Hiking tour through the lovely countryside and towns in Provence
"Customized" hikes each day. If you feel tired or want a shorter day, our support van will pick you up
Stay in charming hotels and inns
Local wine tasting at wonderful vineyards
Explore the fabulous Mediterranean coast of France!
Trip leader is famed guide, Laurent Langoisseur!
Delightful guided hiking through romantic and beautiful Provence with famed guide Laurent Langoisseur!
Hike from Provence to the Mediterranean!
This exciting Wilderness and Travel Medicine conference takes place in fabulous Provence!
Provence is synonymous with colorful landscapes, the French Riviera, wonderful wines, and aromatic plants and perfumes. This is a land that boasts thousands of years of history: ancient chapels, walled villages, hidden ruins and lively towns.
Walking is a wonderful way to explore the small villages, towns, and countryside of this fabulous part of France. Van support allows us the use of light day packs and customizable hikes.
Our colorful, bilingual, knowledgeable guides will take us off the beaten path to hidden gems and treat us to a truly "authentic" Provence experience.
We'll enjoy fabulous French cuisine and charming accommodations. We'll also do some wine tasting in this mecca of French wine.
The Wilderness and Travel Medicine conference lectures will take place in the evening each day.
Hiking Tour of Provence and the French Riviera
Wilderness Medicine CME
The south of France is a Mecca for wonderful walking. Whether it is in the hills and limestone escarpments, the fields of lavender and vineyards or the rocky paths and pebbly beaches of the south coast, you will fall in love with this colorful region.
We will be walking trails along the south coast west from the St. Tropez area towards Marseilles and visiting small inland villages, typical of the Provence region. We will see flora and fauna typical to this region - Bonelli's Eagles soaring majestically above the high rocky cliffs or walking amongst the Garrigue.
Our acocmodations are chosen for comfort and charm as well as proximity to the areas we will be visiting, making it easier to discover the trails and small medieval villages.
We'll start with a transfer from the pick-up point to the St.Tropez area and walk west, finishing in the beautiful Calanques' area just east of Marseille.
DAY 1 - Pick-up Our guides will meet you at the Marseille airport at 1:00 p.m.. We'll then transfer to our hotel la Garbine. You'll have the option to spend a couple hours visiting St. Tropez.
In the evening, our knowledgeable guides will explain trip details followed by a group dinner.
Hotel La Garbine. D
DAY 2 - Hiking along the coast around the St. Tropez peninsula We will hike along the coast, passing many of the famous beaches, such as the Pampelone Beach, where we might even spot some celebrities. The trail takes us along some of the most beautiful coastline in this area. The hike continues around the peninsula and finishes at the hotel.
3 - 4 hours, 6 miles.
Hotel La Garbine. B,L, & D
DAY 3 - Cap Lardier We'll start our hike by visiting the medieval village of Ramatuelle, which consists of tiny streets, no traffic, old buildings and views on the St. Tropez vineyards. We'll continue along the "sentier du littoral," sometimes referred to as the "Coastguard Path," within a nature conservation area, dotted with colourful shrubs and flowers, umbrella-shaped pine trees (pin parasol), and views of tiny islands, including "Crocodile Island." This is a National Marine park where hundreds of species of flora and fauna are protected, giving us a prime opportunity to see various rare birds!
Transfer to hotel. Dinner is on your own at Borne Les Mimosa,' the village cited as the most flowery village in all of France.
8 - 9 miles, sea level, 5 hours hiking
La Domaine du Mirage. B & L
DAY 4 - L'ile de Porquerolle After a transfer to the small port we'll board a ferry. A roughly one-hour boat ride will take us to the historic island of Porquerolle, also part of the National Park, protecting local flora and fauna since 1971. We will visit the Agatte Fort, walk to the windmill, and see the vineyards, beaches and cliffs of this small beautiful island which has been a military post for centuries. We'll finish the afternoon back on the ferry to take us back to the mainland.
5 hours 5 - 6 miles
La Domaine du Mirage. B, L, & D
DAY 5 - Nation Bay A one hour drive takes us to Bandol, capital of Rosé de Provence, reputed to have the best rosé wine in all of France. Bandol is a seaside town with quaint sandy beaches and inlets that are surrounded by hills of pine, willow trees, and the famous Bandol vineyards.
