OVERVIEW

The trip starts in Avignon, a Unesco Heritage listed site and finishes in the medieval town of Vaison la Romaine. Wine is a religion in this part of the world, so there’s a feeling of sanctity to this walk, that you’re part of something that is much larger than just wine and the grapevines. The superb walking track works in concert with the most famous and picturesque of the wineries of the region to create one of France’s best walking experiences.

The walk starts in and around Chateauneuf du Pape southern France’s most prestigious wine village (and once home to the Pope). Grapes have been grown here for a staggering 700 years. The walks continue on from Séguret to Gigondas, two medieval villages perched high over the Rhône valley, framed by never-ending swathe of vineyards. The walk continues for 5 days walking from village to village via Vacqueyras, Le Barroux, Malaucène ending in Vaison la Romaine. It won’t take long to come to the realisation that by far the best way to discover these wonderful vineyards is on foot (not to mention all the archaeological and scenic treasures); strolling between the gnarled vines from one estate to the next, vineyards that have been run by the same families for generations. With importantly lots of wine-tasting opportunities along the way. The added 2 days of remote walking at Mount Ventoux are well worth the effort, the walks provide a unique perspective to this journey, with absolutely stunning views over where you came from and a diversity of flora that is unparalleled.

WALK OVERVIEW

TYPE OF WALK
SELF GUIDED
TRIP LENGTH
7 or 9 DAYS
WALK GRADE
Moderate

Grade 3 – Moderate

Short, steep hill sections. Moderate active lifestyle and some walking experience recommended.

PRICE FROM
$ 1595

per person twin/double share

SINGLE OCCUPANCY
$ 655

Accommodations charge the same price per room regardless of whether there are one or two people occupying it. To cover the cost of the accommodation when occupied by one person we need to charge the single occupancy fee.

per person

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ITINERARY

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5
  • Day 6
  • Day 7
  • Day 8
  • Day 9

DAY 1
AVIGNON

Avignon is a UNESCO World Heritage site a beautiful medieval town, lots of cobbled streets and full of history with its famous Pope’s Palace and St Benezet bridge. The walk starts with a transfer late afternoon from Avignon to Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

The literal translation of Châteauneuf du Pape is the “New castle of the Pope”, as this village was chosen as the summer residence of the Popes of Avignon, complete with its’ own castle built atop the mount. Today what remains is a set of ruins and a great vantage point for superb views far out to the horizon. It was the popes who brought the vines here in the 14th century, making wines that have been famous for centuries adding another element to the religiosity of this wine growing region and the walk.

Walking: Easy 1 – 5 kms
Meals: Dinner
Accommodation: Châteauneuf du Pape in an ensuite room

DAY 2
CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE

Today we walk 2 circuitous tracks through the historic vineyards. With such a prized ‘terroir’ every square meter is planted with vines, seemingly gnarled hands reaching up from underneath the earth, proudly displaying bunches of Grenache and Syrah. Staying within the heart of the Châteauneuf appellation, we take a stroll on farming tracks in between the parcels of vines, which lead from one estate to the next. We walk to 3 widely-known wine estates – Chateau Vaudieu, Nalys & Solitude, all of them centuries-old and all happy to share their savoir faire with you during a wine-tasting. The reds are deep and heavily spiced, while the surprising whites have notes of almond, spice, and honeysuckle. We recommend the full loop option that passes by the famous estate of Château Mont Redon.

Walking: Moderate / 8.5 or 18 kms / 3 to 7 hrs
Elevation: +250 / -250M
Meals: Breakfast and dinner
Accommodation: Séguret in an ensuite room

DAY 3
SEGURET TO VACQUEYRAS

The walk begins from Séguret which is listed among the most beautiful villages in France. From Séguret, you walk along quiet farm tracks above the Rhône Valley to Gigondas, world famous for its sublime red wines.

From Gigondas you climb to get a closer view of the spectacular Dentelles de Montmirail, a veritable hikers’ playground , before descending to Vacqueyras, also reputed for its wine.

Walking: Moderate / 17 kms / 5.5 hrs
Elevation: +350 / -450m
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Vacqueyras in an ensuite room

DAY 4
VACQUEYRAS TO LE BARROUX

You continue through the untamed slopes, and reach the ruins of a church, set beside ancient cave dwellings. The walk travels on from Vacqueyras to Dentelles de Montmirail, a set of jagged limestone teeth that soar high and defiantly over the Rhône Valley.

