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This is more than just a hiking trip through Provence. This is also a culinary journey, a journey for the soul—one where we’ll discover stunningly beautiful landscapes, explore historical places of Provence, and get to know the authentic culture of this southeastern region of France. You can either join one of our co-ed departures, or, if you’d feel more comfortable among like-minded ladies, we also have all-women departures! Regardless, we’ll saunter through aromatic lavender fields, walk along the Mediterranean Sea, and stroll through charming villages perched atop hills. All our efforts will be rewarded with out-of-this-world food: just picture yourself in a typical French bistro, sipping on a glass of delicious rosé, and feeling fabulous. This is just a tiny portion of what’s expecting us—ready to discover the rest?

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Adventure highlights

  • Lush landscapes in the Mediterranean sun

    Every day we’ll walk through poppy fields, rolling vineyards, thyme-carpeted hillsides, and endless lavender fields

  • A change of scenery every day

    We’ll explore calanques (steep-walled rocky coves), orange-hued Colorado Provençal, verdant cedar forests, plateaus…

  • Get into the Provençal state of mind

    See, feel, taste, and smell Provence over the course of 8 days: visit local markets, taste the olive oil and many cheeses, and admire its beauty

Available itineraries

Co-Ed Hiking Holidays in Provence, France

Savor an intimate glimpse into Provence, a charming region in the southeast of France over the course of a week! This hiking tour will have us exploring all things Provençal—apart from marveling at incredibly diverse landscapes, we will also taste its delicious wine, explore local markets where we’ll be able to get traditional products, and feel the serenity of this region by walking among its lavender fields. With an expert guide by our side who knows the absolute best places to take us, we can count on an adventure we won’t forget!

  • Meet at 6 pm at the hotel in Avignon, a papal city and World Heritage Site. The city is surrounded by its 14th century ramparts, behind which a unique world waits to be discovered. After a welcome meeting paired with local wine, meander through the labyrinth of cobbled streets in the old center, just enough to work up an appetite for a great meal ahead! Have dinner with your guide and your group and spend the night in Avignon.

    Meals: Dinner
    Accommodation: Hotel in Avignon

    Avignon, Pope palace
  • A short morning transfer takes you to the village of Lacoste, crowned by the ruins of the castle of Marquis de Sade. Explore the charming village, its old gates, cobbled streets, and, of course, the castle. Have a cup of coffee prior to moving into Bonnieux, another gem of Luberon, immortalized in Peter Mayle’s book A Year in Provence—visit its beautiful town squares and old cobblestone streets going back to the 12th century.

    On the crest of Liberon, you will stroll under canopies of cedar forests, and find a secluded spot to enjoy your Provencal picnic. Beyond Bonnieux, enter the Grand Luberon and follow lavender fields before reaching Buoux castle and the village. Arrive at the Auberge des Seguins, deep in the Aiguebrun gorge. This Auberge castle is hidden in the heart of the Luberon Mountain—set in a quaint hamlet, off the road, and at the crossroads of the most beautiful walking paths in Luberon. You will spend 2 nights here.

    Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch, and dinner
    Accommodation: Hotel in Buoux
    Hiking: 5 hours / 15-16.5 km (9.3-10.3 miles)
    Elevation: +450 m / +1,476 ft | -350 m / -1,148 ft

    Aiguebrun, Buoux
  • Leave Auberge des Seguins by foot and reach the 3,000-year old Buoux Fort. With cliffs on all sides and outstanding views, you’ll explore the ruins of many different civilizations that sought refuge atop this rocky crag. From medieval ramparts and churches to Romna silos and watchtowers, and even Celto-Ligurian ruins—this site is fascinating.

    If you’ve got enough energy left, climb up to the rounded crest of the Luberon mountains, carpeted in thyme and wildflowers. On a clear day, the views extend to the Alps to the north, and even to the Mediterranean Sea to the south.

    Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch, and dinner
    Accommodation: Hotel in Buoux
    Hiking: 4.5 hours / 12 km (7.4 miles)
    Elevation: +500 m / +1,640 ft | -500 m / -1,640 ft

    Buoux in France
  • Follow the Aiguebrun river up past cliffs and dry stone terraces that were once farmed. Continue along the Claparèdes plateau through lavender fields and truffle oak plantations to the perched village of Saignon—built on a terraced hillside, it’s considered one of the most beautiful villages in France.

    Take a stroll through its narrow streets and Place de la Fontaine, after which you’ll continue down to Apt, the capital of Luberon, renowned for its candied fruit, ochre production, and lavender essence. Dinner tonight is on your own!

