly appointed rooms have air conditioning, free wifi, safe, minibar, hair dryer, and en suite bathrooms. Celebrate a successful hike while relaxing on the terrace with an aperatif.

    Transportation: 30-minutes private transfer

    Meals: Dinner

  • Walk in Van Gogh Footsteps and Hike the Alpilles

    Day 2

    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.

    Accommodation: La Villa Glanum + Spa

    Situated a short walk from important cultural sites in Saint Remy de Provence, this hotel features gardens, an outdoor pool, and spa. Recently renovated in 2019, the elegantly appointed rooms have air conditioning, free wifi, safe, minibar, hair dryer, and en suite bathrooms. Celebrate a successful hike while relaxing on the terrace with an aperatif.

    Activity: 3 hours/6 miles hiking with 1,000' elevation gain and loss; optional 3 hours/5 miles hiking with 800' elevation gain and loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

  • Explore Market St Remy and Hike Les Baux To Maussane

    Day 3

    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.

    Accommodation: La Villa Glanum + Spa

    Situated a short walk from important cultural sites in Saint Remy de Provence, this hotel features gardens, an outdoor pool, and spa. Recently renovated in 2019, the elegantly appointed rooms have air conditioning, free wifi, safe, minibar, hair dryer, and en suite bathrooms. Celebrate a successful hike while relaxing on the terrace with an aperatif.

    Activity: 4 hours/7.5 miles hiking with 900' eleveation gain and 328' elevation loss; 2.5 hours/4 miles optional add on hike with 160' elevation gain and 800' elevation loss

    Meals: Breakfast

  • Experience the Heart of the Luberon

    Day 4

    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.

    Accommodation: La Bastide de Voulonne

    This charming family-run 18th century farmhouse inn features a swimming pool and classic Provençal plane trees, with stunning views of lavender fields and orchards in the Luberon hills. Rooms have en suite bathrooms, air conditioning, flat screen TV, and complimentary wifi.

    Activity: 4.5 hours/8 miles hiking with 1,500' elevation gain and 650' elevation loss or 3 hours/6 miles hiking with 800' elevation gain and loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Explore Bonnieux

    Day 5

    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.

    Accommodation: La Bastide de Voulonne

    This charming family-run 18th century farmhouse inn features a swimming pool and classic Provençal plane trees, with stunning views of lavender fields and orchards in the Luberon hills. Rooms have en suite bathrooms, air conditioning, flat screen TV, and complimentary wifi.

    Activity: 3.5 hours/7.5 miles hiking with 1,300' elevation gain and loss or 5 hours/10 miles hiking with 1,600' elevation gain and loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Explore Gigondas and Hike Cote Du Rhone Vineyards

    Day 6

    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.

    Accommodation: La Bastide de Voulonne

    This charming family-run 18th century farmhouse inn features a swimming pool and classic Provençal plane trees, with stunning views of lavender fields and orchards in the Luberon hills. Rooms have en suite bathrooms, air conditioning, flat screen TV, and complimentary wifi.

    Activity: 2 hours/3 miles hiking with 650' elevation gain and loss or 3.5 hours/7 miles with little elevation gain and loss or 4 hours/7.5 miles with 1,500' elevation gain and loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Depart Avignon

    Day 7

    Say farewell and transfer to the Avignon train station after breakfast.

    Transportation: 40-minute private transfer

    Meals: Breakfast

France Provence Walking Private Adventure

Detailed Itinerary

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What to Expect

 

Why take this trip with us?

Reason #01

For 50 years MT Sobek has created unique hiking adventures and powered hikers with fantastic regional fare thanks to our local know-how.

Reason #02

Our adventure takes you away from the tour-bus crowds and out on timeless trails over Provence's thyme-laden hills.

Reason #03

Perfect for foodies looking to sample premier cheeses and wines, and hike it off too!

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

Hikes through dazzling scenery, medieval towns, and bustling markets.

Lodging

Villas and boutique hotels that offer upscale amenities and services in culturally, historically and naturally rich surroundings.

Climate

The Mediterranean climate of Provence is warm and dry. Mornings may be cool, but it will warm up to hot during the day.

FAQ

What is the best type of footwear for this trip?

Either light-weight hiking boots or walking shoes with ankle support.

I am on a gluten-free diet. Will I be able to do this trip?

Absolutely. There are plenty of varied and delicious choices for the gluten-free eater on this trip.

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.

Where can I purchase train tickets?

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

When is the lavender in bloom?

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.

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Additional costs

  • $800 Single Supplement
  • $3,295 Per person for 6-7 Guests
  • $3,695 Per person for 4-5 Guests

Price Includes

  • Expert leadership from experienced adventure guides
  • Accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • Meals as noted in the daily itinerary
  • Potable water and snacks throughout
  • 1 glass of wine or beer at dinner
  • All group entrance fees, activities, and ground transportation
  • Arrival and departure day TGV train station transfers

Price does not include

  • International airfare, any airport taxes, or excess baggage charges
  • Lunch on Day 3 and Dinner on Day 2 & 3
  • Optional tips to your adventures guide(s) and driver(s)
  • Personal expenses such as medical immunizations, phone calls, laundry, or souvenirs
  • Airport transfers
  • Optional travel protection

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