The route takes you down into Beaumes de Venise, where you can indulge in a glass of Muscat. Today’s walk ends in Le Barroux, a hilltop village crowned by its 12th century castle and quiet streets, which is off the beaten track even for a walking holiday.

Walking: Moderate / 15kms / 4 hrs
Elevation: +420m / -250m
Meals: Breakfast and dinner
Accommodation: Le Barroux in an ensuite room

DAY 5
LE BARROUX TO MALAUCENE

The approach to Mont Ventoux is stunning, the giant silhouette of the mountain acts as the perfect backdrop for today’s hike with its’ barren white peak glistening in the sun. At 1912m in altitude, Mont Ventoux is Provence’s highest peak. Its remarkable silhouette paint the backdrop of this scenic and diverse exploration of Provence. The path takes you through shaded paths of pine and cedar you reach the chapel of Piaut, where in generations past locals climbed during periods of draught to pray for rain. Descend the pilgrimage path to Malaucène.

There’s also an option to another loop walk from Malaucène. The route starts at Malaucène at the foot of Ventoux, and climbs 700m in altitude to the “ski resort” of Mont Serein.

Walking: Moderate or Moderate to Challenging / 13 or 27 kms / 4.5 to 9 hrs
Elevation: +500m / -500m or +950m / -950m
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Malaucène in an ensuite room

DAY 6
MALAUCENE TO MONT SEREIN (NOT PART OF THE 7 DAY ITINERARY)

(NOT PART OF THE 7 DAY ITINERARY)

For those Tour de France enthusiast the Mount Ventoux section is deemed to be the hardest stage of the tour. What’s beautiful about these two walks is the starling contrast to our earlier walking days and the sheer diversity of flora. You’ll move from Mediterranean vegetation to arctic flowers in just 2 days of walking, and experience every level of vegetation in between: from thyme to arctic poppies, from vines to mountain pine, from wall lizard to chamois (wild mountain goats). You’ll be along seldom used paths, and have an authentic chalet experience in Provence, cool mountain air and superlative scenery.

There are two options today.

The moderate walk option takes you from Mont Serein balcony up to Mont Serein. If you choose the easier of the day’s walks, a transfer takes you halfway up the mountain.

The challenging walk option takes you from Malaucène all the way up to the summit of Mont Serein. The walk takes you through the densely forested northern slopes, far from the crowds. Your views extend far into the Barronies mountains to the north, over the many vineyards you’ve explored and to the dozens of villages that dot the countryside. Catch your breath here before a steep climb to Ventoux’s ski resort, Mont Serein, at 1400m in altitude. Settle into your chalet for two nights.

Walking: Easy / 7 kms / 2 hrs 30 mins / Elevation + 460m / – 60m
OR
Walking: Moderate to challenging / 15 kms / Elevation + 1100m / – 100m
Meals: Breakfast and dinner
Accommodation: Mount Serein in an ensuite room

DAY 7
MONT SEREIN TO MOUNT VENTOUX TO MONT SEREIN (NOT PART OF THE 7 DAY ITINERARY)

(NOT PART OF THE 7 DAY ITINERARY)

There are 2 walks today out of your accommodation in Mount Serein one returning via a slightly easier path. You quickly trade fir and beech for larch as the walks meander up above the ski resort. As you go a little higher only sparse mountain pine remains, and finally nothing at all other than the echo of your feet walking on the scree towards the summit.

Once at the top you have a 360° view, Alps to the north and the plains of the Rhône to the south, the Rhône River snaking its way down to the Med Sea. Once you’ve soaked up the ambiance of the summit you head eastward along the barren ridge. The upper ridge is carpeted with sparse bunches of arctic flowers, including the arctic poppy, that grow only on the Spitzberg islands just shy of the North Pole and on Mont Ventoux.

After about 1 hour on the ridge you have a choice of walks, but both return to Mont Serein with beautiful views all the way.

Walking: Moderate / 15 kms / 5 – 5hrs 30mins / Elevation + 600m / – 600m
OR
Walking: Moderate to challenging / 22 km / 7 -8 hrs / Elevation + 650m / – 1650m
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Accommodation: Mount Serein in an ensuite room

DAY 8
MALAUCENE TO VAISON LA ROMAINE (DAY 6 OF THE 7 DAY ITINERARY)

(DAY 6 OF THE 7 DAY ITINERARY)

From Malaucène, your walk northward is bathed in thyme and rosemary drenched hills to the authentic village of Le Crestet perched on . You continue to the Gallo-Roman village of Vaison la Romaine where you can enjoy exploring the largest archaeological site in France. There’s also a market on Wednesday morning to savour and wander through.

