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Provence Walking & Hiking Tour

From Les Baux to the Luberon

  • Embark on 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 ocher-hued Roussillon
  • Savor extraordinary cuisine and regional wines
  • Join Marie-Charlotte Bouton, local art historian and van Gogh expert

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.

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Itinerary

Day 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.

Day 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?

Day 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!

Days 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.

My wife and I were able to convince grandma to take the kids (thanks, Mom!) while we set off for this amazing trip in Provence. All of the hotels were truly exceptional, and the food was out of this world, and Backroads does an incredible job showcasing the best of what this region has to offer; visits to medieval towns, local farmers markets, church, monastery and city walking tours, stunning hikes, and even a cooking class at the most wonderful French cooking school. I can't recommend this trip highly enough.
Mike L - Sebastopol, CA
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(+$1,080 for sgl. occ.)

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Baumaniere

Baumanière

Les Baux-de-Provence (1 night)

An enchanting hideaway in the heart of the Alpilles Mountains with magnificent gardens. A Relais & Châteaux member. (pool, spa)

Château des Alpilles

Château des Alpilles

St-Rémy-de-Provence (2 nights)

A refined 19th-century manor house owned and lovingly renovated by a mother and daughter. (pool)

La Bastide de Gordes

La Bastide de Gordes & Spa

Gordes (2 nights)

Within the ancient city walls of Gordes, this palatial 16th-century mansion offers splendid hilltop views of the Luberon Valley. (pool, spa)

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There's no better way to find out about Backroads than by hearing it from the people who have traveled with us. For more about the Backroads Experience, read our Guest Testimonials.

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Wonderful place for a romantic getaway!

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from Sebastopol, CA

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Comments about Provence Walking & Hiking Tour:

My wife and I were able to convince grandma to take the kids (thanks, Mom!) while we set off for this amazing trip in Provence. All of the hotels were truly exceptional, and the food was out of this world, and Backroads does an incredible job showcasing the best of what this region has to offer; visits to medieval towns, local farmers markets, church, monastery and city walking tours, stunning hikes, and even a cooking class at the most wonderful French cooking school. I can't recommend this trip highly enough.

 
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A fantastic experience

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from Cambridge, MA

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This was a wonderful trip - expectations were high and you exceeded them! I can't think of a single detail that was overlooked. I feel that we saw the absolute best of Provence in the absolute best way. There was never a moment of stress on this trip - no concern about transportation, being hungry, tired, etc. We are Backroads fans for life!

 
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Great guides, great tour

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from Canandaigua Lake, NY

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Excellent group of fellow travelers (as always with these Backroads groups). The guides were great overall (friendly, prepared, upbeat & encouraging), and Nathalie must be one of the very best. The days were well planned. Lots of variety, lots of special highlights with Baltasar Durrbach and his wife, the olive oil shop, the expert on Van Gogh, the tour of Gordes, the dinner at Les Mas Tourteron.

 
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Just like what you dream about, or see in the movies...

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from Berkeley

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If you've not been to Provence, or even if you have, do this trip. We've done the Backroads Biking one in Provence too and both are exceptional, and different. But both cover the iconic highlights of the area, and manage to avoid the tourist traps while still leveraging the world class hotels and meals. You literally walk village to village on this trip - so fabulous. And the food!! And of course, the leaders were just terrific, as always.

 
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Perfect Mother & Son Trip

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from San Francisco, CA

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I wanted to do something special for my mother's 65th birthday, so I invited her on a Backroads walking trip. She got her fitness in gear by walking daily and was ready to hit the trails and the foie gras!

Backroads made us feel welcomed and pampered. Their connections in Provence run deep. We felt like locals as we explored the beautiful countryside and villages. And, our group was great - we still keep in touch years later!! I highly recommend this trip!

