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Provence: Walking and wine self guided walking holiday
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Highlights

  • Strolling through the famed vineyards of Chateauneuf du Pape
  • Revelling in views of the 1900m Mont Ventoux, of Tour de France fame
  • Spectacular scenery in the foothills of the Dentelles de Montmirail
  • Staying in beautiful villages of the region, Séguret, Le Barroux and Vaison la Romaine
  • Picnic lunches amidst stunning vineyards feasting on fresh baguettes and local cheese
  • Sharing a bottle of enticing rich and fruity Grenache in a hill-top village restaurant
  • Taking a tour where a wine expert unveils the secrets of Côtes du Rhône wines

Discover one of France’s most prestigious wine villages, Chateauneuf du Pape and stroll under the warm Provençal sun, past gnarled vines that have produced award-winning wines for over 700 years and the red rocks that carpet the vines like a warm blanket at night. To complete your tour head into the foothills of the scenic Dentelles de Montmirail with perfect views of Mont Ventoux as you walk.

It was the Popes of Avignon that first brought vines to this area in the 14th century and thanks to the amazing growing conditions of this region, Chateauneuf du Pape has long produced stunning wines. The growing area is small, but constantly producing world renowned and prized vintages. The best way to discover these vineyards is on foot, wandering between the vines from one estate to the next. On one afternoon opt to accompany a wine expert to discover the wonders of the area and revealing a wealth of wine-making secrets. Tasting is believing as you try the fabulous deep and heavily spiced red wines and the whites, with their notes of almond, spice and honeysuckle.

From Chateauneuf du Pape the days of scenic walking take you towards the foothills of the Dentelles de Montmirail. This region, known as the Vaucluse, offers spectacular vistas of close-by mountains, including the striking 1912m Mont Ventoux. Stopping off in historic villages, many of which are rarely reached by the average tourist, and staying in delightfully traditional settlements, walkers experience a truly traditional France. April 2014's Cotswold Life magazine reviewed this trip. Their writer said "...this is the way to see Provence: tasting it, feeling it, hearing it, smelling it, seeing it all at first hand. Utterly, utterly magnificent."

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DAY 1: Arrive in Avignon

Your walking adventure begins in Avignon, one of Provence’s great cities. Take a short transfer to the famous wine village of Chateauneuf du Pape whose name translates as “new castle of the Pope” and was chosen as the summer residence of the Popes of Avignon. It was the Pope who brought the vines here in the 14th century, making wines that have been famous for centuries. The growing area is small compared to many of the world’s famous vineyards but the wine produced here is constantly prized around the world. Find a local restaurant for dinner in Chateauneuf du Pape


Overnight: The Wine B&B, Chateauneuf du Pape


Located in the famous vineyard of Chateauneuf-du-Pape, right in the heart of the village, this quiet vine grower’s house is a real find. The owner, Danièle, is a professional sommelier and wine lecturer and will share her secrets of French cuisine and wines.


DAY 2: Circular vineyards walk from Chateauneuf-du-Pape

Geography, geology and climate combine to create an exemplary terrain in Chateauneuf-du-Pape, and wherever the eye roams you’ll see thick, low vines and – in summer – bunches and bunches of delicious Grenache and Syrah grapes. Your walk today follows the farm tracks through these vines, which lead from one estate to the next. Did you know that the red rocks that you see absorb the sun’s heat during the day and emit it at night to keep the vineyards warm?  


Walk: 14km


Ascent: 150m Descent: 150m


Overnight: The Wine B&B, Chateauneuf du Pape


DAY 3: Through the Papal Vineyards. Optional Wine Tour.

This morning’s walk is a circular route through the fabulous local vineyards, alongside tracks packed with the red rocks that were deposited here 15,000 years ago, at the end of the last Ice Age.


After this short walk you will have the option (not included) to participate in a half day wine tour of the Southern Rhônes premium wine villages. A local wine expert will reveal a wealth of secrets about the vines and explain the key elements of the wine-making process as you visit the cellars and taste four to five wines at a local wine estate (depending on the wine expert you visit 1 or 2 wine estates). The tasting characteristics, ageing potential and varying influences of the terroir and cellar methods will all be described.


Walk: 7km


Ascent: 100m Descent: 100m


Overnight: La Bastide Bleue, Séguret


This hotel and restaurant is beautifully located at the foot of the village. It offers a very warm welcome as well as free access to WiFi and a lovely outdoor swimming pool.


