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Provence Walking & Hiking Tour
Provence Walking & Hiking Tour

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 Farm-fresh 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 local wine, cheese and traditional Provençal dishes made from ingredients harvested from an organic garden  During a tasting, can you discern the individual characteristics of Moulin du Calanquet's award-winning AOC olive oils?

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 and biodynamic winery where we stop for a private tour and tasting  Looking for more challenge? Opt for a heart-pumping climb over the Alpilles to a ridge with stellar views of the valley and (on a clear day) Mont Ventoux, the Alps, the Dentelles de Montmirail and even the Mediterranean!

Days 4-6 Sunny walks through olive orchards, vineyards and perched villages Discover vibrant St-Rémy, filled with fountains, cheery cafés, treelined 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 Luberon'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.


Trip Highlights
  • 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
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Premiere Inns

La Cabro d'Or (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 (2 nights): A refined 19th-century manor house owned and lovingly renovated by a mother and daughter. (pool)

La Bastide de Gordes & Spa (2 nights): Within the ancient city walls of Gordes, a 16th-century mansion with splendid hilltop views of the Luberon Valley. (pool, spa)


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 3 200 5 200
2 6* 400 8 400 10 500
3 5* 200 6 1000 11 1000
4 4* 500 7 1000
5 5* 400 8* 700
6 Gordes Guided Walk (1 Hour)
 
note:

* Includes a shuttle


2015 Dates & Pricing*

CLASSIC TRIPS
  • 5/3-8 Price: $4498 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1240 for sgl. occ.)
  • 5/17-22 Price: $4798 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1240 for sgl. occ.)
  • 6/7-12 Price: $4498 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1240 for sgl. occ.)
  • 6/21-26 Price: $4798 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1240 for sgl. occ.)
  • 9/1-6 Price: $4498 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1240 for sgl. occ.)
  • 9/6-11 Price: $4498 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1240 for sgl. occ.)
  • 9/13-18 Price: $4498 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1240 for sgl. occ.)
  • 9/20-25 Price: $4498 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1240 for sgl. occ.)
  • 9/27-10/2 Price: $4498 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1240 for sgl. occ.)
  • 10/4-9 Price: $4498 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1240 for sgl. occ.)
  • 10/11-16 Price: $4498 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1240 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 (prices may vary based on departure date)

2015

2 - 3 guests from $6,898 pp dbl. occ. 8 - 9 guests from $5,398 pp dbl. occ.
4 - 5 guests from $6,098 pp dbl. occ. 10 - 11 guests from $4,798 pp dbl. occ.
6 - 7 guests from $5,598 pp dbl. occ. 12 or more guests from $4,498 pp dbl. occ.

All Private Singles-Solos trips require a minimum of 16 guests.


Guest Trip Reviews

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!
Megan Guhl- 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.
Cathy Sleiter- 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.
Pamela Martinson- Redwood City, CA