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Provence: Walking and Wine

8 Days & 7 Nights
  • Walks through the world-famous vineyards of Chateauneuf du Pape
  • Unforgettable and classic views of Mont Ventoux
  • Spectacular scenery in the foothills of the Dentelles de Montmirail
  • Picnic lunches amidst stunning vineyards feasting on fresh baguettes and local cheese
  • Sharing a bottle of enticing rich and fruity Côtes du Rhône in a hill-top village restaurant
  • Taking a tour where a wine expert unveils the secrets of Côtes du Rhône wines
Walk through Provence's famous wine-growing region, starting in Avignon, a World UNESCO Heritage Site and ending in the medieval town of Vaison La Romaine. Chateauneuf du Pape is one of France’s most prestigious wine villages and grapes have been grown here for 850 years, brought to this region by the Popes in the 14th century, when they resided in Avignon. Discover the vineyards on foot, where the secrets of these vines will be unveiled. Head into the foothills of the Dentelles de Montmirail in the Vaucluse, enjoying views of Mont Ventoux as you walk and passing through Seguret and Gigondas, spendid medieval hill top villages. End your days with a leisurely french meal; ratatouille, soupe au pistou and tapenade are all regional specialties, and must of course be washed down with a glass of local fine wine!

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.

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

Ideal if you have an interest in:

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As a guide, we would suggest that the minimum age of traveler this tour would be suitable for is: 17 Years

Activity Level & Terrain

This walking tour is graded moderate. On the first few days of the tour there is very little elevation gain and loss as you will be walking through vineyards. After this the walking does get more challenging, but you will have time to get used to the walking and the terrain. As is the norm in Provence the walks can be tough underfoot in places with rocks and routes to negotiate. You will need to be sure-footed. There are also some prolonged climbs and steep hills.

Navigation

You will be provided with route notes and maps to help you find your way.  You will also have access to the Macs Adventure Smartphone App enabling you to follow the route using your phone's GPS so you will have no problems finding the way. You can simply download the GPX tracks to your phone for offline use and off you go! As the trails are off the beaten track they will not be way marked, but the detailed route notes and GPS Tracks will be more than sufficient to help you find your way.

Accommodations

We specifically select your accommodation in comfortable guesthouses, B&B's 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

Single Room and 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. We are also happy to provide this trip as a solo experience. Again, a supplement is payable.

Meals

There will be a 7 delicious continental breakfasts included. There will also be 1 dinner included in Le Barrroux. On the other evenings you can either eat dinner 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 it is highly recommended if you are in the right place at the right time to purchase breads, cheeses and meats, wine, etc at local markets. Here is a list of the towns and when they hold their markets.

Local Markets:

Chateauneuf du Pape: Friday morning

Vacqueyras: Thursday morning

Malaucene: Wednesday morning

Vaison-la-Romaine: Tuesday (the largest one), Thursday and Friday

Included
  • 7 Nights accommodation in very comfortable hotels
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • 1 Dinner on Day 5
  • Luggage transfers
  • Transfers on Days 2 & 3
  • Detailed route book, maps and pre-departure information pack
  • 24 hour assistance by phone
Excluded
  • Lunches and dinners (except one dinner on Day 5)
  • 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
  • Optional Wine Tour
  • Additional nights

When To Go

This tour is available between the months of March and November. The climate in Provence is genreally mild all year round. April, May, Spetember and October would be our first choices. Although this tour is available through July and August we recommend avoiding these months as it can get very hot. If you cannot avoid travelling during these months then it is advised that you start the walks early in the morning so to avoid the midday heat.Between July 1st and 1th September access to forest paths maybe forbidden or partially restricted if the risk of forest fire is ingh in the Ventoux and Dentelles area. You can check any such restrictions before embarking on youir walk. Information on this can be found in your trip information document.

If you want to visit the excellent local markets you can look at the Meals information or your trip document to see when they are open and book your start date accordingly. Also finishing your tour on a Tuesday is recommended as this is when the great market in Vaison La Romaine is open.

Getting to the Start

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

If you want to drive you can drive through the Eurotunnel from Folkstone to Calais (approx 0H35 mins). Then drive from Calais to Avignon (approx 10H).

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

 

Getting from the End

From Vaison La Romiane you can take a bus to Avignon via Orange and the journey takes approximately 2H. You can also take a bus to Orange and then a train to Avignon and if you do this then the journey will be slighlty shorter around 1H15. For information on the bus schedules please check here.

The closest airport is Marseilles, which you can access by bus to Orange and then by train. The journey here takes approximately 2H30. Please check any train schedules here.

We can also offer a transfer to Avignon or Orange. Please contact your Destination & Adventure Specialist for details.

Luggage Transfer

Your luggage will be transferred between accommodations. We ask that you keep your baggage to one bag per person (maximum weight 20kg).

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.

Equipment

Our pre-departure information pack has detailed advice and a kit list on what to take with you to Northern Ireland. This includes warm and cold weather gear, hiking boots, and lots of other useful bits and bobs.

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 Avignon and overnight Day 2 Circular vineyard walk from Chateauneuf-du-Pape 4 miles / 7 km Day 3 Through the Papal Vineyards. Optional Wine Tour 7 miles / 11 km Day 4 Walk Sèguret to Vacqueyras, via Gigondas 11 miles / 17 km Day 5 Walk Vacqueyras to Le Barroux 9 miles / 15 km Day 6 Walk Le Barroux to Malaucène 8 miles / 13 km Day 7 Walk Malaucène to Vaison la Romaine 11 miles / 18 km Day 8 Onward Travel

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