PROVENCE

8 day escorted OR independent tour This walking tour is in the Cotes du Rhone region of Provence not far from Avignon. This level 1 tour is suitable as a first walking tour or for those who do not want too strenuous a holiday. This walk is far from the crowds, where you can discover […]

8 day escorted OR independent tour

This walking tour is in the Cotes du Rhone region of Provence not far from Avignon. This level 1 tour is suitable as a first walking tour or for those who do not want too strenuous a holiday. This walk is far from the crowds, where you can discover a region of La Provence filled with natural and man-made wonders : olives, vineyards, lavender, apricots and thousands of years of history.
In our one week trip you’ll go from the beauty and history of Avignon’s Papal fortified centre to the Roman past of Vaison-la-Romaine. Walking through the area you’ll discover the world-famous Côtes-du-Rhône wine villages of Gigondas, Vacqueyras and Beaumes-de-Venise around the Dentelles de Montmirail and also lesser known wonders, all nestled under the huge Mont Ventoux.

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Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Avignon.

Stay inside Avignon’s walled city for the first night. Discover the beauty of one of Provence’s great cities.

Day 2

Avignon to Gigondas 11.2 miles 18 km

Transfer to Séguret by local bus with your luggage. Your bags are then transferred on arrival to your hotel. From Séguret which has been voted one of France’s most beautiful villages, you walk to Gigondas, a village rising up from the vineyards with its 11th century church. Walking time 5 hours. 

Day 3

Le Barroux 9.3 miles 15 km

Today you walk from Vacqueyras to le Barroux, a hilltop village dominated by its 12th century castle and quiet streets. You ate now in the heart of the Dentelles de Montmirail (which means lace), a range of hills that forms a lace work of limestone peaks. Walking time 5 hours

Day 4

Malaucene 9 miles 14 km

Today your walk takes you from Le Barroux to Malaucène in the foothills of the Mont Ventoux, the “géant de Provence”, in pine and cedar forests contrasting with its bare peaks at 1,912 meters. Walking time 4 ½ hours

Day 5

Circular walk 13 miles 21 km

Walk the Chapel trail from Malaucène, on the North foot of the Ventoux. A series of pilgrimage sites as early as 12th century to pray for rain. Dinner on your own. Walking time 5 hours 

Day 6

Vaison la Romaine 11.2 miles 18 km

Walk from Malaucène towards Vaison, another great day of discovery as you pass through beautiful areas such as the village of Crestet. Relax and enjoy your last afternoon in Vaison with its Gallo-Roman remains, the largest archaeological site in France. Walking time 4.5 hours 

Day 7

Transfer to Avignon. 5 miles 9 km

By local bus you transfer back to Avignon. Spend the afternoon discovering the city or go on an optional walk to Villeneuve lez Avignon, 2nd home to Avignon’s Popes. Walking time 3 hours. 

Day 8

Trip ends after breakfast.

 

Tour Rating

Easy to Moderate Relaxed walking on good walking trails. Daily distances of up to 5 hours and gentle hills only. We presume that you are in good health and have enough endurance for distances of up to 15 km.

 

Schedule & Price – Independent Tour

Every day except Saturdays, from March to early June, and early-September to end-October

Price per person CAD $1295
Single Surcharge $480
Extra nights pre or post tour $120

 

This tour includes:
  • 7 overnights in small family run 3*** hotels, in double rooms with private facilities
  • 7 x breakfast and 3 x dinners
  • All daily transfers as noted in itinerary
  • Luggage transfer (except day 2 and 7)
  • Detailed route-book per room
  • 7 day emergency service line

 

Schedule and Price – Escorted Tour

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Price per person CAD $2200
Single room Surcharge $480
Extra nights pre or post tour $120

 

 

This tour includes:
  • 7 overnights in small family run 3*** hotels, in double rooms with private facilities
  • 7 breakfasts, 6 picnic lunches, and 5 dinners
  • All daily transfers as noted in itinerary
  • Luggage transfers as required
    Walking guide with you the whole tour