Roussillon Hiking in Gorge du Verdon Market day in Castellane Over looking Lac de Sainte-Croix Moustiers-Sainte-Marie Saignon Fountain Hiking through the Colorado Provençal 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 11 days
Grades Moderate, Strenuous
Accommodations Hotel, Small Inn
Group size 5-12
Dates Sep 7, 2020 - Sep 17, 2020
Land Cost $3,995.00
Single Supp Cost $500.00

Hiking Trip Summary

Starting in the Alps de Haute Provence, we follow the long-distance route of the GR 4 (Grande Randonnee 4) from Castellane 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 11-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, where we will spend two days. From Saignon we will explore “classic Provence” with hikes to the ochre cliffs of the “Colorado” and picturesque villages of Saint Saturnin-les-Apt and Roussillon.

Traveling Provence on foot is one of the best ways to savor the regions' 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!

 


Itinerary

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Additional Information

SINGLE TRAVELERS

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 traveling alone and would like to share a room, we will match you with a roommate. If there is no one with whom you can share, we will not charge you extra for this “forced” single.

INCLUDED

  • 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 11
  • Guide/s
  • Great hiking and great memories!

NOT INCLUDED

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.

LUGGAGE

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.

ACCOMMODATIONS AND FACILITIES

Hotels: The hotels on this route are very comfortable; some are basic and simple, 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.

TRAVEL

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.

MEETING POINT

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.

ENDING POINT

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

WHO WOULD LIKE THIS TRIP?

This hike is a great combination of 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.

MORE INFORMATION

If you would like to register, would like to 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 60 days prior to departure for most of our trips. When applying less than 60 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 and registrations, 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, 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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Testimonials

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 VanWinkle, ME