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France Provence Village to Village Hiking

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Avignon, France to Avignon, France

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France Provence Village to Village Hiking
Provence is celebrated for its clear light and cobblestoned villages, historic palaces and abbeys set amid lavender fields. Yet the Provence you discover when exploring on foot is even more magical. Starting in Avignon, head to the Alpilles with its jagged peaks and sunbaked pines. Set off through olive groves, fields of poppies, and hillsides fragrant with wild thyme in the Luberon. Go truffle hunting, meet a cheesemaker, and taste local wines along the way. End with a spectacular hike amidst the limestone cliffs of the Les Dentelles de Montmirail.
  • Hike the postcard-perfect medieval villages of Bonnieux, Gordes, and Les Baux de Provence
  • Walk vineyard trails, enjoy gourmet picnics with fresh Provencal fare, and stroll through bountiful markets
  • Marvel at Van Gogh's St. Remy landscapes, just as he painted them

Minimum Age: 16
Interests
  • Adventure and Active
  • Educational and Learning
6 Nights Starting At
October 14, 2024 through October 20, 2024
Book by:
October 10, 2024 7:00 PM
Itinerary Overview
Day 2
Hike from Saint Rémy to the Alpilles
Day 4
Journey from Gordes to the Senanque Abbey
Day 5
Walk in the Landscape of Cezanne & Roussillon
Day 6
Hike the Vineyards Above Gigondas
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Accommodations
MT Sobek: France Provence Village to Village Hiking

Day: 1, duration: 1
Avignon Grand Hotel

Experience true Provencal charm with historic cobblestone streets, just blocks away. The Avignon Grand Hotel is ideally located in the heart of Avignon city. It's the perfect mix of modern and traditional, with 124 spacious, quiet rooms adapted for relaxation. After exploring the bustling town just around the corner, guests can enjoy the hotel's extensive amenities, friendly common area, outdoor pool, and garden.

Day: 2, duration: 2
Le Gounod

Centrally located in Alpilles, in the heart of Saint Remy de Provence, this eclectic boutique hotel boasts a classic French flair. Set in a 16th-century inn but newly renovated, Le Gounod is perfect for unwinding after a day of exploration, with a private terrace, beautiful stone pool, hot tub, and a spa offering a variety of soothing treatments.

Day: 4, duration: 2
Le Mas des Romarins

Housed in an atmospheric 19th-century building, Le Mas des Romarins is a spectacular property in the quaint hilltop village of Gordes. Each comfortable room has its own unique theme and stunning views. The three-star hotel's restaurant offers delectable French cuisine: La Clarome is recognized as one of the region's premier restaurants.

Day: 6, duration: 2
Hotel Le Beffroi

Composed from 16th century estates, the Hotel Le Beffroi is a short cobblestone stroll away from the historic sites in Vaison-la-Romaine. Each room is individually decorated and modernly equipped with complimentary Wi-Fi, cable TV, mini-bar and a hair dryer. Guests can relax at the outdoor pool and terraced gardens with panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.

Day: 6, duration: 2
Domaine de Cabasse

Surrounded by lavender and olive groves and situated on top of a vineyard, the Domaine de Cabasse bombards the senses with a taste of the Provencal lifestyle. The swimming pool, outdoor restaurant, courtyard terrace and winery tours offer additional opportunities for comfort and scenery. The inn's rooms all feature modern amenities, including complimentary Wi-Fi, hairdryers and flat screen TVs.

Day: 8, duration: 2
Les Jardins de Cassis

Surrounded by olive trees, pines, and bougainvillea, this charming Provençal farmhouse just a stone's throw from the Calanques de Cassis National Park offers the perfect setting for relaxation with an outdoor pool, terrace seating, hot tub, and spa. Rooms have free wifi, hair dryer, safe, air conditioning, and en suite bathrooms.

Day: 8, duration: 2
La Rade

Perched high above the waterfront, La Rade offers dramatic sea views from the center of Cassis. Guests can luxuriate in the hot tub, which overlooks the bay, and enjoy local cuisine and cocktails paired with panoramic views from the bay-facing terrace. The rooms are more than comfortable, and each morning brings a fresh assortment of flaky croissants, juice, and coffee.

Guides
MT Sobek: France Provence Village to Village Hiking

Ariane Cruells
Raised in Provence, Ariane has studied English and Chinese languages, and went to live in China in the Yunnan Province, where she worked as a tour guide on trekking and classical tours from tropical forests to yack meadows. After 12 years, she came back to France and passed the french state diploma to become a professional mountain leader. Today she passionately guides hikes in Provence, the Alps and Corsica. She likes to share what nature offers, specially plants and their many uses, as well as the testimony of human history in the mountain scenery.