    Meals: Breakfast and picnic lunch
    Accommodation: Hotel in Apt
    Hiking: 3.5 hours / 13 km (8 miles)
    Elevation: +140 m / +460 ft | -380 m / -1,247 ft

    Saignon lavander fields
  • A short transfer takes you to the foot on Caseneuve. The trail climbs up a ridge where cherry trees, crops, and dry stone huts switch up to the crests. Descend to the Colorado Provençal, from where you’ll see red and orange ochre peaks in the distance.

    Arrive in Rustrel, the heart of these ancient ochre quarries, which form a red, yellow, and orange maze of combes sculpted by erosion. You can choose to walk along the ochre trail. Transfer from Rustrel to Apt, where you’ll have dinner and overnight.

    Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch, and dinner
    Accommodation: Hotel in Apt
    Hiking: 3.5 hours / 11 km (6.8 miles)
    Elevation: +330 m / +1,083 ft | -180 m / -590 ft

    Colorado Provencal
  • Stroll through Saturday’s morning market, mingle with the locals, grab some souvenirs, and taste local specialties: olive oil. Wine, and cheese! Then you’ll transfer southbound towards the Mediterranean Sea and the quiet riviera town of Cassis situated on the eastern edge of the Calanques—a set of dramatic limestone inlets spanning 20 km from Marseille to Cassis.

    Each of the isolated coves unveils its secrets, the pure white limestone casting turquoise reflections in the still waters. This site has become France’s newest national park! You can go for an optional boat excursion to the famous Calanques (one-hour tour approximately 25 euros) or just relax on the beach.

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner
    Accommodation: Hotel in Cassis

    French market
  • After breakfast, a short transfer takes you to the Route de la Gineste, from where you’ll start your walk to the Col de la Gardiole pass, high above the Calanques of Cassis. You will be hiking among shrubs and aromatic herbs. Soon you’ll find a shaded and deeply encased valley that descends in tight zigzags towards the sea, and here is where you’ll reach the Calanque of En Vau.

    This is followed by a short but steep climb through the jagged limestone to reach the Calanque of Port Pin, a narrow finger-of-an-inlet complete with a sandy beach, the perfect stop for your secluded picnic and a refreshing dip in the sea! The third Calanque is Port Miou, over a kilometer long, but ultra-thin, lined on both sides by sailboats. Soon you’ll reach Cassis, where you’ll have your farewell dinner!

    Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch, and dinner
    Accommodation: Hotel in Cassis

    Calanques, Provence
  • After a hearty breakfast, there will be an organized group transfer to Aix en Provence. You can catch a fast train to Paris! If you’d like to stay longer, just ask your guides for some recommendations!

    Meals: Breakfast

    Vineyard in Provence
All-Women Hiking Holidays in Provence, France

The charming Provence that offers a fest for the senses is the ideal setting for an all-women hiking adventure! With this week-long trip, you'll get to discover the southeast of France together with like-minded ladies in a supportive and encouraging environment. Apart from marveling at spectacular landscapes, we will get to taste local wines, explore local markets from where we'll source traditional delicacies, and feel the serenity of the region by walking among its lavender fields. Having grown up in Provence, I kept on exploring its corners by hiking as I got older, and you can count on me to show you the absolute best places of the region (as well as the best food and wine)!

  • Meet at 6 pm at the hotel in Avignon, a papal city and World Heritage Site. The city is surrounded by its 14th century ramparts, behind which a unique world waits to be discovered. After a welcome meeting paired with local wine, meander through the labyrinth of cobbled streets in the old center, just enough to work up an appetite for a great meal ahead! Have dinner with your guide and your group and spend the night in Avignon.

    Meals: Dinner
    Accommodation: Hotel in Avignon

    Avignon, Pope palace
  • A short morning transfer takes you to the village of Lacoste, crowned by the ruins of the castle of Marquis de Sade. Explore the charming village, its old gates, cobbled streets, and, of course, the castle. Have a cup of coffee prior to moving into Bonnieux, another gem of Luberon, immortalized in Peter Mayle’s book A Year in Provence—visit its beautiful town squares and old cobblestone streets going back to the 12th century.

    On the crest of Liberon, you will stroll under canopies of cedar forests, and find a secluded spot to enjoy your Provencal picnic. Beyond Bonnieux, enter the Grand Luberon and follow lavender fields before reaching Buoux castle and the village. Arrive at the Auberge des Seguins, deep in the Aiguebrun gorge. This Auberge castle is hidden in the heart of the Luberon Mountain—set in a quaint hamlet, off the road, and at the crossroads of the most beautiful walking paths in Luberon. You will spend 2 nights here.

    Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch, and dinner
    Accommodation: Hotel in Buoux
    Hiking: 5 hours / 15-16.5 km (9.3-10.3 miles)
    Elevation: +450 m / +1,476 ft | -350 m / -1,148 ft

    Aiguebrun, Buoux
  • Leave Auberge des Seguins by foot and reach the 3,000-year old Buoux Fort. With cliffs on all sides and outstanding views, you’ll explore the ruins of many different civilizations that sought refuge atop this rocky crag. From medieval ramparts and churches to Romna silos and watchtowers, and even Celto-Ligurian ruins—this site is fascinating.

