Provence walking tour

The Dentelles de Montmirial, a rugged landscape of breathtaking views, surrounded by isolated villages concealed within a network of vineyards and woods, provides the back drop for this special walk: the food is exceptional, the accommodation charming and the scenery spectacular!

This magnificent itinerary takes you along well marked paths through spectacular countryside with endless views. It starts with the first night in the gorgeous walled city of Avignon. The following morning, you will be taken forty kilometres north to one of the less visited parts of Provence and a range of jagged mountains cloaked in oak and pine forests, which is circled by towns and villages, several clustered around the ruins of medieval castles.

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With small villages concealed within a network of woods and vineyards and clearly marked gravel paths, passing through varied country of unrivalled beauty, , the Dentelles offer perfect walking conditions. It has a rich history, particularly the bustling agricultural town Vaison-La-Romaine, which was a thriving administrative centre in the Roman era, and is now known as the 'Pompei of France' because of its extensive excavations.

The walks

The walks

This is a Grade 4 walk (click here for details).  The walks are from ten to sixteen kilometres per day. They are clearly marked and generally follow good unsealed country roads, although there are some small trails and some steeper climbs along the way. Orientation in some sections requires a bit more experience than some of the other walks.  Overall, it is a wonderful itinerary for keen walkers.

The accommodation

The accommodation

Hidden Italy uses the best accommodation available.  Accommodation is in excellent, family-run three-star hotels, which are themselves part of the history of the region, and is one of the highlights of the trip: on Day 1 you'll stay in a 4-star hotel in a restored 16th century palace in the pedestrian centre of Avignon; on Days 2 and 6 in a boutique hotel in the medieval town of Vaison; and in two charming family inns on both well known for their restaurants. All rooms have an en suite bathroom.

The food

The food

Generous breakfasts are included each day (you'll need them for your walks).  With notice, the hotels wil be able to prepare a cut lunch for the walk.  Dinners are not included in the standard tour, however, if you select the 'Dinners option' (which we recommend) this will include 3 course meals alla carte (ie free choice) in some of the finest restaurants in the area.  The dinner option also means you'll have a guaranteed booking each night.

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This 7 day walking tour can be personalised to meet your interests and travel dates.

  • Cost

    $1,990

    per person
  • six nights accommodation
  • all breakfasts
  • reading lists and historical and cultural notes
  • maps and detailed walking instructions
  • daily transfers of baggage between hotels
  • transfer in a private vehicle from Avignon to Vaison on Day 2, and drop off on Day 7 from Vaison to Avignon (which has links to the rest of France and Europe via airport and rail, including the express TGV).
  • 24 hour backup from local manager

Cost Options

$1990 b&b and $2190 with dinners included

Single supplement  $650.

5% discount when 4 people or more book and deposit together.

Testimonials

The walk absolutely lived up to our expectations. It was as all I hoped for. Delightful. There were so many highlights, nothing stands out. The length and pace of the walks were very good. The accommodation was all good and the food was exceptional!

– Chris H, Provence walk

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