Gourmet wine trails of Provence

Gourmet wine trails of Provence

On our Gourmet wine trails of Provence walking holiday 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. To complete your tour head into the foothills of the scenic Dentelles de Montmirail with perfect views of Mont Ventoux as you walk.

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 1900m 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 tradi- tional France.

Highlights on the Gourmet wine trails of Provence tour include Séguret, which is acclaimed as one of the Most Beautiful Villages in France; Gigondas, with its fantastic high-rise views across miles of vineyards; and another hilltop village, Le Barroux, with its impressive 12th century castle. The fortified village of Malaucene, the wonder-world of ancient alleys, arches and cul-de-sacs is also en route, as is the secret gem village of Le Crestet and Vaison la Ro- maine’s stunning archaeological site. All of these places give walkers a further treasure trove of intriguing attractions and lovely stop-over locations.

Highlights

>Strolling through the famed vineyards of Chateauneuf du Pape
>Revelling in views of the 1900m Mont Ventoux, of Tour de France fame
>Spectacular scenery in the foothills of the Dentelles de Montmirail
>Staying in beautiful villages of the region, Séguret, Le Barroux and Vaison la Romaine >Picnic lunches amidst stunning vineyards feasting on fresh baguettes and local cheese >Sharing a bottle of enticing rich and fruity Grenache in a hill-top village restaurant >Taking a tour where a wine expert unveils the secrets of Côtes du Rhône wines

Markets

>Chateauneuf du Pape: market on Friday morning
> Vacqueyras: market on Thursday morning
> Malaucene: market on Wednesday morning
> Vaison la romaine: market on Tuesday (the big one), Thursday and Saturday

Detail Description
Destination Provence France
Holiday Type Self guided walking
Start/Finish  In Avignon on day 1: transfer to Chateauneuf du Pape END OF TRIP In Avignon on day 8 after the last transfer.
Duration 8 days / 7 nights
Grade Easy to moderate level of walking (from 2h30 to 6 hours).
Distance Average 13km per day.
Season March – June / September – November

DEPARTURES

A trip starts any day of the week from March 1st to Nov 15th .

Available in July & August, with the possibility of path restrictions ( fire risk)

Possible local authorities restriction from Late June to September 15th

Walks may vary due to weather conditions and dry season (lack of rain = forest fires). If a walk is not possible due to those reasons or any personal reason, any extra charge due to modifications on spot will be at the clients’ charge.

WARNING – Path restrictions

 DENTELLES + VENTOUX REGION

Path Restrictions: from the 1st of July until the 15th of September access to forest paths may be forbidden or partially restricted (access until 11:00am) if the risk of forest fire is high.

Walks may vary due to weather conditions and dry season (lack of rain = forest fires).

If a walk is not possible due to those reasons or any personal reason.

Day 1 – Avignon > Chateauneuf du Pape
Trip starts in Avignon. Discover the beauty of one of Provence’s great cities before a short transfer o Chateauneuf du Pape. Dinner in town. Guesthouse Chateauneuf du Pape.
Dinner on your own and night in Chateauneuf du Pape

Day 2 – Chateauneuf du Pape
Loop walk from Chateauneuf du Pape
-Walking time about : Full loop 4h15 mins. 14km +150m / -150m / With shortcut: 3h15 mins. +100m/- 100m
>Chateauneuf du Pape: market on Friday morning

Today’s walk takes you through the heart of the Chateauneuf-du-Pape appellation: a never-ending sea of vineyards on rolling hills. We recommend the full loop, as the section from  to  is along a ridge with breathtaking views of the appellation, and far-reaching panoramas. The full loop also passes by Château Mont Redon, where you can do some wine-tasting at the famous estate and pick up a bottle for your picnic…
Dinner on your own and night in Chateauneuf du Pape

Day 3 – Chateauneuf du Pape > Optionnel Wine tour > Séguret
-Walking time about 2h45 mins – 7km – +100m/-100m
This morning’s walk is a circular route through the fabulous local vineyards, alongside tracks packed with the red rocks that were deposited here 15,000 years ago, at the end of the last Ice Age.
After this short walk you will have the option (not included) to participate in a half day wine tour of the Southern Rhônes premium wine villages. A local wine expert will reveal a wealth of secrets about the vines and explain the key elements of the wine-making process as you visit the cellars and taste four to five wines per estate. The tasting characteristics, ageing potential and varying influences of the terroir and cellar methods will all be described.
Dinner on your own and night in Séguret. Swimming pool

Day 4 – Séguret > Vacqueyras
Walking time about 7.5 miles/11 km – Ascent: 500m – Descent: 500m
Séguret is acclaimed as one of the most beautiful villages in France. Wander cobbled streets and wonder at the houses that seem to cling to the rock face. A picturesque route through Haut Vaucluse takes you beneath cragged peaks and above the Rhône Valley, on paths and farm tracks through vineyards and olive orchards. At Gigondas, you’ll discover a village that seems to rise straight out of the vineyards. The 11th century church here is worth visiting. Walking towards Vacqueyras, you reach the foothills of the jagged mountain chain of Dentelles de Montmirail.
Dinner on your own and night in Vacqueyras Swimming pool

