OVERVIEW

This walk starts in Chateauneuf du Pape, after a transfer from Avignon, 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 that you're part of something much larger than just the grapevines. The superb walking track complements the region's most famous and picturesque wineries to create one of France's best walking experiences.

Start by walking around Chateauneuf du Pape, southern France's most prestigious wine village, where grapes have grown for a staggering 700 years. Continue on from Séguret to Gigondas, two medieval villages perched high over the Rhône valley, framed by a never-ending swathe of vineyards. The walk continues for five days walking from village to village via Vacqueyras, Le Barroux, and Malaucène ending in Vaison la Romaine. Naturally, there are lots of wine-tasting opportunities along the way!

Highlights

  • Exploring the lovely Chateauneuf du Pape, with optional half-day wine tour (at extra cost)
  • Stroll along beautiful farming tracks between wineries
  • Wine tasting at Chateau Vaudieu, Nalys and Solitude
  • Walk along tracks about the Rhone Valley, marvelling at the views
  • Untamed slopes, church ruins and ancient cave dwellings
  • The stunning approach to Mont Ventoux, Provence's highest peak
  • Did we mention the wine?!

WALK OVERVIEW

TYPE OF WALK
SELF GUIDED
TRIP LENGTH
8 DAYS
WALK GRADE
Moderate

Grade 3 – Moderate

Short, steep hill sections. Chance to ride out on longer walks greater than 12km. A moderate active lifestyle and some walking experience is recommended.  C

PRICE FROM
$ 2595

per person twin/double share

SINGLE OCCUPANCY
$ 855

Accommodations charge the same price per room regardless of whether there are one or two people occupying it. To cover the cost of a room 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 1
AVIGNON AND TRANFER TO CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE

The walk starts in Châteauneuf-du-Pape with a transfer from Avignon at 4:30 pm. 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, a set of ruins and a great vantage point for superb views far out to the horizon remains. The popes 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 km
Meals: Dinner
Accommodation: The Wine B&B in Chateauneuf-du-Pape

DAY 2
CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE

In the morning, you walk through the vines alongside tracks packed with the red rocks deposited here 15 000 years ago, at the end of the last ice age. They absorb the heat during the day and emit it at night, keeping a constant warmth in the vineyards and helping produce powerful and spicy reds. The full loop option passes by the famous estate of Château Mont-Redon.

In the afternoon, you will have some free time in the lovely Chateauneuf du Pape village to wander from one wine shop to the next to the castle OR enjoy a half-day wine tour with a local wine expert (3h). Our wine specialist will unveil all the secrets of these vines, taking you on tour and leading you through a wine-tasting session (at extra cost). You’ll learn the concepts of terroir and appellation while perfecting your wine-tasting technique. Night in Chateauneuf, dinner on your own.

Walking: Moderate / 14 km / 5 hrs
Elevation: +150 / -150M
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: The Wine B&B in Chateauneuf-du-Pape

DAY 3
CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE AND EXPLORE THE WINERIES

Today we walk a circuitous track 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 stroll on farming tracks 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 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 almond, spice, and honeysuckle notes. We recommend the full loop option that passes by the famous estate of Château Mont-Redon. There is an afternoon transfer to Suguret.

Walking: Easy to moderate / 7 km / 4.5 hrs
Elevation: +100 / -100m
Meals: Breakfast and dinner
Accommodation: La Bastide Bleue in Seguret

DAY 4
SEGURET TO VACQUEYRAS

The walk begins from Séguret, listed among France’s most beautiful villages. 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 km / 5.5 hrs
Elevation: +350 / -450m
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Le Pradet in Vacqueyras

DAY 5
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 the 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 / 15km / 4 hrs
Elevation: +420m / -250m
Meals: Breakfast and dinner
Accommodation: Les Geraniums Le Barroux

DAY 6
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 locals climbed during periods of drought in generations past to pray for rain. Descend the pilgrimage path to Malaucène.

