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"I had such a wonderful time in France. I can hardly wait until our next C.H.H. adventure, whenever and wherever that might be. I'm telling anyone who will listen just how much I enjoyed the perfect mix of exercise, sunshine, history and friendship." Carol R. (Provence & Cote d'Azur 2018)

Provence & Cote d'Azur

History and glamour combine for "une experience magnifique". 

 

We begin our adventure in historic Provence, where Greeks and Romans may have left their mark, but it was the 19th century Impressionists who most shaped the region we know today. Based at the HOTEL CLOITRE SAINT-LOUIS - originally a Jesuit school, now a historic but modern 4-star hotel located inside the walls of Avignon, we not only get full access to this celebrated city, but it serves as the gateway to hikes that perfectly illustrate Provence's appeal. We will take you hiking under the jagged ridge of Les Dentelles de Montmirail, descend into the Nature Reserve of the Gorge Du Gardon and, of course, visit the famous ancient Roman aqueduct bridge, the Pont du Gard.  Forested valleys and colourful canyons feature prominently during our visit here, as does one of the region’s most celebrated figures - Vincent Van Gogh. 

 

Mid-trip, we transfer to the luxurious Cote d'Azur, one of the most opulent coastlines in the world, which attracted famous artists like Rénoir, Chagall and Picasso. Today, this exquisite region is known for having the most billionaires per capita on earth. Conveniently nestled between Nice and Monte Carlo, our home base for this half of the holiday is the charming and picturesque town of Beaulieu-sur-Mer, whose name literally means "beautiful place on the sea". Staying at the IBIS STYLES HOTEL, a mere 2 blocks from the beach, we have access to some of the affluence that has attracted aristocrats since the mid-19th century & the trails that attract hikers like you and me.

 

Roman influences abound in the hilltop villages high above Monaco, as we hike by monuments and ruins that date back to the 2nd century AD. We explore small towns commonly referred to as "villages perchés", because of the of the way they appear to be glued or "perched" to the side of the mountains. Equally charming is the fact that many of these locales have maintained their old world character, with their narrow cobblestone lanes, church squares and even communal washing stations - a sharp contrast to our coastal hike around Cap Ferrat, where some of the world’s wealthiest people call home. On your day off, you have a dizzying array of choices – from people watching on the Promenades des Anglais in Nice, to visiting the perfume capital of the world, Grasse, or even enjoying a little sun worship in St. Tropez.  All of these areas are easily accessible by train from Beaulieu-sur-Mer. 

 

A mix of French provincial charm and Mediterranean opulence - this holiday is magnifique!

Dates

April 2 to 15, 2019

Grade

Moderate

What's Included

- 13 nights' hotel accommodations
- 13 breakfasts & 9 dinners
- 7 1/2 guided hikes
- Entry fees for attractions per itinerary
- Ground transportation and transfers

Cost

$3880 CAD land

Send $300 deposit to reserve - balance is payable January 31, 2019

My Own Room

If you would like to share accommodations, we offer a roommate pairing service. If there is another solo traveller looking to share accommodations, we will pair the two of you up together; in this case there would be no single supplement to pay.

If you would like to have your own room (or if a roommate is not available), then the single supplement would apply.

The cost of the single supplement for this holiday is $915 CAD.

Meeting Times/Places

April 2, 2019
The meeting place and time is the MARSEILLE (MRS) airport at 15:00
We have organized our own bus to take us from the Marseille airport to the hotel in Avignon, which is about 1 hour away
If you arrive before that, you are welcome to wait for our complimentary bus to Avignon. Alternatively, you could make your own way to Avignon. A taxi will cost in the neighbourhood of 165€.
If you arrive after this time, you will have to make your own way to Avignon. A taxi will cost in the neighbourhood of 165€.


April 15, 2019
Our complimentary bus will leave the hotel in Beaulieu-sur-mer at 07:15 and will arrive at the NICE (NCE) airport at 08:00.
This will get you to the airport early enough to catch flights leaving at 10:00 and onwards
If you are on a later flight and don't wish to get up that early in the morning, you could take a taxi to the airport or the train/bus. A taxi will cost in the neighbourhood of 50 to 70€

Status

This trip is full but we would be pleased to add your name to the wait list.

