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Self-Guided Provence Inn-to-Inn

Haute Provence to the Luberon


Trip Details

Location Verdon Gorge and Luberon Regions of France
Length 10 days
Grades Moderate, Strenuous
Accommodations Hotel, Small Inn
Group size 1 - 12+
Dates Apr 15, 2019 - Jun 30, 2019,
Sep 1, 2019 - Oct 15, 2019
Land Cost $2,875.00
Single Supp Cost $500.00

Hiking Trip Summary

Hiking at a pace of 3 miles an hour gives you the opportunity to become part of the rich and varied scenery that is Provence: eucalyptus trees, cypress, deciduous and pine forests, lavender fields, rocky limestone cliffs, Roman roads, vineyards, and ancient cliffside villages.

Starting in the high Alps of Provence, you will follow the GR 4 (Grande Randonnee 4) from Annot to Castellane, through the Grand Canyon du Verdon, across the Durance River and into the Regional Parc of the Luberon. North of the Luberon you will continue your hike on the GR 6 and GR 97, which are punctuated with charming villages perchés ("perched villages") and end your journey with a walk between Roussillon and Gordes.

In the Verdon Region, the scenery is that of 1,500′ limestone cliffs, high jagged mountains, and the deep Verdon River gorge. From Moustiers to Cereste, you will hike out of the Alps and cross the open plateau of the Valensole, with lavender fields, cherry orchards, vineyards, and poppy fields. Hiking up along the high ridge of the Grand Luberon, offering great views of the entire area, you will descend down into the once-fortified village of Saignon, where you will spend two days. From Saignon, you can explore “classic Provence” with hikes to the “villages perches” of Roussillon and Gordes.

We have endeavored to select a route that has the best of both classic Provence as well as the smaller, lesser-known villages. The small hotels, regional cuisine, remarkable hiking, and compelling scenery combine to make this hike “a must do.”


Itinerary

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Additional Information

INCLUDED

This may vary depending on your final itinerary:

  • General consulting regarding hiking dates and abilities
  • Travel information on getting to and from the starting point
  • Maps covering the route
  • Detailed trail notes, which include additional information covering various aspects of your trip (i.e., lunches, laundry, water, hotel routines, alternate transportation)
  • Overnight accommodations
  • All breakfasts
  • Some dinners; please see final confirmed itinerary for specifics.
  • We make and prepay all overnight accommodations, breakfasts, and some dinners. We make and prepay all private taxi transfers as detailed in the final itinerary and the transfer to Marseille Airport.

NOT INCLUDED

Airfare, travel to starting point, some dinners, lunches, optional transfers or excursions, items not on set dinner menu, beverages, insurance, tips to taxi drivers, and items of a personal nature.

LUGGAGE

This hike includes luggage transfer each day.

ACCOMMODATIONS AND FACILITIES

Hotels: The accommodations on this hike are all very different; sometimes quirky, sometimes plain, and some very nice. All have private bathrooms. The food at these small hotels is often very good. A few might have swimming pools.

TRAVEL

It is easiest to fly into Nice and depart from Marseilles.

START POINT

Typically this self-guided route begins in Annot, accessible by train from Nice. It is also possible to start in Castellane.

ENDING POINT

Our standard 10-day self-guided itinerary ends with a morning transfer to the Marseille Airport. Transfer to other destinations are possible, please just ask us!

WHO WOULD LIKE THIS TRIP?

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

MORE INFORMATION

For more information, a more-detailed itinerary that includes elevation gains, loss, and distance, or to register, please contact us. We're happy to share a list of past participants willing to share insights into this self-guided Provence Inn-to-Inn Hiking experience.

Reserving a Trip

A deposit of $400 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.

Before registering for this, please read our Terms and Conditions in their entirety and then refer to our Self-Guided Trips page for specific information regarding the process.

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.

Testimonials

Thanks for putting together an awesome trip for us. We loved everything about it and can't say enough good things. The hotels were superb and the meals were great, but perhaps the best part of the trip was the varied terrain that we hiked through. The mountains, plains, gorges, and vineyards were all beautiful! Thanks again!

Mike O'Keefe, Lee NH

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