Walking: Moderate / 18 kms / 6. hrs
Elevation: 4500m / -280m
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Vaison la Ramone in an ensuite room

DAY 9
VAISON LA ROMAINE (DAY 7 OF THE 7 DAY ITINERARY)

(DAY 7 OF THE 7 DAY ITINERARY)

There’s an opportunity to visit the medieval village of Vaison and its Roman ruins before finishing your walking holiday. Spend the morning discovering the city of Vaison, enjoy lunch in the old part of town. There is also the famous Tuesday morning market in Vaison la Ramone. There is also a transfer back to Avignon included and the high speed train from Avignon to continue your onward journey.

The trip finishes after breakfast.  Au revoir.

Walking: Easy / 2 kms
Meals: Breakfast

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Pack-free walking

  • 25+ years experience

  • Customised

  • Eco Travel

  • 6 or 8 nights’ accommodation, rooms with ensuites, 2/3* handpicked hotels, auberges and guesthouses.
  • 6 or 8 breakfasts, 3 or 5 evening meals (plus 1 lunch if you do the extended walk)
  • All transport on and off the track and luggage transfers
  • Our comprehensive set of notes with detailed walking itineraries, maps and Insider tips (where to get the freshest baguette, where to taste olive oil or wine)
  • 24/7 phone support from our representatives on the ground.
  • The best of Provence wineries in southern France’s premium wine growing area.
  • Provencal villages nestled in wooded valleys, surrounded by fields of vines.
  • Hike Mont Ventoux Provence’s highest mountain.

ACCOMMODATION & DINING

OVERVIEW

All the accommodation have been handpicked to reflect the character and history of the region. From elegant guesthouses, small charming hotels, a ski lodge, to family run Auberges, you can be assured that wherever you stay you will be warmly welcomed. The accommodations are approximately 3 star level with an emphasis on location and the ambience of the region. We cannot absolutely guarantee what accommodations we book but we will do our best to use what we have described below.

Breakfasts are continental with all the standard accompaniments. The 3 course dinners provided are ordered off the menu and are of course Provencal in style.

It is often better for you to choose what and where you eat when you are in villages where there are many restaurant choices. In the notes we will include a dossier with handpicked real local recommendations for evening meals in restaurants where even the locals like to eat.

Since the region is world famous we suggest adding a day or two to truly savour all the region has to offer.

Alcohol or drinks with meals are not included (except tea/coffee and juice with breakfast).

FOR EACH DAY

Night 1

Chateauneuf du Pape

Located in the famous vineyard of Chateauneuf-du-Pape, right in the heart of the village, this quiet vine growers’ house is our starting point for this walk. Your host is a professional sommelier and wine lecturer worldwide. She will share with you her travels experience, the art of Provencal lifestyle, her passion of cuisine and secrets of French wines and cheese.
Gourmet breakfasts will be served in the garden by the pond.

Night 2

Seguret

Surrounded by its vineyard, at the bottom of one of the loveliest villages in France: is the Hotel Domaine de Cabasse an authentic Provencal Hotel. The restaurant offers a beautiful terrace as well as a covered pool. A great place to savour the silence , relax and soak up the wine country.

Night 3

Vacqueyras

The accommodation is located in a small picturesque village with vineyards and hills. The Hotel Le Pradet having been recently renovated in Provence character makes a great place to relax after this days walk and possibly wine tasting. The rooms are bright, spacious in a peaceful setting, with views of the pool or the garden and the Dentelles de Montmirail.

Night 4

Le Barroux

The accommodation is nestled on the rocky heights of Carpentras, between the Ventoux and the Dentelles de Montmirail in a what is a very beautiful setting. The accommodation revolves very much around the food which is typical of Provence. The Saveurs et Terroirs restaurant offers daily local and fresh produce, cooked in the pure Mediterranean tradition. Just above the restaurant are the nine cosy and comfortable rooms . This is a perfect resting place to soak up the culture and relax.

Night 5

Malaucene

The hotel sits at the foot of Mont Ventoux, in the heart of Malaucène, in a typical Provencal village. The delightful hotel Domaine des Tilleuls is a refurbished 18th century magnanery (silk farm), The property has expansive grounds with a wide array of trees (lime, plane, ash and cedar trees, among others) There’s also a pool to cool off in if need be.

