- At a glance
- Locality & Walks
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Your Holiday at a Glance
|Independent Walking Holiday||
|Dates for 2020||
|Price 9 nights||
|Accommodation and Meals||
|What's not included
Cotes du Rhone Wine Trail
Our Cotes du Rhone Wine Trail explores the eastern side of the Rhône Valley from the Baronnies Regional Park in the north, to the slopes of the impressive rock spires of Dentelles de Montmirail in the south, passing by the foothills of Mont Ventoux. This page presents our 8 day walk but we also have a shorter 5 day walking holiday available. Both self-guided walking holidays take in some of the most beautiful landscapes in this part of Provence as well as the best known of the Cotes du Rhone wines such as Beaumes de Venise and Vinsobres. You’ll also explore plenty of beautiful historic villages and hamlets along the way, many of which are sheltering under rocky towers or perched atop ridges, crowned by impressive castles. Enjoy their Provence markets, historic buidlings and wonderful panoramic views. The wonderful hill-top village of Grignan is your starting point for the longer version of the holiday, before heading south through vines to reach Vaison la Romain where you can explore its famous Roman remains. Your walking holiday in Provence then circumnavigates the wonderful hills and rocky ridges of Dentelles de Montmirail.
Walking on this holiday is moderate in grade with some longer days on the 8-day walk. The terrain is sometimes stony. Mainly on good paths, tracks and quiet lanes. Average distances are about 17km with about 300-400m of ascent. Some small sections can be steep. Maximum altitude is 500m in one day
Day 1: Arrival
Transfer to Grignan and explore this beautiful village and its wonderful castle.
Day 2: Rousset-les-Vignes - Venterol
Transfer to Rousset-les Vignes and explore this pretty historic village. Traverse slopes between steep forested hills and vine covered slopes where the sandstone has been eroded into strange hills and deep ravines. Reach your beautiful guest house located on a vineyard on a historic fortified farm in the heart of the Cote du Rhone vines. Wine tasting. 14km +340m
Day 3: Venterol - Visan
For useful advice about independent walking and preparing for your self guided holiday please take a look at the articles in our top-tips section.
Once you have booked on this independent walking or trekking holiday, further information about the walking, the region and what to bring, will be sent to you. We do have a web page dedicated to what clothes and equipment you should bring. In addition, our travel shop has direct access to all the top walking and travel retailers. Please contact us if you need any further information.
Accommodation & Meals
A mixture of small B&B style guest houses full of character providing wonderful home-cooked meals and charming friendly hotels. They are all 3 star or equivalent in quality and are traditional properties offering an authentic and very comfortable stay. They are often in historic properties which have been beautifully renovated. Mixture of rural and village locations. Many have swimming pools.
|Mas des Source||B&B||Lovely guest house located in a renovated farm among the vines on the edge of the village of Visan with pool.||3* eq.|
|Domaine de Provensol||B&B||Renovated fortified farm which is now a vineyard and beautiful guest house in superb setting. Wine tasting||3* eq.|
|Hotel Les Florets||Hotel||Very comfortable 3 star hotel in a superb rural setting with swimming pool||3 star|
Train and bus
TGV trains run from London, Lille & Paris to Lyon and Avignon. Some TGV trains go direct to Montelimar from Paris, whilst for others you will need to take a local TER train from Lyon. Return includes transfer to Avignon for TGV trains or air travel.
The closest airports are Lyon St Exupery & Avignon. The airlines Easy jet, Flybe and British Airways have scheduled flights from the UK Luton, Birmingham, Edinburgh and Gatwick - to Lyon St Exupery airport. Regular flights from a number of UK airports to Avignon. Flybe has services from Exeter, Southampton, Birmingham, Manchester & Leeds.
There are a number of car hire firms at the airport including Avis, Europcar and Hertz.
Please visit our travel shop for links to useful sites for reserving airport parking or booking train tickets in the uk
Note: Please check concerning the availability of a holiday before booking any flights. If you need further information or would like to discuss any aspect of your travel arrangements, please contact us, we’re here to help you.
We would be happy to book travel arrangements to France on your behalf for this self guided walking holiday.
Channel ferry crossings from Dover are provided by a number of operators including P&O Ferries, Eurotunnel and DFDS Seaways.
Once in France, the journey from Calais to Gringan takes about 10 hours (excluding long breaks).
Tolls amount to about 45 euros each way.
Non secured parking is available at your second guest house. Please inform us of this at the time of booking so when can provide you with directions to the first guest house. Transfer provided at the end of your holiday to collect your car, included in holiday price.