Introduction
Practice saying: “I’m vacationing in the south of France this year.” Wonderful as it sounds, it’s even better in real life. Think quiet country trails that wind through cherry orchards beneath rustic perched villages. In season, purple ribbons of lavender drape the hills. A friend (who also happens to be your local guide) insists on drizzling your warm bread with the award-winning olive oil she presses herself. You bask in the legendary sunlight, in the very landscapes Cezanne and van Gogh painted. The cultural landmarks are inspiring too – from the Roman’s Pont du Gard aqueduct to serene Sénanque Abbey. And fair warning: on our walking tour in Provence you can get very used to lunches that end with ripe figs, goat cheese and a final sip of chilly rosé. This is Provence at its purest, and you will never forget it.
Picture yourself…
  • Trailing through vineyards and olive groves
  • Shopping colorful markets for pique-nique provisions
  • Savoring private tastings and culinary how-tos
Itinerary at a glance
DAYS 1-3 - AVIGNON / COLLIAS
We’ll meet in Avignon for a stroll that includes an exploration of the 14th century Papal Palace. This afternoon, we settle into our hotel near the Pont du Gard (3 nights) to enjoy wonderful walking and take our lunch with the soaring aqueduct as backdrop. We also venture into the renowned Châteauneuf-du-Pape vineyards for a wine tasting and later the Roman theater of Orange, one of the best-preserved structures dating back to ancient times.

DAYS 4-7 - NOVES / AIX-EN-PROVENCE
Across the Rhone, we’ll treat you to Carrieres de Lumieres, maybe the world’s finest artistic sound and light show in the dramatic rock quarry in historic Le Baux. Then it’s on to our hotel retreat nestled in the country side of Noves with its own pool and private gardens (3 nights). We’ve also arranged a cooking instruction with Chef Alain Nicolet who has earned Michelin stars for 16 years...and this year, you get to see why. Morning is the perfect time for a walk through the lavender fields to picturesque Sénanque Abbey, followed by a visit to the classic hilltown of Gordes. Our last day, we follow in Cezanne’s footprints through Aix-en-Provence before parting company at the rail station.
Provence
Cultural Walking Adventure
7 Days / 6 Nights
Starting Point: Avignon – TGV rail station - 3:00 PM

Ending Point: Aix-en-Provence - TGV rail station - 3:00 PM

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Guest Reviews
“"I’ve wanted to go to Provence for 30 years and have collected many books. This tour made all of the pictures come alive. I am so happy that I went—your tour made everything so easy to enjoy each day." -- Frances F., Orange Park FL”
Frances F., Orange Park FL

“Isabelle was an outstanding guide. Her knowledge of the geography, history, horticulture, culture, etc.was deep and broad and made our trip enjoyable, rewarding and informative. She was a delight to be around with a great sense of humor and flexibility.”
Sherry W., Prospect, KY

“Pre-trip material was extremely comprehensive, and the few questions we did have were handled at the time of our call and with thorough feedback.”
Donna K., Silverlake, WI

“My experience in Provence was more than I expected. The cultural history, architectural history and the foods/wine we enjoyed gave me a better understanding of the area in which we travelled.”
Donna K., Silverlake, WI

“Gordana is amazing! Very personable,very flexible,most willing and able to meet the smallest request and has some very interesting contacts-Guy the wine guy, the black truffle chef in Menerbes, the nougat maker, the perfect salt store, etc.”
Patricia O., Portsmouth, NH

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Go a little off the grid
The ultimate luxury in walking tours in Provence is escaping the crowds. On all of our tours we get to the places the turisti don’t go.
Our small groups offer more options
Fewer guests give us more flexibility on our Provence tours and everywhere in France we vacation. We always offer alternate walks, time off for relaxing, and other options at no extra cost.
Tour Dates & Prices
Tour prices are per person based on double occupancy. Single supplement is only applicable if you are traveling solo and/or have a room to yourself.
TOUR DATES
TOUR PRICES
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
May 1-7, 2016$4795.00$795.00
June 19-25, 2016$4895.00$795.00
September 4-10, 2016$4895.00$795.00
October 2-8, 2016$4895.00$795.00
May 7-13, 2017$4895.00$795.00
June 18-24, 2017$4895.00$795.00
September 3-9, 2017$4895.00$795.00
October 1-7, 2017$4895.00$795.00
  • Full time experienced guide(s) who are with you throughout the trip, handle behind-the-scenes logistics and are there to help with anything from haggling for a rug to buying a tube of toothpaste
  • Support vehicle(s)
  • Admissions to tastings, historic sites and other scheduled events as noted in the detailed daily itinerary.
  • Gratuities for hotels, meals and baggage
  • Trip literature
  • All land transportation during the trip
• All breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners, and 1 cooking instruction
Provence
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Provence has a semi-arid climate, reminiscent of San Diego, California. Days are usually quite sunny, with bright blue skies. The temperature can vary significantly from winter to summer (especially when the Mistral wind blows in the winter). We suggest packing clothes that can be worn in layers, as early morning and evening can often have a chill that during the middle of the day is quickly replaced with warm sunshine.

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Hotels
Le Castellas

This 17th-century residence turned hotel is in the heart of the quaint village of Collias. You'll want to enjoy a morning cafe or evening aperitif in the wisteria-covered courtyard. There's also a swimming pool just right for enjoying the Provençal sun.

Auberge De Noves

In the peaceful countryside surrounding Avignon, this 5-star hotel is a charming property featuring beautifully crafted original masonry walls. Owned and operated by a top chef, the hotel has 23 uniquely decorated guestrooms.

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The ultimate luxury in walking tours in Provence is escaping the crowds. On all of our tours we get to the places the turisti don’t go.
Our small groups offer more options
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