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Daily Synopsis

Day 1

BIENVENUE EN FRANCE!
Upon arrival, our bus will take us from the airport to Avignon.

Day 2

LES BAUX TO VAN GOGH
Begin with a visit to the hilltop village of Les-Baux-de-Provence. As we head out of town, get a magnificent view across the Val d'Enfer as an easy trail leads us to Barrage des Peirou (a lake). On the other side of the lake, scramble up and through the rock face, descend the other side where the road leads us first to the archeological site of Glanum, and then to Saint-Paul de Mausole, where painter Vincent van Gogh was hospitalized. (Moderate, 11 km)

Day 3

L'ISLE-SUR-LA-SORGUE & ROUSSILLON
Visit L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, the Venice of Provence, in the morning. In the afternoon, visit Roussillon, best known for the ochre deposits in the clay surrounding the village. Do a self-guided walk along the Sentier des Ocres - surrounded by red and yellow cliffs, you'll think you're in Arizona! (Light, approx. 3km)

Day 4

GORGES DU GARDON
From the town of Sanilhac Sagries, a rocky trail descends to the ruins of La Baume at the head of Gorges du Gardon. Our trail snakes alongside the Gardon River, which, over the course of millennia, has carved out this deep winding canyon. Afterwards, we visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Pont du Gard. (Moderate, 9 km, 165m descent)

Day 5

DAY OF LEISURE
Avignon was the capital of the Christendom in the Middle Ages, and its main attraction is the Palais de Papes, a short walk from our hotel. You will also, no doubt, wish to see the famed Pont d'Avignon and Place de l'Horloge. Nearby by public transit are the towns of Arles and Nimes.

Day 6

DENTELLES DE MONTMIRAIL
The Dentelles de Montmirail is a small chain of mountains with dramatically jagged peaks. Our hike begins in the town of Gigondas passing vineyards to Col du Cayron, where we start climbing to some of the highest points in the Dentelles. Afterwards, a combination of dirt tracks and trails wind around the back of the Dentelles and eventually emerge back at our starting point. (Moderate-challenging, 13 km, 350m ascent & descent)

Day 7

TRANSFER TO COTE D'AZUR
Our own private bus will transfer us this morning to Beaulieu-sur-mer, stopping in Aix-en-Provence along the way.

Day 8

CAP-FERRAT
This delightful seafront walk starts right at our hotel's front door and contours the coastline of the Cap-Ferrat peninsula, which juts out into the Mediterranean between Nice and Monaco. (Light-moderate, 14 km, hiking boots not necessary)

Day 9

BIRD'S EYE VIEW
From Col Villfranche, a short ascent brings us to Fort Mont Alban, which looks down on Cap-Ferrat. Then our trail circles the moat of the old fort at Mont Boron before descending to the port at Baie des Anges in Nice. We'll take an elevator up to the Chateau de Nice for some free time. (Moderate, 11 km, 237m ascent & 387m descent, hiking boots not necessary)

Day 10

DAY OF LEISURE
You may wish to visit the museums in Nice, or stroll and shop around Cannes, jet-set in Monte Carlo, or if you are a perfume aficionado, visit Grasse, the perfume capital of the world.

Day 11

PEILLON TO PEILLE
From the quarry in Peille, a steady climb takes us to the "village perche" of Peillon. From Peillon, a lovely trail goes through a verdant gorge, until we reach the D22 for the rest of the way into Peille. (Moderate-challenging, 12 km, 600m ascent, some road-walking)

Day 12

DAY OF LEISURE
You may wish to visit the museums in Nice, or stroll and shop around Cannes, jet-set in Monte Carlo, or if you are a perfume aficionado, visit Grasse, the perfume capital of the world.

Day 13

EZE
Today's hike begins in La Turbie, with our first stop being the Trophy of Augustus. After some time to explore, we shall take to the trails and hike to the Maison de la Nature for superb views of the coastal panorama. Then it's a rocky descent to the jewel of a town called Eze. (Moderate-challenging, 9 km, 200m ascent & 650m rocky descent)

Day 14

AU REVOIR ET A BIENTOT!

