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Highlights

This Provence Tour is perfect for those who want to experience the Provencal countryside on foot. From Les Baux de Provence to Gordes, named one of the Most Beautiful Villages of France, you will discover the Provence region while walking through some if its most beautiful landscapes and villages. After visiting Les Baux, the path will take you to St Remy and Eygalieres where you can enjoy a great view of the countryside. You will then stop in Fontaine de Vaucluse on the way to Gordes. Once in Gordes, you will have to opportunity to hike to Roussillon, famous for its red and gold ocre cliffs. This tour is suitable for rather active people who want to take their time discovering the best of Provence on foot!

To see

- Val d'Enfer and its rock formations
- The monastery of St Paul de Mausole (Van Gogh was held here) and the cathedral
- Chapel of Sainte Sixte and its cypress trees
- Fontaine de Vaucluse
- Roussillon red and gold ochre cliffs

Gastronomy

Bouillabaisse, Pistou soup, the aïoli, the fougasse, Provencal beef stew, Tapenade, Herbs of Provence, the candied fruit, the Melonnette, the Gibassier, the Provencal atrium, the fougasse, the lavender, the courgette, the provencal tomatoes

Wine

Cotes de Provence, Cotes du Luberon, Cotes du Rhône, Bandol, Pastis

Testimonials

PROGRAM

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Arrival at Avignon TGV Train Station and transfer to Les Baux


Arrival in Avignon and we will transfer you to Les Baux de Provence. Installation in your charming hotel. Les Baux is just above Saint Remy de Provence where you go next. The castle, towering over the village is one of the most visited places of interest in France. Castle and village offer fabulous panoramas, village monuments, museums, art galleries and workshops.


Accommodation : Hotel le Mas D'aigret*** - Les Baux de Provence show
Accommodation : Baumaniere***** - Les Baux de Provence show
Included : Emergency support,concierge service,phone not provided,mobile guidance application,roadbook,travelbook,arrival transfer with english speaking guide,luggage transfer,client transfer,Orientation with a local guide,bedroom and breakfast

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From Les Baux to St Remy


A small route that is part of the GR 6 will take you along from the Citadel of Les Baux de Provence. We propose you to walk to the Val d'Enfer and its rock formations. You can enjoy a «son et lumiere» (sound and light) show in the old stone quarries of the Cathedral of Images. On your way back to Saint-Remy, there is a viewpoint indicator where you can overlook the area. A scenic downhill and the old Chemin d'Arles will guide you back to Saint Remy. Originally a Greco-Roman town is now about 10000 population but a very famous place. 16th and 17th century architecture, museums, and great cuisine mark it as a must see. The monastery of St Paul de Mausole (Van Gogh was held here) and the cathedral deserve a visit. Wednesday morning is a market day, one of the biggest in Provence, so plan accordingly if you want to see it.

Distance : 10 Km (6 mi).

Elevation : 204 m.

Note : In July, August & September due to fire risks, the forestry service still has the right to close the trails as needed due to the reason above. (Contact Tourist Office in Baux +334 90 54 34 39).


Accommodation : Le Mas des Carassins*** - Saint-Remy de Provence show
Accommodation : Hotel de l'Image**** - Saint-Remy de Provence show
Included : luggage transfer,bedroom and breakfast,dinner (no drinks)

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From Saint-Remy to Eygalieres


The countryside east of Saint-Remy is dominated by the Alpilles (small Alps), a scenic small mountain range with a maximum altitude of 350m (1100 ft). At the monastery of Saint-Paul de Mausole you hit the trail who will lead you on the crest of the Alpilles to Eygalieres where you will stay the night. You follow the GR6 on a narrow path which is impressive but no so complicated. Wonderful 360° view. Eygalieres is a pretty village between the mountain and the plain. A "one horse town" with some cosy outdoor cafes, typical Provençal shops and high quality restaurants. A short walk uphill (along the church) will bring you to a chapel ruin with bell tower from where you have a great panorama. If time, visit the remarkable Chapel of Sainte Sixte and its cypress trees.

A short and easy option take you on a path along the vineyards.

Distance : 13 (8mi) or 15 Km (9 mi).

Elevation : 165m or 380 m.


