Provence Walking Tours
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.
We use premium hotels that are unique expressions of the region. Often they’ve had a previous life as a monastery or a castle, but in every case they offer an exceptionally comfortable stay.
These are stylish 4-star properties that offer a casual and comfortable stay. Often without a 24-hour concierge or room service, they tend to be smaller family-run hotels that are perfect for the region.
“I can’t say I really ‘work out,’ but I’m in good shape and am relatively active.”
“I enjoy a good walk or ride, and feel comfortable while on the move.”
“I get moving at least once a week, and don’t mind a little sweat.”
“I get moving a few times per week and enjoy some exertion.”
“I want to feel invigorated each day and going hard how I like to do that.”
The right number of like-minded travellers to make new friends.
Your dates. Your group. Your way—always.
Combines the hallmarks of any B&R itinerary (excellent hotels and beautiful routes) with the freedom of pacing each day exactly the way you like.
Our friends on the ground are there to set you up with insider access and expert tips—then disappear when you’d prefer to be on your own.
Our B&R guides are with you throughout, anticipating needs, translating languages, providing advice and—above all—facilitating fun.
6 Days / 5 Nights
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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!
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 »
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.
Walking Sticks &
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.
- 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.
“Around every turn was another spectacular site! Our guides took all the worry away, and made the days incredibly fun. It was our first B&R experience, and we will definitely schedule another one!”
— Judy Samples,
Provence Walking 2013
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