 

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What an experience!

 

"I had such a wonderful time in France. I can hardly wait until our next C.H.H. adventure, whenever and wherever that might be. I'm telling anyone who will listen just how much I enjoyed the perfect mix of exercise, sunshine, history and friendship." Carol R. (Provence & Cote d'Azur 2018)

 

"It was a brilliant trip, with the nicest new friends/hikers and we love France!" Ruth P. (Provence & Cote d'Azur 2018)

 

"Thank you for a fabulous holiday! Beautiful setting & a great itinerary of hikes and opportunities to explore the lovely regions of France."
Karla R. (Provence & Cote d'Azur 2017)

 

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RESERVATIONS AND PAYMENTS

A non-refundable deposit is required at the time of booking (see individual trips for amount required for deposit). The balance is due 60 days prior to departure unless otherwise specified. Late payments causing penalties to be levied by the airlines or any other supplier shall be the responsibility of the traveller.

 

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Maddalena Molino

Comfortable Hiking Holidays

251 Consumers Road, 7th floor

Toronto, ON  M2J 4R3  Canada

 

Comfortable Hiking Holidays is a part of Vision 2000 Travel (Toronto) Inc., a Canadian Company registered under the Ontario Travel Industry Act, Registration No. 50023501.

 

CANCELLATIONS

All deposits are non refundable. After the balance has been paid, a refund can be made (less $50 per person and less any incurred charges by hotels, airlines etc.) if you can find a replacement person. If no replacement is found then all monies paid will be forfeited. No refund for any unused portion of a trip. All cancellations are only considered to have been received on the date of receipt of written cancellation in the office of Comfortable Hiking Holidays.

 

AIRFARE

In order to allow for greater flexibility and more competitive pricing, Comfortable Hiking Holidays will no longer be offering group airfare for its trips. However, we will gladly book your airline tickets on an individual basis. We can accommodate any itinerary that suits you and from any city, including stopovers.

Comfortable Hiking Holidays will provide a meeting time and place for each trip. It is your responsibility to ensure that you coordinate your schedule to fit with the trip’s itinerary, and we will be more than happy to help you with this so that you can take advantage of transfers between airports and hotels together with the group.

Do not book your airfare until you check with Comfortable Hiking Holidays that we have the minimum number of participants to move ahead with the trip. Comfortable Hiking Holidays is not financially responsible for additional expenses incurred by you (such as non-refundable airline tickets) should a trip be cancelled.

Call us to discuss and we will tailor your flights to meet your needs.

 

TAXES

H.S.T.

The Harmonized Sales Tax will be added to all trips taking place in Canada.

 

INSURANCE

Medical and cancellation insurance is STRONGLY RECOMMENDED and can be arranged through our offices. See the Reservation Form. If insurance is declined, a signed form will be required. Note that health insurance is mandatory for travel to Cuba; travellers must present proof of health insurance in order to enter the country.

 

TRAVEL DOCUMENTS AND HEALTH REQUIREMENTS

It is the traveller's responsibility to determine what documentation is necessary for each country to be visited. All Canadian and U.S. citizens require valid passports for travel. It is recommended and sometimes necessary that passports have a minimum of 6 months to expiry. Other nationalities should check with Comfortable Hiking Holidays. For more information on travel requirements per country, visit www.voyage.gc.ca.

 

It is imperative that the traveller discloses to Comfortable Hiking Holidays any medical condition(s) that may affect his/her ability to complete the hike and/or tour. Examples include (but are not limited to): allergies, ailments, diseases, medical conditions, special diets, medications and so forth. This information will be kept strictly confidential.

 

Our leaders are well trained to deal with different capabilities, but if they have any concerns about someone’s ability to safely partake in an activity, or their impact on other people’s enjoyment, they are authorized to take necessary action which, in some circumstances, may involve asking someone to miss that activity. Although rarely enforced, by booking this trip you agree to that our leaders have the authority to do this. In these circumstances we will ensure anyone sitting out is safely provided for and offered alternative options where possible. Refunds will not be provided for activities missed and customers may be responsible for additional costs incurred.