Accommodation : La Bastide d'Eygalieres*** - Eygalieres show
Accommodation : La Bastide d'Eygalieres**** - Eygalieres show
Included : luggage transfer,bedroom and breakfast

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From Eygalieres to Fontaine de Vaucluse via Isle sur la Sorgue


Transfer by taxi to Isle Sur La Sorgue, this old fishing town located at the parting of the Sorgue river. Antique lovers come to this town, especially for the Sunday market. See also the 12th century church and then hike on to Fontaine de Vaucluse also famous for a romanesque church and of course its «fontaine» or spring. Transfer is fixed for 9:30 Am.

Distance : 11 Km (7 mi).

Elevation : 270 m.


Accommodation : Hotel du Poete*** - Fontaine de Vaucluse show
Accommodation : Hotel du Poete*** - Fontaine de Vaucluse show
Included : taxi,luggage transfer,client transfer,bedroom and breakfast

J-5

From Fontaine de Vaucluse to Gordes


About 1km south of the village you pick up the trail that will take you to Gordes, awarded the Most Beautiful Villages of France. The homes, built of drystone architecture, are built on the rocky outcrop which overlooks the valley of the Coulon River and the Luberon Parc. On your itinerary you will have the possibility to visit the superb 12th century Romanesque Senanque Abbey still lived in by monks and open to the public but closed on Sunday mornings; surrounded by lavender fields.

Distance : 16 Km (10 mi).

Elevation : 680 m.


Accommodation : B&B La Borie en Provence - Gordes show
Accommodation : La Bastide de Gordes***** - Gordes show
Included : luggage transfer,bedroom and breakfast

J-6

Gordes LOOP to Roussillon


A walk along quiet roads and dirt path of the GR6 GR 97 will lead you to Roussillon, also ranked among "The Most Beautiful Villages of France" and famous for its red and gold ochre cliffs. On the way back you walk close to typical "mas" (old farmhouse) of the Luberon valley.

Distance : Max. 22 Km (14 mi).

Elevation : 370 m.


Accommodation : B&B La Borie en Provence - Gordes show
Accommodation : La Bastide de Gordes***** - Gordes show
Included : bedroom and breakfast

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Departure from Gordes and transfer to Avignon TGV


Today is departure day, you can take your time getting started in the morning, have breakfast and depart at your leisure. Transfer to Avignon (included) where you can add extra nights or catch a train to Paris. Transfer is scheduled for 09:30 am to the Avignon TGV station. Allow 1 hour travel time before a train departure. If you need this transfer for another time, please let us know.


Included : breakfast,transfer departure,client transfer

ARRIVALS & DEPARTURES

Arrival city is Avignon by train, from there we transfer you to Baux de Provence by taxi.
Paris CDG airport to Avignon: 3 hours.

Return transfer from Gordes to Avignon rail station included - allow 1 hour.

Details

Included


ACCOMODATIONS

- 6 nights of accommodation in superior hotels of charm with private shower and/or bath

MEALS

- Daily breakfast at each hotel, 1 dinner included (version Standard) & 2 dinners included (version Updgraded)

GEAR

- Complimentary Discover France Gear (including water bottle, drawstring bag)
- Guidance Application (phone not provided)

SUPPORT

- Orientation in person with our local guide
- Detailed Road Book, including detailed maps, touristic information, step by step itinerary and cue sheets
- Comprehensive trip literature
- Technical and emergency support available at all times
- Concierge service available to assist you for your requests during your trip (taxi transfer, restaurant, activities...)

TRANSFER

- All luggage transfers

Not included


- Airfare to and from the trip
- Lodging before and after the trip
- Drinks
- Some meals are not included in each destination, which gives you the opportunity to explore regional cuisine on your own. You will find all information needed with our team support in your roadbook.
- Multirisk travel insurance

Other questions?

See our FAQs page for answers to common questions.

FAQ

Rates

Tour rates vary based on hotel availability and specific start date

PRICE FROM / PER PERSON
STANDARD HOTEL ACCOMODATION
UPGRADED HOTEL ACCOMODATION
Double occupancy *
1715 €
4215 €
Single supplement **
480 €
1830 €
Solo traveler ***
2345 €
4845 €

* Please contact us for triple hotel rates. ** Traveling with a group. *** Traveling alone.