The path we'll take was made by the customs men as a way of controlling the smuggling of goods that was rife in this region.
You'll have enough time to visit and enjoy your lunch near the sea before the afternoon hike to finish at Les Lecques. Then, we'll take a short ride (20 minutes) to La Cadire. La Cadire-d'Azur is a small, old, medieval hilltop village.
4 hours 10 miles
Hotel Brard & Spa, la Cadire. B, L, & D
DAY 6 - La Montagne St. Baume Today we'll abandon the coast for the mountain of St. Baume, 1,048m. in height. Along the way we will discover the Meditteranean Glacier! This consists of buildings that take advantage of cool air from the hillside for making ice. Our beautiful trail then takes us above the limestone cliffs that rise up above the garrigues with views of the sea and Provence's interior. We'll descend into the Virgin Forest of beech, oak, ash, and hornbeam, untouched by man for centuries. We'll transfer 40 minutes to hotel to round out the day.
9 miles, 6 hours, 2,500ft
Dinner in Le Castellet - 5 minute commute
Hotel Brard & Spa, la Cadire. B, L, & D.
DAY 7 - The Cap Canaille An easy day with superb scenery. We'll hike along the trail to the summit of Cap Canaille - one of the highest cliffs in Europe with stunning views of the coastline. Waves crash against the foot of the cliff 400 meters below. We'll descend this cliff via a coastal trail that takes us to the port of Cassis.
8 miles, 1,310 feet, 3 hours).
Dinner on your own.
Les Roches Blanches. B & L.
DAY 8 - The "Calanques" The Calanques are a succession of narrow canyons with white limestone cliffs jutting into the azur blue sea. Probably the highlight of the trip as far as beauty is concerned. A photographers paradise.
Our trail takes us along the coast meandering in and out of these little fjords' with breathtaking views.
This is a well-known region for hikers and climbers of the South of France and will be classed as the tenth National Park of France in 2012.
6 hrs. walking. 10 miles, 2,000' combined ascents
B,L.D...Les Roches Blanches
DAY 9 - Transfer to Marseille airport There will be a morning transfer to the airport for mid-day flights. If you wish to use the group transfer try to arrange your departure to suit this time. If your flight is very early then you will have to arrange a taxi separately. It takes less than 1 hour.
Hiking Tour of Provence and the French Riviera
Trip Cost: $6,095*
(Includes nine days of guided hiking, van support, accommodations, and most meals)
Optional CME Cost: $695 (Approved for 15 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits)
*per person, based on double occupancy.
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Faculty for the Hiking Tour of Provence and the French Riviera
Wilderness Medicine CME
Christopher Vantilburg, MD: Emergency, occupational, travel, and mountain clinic physician Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital. Public Health Officer and Medical Examiner, Hood River County, OR. Twenty year veteran of Crag Rats Mountain Rescue. Author of 11 books including Mountain Rescue Doctor and Search and Rescue.
COURSE CONTENT INCLUDES
- Altitude Illness
- Frostbite and Other Cold Injuries
- Environmental Heat Illness
- Traveler's Diarrhea, Giardia & Other Waterborne Wilderness Infections
- Surviving the Unexpected Night Out
- Lightning Injuries
- Improvised Medical and Trauma Care
- Management of Fractures and Dislocations
- Preparing for Foreign Travel
- Backcountry Medical Kits
- Wilderness Wound Management
- Patient Assessment in Wilderness Settings
- Wilderness Dermatology
- Marine Hazards & Envenomations
- Snake Envenomation
CME ACCREDITATION INFORMATION
"This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the Center for Emergency Medical Education and Wilderness and Travel Medicine. The Center for Emergency Medical Education is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians."
The Center for Emergency Medical Education designates this live activity for a maximum of
15 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.
Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
This trip is planned, outfitted and conducted by Bio Bio Expeditions, or subcontractors arranged by Bio Bio Expeditions. Please note that Wilderness and Travel Medicine, LLC is responsible for the CME Educational content only. Wilderness and Travel Medicine reserves the right to change or substitute the faculty for any CME course without advance or prior notice to participants.