Great Hikes and Cuisine of Provence

Perched Villages, Country Walks, Culinary Delights

Great Hikes and Cuisine of Provence route-map

Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $6095  
Length: 9 days
Arrive: Avignon, France
Depart: Marseilles, France
Lodging: 8 nights hotels
Meals: All meals included except 1 lunch and 2 dinners
Activity: Hiking / Trekking
Trip Level: A mix of moderate walks and hikes, 3-6 hours on most days, van support (for luggage or tired feet)
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Highlights

  • Meet vintners, olive oil makers, truffle and honey producers
  • Experience the natural beauty of Provence with fantastic hikes each day
  • Historic and charming hotels, including the captivating Domaine de Capelongue
  • Great meals of Provencal specialties (try the bouillabaisse), including a restaurant with two Michelin stars


The trip and itinerary were more than excellent. There was a lot of variety in hikes, the cooking class was fantastic and so much fun, and the truffle farm and winery were interesting and well worth visiting.Nancy P.—Newton Upper Falls, MA

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Think of Provence and what comes to mind? Lavender-scented honey, savory truffles, and golden olive oil. We’ve created a hiking and cultural journey brimming with all that makes Provence so enchanting, with hikes in the herb-scented hills of the Luberon, to the remote 12th century Senanque Abbey, and through Provence’s spectacular “perched villages.” All along the way, you’ll meet cheesemakers, chefs, and vintners, and learn the secrets of the terroir that produces such world-renowned wine and cuisine. Great hikes, Provence’s most traditional villages, historic hotels, and sumptuous meals (including dinner at a two-starred Michelin restaurant) make this Provence for all the senses!

Itinerary at a Glance

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Days 1-2
Avignon / Pernes-les-Fontaines

Our hike across valleys, fields, and forests leads to medieval Venasque, and we visit a truffle producer who shares his passion for this elusive delicacy.

Days 3-4
Carpentras / Gorge de la Nesque / Mazan

Before our lively cooking class, explore the produce market amid the squares and arcades of Carpentras, then head out for a vineyard walk and meet a local winemaker. The craggy Gorge de la Nesque, set between Mont Ventoux and the Vaucluse, is perfect hiking territory.

Days 5-6
Gordes / Senanque Abbey

Our hikes bring you above Fontaine de Vaucluse, where France’s most famous spring gives birth to the Sorge River, and across the garrigue, Provence’s aromatic terrain of dwarf oak, thyme, and rosemary, to spectacular 12th century Senanque Abbey, encircled by lavender fields. Overnights are in ancient Gordes, with its panoramic views over the Luberon.

Days 7-9
Roussillon / Pont Julien / Menerbes / Bonnieux

Explore the winding streets of Roussillon, perched on a ridge above ochre quarries, hike from the Pont Julien, a renowned Roman aqueduct, and go wine tasting in lovely Menerbes. Depart on Day 9 via Bonnieux.

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What the Trip is Like

This trip is Level 3, Moderate. We enjoy day walks and hikes averaging from three to five miles per day over variable terrain, including rolling countryside, riverside trails, cliffside paths, and village to village on country roads. The trails are generally shaded by trees, and there are some stony sections, but no tricky conditions or scrambling. We will carry just a daypack. Sturdy, well broken-in hiking boots are recommended for this area, though trail walking shoes with very good traction can work. The meals included in the itinerary will be taken at the hotels where we are staying or at restaurants in town, with some picnic lunches.

In an effort to capture the spirit of old Europe, the hotels that we use are often family-run converted chateaux or inns, full of ambiance and colorful local history. Although the rooms are not always of uniform or international size, our leaders try their best to assign rooms in a fair way so that all participants experience an equal advantage throughout the trip as a whole.

Explanation of Trip Levels

 

Departures & Leaders

2015
May 19-27, 2015  Nicos Caravellas
Sep 8-16, 2015  James Fuss

Trip Cost

Prices are for 2015
$6095 (13-15 members)
$6395 (10-12 members)
$6695 (6-9 members)
Single supplement: $1420
Forced single supplement: $1420
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Trip Cost Includes:

  • Expert leadership of a Wilderness Travel Trip Leader
  • Accommodations as noted
  • All meals included except 1 lunch and 2 dinners
  • Entrance fees for museums and sites as part of the itinerary
  • Land transportation, transfers to/from Avignon train station

Trip Cost Does Not Include:

International airfare, any meals not specified after each itinerary day, optional gratuities to leaders or staff, additional hotel nights that may be necessitated by airline schedule changes or other factors; pre-trip expenses of medical immunizations (if any), travel insurance, or passports and visas; and other expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.).

Trip Payment Schedule

At time of reservation: $500
120 days prior to departure: 20% of trip cost
60 days prior to departure: Balance

Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule

More than 90 days prior to departure: No charge!
46-90 days prior to departure: 25.0% of trip cost
45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

Hotel L'Hermitage

Hotel L'Hermitage

Days 1 to 2 (2 nights), Pernes-les-Fontaines, France

L’Hermitage is a calm oasis just outside the town of Le Pernes. It provides the atmosphere of a French country house with its acres of ...
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Chateau de Mazan

Chateau de Mazan

Days 3 to 4 (2 nights), Mazan, France

This historic property, once owned by Provence’s powerful Sade family (of Marquis de Sade fame) is located in a lovely, quiet village and has ...
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La Bastide de Gordes

La Bastide de Gordes

Days 5 to 6 (2 nights), Gordes, France

The Bastide de Gordes boasts one of the most spectacular settings in Provence, tucked into a hillside in the tiny town of Gordes with vast panoramas ...
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Le Domaine de Capelongue

Le Domaine de Capelongue

Days 7 to 8 (2 nights), Bonnieux, France

A stunning location and a peaceful garden and pool overlooking one of the prettiest “perched" villages in the Vaucluse make this a memorable ...
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Note: Listed above are our signature accommodations for this trip. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.

Our Trip Leaders

Here are the Trip Leaders scheduled for this journey (please note that leader assignments are subject to change).

Nicos Caravellas

Departure Dates: May 19-27, 2015

Nicos Caravellas, born and raised in Greece, gained his love of nature early on family outings in northern Greece's mountainous countryside. During his university years, while earning his degree in teaching, he developed his mountaineering skills and decided to become a professional guide."I ...
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James Fuss

Departure Dates: September 8-16, 2015

James Fuss is a trekking guide, photographer, cyclist, and chef extraordinaire. Born and raised in South Australia, James found his wanderlust early on family camping trips across Australia. His love of the culinary arts is deep-rooted as well, and as a young chef, he headed off to Europe to ...
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