Ludovic Roulette
After experiencing long hiking trails and sacred paths such as St James Way, Celtic and Neolithic routes, Ludovic decided to create his own activity to share his experience. He started walking in the Channel Islands when he was young, following the French poet, Victor Hugo. He fell in love with the whole experience of hiking and continued to follow this passion throughout France and Spain. He has been living for more than 20 years in the heart of Provence, the artsy town of Saint Rémy de Provence. He’s also teaching conscious walking to help people to get a deeper connection with nature. Warm at heart and attentive to his guests, Ludovic is a wonderful travel companion.





Arnaud Poupounot
Arnaud’s first trips were through the writings of Jack London, Jules Vernes, Herman Hesse or the explorations of Nansen & Shackleton before starting his real guiding career in the Himalaya, the Sahara and the Middle East. He spent 15 years guiding in the Artic territories, before deciding a few years ago to move back to France and to make Provence his new home, he lives in the small village of Banon (well known here for its goats cheese too). He enjoys sharing his knowledge of stories written by Provençal authors, local food & wine, admiring wildlife, and simply uncovering Provence’s secrets!





Inclusions/Exclusions
MT Sobek: France Provence Village to Village Hiking

Inclusions
Expertise and services of our experienced adventure guides
All accommodations as noted in the itinerary
All breakfasts, almost all lunches and dinners as noted in the itinerary
Snacks and water between meals
Additional regional guides and experts on many trips
Comprehensive Trip Planner with detailed pre-trip information
Private guided tours at historic sites, museums, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the itinerary
Special events and other select attractions as mentioned in the itinerary
All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
Equipment and experienced guides for activities as described in the itinerary
Park and other entry fees (unless otherwise noted)
Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the itinerary
Select transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
Baggage transfers and porterage

Exclusions
International airfare, airport taxes, and excess baggage fees
Alcoholic beverages (MT Sobek provides wine at select events)
Gratuities for MT Sobek guides and guide-drivers
Travel Protection Program
Personal expenses
What To Expect
MT Sobek: France Provence Village to Village Hiking

Reason #01

MT Sobek has been leading adventures in France for over 50 years and this trip pairs incredible hikes in majestic landscapes with Provencal picnics and guided tours of quaint medieval towns.

Reason #02

In 8 well-paced days, you'll experience Provence's stunning village-to-village trails and explore the landscapes of the Les Alpilles, the Luberon, and the Dentelles de Montmirail.

Reason #03

Enjoy the company of expert Provencal guides, who will give you that je ne sais quoi perspective you can get only from a local.

Activities

Long hikes through dazzling landscapes, and insightful tours of medieval towns and abbeys.

Lodging

Boutique hotels with classic French flair, historic hideaways, and artsy retreats, all with stellar locations and amenities.

Climate

May is usually dry with moderate sun. June is hot and rain is rare. September is warm but flash storms can occur.

Who will meet me on arrival?

Please arrive at the Avignon TGV train station by 2pm on Day 1. An MTS representative will meet the group and transfer you to our hotel in Avignon, at 2:30pm.

How can I get from Paris to Avignon?

Take the high speed TGV train from either Charles De Gaulle airport or from the Gare de Lyon train station in downtown Paris.

Which Avignon train station should I arrive at: Avignon TGV or Centre?

You can arrive at either train station. The TGV station is a 10-minute taxi ride from the hotel. The Avignon Centre station is a 4-minute walk to the hotel.

Do the hotels on this trip have swimming pools?

Yes, all of the hotels have swimming pools.

Where can I purchase train tickets?

Purchase your train tickets online at either Trainline or Rail Europe.

Can you recommend a hotel in Avignon if I want to arrive early?

Yes. Try the Avignon Grand Hotel. This is the hotel where we meet on Day 1 of the tour.

What is the minimum age for this trip?
The standard minimum age for this trip is 18, but check out our private trip options for families and groups with younger guests.What is the best time to hike in Provence?
The best time to hike in Provence is during the spring (April to June) or fall (September to October) when the weather is pleasant, and the landscapes are adorned with blooming flowers or autumnal colors. Mountain Travel Sobek's Provence trips run in May, June, September, and October.What should you wear for hiking in Provence?
When hiking in Provence, it's recommended to wear comfortable, moisture-wicking clothing, sturdy hiking shoes, a wide-brimmed hat for sun protection, and to carry layers for potential changes in weather. A light windbreaker is a great addition to your pack as it can provide sun protection on warm days and cut the wind when powerful.How scenic are the hikes in Provence?
Hikes in Provence offer incredibly scenic experiences, with trails winding through picturesque vineyards, lavender fields, olive groves, and rolling hills. The region's diverse landscapes, including Les Alpilles and the Luberon provide a rich tapestry of natural beauty for hikers to enjoy.
MT Sobek: France Provence Village to Village Hiking

Day: 1, duration: 1
Avignon Grand Hotel

Experience true Provencal charm with historic cobblestone streets, just blocks away. The Avignon Grand Hotel is ideally located in the heart of Avignon city. It's the perfect mix of modern and traditional, with 124 spacious, quiet rooms adapted for relaxation. After exploring the bustling town just around the corner, guests can enjoy the hotel's extensive amenities, friendly common area, outdoor pool, and garden.

