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In the footsteps of artists

 

In the footsteps of Cézanne 

Landmark of the countryside around Aix en Provence, Montagne Sainte Victoire has not ceased to inspire painters, before and after Cézanne, the one who has probably the most intensely immortalized the rocky mount. Trying to capture the ever changing contours, he painted more than 80 pictures of the mountain. On this trail, you too will have the opportunity to admire the different views of Montagne Sainte Victoire, like the famous painter used to. 

Walking time : 3 hours
Rating : leisurely (stony ground)
Price (per person) : €50 (4 people) / €60 (3 people) / 
€85 (2 people) / €160 (1 person)

In the footsteps of Van Gogh 

This beautiful hike begins in the old market town of St-Rémy de Provence where Vincent Van Gogh spent one year. It takes you to many of the places where he set up his canvas, painting more than 70 works. Soon after the start, you first walk through olive groves and vineyards, then climb through a pine grove up to the Alpilles ridge, enjoying terrific views in all directions. Up there, in view of a rock through which two holes, that were previously invisible, suddenly appear as you are approaching, the hike could also have been called the Rocher des Deux Trous (Rock with two holes). Within the last mile of the itinerary, you pass near the site of Glanum, where can be seen extensive remains of a settlement that developed 2,200 years ago, under Greek and Roman influences.

Walking time : 3 hours
Rating : moderate (steep and rocky sections)
Price (per person) : €50 (4 people) / €60 (3 people) / 
€85 (2 people) / €160 (1 person)

 

Rocher des 2 trous sur une randonnées des Alpilles de Provence

In the footsteps of Marcel Pagnol

Marcel Pagnol, who was one of the very first filmakers in the history of talkies, was also the first one who used to film outdoors. Between 1933 and 1954, in a dozen of his films, he shot most of the scenes in the rugged hills outside Marseille, where he spent his childhood holidays. This hike through the garrigue will take you to different locations of this outdoor movie setting, including the landscape from the “My Father’s Glory” movies ; the tour guide will recount Pagnol’s childhood with his brother Paul and his friend Lili, as well as tales from his filming. 

Walking time : 4.5 hours
Rating : moderate (steep and rocky sections)
Price (per person) : €75 (4 people) / €90 (3 people) / 
€125 (2 people) / €240 (1 person)

 

In the footsteps of Jean Giono

This hike takes place in a part of Provence outside the tourist route. Montagne de Lure that nourished Giono’s dreams are these highlands “where deserts are really desert lands”, as he wrote ; a limitless stretch of barren land, a region of shepherds, dry stone walls and wind ; a land of uncountable starry nights, where winters are harsh and soils stubborn. In addition to the tales about Giono’s works, two other moments will probably remain engraved in your memories : the panorama from the ridge and the sight of the Jas des Terres du Roux, this 150-year old dry-stone sheepfold, built of half a million stones without any binder. Giono’ s world : truly a world apart.

Walking time : 4.5 hours
Rating : moderate 
Price (per person) : €75 (4 people) / €90 (3 people) / 
€125 (2 people) / €240 (1 person)