This Provence Walking tour allows you to explore the great villages and wonderful views of the beautiful Luberon: Oppede, Bonnieux, Roussillon, Gordes, Senanque Abbey...
2017 per person price
|Classic Tour||865 €|
|Classic + Tour||965 €|
|Deluxe Tour||1690 €|
* Price based on double room occupancy - please contact us for details on single room supplements
* Please note : high season supplement for this tour from June 16 to August 20
|2 Nights Hotel César Panoramique in Bonnieux||www.hotel-cesar.com|
|2 Nights Le Mas de Gordes in Gordes||www.masdegordes.com|
|2 Nights Hotel le Clos du Buis in Bonnieux||www.leclosdubuis.fr|
|2 NIghts Le Mas de Gordes in Gordes||www.masdegordes.com|
|2 NIghts La Bastide de Capelongue in Bonnieux||www.capelongue.com|
|2 NIghts La Bastide de Gordes in Gordes||www.bastide-de-gordes.com|
Upon your arrival into Avignon, we will transfer you to your first hotel in the heart of the Luberon. Bonnieux is extremely typical of the region’s hilltop villages, described in Peter Mayle’s famous book, A Year in Provence. With its panoramic views out onto the Calavon plains, it is spectacularly set at 425m. As well as the twisting cobblestoned streets and lovely tiny squares, there are vestiges of its medieval history, including the original fortress, the ramparts, and the 12th century Romanesque chapel of the church. If you feel like warming up for your walks, you can climb the 86 steps of the old church at the top of the village – you’ll be protected by the shade of the 100-year old cedars. Dinner tonight is included at your hotel.
Embedded halfway up the north face of the Luberon, Oppede-le-Vieux where your transfer leaves you this morning is beautiful to look at with its old village walls, cobbled paths, and homes hewn into the mountain rock, all overlooked by the spectacular castle and church of Notre-Dame-d'Alydon above the village - a 10-minute walk up a stone path. Your walk takes you from Oppede, skirting the Luberon hills, and overlooking the village of Lacoste, where the infamous Marquis de Sade lived (in the chateau, today in ruins) in the 18th century. At the end of the day, the hike brings you back into the village of Bonnieux for a second evening.
Your walk today starts in the village of Gargas, just outside Apt, and wends its way through the Luberon Geological Reserve towards Roussilon. This Luberon hill village, charming in and of itself with its winding streets and cafes and shops, is more famous for its incredible ochre mines - the surrounding red and burnt orange cliffs were mined for ages for the pigments for dyes. From here you have a relatively easy walk on to Gordes - but save some energy for the end, as Gordes is another "hilltop village", and you'll have to climb up to your hotel at the end of the day. We're sure you'll agree the views are worth it! Dinner tonight is in one of our favourite local restaurants in the village.
Today’s walk is one of your most challenging, but it is truly beautiful. It starts in Fontaine de Vaucluse, a tiny village sitting on a lively spring. The spring is the largest in France, and the fifth largest in the world, giving out on average 22 cubic metres per second, and set at the base of a cliff. From there you climb along forest paths, which eventually bring you past the Abbey of Senanque, a huge and beautiful 12th century Cistercian abbey, surrounded by lavender fields. Upon your return into Gordes, take the time perhaps to explore the bories village, on the outskirts of town. These traditional stone buildings dot the countryside of the Luberon.
After breakfast, we transfer you back to Avignon train station in time for your further travels. Bon Voyage!