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Overview

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: Avignon, France
  • Depart: Avignon, France
  • Duration: 7 Days
  • Group Size: 2-16 Guests
  • Minimum Age: 14 Years Old

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  • Day01

    Arrive in Avignon

    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.

  • Day02

    Walk in Van Gogh Footsteps and Hike the Alpilles

    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
    • 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
  • Day03

    Explore Market St Remy and Hike Les Baux To Maussane

    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
    • 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
  • Day04

    Experience the Heart of the Luberon

    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
    • 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
  • Day05

    Explore Bonnieux

    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
    • 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
  • Day06

    Explore Gigondas and Hike Cote Du Rhone Vineyards

    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
    • 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
  • Day07

    Depart Avignon

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

    • Transportation: 40-minute private transfer
    • Meals: Breakfast
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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 Our Guides

Our expert guides and trip leaders are truly the key to our trips' success. Many are locals who live in-country year-round; others have made it their second home—all are passionate, enthusiastic and endlessly knowledgeable. Meet a few of the guides that might be on your trip.

What To Expect

  • 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.

Dates & Pricing

Pricing Dates

Flexible Dates

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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$3,995 Price per person

Additional Cost

  • $750 Single Supplement

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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  • "Great experience every time with some of the most knowledgeable guides in their fields. We always come home with wonderful memories of the people we meet and things we see."

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