Explore the south of France on footpaths through mountainous landscapes, rolling vineyards, and charming villages on this delightful Provence walking tour.

Embark on a walking tour through one of France’s most beloved provinces – Provence. Make your way through medieval villages, open countryside, and lush vineyards, all the while soaking up the region’s rural charm. Your senses come alive with the sights and sounds of vibrant open-air markets, while traditional Provençal cuisine enchants your taste buds as you sample delectable local cheeses, wines, meats, and pastries. Pause to gaze up at the magnificent, Gothic Palais des Papes and explore Avignon’s city center, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Your comfortable accommodations are perfectly situated, near restaurants, shops, and attractions. From tiny villages clinging to rugged mountainsides to serene olive groves, Provence has inspired artists for centuries and this walking tour of Provence is bound to inspire you too.

Highlights

  • Enjoy a picnic surrounded by works of art in a Provençal potter’s workshop
  • Savor the surroundings and wine offerings at Domaine de Mourchon
  • Stroll through the villages of Seguret and Les Baux, noted for being some of the most beautiful in France
  • Marvel at the multitude of smells, flavors, and colors as you make your way through the sprawling Vaison la Romaine outdoor market
  • Learn the process of olive oil making from production to taste buds at an olive grove and mill
  • Gaze upon sweeping landscapes and beautiful backdrops that inspired Vincent van Gogh’s most influential paintings
  • Admire Gothic architecture in historic Avignon, including the imposing Palais de Papes, a UNESCO World Heritage site
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Opportunities to break away from the group and explore on your own.
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Delicious multi-course meals—a majority are included.
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A maximum of 20 fun-loving fellow travelers to share the journey.
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Gracious accommodations that are a clean, comfortable home away from home.
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Flight + Tour Combos include plane tickets, airport car service, and pre- and post-tour accommodations.

Itinerary

Fri, May 22 to Sun, May 31 - 2020

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Begin your adventure by departing from a convenient gateway city in the United States or Canada. Spend the first night aloft.

Upon arrival at Marseilles (MRS) Airport, a representative holding a Country Walkers sign meets you as you exit the baggage-claim area. A complimentary small-group transfer is provided to your city center hotel approximately 45 minutes away. The remainder of the day is at your leisure (no meals included).

If you are going to be delayed meeting our transfer representative for more than 15 minutes due to delayed or lost luggage, please contact Allianz Global Assistance to advise of your delay and they will contact our transfer service on your behalf Our drivers are generally able to wait for up to 45 minutes from the time your flight lands, after which you would be responsible for your own transfer.

Please note: If you arrive early, your hotel room may not be available until 3:00 p.m., in which case you may store your luggage with the reception desk.

Country Walkers provides you with City Information that includes recommendations on what to see and do in Aix-en-Provence during your stay.

Accommodation: Grand Hôtel Roi René Aix-en-Provence Centre-MGallery by Sofitel

Vaison la Romaine; 2 miles, easy

After breakfast, check out of the hotel (your luggage can be stored with the reception desk) and enjoy a morning at leisure in Aix-en-Provence. Enjoy lunch on your own before meeting your guides, who will be wearing a Country Walkers shirt, in the hotel lobby at 12:50 p.m. Be dressed and prepared to start the warm-up walk upon your arrival at Vaison la Romaine, as we will not visit the hotel first. You’ll transfer via private coach to Vaison la Romaine (a journey of approximately 90 minutes, depending on traffic).

Upon arrival in Vaison la Romaine, you’ll embark on a walk that loops from the center of town into the countryside and back. As you make your way to our hotel in the medieval section of town, you’ll walk along cobblestone streets and through small squares, passing by fountains and a belfry featuring a wrought-iron campanile.

Enjoy time on your own to relax and settle in before regrouping for tonight’s welcome reception and dinner in the hotel.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Hostellerie Le Beffroi

Sablet to Séguret; 2 miles, easy and Séguret to Bel-Air; 3 miles, easy

After a very short transfer this morning to the village of Sablet, you will start your walk to one of the official “most beautiful villages in France,” Seguret. The village lies at the foot of a hill topped by the ruins of its feudal chateau. There will be time to explore the charm of this village, with its typical Provençal atmosphere and medieval character.

Just outside of the village is located the Domaine de Mourchon, where you will stop to taste their wines. Your walk then continues to the home and workshop of potter Alain Berthéas. He is famous for producing large clay pots for both wine storage and as pieces of art. Here we will all enjoy a picnic lunch in his garden.

