Slow Walking In Provence

Slow Walking In Provence

On this Slow Walking In Provence tour we visit the stunningly beautiful region of Provence in the South of France. This region can be just as enjoyable in winter as during the busy hot summer months. Mild temperatures with blue skies reveal a different charm in the low season. Villages are less crowded and overrun than during the busy summer months.

The 6-day Slow Walking In Provence tour is a relaxing self-guided walking holiday. Explore Provence’s two most famous mountain ranges: Les Alpilles & Le Luberon. Your trip starts and finishes in medieval Avignon, accessible from Marseille airport (just under an hour by train) or Paris (3 hours train ride). A wine expert will take you on a half-day wine tour uncovering the secrets of the Cotes du Rhone wines, before transferring to the artsy town of St Remy. Here you will spend two days and walk literally through Van Gogh landscapes. The route takes you along centuries-old paths to picturesque hilltop villages Les Baux de Provence & Gordes. You will spend the last two nights in Isle Sur la Sorgue also called the Provencal Venice.

The Slow Walking In Provence walking trails gently descends through olive and almond groves. Stroll through quaint medieval villages shaded by ancient trees, where colourful markets, fountains, and narrow cobbled lanes invite exploration. Accommodations are signature Provençal hospitality and style, as well as the authentic Mediterranean flavours of fresh local cuisine and wine. For foodies, you have the option to add an extra cooking class or a truffle hunting tour.

Highlights of Slow Walking In Provence
 Avignon medieval town & the Popes Palace
 Half-day wine tour with an expert (1 or 2 wine estate visits & tastings)
 The windswept crest of the Alpilles mountains
 Walking through VAN GOGH’s landscapes
 Provencal Venice Isle Sur la Sorgue canals & waterwheels
 The thousand-year-old perched village of Les Baux de Provence
 Fontaine de Vaucluse spring of the Sorgue river
 Gordes the most famous hilltop villages of the Luberon

Markents on Slow Walking In Provence
▪ St Remy de Provence: on Wednesday & Saturday morning
Isle Sur la Sorgue: Sunday morning big market and a small one on Thursday morning
▪ Gordes: small market on Tuesday morning
▪ Avignon: Les Halles indoor covered market every morning except Monday.

EXTRA OPTION AVIGON COOKING CLASS €190 per person
(Not possible on Monday’s): 9 am to 3 pm 15h00 meet your well-known local chef and visit LES HALLES indoor Market. Discover local specialities, buy your ingredients for your cooking class. Then head back to the restaurant for a hands-on cooking class. Enjoy lunch with your chef (wine included)

EXTRA OPTION TRUFFLE TOUR €95 per person (plus transfer cost in addition from your hotel)
2 pm to 5 pm (we need to book a separate taxi to the truffle farm)
Take a tour of a Provençal truffle plantation. Learn how truffles are cultivated, truffle dogs are trained and go on a hunt for France’s elusive “black gold” with professional hunters. You’ll be regaled with stories of successes and sabotage.

Slow Walking In Provence

DetailDescription
Destination Provence France
Holiday Type Self guided walking
Start/FinishAvignon
Duration5 nights – 6 days
GradeEasy
DistanceAverage 10km per day
SeasonWinter. 28th October 2019 > 30thMarch 2020

What we do

We put together the trip for you: reserve the hotels, transfer the luggage and organise your transfers to the start of your itineraries. Each tour includes a complete Road book with detailed itineraries, information for visits along the way, a detailed map and total peace of mind with our 24-hour local support.

We work with local operators through-out each destination that are passionate about their regions.

We can tailor make this tour, if you want to add an extra rest day, spend a few days relaxing before or after the trip just let us know and we will be happy to provide a quotation.

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.

Slow Walking In Provence

Low Season 01/03 >19/04 – 16/10 >15/11/19

People Travelling Price Per PersonSingle Supplelment
2€1095€579
3-4€1069€579
5-6 €1039€579

Slow Walking In Provence

Included
Five nights double occupancy with private facilities, in hotels and guesthouses
Five breakfasts
One dinner in Avignon excluding drinks (starter, main course, dessert)
Four self-guided walks
Luggage transfers days 2 to 4
Day 2: Taxi transfer from Avignon to St Remy (
Day 4: Taxi transfer from Les Baux ( end of the walk ) to Isle
Day 5: Taxi transfer from Isle to Fontaine to the start of your walk & from the end of your walk-in
Gordes back to Isle
Travel kit with roadbook and integrated maps, vouchers for restaurants & transfers
Urgency telephone for clients 7/7

Not Included
Transportation to/ from Avignon
Meals not noted in the itinerary
Drinks
Entrance fees into museums
Insurance
Items of personal nature.

Slow Walking In Provence

Your Accommodation

Day Town Accommodation Details
1AvignonHotel Horloge 4* Charming 4* hotel a few steps from the Pope’s Palace – ideally situated to explore the town. Check-in from 3 pm
2&3 St Remy de Provence Sous Les Figuiers ***A small and charming hotel run by Armelle & Pierre in a quiet area steps from the historic centre of Saint Rémy de Provence. Entirely renovated most of the 13 rooms have a terrace leading to a lovely garden shaded by centuries-old fig trees.➔ Swimming pool. Check-in from 3 pm to 8 pm.
4&5 Isle Sur la Sorgue La Prévôté Well hidden in a quiet backyard right in the centre of Isle your deluxe guesthouse with restaurant La Prevote is the insider tip in the town with only 5 unique guestrooms you will be charmed by their comfort & decoration. Check-in from 5 pm

Where you rest your head after an active day is hugely important to us. We go to great lengths to find properties that are unique expressions of the region you are travelling through. Think of them as the charming and intimate garnish atop your trip. 

Whether nestled in the heart of a village or lost in the countryside and surrounded by nature, all accommodations are chosen using a strict criteria of comforthospitality, and authentic charm. We like to use locally run independent small hotels, guest houses and B&Bs instead of the larger “chain” hotels.  All of them are hand-picked, visited, and re-visited by our local partners. On most of our holidays you will be staying in different hotels and their  uniqueness and individual character only adds to the enjoyment of your holiday. You will also benifit with knowledge that your trip is contributing to local economies, and supporting local family run businesses.

You will be welcomed in a double or twin room (2 beds) – based on double occupancy.
All of our rooms have private bathrooms.
Individual rooms are possible upon request when you book; they are subject to availability and incur a supplemental fee.
For biking trips, all of our inns have a safe place to keep bicycles for the night

Slow Walking In Provence

Flights are not included in the price. Adventure Holidays do not book flights. We will  advise you on best times, dates and airfares to book.

By TGV to Avignon city center, 2h45/3h from Paris.

By local train from Marseille Airport

From Price pp

€1,095

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