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With its vivid scents and colors flavoring every day, Provence is the perfect place to come to your senses.
Spring breezes carry the scent of sage, rosemary, and wild thyme as you climb along a ridgeline, and radiant sunlight warms your face. A patchwork of olive groves and vineyards stretches far across the valley below, while further up the trail, Les Baux’s medieval buildings peek out from chalky white hillsides dotted with cypresses and red poppies. Exploring southern France’s most beautiful villages, each walk prompts the same question: What could possibly be more picturesque? The vibrant Van Gogh landscapes surrounding St. Rémy? The fragrant lavender fields outside Sénanque Abbey? The piles of purple artichokes, luscious red cherries, and white asparagus at the open-air market in Gordes? Every day, this walking tour in Provence finds new ways to delight your senses.
- 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 delightful, local accommodations imbued with Provençal charm, where friendly owners greet you with warm hospitality and a glass of wine.
- Rub elbows with locals as you explore the colorful stalls of open-air markets in quaint towns like St. Rémy, Gordes, and Bonnieux.
- Gain a deeper appreciation for the work of Vincent Van Gogh, as you visit the sites where he created some of his most iconic paintings.
Hotel Sous les Figuiers
A charming, small hotel built around an interior courtyard, the Hôtel Sous les Figuiers features individually decorated, air-conditioned guestrooms highlighting Provençal décor 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 Baroque salon. An on-site art studio exhibits contemporary works and encourages local artistic endeavors. A pleasant Provençal town, St. Rémy is best known for the Saint-Paul de Mausole monastery where Van Gogh received psychiatric treatment. Please note: this accommodation is available on limited departures.
Le Mas de la Beaume
Set in a restored stone farmhouse, this charming bed-and-breakfast is just a short stroll from the center of Gordes. Quaint, un-air-conditioned 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. Please note: this accommodation is available on limited departures.
Le Clos du Buis
This relaxed, homey, family-run hotel, once a bakery, has been meticulously renovated, retaining former details such as the authentically restored bread oven. Eight individually decorated guestrooms with small sitting areas overlook the garden or countryside, and boast air conditioning, terracotta tile floors, and classic French and Provençal furnishings and fabrics. A homemade breakfast buffet is served on the veranda overlooking the Luberon Valley and Mont Ventoux. The inviting grounds and gardens include an outdoor swimming pool with shaded seating and a bubbling drinking-water fountain. The upper town of Bonnieux sits atop a ridge with magnificent views, and the town’s winding narrow lanes lead up to its Gothic church. Please note: this accommodation is available on limited departures.
|9 meals: 6 breakfasts and 3 dinners|
|Detailed water- and tear-resistant Route Notes and maps|
|Orientation meeting with a Country Walkers representative|
|Local representative available 24/7|
|Entrance fees and special events as noted in the itinerary: Les Carrières de Lumières|
|Scheduled taxi and luggage transportation (Please note: If unable to walk, it is possible to travel with your luggage from one accommodation to the next; there may be an additional charge.)|
|Travel assistance available 24/7 provided by Allianz Global Assistance|
|Access to Self-Guided Flight Concierge—Ask our knowledgeable team to find flights that sync perfectly with your planned trip.|
Expert Local Guides
Experience your destination like an insider with people who call it home.
Jaka Bizjak, discovered his passion for outdoor sports at a very young age. He is an avid mountain biker and a pioneer of balance sports, such as slackline and stand up paddle-boarding. An experienced walking, biking, and sailing guide in both Slovenia and Croatia, he enjoys spending time in nature with his wife and is an aspiring custom bike frame builder.
Barbara Kricej Bizjak
Barbara Kricej Bizjak’s immense love of sports, nature, and people led her to a life working outside and her particular interest in guiding. Barbara especially enjoys informing visitors about local traditions and cuisine. She is also a horseback riding instructor, ballroom dance teacher, a licensed mountain bike guide, and speaks three languages! Her hobbies include a wide range of outdoor sports, which she usually enjoys with her husband.