Provence's Terroirs: A guided hiking tour
Provence's Terroirs: A guided hiking tour
Provence's Terroirs: A guided hiking tour
Provence's Terroirs: A guided hiking tour

Provence's Terroirs: A guided hiking tour

A weeklong dive into the culture and natural landscape

  • The signature yields of Provencal soil
  • Qualified guide accompaniment
  • Provence in autumn
  • Market products: almonds, AOC oil and herbs
  • Not to be missed: Apt, Nyons, Mane and the Mistral.

Our 7-day reality tour takes you to the heart of the cultural landscape of Provence and shows the natural riches and different faces of the region: the artist's haven of the Luberon, the remote Haute-Provence and geographically diverse Nyons. Laurent, your expert tour guide, will share his knowledge of the Provençal terroir to enhance the experience.

Price from 999,- €

Provence's Terroirs: A guided reality tour

Guided tour, 7 days

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Apt

Laurent, your guide, will be expecting the participants at 17:30 at the Avignon TGV station. Transfer by bus (the no. 15) to Apt and check-in into the hotel accommodation. Whilst strolling through the city, Laurent will explain the term terroir before the group has their upclose experiences in nature in the days ahead. Dinner & overnight stay at the hotel in Apt.

Day 2: Ochre rocks in Roussillon & Fontaine de Vaucluse

A cab ride to the ochre cliffs 9:45 am followed by a visit to the small town of Roussillon. In the afternoon, participants embark on a lengthy walk around Fontaine de Vaucluse and will return to Apt at around 5 in the afternoon.

Day 3: Secret farmers' market - Jardins de Salagon - Mane

In the morning, participants visit a farmers' market. Around noon, they will take the bus to the Crau for a two-hour hike. We go down into the Crau, a typical dry landscape with thyme, which is grazed by sheep in spring before the alpine pasture drive. After the hike in the Crau, we visit the Jardins de Salagon, which includes a public park, a museum and an ethnobotanical garden. After visiting the garden, you will walk through the streets of the medieval town of Mane. Dinner & overnight stay at the hotel in Apt.

Day 4: Avignon - Montélimar- Nyons

We leave Apt at 7:55 am to spend time in Avignon and 2 Montélimar in the morning and the early afternoon. Lots of hiking with a nougat tasting to cap it off. The cuisine's essence is of the regional soils and climate says Laurent. During the afternoon we reach our hotel in Nyons.

Day 5: Local market of Nyons - Grignan

Participants spend the morning at a market with local producers and a picnic luncheon by the river depending on the weather. Afterwards, they will walk uptown and taste Nyon's regional olive oil (certified origin). In the afternoon, participants visit Grignan to enjoy the panoramic view from the terrace of the castle.

Day 6: On the trail of the shepherds - Hike to the waterfalls

Participants leave the hotel at 8:15 a.m. and hike through the hinterland. There is dry and poor soil for slow growing plants. During the break you will enjoy the Provençal shepherd's snack almond bread & apricots. Possible side trip to the waterfalls. Observing the water quality provides the shepherd with information and helps him decide which route to take. Return in the late afternoon to Nyons.

Day 7: Departure

Departure by bus at 7am to Avignon TGV station. Arrival at 10:21am. Take the time to stroll through the mythical city of the popes before taking the train home.

Travel dates

  • Oct 02nd, 22 – Oct 08th, 22
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  • Oct 15th, 22 – Oct 21st, 22
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Indicated price per person in double room or 2-bed room

Single room supplement: starting from €190 depending on availability.

Note on COVID-19: If you register alone in a double room, you agree to bear the possible consequences of sharing the room (and therefore the bathroom and sanitary facilities) with another person in the group. Otherwise, we recommend booking the "Single room supplement".

Our reality tour starts and ends at the TGV station of Avignon.

Services

Prices include:

6 overnight stays with half board, English-speaking tour guide, sightseeing, transfers and tastings mentioned in the itinerary, tourist tax.

Number of participants

Minimum number of participants: 8 participants (Max. 16 participants)
Not accessible to people with reduced mobility.
The tour operator reserves the right to cancel this trip up until 21 days prior to departure.

Accommodation

6 nights in double bedrooms at a 2-star hotel (regional category) with a private bathroom.
Meals will be provided either at the accommodation, serving regional dishes, or a nearby restaurant.

Level: medium

Daily hikes lasting between 2h to 4h with a difference in altitude of 300 to 500m.
The terrain is slightly hilly, gentle slopes, partly stony and without shade .The guide can adapt the routes depending on weather conditions.

Introduction to the French term Terroir

Laurent, your expert guide, is also an agricultural engineer and knows this region very well. He likes to tell you about his region, including how important agriculture has remained in southeastern France, for the economy as well as its people. Historically, almond trees were most commonly planted in the Apt area, and although they still exist, olive trees have largely replaced them. Therefore, olive oil has become important for local trade. On the slope of the hill you will also see vineyards that are cultivated for the production of table grapes or wine. The almond of Apt is preferred to the Californian almond for the preparation of nougat. We will taste it on Day 4 in the town of Montélimar.

Jardins de Salagon_ The garden consists of five different sections:

- a medieval garden with four hundred different plants used in the Middle Ages;

- the ground herbs and village plants, which represent the traditional local, ornamental, medicinal and aromatic plants of Provence;

- the aroma trail showcasing plants traditionally used in Provence to make perfumes;

- a garden of modern times: collection of plants for industry, food and decoration all over the world;

- the White Oak forest: a garden dedicated to the local varieties of white oak that grow on the foothills and in the lower mountain ranges.

Near Gordes, there is the Cistercian abbey of Sénanque and the "Village of the Bories", which is made up exclusively of "bories", oval old houses made of stone. To the north, there are soils composed mainly of limestone and calcareous clay. There is also sand and clay in very small quantities and especially above the abbey. And it is precisely in these soils that the monks cultivated lavender. Slowly distilled, the type of lavender they cultivated produced a unique essential oil used by the Popes of Avignon

AOC Nyons: Last oasis for olive groves. More than 125,000 olive trees surround the town of Nyons at the foot of the Alps. The olive oils are characterized by a certain bitterness or fruitiness, which confirms the freshness of the olives at the moment of tasting.

Climate

Bright and very sunny climate in general. Mild temperatures most of the time, sometimes very hot in summer, but the Durance towards Forcalquier brings a little freshness at night. This trip takes place in a time of mild or autumn and not in a hot time of year.

Arrival

We recommend an eco-friendly train journey to Avignon.

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