Bridge & Walking at Provence

The village of Moustiers-Sainte-Marie in Provence (France)
Duration: 7 nights
Interests: Bridge Holidays
Type: European Centre Based

Provence offers a great opportunity to exercise your mind and brain. Get outside and experience the seductive scenery of the French Riviera and the region's unique landscape during the day. During the evening, take part in friendly Bridge competitions that can be enjoyed by all. 

Holiday Highlights

  • Easy walks of between 4 and 6 miles
  • Harder walks of between 8 and 10 miles
  • Daily Bridge competition
  • Comfortable Bridge rooms, quiet and as light as possible
  • Small prizes offered, for fun

Trip Notes

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Easier Walk

Today we will climb up to the vast plateau of Valansole situated behind the town to take in the wide sweeping horizon towards Manosque and the mountains. Using an old livestock droving route passing lavender and olive plantations we travel across the plateau. Meeting the old road from Manosque we start our descent to arrive eventually beneath the ancient walls of Greoux castle. We can look around before a final short descent into the heart of the old town, where you can choose to explore its narrow streets and linger over a drink or continue back to the hotel for a swim perhaps.


6.9 miles(11kms) with 1020 feet (310m) of ascent and descent

Harder Walk

Today we strt out by crossing the Verdon tracks to Les Tronnes. Views open up as we travel towards the remote hamlet of Les Maurras, an area known for its truffles. We pass over the subterranean route of the old Verdon canal which we will see later in the week. Arriving at the highest point of the day we are greeted by a view of Greoux’s castle in the distance. Descending from the ridge and climbing again to pass the remote chapel of Notre Dame des Oeufs which is known for its traditional fertility custom. Here we have views over the lower Verdon valley.


8.5 miles(13.5 kms) with 1740 feet (527m) of ascent and descent.


Easier Walk

Forcalquier is a charming town rich in culture, history and great views from its Citadel. There will be plenty of time to explore this major attraction and soak up the atmosphere of the lively street market before setting off. Leaving Forcalquier on good paths we descend a limestone edge with good views, before climbing to enter more wooded paths and then a final descent to the Abbey at Salagon. This Benedictine abbey is a worthwhile visit (if there is time) and renowned for its gardens. From the Abbey it is then a short walk into the medieval village of Mane where refreshments at a local bar conclude our day.

4 miles (6.6km) with 580 feet (178m) of ascent and 710 feet (215m) of descent

Harder Walk

Forcalquier is a charming town rich in culture, history and great views from its Citadel. There will be plenty of time to explore this major attraction and soak up the atmosphere of the lively street market before setting off. Leaving Forcalquier on good paths we descend a limestone edge with good views, before climbing to enter more wooded paths and then a final descent to the Abbey at Salagon. This Benedictine abbey is a worthwhile visit (if there is time) and renowned for its gardens. From the Abbey it is then a short walk into the medieval village of Mane where refreshments at a local bar conclude our day.

4.5miles (7.6km) with 698 feet (213m) of ascent and 820 feet (230m) of descent


Easier Walk

Starting on the edge of the village we enter mature oak and cedar woodland. Climbing steadily we reach the lower slopes of La Colle, we don’t go all the way to the top like the Harder group, but sufficiently high enough for good views south over the village of Regusse and the vast forests of the Var that stretch towards Mont St Victoire near Aix en Provence. We return to the village where we will see the two preserved windmills before finishing with a welcome drink.


4.3 miles (7kms) with 272 feet (83m) of ascent and 272 (111m) of descent.

Hardar Walk

Starting on the edge of the village we enter mature oak and cedar woodland. Climbing steadily we reach the lower slopes of La Colle, for good views south over the  village of Regusse and the vast forests of the Var that stretch towards Mont St Victoire near Aix en Provence. We return to the village where we will see the two preserved windmills  before finishing with a welcome drink.

6.9 miles (11kms) with 633 feet (192m) of ascent and 700 (211m) of descent


Each week there is a free day when no guided walks are offered. This is an ideal opportunity to relax around the hotel, walk independently or visit local places of interest.


