Roll the word "Provence" around your tongue and feel the warmth of the country of France - the heat of her sun, the delicious taste of her dry rose wines, and the aromas of her pungent herbs. Like gliding through a French impressionist painting, you'll be immersed in the light and life of this land. On this walking tour in Provence, France, we'll stroll through this exquisitely colorful spring landscape and discover sensual Provence along its footpaths, past perched villages painted in pastel pinks, blues and greens, and pause in shaded cafes. Our scenic walks will take us through vineyards and pine forests - along trails which have served for centuries – taking time to picnic on olives, goat cheese, tomatoes and strawberries.
Spring is the season to visit the Provence region in the South of France with every color of flower in bloom. Fields are bright with poppies, yards burst with irises, and stone farmhouses are graced with tall bowers of multi-colored roses. Our trails are lined with wildflowers in purple, yellow, and white, and the perfume of wisteria, wild rosemary and thyme scent the air.
We stay in wonderful hotels and dine as the French do, and our walks will highlight three distinctive landscapes of Provence.
Our adventure begins as you fly into Paris, France and take the high speed TGV train to Avignon. From here we are transported to Vaison-la-Romaine, an ancient Roman city nestled under Mont Ventoux. Day hikes take us into the Dentelles de Montmirail, a wild and beautiful land of spiky, sun-white limestone, pocketed with vineyards and olive groves. We'll visit Crestet, with its art institute and mysterious steps carved into the walls of the chateau , and Gigondas, the famous vine village, which rises from a carpet of vineyards to hang from the hillside.
Next we travel to the Luberon Valley and base in Gordes, elegantly perched high on a hill of golden limestone. Twisting alleys with boutiques and galleries tumble down from the chateau. A day walk here takes us to the charming village of Roussillon, which derives its name and appearance from the surrounding red ochre quarries.
Rising directly behind St-Remy-de-Provence are the Alpilles, the land of Vincent Van Gogh: craggy white mountains, solitary dark cypresses, and groves of silver olive trees dominate this landscape, with poppies and irises dotting the pallet.
Our walks take us to the village of Oppede le Vieux where we visit the ruins of a 10th c. chateau, as well as the dramatic setting of Les Baux de Provence.
Leave your senses tingling on this hiking tour in Provence in Spring, deep within the heart of the south of France!
- A walking tour in the south of France among the landscapes that inspired van Gogh and the French Impressionists, while tasting world-renowned wines and savoring classic Provencal dishes.
- Experience a Provencal farmer's market, busting with cheeses, pates, produce, flowers and artisan wares.
- Meander up cobblestone paths and alleys to dramatic medieval hilltop villages that date back to the 8th century.
- Explore Gordes, listed as one of the "Plus Beaux Villages de France" ("The Most Beautiful Villages in France").
- Hike to Menerbes, the French village made famous by Peter Mayle in his book "A Year in Provence".
- Stay in two charming and historic French hotels: a beautiful 16th c. mansion in the Old City of Vaison; and a renovated 18th century farmhouse in the Luberon, set amidst lavender fields and herb gardens.
- Enjoy camaraderie and share experiences with other AdventureWomen participants during this delightful, custom-designed walking tour in the South of France.
What You'll See and Do!Cultural Exploration, Hiking, Photography, Sightseeing, Walking, Wine Tasting
What You'll See and Do
- Cultural Exploration
- Wine Tasting