Walk in beautiful villages in the Luberon, the vineyards around the southern Cotes de Rhone, before finishing in medieval Vaison-la-Romaine on this picturesque tour.
2018 per person price
|Classic Tour||1190 €|
|Classic + Tour||1490 €|
|Deluxe Tour||2290 €|
* 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 des Romarins in Gordes||www.masromarins.com|
|1 Night Hotel Montmirail in Gigondas||www.hotelmontmirail.com|
|1 Night Hotel Burrhus in Vaison la Romaine||www.burrhus.com|
|2 Nights Hotel Le Clos du Buis in Bonnieux||www.leclosdubuis.fr|
|2 Nights Le Jas de Gordes in Gordes||www.jasdegordes.com|
|1 Night Hotel des Florets in Gigondas||www.hotel-lesflorets.com|
|1 Night Hotel le Beffroi in Vaison la Romaine||www.le-beffroi.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|
|2 Nights Le Clos Saint Saourde in Beaumes de Venise||www.leclossaintsaourde.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 the 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.
Your first day's walk is truly beautiful, with a great mixture of tiny paths and small forest roads, vineyards and a few of the classic Luberon hilltop villages along the way. After a short transfer, we leave you in the centre of Menerbes. Defintely take a bit of time to explore there (we provide a small walking tour) as this village is quite charming. You can visit the boutique of a regional truffle organisation for a taste of the Provencal truffle before starting out as well if you wish! You'll love the scents and views, as you hike through forest, pretty fields and orchards, and vineyards. Pass right through the property of the lovely Abbey of Ste Hilaire, and then arrive (around lunchtime) in 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 included tonight in one of our favourite restaurants.
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.
We transfer you this morning into the southern Rhone. Your walk starts in a tiny and picturesque village at the base of the Dentelles de Montmirail hills, before wending your way into vineyard territory, and into one of the AOC villages of the southern Rhone, Beaumes de Venise. Stop here for some lunch in one of the restaurants and cafés on the charming main square, or take the time to enjoy a wine tasting (the village is famous for a lovely sweet dessert wine), or a tasting of the regional olive oils at the local mill and boutique. The walk continues from there into Gigondas, one of the region’s “Cru” wine villages. At the end of the afternoon you can choose to do another tasting if you like, before your gourmet dinner at your hotel. (please note, the DELUXE itinerary lunches in Gigondas, and ends in Beaumes de Venise).
We transfer you this morning to the town of Vaison la Romaine, with its Roman theatre and shady squares. Your walk is meant only as a half day walk – a loop, returning you to this appealing town in time to find a late lunch. That way you will have time over the course of the afternoon to explore Vaison itself, with its Roman vestiges, and ruined chateau above the medieval centre. Or simply hang out in a small café, watching the locals and enjoying a drink in the true relaxed Provencal style, and deciding where you might like to enjoy your final dinner this evening. (please note, the DELUXE itinerary has a second night in Beaumes de Venise – we transfer you back at the end of the afternoon).
After breakfast, we transfer you back to Avignon train station in time for your further travels. Bon Voyage!