Easier Walk

We climb up to the plateau of Male Sauque then follow fairly level tracks until we descend to the chapel of St Maxime. This is an ideal lunch spot and gives time to admire the view down to the gorge. We descend to a shady woodland path that leads us to the Verdon gorge and old Napoleonic canal. Passing through a short tunnel before walking on top of the retaining wall of the old canal. We then follow a suspended wooden walkway with a handrail that is a few feet above the river.

6.5 miles (10.3km) with 900 feet (273m) of ascent and 910 feet (276m) of descent.

Harder Walk

Today our walk starts in the gorge on a fairly level path with occasional steps cut into the rock, there are metal handrails and staircases in places and a timber walkway suspended above the river before the path follows the top of the retaining wall of an old Napoleonic canal. After passing through a short tunnel we initially ascend in woodland before a final ascent on to the ridge and chapel of St Maxime. We then descend a stepped route down the side of gorge to arrive back at river level and follow our outward route to the Verdon bridge and welcome refreshment.

6 miles (9.65km) with 914ft (277m) of ascent and 907feet (275m) of descent


Easier Walk

Today the walk follows the shore of Lac Ste Croix which is fed by the waters of the Verdon gorge. We the take picturesque paths through woodland and emerge to splendid views of the cliffs above the village of Moustires Ste Marie.

 

3.2 miles   (5.25 kms)   750 feet  (230) of ascent and 220 feet (68) of descent.

 

Harder Walk

Today we start the walk near to the ancient monastery of Notre Dame de Ségriès. Descending on a minor road and following woodland tracks we get tantalising views through the trees as we make our way down to the hamlet of Manaysse. A short steep ascent takes us to a track which contours around the olive plantation of Les Claux  before joining an  old mule track to enter the beautiful village of Moustiers St Marie through the ancient Porte de Riou.

6 miles(9.8kms) with 1,023 feet (312m) of ascent and 1150 feet (350m) of descent.



Villa Borghese - Provence

The 4-star Villa Borghese has a fine tradition of service and is a member of the prestigios Châteaux Demeures de Tradition and the Relais du Silence groups. The owners of Villa Borghese will be very happy to welcome you to their hotel which is in a lovely, quiet and comfortable setting surrounded by gardens and woodland. Gréoux-les-Bains is close to the Verdon Gorges, the Luberon and the lavender fields in Provence.  The hotel has an outdoor pool, tennis courts, fitness centre and spa. 

Rooms

Villa Borghese has 50 en-suite bedrooms, most of which have a balcony or terrace.

Facilities in the bedrooms include:

  • Telephone
  • TV
  • Hairdryer
  • Safe deposit box
  • Air conditioning
  • Shaving point
  • Mini-bar (extra charge)

The hotel is surrounded by a small wood and offers pleasant views from the bedrooms.

Facilities

There is a small outdoor heated swimming pool next to the pleasant terrace.

Villa Borghese contains tennis courts, table tennis, and a spa offering treatments (extra charge). 

Relax at the cosy bar with an open fireplace.

The hotel offers it guests free WiFi.

Food & Drink

Holidays at Gréoux-les-Bains are Half Board with a 3-course served dinner.

The hotel prides itself on serving locally sourced produce from within 20km of the town.

Your Evenings

The friendly atmosphere of our holidays continues into the evening.

Enjoy a glass of wine or local beer before hearing about the next day's activities. Your evening meal is the main focus of the evening. After dinner relax on the terrace or in the bar, with a drink and chat with your fellow guests or try your hand in a friendly game of boules.

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Getting to Villa Borghese - Provence

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What to Bring

Bridge

All your Bridge stationery and equipment will be supplied. You may, however, like to bring a notebook and pen to make your own notes. EBU Members - don’t forget to bring your EBU membership number to earn Master Points on this holiday.

Walking

To enjoy your walking comfortably and safely, it is essential that your footwear, clothing and equipment are suitable for the conditions likely to be encountered.
Bring a rucksack, a thermos flask for a hot drink, a water bottle (at least 1 litre) and spare high-energy food such as a chocolate bar, a small torch (in spring, autumn and winter) and first aid kit – your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication or blister kits (such as Compeed). Many guests find walking poles useful, particularly for descents. Insect repellent, sun hat, sunglasses and protection cream and a camera are all optional extras you may choose to bring.

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Duration:
7 nights
Interests:
Bridge Holidays
Type:
European Centre Based

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