Later, we return to Vaison la Romaine, where the remainder of the day is yours. Enjoy strolling through the medieval town and trying one of its many wonderful restaurants for dinner on your own.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hostellerie Le Beffroi

Vaison la Romaine to Crestet; 5 miles, easy

After breakfast, you’ll walk straight from the hotel to the market of Vaison la Romaine, where you can immerse yourself in the wonderful scents, colors, and sounds of Provence. You’ll be tempted by the local produce such as white asparagus, purple artichokes, and a large array of olives. Sample baked goods and artisanal cheeses. Or pick up some dried lavender, fragrant handmade soaps, or the colorful tablecloths, napkins, and other linens that are emblematic of Provence. You might wish to pick up few local delicacies for your lunch, which you’ll pause to eat later during your walk through open countryside to the pretty hilltop village of Crestet. As you stroll its narrow, winding cobblestone streets, you’ll be treated to magnificent views of the Ouveze Valley and majestic Mount Ventoux.

After leaving Crestet you’ll meet our bus and shuttle to your next hotel in Villeneuve-les-Avignon (a journey of approximately 60 minutes, depending on traffic). Upon arrival you will enjoy free time to settle in before we regroup for dinner in the hotel’s restaurant.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel La Magnaneraie

Avignon walking tour; easy and La Magnaneraie through La Colline des Mourgues; 3.5 miles, easy

This morning, you hop on a local bus to the center of Avignon where you’ll meet a local guide for a walking tour of the famed “City of Popes,” so named for the 67-year period during the 14th century when seven popes, beginning with Clement V, abandoned Rome and made the city their permanent residence. During your stroll, you’ll tour Avignon’s historical center, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and view the fortified Palais de Papes, or Palace of the Popes, the magnificent Gothic complex where the popes lived.

After lunch, the rest of the afternoon is yours to do as you please. Perhaps you’ll venture inside the Palais de Papes, or browse for pottery or handmade tablecloths at the many shops and market stalls. Wander over to the city’s signature Pont de St. Bénézet, the medieval bridge upon which the famous children’s song “Sur le Pont d’Avignon” is based.

Later, you’ll regroup with your guides and walk (or take the public bus) back to your hotel. Your guides also can offer an afternoon walk from the hotel through Villeneuve and its historic sights, rewarding you with magnificent views over Avignon and Villeneuve les Avignon. After returning back into Villeneuve, you can relax by your hotel’s pool before dinner on your own.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel La Magnaneraie

Les Alpilles to St. Rémy; 3 miles, easy to moderate

Today’s discoveries begin with Les Baux, another one of the official “most beautiful villages in France” that is perched on a rocky plateau more than 800 feet high, and which can only be reached on foot. In the Middle Ages, its court was famous for the minstrels and troubadours who came here to sing songs of courtly love. Enjoy some free time to explore on your own, admiring the village’s carefully restored medieval facades, browsing its art galleries and craft shops—and delighting in the sweeping views of the surrounding countryside. Enjoy lunch on your own in Les Baux.

You’ll then transfer to a nearby ridge to begin your walk near Les Alpilles, or “The Little Alps.” This chain of limestone peaks running east to west is where bauxite was first discovered (and named after the village of Les Baux-de-Provence), and is an extension of the Luberon Mountains. With their exposed white rocks and sparse vegetation, the Alpilles region nevertheless has been a rich producer of almonds, apricots, olives and grain since the Middle Ages. Your walk treats you to magnificent views of the mountains and surrounding plains before you drop down through the wooded slopes into the charming small city of St. Rémy. Here you will pause for lunch on your own. Afterwards, explore the hidden gems of St. Rémy including the neo-classical Church of St. Martin and its 14th-century bell tower and the 15th-16th century Renaissance Palace Hotel de Sade, once owned by the Marquis de Sade, now the site of a small archaeological collection. After checking in to your hotel, unwind by the pool, spa, or terrace.

Tonight, enjoy dinner on your own at your hotel’s restaurant, or venture into St. Rémy and choose from among its many inviting bistros.

Included Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hôtel Le Saint-Rémy

St. Rémy to Eygalières; 5 miles, easy

Today you’ll have a short shuttle ride to your trailhead, where you’ll follow an undulating footpath that skirts the bottom edge of Les Alpilles through olive groves and vineyards. From a distance, before you arrive in the village, you’ll see Eygalières perched on the summit of a small hill. As you approach, you’ll be able to observe the small houses that make up the village and the busy Friday market. Stop here to explore the village and market, perhaps buying some local produce for a picnic lunch.