There’s also an option for 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 km / 4.5 to 9 hrs
Elevation: +500m / -500m or +950m / -950m
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Le Domaine des Tilleuls in Malaucene

DAY 7
MALAUCENE TO VAISON LA ROMAINE

From Malaucène, your walk northward is bathed in thyme and rosemary-drenched hills to the authentic village of Le Crestet perched on the top of the mountain. 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 km / 6. hrs
Elevation: 4500m / -280m
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: L’Eveche in Vaison La Romaine

DAY 8
VAISON LA ROMAINE

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, and enjoy lunch in the old part of town. There is also the famous Tuesday morning market in Vaison la Ramone. There is also a 10 am 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 km
Meals: Breakfast

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Pack-free walking

  • 25+ years experience

  • Customised

  • Eco Travel

  • 7 nights’ accommodation, rooms with ensuites, 2/3* handpicked hotels, auberges and guesthouses.
  • 7 breakfasts, 3 evening meals
  • 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.

ACCOMMODATION & DINING

OVERVIEW

All the accommodations have been handpicked to reflect the character and history of the region. From elegant guesthouses, small charming hotels, and a ski lodge to family-run Auberges, you can be assured that you will be warmly welcomed wherever you stay. The accommodations are approximately 3-star level with an emphasis on location and the ambience of the region. We cannot 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 walk 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 savour all the region truly has to offer.

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

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  • Night 3

  • Night 4

  • Night 5

  • Night 6

  • Night 7

FITNESS GUIDE

It’s well worth investing some time and effort preparing for your walking holiday. The graph shows the average daily distance, elevation and terrain difficulty for your hike. The dotted line indicates the average across all our walks, which will give you a feel for how challenging your walk is compared to all – and the recommended type, and amount, of preparation needed.  Of course, you can adapt this according to your existing fitness levels and lifestyle.

The graph and the information below can be used in conjunction with the fitness guide to help you prepare for your walking adventure. Across all walks, average daily distance is 16.8km, average daily elevation is 448m, average terrain difficulty is 5/10.

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DISTANCE - ABOVE AVERAGE

Distance training is a major consideration in your overall training program. As you progress, incorporate longer walks into your training plan.

Schedule one or two long walks each week, gradually increasing the distance until you can comfortably cover 17-25 km in a single day. Also include walks on consecutive days to help your body adapt to the demands of walking for multiple days in a row. Take every opportunity you can to walk. If you have a fitness watch or phone, you should try to reach >15,000 steps every day.

Ensure you can comfortably walk the average distance per day displayed in the graph, at least one month before you undertake your hike.

ELEVATION - BELOW AVERAGE

Elevation is not a major consideration in your overall training program. However, you should still incorporate some form of resistance training to increase your endurance.

UNEVEN TERRAIN

Preparation for hiking on uneven terrain demands a blend of physical and mental readiness.

Begin with balance-enhancing exercises, such as one-legged stands and stability ball workouts, laying a groundwork for stability and coordination. Strengthening the lower body is especially important, achieved through the incorporation of squats, lunges, and step-ups. Gradually increase the complexity of the terrain on which you walk, moving from gravel paths to rocky trails. Cultivate mindfulness during your practice, directing focused attention to both your immediate surroundings and precise foot placement.

The importance of suitable footwear cannot be overstated; prioritise options that offer robust support and reliable grip to navigate varying terrains with confidence. Build endurance through consistent hikes, progressively increasing distance and difficulty.

GENERAL INFO

WALKING

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.

AVAILABILITY

All year.

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.

https://www.kayak.com/flights

www.google.com/flights

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:

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 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.

https://en.oui.sncf/en/tgv

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.

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 several 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 fewer 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.)

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

INSURANCE

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.

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 detailed information pack and itinerary approximately six 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
    PER PERSON
    Single Occupancy
    DETAILS
  • 1 Mar 2024 - 15 Nov 2024
    AVAILABLE
    from

    $2595

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $855

    START DAY MUST BE MONDAY - THURSDAY. NOT POSSIBLE TO START ON FRIDAY, SATURDAY OR SUNDAY.

