Near St Remy, Aix-en-Provence, Marseille
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Mont Sainte Victoire



Half-day tours from St. Remy, Aix-en-Provence and Marseille


 A nature walk en route to Les Baux de Provence

During most of this scenic hike near St-Rémy de Provence, with your guide, you keep all along the ridge of the Alpilles low mountains, enjoying vistas in all directions. Suddenly, on the horizon, as you emerge from a thicket of pines, appears before you, among the jagged peaks, the rock of Les Baux de Provence : a ruined medieval castle and the numerous small tile roofs and stone walls of the village’s housesPerched on a bluff facing the Alpilles crest, the citadel has been abandoned since the 1630s. It had been the symbol of the power and independence of the lords of Baux, Princes of Orange, for four centuries, almost until Provence was incorporated into the Kingdom of France in 1482. In addition, the sight of the medieval fortress and a stroll in the few village streets are worthwile. An extra visit to Les Carrières de Lumières, a son et lumière projected onto the walls of a former quarry at the foot of the village, might be of interest for you.

Walking time : 2.5 hours
Rating : easy (rugged terrain)
Season calendar : year-round (summer : 8am – 11am only, not allowed on fire risk days)

Citadel and Carrières de Lumière visits non included

The Côte Bleue,  such a beautiful seaside

The twenty miles of coast west of Marseille is called Côte Bleue (Blue Coast) due to the colour of the sea. It is a preserved marine area called the Parc Régional Marin de la Côte Bleue. It is also the area where the Chaine de l’Estaque, a dramatic range of limestone hills, meets the Mediterranean. Even if this massif is not elevated, its numerous escarpments and arid appearance give the landscape its unique features, particularly its beautiful inlets. The trail, called the Sentier du Douanier (coast guard footpath), which was built to allow the watching of potential invaders or smugglers, offers numerous panoramic views of the sea, with the large city of Marseille in the background. 

Walking time : 3 hours 
Rating : challenging (stony and craggy terrain)
Season calendar : 1/1 – 6/15  &  9/15 – 12/31

The lakes walk in Cézanne’s footsteps

This 3-hour nature walk takes place halfway between the city of Aix-en-Provence and Mont Sainte Victoire, this iconic natural landmark. You will visit the trails that were done by Cézanne 120 years ago. The hiking route allows you to enjoy gorgeous views of the lakes Zola and Bimont. It also passes through a mixed vegetation of pine grove and of “garrigue”, this low scrubland so typical of Provence. On your way back, you walk with the imposing mountain located only 2 miles east.
One detail should not be overlooked: the lack of shade along the backcountry trails makes the hike a perfect one on cool, sunny days that can be spent in spring, autumn and winter.

Walking time : 3 hours
Rating : moderate (rugged terrain / steep slopes)
Season calendar : year-round (summer : 8am – 11am only, not allowed on fire risk days)

Walking in van Gogh’s footsteps near St. Remy

During his time in France, Vincent van Gogh spent one year in St. Remy de Provence, near Avignon. This beautiful hike starting in the old town, is named after the visited places where the painter set up his easel: he painted here more than 70 works, transfixed by the luminous nature scenery. You walk outside the town through vineyards and olive groves that carpet the landscape. After climbing up through the woods to the Alpilles crest, you can enjoy outstanding 360° views.

This walk could also be named “Le Rocher des Deux Trous” (the Rock with two holes) due to two big holes at the base of a crag: seen from far away, they are then invisible for long, before reappearing suddenly, when very close. Just before the end, you pass near the Greco-Roman site of Glanum: there are visible remains of a city that grew up 2,600 years ago

Walking time : 3 hours
Rating : moderate (steep and rugged sections of terrain)
Season calendar : year-round (summer : 8am – 11am only, not allowed on fire risk days)

Visits of Saint-Paul de Mausole and Glanum non included

Van Gogh’s Provence
photographs of sceneries that could have inspired the Dutch painter

Outlooks over Calanque de Sormiou,
the most spectacular swift trip from Marseille

This quite easy hike will allow you to get some beautiful views over one of the largest steep-walled inlets that are called calanques along the Provence coastline : Sormiou, an amphitheater, with white limestone cliffs as terrace seats, the sea as stage and the little port and its cottages as orchestra. After 30 minutes walking from a South Marseille neighborhood, your local guide has led you into the heart of Calanques National Park. And from a vantage point, you can stare down to Calanque de Sormiou‘s turquoise waters, 250 meters below. You can see the hamlet with the red roofs of its ‘cabanons’, the fishermen’s cottages built near the two coves and towered over by rocky headlands.

Walking time : 2 hours 
Rating : leisurely (rugged terrain)
Season calendar : year-round (summer : 8am – 11am only, not allowed on fire risk days)

The easiest climb on Mont Sainte Victoire

If you are not an athlete or if you only have one morning to climb Mont Saint Victoire, this hike is for you. The road from Aix en Provence to the starting point of the hike is a little bit longer (15 miles), but you only need to walk one hour to reach the ridge of the mountain and 45 minutes more to be on the Pic des Mouches (1,011m), its summit. This climb up the northern side of the mountain to the top mainly takes place through an oak grove, but as you walk along and approach the crest, nature around you changes and the landscape becomes barren. You then enjoy a panoramic view of all the surroundings.