    If you’ve got enough energy left, climb up to the rounded crest of the Luberon mountains, carpeted in thyme and wildflowers. On a clear day, the views extend to the Alps to the north, and even to the Mediterranean Sea to the south.

    Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch, and dinner
    Accommodation: Hotel in Buoux
    Hiking: 4.5 hours / 12 km (7.4 miles)
    Elevation: +500 m / +1,640 ft | -500 m / -1,640 ft

    Buoux in France
  • Follow the Aiguebrun river up past cliffs and dry stone terraces that were once farmed. Continue along the Claparèdes plateau through lavender fields and truffle oak plantations to the perched village of Saignon—built on a terraced hillside, it’s considered one of the most beautiful villages in France.

    Take a stroll through its narrow streets and Place de la Fontaine, after which you’ll continue down to Apt, the capital of Luberon, renowned for its candied fruit, ochre production, and lavender essence. Dinner tonight is on your own!

    Meals: Breakfast and picnic lunch
    Accommodation: Hotel in Apt
    Hiking: 3.5 hours / 13 km (8 miles)
    Elevation: +140 m / +460 ft | -380 m / -1,247 ft

    Saignon lavander fields
  • A short transfer takes you to the foot on Caseneuve. The trail climbs up a ridge where cherry trees, crops, and dry stone huts switch up to the crests. Descend to the Colorado Provençal, from where you’ll see red and orange ochre peaks in the distance.

    Arrive in Rustrel, the heart of these ancient ochre quarries, which form a red, yellow, and orange maze of combes sculpted by erosion. You can choose to walk along the ochre trail. Transfer from Rustrel to Apt, where you’ll have dinner and overnight.

    Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch, and dinner
    Accommodation: Hotel in Apt
    Hiking: 3.5 hours / 11 km (6.8 miles)
    Elevation: +330 m / +1,083 ft | -180 m / -590 ft

    Colorado Provencal
  • Stroll through Saturday’s morning market, mingle with the locals, grab some souvenirs, and taste local specialties: olive oil. Wine, and cheese! Then you’ll transfer southbound towards the Mediterranean Sea and the quiet riviera town of Cassis situated on the eastern edge of the Calanques—a set of dramatic limestone inlets spanning 20 km from Marseille to Cassis.

    Each of the isolated coves unveils its secrets, the pure white limestone casting turquoise reflections in the still waters. This site has become France’s newest national park! You can go for an optional boat excursion to the famous Calanques (one-hour tour approximately 25 euros) or just relax on the beach.

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner
    Accommodation: Hotel in Cassis

    French market
  • After breakfast, a short transfer takes you to the Route de la Gineste, from where you’ll start your walk to the Col de la Gardiole pass, high above the Calanques of Cassis. You will be hiking among shrubs and aromatic herbs. Soon you’ll find a shaded and deeply encased valley that descends in tight zigzags towards the sea, and here is where you’ll reach the Calanque of En Vau.

    This is followed by a short but steep climb through the jagged limestone to reach the Calanque of Port Pin, a narrow finger-of-an-inlet complete with a sandy beach, the perfect stop for your secluded picnic and a refreshing dip in the sea! The third Calanque is Port Miou, over a kilometer long, but ultra-thin, lined on both sides by sailboats. Soon you’ll reach Cassis, where you’ll have your farewell dinner!

    Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch, and dinner
    Accommodation: Hotel in Cassis

    Calanques, Provence
  • After a hearty breakfast, there will be an organized group transfer to Aix en Provence. You can catch a fast train to Paris! If you’d like to stay longer, just ask your guides for some recommendations!

    Meals: Breakfast

    Vineyard in Provence
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Meet your guides

Delphine
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Delphine
Born in Provence and in love with the mountains since forever, Delphine’s choice to become a hiking guide was the obvious path. She gets to share her passion for nature, help people to discover all the places she loves, and she loves sharing those beautiful moments with other hikers! Apart from Provence, Delphine has also guided in the French Alps, Europe, Chile, and New Zealand. With a masters in mathematics, Delphine has a wide range of interests including outdoor activities, yoga, and music.
Walk inn
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Walk inn
Walk Inn have been organizing cycling and hiking tours for over 15 years now. All their tours were created by their expert team of local guides that have been on site, drew the itineraries, and walked the paths that you will be walking on.
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Martha Schrader (source: Google Reviews)

One of our most memorable trips with our kids.

Bastien Serafin (source: Google Reviews)

Very professional service coupled with great customer care.

