A Walking Tour in Provence and the Mediterranean, France

April 15 - 25, 2023

Group size 12 participants - 2 spaces left

Trip Leader - Philippe Apchin

Welcome to Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, the heart of the Alpilles Regional Park. Experience the hospitality of this charming little town, birthplace of Nostradamus, with its many café terraces and restaurants and enjoy the authentic French Provençal way of life. Our walking tour with spectacular scenery every day provides an exceptional blend of discovery and experiences. It will lead us from the exquisite hills of the Alpilles with the best Artisan & Crafts market in Provence, to the rugged beauty of the Luberon’s hilltop villages and the papal city of Avignon. We will also visit the UNESCO World Heritage Roman city of Arles, the wetlands of the Camargue with their unique wildlife and the medieval village of Les Baux-de-Provence.

”Provence…with a sun that floods everything with a light of fine gold” Vincent Van Gogh ( in a letter to his brother Theo - Sept 5, 1889)

For our exploration of Provence, we base ourselves in a boutique hotel in the charming town of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence before relocating for the last 3 nights to the coastal town of La Ciotat, the proud birthplace of cinema and pétanque. From the vibrant port of La Ciotat, we explore the coastal paths next to the Mediterranean.

This trip is designed for the moderately active hiker, with walking distances between 5 – 8 miles and elevation gains up to 1700 feet. Some sections will be steep and exposed, especially near the cliffs on the coastal path. The trails are very well trodden, wide and secured when necessary, but along the coast, it might not be suitable for people suffering from vertigo as the drops are rather impressive. This trip can also accommodate non-walkers able to explore on their own.

The trip starts and ends in different locations. Getting to our starting point of Saint-Rémy-de Provence is each participant’s responsibility.

What’s Included:

  • All lodging double-occupancy with en suite bath (single supplements available)

  • On trip transportation

  • All continental breakfasts

  • All dinners (vegetarian and gluten-free diets can be accommodated though the choices will be limited. French cuisine includes meat, fish, eggs and dairy and thus is unsuitable for vegan diets.)

  • Gratuities for local service providers

  • Entrance fees in Avignon (Palace and Bridge), St Paul de Mausole, local vineyard visit and award winning wine tasting, Arles (Pass Liberté), Camargue nature reserve, Archeological site of Glanum and Les Baux-de-Provence (Light Quarry and Castle); Calanques boat tour; Museum in La Ciotat

  • All hikes.

What’s Not Included:

  • International airfare and in-country travel, pre- and post- trip

  • Lunches and beverages with meals

  • Travel insurance

  • Tips for trip leader are at your discretion

  • Other expenses including Covid-19 tests, quarantine and medical evacuations

We recommend purchasing travel insurance.

Trip Staff - Philippe

Trip Date April 15 - 25, 2023 | 11 day trip

Group size 12 participants - 2 spaces left

Trip Price and Deposit: $4,945 per person | Deposit: $1,236 | Single Supplement: $970

Remainder to be paid by January 14, 2023

Price is based on double occupancy of rooms. Same gender roommate will be assigned to participants traveling solo. Single supplements are available. Your non-refundable deposit will hold your reservation. Either pay on line (credit/ debit cards accepted) using our secure PayPal payment system or write a check, payable to “Big Round World”, and mail it to: PO Box 1337, Lyons, CO 80540.

How to Sign Up

  1. Complete the COVID-19 Vaccination Status Form

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