Night 6 and 7

Mount Ventoux options

The Chalet Le Ventoux Serein located in the heart of Mont Serein. It’s a perfect place to pick up the walks in the area but also a great place to relax within the BIOSPHERE at 1400m altitude. The chalet faces the summit so even while you’re not walking you can enjoy the Mountain. To top it off experience the Arnaud family who run and own the chalet take great pride in serving traditional Provence cuisine with fresh local produce which you’ll get to enjoy.

Night 8 (or night 6 on short trip)

Vaison la Romaine

You’ll once again receive a typical warm Provencal welcome for your final stay. The house is typical of the area and has been recently restored to its former glory. The guest house has all modern comforts of today but with the authenticity of former years. The property has managed to maintain its’ rural roots, in that the property in part is a working farm with olive groves and a young orchard.

GENERAL INFO

WALKING

The walk is moderate with only some small ascents (unless you add the Mont Ventoux walks then there are some reasonably big ascents) . Full day walks average about 14 kms with 5 to 6 hours walking each day. There is plenty of opportunity to add more or even reduce the walking if you wish. The walking is over well maintained sometimes ancient paths via the most scenic route possible.

This is a beautiful area with many fabulous historic attractions in addition to the fabulous wineries. We highly recommend that you incorporate some extra time after the walk to rest but also to fully immerse yourself in Provence and the Cote d’Azur (the French Riviera).

For what to bring please refer to our Gear Advice section on our FAQ section.

AVAILABILITY

All year.

ACCESS

Travelling to the Start of the walk

The walks starts in Avignon with a transfer to Chateauneuf du Pape  and ends with a stay in Vaison La Ramone and a transfer back to Avignon in the morning. You will need to get yourself to and from the start and end of your walk in Avignon. i.e. you will need to organise your travel to the start of the walk in Avignon. To make it easy we have collated some useful information that will assist you in making arrangements for your travel.

By plane (and rail): One of the easiest options would be to fly into Marseille and then catch the train from Marseille to Avignon. There are many airlines that fly from Paris to Marseille. Below are possible websites that provide a number of different carriers to choose from.
https://www.kayak.com/flights
www.google.com/flights
The train from Marseilles to Avignon will take around 40 mins and will cost from around €10.00 to €30.00 or AUD $15 – $40. They depart so often that it may not be worth worrying about booking. Please find below ways to book.
Trainline.com:  https://www.thetrainline.com/en/train-times
TGV: https://en.oui.sncf/en/tgv

By rail:  It’s also very easy to catch a train from anywhere in France to Avignon. The fastest service is the TGV intercity high-speed rail service. This journey takes about 3 hrs from Paris and will cost anywhere from €20 to €100 depending on booking conditions and Class of service chosen.
https://en.oui.sncf/en/tgv
You can buy a ticket when you get there, however we recommend pre booking your tickets online.

Travelling from the End of the walk

By rail:  The train from Avignon back to Marseilles takes around 40 min cost around €9.50.
Or take a train back to Paris which takes about 3 hours.
Trainline.com:  https://www.thetrainline.com/en/train-times
TGV: https://en.oui.sncf/en/tgv

By plane: (Get the train to Marseille) There are many airlines that fly from Marseilles to Paris. Below are possible websites that provide a number of different carriers to choose from.
https://www.kayak.com/flights
www.google.com/flights

WEATHER

From March the temperature begins to rise so be prepared for warmer days if you walk in summer. Shoulder season is by far the best time as the weather is perfect for walking and the added advantage of having less people around in the villages and on the coast (we walk away from the populated areas on the walk so crowds are not an issue.) In March, April and October there is a chance of snow on Mount Ventoux.

See the weather average temperatures and rainfall at different times of the year.

INSURANCE

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INFORMATION PACK

For nearly 30 years we have taken pride in providing seamlessly organised walking holidays, but we know, even with that in mind, that you’ll have many more questions. You will receive a very detailed information pack and itinerary approximately 6 weeks out from departure outlining all the fine detail and much more.

CONTACT

If you have any questions, feel free to ask one of our destination consultants. You can get in touch with us via our contact form, email us at info@auswalk.com.au, or call us on +61 3 9597 9767.

MAP

DEPARTURE DATES

  • DATES
    AVAILABILITY
    PRICE
    Single Occupancy
    DETAILS
  • 1 Mar 2019 - 15 Nov 2019
    AVAILABLE
    from

    $1595

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $655

    7 Day

  • 1 Mar 2019 - 30 Nov 2020
    AVAILABLE
    from

    $2295

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $885

    9 Days

Overview

OVERVIEW

The trip starts in Avignon, a Unesco Heritage listed site and finishes in the medieval town of Vaison la Romaine. Wine is a religion in this part of the world, so there’s a feeling of sanctity to this walk, that you’re part of something that is much larger than just wine and the grapevines. The superb walking track works in concert with the most famous and picturesque of the wineries of the region to create one of France’s best walking experiences.

