Provence is beautiful. Cézanne and van Gogh captured it. You'll feel it. Among the ocher of Roussillon. The cliffs of Gordes. The artists walked your same path through St-Rémy's gardens and olive groves. Admired the same Alpilles Mountains. Their inspiration is no surprise. But you won't need us to tell you that.
1 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 dotted with caves and wildly eroded limestone Dinner tonight is a special affair that pairs gourmet cuisine and regional wines.
2 Wander through piney woods and along limestone hills Indulge in traditional Provençal dishes, such as gigot d'agneau (roasted lamb) and papeton d'aubergines (eggplant mousse) At a tasting, can you discern the individual characteristics of the region's award-winning AOC olive oils?
3 Join local van Gogh expert and art historian Marie-Charlotte Bouton on a visit to St-Paul-de-Mausole, where van Gogh secluded himself and painted some of his most significant works, including Starry Night Footpaths lead past vineyards and olive groves to Domaine de Milan, a small organic winery where we stop for a private tour and tasting Looking for more challenge? Opt for a brisk climb over the Alpilles to a plateau for stellar views of the valley and—on a clear day—Mont Ventoux, the Alps, the Dentelles de Montmirail and even the Mediterranean!
4-6 Discover vibrant St-Rémy, filled with fountains, cheery cafés, treelined boulevards and a lively outdoor market where you'll rub elbows with locals Experience Roussillon's 16 shades of ocher—no wonder artists adore this place! The Luberon's fragrant foothills and the cliffs beyond Buoux set the scene for lovely rambles Explore the exquisite Abbaye de Sénanque, a Cistercian monastery founded in 1148 and set among oak groves and a sea of lavender With a local guide, dive into the history and hidden corners of picture-perfect Gordes.