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Self-Guided Walking : Europe

France: Provence & St. Rémy

Easy to Moderate Terrain: 4-10 Miles Daily

France: Provence & St Rémy

The essential Provence unfolds at your feet on this self-guided itinerary where open ridge walks along the Alpilles and Lubéron mountain ranges provide sweeping views over the southern French landscape. The route takes you to picturesque hilltop villages—Gordes, Bonnieux—and through countryside straight out of Van Gogh’s paintings. In fact, you walk in his footsteps in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, stopping in the exact spots where he painted. Trails gently descend through olive and almond groves to quaint medieval villages like Lourmarin, a town shaded by ancient trees and full of colorful markets, fountains, and narrow cobbled lanes. Accommodations offer signature Provençal hospitality and style, as well as the true Mediterranean flavors of fresh local cuisine and fine wine. Each season offers different highlights: from cool nights and mild walking weather in the spring to street festivals in early summer to bountiful harvest markets in the fall, there’s always something new to enjoy in Provence.


Tour Highlights:
  • Follow the ridgeline of the windswept Alpilles on a walk with awe-inspiring 360-degree views before stopping in the medieval village of Les Baux-de-Provence for lunch.
  • Stay in charming local accommodations, like Hotel Sous les Figuieres, whose owner, affectionately known as “Kups,” is always happy to chat.
  • Meet locals while browsing the stalls of open air markets in quaint towns like St. Rémy or Lourmarin.
  • Gain a deeper appreciation for the work of Van Gogh as you follow in his footsteps on a path that takes you to where some of his most iconic paintings were created.
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7 days, 6 nights

FROM $2,698 USD

per person, double occupancy



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Itinerary & Accommodations

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Day 1

Arrival in Avignon & Transfer to St. Rémy

Transfer from Avignon to the classic southern French town of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. Before dinner, relax in the shade of fig trees with an apéritif of chilled pastis (the local anise-flavored liqueur).

Accommodation: Hôtel Sous les Figuiers, Saint-Rémy-de-Provence

A charming small hotel built around an interior courtyard with individually decorated guestrooms highlighting Provençal decor supplemented by antiques and artwork. Fresh local products and home-baked regional breads and pastries are on the breakfast menu, served either in the shaded terrace or the contemporary Baroque small salon. An on-site art studio exhibits contemporary works and encourages local artistic endeavors. A pleasant Provençal town, Saint-Rémy is best known for the Saint-Paul de Mausole monastery where Van Gogh received psychiatric treatment.

Day 2

Van Gogh loop

Enjoy a morning walk on the Van Gogh trail, a path punctuated with reproductions of the artist’s paintings, facing the very scenes that inspired them. Afterwards, climb slopes carpeted with aromatic herbs and wildflowers to the crest of the Alpilles Mountains, where you’ll enjoy far-reaching views and a picnic lunch. Back in Saint Rémy, spend a leisurely afternoon exploring the Roman ruins of Glanum or the former monastery where Van Gogh spent his final year.

Accommodation: Hôtel Sous les Figuiers, Saint-Rémy-de-Provence

A charming small hotel built around an interior courtyard with individually decorated guestrooms highlighting Provençal decor supplemented by antiques and artwork. Fresh local products and home-baked regional breads and pastries are on the breakfast menu, served either in the shaded terrace or the contemporary Baroque small salon. An on-site art studio exhibits contemporary works and encourages local artistic endeavors. A pleasant Provençal town, Saint-Rémy is best known for the Saint-Paul de Mausole monastery where Van Gogh received psychiatric treatment.

Day 3

Saint-Rémy-de-Provence to Les Baux-de-Provence

Climb along a different path to the top of the windswept Alpilles. An undulating trail follows the ridge, affording awe-inspiring 360-degree views as you approach the medieval village of Les Baux de-Provence. After lunch, transfer to Gordes—one of France’s most beautiful villages.

Accommodation: Le Mas de la Beaume, Gordes

This charming bed-and-breakfast, set in a restored stone farmhouse, is just a short stroll from the center of Gordes. Quaint guest rooms are individually decorated with antique furnishings, linen curtains, lavender-adorned wood beams, and waxed walls. In the late afternoon, a swimming pool and surrounding terrace and grounds are bathed in the region’s unique golden light. On a rocky outcropping overlooking classic Provençal landscapes, Gordes, one of France’s loveliest towns, delights with its charm and history dating from the Middle Ages.

