France
Provence Provence Walking

A Change of Pace

The relaxed pace of Provence does not befit the harried or hasty; its narrow vineyard paths, secluded olive groves and limestone ridges are proof of that. The wines are not to be rushed, either; once you’ve sampled a Côtes du Rhône or Côtes du Lubéron in its natural habitat, you’ll understand why. A skilled chef will assist, preparing meals as you learn how to play Pétanque with a local character—such a fun atmosphere! If patience is indeed a virtue, this is the Holy Land.

Provence Walking is a signature B&R Walking trip—expertly guided, small groups, premium hotels.

Trip Details

Moderate
Avignon to Avignon
6 Days / 5 Nights


Price per person from: $5,295
Single supplement: $1,400
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Day by Day

Walk to the heart of the Lubéron and the village of Gordes, and make your way through vineyards to the tiny village of St- Pantaléon. Later, long time B&R friend and local character Bernard will teach how to play Pétanque (boules).

Set off through vineyards and forest groves to the hilltop villages of Bonnieux and Lacoste, once home of the Marquis de Sade. Experience a wine tasting led by Arnaud Bressy, an estate wine maker who will share his secrets about the wines of Provence.

Visit the amazing “Jardins de l’Alchimiste” and walk through the village of Eygalières before a small climb up in the Alpilles for a tasting in a surprising wine cellar. Later, wander through some sleepy hamlets before hitting St-Rémy de Provence.

Take a guided walk in van Gogh’s footsteps, visiting the historic asylum where he spent his last days. Climb a cliff inspiring Dante’s Inferno, drive through Camargue’s wetlands and explore Domaine de Malaga, famed for its breeding of taureaux (bulls).

Walk to the south part of the Alpilles via the Vallon de Courtézon, towards the village of Maussane and its endless choice of local bistros. Take in some amazing vistas and delve farther into the foothills of the Alpilles on an extraordinary hike.

After a final breakfast together, we drive to the Avignon train station in time for TGV trains to Paris. Bon voyage!

Hotels

La Bastide de Marie, Menerbes

This beautifully restored, centuries-old “farmhouse” is set among 37 acres of the inn’s own vineyards in the heart of the Lubéron Valley. With two pools and terraces that run the length of the house, you will be hard pressed to get up from your lounge chair. Fortunately, the chef, Laurent Houdart , is on hand to lure you to dinner with his acclaimed Provençal cooking. View hotel website »

Hotel de l’Image, St Remy de Provence

One of Provence’s most innovative properties, and recently placed on Condé Nast Traveler’s exclusive hot list, this hotel was created around a photography theme and boasts its own projection hall and gallery. Sit by the pool or stroll the labyrinthine gardens and contemplate the refreshing contrast of the hotel’s hip urban décor with its tranquil countryside surroundings. View hotel website »

La Cabro d’Or, les Baux de Provence

Set in a magnificent five acre garden at the foot of the sculptured cliffs of Les Baux de Provence, the 4-star La Cabro d’Or was created by Geneviève and Jean-André Charial to be a haven of harmony, happiness and well-being. Relax and savour the gastronomy and informal luxury of this Provençal country house, which is perfectly placed between Arles, Avignon and St-Rémy de Provence in the heart of Les Alpilles in the land of cicadas, grapevines and olive trees. View hotel website »

Activity Level

Moderate

This trip is rated Moderate. For the most part, we walk on gently rolling terrain, although we tackle the occasional steep climb or descent. As the terrain is often rocky, footwear with good ankle support is essential. On average, we walk 12-18 km (7-11 mi.) each day. Van support is available on all days.

Gear

Walking Sticks &
Hip Holsters

Included with all walking trips are Leki telescoping walking sticks and custom-made padded hip holsters, which comfortably carry one full half-litre water bottle. And while the walking sticks get “recycled” for use by another B&R traveller, the holsters are yours to keep at trip’s end.

What's Included

  • All hotel accommodation
  • All breakfasts, three lunches, four dinners, including wine
  • Services of B&R guide(s) and support van
  • Use of two lightweight, telescoping walking sticks
  • Detailed maps and route suggestions
  • Waist pack with water bottle and holder
  • All special events and private tours
  • All baggage transportation
  • All transportation from rendezvous to drop-off
  • All gratuities for baggage, porters and hotel service

At Your Service

We take pride in choosing guides who are not only exceptional travelling companions, but who’ll go far beyond the call of duty to ensure an unforgettable experience.

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Accolades

“This was our first B&R trip and there will definitely be others. Great travelling companions, great food, great wine, great Provencal experience.”

— Robert & Maggie Munce,
Provence Walking 2011

Provence Walking

Notes from the Road

  • Rave Reviews: ProvenceWhether you’ve been working at something for five minutes or five decades, it’s always nice to hear an encouraging word (or two). And thanks to our amazing travellers, we frequently find ourselves feeling very encouraged indeed. Check out what some o …
  • Provence: A Light That Inspires“(Provence) has a certain elegance in the presentation of itself,” says B&R guide and Provence specialist Thilo Erhardt. “You can finish early enough in the afternoon to enjoy a glass of pastis and look at how the last sun beams repaint the landscape …
  • Provence Olive OilThe Greeks believed that the cultivation of the olive tree was the hallmark of a civilized society, and they may have been on to something. Twenty-five centuries after they brought olive trees to Provence, to call the region “civilized” barely scratc …

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