Things to know

  • What you get on this adventure:

      • An experienced, local hiking guide with extensive knowledge of the area (English/French speaking)
      • 8-day walking tour of Provence (both co-ed and all-women departures offered)
      • Accommodation for 7 nights (in two to three-star hotels & simple auberge in Buoux, ensuite bathrooms)
      • Most meals — 7 breakfasts, 5 picnics, 6 dinners (starter, main, desert)
      • Private transportation during the tour (including a group transfer on Day 8 to Aix-en-Provence)
      • Entrance to Buoux Fort

    What’s not included:

      • Transportation to the meeting point and from the endpoint
      • Drinks
      • Any other activities or meals not noted in the “what you get” part
      • Guide gratuities — optional
  • This walking tour of Provence is ideal for people who enjoy regular exercise, are in good shape, and used to regular and sustained physical activity. Hikers joining this tour should be able to handle walking uphill at a slow and steady pace for up to 2 hours at a time. Daily walks are generally under 5 hours per day, on various types of terrain—though nothing too difficult and technical—with up to 600 m (2,000 ft) of climbing per day.

  • Here’s a list of the equipment you need to bring:

      • Day pack large enough to carry all the items listed (around a 25-40L bag)
      • Hiking poles — optional
      • Water bottle or hydration bladder (2L capacity)
      • Lightweight hiking boots or shoes
      • Spare clothes for layering
      • Waterproof rain jacket
      • Sunhat
      • Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
      • Headlamp or flashlight
      • Sunglasses
      • Camera — optional (but recommended)

    Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.

  • Group sizes and prices:

      • For this walking tour of Provence, the usual client-to-guide ratio is 13:1.
      • It takes a minimum of 4 people for this tour to operate. If not enough people sign up, the tour is canceled at the latest 60 days prior to departure date.
      • If you’d like to go on the tour regardless of whether the minimum group size is reached, please contact us. The tour can go ahead for 2 and 3 hikers as well, but at an additional cost.
      • If you’re joining by yourself, adding a single supplement upon checkout is mandatory.

    Walking tours of Provence can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.

    Min. age requirements:

      • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
      • Minors younger than 18 may be permitted to join the hike on a case-by-case basis, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.

    If your group has hikers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

  • To get to Avignon, the starting point of your walking tour in Provence, most people fly into Marseille Provence Airport (MRS) or Paris, which has two airports: Aeroport Paris-Beauvais (BVA) or Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG). From there, there are fantastic fast train options—it will take you two to three hours to reach Avignon, depending on your departure point.

  • We highly recommend that you cover all your bases with both emergency medical and travel insurance. With medical insurance, if you have an accident or medical emergency on or off the mountain, you’ll avoid paying out of pocket for costly expenses. This covers everything from hospital treatments to emergency air transportation and more.

    Travel insurance covers canceled flights, natural disasters and other scenarios that may interrupt your travel plans.

    We also expect you to respect local regulations and take measures to protect yourselves, your guides, and the communities you’re traveling to. For more information on travel recommendations and restrictions in France, please refer to France’s foreign travel advice.

    If you need assistance selecting the right insurance for your group, let us know and we will be happy to help!

  • Deposits

    You can secure one of the set dates with a 30% deposit upon booking. The remaining 70% of the trip price is to be paid 90 days prior to departure, at the latest.

    Secure your early bird spot with a 10% deposit! This tour gets sold out very quickly, but with early-bird booking, you will be the first one to know about any new upcoming dates. Pick your preferred dates without the risk of your bucket list adventure selling out!

      • Only 10% of the total amount should be paid as a deposit upon booking. This deposit is non-refundable, but can be transferred to another 57hours adventure anytime in case the dates don’t suit you.
      • Once the dates are set, you can confirm your booking by paying another 20% of the total amount.
      • The final balance is due 3 months (90 days) prior to departure.

    Cancellations

    Booking fees are non-refundable in all cases. During checkout, however, you can choose one of 57hours’ flexibility options:

    Basic

      • In case of cancellation within 48 hours after booking, the amount paid is fully refundable.
      • For cancellations 90 or more days before the trip, you are eligible for a 70% refund of the trip price.
      • For cancellations 0-89 days before the trip, there is no refund.

    Flexible

      • In case of cancellation within 48 hours after booking, the amount paid is fully refundable.
      • For cancellations 90 or more days before the trip, you are eligible for a full refund of the trip price.
      • For cancellations 60-89 days before the trip, you are eligible for a 50% refund of the trip price.
      • For cancellations 0-59 days before the trip, there is no refund.

    Super Flexible

      • In case of cancellation within 48 hours after booking, the amount paid is fully refundable.
      • For cancellations 60 or more days before the trip, you are eligible for a full refund of the trip price.
      • For cancellations 0-59 days before the trip, you are eligible for a 50% refund of the trip price.
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