Overview

To truly taste the Provencal lifestyle you need to get up close to the landscapes, the food, nature, the ancient towns and villages all which can only be realised on foot. Everything you discover in Provence looks beautiful by the special light that prevails. The olive groves with their silver leaves, lavender fields, the pines, cypresses, fig trees and exotic vegetation are just the beginning of the feast that will delight all your senses. Provence is often called “the land of light”, having inspired and delighted many painters over the centuries including Monet and Vincent van Gogh.

The walk starts in Avignon the former papal seat up to the 14th century, before the Vatican, staying in handpicked guesthouses, enjoying Provencal cuisine along with jaw dropping views over the Southern French landscape. The path traverses open ridges and along the 2 most important mountain ranges Les Alpilles & Le Luberon. We walk to 1000-year-old perched villages rising spectacularly from the valleys below, many of which are considered the most beautiful in France. Open fields laden with poppies and wildflowers; centuries’ old stone huts that offer the most intimate of picnic spots and beautiful trails far from the beaten track.

The path from St Remy de Provence takes you through famed villages such as Gordes, Bonnieux, Saignon, the spectacular Aiguebrun valley and the well-hidden Auberge des Seguins finishing in the Colorado Provencal and the most beautiful walking paths in Provence to link it all together.

Highlights

  • The diverse landscapes of the Alpilles & Luberon, retracing the life and brush strokes of Van Gogh
  • The mysterious spring of the Sorgue river: Fontaine de Vaucluse
  • 300 year-old Mur de la Peste and the 12th century Romanesque architecture Sénanque abbey
  • Saint Paul de Mausole monastery where Van Gogh spent over a year creating 150 paintings
  • Old stone farmhouses and Bories, walls, and huts along centuries-old paths
  • The ochre quarries of Rustrel & it’s 17th century chateau
  • The hilltop villages of the Luberon, including Gordes, Bonnieux, Lacoste, Saignon, Les Baux de Provence
  • A stay at the otherworldly 11th century converted goats farm converted into the Auberge des Seguins guest-house in Buoux
  • Awe-inspiring vistas atop the Alpilles mountains, the vineyards and olive groves blanketing the plains
  • If you start on a Monday you can stroll on the famous Wednesday morning market in St Remy (just like locals do) and grab your picnic fare
  • Follow our insider tips in the our notes (where to get the freshest baguette for your picnic, where to taste olive oil or wine)
Group Gided Walks

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Days

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per person twin/double share

Single Supplement

$825

per person

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Moderate

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