Luberon, the heart of Provence

€725 per person

There are many parts of the world where you can get lost on a purpose just to rediscover yourself and the world around you! Such a place could be Luberon – a massif situated in Provence! There is a large network of walking paths crossing each other and offering a great variety of landscapes. The region is rich with the vivid colors of the vineyards, the lush green valleys and hills, ochre-colored villages and the intense violet shades of the endless lavender fields. All of this harmony of colors is spread over 600 square kilometers. This outstanding beauty attracted many artists throughout the centuries and has inspired them with the perched on the hill villages, ancient fortresses, medieval chateaus, and magnificent abbeys. Provence is also known as the paradise for food-lovers thanks to its fantastically prepared dishes, flavored with lots of garlic and olive oil.
Let yourself be spontaneous and go on your independent walking tour to the Heart of Provence!

  • Destination
  • Duration
    7 Days I Difficulty: 2 (of 5)
  • What is included
    Accommodation in 2* hotels or guesthouses (en-suite rooms), incl. breakfast and 4x dinners (no dinner on Day 1 and Day 6); luggage transfers; detailed route notes and maps; GPS tracks if required; emergency support.
  • What is not included
    Other meals and drinks; Additional transfers, Entry fees;
  • Best period
    April, May, June, September, October
Day 1: Arrival in Apt (10km; 3,30hr; +230m/-230m)
Plan your arrival in the magical town of Apt - situated in the heart of Luberon Natural Park is also famous to be the capital of Luberon massif. Apt once was an important Roman city due to its strategic location along the Roman road Via Domitia which connected Italy and Spain through France. It easily flourished economically and developed into a successful market town. Even nowadays there is a big weekly market that still attracts a lot of merchants to sell and buy! If your arrival in the city is early enough you may consider to warm-up with a short walk to the nearby village of Saignon - perched on the hilltop with a splendid view down to the valley!
Day 2: From Cereste to Viens (14km; 5hrs; +570m/-400m)
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the ruins of Priory of Carluc, situated near the Roman road Via Domotia. Here you can observe the remains of the 11th-century priory and a chapel from the 12th century, still undamaged and surrounded by Carolingian necropolis with tombs dug out of the rock. From here onwards your trail matches the route of GR97 - a path from the famous network of long-distance paths known as Grande Randonee. After a while, your trail will lead you to the tiny hamlet of Opadette bordered to the East and West by rocky escarpments known as the Gorges du Calavon. From Opadette to Viens the path is winding in the gorge offering amazing views of the surrounding area. If you are not tired yet, you may extend the walking today with a short circular trail starting from Viens and known as “Circuit des Bories”. The “bories” are actually old dry-stone dwellings constructed without mortar - a landmark of the region.
Day 3: From Viens to Rustrel (16km; 5,30hrs; +240/-460m)
While crossing Viens there will be plenty of proof for its impressive medieval glory! It is surrounded by unique countryside and proudly perched over the hilltop. It is a pleasure strolling around the streets and where you can observe charming 14th-century buildings and houses. However, another hiking trail is waiting to be accomplished so head off towards Rustrel, nestled in the foothills of a splendid plateau. You will have the chance to experience one extraordinary hike along the famous “ochre route”. The area is also called ‘Colorado Provençal’ because of its amazing ochre cliffs. The mining here started over a century ago and Rustrel became an important production center. Now the sources are almost at their end but the village has his second life attracting many tourists to walk along the rusty-colored rocks and golden cliffs. The village of Rustrel dominated by the 17th-century chateau, recently restored. There is a municipal swimming pool where tourists and residents could relax during the hot summer days. The village is also known for its ‘Côtes du Ventoux’ wines. After the walk, you will be transported back to Viens.
Day 4: From Saignon to Buoux via the Mourre Negre (8-15km; 3-6,00hrs; +100-615m/-90-715m)
After a tasty breakfast, it is time to hit the road again towards your next destination - Buoux! A short transfer from Viens to Saignon will mark the start of today’s self-guided walk. You will be given two choices on how to spend the day. The thrill-seekers usually chose the challenging one via the Mourre Nègre summit. The walk traverses fragrant woodland and verdant pastures, and while gaining elevation to the highest point, splendid panoramic views will open up gradually. If you are lucky enough to walk on a clear day, you would be able to see right across the Southern Alps. The path will then take you to your accommodation which will be your base for the upcoming two nights. The other option for hiking is going from Saigon through Aigue Brun valley to Buoux along the plateau des Claparèdes. No matter which one you choose, the scenery will be outstanding and your adventurous spirit - inspired!
Day 5: The village of Bonnieux (17km; 6hrs; +300m/-300m)
Exciting round walk from Buoux to the village of Bonnieux will embellish your memories with stunning views and great discoveries. Many layers of the glorious past of this region will reveal bit by bit, accompanied by the splendid views of the Aigue Brun Valley. Majestic and impressive are the limestone cliffs around Buoux - back in the 15th-century, they were used from hermits as shelters and places to distance from the world. Now they tease the spirit of the rock-climbers all over the world with exciting challenging routes. Long before you reach the village of Bonnieux you will notice it’s proudly elevated church tower, rising at 425 m a.s.l. Below the church are built many houses, some of them dated back to the 16th century. With their earth-toned colors, they create an atmosphere of serenity and coziness. Wandering around the cobbled streets, do not leave the village before visiting the unique Boulangerie Museum. It presents an interesting exposition of bakery and bread production. Definitely, the highlight of today's walk will be the spectacular view of the mountains of the Vaucluse, with Mont Ventoux towering in the distance, which could be observed after you climb the 86 stone steps that lead to the Old Church. Get back to Buoux for the overnight.
Day 6: From Buoux to Apt (11km; 5,00hrs; +135m/-370m)
If you still haven’t explored the village of Buoux, now is the moment to do so before heading off on the last hiking trail that takes you back from where you have started your Provence adventure - Apt. You can visit the ancient fort, which was demolished in 1660 after King Louis orders. Since then the city has abandoned its defensive vocation now the peace rules over. Your last hiking trail traverses the heart of Luberon following the famous GR9 trekking route that will take you to the outskirts of Apt. If you haven’t enough time on your first day to explore the city, you are given a second chance to do so! Give a try to the world-famous candied fruit or a slice of goat cheese - please your soul with the local proud!
Day 7: Apt: departure day (10km; 3,30hrs; +250m/-250m)
Your independent hiking is at its end. Unless you have a late flight and your schedule permits a little more wandering around! You may take a short circular hike around and discover the Pays Aptois. Just follow the GR9 into the direction of Saint Satunin Les Apt. The trail will be mottled by the vivid colors of the fields and its tiny hamlets spread all over.


725 Euros/person in twin/dbl room
Single room & Solo Traveler supplement
Single room supplement: 170 Euros
Solo traveler supplement: N/A (min. group size: 2 pax)
The trek is available to start every day between the beginning of April and the end of October (except for July and August, which are very hot and some trails are forbidden due to high risk of forest fires). Best airport to use: Marseille airport. Other possible airports: Avignon Airport, Paris Orly and Paris Charles De Gaulle. Optional transfer from Marseille Airport to Apt (1 to 6 pers.) : 220 Euro per vehicle. The walks are on good footpaths and trails, the terrain is varied but often rocky.  Arrival to Luberon: By train: TGV direct from main cities (Paris, Lyon, Toulouse), arrives in Avignon or train from Marseille to Cavaillon, then regular buses to Apt from the station, around 4 buses per day; allow 1h30 travel time.
En-suite rooms in 2* hotels and charming guesthouses, incl. breakfast and 4x dinners (except dinner on Day 1 and Day 6).

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