Bridge & Walking at Provence

A great mix of walking and playing bridge

Code: PVBRW

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Activity types:

  • Central location
  • Hills & moorland
  • Indoors
From £1,189.00 - 7 nights

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Holiday overview

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

Accommodation

Villa Borghese - hotel

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. 

 

 

 Your room

Villa Borghese has 50 en-suite bedrooms 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 offer pleasant views from the bedrooms.

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 Standard bedroom

Facilities

Villa Borghese - swimming pool 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.

Dining

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. Villa Borghese dining room

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.

Itinerary

Daily programme

During the day, enjoy a guided walk to explore the best of the local area, led by an experienced HF Holidays' walks leader. Each day choose between an easier walk of between 4 and 6 miles; or a harder walk of between 6 and 8 miles.

We return from our walks with time to freshen up. Each evening from 5pm we'll enjoy a Bridge competition, with a break for the evening meal.

You are of course free to opt out of any of the sessions but it would be helpful if you could let your leader know should you decide not to attend any of the evening competitions.

Small prizes will be awarded for competitions held during the holiday.

If you are on your own, there is no need to worry about whom you are going to partner with, as partnerships will be arranged when necessary, and may be changed from day to day. Leaders are always happy to play when required and enjoy partnering with our guests.

 

Walks Itinerary

Sunday -Introducing Greoux,  a town between plateau and river.

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.

Monday - Forcalquier and the Abbey of Salagon at Mane

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.

4miles (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

Tuesday -Discovering Régusse and the surrounding forest

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

Wednesday- Free day

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.

Thursday - The ridges above Moustiers Saint Marie

 

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.

 

Friday - Quinson and the Gorge of the Verdon

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

Saturday- Departure day

Please note, every effort is made to adhere to this itinerary; however there may be circumstances beyond our control which could lead to a change in the programme.

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.

Local area

Immerse yourself in the landscape of Matisse, Cézanne and Van Gogh, in this quiet corner of Provence. Rolling fields, blue skies, gorgeous villages and excellent food and wine epitomise everyone’s image of Provence, and we hope that this holiday will deliver that, and a little bit more. As well as sitting in the Route de la Lavande, an area steeped in the culture of lavender production, Greoux-les-Bains straddles the exquisite Luberon region,  and also the mighty Verdon Gorge. The Grand Canyon of France with 800m sheer cliffs sums up this area’s unspoilt countryside. On Mondays the traditional Provençal market at the hill-top village of Forqualquier has run for centuries. Moustiere Ste Marie, deemed officially one of the prettiest villages in France, is a lovely place to drink a beer in one of the many pavement cafés.

Greoux-les-Bains, a former spa town, is off the main Provençal tourist track, and is a bustling town full of local commerce. It has an impressive hill-top castle, reached by walking up pretty pedestrianised roads, and a smattering of tourist shops in the old town. There are good cafés in the pleasant central plaza in the old town. The hotel is 15 minutes walk from the old town.

Colourful port of Marseilles – There is a public bus service which takes you to Marseilles. To get around the city and see the major sights use the Le Grand Tour open-topped, double decker bus which runs each day from 10am until 4pm and costs around €16 for the day. The bus travels between all the main sights and museums taking in Vieux Port, the Corniche and Basilique Notre Dame de la Garde. You can hop on and off throughout the day and the tour includes a 5 language audio guide. The best place to pick up the tour bus is Vieux Port – buy tickets either on the bus or from the tourist office.  

Aix-en-Provence

Visit the bohemian, chic university town of Aix-en-Provence, home of Cezanne, visited by Van Gogh and the author Emile Zola. The town is packed with bars, cafés, and affordable restaurants. The city itself is rich in culture and has elegant plane tree-lined boulevards and chic boutiques. There is a public bus service but times vary throughout the year; the journey takes about an hour.

Villa Borghese

Spend the day around the hotel and take advantage of the heated pool and loungers provided by the hotel, or more adventurously book a session at the Hotel Spa!

The Verdon Gorge

in French: Gorges du Verdon or Grand Canyon du Verdon) – is a river canyon that is often considered to be one of Europe's most beautiful. It is about 25 kilometres long and up to 700 metres deep. It was formed by the Verdon River, which is named after its startling turquoise-green colour, one of the canyon's most distinguishing characteristics. The most impressive part lies between the towns of Castellane and Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, where the river has cut a ravine up to 700 metres down through the limestone mass.

Greoux

Explore the old centre of Greoux and walk up to the Chateau des Templiers, which sometimes has concerts and art exhibitions.

Travel

We recognise that everyone’s travel arrangements are unique, so all our holidays to Europe can be booked ‘with flight’ or ‘without flight’, giving you more flexibility and choice.

 

Travel by plane

Bus

‘With flight’ holidays – the hassle-free option

Book your holiday ‘with flight’ and choose between Heathrow or Manchester (via Heathrow) flights to Marseille airport. For flight times and prices please see the Dates & Prices tab.

If you choose this option we automatically include return transfers between the airport and the hotel. The coach transfer takes approx 1 hour 15 minutes to the Villa Borghese.

 

 

 

Bus

 

‘Without flight’ holidays – the flexible travel option

Alternatively, tailor your journey to suit you by booking your holiday ‘without flight’ allowing you the freedom to book your own flights from your local airport.

If you choose this option, transfers are not included in the price. We recommend independent travellers meet our HF Holidays’ transfer coach from Marseilles airport. This is timed to meet the HF Holidays’ flights* (provisional flight times can be found on the dates and prices tab or you can call us on 020 8732 1220 for more information). Cost per single journey is £38.

Transfers must be pre-booked.  Please call 020 8732 1220 for more details

* Please note that HF Holidays is not responsible for your onward travel if you fail to meet the transfer coach

 

Leaders

Titch Glenday

Titch is a professional Bridge teacher. She ran her own Bridge School in Devon for many years before selling it to move to Surrey. Bridge has been an important part of her life, opening doors when she moved to new countries in her youth, including Hong Kong, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, East Africa, Canada, India, etc. Titch works for the English Bridge Union, training Bridge teachers all over England. Her love of the game is infectious and she believes every player is an ambassador to Bridge. Learning and playing Bridge is equivalent to taking your brain to a mind gym and giving it a good work-out, thereby keeping it fit and active while also improving the memory. Titch’s classes are relaxed and full of good humour.

Titch is an excellent and very interesting and lively communicator and excellent organiser.

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Dates & Prices

Date Description Nights Brochure price Book
7 Sep 2019 PVBRW - Bridge and Walking Greoux-les-Bains - Without Flights 7 £1,189.00 Book Now
7 Sep 2019 PVBRW - Bridge and Walking Greoux-les-Bains
(Travel included - Departs from: London Heathrow)

Flight - Outbound

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 7 Sep 2019, 7:20 a.m.
  • Arrive: 7 Sep 2019, 10:15 a.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Marseille Provence International

Flight - Return

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 14 Sep 2019, 4:55 p.m.
  • Arrive: 14 Sep 2019, 5:50 p.m.
  • Depart from: Marseille Provence International
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
7 £1,329.00 Book Now

Prices are per person

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