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At a Glance

Your Holiday at a Glance


   
Independent Walking Holiday
  • Panoramas of Provence: Grand Tour of Luberon

Dates for 2017
  • Everyday subject to availability during April, May, June, September and October
Price
  • 12 Nights
  • £1440 (single supplement £620)
  • €1620 (single supplement €700)
Grade
  • moderate walking provence or challenging options luberon
Profile
  • 12 nights: 10 walking days, moving between guest houses
Highlights
  • A great circular trail exploring the full range of landscapes in the Luberon
  • Visiting stunning, historic hill-top villages
  • A multitude of landscapes and vegetation with lavender, vines, olives, orchards and forest
  • Choice of difficulty of walks on most days
  • A warm and sunny climate, ideal walking in spring or autumn
  • Delightful guest houses full of character, most with swimming pools
Testimonials
  • "A thoroughly enjoyable tour of the Luberon valley, accommodation that never failed to delight, with opportunities to meet very friendly & helpful local people. Will remain long in our memory, together with our other 2 successful High Point Holidays in France." C & M Duck, USA
  • "Enjoyed the variety of scenery and accommodation, the opportunity to speak French with our hosts and the walks to wear off at least some of tthe excellent food." R. Hirning & A McConnell, Canada.
Accommodation and Meals
  • 12 nights accommodation in several charming guest houses in historic buildings full of character and interspersed with quality 3 star hotels and auberges, double or twin rooms with own bathroom.
What's included
  1. 12 nights accommodation
  2. Meals: All breakfasts, 8 lunches, 8 evening meals
  3. Detailed walking notes and maps
  4. Luggage transport between guest houses
  5. Taxi transfer between Avignon train station or Avignon Airport and Luberon at start and end of 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)
What's not included
  1. Travel to Avignon, France; 3 lunches and 3 evening meals, any entrance fees or excursions, travel insurance
 
  1. See also our 7 night self guided holiday in the Luberon
Walks

Locality & Walks

This unique self-guided walking holiday undertakes a beautiful circuit around the hills, gorges and historic villages of the Luberon Regional Park in Provence. As well as visiting some of the best loved historic hill-top villages in Provence such as Gordes, Goult, Lacoste, Bonnieux, Roussillon and St Saturnin les Apt, each with their own special character, your walking trail takes you off the beaten track into the higher hills and through some less frequented, charming hamlets and villages. On most of the days you'll have the choice between easy and more challenging walks, meaning it is suitable for those looking for a fairly relaxed walking holiday as well as those seeking a tougher walking trip. The holiday is available as a 10 night option with one rest day or as a 12 night option with 2 rest days.

Our Panoramas of Provence walking holiday lets you discover Luberon's pretty landscapes covered with vines, lavender, orchards and forests, where small and bigger hills alike provide generous vantage points. 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 guest houses and hotels.

Find out more about the Luberon region

Walking Profile

10 days independent walking moving between hotels and guest houses with two possible rest days. This holiday is suitable for walkers seeking both a moderate and more challenging walking trip. The moderate days have an average of 14km and +300m of ascent per day, whilst the more challenging options average 20km and +600m of ascent. You'll be walking on a mixture of small paths, tracks and quiet roads. The paths in the Luberon are often stony and rugged due to the nature of the geology, and so walking boots are recommended.

 

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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.
Other options include exploring the Vezoule Ravine or semacole gorge. 13-17km, +250m or +450m.

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. The harder trail heads into the hills of the Luberon Massif rewarded by spectacular views in all directions, including the Alps. You descend to the beautiful perched village of Lacoste, where you can climb on cobbled streets and visit the ruins of its castle. 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. 14 or 22km, +390m or +780m

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 at your lovely guest house with swimming pool. 14km, +450m

Day 6: Bonnieux - Boux

An easier day as you head through olive groves and scrubland with wild herbs to reach the top of the wild and beautiful Aigue Brun Gorge. Your hotel is in a great location at the base of the gorge. 14km, +200 m. You have the option of an additional circular walk taking you to the pretty village of Sivergues or of visiting Fort Boux (depending on which walking option you intend to do the next day.)