DAY 4: Walk Sèguret to Vacqueyras, via Gigondas

Séguret is acclaimed as one of the most beautiful villages in France. Wander cobbled streets and wonder at the houses that seem to cling to the rock face. A picturesque route through Haut Vaucluse takes you beneath cragged peaks and above the Rhône Valley, on paths and farm tracks through vineyards and olive orchards. At Gigondas, you’ll discover a village that seems to rise straight out of the vineyards. The 11th century church here is worth visiting. Walking towards Vacqueyras, you reach the foothills of the jagged mountain chain of Dentelles de Montmirail.


Walk: 17km


Ascent: 350m Descent: 450m


Overnight: Le Pradet, Vacqueyras


A comfortable hotel with lovely rooms, as well as use of a swimming pool, games room and sports hall (if you still have any energy after your walk!)


DAY 5: Walk Vacqueyras to Le Barroux

The walk today offers an up-close exploration of the Dentelles de Montmirail foothills. The mountain range name means “lace”, probably because the magnificent and intricate limestone peaks look similar to lace work. The route takes you to the hilltop village of Le Barroux, which is home to an impressive 12th century castle. Wander a maze of quiet streets and take in such highlights as the church of Saint-Jean Baptiste.


Walk: 15km


Ascent: 420m Descent: 250m


Overnight: Les Géraniums, Le Barroux


Cosy and charming, the Geraniums offers a very warm welcome to walkers.


DAY 6: Walk Le Barroux to Malaucène

Staying in the scenic Dentelles foothills, the walk takes you closer to the mighty Mont Ventoux. Its peak of 1,912m puts it head and shoulders above others in the Luberon mountain range. Walking the lower slopes, through pine and cedar forests, offers an impressive contrast with the "géant de Provence” and its bare limestone peak. The fortified village of Malaucene takes shape around an ancient hilltop fort. The old town reveals an amazing tree-lined avenue.


Walk: 13km


Ascent: 500m Descent: 500m


Overnight: Domaine des Tilleuls, Malaucene


This charming hotel is located at the foot of Mont Ventoux. Relax by the pool which is surrounded by a large garden or in your spacious room which is tastefully decorated.


DAY 7: Walk Malaucène towards Vaison la Romaine

Another day of walking and discovering takes you from Malaucène towards Vaison la Romaine. You’ll visit tucked away villages that are many miles from the usual tourist trail. At Le Crestet, you’ll find a wonder world of ancient alleys, arches and cul-de-sacs to explore, revealing beautiful historic buildings and fountains. Reaching Vaison-la-Romaine, you can enjoy your final afternoon strolling through an  extraordinary place, Vaison’s Gallo Roman remains which combine as the largest archaeological site in France.  


Walk: 18km


Ascent: 400m Descent: 280m


Overnight: Les Tilleuls d’Elisée, Vaison-la-Romaine


The delightfully restored guesthouse has been in the owner’s family for generations. You’ll enjoy comfortable rooms, a terrace shaded by lime trees and a hearty breakfast.


DAY 8: Onward Travel

All great tours must come to an end, and as you are transferred by taxi (50 mins) to Avignon you can reflect on the fabulous walking you’ve enjoyed. Arrival in Avignon is around 4pm for your connecting travel.


Accommodation

We specifically select your accommodation in comfortable guesthouses and small hotels to ensure that you enjoy every minute of your stay in France. They all offer a warm welcome to walkers, traditional hospitality and delicious local food.


Meals

There will be a 7 delicious continental breakfasts included. You can eat dinners either at your accommodations or in local restaurants. For lunches please arrange a picnic lunch with your accommodation the night before (not included in the cost) or you can buy breads, cheeses and meats, etc at local markets (see the list below) and shops.


Local Markets:


Chateauneuf du Pape: Friday mornings


Vacqueyras: Thursday mornings


Malaucene: Wednesday mornings


Vaison-la-Romaine: Tuesday (the big one), Thursday and Saturday mornings


Single Rooms

If you require single rooms within your party we would be happy to accommodate you although there is a single room supplement payable.


Solo Walkers

This trip is available to solo walkers, a supplement may be payable to cover the extra costs that are not shared.



 

 

 




Wine B&B - Chateauneuf du Pape

Located in the famous vineyard of Chateauneuf-du-Pape, right in the heart of the village, this quiet vine grower’s house is a real find. The owner, Danièle, is a professional sommelier and wine lecturer and will share her secrets of French cuisine and wines.


 

 

 


 

 

 




Domaine de Cabasse - Seguret

This delightful hotel-restaurant is surrounded by its own vineyard and offers 23 rooms with king-sized beds, a beautiful terrace and a swimming pool.


 

 

 


 

 

 




Hotel Le Pradet - Vacqeyras

This hotel and restaurant is beautifully located at the foot of the village. It offers a very warm welcome as well as free access to WiFi and a lovely outdoor swimming pool.


