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Provence Walking: From Les Baux to the Luberon

France

from $4,198* per person 6 Days May, June, September, October
Luxury accommodations Exertion level: 5
Operator: Backroads 20 people max
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Provence is beautiful. You'll feel it. Cézanne and van Gogh felt it. To think they could have been anywhere and they were here. Among the burnt oranges of Roussillon. The rugged cliffs of Gordes. They could have taken your same path through the gardens of St-Rémy and through the olive groves van Gogh painted. Cézanne gazed up at the same Alpilles mountains you will. It won't surprise you what inspired them to express the beauty of Provence. But you won't need us to tell you that.

  • Sunny walks through limestone hills, olive orchards, vineyards and perched villages
  • Exclusive tours and tastings at an organic winery and a family-run olive oil mill
  • Private cooking class with a Provençal chef
  • Savor Michelin-starred cuisine and regional wines
  • Marie-Charlotte Bouton, local art historian and van Gogh expert

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Itinerary

Day 1 Savor Michelin-starred cuisine and regional wines  A world of windswept crags dotted with oak, pine and cypress trees - the Alpilles is an unforgettable place to walk Behold medieval Les Baux, perched on a rocky plateau above an eerie landscape pockmarked with caves and wildly eroded limestone.

Day 2 Private cooking class with a Provençal chef  Follow weathered hills to Château de Romanin, a family-run organic winery where we stop for a private tour and tasting Sample fine A.O.C. olive oils at Moulin du Calanquet.

Day 3 Marie-Charlotte Bouton, local van Gogh expert and art historian, leads our visit to St-Paul-de-Mausole, where Vincent van Gogh secluded himself and painted a few of his most significant works, including Starry Night Discover vibrant St-Rémy, filled with fountains, gardens, cheery cafés and tree-lined boulevards Stroll through the town's colorful market for the perfect Provençal handicraft.

Days 4-6 Sunny walks through limestone hills, olive orchards, vineyards and perched villages How many shades of ochre grace radiant Roussillon? Try 16. No wonder artists are drawn here! The Lubéron's fragrant foothills and the cliffs beyond Buoux set the scene for lovely rambles Dive into the history and hidden corners of picture-perfect Gordes with a local guide.

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