The walk starts in and around Chateauneuf du Pape southern France’s most prestigious wine village (and once home to the Pope). Grapes have been grown here for a staggering 700 years. The walks continue on from Séguret to Gigondas, two medieval villages perched high over the Rhône valley, framed by never-ending swathe of vineyards. The walk continues for 5 days walking from village to village via Vacqueyras, Le Barroux, Malaucène ending in Vaison la Romaine. It won’t take long to come to the realisation that by far the best way to discover these wonderful vineyards is on foot (not to mention all the archaeological and scenic treasures); strolling between the gnarled vines from one estate to the next, vineyards that have been run by the same families for generations. With importantly lots of wine-tasting opportunities along the way. The added 2 days of remote walking at Mount Ventoux are well worth the effort, the walks provide a unique perspective to this journey, with absolutely stunning views over where you came from and a diversity of flora that is unparalleled.

WALK OVERVIEW

TYPE OF WALK
SELF GUIDED
TRIP LENGTH
7 or 9 DAYS
WALK GRADE
Moderate

Grade 3 – Moderate

Short, steep hill sections. Moderate active lifestyle and some walking experience recommended.

PRICE FROM
$ 1595

per person twin/double share

SINGLE OCCUPANCY
$ 655

Accommodations charge the same price per room regardless of whether there are one or two people occupying it. To cover the cost of the accommodation when occupied by one person we need to charge the single occupancy fee.

per person

Book now
Itinerary

ITINERARY

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5
  • Day 6
  • Day 7
  • Day 8
  • Day 9

DAY 1
AVIGNON

Avignon is a UNESCO World Heritage site a beautiful medieval town, lots of cobbled streets and full of history with its famous Pope’s Palace and St Benezet bridge. The walk starts with a transfer late afternoon from Avignon to Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

The literal translation of Châteauneuf du Pape is the “New castle of the Pope”, as this village was chosen as the summer residence of the Popes of Avignon, complete with its’ own castle built atop the mount. Today what remains is a set of ruins and a great vantage point for superb views far out to the horizon. It was the popes who brought the vines here in the 14th century, making wines that have been famous for centuries adding another element to the religiosity of this wine growing region and the walk.

Walking: Easy 1 – 5 kms
Meals: Dinner
Accommodation: Châteauneuf du Pape in an ensuite room

DAY 2
CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE

Today we walk 2 circuitous tracks through the historic vineyards. With such a prized ‘terroir’ every square meter is planted with vines, seemingly gnarled hands reaching up from underneath the earth, proudly displaying bunches of Grenache and Syrah. Staying within the heart of the Châteauneuf appellation, we take a stroll on farming tracks in between the parcels of vines, which lead from one estate to the next. We walk to 3 widely-known wine estates – Chateau Vaudieu, Nalys & Solitude, all of them centuries-old and all happy to share their savoir faire with you during a wine-tasting. The reds are deep and heavily spiced, while the surprising whites have notes of almond, spice, and honeysuckle. We recommend the full loop option that passes by the famous estate of Château Mont Redon.

Walking: Moderate / 8.5 or 18 kms / 3 to 7 hrs
Elevation: +250 / -250M
Meals: Breakfast and dinner
Accommodation: Séguret in an ensuite room

DAY 3
SEGURET TO VACQUEYRAS

The walk begins from Séguret which is listed among the most beautiful villages in France. From Séguret, you walk along quiet farm tracks above the Rhône Valley to Gigondas, world famous for its sublime red wines.

From Gigondas you climb to get a closer view of the spectacular Dentelles de Montmirail, a veritable hikers’ playground , before descending to Vacqueyras, also reputed for its wine.

Walking: Moderate / 17 kms / 5.5 hrs
Elevation: +350 / -450m
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Vacqueyras in an ensuite room

DAY 4
VACQUEYRAS TO LE BARROUX

You continue through the untamed slopes, and reach the ruins of a church, set beside ancient cave dwellings. The walk travels on from Vacqueyras to Dentelles de Montmirail, a set of jagged limestone teeth that soar high and defiantly over the Rhône Valley.

The route takes you down into Beaumes de Venise, where you can indulge in a glass of Muscat. Today’s walk ends in Le Barroux, a hilltop village crowned by its 12th century castle and quiet streets, which is off the beaten track even for a walking holiday.

