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The Best of Provence Self-guided walking tour

Reference: UT


  • Experiencing quintessential Provençal villages
  • Walking through the magnificent Verdon gorge, the largest in Europe,
    and appreciating the contrasting landscapes of the region
  • Staying in family run hotels and gîtes hand chosen for their character-filled atmosphere
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Provence in southern France has long been recognised for its outstanding landscapes, attracting artists and tourists for centuries. This inspiring trip explores the Luberon and Verdon areas of Provence, where market villages abound and the walking opportunities are endless. From Apt experience high limestone plateaus rich in flora and fields of poppies in spring or lavender in late June and early July. A further highlight is the magnificent Gorges du Verdon, the largest canyon in Europe. Visit a vineyard, the ruins of a 13th century fort, lavender fields near to Digne les Bains and walk down to Point Sublime for incredible views of the gorges with its fantastic turquoise river plunging between the narrow rock walls. A final highlight is Jabron Valley renowned for its rich bird life including Golden eagles and buzzards.

Cost per person: from $1850 Twin share accommodation

Trip Grading - Moderate


Day 1 Arrive Apt

Day 2 Cross the Claparedes Plateau to the Aiguebrun gorges (5-6hrs)

Day 3 Explore Buoux fort ruins and return to Apt (5-6hrs)

Day 4 Bus to Castellane via the medieval town of Digne les Bains

Day 5 Walk from Castellane to Rougon experiencing the spectacular Verdon Gorge (6.5hrs)

Day 6 Walk from Rougon to Trigance via superb view points and the Jabron Valley (6hrs)

Day 7 Walk from Trigance through the middle of a preserved forest to Castellane (6.5hrs)

Day 8 Trip concludes


  • 7 breakfasts - continental breakfasts are served and usually consist of breads, jams, coffee, tea and juices.
  • 3 dinners - provided on days 2, 5 and 6
  • 5 nights 2 star hotel on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities
  • 2 nights gîte-hostels in dormitories (option to upgrade to twin share room in hotel - supplement applies)
  • Luggage transfer
  • Information pack including route notes and tourist information per room booked
  • Emergency hotline