  • 1 Mar 2025 - 15 Nov 2025
    AVAILABLE
    from

    $2700

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $890

    START DAY MUST BE MONDAY - THURSDAY. NOT POSSIBLE TO START ON FRIDAY, SATURDAY OR SUNDAY.

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Overview

OVERVIEW

This walk starts in Chateauneuf du Pape, after a transfer from Avignon, 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 that you're part of something much larger than just the grapevines. The superb walking track complements the region's most famous and picturesque wineries to create one of France's best walking experiences.

Start by walking around Chateauneuf du Pape, southern France's most prestigious wine village, where grapes have grown for a staggering 700 years. Continue on from Séguret to Gigondas, two medieval villages perched high over the Rhône valley, framed by a never-ending swathe of vineyards. The walk continues for five days walking from village to village via Vacqueyras, Le Barroux, and Malaucène ending in Vaison la Romaine. Naturally, there are lots of wine-tasting opportunities along the way!

Highlights

  • Exploring the lovely Chateauneuf du Pape, with optional half-day wine tour (at extra cost)
  • Stroll along beautiful farming tracks between wineries
  • Wine tasting at Chateau Vaudieu, Nalys and Solitude
  • Walk along tracks about the Rhone Valley, marvelling at the views
  • Untamed slopes, church ruins and ancient cave dwellings
  • The stunning approach to Mont Ventoux, Provence's highest peak
  • Did we mention the wine?!

WALK OVERVIEW

TYPE OF WALK
SELF GUIDED
TRIP LENGTH
8 DAYS
WALK GRADE
Moderate

Grade 3 – Moderate

Short, steep hill sections. Chance to ride out on longer walks greater than 12km. A moderate active lifestyle and some walking experience is recommended.  C

PRICE FROM
$ 2595

per person twin/double share

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$ 855

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per person

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Itinerary

ITINERARY

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

DAY 1
AVIGNON AND TRANFER TO CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE

The walk starts in Châteauneuf-du-Pape with a transfer from Avignon at 4:30 pm. 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, a set of ruins and a great vantage point for superb views far out to the horizon remains. The popes 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 km
Meals: Dinner
Accommodation: The Wine B&B in Chateauneuf-du-Pape

DAY 2
CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE

In the morning, you walk through the vines alongside tracks packed with the red rocks deposited here 15 000 years ago, at the end of the last ice age. They absorb the heat during the day and emit it at night, keeping a constant warmth in the vineyards and helping produce powerful and spicy reds. The full loop option passes by the famous estate of Château Mont-Redon.

In the afternoon, you will have some free time in the lovely Chateauneuf du Pape village to wander from one wine shop to the next to the castle OR enjoy a half-day wine tour with a local wine expert (3h). Our wine specialist will unveil all the secrets of these vines, taking you on tour and leading you through a wine-tasting session (at extra cost). You’ll learn the concepts of terroir and appellation while perfecting your wine-tasting technique. Night in Chateauneuf, dinner on your own.

Walking: Moderate / 14 km / 5 hrs
Elevation: +150 / -150M
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: The Wine B&B in Chateauneuf-du-Pape

DAY 3
CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE AND EXPLORE THE WINERIES

Today we walk a circuitous track 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 stroll on farming tracks 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 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 almond, spice, and honeysuckle notes. We recommend the full loop option that passes by the famous estate of Château Mont-Redon. There is an afternoon transfer to Suguret.

Walking: Easy to moderate / 7 km / 4.5 hrs
Elevation: +100 / -100m
Meals: Breakfast and dinner
Accommodation: La Bastide Bleue in Seguret

DAY 4
SEGURET TO VACQUEYRAS

The walk begins from Séguret, listed among France’s most beautiful villages. 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 km / 5.5 hrs
Elevation: +350 / -450m
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Le Pradet in Vacqueyras

DAY 5
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 the 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 / 15km / 4 hrs
Elevation: +420m / -250m
Meals: Breakfast and dinner
Accommodation: Les Geraniums Le Barroux

DAY 6
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 locals climbed during periods of drought in generations past to pray for rain. Descend the pilgrimage path to Malaucène.

