A fine mix of light walking and serious cultural insight. Enjoy the very best that Western Provence has to offer compacted into three glorious days.”
W alks in Provence transposes you to a part of Provence that is delightfully undisturbed and under-discovered. The Ceze Valley offers some fine walking opportunities, from it’s source near Villefort on the eastern Cevennes to where it flows into the Rhone near Bagnols sure Ceze, and this middle section is no exception.
Walks in Provence takes place in western Provence, and a region undiscovered by mass tourism. Whilst we wish to conserve its pristine nature, our love for this area led us to thoroughly research its hiking trails over a considerable period in order that our enlightened customers might enjoy its best sites as part of a short, light-to-moderate, inn-to-inn tour. We lace together some of western Provence’s most remarkable landscapes and geographical features so that you can enjoy them during three splendid day-journeys of discovery. You average nine miles/14.5 kms a day, over undulating, bucolic terrain with ascents and descents that are within the capabilities of most hikers.
You visit four fascinating and under-explored Provençal villages, including the Venice of Provence; two impressive limestone gorges, a grotto and some remarkable falls. You enjoy a memorable hike into the depths of the Ceze Gorge, and on the megalithic trail, you will visit both dolmen and the tallest menhir in the south of France.
Your walks in Provence take you to four fascinating and under-explored Provençal villages, including Goudargues, the Venice of Provence; two impressive limestone gorges and some remarkable falls. On the megalithic trail, you will visit both dolmen and the tallest menhir in the south of France and then walk the Alzon Gorge around the fine hinterland of the bijou town of Uzes in search of the source that fed Nimes via the Pont du Gard.
Walks in Provence allows you to enjoy the delights of Provençal gastronomy in a way that is tailored to your budget and diet. We include bed and breakfast for your convenience, whilst the options for dinner are abundant and listed in your tour dossier – with up-to-date help and advice from your helpful hostesses!
The tour includes two charming, family-run guest houses, hewn out of the yellow stone that is such a major feature of the fabric of this part of Provence – both boast an out-door swimming pool, so do bring your swimming gear and enjoy a dip after your hikes. And why not time this trip so your stay in magnificent Uzès coincides with western Provence’s finest Saturday morning market?
- £440.00 GBP or €495.00 Euros [per person in a shared double or twin-bedded room]
- Discover Megalithic Man’s footprint – dolmens, grotto and southern France’s tallest menhir
- Enjoy two fine gorges and the Sautadet Falls
- Stay two nights in Uzès, the First Duchy of France
- Hike Western Provence’s best trails and most fascinating hill-top villages
- Stay in superior accommodation.
- 4-night, light and self-guided tour, with one moderate day.
- Start any day, beg. April to end-September.
- Tour starts in Roque-sur-Ceze and finishes in Uzès
- Best access: Avignon or Nimes airports or SNCF stations
- average 9 miles/14.5 kms per day.
- We transport your luggage, you just carry a light day pack.
- 4 nights B & B and holiday tax.
- Luggage transfers and transport integral to the programme, including transfers on Day 2 and Day 3.
- Hiking Insight Notes™ that empower & make orientation easy.
- 1:25,000 scale maps & themed vacation dossier.
- Emergency telephone help-line service with native-English speaking local backup.
arrival taxi transfer [approx. 70 Euros from Avignon] and departure bus/taxi to Nimes or Avignon – please ask for details.
- Excellent levels of character and comfort, with outdoor swimming pools.
- Stay in two fine Provencal stone-built chambres d’hotes.
- Choice of restaurants to suit different budgets and tastes – information provided in dossier
- Two nights in Roque sur Ceze
- Two nights in Uzès
- Nearest airport or SNCF station is Avignon [3.5 hrs on TGV from Paris or Lille] with onward journey to Roque sur Ceze by taxi transfer – please ask for details.
- Next-best access is via Nimes airport or SNCF station [4 hrs on TGV from Paris or Lille] with onward journey to Roque sur Ceze by transfer – please ask for details.
- Alternative convenient options are via Lyon or Montpellier airports, with onward TGV to Avignon – 30 and 60 minute journeys, respectively.
- Hot, dry summers; warm and sunny spring & autumn
- Undulating Mediterranean lowland and Garrigues punctuated by historic villages & hamlets and the Ceze valley; the Ceze and Alzon Gorges
Walks in Provence – Tour Itinerary.[Times, lengths and ascents/descents are approximate]
Day 1: Arrival in Roque-sur-Ceze by taxi.‘Flaner’ through the ‘ruelles’ of this remarkable hilltop village and imbibe its rich ambiance. Then discover the nearby Sautadet waterfalls. Night in Roque-sur-Ceze.
Roque-sur-Ceze to Goudargues
[8.5 miles-14 kms, 4 hrs, +160 ms -160 ms]
Ceze Valley Panorama
A memorable sweeping tour of two of the valley’s finest villages, juxtaposed in contrasting fashion on either side of the Ceze. A feudal castle, an outstanding view over the lower Ceze Valley and a tree-lined canal are just some of the day’s highlights. Late afternoon collection and short transfer.
Second night in Roque-sur-Ceze.
Montclus to Les Concluses de Lussan
[11 miles-16.5 kms, 6 hrs, +440 ms -375 ms].
You set off in search of dolmen and well-hidden menhir, despite its six-metre-high stature. The walking is scenic and the day’s highlight is a descent into the depths of the Aiguillon gorge to its gateway and superbly-potholed limestone channel. Your collection point is nearby for your transfer to Uzès*.
Night in Uzès.
Uzès circular walk.
[5½ miles-8½ kms, 3 hrs, +/-165 ms]
Enjoy a bucolic trail through the Garrigues, past water-mill, castle and the relative heights of the Alzon Gorge, with fine views over the Uzes skyline en route to the source of the Eure that fed the Roman Pont du Gard.
Second night in Uzès.
Day 5: Departure day – by bus or taxi to Nimes or Avignon. Bon retour et a la prochaine!
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