I fly on Lufthansa (www.lufthansa.com) from Singapore to Marseille via Frankfurt.
From the French port-city of Marseille, we transfer by van to Avignon, where we begin our seven-day journey in Provence organised by luxury travel company Country Holidays (www.countryholidays.com.sg).
Its Provence Hiking Gourmet trip highlights three days of moderate hiking, and good food throughout the week, including at Michelin-starred restaurants. Our luggage is transported from village to village while we walk.
A trip from June 4 to 10, under the company's Signature Departures collection for small groups of up to 16 guests, starts at $7,350 a person. There is one place left. The price includes meals and wine; the services of English-speaking French trekking guides, local guides and a Country Holidays concierge; excursions; hotel rooms, ground transport, insurance and gratuities. Airfare is excluded.
For next year, tentative dates for Provence are June 2 to 10, but the cost is not yet confirmed. Country Holidays can customise similar private tours in Provence.
Another walking itinerary, with nightly kaiseki, is the Kumano Kodo Trail in Japan. Tentative dates are May 20 to 25 next year; price to be confirmed.
For more information about the Provence and Kumano Kodo walking holidays for both the Signature Departures and private tours, e-mail enquiries@ countryholidays.com.sg or call 6334-6120.
• Wander on your own sometimes to deeply savour the vistas of Provence and its cities. There are ancient Roman stones to touch, little gardens or museums to explore and cafes to linger in.
• Ask about outdoor markets, which usually open in the morning until lunchtime on certain days. In summer, there is an abundance of strawberries, olives and honey. Some markets close in winter. Besides farmers' markets, there are speciality markets for organic produce, flowers, antiques and more.
• France is prone to strikes that can crimp travel, so plan enough time to get from place to place, especially to the airport.