 

 

 


 

 

 




Les Geraniums - La Barroux

Cosy and charming, the Geraniums offers a very warm welcome to walkers.


 

 

 


 

 

 




Domaine des Tilleuls - Malaucene

This charming hotel is located at the foot of Mont Ventoux. Relax by the pool which is surrounded by a large garden or in your spacious room which is tastefully decorated.


 

 

 


 

 

 



Les Tilleuls d'Elisee - Vaison La Romaine



Les Tilleuls d'Elisee - Vaison La Romaine

The delightfully restored hotel has been in the owner’s family for generations. You’ll enjoy comfortable rooms, a terrace shaded by lime trees and a hearty breakfast.


 

 

 

Time of Year

Although the Provence tours are available in July and August, it really is too hot and we would encourage you to travel within March to June and September to October.


Single Rooms & Solo Walkers

If you require single rooms within your party we would be happy to accommodate you although there is a single room supplement payable.This trip is not available to solo walkers, as it is cost prohibitive.


Grade & Terrain

This walking tour is graded moderate. More challenging with some long walking days and often a longer trip duration. Tough underfoot in places with changing terrain, some prolonged climbs and steep hills. Provence generally tends to be quite rocky, so you will have to be pretty sure-footed in order to negotiate the terrain.


Navigation, Route Notes & Maps

Upon arrival at the first accommodation you will be provided with route notes and maps to help you find your way. As the trails are off the beaten track they will not be way marked, but the detailed route notes and the itinerary traced out on maps will be more than sufficient to help you find your way.


Baggage Transfers

All your belongings will be transferred between accommodations. We do ask you keep your baggage to one bag per person (maximum weight 20kg).


Accommodation Location

During the high season you might be booked into alternative accommodations which are not listed in the main daily description. If those listed here are unavailable the alternative accommodation will be of the same or better standard than those described


Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care.


General Information

The distances and ascents/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example. proper rain gear, sun hat, sunscreen. Your information pack has detailed advice and a kit list on what to take. This includes good waterproof gear, walking shoes/boots, and lots of other useful bits and bobs.


 

Getting to and from Avignon

Air - You can fly into either Paris Charles De Gaulle or Marseille Provence Airport. Both are serviced by BA and easyJet from UK airports. Alternative airports are Lyon Airport (serviced by easyJet) or the local Avignon Airport, which is served by Flybe.  



Rail - Eurostar from London St Pancras to Gare du Nord - Paris, then take the TVG train to Avignon (approx 7 hrs). There is also a direct train from Marseille Vitrolles Train Station to Avignon. Find more information on the SNCF website.



Car - Eurotunnel from Folkstone to Calais (approx 35 mins). Drive from Calais to Avignon (approx 10hrs).



Ferry - Dover to Calais by ferry is a 90 minute journey. Drive from Calais to Avignon (approx 10hrs). Alternatively Portsmouth to St Malo by ferry is a 9 hour journey. Drive St Malo to Avignon (approx. 10hrs). 


Included

  • 7 Nights accommodation in very comfortable hotels
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • Luggage transfers
  • Transfers on Days 1,3 & 8
  • Detailed route book, maps and pre-departure information pack
  • 24 hour assistance by phone

Excluded

  • Lunches and dinners
  • Snacks and drinks
  • Optional Wine Tour
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Personal expenses such as drinks, phone calls, extra transfers, tips, etc.
  • Any items not specifically mentioned in the programme

Extras

  • Single room supplement(s) if applicable
  • Optional Wine Tour
  • Additional nights

We are often asked the following questions and I hope that you will find the answers useful. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any other questions or for more advice from our team.

How far in advance do I need to book?

We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as Provence is extremely popular during May/June and September. 

How fit do I need to be?

This walking tour is graded moderate. More challenging with some long walking days and often a longer trip duration. Tough underfoot in places with changing terrain, some prolonged climbs and steep hills. Provence generally tends to be quite rocky, so you will have to be pretty sure-footed in order to negotiate the terrain.

How do the baggage transfers work?

All your belongings will be transferred between accommodations. We do ask you keep your baggage to one bag per person (maximum weight 20kg).

What equipment do I need?

Our pre-departure information pack has detailed advice and a kit list on what to take. This includes good waterproof gear, walking shoes/boots, and lots of other useful bits and bobs.

When is the best time of year?

Spring and autumn are generally best as Provence is both busy and hot in mid summer. we will always try and accommodate your plans so just ask.

Which is the best airport?

The closest airport to both the beginning and end points is Marseille Provence Airport and it is serviced by BA, easyJet and Ryanair. You can also fly into Paris Charles De Gaulle International Airport which is serviced by BA and easyJet from UK airports. From Marseille Provence Airport you can take a train into Avignon (1 hour)For train information please visit the SNCF website. From Paris Charles de Gaulle you can take a train to Avignon. The train from Paris to Avignon takes just over 3 hours.

