Best of Provence in Style

8 Days & 7 Nights 4.7 Read 3 reviews
  • Discover the highlights of Provence and immerse yourself in ‘joie de vivre
  • Walk on country paths alongside colourful lavender fields and verdant vineyards
  • Explore French wine culture with a tour of Châteauneuf-du-Pape’s vineyards
  • Follow in Van Gogh’s footsteps through charming Saint-Rémy
  • Stay in the hilltop towns of Bonnieux, Roussillon and Gordes, in stylish hotels
Enjoy quintessential Provence on this self-guided walking and discovery tour in France’s iconic sun-drenched south. Walk from hilltop village to hilltop village through scenery which inspired many of Van Gogh’s most famous paintings. Walk to the magnificent Abbaye de Sénanque, the emblem of Provence and a working monastery steeped in history. Browse the outdoor markets of the captivating hilltop towns of Bonnieux, Gordes and Roussillon, taking in the sounds, scents and hand-made products of this great French tradition. Stay in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence and visit the Abbaye that Van Gogh called home. Wander the town—another Provençal gem brimming with sunny outdoor terraces and bright flowering window boxes. Indulge in an al-fresco meal of fresh goat’s cheese salad, drizzled with honey and served with a delicious crusty baguette. Wash it down with a glass of red wine or an aniseed flavored ’pastis’, relax and watch the world go by.
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What To Expect

This ‘best of’ itinerary is perfect for those wanting to experience all Provence is famous for in one week; hilltop towns, wine, Van Gogh, sunny days and wonderful walks through beautiful countryside. We have chosen the finest walks in the area and have also hand-selected the hotels along the way, each as marvelous as the last, and all with an outdoor pool, perfect for relaxing and cooling off after a day of exploring.

Tour Style:

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

Activity:

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

Ideal if you have an interest in:

Foodie Adventures, Wine, Whiskey & More..., Elegance & Unique Stays, National Parks & Trails

Activity Level & Terrain

This tour has an easy to moderate grading. The trails are a combination of dirt or wooded trails, gravel tracks and paved country roads. This tour is suitable for walkers with good physical fitness. There are some rolling hills and while in the Petite Luberon range some fairly significant elevation gains and losses.  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.

Water refill points may not be readily available throughout the day of walking, so you should fill up at your overnight locations before setting off each day.  

Navigation

Some of the trails will be way-marked. We also provide detailed turn-by-turn directions for each walk. The easiest way to find your way is to navigate using the Macs Adventure Navigation Smartphone App. Simply download the GPX tracks for offline use and follow the route with your phone with the assurance that you will not get lost.

Accommodations

One of the highlights of this tour is the very high standard of the accommodations. We have specifically chosen the hotels to ensure that you enjoy every minute of your stay. You will be staying in carefully selected 3, 4 & 5* hotels.

Alternate Accommodation

We will always try and accommodate you at the accommodations listed. However, if those listed are unavailable, alternative accommodation of the same or better standard than those described will be provided.

Meals

Seven breakfasts are included. Breakfast tends to be an elaborate and delicious affair! A buffet selection with lots of sweet treats like pastries, homemade jams, fruit and cereals. Savory tastes are also catered for with bread, cheese, ham and eggs available. Two dinners are included on nights 3 & 5 at your hotel. On the nights dinner is not included you will be ale to try some excellent local cuisine in nearby local restaurants, or you can dine at your hotel if they have a restaurant. Gastronomy in France, and in Provence in particular, is renowned for its high quality and emphasis on local and fresh ingredients.

Single Rooms & Solo Walkers

We will be happy to accommodate your party with single rooms if requested, and a single supplement applies.

A solo walker supplement is not available as it is cost-prohibitive. Unfortunately, unless you are willing to pay substantially more to do this tour by yourself, it is not available to solo walkers.

Included
  • 7 Nights accommodation in hand-picked 3*, 4* and 5* hotels
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • 2 Dinners
  • Luggage transfers
  • Transfers from and to Avignon
  • Transfer on Day 7
  • Information Pack, GPX tracks, access to the Macs smartphone app
  • 24/7 telephone support from our UK office
Excluded
  • Travel insurance
  • Travel to and from Avignon Train Station
  • Lunches and 5 dinners
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Public transport if required
  • Personal equipment
Extras
  • Additional nights

When To Go

You can start this walking tour anytime between April and October, on any day except Tuesdays.

Time of Year

Lavender is in full bloom from approximately mid-June until it is harvested, usually end of July to mid-August. The exact dates of bloom and harvesting depends in the weather and in turn, soil conditions.We recommend avoiding July and August for Provence as it can be extremely hot and is uncomfortable for walking. If you choose to travel during this time, you should set off early each day to avoid the mid-day heat. Spring to mid/late June is ideal, as is September to October.

Getting to the Start

Most international airlines fly into Paris Charles de Gaulle. From here, take a TGV (Train à Grande Vitesse), France’s intercity high-speed railway service, to Avignon. The journey takes approx. 3.5 hours. Timetables can be found at : www.sncf.com. It is important to note that Avignon has two train stations, the TGV station on the outskirts of the town and the Central Avignon Train Station. A private transfer is included from Avignon TGV station to your first hotel, and from your last hotel back to Avignon TGV station, in the cost of your trip. If you require to be picked up at Avignon central train station instead please let us know.

We can also arrange transfers from Marseilles airport or train station should this suit your travel arrangements better, there may be a small supplement to pay in this case. For general planning information, we recommend the very helpful site: www.rome2rio.com

Luggage Transfer

Your bags will be transferred from your accommodation as per your itinerary and moved onto your next overnight accommodation. We ask you limit your luggage to one bag of up to 48 lbs per person.

General Information

Local Markets

Each town in Provence has its own dedicated market day. Markets tend to be open from the early morning and finish around lunch time (1-2pm)

Bonnieux - Friday

Goult - Thursdays

Roussillon - Thursday

Gordes - Tuesday

Saint-Rémy-de-Provence - Wednesdays

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 Avignon and Transfer to Bonnieux Day 2 Transfer to Goult and walk to Bonnieux 9 miles / 14 km Day 3 Walk to Roussillon 8.5 miles / 13.5 km Day 4 Free Day or ‘Sentier des Ocres’ walk 1 miles / 1.5 km Day 5 Walk to Gordes via Joucas 8 miles / 12.5 km Day 6 Private, guided Châteauneuf-du-Pape Wine Tour Day 7 Walk to Abbaye de Sénanque, transfer to Saint-Rémy-de-Provence 2 miles / 3 km Day 8 Onward Travel

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