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"Slowly in the morning and not too fast in the afternoon" is a saying in the south of France and a way of life on Spain's Costa Brava. When you're never far from sublime scenery, an exquisite wine and a delicious meal, they're easy words to live by. So feel free to stop, sample and savor. And enjoy the magic of two sun-soaked lands. Slowly and not too fast.
THIS ITINERARY: 6 days, 5 nights
ACCOMMODATIONS: Casual & Casual Plus Hotels
Start Avignon / End Barcelona
Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.
From Lacoste, walk through a land of honey and cherries | Take in iconic Provençal scenery with views of Mont Ventoux | Looking at the gorgeous landscape, it doesn’t take long to understand the region’s deep connection to the art world | Relax at a tranquil oasis in the hamlet of Ménerbes, a member of the designated Most Beautiful Villages of France | Explore the picturesque hilltop village of Bonnieux with a local guide | Hike the wooded rolling hills and craggy cliffs of the Grand Luberon range | The fascinating ruins of medieval Fort de Buoux invite discovery | Play a friendly game of pétanque with a glass of Pastis in hand.
You are sure to feel connected to nature at this lovely hotel nestled in the valley of the Luberon mountain range. (pool)
Wander through a panorama of limestone hills, olive orchards and vineyards | Cross a Roman-built bridge to ocher-hued Roussillon | A hearty climb to the village perché (perched village) of Gordes reveals spectacular views | Join a private tasting of the best local vintages | Discover the enchanting artists’ haven of St-Rémy-de-Provence.
This cheery hotel set in the heart of town has hosted artists such as van Gogh, Frédéric Mistral and Charles Gounod, who composed the opera Mireille during his stay. (pool)
Art comes to life in St-Paul de Mausole, van Gogh's home for a year and the inspiration behind many of his most famous works | Travel to Spain's dazzling Costa Brava by private coach | Walk Spain's ancient Camí de Ronda, which connects the Costa Brava's hidden coves | Behold plunging cliffs, white-sand beaches and charming villages | Ascend to a promontory offering glorious views of the sea | Admire exotic flora at the Cap Roig Botanical Garden.
Splendid views are yours to admire at this hotel, perched magnificently above the Mediterranean in the heart of Costa Brava.
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Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. Several routes and a range of levels are offered each day so you can choose how much or how little activity you want to do. Learn more about how we determine activity levels.
The terrain on this trip includes a mix of level to rolling rocky mountain trails, village walkways, paved country roads and seaside paths with short sections of stone steps and sand, and some steep climbs and descents.