Lavender fields near Moustiers-Sainte-Marie Hiking in the Gorge du Verdon Hikers in the Gorge du Verdon Hiking along lavender fields near  Roumoules Moustiers Sainte Marie Lavender fields near Moustiers-Sainte-Marie Walking toward Roussillon Roussillon

Colors of Provence Hike

Hike the Landscapes of Provence in Lavender Season


Trip Details

Location Verdon Gorge and Luberon Regions of France
Length 10 days
Grades Moderate, Strenuous
Accommodations Hotel, Small Inn
Group size 5-12
Dates We will be scheduling dates for this trip soon. Please check back.
Land Cost $3,975.00
Single Supp Cost $500.00

Hiking Trip Summary

Jean Giono, the French author, famously said, “Lavender is the soul of Provence.” Lavender has long been recognized for its healing and aromatic qualities, and until recently, Provence has been one of the world’s leading producers. From the end of June to mid-July, when harvesting typically takes place, the landscapes of Haute Provence and the Luberon can be ablaze with this curiously vibrant blue and purple flower.

A variation of our Provence Inn-to-Inn itinerary, this 10-day trip revisits some of our favorite villages and trails at a more leisurely pace and with a special emphasis on hitting some lavender highlights. Starting in the medieval village of Annot, the gateway to the Verdon Gorge area, we’ll experience the rugged beauty of Haute Provence as we hike along trails scented by wild lavender. Our hikes will take us to Castellane, the tiny hamlet of Chasteuil, through the impressive gorge itself, and on to the wonderful village of Mousiter St. Maire, perched between the mountains and the fertile plateau of Valensole. From the lavender fields, fruit orchards and olive and oak groves of the Valensole, we’ll transition to the UNESCO-listed nature reserve of the Parc Naturel Régional du Lubéron. Defined by the high bluffs of the Luberon massifs to the south and the Plateau de Vaucluse to the north, this is a region of forested foothills, open farmland, hidden valleys, and charming medieval hilltop villages.

There is an ease and a peacefulness to the landscapes and villages of Provence that make them worth savoring again and again. Whether experiencing these areas for the first time or returning for another taste, you’ll discover a richness and sense of connection only traveling on foot can provide. 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
  • All dinners, except one in Moustiers St. Marie
  • Daily luggage transfer for one medium-sized bag
  • All group transfers as per the itinerary
  • Group transfer to the Marseilles Airport on Day 10
  • Guide/s
  • Great hiking and great memories!

NOT INCLUDED

Airfare, one dinner in Moustiers, 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 daypack with the clothing and extra items you will need for the day. 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 elevators. See our sample packing list.

While this trip includes luggage transfer, it is not vehicle supported. Participants should be in 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 very nice. 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 Marseilles. However, if your plans include travel to Paris, it is possible to take the train between Paris and the Aix-en-Provence TGV train, which is about 8 miles from the Marseille Provence Airport. Frequent shuttle buses run between the airport and TGV station.

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.

MORE INFORMATION

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

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