Walking time : 3 hours
Rating : leisurely (rugged terrain)
Season calendar : year-round (summer : 8am – 11am only, not allowed on fire risk days)


Half-day tours from St. Remy, Aix-en-Provence and Marseille












Calanque d’En Vau


Day tours from St. Remy, Aix-en-Provence and Marseille


Calanque de Sugiton:
a gem of a spot in Marseille

This hike is just 4.5 hours long but you will surely need the entire day to get the full benefit of it : when sitting on its little pebble beach or on a rock towering over its turquoise-blue waters, it is so hard to leave Calanque de Sugiton, located in the heart of Calanques National Park. You can first see it in the distance from atop the rocks, a viewpoint from where the panorama opens up to the bay. And what a breathtaking view over Calanque de Morgiou, on the other side ! After this first vista, you then can walk down to the sea and take a closer look at the two-cove calanque. One of Provence’s nature treasures.

Walking time : 4.5 hours
Rating : moderate (rugged terrain)
Season calendar : 1/1 – 6/15  &  9/15 – 12/31


A day hiking trip
from St. Remy de Provence to Les Baux


Here is one of our many hikes that reach places of historical interest as well as natural beauty. Leaving the medieval streets in St. Remy, you head to an even older quarter : Les Antiques. These are two Roman monuments among the best preserved : the Mausoleum and the Triumphal Arch that used to mark the entrance to the city of Glanum. Walking through pines, on back roads and forest tracks, you gently climb to the Alpilles ridge’s path. Up there, you enjoy a great scenery all around. Following the main ridge, you gradually approach Les Baux de Provence. Built on a rocky spur, the ruined medieval castle suddenly appear. Once the fief of lords among the most powerful in South of France, this site is something unique. The castle entrance and the few streets in the village are worthwile. An additional visit to Les Carrieres de Lumieres, a son et lumière projected onto the walls of a former quarry, at the foot of the village, might be of interest for you.

Walking time : 4 hours
Rating : moderate (rugged sections of terrain)


Hike to the Croix de Provence

Symbolic peak of Mont Sainte-Victoire, though not the highest, the Croix de Provence, overlooks Aix-en-Provence and its vicinity. Rising to 946 meters, it was named after the giant metal and stone cross that stands on it. The hike, starting 6 miles from the city, is not long; but it is challenging because of the elevation gain and some rocky stretches with demanding gradients on the way. It is pure delight though, especially when you take time: a natural Provence walking dream. And as you reach the crest around sunrise, the emotion is at its peak. The breakfast snacks that you eat up there remain definitely engraved in your memory for a long time.

Walking time : 4.5 hours
Rating : challenging

 En-Vau : the pearl of Calanques National Park

Calanque d’En-Vau, with its brilliant-turquoise waters surrounded by sheer white cliffs, is a paradise for hikers and rock climbers. On this walking day, you have the opportunity to admire this Provence natural wonder from three different viewpoints: two from the heights, the first one located behind En-Vau, as shown on the picture, allowing a view of the whole; the second, right above, offers a view from the side, quite different but at least as scenic ; the third is from the bottom, as you lie on the beach, where the scenery of natural beauty is different again. On your way to the small, bustling fishing port of Cassis, you discover two other beautiful calanques: Port-Pin and Port-Miou. The last one is a natural marina, home to sailboats on half of its length.


Walking time : 4.5 hours
Rating : challenging

The vista from La Caume on the Alpilles ridge

To start this day hike, your expert guide can meet you in the old town of St. Remy de Provence. After one hour of gentle climbing, you are allowed to spend the following two hours walking on the Alpilles ridge. You first reach the top of Plateau de La Caume. On the way, in addition to the vast panorama, you can discover the Mediterranean biodiversity, especially flora: the famous rosemary, thyme and lavender, of course, but also dozens of other species that blossom early in the year. The last hour on the crest, at the bottom of impressive cliffs, is surely the most challenging. Back to the plain, it is worth stopping for a visit of the Château Romanin. Your local guide can arrange a guided tour of the cellar and a tasting of the wines if you are interested.

Walking time : 5 hours
Rating : challenging
Season calendar : 1/1 – 6/15  &  9/15 – 12/31 

Guided tour of Château Romanin non included.

Climbing Montagne de Régagnas

Along this scenic trail you walk up Montagne de Régagnas, a small mountain that offers a great panorama. It overlooks an underlating landscape of farming and nature, 15 miles southeast of Aix-en-Provence : all around, incised valleys covered with fruit orchards and vineyards are enclosed by steep rocky hills.  these heights are themselves towered by the two major escarpments of the area : Mont Sainte Victoire and the Sainte Baume mountains. The Ermitage de Saint-Jean du Puy will be one of the spots of the day : occupied by monks between the 5th and 15th centuries, this hermitage overlooks the Arc valley.

Walking time : 5 hours
Rating : challenging
Season calendar : 1/1 – 6/15  &  9/15 – 12/31



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