Provence: Walking and Wine

8 Days & 7 Nights
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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What To Expect

If famous vineyards, wine-tasting, stunning mountain views and a treasure trove of fascinating off-the-beaten-trail hilltop villages appeal to you, then this tour will definitely appeal. An optional half-day guided wine tour is also available, plus plenty of amazing walks and lots to see in Chateauneuf du Pape and Haut Vaucluse region.

When To Go

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 the Start

 

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). 


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