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Provence & Costa Brava Walking & Hiking Tour
Provence & Costa Brava Walking & Hiking Tour

"Slowly in the morning and not too fast in the afternoon" is a saying in the South of France. When you're never far from a delicious Côtes du Luberon or Catalan wine, an exquisite meal and intoxicating scenery, they're easy words to live by. So feel free to stop, sample and savor. Wander leisurely in Provence, through the countryside and within the ramparts of medieval villages perchés. Marvel at Costa Brava's white-sand beaches and brilliant Mediterranean waters. Linger in artisanal shops, sip a pastis and sample delectable cuisine. And enjoy the magic of two sun-soaked lands at two blissful speeds. Slowly and not too fast.

Day 1 Walk in the wild and ruggedly beautiful Luberon Valley, land of honey, lavender and cherries  Spectacular scenery surrounds you -views of the Vaucluse ridge and Mont Ventoux are especially memorable.

Day 2 Explore the picture-book streets of hilltop Bonnieux with a local guide  Hike the wooded rolling hills and craggy cliffs of the Grand Luberon range, an area renowned for its truffles  The ruins of medieval Fort de Buoux, perched on a high plateau, invite a stroll.

Day 3 A private tasting of the best local vintages  Amble through a landscape of limestone hills, olive orchards and vineyards Cross a Roman-built bridge to Roussillon Follow Grand Randonnée trails past wheat fields and a truffle farm  It's a hearty climb to the perched village of Gordes.

Day 4 Discover the charming artists' haven of St-Rémy  Smell the lavender, sample the olives, taste the wine and enjoy this town at its vibrant best on market day  Travel to the Costa Brava by private coach.

Days 5-6 Walk Spain's ancient Camí de Ronda, which connect Costa Brava's secluded coves  Find your bliss amid this incredible setting of plunging cliffs and white-sand beaches  Ascend to a promontory offering glorious views of the sea.


Trip Highlights
  • Walk in the wild and ruggedly beautiful Luberon Valley
  • Private tasting of the best local vintages
  • A landscape of limestone hills, olive orchards and vineyards
  • Discover the charming and thriving artists' haven of St-Rémy
  • Hike from one secluded cove to another on Costa Brava's ancient Camí de Ronda
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Casual Inns

Le Roy Soleil (2 nights): You are sure to feel connected to nature at this lovely hotel nestled in the Luberon Valley. (pool)

Hotel Gounod (1 night): This cheery hotel set in the heart of town has hosted artists such as van Gogh and Frédéric Mistral, and Charles Gounod himself, who composed the opera Mireille during his stay. (pool)

Hotel Sant Roc (2 nights): Splendid views are yours to admire at this hotel, perched magnificently above the Mediterranean in the heart of Costa Brava.


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.

Daily Route Options
Day EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 7* 500
2 5* 300 7* 400 8* 700
3 4* 300 8* 500 10 1000
4 2 400
Provençal Market Day in St-Rémy
5 4* 1000 7* 1800 8* 2500
6 4 200 5 500
 
note:

* Includes a shuttle


2014 Dates & Pricing*

CLASSIC TRIPS
  • 5/18-23 Price: $3898 pp dbl. occ., (+ $550 for sgl. occ.)
  • 5/25-30 Price: $3698 pp dbl. occ., (+ $550 for sgl. occ.)
  • 6/29-7/4 Price: $3898 pp dbl. occ., (+ $550 for sgl. occ.)
  • 7/13-18 Price: $3698 pp dbl. occ., (+ $550 for sgl. occ.)
  • 9/7-12 Price: $3898 pp dbl. occ., (+ $550 for sgl. occ.)
  • 9/14-19 Price: $3698 pp dbl. occ., (+ $550 for sgl. occ.)
  • 9/21-26 Price: $3498 pp dbl. occ., (+ $550 for sgl. occ.)
  • 9/28-10/3 Price: $3498 pp dbl. occ., (+ $550 for sgl. occ.)
  • 10/5-10 Price: $3698 pp dbl. occ., (+ $550 for sgl. occ.)
  • 10/12-17 Price: $3498 pp dbl. occ., (+ $550 for sgl. occ.)
  • 10/19-24 Price: $3698 pp dbl. occ., (+ $550 for sgl. occ.)

*Prices may change. Once you book your trip, your price is guaranteed.

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 from a large selection of dates for your group of 8 or more. 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 $6,198 pp dbl. occ.
  • 4 - 5 guests $5,198 pp dbl. occ.
  • 6 - 7 guests $4,698 pp dbl. occ.
  • 8 - 9 guests $4,398 pp dbl. occ.
  • 10 - 11 guests $3,798 pp dbl. occ.
  • 12 or more guests $3,498 pp dbl. occ.


Guest Trip Reviews

My whole life is changed because of this experience. I've just been home for an hour or so, and have already emailed everyone I know to tell them to get on the Backroads website to book a trip.
Jennifer Cox - Chicago, IL

This was my first experience with Backroads and it exceeded my expectations by a mile! I loved every aspect of this trip; the attention to detail, the route, food and above all the two leaders who were exceptional! You guys rock! What a wonderful experience. Professional, enriching and challenging all at the same time.
Denise Levinter - Toronto, Canada