Walking: Moderate / 15kms / 4 hrs
Elevation: +420m / -250m
Meals: Breakfast and dinner
Accommodation: Le Barroux in an ensuite room

DAY 5
LE BARROUX TO MALAUCENE

The approach to Mont Ventoux is stunning, the giant silhouette of the mountain acts as the perfect backdrop for today’s hike with its’ barren white peak glistening in the sun. At 1912m in altitude, Mont Ventoux is Provence’s highest peak. Its remarkable silhouette paint the backdrop of this scenic and diverse exploration of Provence. The path takes you through shaded paths of pine and cedar you reach the chapel of Piaut, where in generations past locals climbed during periods of draught to pray for rain. Descend the pilgrimage path to Malaucène.

There’s also an option to another loop walk from Malaucène. The route starts at Malaucène at the foot of Ventoux, and climbs 700m in altitude to the “ski resort” of Mont Serein.

Walking: Moderate or Moderate to Challenging / 13 or 27 kms / 4.5 to 9 hrs
Elevation: +500m / -500m or +950m / -950m
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Malaucène in an ensuite room

DAY 6
MALAUCENE TO MONT SEREIN (NOT PART OF THE 7 DAY ITINERARY)

(NOT PART OF THE 7 DAY ITINERARY)

For those Tour de France enthusiast the Mount Ventoux section is deemed to be the hardest stage of the tour. What’s beautiful about these two walks is the starling contrast to our earlier walking days and the sheer diversity of flora. You’ll move from Mediterranean vegetation to arctic flowers in just 2 days of walking, and experience every level of vegetation in between: from thyme to arctic poppies, from vines to mountain pine, from wall lizard to chamois (wild mountain goats). You’ll be along seldom used paths, and have an authentic chalet experience in Provence, cool mountain air and superlative scenery.

There are two options today.

The moderate walk option takes you from Mont Serein balcony up to Mont Serein. If you choose the easier of the day’s walks, a transfer takes you halfway up the mountain.

The challenging walk option takes you from Malaucène all the way up to the summit of Mont Serein. The walk takes you through the densely forested northern slopes, far from the crowds. Your views extend far into the Barronies mountains to the north, over the many vineyards you’ve explored and to the dozens of villages that dot the countryside. Catch your breath here before a steep climb to Ventoux’s ski resort, Mont Serein, at 1400m in altitude. Settle into your chalet for two nights.

Walking: Easy / 7 kms / 2 hrs 30 mins / Elevation + 460m / – 60m
OR
Walking: Moderate to challenging / 15 kms / Elevation + 1100m / – 100m
Meals: Breakfast and dinner
Accommodation: Mount Serein in an ensuite room

DAY 7
MONT SEREIN TO MOUNT VENTOUX TO MONT SEREIN (NOT PART OF THE 7 DAY ITINERARY)

(NOT PART OF THE 7 DAY ITINERARY)

There are 2 walks today out of your accommodation in Mount Serein one returning via a slightly easier path. You quickly trade fir and beech for larch as the walks meander up above the ski resort. As you go a little higher only sparse mountain pine remains, and finally nothing at all other than the echo of your feet walking on the scree towards the summit.

Once at the top you have a 360° view, Alps to the north and the plains of the Rhône to the south, the Rhône River snaking its way down to the Med Sea. Once you’ve soaked up the ambiance of the summit you head eastward along the barren ridge. The upper ridge is carpeted with sparse bunches of arctic flowers, including the arctic poppy, that grow only on the Spitzberg islands just shy of the North Pole and on Mont Ventoux.

After about 1 hour on the ridge you have a choice of walks, but both return to Mont Serein with beautiful views all the way.

Walking: Moderate / 15 kms / 5 – 5hrs 30mins / Elevation + 600m / – 600m
OR
Walking: Moderate to challenging / 22 km / 7 -8 hrs / Elevation + 650m / – 1650m
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Accommodation: Mount Serein in an ensuite room

DAY 8
MALAUCENE TO VAISON LA ROMAINE (DAY 6 OF THE 7 DAY ITINERARY)

(DAY 6 OF THE 7 DAY ITINERARY)

From Malaucène, your walk northward is bathed in thyme and rosemary drenched hills to the authentic village of Le Crestet perched on . You continue to the Gallo-Roman village of Vaison la Romaine where you can enjoy exploring the largest archaeological site in France. There’s also a market on Wednesday morning to savour and wander through.

