Saddled almost equidistant from Italy and Spain, Provence has influences from both sides; culturally, linguistically and climate all which imbue our itinerary with essence of Mediterranean life. Even the diet: lamb, fish фтв seafood, herbs of Provence, goat cheese, almonds, olives and olive oil, garlic, and fresh fruits and vegetables all lend their savour to create this unique cuisine, world renown for it's flavor and it's health benefits!
Day 1: Vaucluse Plateau. Home to Celtic-Ligurian tribes as early as the Neolithic era, centuries later the calm of the area attracted the Cistercian monks to settle here and study for the past 700 years! Included: (D).
Day 2: The villages here (Fontaine de Vaucluse, Gordes, Roussillon) lead an unfettered existence, situated at the entrance of the Luberon Valley, we'll venture into the past visiting the famous XIIc abbey, local markets and experience the passage of time at a pace seemingly not of our era. Included: (B), (D).
Day 3: Luberon Mountains: Though this area has endured centuries of warring, it now enjoys one of the calmest and remote areas in Provence. Included: (B), (L).
Day 4: The 300,000 acres of protected national park lands is the back drop for passage through the Luberon and visiting the hilltop villages, Oppede le Vieux, Menerbes, Lacoste (home to marquis de sade), Bonnieux, Buoux. Included: (B), (D).
Day 5: Les Alpilles. Considered by many of the locals to be the heart of Provence, it here that we will explore ancient Greek, Roman civilizations and "walk in the footsteps" of Van Gogh, retracing his time here in Provence. Here, where the local AOC wine and olive oil begin their international prestige, we'll bask in the warmth of the local people, flavors & colors, visiting St. Remy de Provence, Les Baux. Included: (B), (D).
Day 6: Avignon. With Avignon as the scheduled pick up and drop-off town, it's important to note that we do not visit Avignon (pop. 253,580) as part of either itinerary, cycling or walking. It is therefor suggested that guests allow sufficient time prior to or immediately following the tour to visit this town. Included: (B).
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