Highlights of Provence walking holiday, France

“An eight day, small group walking holiday through the beyond pretty hills of Provence. With five full days of guided walks.”

Highlights

Verdon gorge/ Gorges du Verdon | Lake Esparron | Pauron plateau | Forcalquier | Mourres plateau | Greoux les Bains | Moustiers St Marie | Quinson | L'Ourbes ridge | St Crois lake | Valensole plateau | Optional visit to Aix en Provence

Description of Highlights of Provence walking holiday, France

It sometimes feels as if every corner of this French region is bursting with prettiness and so choosing the highlights of Provence, walking routes that tick every beautiful box and not too challenging treks was not easy. However, with years of experience working with expert local guides this eight day Provence walking holiday, with five full days of guided treks, is a treat. What with wafting lavender or fields full of poppies, quiet hilltop towns like Forcalquier with a famous rural market that look like something out of a film as well as a wonderful climate, these hills are made for walking.

Walking with a small group of fellow hikers, you are based in one place on this trip. And a typically Provencal pretty place too : Greoux les Bains , the ‘bains’ referring to the fact that this has been a thermal spa town as far back as when the Romans built it here. Located beside the River Verdon, and just to the west of Sainte Croix lake, these are both naturally features on our walking trails which you can walk straight out onto from your hotel. It is a three star hotel with an outdoor heating swimming pool, to help relax those walking muscles at the end of the day. The location also gives easy access, by short private bus transfers, to stunning hiking highlights such as the famous Verdon Gorge, Valensole Plateau or Moustiers St Marie and the nearby spectacular climb to the L'Ourbes ridge. And with a rest day included in the itinerary, you also have ease of access to the nearby Lake Esparron, or the chic and vibrant town of Aix en Provence.

Travel Team

If you'd like to chat about this holiday or need help finding one we're very happy to help. The Travel Team.

01273 823 700 Calling from outside the UK?

Map

Check dates, prices & availability

Date
Price
Basis
03 Oct 2020
£1349
including UK flights
8 spaces left
Click here to enquire about or book the 03 Oct 2020 departure
15 May 2021
£1549
including UK flights
8 spaces left
Click here to enquire about or book the 15 May 2021 departure
29 May 2021
£1649
including UK flights
8 spaces left
Click here to enquire about or book the 29 May 2021 departure
12 Jun 2021
£1699
including UK flights
8 spaces left
Click here to enquire about or book the 12 Jun 2021 departure
04 Sep 2021
£1649
including UK flights
8 spaces left
Click here to enquire about or book the 04 Sep 2021 departure
18 Sep 2021
£1599
including UK flights
8 spaces left
Click here to enquire about or book the 18 Sep 2021 departure
02 Oct 2021
£1479
including UK flights
8 spaces left
Click here to enquire about or book the 02 Oct 2021 departure
Vouchers
Accepted

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

Environment
Activity:
Walking trips in general have a minimal impact on the environment as we use our own power to get around. Clients are briefed on managing food waste and other litter, which should be disposed of appropriately in respect of local recycling policies. We do believe in leaving no more than footprints although this tour actively encourages guests to talk to local people, visit local cafes and restaurants, use markets to purchase traditional gifts and crafts.The trip takes the group through small villages and towns in Provence, with many small local businesses and artisans that are dependent on tourism for their livelihood; clients are encouraged to sample local wares when possible.

Water:
Water is a really important issue with walking trips and whilst we must stay hydrated, it is also vital that we have a system for providing clean water without causing lots of waste with plastic bottles. Water can be provided for clients on all walking trips and water receptacles are recycled or reused where applicable. As tap water in the region is drinkable, clients will be encouraged to use tap water and to reuse plastic bottles, rather than buying bottled water.

UK Office:
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK Offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.
Community

The Impacts of this Trip

Accommodation and Meals:
The Hotel des Alpes is a family-run hotel is ideally located in the pretty Provencal village of Greoux-les-Bains. The hotel is also locally staffed, providing valuable employment in the tourism industry on which the region depends. Fresh produce is sourced locally as much as possible in the adjacent restaurant which sells regional specialties. Clients are encouraged to stop at local cafés on breaks, - local cafés are often seasonal and dependant on tourism for their livelihood, while providing valuable employment in areas where tourism is the principal, or only, employment option, particularly for younger people. Picnic lunches are sourced at local stores, and evening meals are taken in the family-run restaurants or at the hotels. We visit Forcalquier market, where locally produced French goods like olive oil, bread and cheese are on sale- a great insight into typical Provençal culture and daily life.

Group Size:
This small group tour has a maximum of 15 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.

Climate

2 Reviews of Highlights of Provence walking holiday, France

4.5 out of 5 stars
SHOW
1
1
0
0
0

Reviewed on 03 Jul 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Seeing the lavender fields! It was surreal. Also the hike from the beautiful village Moustiers was wonderful

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


The trip outline indicated that the difficulty level was easy but in my assessment it was of intermediate level of difficulty.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes we supported local businesses

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Excellent. I am completely satisfied

Reviewed on 25 Sep 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The Verdon gorges. Moustiers-Sainte-Marie.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


You have to be able to walk around 15 km a day, and climb up to 500 m a day. Note that the trip notes do not include getting to the starts of the walks. Some of the descents are a little slippy, because of loose stones. You need to be able to carry around 2 litres of water (it gets hot), and you have to buy your own food in the mornings, for picnic lunches.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, the guide is local, as are the bus drivers. We bought from local shops.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Very good, mostly due to the outstanding guide.

Popular similar holidays

Guided walking holidays in the French Alps

Guided walking holidays in the French Alps

Guided walking from a historic chalet base

From £829 8 days excluding flights

French Alps self guided walking holiday

French Alps self guided walking holiday

Chalet based, self guided walking holiday in the French Alps

From £629 8 days excluding flights

French Riviera holiday, walking, culture & cooking option

French Riviera holiday, walking, culture & cooking option

Experience real French culture while relaxing mindfully

From €450 - €1080 4 days excluding flights

Self guided walking holiday in France

Self guided walking holiday in France

Idyllic walking in France with great food, wine and ambience

From £980 7 days excluding flights

Convert currencies