Walking: Moderate / 18 kms / 6. hrs
Elevation: 4500m / -280m
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Vaison la Ramone in an ensuite room

DAY 9
VAISON LA ROMAINE (DAY 7 OF THE 7 DAY ITINERARY)

(DAY 7 OF THE 7 DAY ITINERARY)

There’s an opportunity to visit the medieval village of Vaison and its Roman ruins before finishing your walking holiday. Spend the morning discovering the city of Vaison, enjoy lunch in the old part of town. There is also the famous Tuesday morning market in Vaison la Ramone. There is also a transfer back to Avignon included and the high speed train from Avignon to continue your onward journey.

The trip finishes after breakfast.  Au revoir.

Walking: Easy / 2 kms
Meals: Breakfast

What’s Included

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Pack-free walking

  • 25+ years experience

  • Customised

  • Eco Travel

  • 6 or 8 nights’ accommodation, rooms with ensuites, 2/3* handpicked hotels, auberges and guesthouses.
  • 6 or 8 breakfasts, 3 or 5 evening meals (plus 1 lunch if you do the extended walk)
  • All transport on and off the track and luggage transfers
  • Our comprehensive set of notes with detailed walking itineraries, maps and Insider tips (where to get the freshest baguette, where to taste olive oil or wine)
  • 24/7 phone support from our representatives on the ground.
  • The best of Provence wineries in southern France’s premium wine growing area.
  • Provencal villages nestled in wooded valleys, surrounded by fields of vines.
  • Hike Mont Ventoux Provence’s highest mountain.
Accommodation & Dining

ACCOMMODATION & DINING

OVERVIEW

All the accommodation have been handpicked to reflect the character and history of the region. From elegant guesthouses, small charming hotels, a ski lodge, to family run Auberges, you can be assured that wherever you stay you will be warmly welcomed. The accommodations are approximately 3 star level with an emphasis on location and the ambience of the region. We cannot absolutely guarantee what accommodations we book but we will do our best to use what we have described below.

Breakfasts are continental with all the standard accompaniments. The 3 course dinners provided are ordered off the menu and are of course Provencal in style.

It is often better for you to choose what and where you eat when you are in villages where there are many restaurant choices. In the notes we will include a dossier with handpicked real local recommendations for evening meals in restaurants where even the locals like to eat.

Since the region is world famous we suggest adding a day or two to truly savour all the region has to offer.

Alcohol or drinks with meals are not included (except tea/coffee and juice with breakfast).

FOR EACH DAY

Night 1

Chateauneuf du Pape

Located in the famous vineyard of Chateauneuf-du-Pape, right in the heart of the village, this quiet vine growers’ house is our starting point for this walk. Your host is a professional sommelier and wine lecturer worldwide. She will share with you her travels experience, the art of Provencal lifestyle, her passion of cuisine and secrets of French wines and cheese.
Gourmet breakfasts will be served in the garden by the pond.

Night 2

Seguret

Surrounded by its vineyard, at the bottom of one of the loveliest villages in France: is the Hotel Domaine de Cabasse an authentic Provencal Hotel. The restaurant offers a beautiful terrace as well as a covered pool. A great place to savour the silence , relax and soak up the wine country.

Night 3

Vacqueyras

The accommodation is located in a small picturesque village with vineyards and hills. The Hotel Le Pradet having been recently renovated in Provence character makes a great place to relax after this days walk and possibly wine tasting. The rooms are bright, spacious in a peaceful setting, with views of the pool or the garden and the Dentelles de Montmirail.

Night 4

Le Barroux

The accommodation is nestled on the rocky heights of Carpentras, between the Ventoux and the Dentelles de Montmirail in a what is a very beautiful setting. The accommodation revolves very much around the food which is typical of Provence. The Saveurs et Terroirs restaurant offers daily local and fresh produce, cooked in the pure Mediterranean tradition. Just above the restaurant are the nine cosy and comfortable rooms . This is a perfect resting place to soak up the culture and relax.

Night 5

Malaucene

The hotel sits at the foot of Mont Ventoux, in the heart of Malaucène, in a typical Provencal village. The delightful hotel Domaine des Tilleuls is a refurbished 18th century magnanery (silk farm), The property has expansive grounds with a wide array of trees (lime, plane, ash and cedar trees, among others) There’s also a pool to cool off in if need be.

Night 6 and 7

Mount Ventoux options

The Chalet Le Ventoux Serein located in the heart of Mont Serein. It’s a perfect place to pick up the walks in the area but also a great place to relax within the BIOSPHERE at 1400m altitude. The chalet faces the summit so even while you’re not walking you can enjoy the Mountain. To top it off experience the Arnaud family who run and own the chalet take great pride in serving traditional Provence cuisine with fresh local produce which you’ll get to enjoy.

