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Highlights of Provence
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At a glance
A guided walking holiday through one of the most beautiful regions of France
Trip Highlights
Start Destination
Greoux-les-Bains
End Destination
Greoux-les-Bains
What's included
  • All breakfasts
  • All accommodation (see below)
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)

All breakfasts included in the trip. Each day we will stop at a bakery or store for you to buy your lunch. There is a great variety of restaurants to choose from in Greoux les Bains for evening meals and your leader will be able to provide recommendations.

Itinerary
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Day 1
Fly to Marseille
Fly to Marseille; transfer to Greoux les Bains.
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Day 2
Follow the Verdon river and ascend hill for views over Lake Esparron. Arrive for lunch in village of Saint Martin before walking to the plateau of Pauron.
Today we walk directly from the hotel and initially follow the banks of Verdon river. From here we ascend a hill and follow the ridge with spectacular views of the turquoise waters of the Esparron Lake. From here we head to the pleasant village of Saint Martin de Bromes where we will stop for lunch. Leaving the village we will climb up to the plateau of Pauron on a good GR track (Grande randonnée).
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Day 3
Bus transfer to Forcalquier, known for having the best outdoor market in Provence. Ascend from town for views across the Mourres plateau, a site of geological interest with its mushroom shaped limestone.
In the morning we take a private transfer to the bustling hilltop town of Forcalquier. One of the largest of its kind in France, the weekly market is bursting with both new and tradional french goods including olive oil, breads and cheeses. After time for exploring the myriad of stalls, we will head on to the see the Mourres plateau. A site of geological interest the plateau is covered with strange limestone concentrations that sometimes look like faces, which is how the area earned its name, 'Mourres' means faces in Provencal.
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Day 4
Travel by bus to the village of Quinson. From here walk to the spectacular Gorges du Verdon.
After a private transfer in the morning to the lovely village of Quinson, today's walk will take us to a superb walkway along the lower verdon gorges. This walkway follows an old canal previously used to carry drinking water to Aix en Provence. The views of the Turquoise Verdon are truly amazing. The walk continues up to the chapel Saint Maxime, an ideal spot for lunch.
5
Day 5
Free day in Greoux les Bains; optional visit to Aix en Provence.
Today is free too either relax by the pool or play tennis, visit the nearby shops or take a bus trip to the beautiful town of Aix en Provence.
6
Day 6
Take the bus to Moustiers St Marie. Climb the ridge of L'Ourbes with views over the lake of St Crois. After reaching the top descend via old Roman road.
After a private transfer in the morning to Moustiers St Marie we climb up to the craggy ridge of l'Ourbes with great views over the lake of St Croix. After crossing the summit and descending to a dry riverbed the terrain becomes more open before the final descent to Moustiers on an old roman road.
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Day 7
Walk direct from the hotel to the Valensole plateau before reaching the village of Valensole itelf. A spectacular area in summer for seeing fields of lavender.
Leaving on foot directly from our hotel we head to the Valensole plateau.The surrounding countryside all is beautiful, especially in the spring when the almond trees are in bloom. In the summer, aromas of lavender and thym waft through the air confirming the fact that Valensole is one of the most important producers of lavender in Provence. Valensole village is located in the middle of a magnificent plateau of lavender and almond trees and is true to its name: Valensole comes from the Latin 'vallis' and 'solis' meaning the valley of sun. We retun to Greoux following a pleasant track alongside the 'Laval' stream.
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Day 8
Fly to London
Transfer to Marseille; fly to London.
Prices & Availability
Hit the spot for group walking pleasure. 5/5

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