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Walk from Van Gogh's landscapes to the Luberon

Walk from Van Gogh's landscapes to the Luberon

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Explore the most famous Provence, and combine both the Alpilles and the Luberon mountain ranges, passing scenes painted by Van Gogh as well as golden hilltop villages. You will follow Van Gogh’s steps into the Alpilles landscapes of olive groves to the spectacular village of Les Baux.

You then will explore the Luberon Mountains: its tight gorges and forest paths that lead you from one magnificent perched medieval village to the next. The hills are dotted with old stone farmhouses and centuries-old stone huts, the fields blanketed in wildflowers and aromatic herbs, orchards and vines.

Your journeys will take you through the famed villages of Fontaine de Vaucluse, Gordes, Goult, Bonnieux and Saignon. You will end your trip in the town of Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, with its antiques, its Venice-like canals, and its famous Sunday morning market !

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  • An incredible variety of scenic walks, giving you a wide experience of Provence
  • Awe-inspiring vistas atop the Alpilles and the Luberon mountains
  • 3 dinners (gastronomic restaurants if you choose the Prestige option)
  • The vineyards and olive groves blanketing the plains
  • The perched medieval village of Les Baux de Provence
  • Walking along dry stone walls and the "Plague wall"
  • The lavender fields in front of Sénanque Abbey
  • The hilltop villages of the Luberon: Gordes, Lacoste, Bonnieux, Saignon
  • The middle-of-nowhere aiguebrun feeling
  • The charming small towns of Saint Rémy and Isle sur la Sorgue

Day 1

Avignon

pont Avignon pope palace provence

  • Avignon 
  • Your trip begins in the heart of Avignon.
    A medieval town on the banks of the mighty Rhône River, Avignon hides many treasures: the Pope’s palace, the 12th century bridge, the 14th century ramparts, still intact, and many museums and churches. Meander through a labyrinth of cobbled streets and discover cafés in open squares, shaded by plane trees.
    Dinner in town, and night in Avignon

Day 2

    • Distance :
    • 10 km
    • Elevation :
    • + 300m
      - 300m

St Remy and the crests of the Alpilles

saint remy olive grove walking crest alpilles van gogh

  • Saint-Rémy > St Paul de Mausole > Alpilles Crest > Saint Rémy (3h30 - 6.5 miles)
  • Morning transfer to St Remy. You start from the picturesque Saint Rémy into the Alpilles hills, then along the fabulously panoramic ridge-line. Along the way, take the time to visit the Saint-Paul de Mausole monastery, where Van Gogh spent over a year, creating over 150 paintings, and some of his best work. Dinner on your own and night in Saint Rémy.
  • Longer walk option : 6h (18km - 11.2 miles - +550m/-550m)
  • Market on Wednesdays & Saturday morning in St Remy

Day 3

    • Distance :
    • 12 km
    • Elevation :
    • + 270m
      - 100m

From the Roman ruins to the Val d’Enfer in Les Baux

walking perched medieval village baux de provence

  • Saint-Rémy > Val d'Enfer > Oppidum (4h - 7.5 miles)
  • Today’s scenic forestry path hovers high above the valley, giving you spectacular views of the hills to the north and the Mediterranean Sea to the south. Your walking path descends through the sculpted limestone “valley of hell” towards the perched village of Les Baux de Provence: its homes packed tightly and defiantly on top of the cragged rock, earning its listing as one of the most beautiful villages in France. Transfer to Gordes at the end of your walk. Dinner in town included , and night in Gordes
  • Market on Wednesdays & Saturday morning in St Remy

Day 4

    • Distance :
    • 11 km
    • Elevation :
    • + 320m
      - 250m

Lavender fields and l'Abbaye de Sénanque

  • senanque abbaye gordes lavenderGordes > Senanque > Gordes  (3h30 - 6.8 miles)
  • Gordes is perched high above the Calavon valley, its majestic stone homes rising dramatically in concentric circles to its castle, crowning the village. Atop a vast plateau, you cross through lavender and thyme-laden fields dotted with old stone huts, on your way to Sénanque Abbey - a jewel of 12th century Romanesque architecture - You will have time to explore the abbey before returning to Gordes via a cobbled path. Dinner on your own and night in Gordes.
  • Small market on Tuesday morning in Gordes