STANDARD HOTEL ACCOMODATION FROM

UPGRADED HOTEL ACCOMODATION FROM

Hotel le Mas D'aigret*** - Les Baux de Provence

At the foot of the Village of Baux-de-Provence, the Mas d'Aigret welcomes you with pleasure for an exceptionnal stay in the South of France. Le Mas d'Aigret is an unusual authentic hotel of charm with 16 rooms and with its own grounds, pool and direct access to Les Baux de Provence - a 4 minutes walk - and a car park. Swimming pool has been renovated in 2013, an exceptional area for relaxing moments. The restaurant boasts a cave room, carved into the very rock face, with a stone place and terrace : as soon as the weather allows, it is delightful to savour fresh market produce in the shade of the White Mulberry trees. In winter, dinner is served in the cave room, in front of a blazing fire.
http://www.masdaigret.com/en/

Baumaniere***** - Les Baux de Provence

Baumanière is an institution in Provence whose renown goes well beyond the national borders. For seventy years, Baumanière has represented much more than a destination for a luxury getaway. Both gastronomic institution and elegant country inn, Baumanière les Baux de Provence, created after the merge of l'Oustau de Baumanière and la Cabro d'or hotel s , is a 5-star hotel in Provence, and represents the Mediterranean art of living at its discreet, unostentatious best. Queen Elizabeth, crime-writer San Antonio, actors and celebrities like Jean Reno, Hugh Grant, Bono, Pierre Arditi and Johnny Depp... personalities from all walks of life enjoy meeting in this unique place. It is a legend in its own right, unlike anywhere else, surrounded by the extraordinary natural beauty of Les Baux de Provence.
http://www.oustaudebaumaniere.com/

Le Mas des Carassins*** - Saint-Remy de Provence

In the heart of the "Golden triangle" (Nimes, Aix, Avignon), and at the foot of the Alpilles,bathed in light, you will find le Mas des Carassins. An oasis of calm and cool, located a few minutes walk from the center of Saint-Remy, once home to Van Gogh and Nostradamus. In this old, clad dry stone mas, built in the middle of the 19th century, come encounter the real sweet life, an atmosphere of serenity, calm and conviviality which assures prefect stay in a place over a hundred years old. Rooms are all personalized, with their Provencal "boutis" (bedcovers), bear a name that symbolizes Provence or the history of the Mas. In beautiful days, as soon as the time allows it, you can take advantage of the sweetness of the Provencal evenings in the garden. Take advantage of the calm to discover the kitchen only elaborated from products of the market, with rich savours and the flavors. The Chef, born in the region, will make you discover the true Provençal kitchen made with products of Provence and Méditerrannée.
http://www.masdescarassins.com/anglais.php

Hotel de l'Image**** - Saint-Remy de Provence

Nestling in the heart of the Alpilles and Provence, the Hotel de l’Image is a luxury 4-star hotel. Located in the centre of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, this haven of peace reserves many surprises, such as a magnificent park at the rear of the hotel equipped with a very beautiful swimming pool. Also, you will be able to enjoy the restaurant les Terrasses de l’Image and its gourmet cuisine. Young and design, this town centre hotel regularly hosts art exhibitions. For a relaxing “Spa” stay, take advantage of the Spa “La Maison d'Ennea”, located 900 meters from the hotel and accessible via a special shuttle service. Peace and quiet, well-being and visits around the Bouches-du-Rhône will be on the programme during your stay at the Hotel de l’Image.
http://www.hotel-image.fr/fr/hotel-luxe-saint-remy-de-provence-site-officiel.php

La Bastide d'Eygalieres*** - Eygalieres

The Alpilles chain at the end of the path, the gardens around mirroring the appeal of the surrounding landscape, the village of Eygalières very close and a house reflecting the character of old-fashioned provencal mansions. It's in this little Provencal paradise, where the air takes on pastel colors, that your hosts will welcome you with a view on harmony between local traditions and contemporary comfort. This charming hotel is ideally placed to discover this magnificent part of the south of France. Each room has its unique combination of soft coloured cloths and old fashioned furniture reminiscent of Provencal residences.
http://www.hotellabastide.com/

La Bastide d'Eygalieres**** - Eygalieres

The Alpilles chain at the end of the path, the gardens around mirroring the appeal of the surrounding landscape, the village of Eygalières very close and a house reflecting the character of old-fashioned provencal mansions. It's in this little Provencal paradise, where the air takes on pastel colors, that your hosts will welcome you with a view on harmony between local traditions and contemporary comfort. This charming hotel is ideally placed to discover this magnificent part of the south of France. Each room has its unique combination of soft coloured cloths and old fashioned furniture reminiscent of Provencal residences.
http://www.hotellabastide.com/