Night 8 (or night 6 on short trip)

Vaison la Romaine

You’ll once again receive a typical warm Provencal welcome for your final stay. The house is typical of the area and has been recently restored to its former glory. The guest house has all modern comforts of today but with the authenticity of former years. The property has managed to maintain its’ rural roots, in that the property in part is a working farm with olive groves and a young orchard.

General Info

GENERAL INFO

WALKING

The walk is moderate with only some small ascents (unless you add the Mont Ventoux walks then there are some reasonably big ascents) . Full day walks average about 14 kms with 5 to 6 hours walking each day. There is plenty of opportunity to add more or even reduce the walking if you wish. The walking is over well maintained sometimes ancient paths via the most scenic route possible.

This is a beautiful area with many fabulous historic attractions in addition to the fabulous wineries. We highly recommend that you incorporate some extra time after the walk to rest but also to fully immerse yourself in Provence and the Cote d’Azur (the French Riviera).

For what to bring please refer to our Gear Advice section on our FAQ section.

AVAILABILITY

All year.

ACCESS

Travelling to the Start of the walk

The walks starts in Avignon with a transfer to Chateauneuf du Pape  and ends with a stay in Vaison La Ramone and a transfer back to Avignon in the morning. You will need to get yourself to and from the start and end of your walk in Avignon. i.e. you will need to organise your travel to the start of the walk in Avignon. To make it easy we have collated some useful information that will assist you in making arrangements for your travel.

By plane (and rail): One of the easiest options would be to fly into Marseille and then catch the train from Marseille to Avignon. There are many airlines that fly from Paris to Marseille. Below are possible websites that provide a number of different carriers to choose from.
https://www.kayak.com/flights
www.google.com/flights
The train from Marseilles to Avignon will take around 40 mins and will cost from around €10.00 to €30.00 or AUD $15 – $40. They depart so often that it may not be worth worrying about booking. Please find below ways to book.
Trainline.com:  https://www.thetrainline.com/en/train-times
TGV: https://en.oui.sncf/en/tgv

By rail:  It’s also very easy to catch a train from anywhere in France to Avignon. The fastest service is the TGV intercity high-speed rail service. This journey takes about 3 hrs from Paris and will cost anywhere from €20 to €100 depending on booking conditions and Class of service chosen.
https://en.oui.sncf/en/tgv
You can buy a ticket when you get there, however we recommend pre booking your tickets online.

Travelling from the End of the walk

By rail:  The train from Avignon back to Marseilles takes around 40 min cost around €9.50.
Or take a train back to Paris which takes about 3 hours.
Trainline.com:  https://www.thetrainline.com/en/train-times
TGV: https://en.oui.sncf/en/tgv

By plane: (Get the train to Marseille) There are many airlines that fly from Marseilles to Paris. Below are possible websites that provide a number of different carriers to choose from.
https://www.kayak.com/flights
www.google.com/flights

WEATHER

From March the temperature begins to rise so be prepared for warmer days if you walk in summer. Shoulder season is by far the best time as the weather is perfect for walking and the added advantage of having less people around in the villages and on the coast (we walk away from the populated areas on the walk so crowds are not an issue.) In March, April and October there is a chance of snow on Mount Ventoux.

See the weather average temperatures and rainfall at different times of the year.

INSURANCE

We strongly recommend purchasing a travel insurance policy for travel overseas, as we charge a cancellation fee if you cancel your walking holiday after we have confirmed it. We want to help make insurance more affordable by offering you a discount on policies purchased through NIB Insurance. This applies to any NIB policies issued via this linkGet an instant quote and purchase online now.

INFORMATION PACK

For nearly 30 years we have taken pride in providing seamlessly organised walking holidays, but we know, even with that in mind, that you’ll have many more questions. You will receive a very detailed information pack and itinerary approximately 6 weeks out from departure outlining all the fine detail and much more.

CONTACT

If you have any questions, feel free to ask one of our destination consultants. You can get in touch with us via our contact form, email us at info@auswalk.com.au, or call us on +61 3 9597 9767.

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Departure Dates

DEPARTURE DATES

  • DATES
    AVAILABILITY
    PRICE
    Single Occupancy
    DETAILS
  • 1 Mar 2019 - 15 Nov 2019
    AVAILABLE
    Details
    from

    $1595

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $655
  • 1 Mar 2019 - 30 Nov 2020
    AVAILABLE
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    from

    $2295

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $885

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