 

In booking this trip, you should be confident in your ability to participate in all activities described. If you have any doubt about your abilities, please call us to discuss.

 

FOREIGN EXCHANGE

Prices are quoted are in CANADIAN DOLLARS (with some exceptions which are quoted in USD). They were calculated based on the exchange rates in 2018 and are subject to change without notice. Should tour costs increase, Comfortable Hiking Holidays reserves the right to increase the price accordingly. If the price change is more than 7% of the total price for the travel services (except for a price change that is a result of Government Taxation), you are entitled to cancel if you wish, with full refund. You must notify us of your intention at least 48 hours after notification or if the change is a last minute change, within 24 hours of notification.

 

ACCOMMODATIONS

Prices quoted are for shared accommodations (two to a room unless otherwise agreed). A roommate (of the same sex) will be arranged  when possible, otherwise the single supplement will apply. Single rooms are available on most holidays; cost for the single supplement is available on request.

 

PHOTOGRAPHS

The scenery is always picture-worthy so please take as many photos as you wish. We will do the same, but please note that it is customary for us to use photographs taken on actual hikes for our promotional materials. If you do not wish to have your photo used in any of our promotional materials, please inform your hike leader at the BEGINNING OF THE TRIP.

 

SMOKING

As the great majority of trip participants do not smoke, those who do are requested to refrain from smoking while with the group (e.g. on the bus, during the hikes, at meals, in the bar and in your room if sharing with a non-smoker).

 

CHILDREN

All participants must be at least 18 years of age.

 

SITE ACCURACY

Comfortable Hiking Holidays has attempted to make this site accurate. However, changes might occur for reasons beyond the control of Comfortable Hiking Holidays. In addition, the right is reserved to substitute hotels or change the itinerary when necessary, provided the travel facilities or other services are of at least the same standard or value.

 

HIKE LEADERS

All of our leaders are experienced hikers and have had first aid training. A representative of C.H.H. will accompany all of the trips (unless otherwise specified) to ensure they run smoothly and efficiently. Our hike leaders will be your guides on most holidays, but in some cases we will use local guides. C.H.H. reserves the right to make changes in hike leaders when necessary.

 

FORCE MAJEURE

We shall not be liable for any claims, losses damages, costs, expenses, delays or loss of enjoyment for any nature or kind whatsoever, resulting from events beyond our or a supplier's reasonable control, including but not limited to acts of God, strikes, lockouts or other labour disputes or disruptions, wars, blockades, insurrections, riots, earthquakes, weather conditions, floods or acts of restraints imposed by government authorities.

 

OPERATOR'S RESPONSIBILITY

Comfortable Hiking Holidays and Vision Travel the operators, its agents, and/or suppliers of services act only as agents for the traveler and accept no responsibility for services of any hotel, aircraft, vessel, train, motor coach or any other conveyance used in connection with these tours, nor any delays, loss or accident to travelers or baggage occasioned by such services, from whatsoever cause. In the event it becomes necessary due to changes by supplier's airlines, or for the comfort or well being of passengers, or for any other reason, to alter the itinerary or arrangements, such alterations may be made without penalty to the operator. The extra cost, if any, resulting therefore, shall be paid by the tour members. Conversely, refunds will be made to passengers if any savings are effected thereby. The right is reserved to cancel any tour and to decline to accept any person as a member of the tour, at any time. Acceptance of the initial service to be provided under the tour shall be considered an acceptance of all these conditions. There may be different living standards and practices and different standards and conditions with respect to the provision of utilities, services and accommodations outside Ontario. Climate conditions may affect the provisions of services and the accommodations included in our tours. Accommodations offered in the tour are, to the best of our knowledge, available at the time of printing and accurately described.

 

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The airlines concerned are not to be held responsible for any act, omissions or event during the time the passengers are not on board the aircraft. The Passenger Ticket in use by the airline(s) when issued constitutes the sole contract between the airline(s) and the purchase of the ticket and/or passenger.

 

Although every precaution is taken for your safety, this type of excursion involves, by its very nature, a certain amount of risk. All participants are therefore required to sign a form releasing Comfortable Hiking Holidays of all liability.