A walking holiday in Provence is like no other: it is, after all simply stunning and so unrelentingly French. We have designed 3 self-guided walks which honour authentic Provence with an emphasis on its one of kind scenery, exploring Provence one step at a time, staying in handpicked guesthouses & enjoying Provencal cuisine.
Stumble into towns such as Avignon, Gordes, Châteauneuf du Pape, the Popes old palace and Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, a commune on the Sorgue River and number one on the best kept secrets in France at least according to the traveller magazine. This small charming provincial town is often referred to as the ‘Venice of France’ for its canals that flow from the Sorgue River. Provence, to many a surprised visitor, also includes the Cote d’Azur and the famous towns of the French Riviera of Cannes, Antibes, St Tropez and Menton.
Hike by endless fields of lavender, sunflowers, olive groves oak and chestnut trees. Walk by rustic farmhouses by the hour not to mention the Roman ruins that dot the landscape, some of the best seen anywhere. Seven popes, artists such as Vincent van Gogh, Picasso, Matisse and Paul Cézanne, and author Peter Mayle all enjoyed their years in Provence, not to mention the Marquis de Sade. This destination features a splendid recipe of arid climate, oceans of vineyards, dramatic scenery, lively cities, and adorable hill-capping villages.
To do justice to the region we have crafted 3 walking holidays, all of which give a unique perspective to hidden parts of Provence.
The trip traverses the gorgeous little walked Alps behind all the wow of the Cote d’Azur down to the coast. Behind the French Riviera’s glamour hides timeless villages, nestled in lush valleys and nesting atop rocky crags. The ancient paths wind through forests and majestic olive groves, all the way to the ocean and to Menton on the Riviera.
Provence Uncovered traverses the most scenic of all the Provence pathways from the one authentic Provencal town to another. The walk makes its way through Gordes, Senanque Abbey, Avignon, Luberon Mountains,1000 year old villages perched on rocky outcrops, among other places, not to mention the gorgeous Provencal terrain in between. You even get to walk in Van Gogh’s footsteps.
Provence Wine Trails and Mont Ventoux is gorgeous snapshot of the wine growing area of Provence, staying with a sommelier and wine makers and almost obligatory wine tasting plus a chance to walk Mont Ventoux. By far the best way to discover these vineyards is on foot, strolling between the gnarled vines from one estate to the next, run by the same families for generations.