Day 7: Boux - Saignon

The easy option walking trail follows the Aigue Brun Gorge before passing picturesque lavender fields to reach Saignon, another pretty hill-top village. The harder walking trail passes Fort de Boux, which is well worth a visit, before climbing to the grassy ridge of the Grand Luberon hills for great panoramic views. You’ll then cross an enjoyable lavender covered plateau south of Apt before a varied walk takes you to the pretty village of Saignon perched on a ridge. 10 -19km  up to +710m

Day 8: Saignon - St Martin de Castillon

Your walking trail climbs to a small plateau where tiny hamlets nestle among lavender fields & orchards. The easier walking option traverses through vine covered slopes with great views, whilst the harder option climbs to the summit of Mourre Negre, at 1125m, the highest point of the Grand Luberon for vast panoramic views in all directions, including the Alps. A fine ridge walk follows before descending to re-join the easier trail and cross the Calavon Valley.  15km or 24km, +350m, or +900m

Day 9: St Martin de Castillon - Rustrel

The easy walking option has varied trails through a mixed landscape of forest, orchards and lavender leading to the hill-top hamlet of Caseneuve, whilst the harder option leads to the historic hill-top village of Viens with its chateau perched on the edge of a rock band. Here you have great views towards the Gorge of Oppedette. A great ridge walk follows that descends gradually towards Rustrel. Afterwards, both options explore the wonderful landscapes and colours of the Colorado Provencal where ochre deposits form wonderful towers, cliffs and fins of rock. A delightful woodland trail leads you to a desert of exposed rocks before making your way to Rustrel for your transfer to your guest house. 16km or 23km, +300m or +450m

Day 10: Rest day

Relax at your lovely guest house near St Saturnin with pool and great views.

Day 11: St Saturnin les Apt - Roussillon

Visit the wonderful hill-top village of St Saturnin les Apt, nestled along the base of a long, low cliff, with the ruins of a castle above. Explore its pretty streets and climb onto the cliff for beautiful views of the Luberon before heading west through vineyards and orchards. The easier walking trail stays below the wooded slopes whilst the harder option climbs to the north to follow the top of the impressive Madeleine cliffs overlooking the hamlet of Lioux, which are 100m high and over 1km in length. Great panoramic views as you progress before heading south and climbing to the pretty ochre coloured village of Roussillon, which sits on top of a small hill and is classed as one of the prettiest villages in France. 19km or 22km, +290m or +600m.

Day 12: Roussillon - Gordes

Visit the sentier des ochres walking through the old ochre quarries before heading west back towards Gordes via the pretty hamlet of Joucas set above the vines. The longer route heads into the hills to reach the charming hamlet of Mur surrounded by vines and cherry orchards. Your trail descends back to your guest house via the wonderful Vezoule gorge and a beautiful forest. 12km or 19.5km +50m or +350m

Day 13: Departure

Transfer to Avignon after breakfast for your onward travel

 

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Bed

Accommodation & Meals


A mixture of delightful small guest houses in historic buildings full of character and quality 3 star hotels and auberges. They are located in wonderful settings, often on the outskirts of the historic villages. Warm welcome and fine Provence cuisine. Most of your guest houses have swimming pools. Below you'll find a selection of the accommodation on this walking holiday in the Luberon.

Name Type Details Rating  
Auberge Carcarille Hotel Delightful 3 star hotel in a historic stone building set below the historic villages of Gordes in a peaceful rural location. Attractive gardens and swimming pool. 3 stars Accommodation auberge carcarille gordes
Memoires du Sud B&B Lovely small guest house in a former silk worm farm, with large tastefully decorated rooms, pretty garden and swimming pool.   Accommodation memoire du sud guest house provence
Le Domaine Saint Jean B&B Chambre d'hote style guest house located in the houses making up a hamlet near the pretty village of St Saturnin les Apt. Original guest house with character where you can relax by the pool with views.   Accommodation domaine saint jean Luberon
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 arrangements 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.

 

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