Slow Walking In Provence
Day 1 -AVIGNON
Arrive in Avignon, explore the medieval town and its cobbled streets, famous Pope’s Palace & St Benezet Bridge.
Dinner in town included and night in Avignon.
Day 2–WINE TOUR CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE
Today you will participate in a half-day wine tour(non-private maximum 6 participants)of the Southern Rhônes premium wine villages(pick up and drop off from Avignon). A local wine expert will reveal a wealth of secrets about the vines and explain the critical elements of the wine-making process. You will visit the cellar and taste four to five wines at a local wine estate (depending on the wine expert you visit 1 or 2 wine estates). The tasting characteristics, ageing potential and varying influences of the terroir and cellar methods are described. (We can arrange full-day tours upon request with supplement).
In the afternoon a taxi will transfer you to St Remy de Provence (20mins) where you’ll spend the next two nights. Free afternoon in St Remy, with the option to follow the “Van Gogh’s” walking tour. Take the time to explore the town, taste local specialities (candied fruits, olive oil, wine) we give you lots of insider tips in our roadbook. Visit the Roman ruins and walkup the Van Gogh trail, lined with reproductions of his paintings facing the very scenes that inspired them.
Night in Saint Rémy.
Day 3–A WALK THROUGH VAN GOGH’S LANDSCAPES
Two loop walk options from Saint Rémy de Provenceo Walking time about 10 km –2h45 o + detour (18km, 6 hours, +550m / -550m)
St Remy de Provence: market on Wednesday & Saturday morning
From St. Rémy you pass St. Paul de Mausole, the former monastery where Van Gogh spent the last year of his life. From there you head up a quiet valley, following a botanical path, and to the ridge of the Alpilles mountains, and to the “Rocher des Deux trous”, from where the views are outstanding… You then have two options: either a stroll back down the mountain or a breathtaking path on a rocky crest, adding a bit of adventure and a lot of “wow” to the day’s walk (followed by the same stroll back down the mountain…). Note that the second option is a more challenging walk. In an otherwise relaxed walking holiday, and you may not feel comfortable completing it unless you have some walking experience on jagged and uneven paths
Dinner on your own and night in Saint Rémy.
Day 4–A WALK TO LES BAUX A MEDIEVAL PERCHED VILLAGE
Walk Saint Rémy to Les Baux
-Walking time about 10km –2h45
> St Remy de Provence: market on Wednesday & Saturday morning
Once more, you leave St. Rémy by foot, and up to the crest of the windswept Alpilles mountains. A rolling track atop the ridge is complete with awe-inspiring 360° views. These accompany you as the track gently undulates towards the medieval village of Les Baux de Provence, set atop its rocky perch. Classified as one of the most beautiful villages in France. Visit the town before an afternoon transfer (1 hour) to the Luberon mountains and the village of Isle Sur la Sorgue (also called the Provencal Venice with its many waterwheels & canals)for a two-night stay.
Dinner on your own and night in Isle Sur la Sorgue
Day 5–WALK FROM FONTAINE DE VAUCLUSE TO GORDES
Fontaine de Vaucluse > Gordes or with shortcut Cabrieres d’Avignon> Gordes
-Walking time about 13km 4h +450m-200m 10km –3h15
> Gordes: market small market on Tuesday morning
After breakfast, a short taxi transfer takes you to the village of Fontaine de Vaucluse, with its magical water source: a well that descends into infinity. If you would ease into your holiday and have a more leisurely walk, you can ask the taxi driver to take you to the village of Cabrières d’Avignon. We strongly recommend doing the whole walkthrough, as the first section is the most stunning, especially the views from the Mur de la Peste. Your path climbs through the pine and cedar forest on seldom-used trails, and up to a plateau from where the panorama extends to far-reaching hilltop villages. You follow the 300-year-old Mur de la Peste, constructed when the plague hit Marseille in 1720, as a means to protect the Provence of the Popes (where you now stand) from the ravaging disease. Your journey ends at the magnificent village of Gordes, perched upon its rocky crag, its majestic greystone homes rising vertiginously from the valley below. Afternoon transfer back to Isle.
Night in Isle Sur la Sorgue.
Day 6 After breakfast end of the trip to Isle Sur la Sorgue (you can catch a train from Isle to Avignon or Marseille airport) bye bye la Provence
or extend your stay and hike to Lourmarin
Bonnieux > Lourmarin 4h –12km +300m/-500m
Morning transfer from Isleto Bonnieux. You begin with a stroll, mostly level, on farming tracks behind Bonnieux. Then an easy climb towards the crest of the Luberon, where majestic views of the plains meet you. You remain atop the ridge on an undulating track before a short but rather steep climb towards a rounded summit: from here you embark on a long descent down the south face towards Lourmarin.
Dinner not included and night in Lourmarin.