Returning to St. Rémy, you will meet up with another local friend, historian Mathilde Duvillier, who will escort you on a walking tour following in the footsteps of Vincent van Gogh. The artist’s paintings come alive as you visit the very scenes he immortalized. One of Van Gogh’s most famous paintings, The Starry Night, is believed to have been inspired by night views of St. Rémy. You will also stop inside the sanitarium where the layout and furnishings of Van Gogh’s room have been reproduced.

You’ll return via shuttle to St. Rémy, where you’ll have time at leisure to explore before returning to your hotel.

Tonight, toast your discoveries of southern France with your fellow travelers during a special farewell dinner at the hotel.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Hôtel Le Saint-Rémy

After breakfast, say goodbye to your guides and transfer to Aix-en-Provence. Upon arrival, settle into to your centrally located hotel. You may spend the rest of the day relaxing and discovering this magical city on your own. You may wish to head out immediately to visit the large morning market that sells wonderful fruit, vegetables, flowers, and spices, as well as Provençal goods such as soaps, tablecloths, aprons, pottery and clothes.

Included Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Grand Hôtel Roi René Aix-en-Provence Centre-MGallery by Sofitel

This morning, a complimentary small-group transfer is provided to Marseilles Airport, based on your departure time. (Departure time will be communicated to you by your guides on tour.)

Post-tour Extension guests: After breakfast, transfer to the Marseilles airport for your flight to Paris. Upon arrival, you will be met by a County Walkers representative and transferred to your centrally located hotel, La Demeure Montaigne.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Sun, May 24 to Sat, May 30 - 2020

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Vaison la Romaine; 2.2 miles, easy

Enjoy lunch on your own before meeting your guide(s), who will be wearing a Country Walkers shirt, in the lobby of the Grand Hôtel Roi René Aix-en-Provence Centre-MGallery by Sofitel, 24 boulevard du Roi René , Aix-en-Provence (tel. 011 33 4 42 37 61 00) at 12:50 p.m. Be dressed and prepared to start the warm-up walk upon your arrival at Vaison la Romaine, as we will not visit the hotel first. You’ll transfer via private coach to Vaison la Romaine (a journey of approximately 90 minutes, depending on traffic).

If your arrival in Aix-en-Provence is later than 1:00 p.m. or if your arrival is delayed, you must make your own arrangements for travel to our hotel in Vaison la Romaine. A taxi from Aix-en-Provence to Vaison la Romaine costs approximately 150 euros one way. Please contact the hotel to let them know if you are delayed. The hotel will pass your message along to your guides.

Included Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hostellerie Le Beffroi

Sablet to Séguret; 1.8 miles, easy and Séguret to Bel-Air; 3 miles, easy

After a very short transfer this morning to the village of Sablet, you will start your walk to one of the official “most beautiful villages in France,” Seguret. The village lies at the foot of a hill topped by the ruins of its feudal chateau. There will be time to explore the charm of this village, with its typical Provençal atmosphere and medieval character.

Just outside of the village is located the Domaine de Mourchon, where you will stop to taste their wines. Your walk then continues to the home and workshop of potter Alain Berthéas. He is famous for producing large clay pots for both wine storage and as pieces of art. Here we will all enjoy a picnic lunch in his garden.

Later, we return to Vaison la Romaine, where the remainder of the day is yours. Enjoy strolling through the medieval town and trying one of its many wonderful restaurants for dinner on your own.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hostellerie Le Beffroi

Vaison la Romaine to Crestet; 4.7 miles, easy

After breakfast, you’ll walk straight from the hotel to the market of Vaison la Romaine, where you can immerse yourself in the wonderful scents, colors, and sounds of Provence. You’ll be tempted by the local produce such as white asparagus, purple artichokes, and a large array of olives. Sample baked goods and artisanal cheeses. Or pick up some dried lavender, fragrant handmade soaps, or the colorful tablecloths, napkins, and other linens that are emblematic of Provence. You might wish to pick up few local delicacies for your lunch, which you’ll pause to eat later during your walk through open countryside to the pretty hilltop village of Crestet. As you stroll its narrow, winding cobblestone streets, you’ll be treated to magnificent views of the Ouveze Valley and majestic Mount Ventoux.

