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Classic Provence

8 Days & 7 Nights 4.8 Read 14 reviews
  • Relaxed walking in the heart of the Provence
  • Perched villages, vineyards, orchards and forests
  • Walk surrounded by the scents of lavender, pine trees and wild herbs
  • “Les Plus Beaux Villages de France”, Gordes and Roussillon
  • The instantly recognisable Cistercian 12th century Abbey de Sénanque
A walking trip of a lifetime in classic Provençal landscapes through the Luberon and the Vaucluse. Walk through sun-drenched vineyards, lavender fields and ancient olive groves, sample delectable dishes and local wines, discover the French ritual of a local market or daily boulangerie visits, and explore beautiful hilltop villages. Boasting over 300 days a year of sunshine, Provence is illuminated by a natural light that has inspired many artists, including Cézanne and Van Gogh. It is also certain to inspire you as you enjoy this walk from inn to inn through timeless Provence.
Classic Provence walking from village to village, exploring the picturesque Luberon. Hand-picked lodging, fine food and wine, and a carefully planned itinerary make this a wonderful choice for walking in Provence.

Tour Style:

Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent tour.

Activity:

Multi Center Walking | You will spend multiple nights in one or more of the locations on this walking tour

This trip is suitable for:

First Timers

As a guide, we would suggest that the minimum age of traveler this tour would be suitable for is: 12 Years

Activity Level & Terrain

This tour has an easy to moderate grading. The trails are a combination of dirt or wooded trails, gravel tracks and tarmac country roads. This tour is suitable for walkers with good physical fitness. There are some rolling hills and while in the Petit Luberon and the Vaucluse plateau some fairly significant elevation gains and losses on some of the walks. It is also pertinent to note that the terrain in Provence is fairly rugged and quite rocky at times, you will need to be sure-footed in order to negotiate the terrain.

Navigation

Navigation is straightforward as you can use the Macs Adventure Smartphone App which has maps, GPS tracks and daily route information. Simply download the GPS tracks for offline use and follow the route on your phone with the assurance that navigation on this tour will be made simple and you cannot get lost.

You will find more information on downloading the app in your Macs Adventure Account.

Accommodations

On this tour you will stay in hand-picked charming and characterful hotels, B&B’s and chambres d’hotes. These lodgings are truly special places and one of the highlights of this tour.

Alternate Accommodation

We will always try to book the accommodation listed. However, if any of the hotels listed are unavailable, alternative accommodation of the same or better standard than those described will be provided. 

Single Rooms & Solo Walkers

If you require single rooms we will be happy to book these for you, although there is a single room supplement payable. A solo supplement is not available as it is it cost-prohibitive. Therefore, unless you are willing to pay substantially more to do this tour by yourself, it is not available to solo walkers.

Meals

A continental or buffet breakfast is included each morning. Lunch is not included. On most days you will be walking through small villages with cafes, restaurants and a shop or two, so you will be able to buy lunch en route. However on some of the walking days it will be essential to take a packed lunch as there are no cafes or restaurants en route. Dinner is not included, but you will be able to try some excellent local cuisine in nearby local restaurants or you can dine at your accommodation if they have a restaurant.

Included
  • 7 Nights in hand-picked hotels, B&B’s and chambres d’hotes
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • Luggage transfers
  • Transfers as per your itinerary
  • Access to maps, GPX tracks and daily route information with the Macs Adventure smartphone navigation app
  • All your trip documents provided digitally through your online Macs “My Account”
  • 24/7 telephone support from our UK office
Excluded
  • Travel insurance (required)
  • Travel to Apt
  • Travel from l'Isle-sur-Sorgue
  • Lunches & Dinners
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Taxi transfers or public transport should you need to skip a stage
  • Personal equipment
Extras
  • Additional nights
  • Taxi transfer from Apt to Avignon or Aix-en-Provence

When To Go

This trip is available to start on any day of the week from the beginning of April to the end of October. The best time of year to walk in the Provence and the Luberon is the Spring and Autumn/Fall. In the spring the wild flowers will be blooming and in the Autumn/Fall it is quieter with lovely autumnal colours, whilst still being warm and sunny in the day time. Provence boasts over 300 days of sunshine per year.

The summer months of July and August are very hot. We do not advise choosing this holiday during this time unless you are accustomed to intense heat. It must be noted that if you choose to walk in July and August there may be fire restrictions set in place by local authorities, in which case you will need to find an alternate walk or not walk at all that day.

Also please note that lavender is usually in bloom from mid-June to August.

Local Markets

Apt—Saturday

Bonnieux—Friday

Lacoste—Tuesday

Goult—Thursday

Roussillon—Thursday

Isle sur Sorgue - Thursday and Sunday

These local markets are usually open in the mornings and finish around lunchtime (12-1pm)

Getting to the Start

There are a number of different options available in order to get to Apt. If you want to fly, the closest airport is Marseille-Provence Airport. From the airport, you can take a bus/train to Apt, via either Cavaillon or Aix-en-Provence. The journey takes anywhere between 2 and 3 hours, depending on your route. For more information on local bus/train timetables, please visit Lignes Express Régionale or SNCF.

Alternately you can arrive by train into Avignon. It is possible to take the Eurostar from London St Pancras to Gare du Nord - Paris, then take the TVG train to Avignon (approx. 7hrs), or fly into any of the Paris Airports and take a train south to Avignon from here (a journey of just over 3 hours). From the Avignon TGV Station, you can take a bus (takes approx. 1H15) directly to Apt. Again you can check out times and schedules on the Lignes Express Régionale website.

Macs Adventure can also arrange private transfers to and from Apt to local airports/train stations. Please contact your Destination & Adventure Specialist for details.

Getting from the End

From Roussillon a transfer to Apt is included and from here you can take a train to major gateways for your onward journeys.

Luggage Transfer

Your bags will be transferred from your accommodation as per your itinerary and moved onto your next overnight accommodation. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person.

General Information

The distances and descents / ascents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necesssary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat and sunscreen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking/ cycling gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack.

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.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Apt Day 2 Walk to Bonnieux 10 miles / 16 km Day 3 Free day or Petit Luberon “Forêt des Cèdres” loop walk 7.5 miles / 12 km Day 4 Walk to Roussillon 8 miles / 13 km Day 5 Walk to Gordes via Joucas 7.5 miles / 12 km Day 6 Free day or Gordes Loop 6 miles / 9 km Day 7 Walk to Fontaine-de-Vaucluse via the Abbey de Sénanque 10 miles / 16 km Day 8 Onward Travel

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