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Market day in Castellane
Over looking Lac de Sainte-Croix
Saignon Fountain
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Hiking toward Roussillon

Hiking Provence Inn-to-Inn

The Alps de Haute Provence to the Luberon

Trip Details

Location Verdon Gorge and Luberon Regions of France
Length 10 days
Grades Moderate, Strenuous
Accommodations Hotels, Small Inns
Group size 5-12
Sep 08, 2024 - Sep 17, 2024
Land Cost
Single Supp Cost

Hiking Trip Summary

France is wonderfully crisscrossed with long-distance footpaths called Grande Randonnee. These routes are referred to as GR and are typically number. Starting in the Alps de Haute Provence, we follow the  the GR 4 from the ancient village of Annot through the Gorge du Verdon, across the Durance River and into the Regional Parc of the Luberon, the Provence of Peter Mayle's Toujours Provence. North of the Luberon, our hike along the GR 6 and GR 97 is punctuated with charming villages perchés (perched villages) including Saignon, Roussillon, and the lovely Saint Saturnin-les-Apt.

During this 10-day inn-to-inn trip we will have the opportunity to experience the diversity of Provence. In the Verdon Region, the scenery is that of 1,500-ft limestone cliffs, high jagged mountains, and the deep Verdon River gorge. From Moustiers to Cereste, we will hike out of the Alps and cross the open plateau of the Valensole, through lavender fields, cherry orchards, vineyards, and poppy fields. Hiking up along the high bluff of the Grand Luberon, which offers expansive views of the entire area, we will descend down into the once-fortified village of Saignon. We will explore the picturesque village of Saint Saturnin-les-Apt with its ancient fortified chapel and end our trip in the village of Roussillon set atop dramatic ochre cliffs.

Traveling Provence on foot is one of the best ways to savor the region's many pleasures. To be enveloped in its warm breezes scented with hints of rosemary, thyme, and lavender, to wander the narrow streets of its ancient villages, feel the cool walls of its canyons, walk the length of cypress-lined vineyards and end each day in the comfort of a country inn, is to become at home in these peaceful and relaxing landscapes. We hope you'll join us!



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Additional Information


If you wish to have your own room, there is a single supplement charge. Please let us know if you would like a single at the time of registration.

If you are a solo traveler and would like to share a room, we will match you with a roommate. If there is no one with whom you can share, a "forced" single supplement fee of $350 will apply.


  • All accommodations
  • All breakfasts
  • Some lunches
  • All dinners, except one in Moustiers St. Marie
  • Daily luggage transfer for 1 medium-sized bag
  • All group transfers as per the itinerary
  • Transfer to the Marseille Airport on Day 10
  • Guide/s
  • Great hiking and great memories!


Airfare, travel to Annot (the starting location), one dinner in Moustiers, some lunches, optional/individual transfers or excursions, items not on set dinner menu, beverages, insurance, tips to guides/leaders, items of a personal nature.


This hike includes luggage transfer each day. You will need to carry a small day pack with the clothing and extra items you will need for the day. Having said that, we recommend that you keep your luggage to a size that you can easily manage yourself, given that our accommodations may have narrow hallways and no elevator. See our sample packing list.

While this trip includes luggage transfer, it is not vehicle supported. Participants should be in a physical condition appropriate to the strenuousness of this hike. It is, however, possible to skip a day of hiking and take a taxi to the next hotel. This extra cost is not included in the price of the trip.


Hotels: The hotels on this route are very comfortable; some are simple but classic, and others are comfortable and charming. All reflect the local character and offer a warm Provencal welcome. Unless noted, all have private bathrooms. Three hotels have swimming pools.

Meals: Breakfasts and dinners are served at the hotels and lunches are picnic-style along the trail.


It is easiest to fly into Nice and out of Marseille. However, if your plans include travel to Paris, you can take the train from the TGV train station directly to Paris. Travel time from the Marseille airport is about 30 minutes by shuttle; travel from the TGV Station in Aix to Paris is about 3 hours.


The trip will begin at the hotel in Annot. Participants can take the scenic train from Nice to Annot – Chemins de Fers de Provence. The travel time is about 2 hours.


The trip will end with a morning transfer from Roussillon the Marseille Airport, arriving at about 10:30 am; please make travel plans accordingly.


This hike is a great combination of the Mediterranean climate, mountain views, varied hiking terrain, picturesque villages, remote hiking, and overnight stays in comfortable, relaxing inns. We grade this trip strenuous with some moderate. Though not as difficult or as challenging as our Alps hikes, participants should be prepared for a few long days on rugged terrain. You will be completely enchanted and impressed with the beauty and the fantastic hiking this area has to offer.


If you would like to register, or receive more information, including a detailed itinerary (including elevation gains, loss, and distance), please contact us. We're also happy to supply a list of past participants willing to share their insights into this guided Hiking Provence Inn-to-Inn experience.

Reserving This Trip

A deposit of $500 along with your completed registration forms will reserve a space on your requested trip. We accept MasterCard, Visa, and American Express card as well as personal checks. To make a deposit, you may either follow one of the “Reserve a Trip” links below, give us a call at 1-888-845-5781, or include your payment information in the area provided when completing your registration forms.

The balance is due 90 days prior to departure for most of our trips. When applying less than 75 days prior to departure, full payment is due. For final payments, we accept MasterCard, Visa, and American Express, as well as personal checks.

As confirmation of receipt of your deposit, we will send you a comprehensive packet of information pertaining to your trip, an invoice for final payment and additional information including release agreement form, medical information form, travel information, and packing list. Upon receipt of final payment and no later than 30 days prior to your trip start, you will receive trip rendezvous information and a list of accommodations. Returning trip participants will receive a 5% discount on most trips.

Receipt of all forms will finalize your registration.

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I liked your relationship with the people at the inns we visited – it was as though we were returning friends instead of American tourists. You were sensitive to them as well as to us.

Louise VW., ME

“I enjoyed everything about the trip. All of the pre-trip information was excellent and very thorough. I loved all the places we ended up, wonderful inns, great food and nice villages. Julie and Sarah were knowledgeable and fun, I would love to travel with them again. I thought it was a good value and would definitely recommend it.”

Robert B., IN