Day 4

Abbey de Sénanque loop

The paths around Gordes are lined with old stone walls, lone farmhouses, and bories—centuries-old round shepherd’s huts. Today’s walk leads to magnificent Sénanque Abbey, a 12th-century Cistercian site surrounded by lavender fields. After a picnic lunch, return to your hotel for a refreshing swim.

Accommodation: Le Mas de la Beaume, Gordes

This charming bed-and-breakfast, set in a restored stone farmhouse, is just a short stroll from the center of Gordes. Quaint guest rooms are individually decorated with antique furnishings, linen curtains, lavender-adorned wood beams, and waxed walls. In the late afternoon, a swimming pool and surrounding terrace and grounds are bathed in the region’s unique golden light. On a rocky outcropping overlooking classic Provençal landscapes, Gordes, one of France’s loveliest towns, delights with its charm and history dating from the Middle Ages.

Day 5

Goult or Lacoste to Bonnieux

Walk through the cherry orchards, vineyards, and truffle oak plantations of the Calavon Valley to the medieval village of Bonnieux. This afternoon, transfer to your boutique hotel in Lourmarin, renowned as one of France’s most beautiful villages for its maze of cobblestone streets and centuries-old buildings.

Accommodation: Hôtel Bastide de Lourmarin, Lourmarin

Located at the entrance of the beautiful town of Lourmarin, this four-star boutique hotel offers just 19 individually decorated rooms combining authentic Provençal furnishings, fabrics, and tiles with modern comfort and unique artwork. Among its grounds are meticulous gardens, heated swimming pool, solarium and lounge in an olive grove, and on-site sauna. A terrace provides shaded and sunny outdoor seating for breakfast, weather permitting.

Day 6

Lourmarin loop via Cadenet

Today’s walk follows paths scented with wild thyme and rosemary, ambling through picturesque, vine-laden countryside bathed in sunlight and backed by bare limestone outcroppings. Pause for lunch in sleepy Cadenet, savoring the village’s authentic Provençal atmosphere before returning to relax at your hotel.

Accommodation: Hôtel Bastide de Lourmarin, Lourmarin

Located at the entrance of the beautiful town of Lourmarin, this four-star boutique hotel offers just 19 individually decorated rooms combining authentic Provençal furnishings, fabrics, and tiles with modern comfort and unique artwork. Among its grounds are meticulous gardens, heated swimming pool, solarium and lounge in an olive grove, and on-site sauna. A terrace provides shaded and sunny outdoor seating for breakfast, weather permitting.

Day 7

Departure from Avignon

Transfer back to Avignon after breakfast.

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Dates & Prices

Seasonal Tour Pricing

2018 Dates Number of Travelers
2 3 4 5 6 Single Supplement
Solo Surcharge
Apr 1 - Jun 26 $2,698 $2,598 $2,598 $2,598 $2,498 $850 $565
Sep 1 - Nov 15 $2,698 $2,598 $2,598 $2,598 $2,498 $850 $565
This tour is available daily, on request, from April 1 through June 26 and September 1 through November 15, 2018. Please note that the tiered tour price is based on a guarantee of a specified number of guests—should your group decrease in size, we reserve the right to alter the per person price if necessary as reflected in the Tour Price table. Please also note that the tour price includes one arrival transfer from Avignon to Saint-Rémy-de-Provence on Day 1 of the tour and one departure transfer from Lourmarin to Avignon on Day 7 of the tour. If traveling in a group of two or more with separate arrival and/or departure times, additional charges will apply for multiple transfers. All prices are per person, based on double occupancy. Make it to market: If you time your trip properly, you can browse stalls of farm-fresh produce, deliciously cured meats, and ever-so-colorful printed fabrics at an outdoor market in towns like Saint Rémy, Gordes, or Lourmarin. It’s a delicious way to find lunch—and maybe a memento to enjoy once you return home. Download our full itinerary for more details on the weekly markets you can experience on this tour.

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