Come and join this tour to discover Provence, the region of stunning beauty and warm climate; a land of tumultuous geology where colors take on a new depth and brilliance. Walk through wine country, hike under the jagged ridge of Les Dentelles de Montmirail, and visit picturesque hilltop medieval villages. Enjoy Provence healthy and flavorful cuisine in this tour!
During the food tour, you will be staying at La Villa des Dentelles, Provence, France. Beaumes is the home-village of La Villa des Dentelles, a luxury guesthouse that is nestled in the Provence countryside, between woods, vineyards, and saffron culture. You will be amazed by its panoramic breathtaking view on the Dentelles de Montmirail mountains, especially at the sunset. Absolutely unique!
La Villa des Dentelles villa offers five elegantly decorated rooms and suite, with en suite bathroom equipped with walking shower. Each room or suite is in beige, grey, and white colors trends, furnished with stylish antiques and king-size or two single beds. Modern amenities include minibar, safety lock, hairdryer, bathrobe, toiletries, and etc. Free Wi-Fi connections are available in all rooms. The villa has a pool and a summer kitchen with a washing machine at the guests' disposal.
You will be picked up at Avignon TGV train station which is a direct express train from Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG). You will be transferred to La Villa des Dentelles nearby Beaumes de Venise for check-in with a welcome drink and snack. You will have time to rest before a short walk to Sainte-Madeleine abbey monastery. There will be a gourmet food and wine pairing dinner at the guest house. Overnight.
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Roussillon. In the morning, there will be a 3-hour walk through pine tree forest and world's largest natural ocher queries, creating a rainbow of colorful sands, from pale yellows to deep reds and even purples. The path goes to Rustrel quaint village where you can admire a 360 degree panoramic outstanding landscape.
You will discover Roussillon hilltop village before returning back to La Villa des Dentelles. There will be a well being massage for two people at the guest house followed by picnic lunch. Then, you will have dinner and overnight at La Villa des Dentelles.
Just south of Vaison-la-Romaine, a fringe of jagged rock known as the Dentelles (or lace) de Montmirail rises abruptly above the hills. The hike weaves among oak forests and hidden vineyards, following the ridge of the Dentelles to Gigondas picturesque medieval village which is well known for one of the top-ranked Côtes-du-Rhône wine.
You will visit the village and its 11th-century church and Romanesque chapel. There will be food and wine pairing tasting lunch in Gigondas followed by afternoon 3-hour hills walk to Sablet medieval village.There will be a well being massage for two people at the guest house followed by picnic lunch. Then, you will have dinner and overnight at La Villa des Dentelles.
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Vaison la Romaine. Tuesdays welcome one of the biggest Provence open-air market set into the all town. You will have your lunch at O'Naturelles restaurant (home-made organic food). In the afternoon, there will be a walking tour to Vaison medieval perched village, and to Seguret then.
You will enjoy gourmet dinner at a Michelin restaurant. Overnight.
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Gordes. You will start the guided walk in Gordes medieval perched village overlooking the Calavon valley. With your expert guide, you will head into the thyme-laden hills, on walking paths lined with ancient stone walls and shepherd's huts. The paths will lead you directly to Sénanque Abbey, nestled in the valley and framed by its lavender fields.
The 12th century monastery has housed Cistercian monks for the past 850 years. You can visit the abbey before you return to Gordes by foot, on a trail with outstanding aerial views. Time free in Gordes. You will have your picnic lunch in the afternoon and followed by dinner in the evening. Overnight at La Villa des Dentelles.
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Sault, capital of lavender. The lavender starts blooming from early to mid June and it's harvested in July. You will enjoy a morning walk through lavender fields planted on a high plateau. Your expert guide will explain everything you have to learn about the precious flower. The route joins a botanical path, lined with fragrant lavender plantations, along the foothills of Mont Ventoux.
You will have your lunch in Sault and free time in the village before visiting a working lavender distillery. In the evening, there will be a special treat with a wine maker and cheese expert. You will go first in the vineyard to learn the secrets of organic wine growing.
Then you will gather around a table set amid a breathtaking view on the vineyards and the Mont Ventoux further. It's time to also improve your knowledge of French cheeses wine pairing while enjoying a must of France gastronomy. Overnight at La Villa des Dentelles.
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Châteauneuf-du-Pape world's well known village and especially wines. Literally translating as the “new castle of the pope," this was the site of the pope's summer retreat when the seat of the papacy was moved to Avignon from Rome in the 14th century. From the hilltop town, views extend over the Rhône Valley, the thousands of acres of vines originally brought here during the papal period, Avignon, and Mont Ventoux.
Your walk is on undulating farming tracks used only by the locals to work the surrounding vineyards, and trails linking two estates, each with a different character. You will make your way to one of the 55 producers of the Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation, where you stop for a tour and tasting to learn more about its cultivation and classification.
You will have your lunch in the village. There will be an afternoon walk in Avignon historic quarter to finish by the immense Papal Palace and legendary Pont d'Avignon, originally built at the 12th century. Farewell dinner will be at Le Phebus Michelin-star restaurant in Joucas. Overnight at La Villa des Dentelles.
After breakfast, the trip comes to a close with a drive over 45 minutes to Avignon, where you can continue your explorations in Provence or depart for another destination.
The guides are experienced professionals, delightful travel companions, and talented wanderers with a genuine passion for not only showing you the way, but also introducing you to the language, people, culture, food, nature, and customs of their homeland. Since they live in the communities you are visiting, they expertly provide you with behind-the-scenes access and one-of a-kind encounters that you could never arrange yourself.
The walks are guided by Ariane Crueks, a native from Provence, who has a great experience in hiking and mountaineering around the world. The tour is also escorted by Corinne A. Preteur, the creator of Lifestyle Vacations France.
You enjoy walking as a means to get fresh air and see the countryside, without considering yourself as a real hiker. You like to walk to get exercise on your holidays, and enjoy strolls in the countryside and discover Provence in a different and fun way. Walks are generally under three hours per day on easy terrain, with some climbing up to perched villages.
You enjoy regular exercise (whether walking, cycling, aerobics, etc.). You're in good shape, used to regular and sustained exercise. You are keen to set off on all-day walks, and can handle walking uphill slowly for up to two hours at a time. Walks are generally under five hours per day, on various types of terrain which are not technically difficult.
Born in Paris and raised in the Loire Valley, Corinne has spent many years in the USA, working first for Hasbro Milton Bradley (Massachusetts and Rhode Island), and partnering with Birmingham Associates in Boston, then. Within her long professional career, Corinne has organized and guided numerous VIP tours and press trips worldwide. She has an extensive knowledge in France history, food, wine, and gastronomy, in general. She is the creator, owner, and director of Lifestyle Vacations France, and the founder of Paris-based Antilope Productions company and Côté Loisirs TV France.
Ariane Crueks is a native from Provence, who has a great experience in hiking and mountaineering around the world. She will be the tour guide of the program.
The tour will take place in Provence, France. Provence is celebrated for its clear light, cobble stoned villages, lavender fields, olive and fruits tree orchards, vineyards, historic castles, and abbeys.
You will be served with daily continental breakfasts, lunches or picnics, and dinners.
Please book your flight to arrive at Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG). From the airport. you can take the train at Avignon TGV train station as it is a direct express train from Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) to Avignon. Lifestyle Vacations will pick you up from the Avignon TGV train station.
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