Provence ~ Flavours and fragrances
14 to 20 May 2018
Provence is famed for its fields of lavender, red-tiled houses, vivid blue skies and glorious sunsets.
This wild and beautiful landscape has inspired so many: the Romans, Impressionist painters and writers and film makers alike. The warm Lubéron hills are scented with the aroma of thyme and rosemary and make for ideal walking.
Our trails take us from one perched village to another: Lacoste, castle home to the infamous Marquis de Sade, Menerbes, where Peter Mayle wrote 'A Year in Provence', Gordes, to explore dramatic limestone gorges and to the graceful arches of the mighty Pont du Gard, one of the regions Roman masterpieces and now designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
We follow attractive paths through this landscape where the air is perfumed with the scent of herbs, and buzzards and falcons soar overhead. To discover this region on foot is a delight, all the more so when we stay in attractive hotels and savour classic Provençal dishes flavoured with local olive oil, garlic and tomatoes accompanied by a cold glass of the local Rosé.
Day 1, 2 & 3
Meet in Avignon and transfer to Vaison la Romaine, famous for its Roman ruins; visit the bustling weekly market to pick supplies for lunch al fresco; take a walk across the hills to the charming village of Seguret; hike through the dramatic Dentelles de Montmirail, jagged limestone pinacles, with views of terraced vineyards below; enjoy a tutored tasting of Gigondas wines.
Day 4, 5, & 6
Explore the wild landscapes of the Luberon; marvel at the 12th-century Abbey of Sénanque, still inhabited by monks tending their beehives; walk to the perched village of Roussillon set among dramatic ochre quarries; visit the attractive villages of Bonnieux and Buoux, experience the flavours of Provence; enjoy a tasting of the delicious wines of the Luberon with an expert wine guide.
Inclusions: 6 night's accommodation in comfortable boutique hotels; all breakfasts and meals as specified in the itinerary; all transfers, tips and gratuities; the services of a professional tour guide.
Difficulty: Moderate 6 to 15kms per day, over gently rolling terrain.