After leaving Crestet you’ll meet our bus and shuttle to your next hotel in Villeneuve-les-Avignon (a journey of approximately 60 minutes, depending on traffic). Upon arrival you will enjoy free time to settle in before we regroup for dinner in the hotel’s restaurant.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel La Magnaneraie

Avignon walking tour; easy and La Magnaneraie through La Colline des Mourgues; 3.1 miles, easy

This morning, you hop on a local bus to the center of Avignon where you’ll meet a local guide for a walking tour of the famed “City of Popes,” so named for the 67-year period during the 14th century when seven popes, beginning with Clement V, abandoned Rome and made the city their permanent residence. During your stroll, you’ll tour Avignon’s historical center, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and view the fortified Palais de Papes, or Palace of the Popes, the magnificent Gothic complex where the popes lived.

After lunch, the rest of the afternoon is yours to do as you please. Perhaps you’ll venture inside the Palais de Papes, or browse for pottery or handmade tablecloths at the many shops and market stalls. Wander over to the city’s signature Pont de St. Bénézet, the medieval bridge upon which the famous children’s song “Sur le Pont d’Avignon” is based.

Later, you’ll regroup with your guides and walk (or take the public bus) back to your hotel. Your guides also can offer an afternoon walk from the hotel through Villeneuve and its historic sights, rewarding you with magnificent views over Avignon and Villeneuve les Avignon. After returning back into Villeneuve, you can relax by your hotel’s pool before dinner on your own.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel La Magnaneraie

Les Alpilles to St. Rémy; 3 miles, easy to moderate

Today’s discoveries begin with Les Baux, another one of the official “most beautiful villages in France” that is perched on a rocky plateau more than 800 feet high, and which can only be reached on foot. In the Middle Ages, its court was famous for the minstrels and troubadours who came here to sing songs of courtly love. Enjoy some free time to explore on your own, admiring the village’s carefully restored medieval facades, browsing its art galleries and craft shops—and delighting in the sweeping views of the surrounding countryside. Enjoy lunch on your own in Les Baux.

You’ll then transfer to a nearby ridge to begin your walk near Les Alpilles, or “The Little Alps.” This chain of limestone peaks running east to west is where bauxite was first discovered (and named after the village of Les Baux-de-Provence), and is an extension of the Luberon Mountains. With their exposed white rocks and sparse vegetation, the Alpilles region nevertheless has been a rich producer of almonds, apricots, olives and grain since the Middle Ages. Your walk treats you to magnificent views of the mountains and surrounding plains before you drop down through the wooded slopes into the charming small city of St. Rémy. Here you will pause for lunch on your own. Afterwards, explore the hidden gems of St. Rémy including the neo-classical Church of St. Martin and its 14th-century bell tower and the 15th-16th century Renaissance Palace Hotel de Sade, once owned by the Marquis de Sade, now the site of a small archaeological collection. After checking in to your hotel, unwind by the pool, spa, or terrace.

Tonight, enjoy dinner on your own at your hotel’s restaurant, or venture into St. Rémy and choose from among its many inviting bistros.

Included Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hôtel Le Saint-Rémy

St. Rémy to Eygalières; 5 miles, easy

Today you’ll have a short shuttle ride to your trailhead, where you’ll follow an undulating footpath that skirts the bottom edge of Les Alpilles through olive groves and vineyards. From a distance, before you arrive in the village, you’ll see Eygalières perched on the summit of a small hill. As you approach, you’ll be able to observe the small houses that make up the village and the busy Friday market. Stop here to explore the village and market, perhaps buying some local produce for a picnic lunch.

Returning to St. Rémy, you will meet up with another local friend, historian Mathilde Duvillier, who will escort you on a walking tour following in the footsteps of Vincent van Gogh. The artist’s paintings come alive as you visit the very scenes he immortalized. One of Van Gogh’s most famous paintings, The Starry Night, is believed to have been inspired by night views of St. Rémy. You will also stop inside the sanitarium where the layout and furnishings of Van Gogh’s room have been reproduced.

You’ll return via shuttle to St. Rémy, where you’ll have time at leisure to explore before returning to your hotel.

Tonight, toast your discoveries of southern France with your fellow travelers during a special farewell dinner at the hotel.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Hôtel Le Saint-Rémy

After breakfast, transfer to the Aix-en-Provence Grand Hôtel Roi René Aix-en-Provence Centre-MGallery by Sofitel, arriving at approximately 11:00 a.m. Your tour ends here.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Accommodations

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France: Slow Road Through Provence 1
Pre-Tour
Flight + Tour Combo Only
2020

2020 Pre-Tour Extension - Aix-en-Provence

  • Two nights at the Grand Hôtel Roi René Aix-en-Provence Centre-MGallery by Sofitel
  • Daily breakfast
  • City Information
  • Airport transfer

2 Nights From $298
per person, double occupancy

Overnight flight from USA to Marseilles, France. Please refer to your air itinerary for your specific flight details.

