Discover the perfection of hiking in Provence. This tour provides a microcosm of all the famous characteristics of Provence: Roman ruins, perched or hanging villages painted pastel hues, artists’ colonies in the scenery which inspired them, and a vibrant culture best expressed in the colourful and busy markets.

Location

Vaison-la-Romaine

Vaison-la-Romaine, France

Day 1+7+8

Gigondas

Gigondas, France

Day 2+3

Le Barroux

Le Barroux, France

Day 4

Malaucène

Malaucène, France

Day 5+6

What’s Included in the Cost of Your Trip?

INCLUDED IN REGULAR TRIP

7 nights hotels
All breakfasts and 2 dinners
Luggage transfers
Comprehensive Tour Details with detailed pre-trip information
Detailed route instructions and maps
Personal meet & greet with our local Area Manager
Area manager available on call throughout the tour
Access to Loyalty Program and other exclusive benefits

Specifics

TRIP DATES

Any start date between April 1 to October 31
We recommend you to start your trip on a Monday so that you can enjoy the Provencal market in Vaison held every Tuesday.
Custom trips also available and can start any day. Call or email for details.

TOTAL DAYS

8 days / 7 nights with 6 days of walking

ARRIVE / DEPART

Vaison-la-Romaine

ACTIVITY LEVEL

15 km daily average (10 miles). Opportunities to shorten the walking distance through alternate routes or taxi transfers.

TERRAIN

Some days may be longer and require walking on hilly and rocky paths. Sure-footedness is important.

COST

Casual/B&B Accommodation: US $1,320
Single Supplement: US $370

Classic Accommodation: US $1,540
Single Supplement: US $520

Luxe Accommodation: US $1,670
Single Supplement: US $555

Please note: Final itinerary is subject to revision; any changes made are done so in an attempt to provide the best possible trip given route conditions and available services. Due to the nature of our business and exchange rates, prices are subject to change. All prices quoted are U.S. dollars but we gladly accept payment in Canadian dollars also. If you have any questions, please contact us.
Getting There You start in Vaison-la-Romaine, a delightful town snuggled in green hills in the heart of Provence. Vaison lies about 650 km southeast of Paris, due east of Orange. Access is via either Avignon or Orange.Both can be reached via the TGV (high-speed rail network of France), and are only a three- to four-hour journey from Paris. These towns can also be reached by air or from other gateway cities such as Marseille, Lyon or Nice. Transfer to Vaison is via public or private transportation.

1

Day 1

Vaison-la-Romaine

Arrive in Vaison-la-Romaine. Stroll along streets lined with plane trees, taking a coffee in one of the many squares. Visit the famous Roman ruins, then explore the medieval quarter perched high on the opposite bank. At the top of the hill dominated by a ruined castle, admire the Roman bridge far below.

2

Day 2

Gigondas

Today begins the circumnavigation of the Dentelles following the Randonnées du Pays: Tour des Dentelles de Montmirail. Your destination for the next two nights is the famous wine village of Gigondas, on the western side of the hills. The route takes you through Séguret, known as an artists’ colony, including makers of santons, delicate and detailed figurines in regional costumes.
Hiking Distance: 22 km.*

3

Day 3

Gigondas

There are several choices for a day walk. We suggest exploring Les Dentelles des Sarrasins, the spiky line of limestone that forms the heart of the Dentelles. We have both an easy and a more challenging but spectacular option.
Hiking Distance: 8 km.*

4

Day 4

Le Barroux

From Gigondas head to Le Barroux, via Beaumes-de-Venise a delightful town famous for its sweet, white dessert wine. Le Barroux is dominated by a huge feudal castle, restored first in the Renaissance, then again in the 1900’s only to be destroyed in World War II.
Hiking Distance: 20 km.*

5

Day 5

Malaucène 

Wind your way through vineyards and apricot orchards, heading for Malaucène. Stop to visit a recently constructed Benedictine monastery, where the monks tend lavender fields and bake olive bread. Malaucène is in the shadow of Mont Ventoux, with long winding streets lined with mottle-barked plane trees.
Hiking Distance: 12 km.*

6

Day 6

Malaucène

Relax in Malaucène for the day, exploring the narrow winding streets of the village, or enjoy a day walk along the edge of Mont Ventoux. Look for linden trees, cultivated for their fragrant blossoms.
Hiking Distance: 6 km.*

7

Day 7

Vaison-la-Romaine

Today enjoy a remote walk among craggy limestone rocks and wild mountain streams. Visit the village of Crestet, with a 14th-century church, Renaissance homes and a 12th-century château offering superb views of Mont Ventoux, the Ouvèze valley, and the mountains of the Barronies. Return to Vaison-la-Romaine.
Hiking Distance: 17 km.*

8

Day 8

Vaison-la-Romaine

Linger as long as you want in Vaison before heading home or to other destinations.

*Distance and elevation gains may vary depending on hotels chosen for specific departure.