 
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Back Roads knows how to do Provence

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from Vancouver BC

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Loved the hotels we stayed at and the delicious meals. The guides were fabulous... cheerful, accommodating and knowledgeable. I also thought the local guides in St Remy and Gordes were excellent. I enjoyed every minute of the trip.

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Dates & Prices

The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind—you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due.

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This Trip Is Rated Levels 1-4

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.

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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 3 300 5 400
2 5 500 8 1000 11 1100
3 3* 0 4* 500 8* 800 10* 1500 12 900
4 4* 100 6 600
St-Rémy Visit (2 Hours)
5 4* 800 6* 1000 8* 1300
6 2 400
Gordes Guided Walk (1 Hour)
 

Note: The terrain on this trip includes forested mountain trails, paved and dirt roads, limestone hill paths and village walkways.

* Includes shuttle.

Learn more about how we determine our route ratings and fully support a range of abilities and interests.

Please note that our distance and elevation figures come from Ride with GPS. Other sources (such as Map My Ride and Garmin devices) may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies. Readings from a Garmin or a smart phone are influenced by other factors such as air pressure.

Why Travel with Backroads in Provence

Memories of Picasso Over Lunch

One of your valley hikes leads to the home of a local artist whose family was close to Picasso during the years when he lived nearby and painted some of his most renowned works. Over a home-cooked meal in his garden, our host shares personal stories, creative insights and even a few Provençal culinary tips.

A Variety of Routes Each Day

In Provence you head off each morning after choosing among several expertly designed routes—all with detailed directions, mileage and shuttle options. Unlike trips with one fixed daily route (or worse, one guide that everyone's obliged to follow), you're free to enjoy the best of the region at your pace, stopping wherever you want to explore further.

Only the Best Hotels

On this Premiere Inn trip, you can count on the best lodgings Provence has to offer. In fact, the hotels we've chosen in this region have higher retail room rates than those offered by any other active travel company—even when their trips cost more.

More Leaders to Support You

On our Provence trips we have an extra leader supporting you along the trail—for a total of three, compared to the industry standard two. So we can be in more places at once, giving personal attention to guests traveling at their own pace. Here's more on our Trip Leaders.

Signature Backroads Picnics

Guests rave about our picnic spreads. Enjoy a welcome break in a scenic spot, or a quick refuel stop if you don't want to lose momentum. And because we have two vans, one can host lunch while the other is out providing support along the route.

Everyone at Their Own Pace

We design and support our Provence trips to suit mixed abilities and varied interests—so you can set your own pace, then change things up as the day unfolds. And all guests are free to do the same, traveling together or apart, with no one cramping anyone else's style. Which sounds easy in theory, but it's hard to pull off. Here's more on how we do it.

We Live in the Neighborhood

Our Trip Leaders in Provence live in the area and are deeply engaged in their communities, giving them unique inside knowledge they're happy to share in making your experience that much richer. They'll introduce you to people, customs and parts of town you'd likely never encounter on your own—and teach you a few local phrases to help break the ice.

Experts with Secrets to Share

In choosing the ideal experts to enrich your travel experience, we look for people with a wealth of local knowledge, but also the ability to convey their insights in English. Too often travelers find themselves smiling politely, not quite understanding what they're being told. Our experts share intriguing facts, anecdotes and inside stories that stay with you forever.

We Know Where We're Going

Tom Hale has been keeping Backroads on track, with one eye on the horizon, since 1979. His passion for active travel, and for ensuring the highest-quality travel experience, is evident in every detail we add to make a guest's trip unforgettable—and the fact he's right there in the office, making it happen. To hear Tom describe his vision, watch our video.  

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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. Call or email us to reserve your date.

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Pricing for Private Trips

2017

  • 10 or more guests: from $4,498 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $4,898 pp dbl occ
  • 6 - 7 guests: from $5,698 pp dbl occ
  • 4 - 5 guests: from $6,098 pp dbl occ
  • 2 - 3 guests: from $6,898 pp dbl occ

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