Day: 2, duration: 2
Le Gounod

Centrally located in Alpilles, in the heart of Saint Remy de Provence, this eclectic boutique hotel boasts a classic French flair. Set in a 16th-century inn but newly renovated, Le Gounod is perfect for unwinding after a day of exploration, with a private terrace, beautiful stone pool, hot tub, and a spa offering a variety of soothing treatments.

Day: 4, duration: 2
Le Mas des Romarins

Housed in an atmospheric 19th-century building, Le Mas des Romarins is a spectacular property in the quaint hilltop village of Gordes. Each comfortable room has its own unique theme and stunning views. The three-star hotel's restaurant offers delectable French cuisine: La Clarome is recognized as one of the region's premier restaurants.

Day: 6, duration: 2
Hotel Le Beffroi

Composed from 16th century estates, the Hotel Le Beffroi is a short cobblestone stroll away from the historic sites in Vaison-la-Romaine. Each room is individually decorated and modernly equipped with complimentary Wi-Fi, cable TV, mini-bar and a hair dryer. Guests can relax at the outdoor pool and terraced gardens with panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.

Day: 6, duration: 2
Domaine de Cabasse

Surrounded by lavender and olive groves and situated on top of a vineyard, the Domaine de Cabasse bombards the senses with a taste of the Provencal lifestyle. The swimming pool, outdoor restaurant, courtyard terrace and winery tours offer additional opportunities for comfort and scenery. The inn's rooms all feature modern amenities, including complimentary Wi-Fi, hairdryers and flat screen TVs.

Day: 8, duration: 2
Les Jardins de Cassis

Surrounded by olive trees, pines, and bougainvillea, this charming Provençal farmhouse just a stone's throw from the Calanques de Cassis National Park offers the perfect setting for relaxation with an outdoor pool, terrace seating, hot tub, and spa. Rooms have free wifi, hair dryer, safe, air conditioning, and en suite bathrooms.

Day: 8, duration: 2
La Rade

Perched high above the waterfront, La Rade offers dramatic sea views from the center of Cassis. Guests can luxuriate in the hot tub, which overlooks the bay, and enjoy local cuisine and cocktails paired with panoramic views from the bay-facing terrace. The rooms are more than comfortable, and each morning brings a fresh assortment of flaky croissants, juice, and coffee.

MT Sobek: France Provence Village to Village Hiking

Ariane Cruells
Raised in Provence, Ariane has studied English and Chinese languages, and went to live in China in the Yunnan Province, where she worked as a tour guide on trekking and classical tours from tropical forests to yack meadows. After 12 years, she came back to France and passed the french state diploma to become a professional mountain leader. Today she passionately guides hikes in Provence, the Alps and Corsica. She likes to share what nature offers, specially plants and their many uses, as well as the testimony of human history in the mountain scenery.





Ludovic Roulette
After experiencing long hiking trails and sacred paths such as St James Way, Celtic and Neolithic routes, Ludovic decided to create his own activity to share his experience. He started walking in the Channel Islands when he was young, following the French poet, Victor Hugo. He fell in love with the whole experience of hiking and continued to follow this passion throughout France and Spain. He has been living for more than 20 years in the heart of Provence, the artsy town of Saint Rémy de Provence. He’s also teaching conscious walking to help people to get a deeper connection with nature. Warm at heart and attentive to his guests, Ludovic is a wonderful travel companion.





Arnaud Poupounot
Arnaud’s first trips were through the writings of Jack London, Jules Vernes, Herman Hesse or the explorations of Nansen & Shackleton before starting his real guiding career in the Himalaya, the Sahara and the Middle East. He spent 15 years guiding in the Artic territories, before deciding a few years ago to move back to France and to make Provence his new home, he lives in the small village of Banon (well known here for its goats cheese too). He enjoys sharing his knowledge of stories written by Provençal authors, local food & wine, admiring wildlife, and simply uncovering Provence’s secrets!





