Walk along the Wine trails of Provence - Châteauneuf-du-Pape
With its height of 1912 meters, Mont Ventoux is Provence’s highest peak, also called "the Giant of Provence". It is a remarkable natural site classified as a "Biosphere Reserve" by UNESCO. Its largely preserved nature, allows you to discover an exceptional flora and fauna which refuge certain plant species that are the witnesses of the last Ice Age. Mont Ventoux is a must-see in Provence.
You will start your trip in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, by discovering its wonderful vineyards and wineries, tasting the delicious local and regional wine. During this self-guided walking tour, you will then continue to the villages of Séguret, Gigondas, Le Barroux, all the way to Malaucene. You will step into the Dentelles de Montmirail, a delight for hiking and climbing enthusiasts in the heart of landscapes composed of forests, different geological formations and vineyards; where aromatic plants, holm oaks and Aleppo pines flourish.\nYour last stop is Vaison-la-Romaine’s famous archaeological Roman site.
Optional : You can join a half-day wine tour in Provence guided by a local wine expert
Walking through the famed vineyards of Chateauneuf du Pape
The famous wine-making villages of Gigondas and Vacqueyras
1 dinner included & many many wine tastings opportunities!
Optional : A half day winetour with a wine expert
The perched villages of Seguret, Gigondas, Le Barroux
The majestic "Dentelles de Montmirail" mountains
The circumnavigation of Provence's highest mountain, Mont Ventoux
Authentic villages far from the tourist destinations of Provence
the medieval roman town of Vaison la Romaine
If you are a foodista, Provence is the place for you! It is bursting with local specialties. Among them, you might want to try:
- Soupe au Pistou - a thick vegetables soup with beans flavored with garlic and basilica.
- Daube de boeuf a la Provencale - beef stew with tomatoes and olives, cooked for 4 to 6 hours!
- Tapenade – a paste made of olives, lemon, capers, anchovies and olive oil
- and of course, the famous Herbs de Provence (a mix of wild rosemary, thyme, oregano, basil and savory)
With over 2,500 years of experience, Provence knows a thing or two about wine! The appellations in Provence, more specifically the regions of Cotes de Provence and Bandol, are well known for their rose wines. But wine critics rant about Provence's spicy, full-flavored red wines as well. Rose or red, while cycling around Provence make sure you take some time to do a wine tasting session.
Aside from the wine, the most popular drink in Provence is the Pastis: a local aperitif made from aniseed. Don’t be afraid to order in Provencal slang for a Pastagas!
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Arrival at Avignon TGV Train Station & transfer to Chateauneuf du Pape
Arrival at Avignon TGV Train Station where you will be transferred by taxi to Chateauneuf-du-Pape.
From Chateauneuf du Pape LOOP around Mont Redon
It's the first hike of your trip; you will explore Chateauneuf du Pape through its vineyards. You will cross the paths of Côtes du Rhone vineyards. You complete your itinerary at your hotel in Chateauneuf du Pape.
Distance : 10 Km (6 mi)
Elevation : 100 m
Longer walk option : 4h15 -14km / 8.7 miles
Ascent : 150m / Descent : -150m
From Chateuneuf du Pape LOOP around Vaudieu and Nalys Castel
Today, you will leave for a hike in the vineyards of Chateauneuf du Pape. You will pass through the wineries of Vaudieu, Nalys and Solitude where wine tasting is also possible. You will then have the opportunity to walk through the streets of Chateauneuf, and explore the wine stores.
A taxi will transfer you to Séguret at the end of the day.
Distance : 7 Km (4mi)
Elevation : 100 m
From Seguret to Vacqueyras
You will leave Séguret along a path that leads you to a new Côtes du Rhône vineyard, Gigondas. You will then take the direction of Dentelles de Montmirail, a spectacular limestone massif in terms of geological formations. You will take hiking trails with an important difference in level. The descent toward Vacqueyras, another vineyard, will be the arrival to your destination of the day.
Distance: 17 km (11mi)
Elevation: 350 m
From Vacqueyras to Le Barroux
From Vacqueyras, you will follow the Provençal paths, through its geological specificities to reach Beaumes de Venise, famous for its Muscat wine. Your hike will end in your stopover town, Le Barroux, with its climbing alleys and its perched castle.
Distance: 15 km
Elevation: 420 m
From Le Barroux to Malaucene
Leaving Le Barroux, the hiking trails will offer you the Giant of Provence, Mont Ventoux as the background scenery. You will climb up the Piaut Chapel and then descend to Malaucène, on the foot of the Ventoux.
A taxi will transfer you to Vaison-la-Romaine where you will spend the night.
Distance: 13 km (8 mi)
Elevation : 500 m
From Vaison la Romaine LOOP
It's the last day of your trip, you will be able to visit Vaison and its Roman monuments.
ARRIVALS & DEPARTURES
Arrival in Avignon. Transfer to Chateauneuf du Pape around 5pm
Return : regular train lines from Avignon and Orange to Marseille airport / Paris / Nice
6 nights double occupancy with private facilities
1 road map of the region
Guidance Application (phone not provided)
24/7 phone assistance
Day 1: transfer from Avignon to Chateauneuf du Pape around 5 pm
Day 3: transfer from Chateauneuf du Pape to Seguret
Day 7 : transfer from Vaison to Avignon
Luggage transfers from day 1 > 7
-Airfare to and from the trip
-Lodging before and after the trip
-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.
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