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Luberon: a taste of Provence

€785 per person

We encourage you to explore magical Provence on foot and discover charming cobblestoned villages, fairytale castle ruins, captivating vineyards and orchards. Walk alongside olive trees, fields of poppies and lavender and hills covered with a thick thyme carbet. Take the time to do some wine tasting, experience local cuisine and dive deep into the atmosphere of this unique region of France. Pamper all your senses with this one of a kind self-guided hiking tour!

  • Destination
  • Duration
    6 Days I Level: 2 (of 5)
  • What is included
    Accommodation in 2*/3* hotels or guesthouses (en-suite rooms), incl. breakfast; luggage transfers; people transfers on Day 2, Day 4 and Day 6 as per itinerary; detailed route notes and maps; GPS tracks; emergency support.
  • What is not included
    Other meals and drinks; Additional transfers, Entry fees;
  • Best period
    March, April, May, June, September, October, mid-November
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Day 1: Arrival at Isle sur la Sorgue
Arrival is most convenient by train from Marseille Airport and Avignon city central station. The picturesque island village of Isle Sur la Sorgue is most famous for its Sunday market but is also a sight to behold with its serene river canals surrounded by charming cafes, restaurants, and curious antique shops. You can easily lose track of time exploring the traditional narrow streets.
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Day 2: From Fontaine de Vaucluse to Gordes (13km, 4,15hrs, +450m/-200m)
Your independent walking tour begins with a short taxi transfer to the Fontaine de Vaucluse spring where you will follow the Mur de la Peste (a 300-year old stone wall) through idyllic cedar forests. You will walk through the commune of Cabrières and its romantic castle towards the magical village of Gordes. Take the time to wander about the streets and contemplate the magnificent traditional architecture, an inspiration to many artists, and do not miss the view from the towering Renaissance castle at the very top of Gordes. An option is to be transferred directly to Cabrières for a shorter version of today’s walk.
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Day 3: Gordes - Sénanque Abbey - Gordes (10km, 3,15hrs, +250m/-250m)
Today’s picturesque circular walk will take you to the Sénancole valley, sheltering the unique Sénanque Abbey. The abbey is one of the best-conserved Romanesque buildings in France and one of the most iconic locations in Provence. Take the time to explore the complex and take some amazing photos of the emblematic lavender fields. You will later follow your independent hiking route back to Gordes.
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Day 4: From Goult to Bonnieux (11km, 3,30hrs, +320m/-250m)
After a healthy breakfast, a short transfer will take you to the village of Goult which will be the starting point of today’s walk. You will follow your self-guided route across the Calavon valley walking alongside ruins of ancient limestone farmhouses towards the charming village of Lacoste. Atop the hill where Lacoste is located are the curious ruins of the castle of the Marquis de Sade. Take the time to explore the beautiful cobbled streets and dive deep into the idyllic Provence atmosphere before you continue following the walking route towards the infamous Bonnieux.
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Day 5: Bonnieux - Cedar forest - Bonnieux (14km, 4hrs, +100m/-100m or 16,5km, 4,45hrs, +500m/-500m)
Today’s section of this self-guided walking tour will take you up the Luberon mountains and through its dark green cedar forests unveiling some fascinating viewpoints over the Alps and all the way to the Mediterranean sea along the way.
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Day 6: Departure day
After you enjoy your breakfast you will be transferred back to Isle sur la Sorgue (departure time to be advised).

TOUR LOCATION

Price
785 Euro per person in twin/dbl room (01-28/03; 01/10-15/11)
890 Euro per person in twin/dbl room (29/03-26/06; 27/08-30/09)
Single room & Solo Traveler supplement
Single room supplement:
390 Euro (01-28/03; 01/10-15/11)
475 Euro (29/03-26/06; 27/08-30/09)
Solo traveler supplement: 710 Euro (incl. also sgl. room supplement)
Tips
The trek is available to start every day between the 1st of March and the 26th of June and again from the 27th of August to the 15th of November. From the 1st of July until the 15th of September access to forest paths may be forbidden or partially restricted (access until 11:00am) if the risk of forest fire is high. Alternative options will be offered in this case (supplements payable locally). Best airport to use: Marseille airport. Other possible airports: Avignon Airport, Paris Orly and Paris Charles De Gaulle. Train to Isle Sur la Sorgue from all listed airports, Station name: “Isle Fontaine”. Traditional markets: Isle sur la Sorgue: market on Thursday & Sunday (big and famous one on Sunday); Goult: market on Thursday morning (from June to September); Bonnieux: market on Friday morning.
Accommodation
Accommodation in 2*/3* hotels or guesthouses (en-suite rooms), incl. breakfast. 1x night in Isle sur la Sorgue, 2x nights in Cordes and 2x nights in Bonnieux.

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