Upon arrival at Marseilles’ Provence Airport, a representative holding a Country Walkers sign meets you as you exit the baggage-claim area. A complimentary small-group transfer will be provided to your Aix-en-Provence hotel, approximately 45 minutes away. The remainder of the day is at your leisure (no meals included).

If you are going to be delayed meeting our transfer representative for more than 15 minutes due to delayed or lost luggage, please contact Allianz Global Assistance to advise of your delay and they will contact our transfer service on your behalf. Our drivers are generally able to wait for up to 45 minutes from the time your flight lands, after which you would be responsible for your own transfer.

Please note: If you arrive early, your hotel room may not be available until 3:00 p.m., in which case you may store your luggage with the reception desk.

Country Walkers provides you with City Information that includes recommendations on what to see and do in Aix-en-Provence during your stay.

Accommodation: Grand Hôtel Roi René Aix-en-Provence Centre-MGallery by Sofitel

After breakfast, spend the day exploring this intriguing city on your own. As you begin your day, perhaps visit some of the museums, such as the Musée Granet or the Musée des Tapisseries. Aix is known as the “City of a Thousand Fountains,” and you will discover why when you stroll to the old town (Vieil Aix) along the Cours Mirabeau, where many of the best fountains flow.

Discover the architectural and cultural treasures of Aix-en-Provence simply by walking around. Some of the smallest streets of the ancient Roman town have kept their evocative names, offering a glimpse into the city’s 2,000-year-old past. Perhaps you’ll enjoy a taste of Provence at the main food market at Place Richelme. Play pétanque with the locals at the Boulodrome. Admire the elegant townhouses of the Mazarin district. For dinner tonight, consult your City Information packet for restaurant recommendations.

Accommodation: Grand Hôtel Roi René Aix-en-Provence Centre-MGallery by Sofitel

Take another day to discover Aix-en-Provence, or perhaps venture into the countryside to experience the beauty of the landscapes immortalized by Cézanne. On the edge of town, you can explore the Carrières de Bibémus, a quarry whose red cubic rocks inspired some of Cézanne’s best work.

Accommodation: Grand Hôtel Roi René Aix-en-Provence Centre-MGallery by Sofitel

France: Slow Road Through Provence
Post-Tour
Flight + Tour Combo Only
2020

2020 Post-Tour Extension - Paris

  • Two nights at La Demeure Montaigne
  • Daily breakfast
  • City Information
  • Airport transfers

2 Nights From $748
per person, double occupancy

After breakfast, transfer to the Marseilles airport for your flight to Paris. Upon arrival, you will be met by a County Walkers representative and transferred to your centrally located hotel.

Dinner is on your own.

Country Walkers provides you with City Information that includes recommendations on what to see and do in Paris during your stay.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: La Demeure Montaigne

Today, see for yourself why this city has inspired poets, lovers, emperors, and artists for centuries. Visit Montmartre and its charming cafés and artists’ colony. Or venture to the top of Notre Dame for a gargoyle’s view of the city. Make a stop at the Eiffel Tower or one of the magnificent museums, such as the Musée Picasso or the Musée d’Orsay. Take a stroll through the Tuileries Gardens on your way to the Louvre. You can walk to many of the major sights from your centrally located hotel.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: La Demeure Montaigne

A complimentary small-group transfer is provided to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport based upon your departure time. (Transfer time to be communicated by your guides on tour.)

Included Meals: Breakfast

What's Included

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10 on-tour meals: 6 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners Check Check
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Entrance fees and special events as noted in the itinerary Check Check
Emergency travel assistance hotline available 24/7 Check Check
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Dates & Prices

Flight + Tour Combo

10 days. Includes round-trip international airfare, airport car service, additional hotel nights with included breakfast, and your tour.

Single Supplement: From $998

Departing From New York, NY (JFK)

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7 days. Includes your tour only.

Single Supplement: From $748

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Fri, May 22 - Sun, May 31, 2020

$4,698

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$3,498

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$4,748

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$3,598

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$4,698

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$3,498

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$4,448

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