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Gordes, Provence, France
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Provence Active Culinary Walking & Hiking Tour

Vibrant Markets & Beautiful Villages

"Provence is made for cooking," raves writer Luke Barr in Travel + Leisure. With us, you'll walk in the very forests, fields and orchards that nurture each produit du terroir. Sample wine where the grapes are grown. And expand your culinary repertoire alongside our charming local friends. Provence was made for this.

THIS ITINERARY: 6 days, 5 nights

ACCOMMODATIONS: Premiere Hotels

FROM: $4,999 pp dbl occ
($1,100 for sgl occ)

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Start/End Avignon

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.

Highlights
  • Learn about the secrets of classic Provençal dishes in a hands-on cooking class with a renowned local chef
  • Stroll through vibrant markets and meet merchants peddling the fresh flavors of the Luberon
  • Enjoy locally grown olives, goat cheese wrapped in oak leaves, herbes de Provence and other tantalizing Provençal specialties
  • Hike unspoiled routes through limestone hills, perched villages and picturesque vineyards
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Accommodations may vary based on departure date.
6 Days Premiere Hotels
Accommodations may vary based on departure.
Day 1

Kick off your trip with a hike in the Alpilles, a limestone mountain range surrounded by olive trees and orchards | Have an immersive art experience at Carrières de Lumières | Wander the charming streets of Les Baux-de-Provence | Discover traditional Provençal recipes during a lunch at a traditional mas (farm house) | Enjoy a glass of crisp rosé and taste local olive oil | Rose gardens, cypress trees and Relais & Châteaux luxury await.

Baumaniere
Baumanière
Les Baux-de-Provence
| Premiere Hotel

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

Days 2-3

Hike a ridge trail above Les Baux through fragrant pine trees overlooking the Alpilles peaks | Admire Le Rocher des Deux Trous, a fascinating geological feature | Discover St-Rémy-de-Provence, one of the Most Beautiful Villages in France | Join chef Yvan Cadiou for an exclusive hands-on cooking class | Alongside a local art historian, gaze at the same landscape painted by van Gogh over a century ago | Do as the locals do and engage in a friendly game of pétanque | Lounge by the pool at our peaceful country retreat.

Le Château des Alpilles
Le Château des Alpilles
St-Rémy-de-Provence
| Premiere Hotel

A refined 19th-century manor house in the same family for more than 40 years and lovingly cared for by three generations of women. (pool)

Days 4-6

Voyage further into the Luberon Valley—the land of honey, lavender and cherries immortalized in Peter Mayle's A Year in Provence | Hike past Provençal farms, cypress groves, olive trees and vineyards | Discover regional farm-to-table secrets over a delicious dinner | Visit picturesque perched villages like ocher-hued Roussillon and Gordes | Hike past oak groves and truffle farms | Explore lovely Bonnieux, perhaps climbing the 12th-century church tower for views of the valley below | Taste unforgettable Michelin-starred regional cuisine | A dreamy final morning in elegant Gordes ends at medieval Sénanque Abbey, a quintessential image of Provence.

Les Bories Hotel & Spa
Hôtel Les Bories & Spa
Gordes
| Premiere Hotel

This Small Luxury Hotels of the World member features a Michelin-starred restaurant, a tranquil setting and stunning views of the Luberon. (pool, spa)
 

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. View cancellation policy

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Activity Level: 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. LEARN MORE.

Day 1
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 3 miles | 400 ft. gain
Level 3 | 5 miles | 400 ft. gain
Day 2
Walking & Hiking
Level 2 | 5 miles | 500 ft. gain
Level 3 | 7 miles | 1000 ft. gain
Level 4 | 9 miles | 1100 ft. gain
Other
Traditional Cooking Class (1.5 hours)
Day 3
Walking & Hiking
Level 2 | 4 miles* | 400 ft. gain
Level 4 | 6 miles | 1300 ft. gain
Other
Cooking Class with Yvan Cadiou (4 hours)
Day 4
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 4 miles* | 100 ft. gain
Level 2 | 7 miles* | 600 ft. gain
Level 3 | 7 miles | 900 ft. gain
Other
St-Rémy Market Visit (2 hours)
Day 5
Walking & Hiking
Level 2 | 5 miles* | 800 ft. gain
Level 3 | 7 miles* | 1000 ft. gain
Level 4 | 8 miles* | 1300 ft. gain
Day 6
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 2 miles* | 400 ft. gain
Other
Walking Tour of Gordes (1 hour)
* Includes shuttle.

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

What's Included

  • All breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders
  • Snacks and beverages between meals
  • Additional guides and experts from the region on many trips
  • Van shuttles to support a variety of route options
  • Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the Travel Planner
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as mentioned in the Travel Planner
  • On biking and multi-adventure trips, use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
  • Trailercycles, carriers, and kid-sized helmets for Family Trips
  • Equipment and experienced guides for kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing as described
  • Park and other entry fees
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the Travel Planner
  • Select coach transfers
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

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