- Brilliantly colored wild landscapes that inspired great painters
- Superb gourmet fine dining
- Beautiful old villages and ancient castles
- Private wine tasting
- Visit The Marquis de Sade's village of Lacoste
Discover the brilliant colors of the wild landscape of Provence: the purple of the lavender, the lime-green of fresh vine leaves and deep red of the cherries in Spring, the glorious russets of Autumn, the vivid blue of the Mistral sky and the fabulous sunsets at the landscape that inspired so many Impressionist painters.
Inhale the fragrance of the herbs of the Luberon - wild thyme, marjoram and sage - crushed underfoot as we walk. We traverse age-old paths through fields, vineyards and olive groves, and we stop to sample the wares of a traditional wine grower.
We walk from one perched village to another: Lacoste, castle home to the infamous Marquis de Sade now owned by Pierre Cardin, Menerbes, where Peter Mayle wrote 'A Year in Provence', breath-taking Gordes where we explore dramatic limestone gorges and Fontaine de Vaucluse where the ancient source of the river Sorgue, an eternal underground siphon, gushes out from the deep heart of the mountain.
Our Provence walk is also a truly exceptional fine-dining experience. The region is famed for its abundant Mediterranean produce, enriched with the warmth of the sun, and its superb Chefs who pride themselves on creating imaginative and delicious dishes. From the simplicity of stuffed golden vegetables and salads at lunch to the elegant dining room of Edouard Loubet, a brilliant young 2-star Michelin Chef, every day you will sample the food of a lifetime!
Read the profile of Chef Loubet on our blog where you can also download one of his recipes!
Sunday Overnight: Hotel Moulin de Lourmarin
Monday Overnight: Hotel Moulin de Lourmarin
Tuesday Overnight: La Bastide de Capelongue
Wednesday Overnight: La Bastide de Capelongue
Thursday Overnight: Hotel Les Bories
Friday Overnight: Hotel Les Bories
(Single Supplement $695.00)
Departure: Avignon TGV Rail Station
Hotels - Where we stay
Moulin de Lourmarin
A former 18th century oil mill in the heart of one of the most beautiful villages in France, the Moulin de Lourmarin welcomes its guests to an enchanting setting surrounded by lime trees. The reception area sets the tone of charm and simplicity for the whole hotel with natural wood and stone, warm colours and traditional decor. Recently refurbished, the bedrooms are individually decorated in the glorious colours of Provence: ochres, blues, whites, ecrus and they offer the usual modern amenties including satellite TV, phone, minibar, safe, air-conditioning and ensuite bathroom with hairdryer. In the hotel's elegant restaurant, the new Chef, Mr Cyrille Wagner, offers a menu of tasty local Provencal dishes.
La Bastide de Capelongue
La Bastide de Capelongue (the Country House of Capelongue) was once a private country house perched on a hill and is set in 15 acres of grounds. Now beautifully rennovated, the decoration and furnishings have been carefully selected to exhude a feeling of calm and relaxation. Spacious bedrooms each have either a balcony or a terrace, air conditioning, ensuite bathroom, hairdryer, modern facilities including satellite TV, and have exceptional views over the countryside and the village. All are individually decorated in Provencal style, with locally-produced wooden furniture and delicate, personal touches. A highlight of your stay is the light and refined cuisine from Edouard Loubet, a remarkably talented young 2-star Michelin Chef, served in the very elegant hotel restaurant. He draws inspiration from authentic dishes of his childhood and, as the ingredients are taken directly from the garden and supplied by the best local producers, they reflect the changing Provencal seasons. In this remarkably peaceful setting, there is also a swimming pool surrounded by the scent of the lavender plants and with panoramic views across the valley of Bonnieux.
Hotel les Bories
Located in 20 acres of fragrant gardens, hidden amongst olives, green oak and Cyprus trees, this hotel brings together the past and present in perfect harmony. Bedrooms look out across the stunning Luberon landscape and each features an en-suite bathroom with hair dryer, mini-bar, Satellite TV and video, phone and personal safe. Whether dining in the old house or outside on the dry stone terraces, the cuisine is enriched with typical Provence flavours. As well as an outdoor swimming pool with sun terraces, there is an indoor heated swimming pool as part of the hotel's luxury health spa, La Maison d'Ennea, including sauna and fitness room. A variety of spa treatments may be booked in advance - direct with the hotel.
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What Is Included in the Price of My Vacation
- Full-time services of two staff - a Walk Leader and Walk Manager
- A backup vehicle for resting walkers and moving luggage
- Comprehensive Travel Information Package and Reading List
- Diverse itineraries with an emphasis on history, geography, culture, peoples, flora and fauna
- Demonstrations, wine tasting, admissions to museums and historic sites
- All ground transfers (ferries, cable cars, trains, etc.)
- Maps and unique souvenirs to commemorate your trip
- First-class accommodations with cultural and historical interest
- All meals - with choices - (Special dietary requirements? No problem!)
- Wine with dinner
- On-trail snacks and refreshments
- All gratuities at hotels and restaurants