(NOT PART OF THE 7 DAY ITINERARY)
For those Tour de France enthusiasts, the Mount Ventoux section is deemed to be the hardest stage of the tour. What’s beautiful about these two walks is the startling 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 km / 2 hrs 30 mins / Elevation + 460m / – 60m
Walking: Moderate to challenging / 15 kms / Elevation + 1100m / – 100m
Meals: Breakfast and dinner
Accommodation: Mount Serein in an ensuite room