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Provence – Cotes du Rhone

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Homepage > France > Provence – Cotes du Rhone
  • Duration: 5 Nights
  • Difficulty: Level 2
  • Tour Type: Self Guided
  • Availability: Any day from 1st March to 15th November.
  • Location: Avignon
Tour Details

Our walking holiday in Provence takes in the Cotes du Rhone region not too far from Avignon. This tour is graded as level 2 so fits into our easy to moderate section of grading, ideal for those who maybe do not want too strenuous a walking holiday. Whilst walking in Provence you will walk is far from the crowds, where you can discover the real Provence. Filled with natural and man-made wonders, olives and vineyards as well as the history of the last thousands of years.

On this week-long walking holiday in France, you will go from the beauty and history of Avignon’s Papal fortified centre to the Roman past of Vaison-la-Romaine. Walking through the area you’ll discover the world-famous Côtes-du-Rhône wine villages of Gigondas, Vacqueyras and Beaumes-de-Venise around the Dentelles de Montmirail and also lesser-known wonders, all nestled under the huge Mont Ventoux.

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Price Includes

  • 5 nights bed and breakfast
  • 2/3 star hotels and guest houses
  • Information Pack
  • Route Book and Map
  • Luggage transfer days 2 to 6
  • Taxi transfers day 2, day 6
  • GPS Files on Request

Price Excludes

  • Transport before and after tour
  • Single Rooms
  • Flights
  • Public Transport
  • Entrance to Attractions
  • Travel Insurance
  • Accommodation Upgrade
  • Extra Nights
  • Upgrade to 3 star accommodation
Trip Info


From 1st July until 15th September access to the forest paths may be forbidden or partially restricted (access until 11am) if there is a high risk of forest fires. Walks may vary due to the weather conditions and dry season. If a walk is not possible due to those reasons then it is your responsibility to obtain this information. Any extra costs due to those restrictions will be at your own cost (extra transfers etc).


Level 2, walking times of 3-5 hours.

Accommodation – Subject to change

Avignon – Hotel Boquier

Vacqueyras – Hotel Le Pradet

La Barroux – Hotel Les Geraniums

Malaucene – Le Pont de l’Orme

Vaison la Romaine – L’Eveche


Avignon                      – Horloge

Vacqueyres               – Terre de Bacchus

Le Barroux                  – Iris de Suse

Malaucene                – Domaine des Tilleuls

Vaison la Romaine   – Le Beffroi

Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Hooked on Walking that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the chosen activity and for emergency evacuation and hospital care.


Day 1Arrive in Avignon.

Stay inside Avignon’s walled city for the first night. Discover the beauty of one of Provence’s great cities.

Day 2Avignon – Gigondas – Vacqueyres 10.6 miles 17 km, 5 hours, up 350m down 480m.

Transfer to Séguret by taxi with your luggage.  Your bags are then transferred on arrival to your hotel.  From Séguret (which has been voted one of France’s most beautiful villages), you walk to Gigondas, a village rising up from the vineyards with its 11th-century church.

Day 3Vacqueyres – Beaumes de Venise – Le Barroux  9.4 miles 15 km, 5.5 hours up450m down 250m.

Today you walk from Vacqueyras to le Barroux, a hilltop village dominated by its 12th-century castle and quiet streets. You are now in the heart of the Dentelles de Montmirail (which means lace), a range of hills that forms a lacework of limestone peaks.

Day 4Malaucene 8.1 miles 13 km, 4.5 hours, +/- 500m

Today your walk takes you from Le Barroux to Malaucène in the foothills of the Mont Ventoux, the “géant de Provence”, in pine and cedar forests contrasting with its bare peaks at 1,912 metres. 

Day 5Vaison la Romaine 11.3 miles 18 km, 6 hours, +400m / -280m

Walk from Malaucène towards Vaison, another great day of discovery as you pass through beautiful areas such as the village of Crestet. Relax and enjoy your last afternoon in Vaison with its Gallo-Roman remains, the largest archaeological site in France.

Day 6 Transfer to Avignon.

Today a private taxi transfer back to Avignon with your luggage. Once you arrive you are free to depart or stay extra nights.


How to get there

By plane to Marseilles, Nimes or  Nice and then a train to Avignon or fly direct to Avignon. You can also fly direct to Avignon.

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