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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
Special Kids Prices
Start Avignon / End Barcelona
Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.
Hike through a land of honey and cherries | Starting in Lacoste, take in iconic Provençal scenery with views of Mont Ventoux | The gorgeous landscape makes it easy to understand the region’s deep connection to the art world | Unwind at a peaceful retreat in the hilltop village of Ménerbes, a Most Beautiful Villages of France member | With a local guide, explore the picturesque hilltop village of Bonnieux | Follow hiking trails through the wooded rolling hills and craggy cliffs of the Grand Luberon range | Discover the fascinating ruins of medieval Fort de Buoux | Do as the locals do and sip a glass of Pastis as you play a friendly game of pétanque.
You are sure to feel connected to nature at this lovely hotel nestled in the valley of the Luberon mountain range. (pool)
Walk through a panorama of vineyards, limestone hills and olive orchards | A Roman-built bridge leads to ocher-hued Roussillon | Climb to the village perché (perched village) of Gordes for spectacular views | Experience the best local vintages during a private tasting | 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)
Immerse yourself in St-Paul de Mausole, van Gogh's home for a year and the inspiration behind many of his most famous works | Journey to Spain’s dazzling Costa Brava by private coach | Walk the historic Camí de Ronda, a Spanish trail connecting the Costa Brava’s hidden coves | Marvel at plunging cliffs, white-sand beaches and charming villages | Hike up to a promontory offering jaw-dropping views of the sea | Vibrant exotic flora is on display 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. 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. LEARN MORE.
Note: 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.