Trekking in Provence
My original company Trekking in the Alps, has been organising walking and trekking holidays in Europe since 1991. Trekking in Provence continues in the same style, specializing in guided treks and holidays for small groups and private groups. I aim to guide all the trips myself, and each year new holidays are offered. When you call or email, you will speak and deal with me personally, so you can be sure to get experienced advice and answers to your queries. Each trip has enough flexibility and attention to detail that i can adapt to meet the aspirations of each member of the group. Far from the ethos of big companies where the trip itinerary is standardised format, I offer a personal service and each trip is different depending on the group, the weather and the time of year.  

Trips will run with a minimum of 4 people, occasionally 3. It is extremely rare that I have to cancel a trip due to lack of numbers and I will always try to make sure you get your holiday. Single people very often sign up to my trips, you do not need to worry about being alone, you won't be. Private bookings are most welcome and trips can then be tailor made at whatever level from the gentle to the challenging.

“Hilary brings her top-class expertise to Provence. Great holiday and excellent walking. And the food…and wine…”
"25 years experience,local knowledge and expertise and a passion for interesting walking in lovely places"

Provence is possibly not immediately associated with walking as, mistakenly, people associate Provence with the Mediterranean and the coast. Not so, Provence as a region stretches many miles inland from the Med, getting wilder and quieter the further north you go. Rolling hills are separated by deep rocky limestone gorges which themselves are gouged out by clear fast flowing rivers. Along the flatter sides of the rivers are ancient medieval villages, often accompanied by forts and castles on higher ground.

The land is generally dry and the weather often sunny. This makes good conditions for the cultivation of vines, olives and fruit trees. Lavender also prospers throughout Provence, as do many aromatic plants – the footpaths are bordered by thyme and rosemary, oregano and sage. 

Provence is known for its wonderful light, which illuminates the orchards, olive groves, cliffs and warm hued rooftops. Painters, poets, artists of all kind have been attracted for centuries to this unique lumination. Hiking through the warm sunny hills and valleys is the perfect way to experience Provençal charm and laid back lifestyle, under deep plus skies surrounded by the typical Provence hues of green hills, rich purple lavender frields and russet rooftops. The effort of climbing the hills is more than rewarded by the invigorating experiences and landscapes that open up.

This northern area of Provence takes you into the heart of the famous Côte de Rhone vineyards. As well as exploring the huge possibilities for walks, ranging from easy valley strolls taking in the villages and wine domains, to hill climbs and gorge walks, these weeks go far beyond a mere walking trip as we will discover the culinary delights of Provence. From the aromatic olives and oil, to the delicious lavender honey, and local dishes, Provence will certainly awaken your tastebuds. These holidays are based at small traditional hotels in ancient medieval villages, where you’ll enjoy comfortable  accommodation and the meals will all be based on regional cuisine, accompanied by superb local wines.

“Beautiful hidden winding trails with constant surprises of wild flowers, vultures and eagles. Lovely Provençal architecture both ancient and modern.“