Hotel du Poete*** - Fontaine de Vaucluse

The Hotel du Poete is housed in an old mill which has been entirely renovated into a charming three star hotel complete with all the modern conveniences guests would need. Each of the 21 rooms and 3 junior suites, has a differently defined decorative theme in a typically Provençal inspired ambiance. Relax and refresh yourself in the swimming poo l; admiring the shades of ochre as the sun sets on the hills of Fontaine de Vaucluse. The hotel's ideal location between the Luberon and the Alpilles allows easy access for exploring many regions. For pleasurable dining experiences, the hotel is located within 50 meters of a variety of local and recommended restaurants.
http://www.hoteldupoete.com/en/

Hotel du Poete*** - Fontaine de Vaucluse

The Hotel du Poete is housed in an old mill which has been entirely renovated into a charming three star hotel complete with all the modern conveniences guests would need. Each of the 21 rooms and 3 junior suites, has a differently defined decorative theme in a typically Provençal inspired ambiance. Relax and refresh yourself in the swimming poo l; admiring the shades of ochre as the sun sets on the hills of Fontaine de Vaucluse. The hotel's ideal location between the Luberon and the Alpilles allows easy access for exploring many regions. For pleasurable dining experiences, the hotel is located within 50 meters of a variety of local and recommended restaurants.
http://www.hoteldupoete.com/en/

B&B La Borie en Provence - Gordes

La Borie de Provence is a renowned Bed & Breakfast located in Gordes. The House is built over a Borie, a dry stone hut built more than 500 years ago. You will be touched by the charm of this exceptional stone borie surrounded by a superb panorama. It’s cascading gardens and the swimming pool surrounded by Mediterranean flowers will invite to enjoy long hours of peaceful relaxation. All rooms are exquisitely decorated using the work of renowned local artists and are equipped with satellite TV and bathrooms. The interior decoration is an harmonious mix of styles, with happy colors, paintings, ancient sculptures and a superb view of the gardens and the valley.
http://www.borie-provence.com/

La Bastide de Gordes***** - Gordes

La Bastide de Gordes, overlooking Gordes, one of France’s most beautiful villages, in the magical setting of the Luberon region, makes time stand still. Beautiful 16th century property, ideal for guests looking for a change of scene and wishing to recharge their batteries in sophisticated surroundings. Uninterrupted view of the Luberon and Alpilles, where you can enjoy the gentle Provençal way of life. Hanging gardens, terraces, the Sisley Spa and lovely bedrooms, with the valley at your feet. The décor of the 34 bedrooms and 6 suites is inspired by the original 18th century château, with comfortable, well-furnished rooms, decorated with a thousand antique treasures, providing a perfect blend of traditional elements and modern sophistication. Some of these cocoon-like bedrooms, decorated in subtle tones, are further extended by a private terrace. All have direct access to the 1600 m2 Spa Sisley.
http://www.bastide-de-gordes.com/

B&B La Borie en Provence - Gordes

La Borie de Provence is a renowned Bed & Breakfast located in Gordes. The House is built over a Borie, a dry stone hut built more than 500 years ago. You will be touched by the charm of this exceptional stone borie surrounded by a superb panorama. It’s cascading gardens and the swimming pool surrounded by Mediterranean flowers will invite to enjoy long hours of peaceful relaxation. All rooms are exquisitely decorated using the work of renowned local artists and are equipped with satellite TV and bathrooms. The interior decoration is an harmonious mix of styles, with happy colors, paintings, ancient sculptures and a superb view of the gardens and the valley.
http://www.borie-provence.com/

La Bastide de Gordes***** - Gordes

La Bastide de Gordes, overlooking Gordes, one of France’s most beautiful villages, in the magical setting of the Luberon region, makes time stand still. Beautiful 16th century property, ideal for guests looking for a change of scene and wishing to recharge their batteries in sophisticated surroundings. Uninterrupted view of the Luberon and Alpilles, where you can enjoy the gentle Provençal way of life. Hanging gardens, terraces, the Sisley Spa and lovely bedrooms, with the valley at your feet. The décor of the 34 bedrooms and 6 suites is inspired by the original 18th century château, with comfortable, well-furnished rooms, decorated with a thousand antique treasures, providing a perfect blend of traditional elements and modern sophistication. Some of these cocoon-like bedrooms, decorated in subtle tones, are further extended by a private terrace. All have direct access to the 1600 m2 Spa Sisley.
http://www.bastide-de-gordes.com/