Provence is one of the best-known areas of France. The sunflowers, the fields of lavender and the magical arid landscapes are paramount in our imagination. But it’s also a place known for its culinary traditions, celebrated wines and rich history. Thousands of acres of peaceful countryside await your exploration and your route notes will acquaint you with how best to stay off the beaten track when traversing this stunningly varied landscape. Climb to the top of the gorgeous Alpilles, uncork the delicious vintages from one of French wine’s top regions and bed down in the region’s best hotels. In sum, it’s pure pleasure.
Trip designed by Travel Expert Dana Quinn
Warm up by exploring the picturesque village of Gordes, spotting a lavender field or two and meandering the valley of the famous Sénanque Abbey.
Explore the breathtaking Lubéron Valley, walking through the stone and vineyards to the tiny villages of St-Pantaléon and Lumières. This evening, choose from one of the many options in the famous village of Ménerbes or Bonnieux for dinner.
Set off through vineyards and forest groves to the hilltop villages of Bonnieux and Lacoste, once home of the Marquis de Sade. Tonight you'll enjoy a wine tasting followed by a special dinner prepared by Chef Laurent Houdart.
Today explore Van Gogh country; the hills known as Les Alpilles. Walk from the medieval village of Les Baux along the cliffs above the Val d’Enfer and down into the quintessential Provençal town of St Rémy.
Explore St Rémy with its myriad of bistros and huge Wednesday market. This afternoon local guide, Mathilde, will take you to St. Paul Hospital, the historic asylum where Van Gogh spent his last days painting irises and other famous works.
After a final breakfast together, we drive to the Avignon train station in time for TGV trains to Paris. Bon voyage!VIEW MAP CLOSE Want to see a full
In a word: everything. In ninety words? Signature B&R guides; local experts; unique, unforgettable biking and walking routes; private tours; authentic local cuisine; lessons and demonstrations; local artisanal wines; wine tastings; all victuals and libations; all the endorphins you can handle; new insight; interesting, fun and like-minded travel companions; a feeling of total freedom. In short: an extraordinary, hassle-free journey of discovery.