Day 5 – Vacqueyras > Le Barroux
Walking time about 5 1⁄2 hours, 15 km, +420m / -250m
> Vacqueyras: market on Thursday morning
The walk today offers an up-close exploration of the Dentelles de Montmirail foothills. The mountain range name means “lace”, probably because the magnificent and intricate limestone peaks look similar to lace work. The route takes you to the hilltop village of Le Barroux, which is home to an impressive 12th century castle. Wander a maze of quiet streets and take in such highlights as the church of Saint- Jean Baptiste.
Dinner on your own and night in Le Barroux

Day 6 – Le Barroux > Malaucene
Walking time about 4 1⁄2 hours, 13 km + 500m / -500m
Staying in the scenic Dentelles foothills, the walk takes you closer to the mighty Mont Ventoux. Its peak of 1,912m puts it head and shoulders above others in the Luberon mountain range. Walking the lower slopes, through pine and cedar forests, offers an impressive contrast with the “géant de Provence” and its bare limestone peak. The fortified village of Malaucene takes shape around an ancient hilltop fort. The old town reveals an amazing tree-lined avenue.
Dinner on your own and night in Malaucene

Day 7 – Malaucene > Vaison la romaine
Walking time about 6 hours, 18 km +400m / -280m
> Malaucene: market on Wednesday morning
Another day of walking and discovering takes you from Malaucène towards Vaison la Romaine. You’ll visit tucked away villages that are many miles from the usual tourist trail. At Le Crestet, you’ll find a wonder world of ancient alleys, arches and cul-de-sacs to explore, revealing beautiful historic buildings and fountains. Reaching Vaison-la-Romaine, you can enjoy your final afternoon strolling through an extraordinary place, Vaison’s Gallo Roman remains which combine as the largest archaeological site in France.
Dinner on your own and night in Vaison la Romaine

Day 8 –Vaison la romaine > Avignon
> Vaison la romaine: market on Tuesday (the big one), Thursday and Saturday Transfer to Avignon. End of the trip

Low season March 1st – 13th + Oct to Nov 15th
4-6 people (price per person) €849
2-6 people (price per person) €880
1 person travelling alone €1575
Single Supplement €295

Middle season March 14th to May 31st
4-6 people (price per person) €895
2-6 people (price per person) €919
1 person travelling alone €1670
Single Supplement €305

High season June 1st to Sept 30th
4-6 people (price per person) €929
2-6 people (price per person) €950
1 person travelling alone €1670
Single Supplement €330

Wine tour option – sup / per person per trip 
1 person €180
2 persons € 95
3 to 6 persons €70
Extra transfers – Estimated rate > upon request 
Départure Arrival Week days

4pax

Sunday, Bank hol.

4pax

Marseille Aéroport Avignon 195 € 199 €

Included

7 nights double occupancy with private facilities, in **/*** hotels or guesthouses 7 breakfasts
Luggage transfers days 1 to 8
Day 1: Taxi transfer from Avignon to Chateauneuf du Pap
Day 3: Transfer from Chateauneuf du Pape to Séguret
Day 8: Taxi transfer from Vaison to Avignon st Our Road Book with detailed walking itineraries, and integrated mapsavailable at the 1 Urgency telephone for clients 7/7

Not Included
Transportation to / from Avignon  easy access by train from Paris or Marseille airport All lunches & dinners
Drinks
Entrance fees into museums
Insurance
Items of personal nature.

DAY Town Accommodation Details
1 & 2 Chateauneuf du Pape Guest house Wine BB Standard room Located in the famous vineyard of Chateauneuf-du-Pape right in the heart of the village. this quiet vine grower’s house is a real find. The owner Danièle is a professional
sommelier and wine lecturer and will share her secrets of French cuisine and wines. Check In from 5pm – Closed before 5 PM!
3 Seguret La bastide Bleue Standard room.The hotel is a former postmaster’s office where you’ll savour refined regional dishes in a quiet and relaxing setting. In the summer months the tables are set on the shaded courtyard terrace. Swimming pool Check in from 2pm
4 Vacqueyras Hotel Le Pradet *** Standard room A comfortable hotel with lovely rooms as wellas use of a swimming pool games room and sports hall (if you still have any energy after your walk!). Swimming poolCheck in from 2pm
5 Le Barroux Hotel Les geraniums Standard room. Cosy and charming. the Geraniums offers a welcoming stay and dinner is included tonight in its beautiful restaurant. Walkers and are always warmly welcomed.Check in from 2pm.
6 Malaucene Domaine des Tilleuls Standard room. At the foot of Mont Ventoux right in the village center surrounded by a huge parc. Small family run hotel.Check in from 3pm
7 Vaison la Romaine Guest house Tilleuls d’Elysee Standard room. A charming B&B offers a savoury breakfast served on the peaceful terrace: home-made jams and seasonal fruit under the shade of the hundred-year-old linden

Getting there: Fly to Marseille
By TGV to Avignon city center, 2h45/3h from Paris. By local train from Marseille Airport to Avignon

From Price pp

€859

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