Casual/B&B

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L’Evêché, Vaison-la-Romaine

This hotel overlooks a pretty square right in the heart of Vaison. The hotel has been recently renovated, and often hosts art exhibits in the hotel’s lounges. The 38 rooms are all different and have either been redesigned with the collaboration of architect Jean-Luc Bras, restyled with the help of local artists, or stopped in time to capture their rustic Provençal character.


Les Florets, Gigondas

With a superb location at the foothills of the majestic Dentelles de Montmirail guests enjoy views of the jagged peaks from a huge, sweeping, arbor-shaded terrace. This hotel has been owned and operated by the same family for three generations and its restaurant serves up regional specialties accompanied by Gigondas wines.


Mas de la Lause, Le Barroux

This comfortable inn has a lovely shady garden, refreshing outdoor pool and a view of Mont Ventoux from the lovely grounds. The colourful rooms are named after the typical flowers of Provence.


Le Pont de l’Orme, Malaucène

At the base of the Mont Ventoux, in the historical village of Malaucène, you will find our enchanting B&B, le Pont de l’Orme – the ideal location for anyone who enjoys the good life. Here you will experience la douce France at its very best in surroundings that will please all your senses.


Classic

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Hôtel Le Burrhus, Vaison-la-Romaine

This hotel overlooks a pretty square right in the heart of Vaison. It’s been recently renovated into a chic and trendy space, often hosts funky art exhibits in its comfortable lounges and encourages creativity!


Les Flôrets, Gigondas

With a superb location at the foothills of the Dentelles de Montmirail, guests enjoy superb views from the shaded terrace. This hotel has been owned and operated by the same family for three generations and pride themselves in providing a welcome and relaxing atmosphere.


Mas de la Lause, Le Barroux

This comfortable inn has a lovely shady garden, refreshing outdoor pool and a view of Mont Ventoux from the lovely grounds. The colourful rooms are named after the typical flowers of Provence.


Domaine des Tilleuls, Malaucène

At the foot of Mont Ventoux, in the heart of Malaucène, a typically Provençal village, the delightful hotel the Domaine des Tilleuls, set in a refurbished 18th century magnanery (silk farm), welcomes you to the Vaucluse.


Luxe

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Hôtel Beffroi, Vaison-la-Romaine

Located in the Medieval village, this glorious château built in 1554 is in one of the most beautiful mansions in the Old City of Vaison It features unique architecture within its walls, a swimming pool and incredible panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.


Les Flôrets, Gigondas

With a superb location at the foothills of the Dentelles de Montmirail, guests enjoy superb views from the shaded terrace. This hotel has been owned and operated by the same family for three generations and pride themselves in providing a welcome and relaxing atmosphere.


Le Mas de la Lause, Le Barroux

This comfortable inn has a lovely shady garden, refreshing outdoor pool and a view of Mont Ventoux from the lovely grounds. The colourful rooms are named after the typical flowers of Provence.


Domaine des Tilleuls, Malaucène

At the foot of Mont Ventoux, in the heart of Malaucène, a typically Provençal village, the delightful hotel the Domaine des Tilleuls, set in a refurbished 18th century magnanery (silk farm), welcomes you to the Vaucluse.


Randonnee Tours offers cycling tours in Provence, France
Randonnee Tours offers cycling tours in Provence, France
Randonnee Tours offers cycling tours in Provence, France
Randonnee Tours offers cycling tours in Provence, France
Randonnee Tours offers cycling tours in Provence, France
Randonnee Tours offers cycling tours in Provence, France
Randonnee Tours offers cycling tours in Provence, France
Randonnee Tours offers cycling tours in Provence, France
Randonnee Tours offers cycling tours in Provence, France
Randonnee Tours offers cycling tours in Provence, France
Randonnee Tours offers cycling tours in Provence, France
Randonnee Tours offers cycling tours in Provence, France
Randonnee Tours offers cycling tours in Provence, France
Randonnee Tours offers cycling tours in Provence, France
Randonnee Tours offers cycling tours in Provence, France
Randonnee Tours offers cycling tours in Provence, France
Randonnee Tours offers cycling tours in Provence, France
Randonnee Tours offers cycling tours in Provence, France
Randonnee Tours offers cycling tours in Provence, France
Randonnee Tours offers cycling tours in Provence, France
Randonnee Tours offers cycling tours in Provence, France
Randonnee Tours offers cycling tours in Provence, France
Randonnee Tours offers cycling tours in Provence, France
Randonnee Tours offers cycling tours in Provence, France
Randonnee Tours offers cycling tours in Provence, France
Randonnee Tours offers cycling tours in Provence, France
Randonnee Tours offers cycling tours in Provence, France
Randonnee Tours offers cycling tours in Provence, France
Randonnee Tours offers cycling tours in Provence, France
Randonnee Tours offers cycling tours in Provence, France
Trip starting at
USD $1,320

Trip Reviews

June 9, 2019

“We… wanted to thank you personally for an absolutely perfect tour of Provence. We were able to absorb so much of the sights and sounds of this beautiful area and enjoy a completely relaxing vacation thanks to the efforts of you and your staff who arranged all the details so capably and thoroughly.”

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