What about the navigation?

Upon arrival at the first accommodation you will be provided with route notes and maps to help you find your way. As the trails are off the beaten track they will not be way marked, but the detailed route notes and the itinerary traced out on maps will be more than sufficient to help you find your way.   

What happens if I can't walk a stage?

You can use public transport or local taxis to continue to your next overnight stop.


I have already recommended this to my brother!

5

A great holiday all round! Just a pity I had caught I bug before I started, so the first few days got off to a shaky start!

Elaine

Townsville, Nth Qld

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10++++/10 experience

5

Overall, the experience was fabulous with just the right pace and distance for walking. Trip notes were a gem, with just enough detail and general info to keep it interesting. Accommodations were very nice en route. I would highly recommend the experience to anyone, and am considering another trip in the future. I would comment that the overnight options in Avignon offered by the company were not inspiring so we just booked our own. Also, Macs Adventures staff were not accommodating with a booking date error and insisted on a booking change fee even though the date error was over 18 months away. I was not impressed since there was only a day or two between the booking made and when the error was noticed, and it was unlikely that any labour had gone into making the accommodation reservations. Other than that, great trip, location, and organization.

Marci

Vancouver, BC Canada

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Beautiful...and hot!

4

This was a beautiful walking holiday in a lesser known area of Provence. We walked through beautiful vineyards, passed lovely chateaux as well as rugged hill country. The local operator, WalkInn, was just a phone call away and spoke great English, which was helpful in arranging transfers and dealing with other issues. Now some negatives: the route notes were too closely guarded and not made available until our arrival. This prevented the ability to study them in advance and make a copy for an emergency. Then on arrival, we were only given one, despite the fact that we were two paying customers. Upon my complaint, we were given another copy and a bottle of wine to make us happy. Complaint #2, many of the hotels lacked air conditioning and this was mid- to late-June with temperatures reaching 35 degrees Celsius. I'm a veteran traveler in France and this lack is not necessary. Anyway, in sum, do it! Beautiful country, great wine and a very responsive local contractor on the ground.

Richard Schwartz

NYC

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Great Experience!

5

All the arrangements were made simply and efficiently, to prepare us for this walk. Walks themselves were pretty well signposted and made for a really enjoyable trip. Countryside and little villages were gorgeous, and the serenity of just walking on our own was just priceless

J&J

Sydney

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Wine tasting and walks !!

5

A great walking holiday thro' the many vineyards and many tastings. Our group are very experienced walkers, but found the many steep routes and trails very uncomfortable underfoot,with large broken rocks. Two of the descents particularly difficult. The walk is described as moderate, we would rate it as 3/4 or mod/hard. Overall a great walking holiday,

K K

London

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A wonderful holiday!

4

Macs were efficient and helpful when booking the trip. The walk was graded 2 but we thought it was more challenging than expected on all but 2 days. The company did everything they said they would, on schedule in France. Some of the accommodation was disappointing (lacking charm and fairly basic). Some of the walking notes were incomplete/ambiguous or inaccurate which caused us to get badly lost on one occasion and slightly lost on another.

Hungry for hiking

Australia

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Wonderful Week Away

5

We very much enjoyed the trip. We were pleasantly surprised by the extent of the walking--hiking really--through the foothills surrounding the Dentelles and the western side of Mt. Ventoux. This gave us many exquisite vistas of rugged mountains and medieval towns beneath them; it also meant that if we had been hiking in the heat of mid-summer, much of the trip would have been in the cooling shade of woods. Late October (our trip ended on Halloween) may be an iffy time weatherwise, but we were lucky: all our days were sunny and in the high teens (centigrade), but the area had been hit by an unseasonably strong mistral for the three days just prior to our arrival. Tree damage from these winds was evident, suggesting that had we been walking amidst them, the experience would have been less pleasant. Our favorite aspect of this trip was being able to end each day in a welcomoing inn with a warm shower and a bottle of wine in small medieval towns that welcomed exploration the next morning.

Corey

Washington DC and New Haven, CT

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A vintage walk!

5

Macs provides us with the oppertunity to choose and enjoy a destination without having to slave away at researching and booking. They do, we enjoy. The best parts were the confidence knowing that all the arrangements were taken care of, even some meals pre-arranged and pre-paid. The walking was superb - well chosen, scenic routes and managable climbs! Forget about the French not being "too partial" to the English. We had no problems - maybe because we speak English with a South African accent.

Peter

MEadowsweet Farm, South Africa

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