HIKING TOUR OF PROVENCE
AND THE FRENCH RIVIERA
Wilderness and Travel Medicine Conference
September 20 - 28, 2018
Hiking Tour of Provence and the French Riviera
September 20 - 28, 2018
Wilderness and Travel Medicine Seminar
Approved for 16.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
Delightful guided hiking through
romantic and beautiful Provence with famed guide Laurent
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
light day-packs and customized hikes.
Our colorful, bilingual, knowledgeable guides
will take us off the beaten path to hidden gems
and treat us to a truly "authentic" Provence
We'll enjoy fabulous French cuisine and
charming accommodations. We'll also do some wine
tasting in this mecca' of French wine areas.
The Wilderness and Travel Medicine conference
lectures will take place in the evening each
View Blog from 2013
Provence trip (click here)
- Hiking tour through the lovely countryside and
towns in Provence
- "Customized" hikes each day. If you feel tired,
or like walking less, our support van will pick you
- Stay in charming hotels and inns
- Local wine tasting at wonderful vineyards
- The fabulous Mediterranean coast of France!
- Trip leader is famed guide - Laurent Langoisseur!
Trip cost: $5,995* (Includes nine days
of guided hiking, van support, accommodations,
and most meals)
Additional CME cost: $695
(Approved for 16.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits)
*per person, based on double occupancy
(schedule may vary depending on weather and other conditions)
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
We will be walking trails along the South coast west from the St. Tropez area
towards Marseilles and visiting small villages inland 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'.
The accommodation is chosen for its comfort and charm as well as its position in
the areas we will be visiting to make it easier to discover the trails and small
medieval villages dotted around.
We start with a transfer from the pick-up point to the St.Tropez area and over
the trip walk West finishing in the beautiful Calanques' area just east of
The trip leader is famed guide - Laurent Langoisseur!
Day 1 - Pick-up
Our guides will meet you at the Marseille
airport at one o'clock. We transfer to our hotel
la Garbine'. For those who wish, it is possible
to have a couple of hours visiting St. Tropez.
In the evening your knowledgeable and colorful
guides who will explain the workings' of the
trip 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 may see some famous celebrites. The trail
takes in some of the most beautiful coastline of
the area. The hike continues around the
peninsula finishing directly at the hotel.
3 - 4hrs. 6 miles.
Hotel La Garbine.
B,L, & D
Day 3 - Cap Lardier
We start our hike visiting the medieval village
of Ramatuelle. This consists of tiny little
streets, no traffic, viewing old buildings and
fine views on the vineyards of St, Tropez.
Continuing the "sentier du littoral" sometimes
called the Coastguard Path we are in a nature
conservation area with colourful shrubs and
flowers, umbrella shaped pine trees (pin
parasol), and views of tiny islands like
"Crocodile Island." This is a National Marine
park where the hundreds of species of flora and
the fauna are protected. Especially the rare
land and marine birds we will see.
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 board a
ferry. Approximately, a 1 hr. boat ride takes us
to the historic island of Porquerolle, also part
of the National Park, protecting flora et 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
finish the afternoon back on the ferry to take
us back to the mainland.
5 hrs. 5 - 6 miles
La Domaine du Mirage*** B,L & D
Day 5 - Nation Bay
A one hour drive takes us to Bandol, capital of
Ros de Provence'. It is reputed as having the
best Ros wine in all of France. Bandol is a
seaside town with quaint sandy beaches and
inlets that are surrounded by hills of pine and
willow trees and also the famous Bandol
The path we 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 . Short ride( 20 min) to
La Cadire. La Cadire-d'Azur is a small, old,
medieval hilltop village.
4hrs. 10 miles
B ,L, D, Hotel Brard & Spa, la Cadire.
Day 6 - La Montagne St. Baume
Today we 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 which take advantage of
the cool air from the hillside for making ice.
Our beautiful trail takes us above the limestone
cliffs which rise up above the garrigues with
views of the sea and Provence interior. We
descend into the Virgin Forest of beech, oak,
ash, and hornbeam- untouched by man for
centuries. Transfer 40 mins to hotel.
9 miles, 6hrs, 2,500ft
Dinner in Le Castellet - 5mins
B ,L, D, Hotel Brard & Spa, la Cadire.
Day 7 - The Cap Canaille
An easy day with superb scenery. We hike along
the trail to the summit of Cap Canaille - one of
the highest cliffs in Europe giving stunning
views of the coastline. Waves crash against the
foot of the cliff 400m below. We descend this
cliff by a trail that takes us to the port of
Cassis. A very pretty trail along the coast.
8 miles, 1,310', 3 hour). Dinner on your own.
B,L...Les Roches Blanches
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
Our trail takes us along the coast meandering in
and out of these little fjords' with
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
6 hrs. walking. 10 miles, 2,000' combined
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.
Changes of itinerary
Changes of the proposed itinerary may become
necessary for reasons beyond our control.
Weather/sea conditions particularly, may affect
the hike on the island of Porquerelle in which
alternative plans will be made.
Faculty for Hiking Tour
of Provence and the French Riviera:
HOWARD J. DONNER, MD
Filmmaker/Physician/Guide, Member 1997 Nova
Everest Expedition; NASA consultant;
expedition physician, 1988 American
Kangchenjunga Expedition; Medical Officer,
Denali Medical Research Project; Certified
Flight Instructor, Founding Co-Author of
Field Guide to Wilderness Medicine.
For detailed itinerary or to register for the
Provence and the French Riviera
Seminar please call
Bio Bio Expeditions at 1(800)246-7238
COURSE CONTENT INCLUDES:
- Altitude Illness
- Frostbite and Other Cold Injuries
- Environmental Heat Illness
- Snake Envenomation
- Traveler's Diarrhea, Giardia & Other
Waterborne Wilderness Infections
- Surviving the Unexpected Night Out
- Lightning Injuries
- Improvised Medical and Trauma Care
- Management of Fractures and
- Preparing for Foreign Travel
- Backcountry Medical Kits
- Wilderness Wound Management
- Wild Animal Attacks
- Patient Assessment in Wilderness
- Wilderness Dermatology
- Marine Hazards & Envenomations
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
16.50 AMA PRA
Category 1 CreditsTM.
claim only the credit commensurate with the
extent of their participation in the
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.