DAY ONE - Overnight in Avignon, one of the most poetic cities of southern France. Still surrounded by its medieval walls, with tree-lined boulevards and immaculately maintained lanes and squares, Avignon is a sophisticated city humming with the colour and charm of the Mediterranean.

DAY TWO - In the morning you are transferred north to Vaison-La-Romaine, a busy farming town of Roman origins at the foothills of the Dentelles known as the 'Pompei of France' for its extraordinary excavations. In the afternoon, there is short loop walk out to a tiny hamlet with spectacular views over distant Mont Ventoux. (10 kms; 3 hrs)

DAY THREE - The walk takes you through forest, skirting around the edge of the range to the most celebrated wine town of the region, via the smallest and most perfectly preserved of the villages that surround the range. (14 kms; 3.5 hrs).

DAY FOUR - Today's walk takes you around the southern edge of the Dentelle to a little town famous for its irresistible muscat wine, and then on to a tiny village, a classic 'village perche', clustered under the walls of the best preserved castle in the area. (16 kms; 5 hrs).

DAY FIVE - This loop walk that starts and finishes at Lafare, taking you into the heart of the Dentelles, via some of the most spectacular scenery in Provence: fortified villages clinging to crags, rolling vineyards pressed against the saw-tooth ridge that gives the range its name. (15 kms; 4 hrs).

DAY SIX - The walk today takes you back to Vaison, skirting around the northern edge of the Dentelles, with enormous views over the interior of the range, Mt Ventoux and south to the plains that lead back to Avignon. (16 kms; 5.5 hrs).

DAY SEVEN - Morning transfer back to Avignon, which has excellent links to the rest of France and Europe via an international airport and rail links, including the express TGV.

What's included:

  • six nights accommodation
  • all breakfasts and dinners (except on Day 4)
  • recommendations for lunch
  • reading lists and historical and cultural notes
  • maps and detailed walking instructions
  • daily transfers of baggage between hotels
  • transfer in a private vehicle from Avignon to Vaison on Day 2, and drop off on Day 7 from Vaison to Avignon (which has links to the rest of France and Europe via airport and rail, including the express TGV).
  • 24 hour backup from local manager

Grade 4 Walk - Good paths, orientation requires more experience, several walks longer than 15 kms, some long and steep climbs.

The walks are from ten to sixteen kilometres per day. The paths are clearly marked and generally follow small gravel roads, although there are some steeper climbs. Orientation requires more experience. Some of the walks are long and require a good level of fitness ? a satisfying challenge for experienced walkers.

Accommodation is in excellent, family-run three-star hotels, which are themselves part of the history of the region, and, along with the food and views, is one of the highlights of the trip. Costings are done on a twin share basis. All rooms have an ensuite bathroom.


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