From Marseille airport we take a private bus directly to Greoux les Bains (approximately 2 hrs transfer time). Our hotel is located in a pictureque park 20 minutes walk from the centre of the village.
Today we walk directly from the hotel and initially follow the banks of Verdon river. From here we ascend a hill and follow the ridge with spectacular views of the turquoise waters of the Esparron Lake. From here we head to the pleasant village of Saint Martin de Bromes where we will stop for lunch. Leaving the village we will climb up to the plateau of Pauron on a good GR track (Grande randonnee).
Distance: 13km Ascent: 434m
In the morning we take a private transfer to the bustling hilltop town of Forcalquier. One of the largest of its kind in France, the weekly market is bursting with both new and tradional french goods including olive oil, breads and cheeses. After time for exploring the myriad of stalls, we will head on to the see the Mourres plateau. A site of geological interest the plateau is covered with strange limestone concentrations that sometimes look like faces, which is how the area earned its name, 'Mourres' means faces in Provencal. Distance: 11km Ascent: 372m
After a private transfer to the lovely village of Aiguines, today's walk will ensure we enjoy superb panoramic views of the lake of Sainte Croix and the spectacular Verdon gorges. The Gorges du Verdon, also called the Grand Canyon du Verdon, is a spectacular canyon that forms a border between the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence and the Var counties. Up to 700m deep, the 21km-long canyon varies in width between 6 and 100m at the bottom and 200 to 1500m at its rim. Distance: 8km Ascent: 518m
Today is free too either relax by the pool or play tennis, visit the nearby shops or take a bus trip to the beautiful town of Aix en Provence.
After a private transfer in the morning to Moustiers St Marie we climb up to the craggy ridge of l'Ourbes with great views over the lake of St Croix. After crossing the summit and descending to a dry riverbed the terrain becomes more open before the final descent to Moustiers on an old roman road. Distance: 11km Ascent: 505m
After a short transfer to the area of Valensole, we enjoy a relatively level walk on the remarkable Valensole plateau before finishing at the village of Valensole itself. After a short transfer we arrive in Vansole. The countryside all around (plateau de Valensole) is beautiful, especially in the spring when the almond trees are in bloom. In the summer, aromas of lavender and thym waft through the air confirming the fact that Valensole is one of the most important producers of lavender in Provence. Valensole village is located in the middle of a magnificent plateau of lavender and almond trees and is true to its name: Valensole comes from the Latin 'vallis' and 'solis' meaning the valley of sun. Distance: 15km Ascent: 393m
A relaxing morning in Greoux les Bains before a transfer to Marseilles airport to match group transfer flight.