There’s also an option for 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 km / 4.5 to 9 hrs
Elevation: +500m / -500m or +950m / -950m
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Le Domaine des Tilleuls in Malaucene

DAY 7
MALAUCENE TO VAISON LA ROMAINE

From Malaucène, your walk northward is bathed in thyme and rosemary-drenched hills to the authentic village of Le Crestet perched on the top of the mountain. 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 km / 6. hrs
Elevation: 4500m / -280m
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: L’Eveche in Vaison La Romaine

DAY 8
VAISON LA ROMAINE

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, and enjoy lunch in the old part of town. There is also the famous Tuesday morning market in Vaison la Ramone. There is also a 10 am 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 km
Meals: Breakfast

What’s Included

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Pack-free walking

  • 25+ years experience

  • Customised

  • Eco Travel

  • 7 nights’ accommodation, rooms with ensuites, 2/3* handpicked hotels, auberges and guesthouses.
  • 7 breakfasts, 3 evening meals
  • 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.
Accommodation & Dining

ACCOMMODATION & DINING

OVERVIEW

All the accommodations have been handpicked to reflect the character and history of the region. From elegant guesthouses, small charming hotels, and a ski lodge to family-run Auberges, you can be assured that you will be warmly welcomed wherever you stay. The accommodations are approximately 3-star level with an emphasis on location and the ambience of the region. We cannot 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 walk 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 savour all the region truly has to offer.

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

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Fitness Guide

FITNESS GUIDE

It’s well worth investing some time and effort preparing for your walking holiday. The graph shows the average daily distance, elevation and terrain difficulty for your hike. The dotted line indicates the average across all our walks, which will give you a feel for how challenging your walk is compared to all – and the recommended type, and amount, of preparation needed.  Of course, you can adapt this according to your existing fitness levels and lifestyle.

The graph and the information below can be used in conjunction with the fitness guide to help you prepare for your walking adventure. Across all walks, average daily distance is 16.8km, average daily elevation is 448m, average terrain difficulty is 5/10.

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DISTANCE - ABOVE AVERAGE

Distance training is a major consideration in your overall training program. As you progress, incorporate longer walks into your training plan.

Schedule one or two long walks each week, gradually increasing the distance until you can comfortably cover 17-25 km in a single day. Also include walks on consecutive days to help your body adapt to the demands of walking for multiple days in a row. Take every opportunity you can to walk. If you have a fitness watch or phone, you should try to reach >15,000 steps every day.

Ensure you can comfortably walk the average distance per day displayed in the graph, at least one month before you undertake your hike.

ELEVATION - BELOW AVERAGE

Elevation is not a major consideration in your overall training program. However, you should still incorporate some form of resistance training to increase your endurance.

UNEVEN TERRAIN

Preparation for hiking on uneven terrain demands a blend of physical and mental readiness.

Begin with balance-enhancing exercises, such as one-legged stands and stability ball workouts, laying a groundwork for stability and coordination. Strengthening the lower body is especially important, achieved through the incorporation of squats, lunges, and step-ups. Gradually increase the complexity of the terrain on which you walk, moving from gravel paths to rocky trails. Cultivate mindfulness during your practice, directing focused attention to both your immediate surroundings and precise foot placement.

The importance of suitable footwear cannot be overstated; prioritise options that offer robust support and reliable grip to navigate varying terrains with confidence. Build endurance through consistent hikes, progressively increasing distance and difficulty.

General Info

GENERAL INFO

WALKING

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.

AVAILABILITY

All year.

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.

https://www.kayak.com/flights

www.google.com/flights

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:

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 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.

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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.

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 several 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 fewer 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.)

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

INSURANCE

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.

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 detailed information pack and itinerary approximately six 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

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    AVAILABILITY
    PRICE
    PER PERSON
    Single Occupancy
    DETAILS
  • 1 Mar 2024 - 15 Nov 2024
    AVAILABLE
    Details
    from

    $2595

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $855
  • 1 Mar 2025 - 15 Nov 2025
    AVAILABLE
    Details
    from

    $2700

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $890
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