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On Foot - Northern Provence

On Foot - Northern Provence

On Foot - Northern Provence Overview

A self-guided hike near Mont Ventoux to the north of Provence, from Venasque to Vaison-La-Romaine, including a circuit in the Dentelles de Montmirail. End with a night or two in Avignon.

Lacy mountains and gourmet food

To the east of Avignon and its nursery rhyme bridge is an area of extraordinary geological features. At the centre lies 'le Mont Ventoux' (the windy mountain), beloved - or perhaps not - of Tour de France cyclists, the view of its lonely summit a constant theme to our walking, although we opt for its greener foothills in this less-visited area of Provence. The walk starts and ends in villages perched atop a cliff: medieval Venasque, climbing high for views to the peaks of the 'Dentelles de Montmirail' (lace points) where you will walk later in the week. From Venasque to Mazan, perhaps upgrading to the Marquis de Sade's former home, tiny Le Barroux, Gigondas, before a triumphant walk, via the narrow streets of Crestet, into Vaison-la-Romaine with its Roman bridge.

And of course as this is France, the food and wine are most definitely not of secondary importance. Each hotel boasts a good kitchen delivering meals of greater or lesser complexity and opportunities for tasting not only the well-known regional wines but also perhaps Vacqueyras whites and a variety of 'marcs'. Why not time your visit to finish with Vaison's Tuesday market, stocking up on delicacies to take home, before transferring to Avignon to spend a night or two in this historic centre - the Palais des Papes, the bridge, yes, and also the fascinating side streets and museums.

Five and four night versions of this holiday are also available. See the On Foot Holidays website for details of prices and dates.

On Foot Holidays website: Northern Provence

Reviews of this holiday

On Foot - Northern Provence by Ausssie walker , 5 Aug 2019
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It was a 3 day walk in Provence read more

On Foot - Northern Provence by Ian, 29 Oct 2018
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Independent walking holiday in northern Provence, staying at a range of hotels, each with its own distinct character but ... read more

On Foot - Northern Provence by Nan, 3 Nov 2017
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We walked/hiked from Venasque in Northern Provence to Vaison la Romaine. Two days we did loop hikes out of venasque and Gigondas... read more

On Foot - Northern Provence by MacCara, 13 Jun 2017
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My husband and I just completed our week long Côtes du Rhone and the foothills of Mont Ventoux. It was fantastic! On Foot ... read more

On Foot - Northern Provence by NV_Chuck, 15 May 2017
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We had a group of ten friends that greatly enjoyed the Northern Provence walking tour arranged through On Foot Holidays... read more

On Foot - Northern Provence by Betty, 31 May 2016
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We spent a week walking through the stunning scenery of Northern Provence, staying in quaint hotels in hilltop villages, ... read more

On Foot - Northern Provence by David, 2 Jun 2015
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Brilliant walking holiday in wonderful surroundings. read more

On Foot - Northern Provence by JASSAM, 18 Nov 2013
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Walking in Provence for a week.Unguided with luggage transported from hotel to hotel.Excellent route through unspoilt areas ... read more

On Foot - Northern Provence by Ruby, 7 Nov 2013
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We went to Provence with On Foot and had an excellent time. All the hotels we stayed in were lovely, the food was delicious ... read more

On Foot - Northern Provence by Wanderer, 7 Nov 2013
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I had not travelled in Provence before , nor with what the French insist on calling One Foot, and I was attracted by a reason... read more

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On Foot - Northern Provence by Ausssie walker , 5 Aug 2019
Traveller rating:

It was a 3 day walk in Provence read more

On Foot - Northern Provence by Ian, 29 Oct 2018
Traveller rating:

Independent walking holiday in northern Provence, staying at a range of hotels, each with its own distinct character but ... read more