Provence Walking & Hiking
- Sunny walks through limestone hills, olive orchards and renowned vineyards
- Exclusive tours and tastings at an organic winery and a family-run olive oil mill
- Soak up daily Provençal life in hilltop Gordes and ochre-hued Roussillon
- Savor Michelin-starred cuisine and regional wines
- Marie-Charlotte Bouton, local art historian and van Gogh expert
From Les Baux to the Lubéron
Provence is beautiful. You'll feel it. Cézanne and van Gogh felt it. To think they could have been anywhere and they were here. Among the burnt oranges of Roussillon. The rugged cliffs of Gordes. They could have taken your same path through the gardens of St-Rémy and through the olive groves van Gogh painted. Cézanne gazed up at the same Alpilles mountains you will. It won't surprise you they were inspired to express the beauty of Provence. But you won't need us to tell you that.
Day 1 Michelin-starred cuisine and regional wines A world of windswept crags dotted with oak, pine and cypress trees - the Alpilles is an unforgettable place to walk Behold medieval Les Baux, perched on a rocky plateau above an eerie landscape speckled with caves and wildly eroded limestone.
Day 2 Ramble through piney woods and along limestone hills where goats happily graze on wild herbes de Provence Indulge in traditional Provençal dishes, such as gigot d'agneau (roasted lamb) and papeton d'aubergines (eggplant mousse).
Day 3 Local van Gogh expert and art historian Marie-Charlotte Bouton leads our visit to St-Paul-de-Mausole, where Vincent van Gogh secluded himself and painted some of his most significant works, including Starry Night Footpaths lead through a beautiful weathered landscape to Château Romanin, a family-run organic winery where we stop for a private tour and tasting.
Days 4-6 Sunny walks through limestone hills, olive orchards, vineyards and perched villages Discover vibrant St-Rémy, filled with fountains, cheery cafés, tree-lined boulevards and a lively outdoor market, where you'll rub elbows with locals How many shades of ochre grace radiant Roussillon? Try 16 - no wonder artists adore this place! The Lubéron's fragrant foothills and the cliffs beyond Buoux set the scene for lovely rambles With a local guide, dive into the history and hidden corners of picture-perfect Gordes.
Guests Reviews About This Trip
Best trip of my life.Thank you soooooooooooo much! We also lucked out with great weather and the accommodations were outstanding. We felt like every day was the best and then the next day was even better!- Charlotte, NC
What an unbelievable trip! I couldn't think of a better way to experience Provence. The accommodations were so authentic to the area and the meals did more than just satisfy hunger - they allowed us to totally immerse ourselves in the aura of the region. Backroads somehow must have chosen THE best hotels and restaurants available! Nothing was overlooked.- Stillwater, MN
This trip exceeded all expectations! I never felt rushed, yet never was at loose ends. The pace and variety was somehow perfect everyday. The ability to walk ahead or behind, choose longer or shorter hikes, or even skip a segment, made the trip perfect for everyone. The guides were helpful, gracious and loads of fun! Our group bonded instantly and I know some lifetime friendships were formed. I was at ease walking or eating with anyone. The special presentations by local guides in Gordes and St. Remy (on Van Gogh) were indeed special - it's clear these ladies loved their subjects. A surprise evening option of a vespers service in an ancient abbey was a definite treat.- Redwood City, CA
La Cabro d'Or
Les Baux-de-Provence (1 night) An enchanting hideaway in the heart of the Alpilles mountains with a Michelin-starred restaurant and magnificent gardens. A Relais & Châteaux member. (pool, spa, tennis)
Le Château des Alpilles
St-Rémy-de-Provence (2 nights) An elegant 19th-century manor house owned by a mother-daughter pair who have lovingly renovated and decorated this peaceful property. (pool)
La Bastide de Gordes & Spa
Gordes (2 nights) Within the ancient city walls of Gordes, a 16th-century mansion with splendid hilltop views of the Lubéron Valley. (pool, spa)
Private Trips Options & Pricing
Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities.
You can pick any open date in next year's lineup for your group of 8 or more - just book by December 31st of this year. Call us for date availability.
If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or if your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you.
Pricing for Private Trips
|2 - 3 guests $6,898 pp dbl. occ.||8 - 9 guests $5,398 pp dbl. occ.|
|4 - 5 guests $6,098 pp dbl. occ.||10 - 11 guests $4,898 pp dbl. occ.|
|6 - 7 guests $5,698 pp dbl. occ.||12 or more guests $4,598 pp dbl. occ.|
This Trip Is Rated Level 1-4
Routes For All Abilities
Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next-and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.
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|6||Gordes guided walk (1 hour)|
The terrain on this trip includes alpine forested trails, limestone hill paths and charming village walkways.
* Includes a shuttle