MT Sobek: France Provence Village to Village Hiking

Inclusions
Expertise and services of our experienced adventure guides
All accommodations as noted in the itinerary
All breakfasts, almost all lunches and dinners as noted in the itinerary
Snacks and water between meals
Additional regional guides and experts on many trips
Comprehensive Trip Planner with detailed pre-trip information
Private guided tours at historic sites, museums, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the itinerary
Special events and other select attractions as mentioned in the itinerary
All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
Equipment and experienced guides for activities as described in the itinerary
Park and other entry fees (unless otherwise noted)
Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the itinerary
Select transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
Baggage transfers and porterage

Exclusions
International airfare, airport taxes, and excess baggage fees
Alcoholic beverages (MT Sobek provides wine at select events)
Gratuities for MT Sobek guides and guide-drivers
Travel Protection Program
Personal expenses
MT Sobek: France Provence Village to Village Hiking

Reason #01

MT Sobek has been leading adventures in France for over 50 years and this trip pairs incredible hikes in majestic landscapes with Provencal picnics and guided tours of quaint medieval towns.

Reason #02

In 8 well-paced days, you'll experience Provence's stunning village-to-village trails and explore the landscapes of the Les Alpilles, the Luberon, and the Dentelles de Montmirail.

Reason #03

Enjoy the company of expert Provencal guides, who will give you that je ne sais quoi perspective you can get only from a local.

Activities

Long hikes through dazzling landscapes, and insightful tours of medieval towns and abbeys.

Lodging

Boutique hotels with classic French flair, historic hideaways, and artsy retreats, all with stellar locations and amenities.

Climate

May is usually dry with moderate sun. June is hot and rain is rare. September is warm but flash storms can occur.

Who will meet me on arrival?

Please arrive at the Avignon TGV train station by 2pm on Day 1. An MTS representative will meet the group and transfer you to our hotel in Avignon, at 2:30pm.

How can I get from Paris to Avignon?

Take the high speed TGV train from either Charles De Gaulle airport or from the Gare de Lyon train station in downtown Paris.

Which Avignon train station should I arrive at: Avignon TGV or Centre?

You can arrive at either train station. The TGV station is a 10-minute taxi ride from the hotel. The Avignon Centre station is a 4-minute walk to the hotel.

Do the hotels on this trip have swimming pools?

Yes, all of the hotels have swimming pools.

Where can I purchase train tickets?

Purchase your train tickets online at either Trainline or Rail Europe.

Can you recommend a hotel in Avignon if I want to arrive early?

Yes. Try the Avignon Grand Hotel. This is the hotel where we meet on Day 1 of the tour.

What is the minimum age for this trip?
The standard minimum age for this trip is 18, but check out our private trip options for families and groups with younger guests.What is the best time to hike in Provence?
The best time to hike in Provence is during the spring (April to June) or fall (September to October) when the weather is pleasant, and the landscapes are adorned with blooming flowers or autumnal colors. Mountain Travel Sobek's Provence trips run in May, June, September, and October.What should you wear for hiking in Provence?
When hiking in Provence, it's recommended to wear comfortable, moisture-wicking clothing, sturdy hiking shoes, a wide-brimmed hat for sun protection, and to carry layers for potential changes in weather. A light windbreaker is a great addition to your pack as it can provide sun protection on warm days and cut the wind when powerful.How scenic are the hikes in Provence?
Hikes in Provence offer incredibly scenic experiences, with trails winding through picturesque vineyards, lavender fields, olive groves, and rolling hills. The region's diverse landscapes, including Les Alpilles and the Luberon provide a rich tapestry of natural beauty for hikers to enjoy.
About MT Sobek
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This is where adventure travel began! Since our first Everest Base Camp trek in 1969, we’ve been connecting adventurers to the world through genuine, active and immersive experiences. We can’t think of anything more fulfilling than being outside and going deep into nature, exploring hidden places and getting to know local people. It’s what we love to do, so let us share it with you.

To feed your spirit of adventure, Mountain Travel Sobek offers a wide range of unique and perfectly paced itineraries led by incredible local guides. We keep groups small, usually fewer than 10 people, and seek out great food and characterful accommodations everywhere we go.

Beyond the seamless logistics and careful attention to detail, our aim is to create a space for truly special moments in unforgettable places.

We are the Adventure Company—come explore with us.

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About MT Sobek
This is where adventure travel began! Since our first Everest Base Camp trek in 1969, we’ve been connecting adventurers to the world through genuine, active and immersive experiences. We can’t think of anything more fulfilling than being outside and going deep into nature, exploring hidden places and getting to know local people. It’s what we love to do, so let us share it with you.

To feed your spirit of adventure, Mountain Travel Sobek offers a wide range of unique and perfectly paced itineraries led by incredible local guides. We keep groups small, usually fewer than 10 people, and seek out great food and characterful accommodations everywhere we go.

Beyond the seamless logistics and careful attention to detail, our aim is to create a space for truly special moments in unforgettable places.

We are the Adventure Company—come explore with us.

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Prices are per-person based on double occupancy, unless otherwise noted.