High Point Holidays' April 2019 Newsletter
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Welcome to High Point Holidays' April Newsletter.
This month, we look at our walking holidays in the Provence region of France in particular the inland areas plus our new holiday in Van Gogh's Provence We also share with you a blog from Cicerone regarding walking in the Drome Provencale.
Best wishes

Mark Armstrong
Walking Holidays Brochure 2019

Walking Holidays Brochure 2019

Our 2019 Brochures contain details of 17 new holidays for 2019 including the following:

Classic Burgundy Trail  - Van Gogh's Provence
Cevennes to Provence: St Guilhem's Trail
Brittany's Coast of Legends: Part 1Part 2
Pyrenees GR10: Part 1 - Part 2 - Part 3
Slovenia: Slovenian Explorer  -  Triglav National Park
England: Hart of the Cranborne Chase            
To view Online Brochure Click Here
Baronnies-Fort Mevouillon

Walking Holidays in inland Provence

Provence was the Roman's first province beyond the Alps, hence the origin of its name. Like many parts of France, the interior of Provence has retained its distinct cultural and linguistic identity. Choosing which part to explore can be tricky, so here are a few options:
Secret Provence: Tour of the Baronnies
7 nights - £815/€895 - 6 days walking between guest houses

The Baronnies is a secret unspoilt corner of France where the Alps meet the Provence with beautiful historic villages clinging to rocky mountainsides decorated in purple lavender flowers. 
 "(We enjoyed) the scenery and staying with local people and having home-cooked food and local wine." J Holliman, UK
Secret Provence: Baronnies Explorer
Between 4 and 14 nights - e.g. 7 nights £790/€880 - flexible multi-centre based walking holiday
The flexibility of a series of wonderful day walks of various lengths and difficulties spread across the Baronnies Regional Park. Delightful changing countryside bathed in a wonderful light.
Travels through Alpine Provence: Part 1 Baronnies Regional Park
7 nights - £830/€910 - 6 days walking moving between guest houses 
A unique trek crossing the mountains of Alpine Provence from near the Rhone Valley to Grasse in the foothills above Cannes.

" We absolutely loved the walking and the route was magnificent. Many thanks for a wonderful and enjoyable trek across the Baronnies. What a delightful, interesting and at times dramatic walk this turned out to be." Doherty & Findlay, UK
Travels through Alpine Provence: Part 2 Haute Provence Geological Park
6 nights - From £650/€715 - 5 days walking moving between guest houses
Walk through some wonderful mountain scenery in the heart of the Haute Provence geopark and discover the citadel of Sisteron and the geological wonders around Digne les Bains.
Historic Hill-Top Villages of Drome Provencale
7 nights - £785/€860 - 6 days walking moving between guest houses. 

"We LOVED this holiday - the rhythm of walking and arriving tired but ready for a lovely dinner was marvellous. Delicious picnic lunches with fabulous views were definitely our style. We enjoyed the beauty and variety of walking valley to valley. We especially enjoyed walking along the ridges. We will definitely come back to do another trip with you." M. Brodhead, UK.
Cote du Rhone Wine Trail
6 or 9 nights - £840/€920  or £1135/€1245 - 5 or 8 days walking moving between guest houses. 
Explore the eastern side of the Rhone Valley from the Baronnies Regional Park in the north to the slopes of the rock spire of Dentelles de Montmirail in the south, passing the foothills of Mont Ventoux.
Luberon: Classic Provence
7 nights - £995/€1095  - 6 days walking moving between guest houses. 
Easy to moderate walking lets you explore a pretty landscape covered with vines, lavender, orchards and forests where small hills provide generous vantage points. You'll explore the beautiful historic villages of Gordes, Goult, Lacoste, Bonnieux and Roussillon, each with their own special character.
"The Provence countryside was beautiful, the hotels good, distances manageable. Lovely hilltop villages. The stay at Sieste en Luberon was exceptionally good." A Pickup, UK ."
Panoramas of Provence: Grand Tour of Luberon
12 nights - £1550/€1705  - 10 days walking moving between guest houses. 
A unique walking holiday that undertakes a beautiful circuit around the hills, gorges and historic villages of the Luberon Regional Park. As well as visiting some of the best loved hill-top villages in Provence your trail takes you off the beaten track into the higher hills and through some less frequented, charming hamlets and villages. There are a choice of walks on most days. 
"In many ways it has exceeded expectations. The notes were the best of any offered by many companies used over decades." A. Wight, UK
"A thoroughly enjoyable tour of the Luberon Valley, accommodation that never failed to delight, with opportunities to meet very friendly & helpful local people. Will remain long in the memory." C & M Duck, UK

Les Alpilles NEW 
Van Gogh's Provence
6 nights - £795/€875 - 5 days walking
This Provence walking tour goes around and through the little Alps where limestone crags shine in the cloudless, blue sky, sheltering olive groves from the mistral winds.

You start by visiting Arles with its famous Roman amphiteatre and finish in Avignon, with such sites as the Palais des Papes and the Pont d’Avignon. Walking is easy to moderate exploring the villages in this stunning part of Provence, including St Remy de Provence where Van Gogh created 150 of his famous paintings.
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Spring and Autumn in the Drome Provencale
"Provence provides the full package of beautiful scenery, wonderful trails, a deep & complex history that has produced a rich culture and wealth of regional specialties – from dishes using the abundant locally-sourced produce to wines that encapsulate the sun-kissed climate to crafts & crops which have evolved from centuries of farming and cultivating in this wild & fruitful environment. And the best way to discover it all is on foot." (Cicerone Article) More -
Cicerone have 10% off printed guide books including Provence - West and East
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