The walk is moderate, with only some small ascents. Full-day walks average about 14 km, with 5 to 6 hours of walking each day. If you wish, There are plenty of opportunities to add more or even reduce the walking. 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).
Please refer to our Gear Advice section on our FAQ section for what to bring.
HOW TO GET TO THE START AND FROM THE END OF THE WALK
Travelling to the Start of the walk
The walk starts in Chateauneuf du Pape with a transfer from Avignon at 4.30pm. 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 in Chateauneuf du Papeand and the end of your walk in Avignon. To make it easy, we have collated some useful information to 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 several different carriers to choose from.
From Marseille airport, you can catch the shuttle bus to the train station VITROLLES (tickets can be bought directly on the bus) and then a train from Marseille to Avignon. The train from Marseilles to Avignon will take around 1 hr and will cost anywhere from around €10.00 to €30.00 or AUD 15 – $40. There is no need to buy your train ticket in advance from VITROLLES station; you can buy the ticket on the train from the controller.
Please find below ways to book:
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 from Paris to Avignon. This journey takes about 3hrs from Paris and will cost anywhere from €50 to €150 or $30 – $160 AUS depending on booking conditions and the Class of service chosen.
You can buy a ticket when you get there. However, we recommend pre-booking your tickets online.
In Avignon, there are two train stations: the TGV one situated 2km outside of the city centre and the SNCF city centre train station. A regular train shuttle runs every 15 mins between the 2 stations. If you want to arrive right in Avignon city centre, you must purchase a ticket for Avignon City Centre station. This will ensure your ticket includes the train station.
By taxi: from TGV station to the centre of Avignon. There are taxis available at the TGV station, and also at the city centre station. However, like anywhere else, you may have difficulty finding one during peak times.
Please note: we can also organise a private taxi transfer at an additional cost in a 5 seater car from Marseille airport to Avignon:
Please advise us before you make your final payment so we can get this transfer organised in conjunction with your arrival details.
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.
By plane: (Get the train to Marseille) There are many airlines that fly from Marseilles to Paris. Below are possible websites that provide several different carriers to choose from.
We require that you have adequate travel insurance against potential losses, damage or injury, including cancellation costs and loss of luggage.
For all trips requiring international travel, you must have purchased travel insurance including medical evacuation coverage.
We also charge a cancellation fee if you cancel your walking holiday after we have confirmed it to cover costs incurred by our suppliers and in the office. See the FAQ section for more information.