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Independent Walking Holiday
  • Luberon: Classic Provence

Dates for 2017
  • Everyday (subject to availability) from begining of March to end of October (except July and August)
Price
  • £940 (single supplement £350)
  • €1060 (single supplement €390)
Grade
  • easy walking in luberon provence +

Profile
  • 8 days/7 nights: 6 days self guided walking moving between guest houses
Highlights
  • A great circular trail visiting stunning hill-top, historic villages
  • A multitude of landscapes and vegetation with lavender, vines, olives, orchards and forest
  • A warm and sunny climate, ideal walking in spring or autumn
  • Easy walking with plenty of time for taking in the sites
Testimonials
  • "The Provence countryside was beautiful, the hotels good, distances manageable. Lovely hilltop villages. The stay at Sieste en Luberon was exceptionally good. Very helpful, personal communication with William. Extremely supportive & helpful arranging taxi transport in the heat." A Pickup, UK
Accommodation and Meals
  • 7 nights accommodation in several charming guest houses and 3 star hotels, double or twin rooms with own bathroom.
What's included
  1. 7 nights accommodation, all breakfasts, 4 evening meals, 2 lunches, full walking notes and maps, transport of luggage between guest houses, taxi transfer between Avignon and first and last guest house at the start and end of your walking holiday. (Reduction in holiday price if you decide to take bus from Avignon TGV to Beaumettes followed by a shorter taxi transfer. Bus costs 2 euros).
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What's not included
  1. Travel to Avignon, France, 2 evening meals, drinks with meals, 3 lunches, any excursions or visits, travel insurance.
 
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Walks

Luberon: Classic Provence

Our 7 day walking tour of the Luberon takes in some of the best loved historic hill-top villages in Provence. Easy to moderate walking lets you discover a pretty landscape covered with vines, lavender, orchards and forests where small hills provide generous vantage points. You'll explore the beautiful historic villages of Gordes, Goult, Lacoste, Bonnieux and Roussillon, each with their own special character. Despite the popularity of this picturesque part of Provence, your walking holiday explores quiet trails inbetween the villages where each step is infused with the smell of Provence herbs. At the end of each day, relax by the pool and soak up the Provence sunshine at your delightful hotels and guest houses.

Find out more about the Luberon region

Walking Profile

7 days independent walking moving between hotels and guest houses. The days include about 4 to 5 hours walking with an average of 13-14km and +300m of ascent per day. You'll be walking on a mixture of small path, tracks and quiet roads. The paths in the Luberon are often stony due to the nature of the geology, and so walking boots are recommended. Easy to moderate walking days with plenty of time for exploring the historic villages.

 

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Holiday profile day by day

Day 1: Arrival

Welcome in Avignon and transfer to hotel near Gordes.

Day 2: Walk from Gordes

Choice of walks depending on your interests and length of walk desired. Explore the historic perched village of Gordes - probably the most famous village in the Luberon - and undertake a circular walk via Abbaye de Sénanque. Your walking tour takes you to Sénanque Abbey. Built in 1148, the abbey has housed an order of Cistercian monks for over 850 years. A guided tour of the abbey is possible and will allow you to visit the medieval parts of the monastery. Your path then climbs out of the Sénancole valley, with breath taking views of the abbey. Your descent back to Gordes is just as scenic, walking along ancient stone walls and among bories – dry stone dwellings. Short walk through the historic streets of Gordes and through fields to your hotel just outside the village. 13km, +250m/-250m.
Other options include exploring the Vezoule Ravine or a shorter walk around the village of Gordes.

Day 3: Gordes – Goult

From Gordes your walk passes through vines and then thyme and rosemary scented hills before reaching the hamlet of Saint-Pantaléon. You then continue towards the perched village of Goult, a wonderful historic village far less popular than Gordes but nonetheless charming, its alleyways twisting around the ruins of its castle. From Goult you descend through old terraces into the Calavon valley. 14km, +240m

Day 4: Goult – Bonnieux 

Your walking trail takes you off the beaten path but provides an overview of so much of what makes the Luberon special: tiny hamlets, vineyards, an ancient church, bories, an old lavoir and amazing views. You then reach the beautiful perched village of Lacoste, where you can climb on cobbled streets all the way to the top and visit the ruins of the castle of the Marquis de Sade.  You then make your way to Bonnieux, another wonderful Provence village, on top of which stands a 12th century church surrounded by century-old cedars. The view from Bonnieux is wonderful out across the valley floor with its patchwork of orchards and vineyards, towards Lacoste across the Vaucluse plateau. 14km, +390m

Day 5: Petit Luberon & Cedar Forest or rest day

After exploring Bonnieux climb onto the Petit Luberon hills for stunning views and a walk through its Cedar Forest. Visit a borie village on the way. Or you can decide to have a rest day. 14km, +450m

Day 6: Bonnieux – Roussillon 

You’ll head back to the Calavon Valley on paths that follow the route of an old Roman road lined with cherry orchards and vineyards and cross the river by means of the Pont Julien, a 2,000-year-old Roman bridge. Ascend to the beautiful village of Roussillon.  You can also explore the nearby ochre mines with their startling array of orange and red colours that are also visible in the handsome houses of the village, classed as one of the most beautiful in all of France. 15km, +150m

Day 7: Roussillon to Gordes

In the morning you can visit the sentier des ochres before heading west back towards Gordes via the pretty hamlet of Joucas set above the vines. Enjoy lovely views towards Gordes on your return. Relax at your beautiful 3 star hotel with swimming pool. 12km, +50m

Day 8: Departure

Transfer to Avignon after breakfast for your onward travel


 

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Bed

Accommodation & Meals


6 nights in charming 3 star hotels and one smaller guest house. Most of the hotels and guest houses have swimming pools. They are located in wonderful settings, often on the outskirts of the historic villages. Warm welcome and fine Provence cuisine.

Name Type Details Rating  
Auberge Carcarille Hotel Delightful 3 star hotel in a historic stone building set below the historic village of Gordes in a peaceful rural location. Attractive gardens and swimming pool. 3 stars Accommodation auberge carcarille gordes
Travel Options

Travel Options


Transfer from Avignon train station or Avignon airport is included in holiday price. Reduction in holiday price if you decide to take the regular bus journey to Beaumettes and a short taxi transfer from there to your hotel. Cost of bus journey: 2 euros.

Train

TGV trains run from Paris and Lyon to Avignon. During the main holiday season TGV trains run direct from London to Avignon. If you decide to take the bus, it's line 15.1 from just outside the TGV station.

Flights

The closest airport to the Luberon is Avignon. There are regular flights from a number of UK airports as well as French airports. Flybe has services which run at certain periods of the year from Exeter, Southampton, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds.

Note: Please check concerning the availability of a holiday before booking any flights or train tickets. If you need further information or would like to discuss any aspect of your travel arrangements, please contact us, we’re here to help you.

We would be happy to book travel arrangents to France on your behalf for this self-guided walking holiday.

Self Drive

Channel ferry crossings from Dover are provided by a number of operators including P&O Ferries, Eurotunnel and DFDS Seaways.

Once in France, the journey from Calais to the Luberon takes about 11 hours (excluding long breaks).

Tolls amount to about 55 euros each way.

Non secured parking is available at your hotel near Gordes. Please inform us of this at the time of booking so that we can provide you with directions to your accommodation.

 

Photos

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Gordes historic village Luberon France
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Roussillon Luberon France self guided walking tours
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pont julien roman bridge Luberon self guided walking France
Medierranean Provence pine trees Luberon trails