    Day 5

      • Distance :
      • 16.5 km
      • Elevation :
      • + 450m
        - 350m

    To the depths of the Aiguebrun Gorge

    borie house in dried stone garrigue lavender provence

    • Lacoste > Bonnieux > Buoux  (5h30 - 9.9 miles)
    • Short morning transfer to Lacoste. You walk among the ruins old stone farmhouses and to the hamlet of Lacoste, crowned by the imposing ruins of the castle of the Marquis de Sade. Then you continue to Bonnieux, another gem of the Luberon, one of the centre-stage villages in Peter Mayle's A Year in Provence. Beyond Bonnieux, you enter in the Grand Luberon, following alongside a lavender field before reaching Buoux castle, and the village of Buoux itself. Spectacular arrival at the Auberge des Seguins, in depths of the Aiguebrun gorge : a restored 17th century goat farm, unknown gem in an idyllic setting.  Transfer at the end of the day to Bonnieux. Dinner in town included and night in Bonnieux.
    • Market on Friday morning in Bonnieux

    Day 6

      • Distance :
      • 14 km
      • Elevation :
      • + 400m
        - 300m

    The Aiguebrun river to Saignon

    walking buoux saignon isle

    • Buoux > Saignon > Apt (5h - 8.7 miles)
    • You walk along the base of the Aiguebrun canyon to the hidden hamlet of Sivergues. Its stone wall terraces the only remains of the cultivated fields, that once sprawled around the tightly-packed handful of homes. Continue through the vast lavender fields and truffle oak plantations to Saignon. After lunch, you continue down the valley to the town of Apt. Transfer at the end of the day from Apt to Isle sur la Sorgue. Dinner on your own and night in Isle sur la Sorgue.

    Day 7

    Isle sur la Sorgue

    isle sur la sorgue famous sunday market

    • Your tour ends in l’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue - after breakfast -, where you stay in the heart of the town, a veritable island of a village, surrounded by the crystal clear waters of the Sorgue river.
      The town’s Sunday market is among the most colourful in Provence, while its canals are bordered by quaint cafés, restaurants, and antique shops. Lose yourself among a labyrinth of narrow streets and in the town’s warm, Provençal charm.
    • Market on Thursday morning & Sunday morning ( big one!) in Isle sur la Sorgue
    • SELF GUIDED TOUR : The rates and supplements are per person 
    • GUIDED DAY - A fixed rate: the price is the same from 1 to 4 participants with one guide 
       The rate for the guided day remains the same no matter if you are 1 or 2 or 3 or 4 persons 
    • BOTH are subject to availability
    • Go to the TRIP INFO section below :
      - to check the minimum person BASIS of this trip
      - to check the single room ( 1 pers. ) supplement
      - if you're travelling SOLO: please contact us

    Sup per period
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    Choose your level of comfort according to your wish & budget !

    > For a single room ( 1 pers. ) a single supplement will be charged
    > See in our TRIP INFO section
    > Keep in mind that your trip is always subject to availability

    • Hotel Saint Roch - Avignon

      Just 5 minutes from the historic centre, the hotel Saint Roch is a 2* family-run hotel with an old-world charm. 

      You will also enjoy the shaded terrace at breakfast, the lush garden and the fountain, all in a quiet and timeless setting

    • Hotel Canto Cigalo - St Remy

      A family-run hotel, just 15mn walking from the historic centre, with a large garden and a swimming pool. Comfortable rooms with air-cond. You will appreciate the quietness and the great welcome.

    • BB Les Balcons du Luberon - Gordes

      This recently refurbished 18th century Provence farmhouse - 5mn from the centre of the village of Gordes - features 5 elegant rooms, a pool & garden from where you'll discover breathtaking views of the plains, the surrounding villages, the castle and the unique dried-stone houses of the region.

      Etienne - a former chef - proposes an elegant and typical provencal cuisine "table d'hote dinner" ( upon reservation only )

    • Auberge des Seguins - Buoux

      Here, in the heart of the Luberon mountains, at the base of the Aiguebrun gorge, you are truly lost in the countryside. A breathtaking 17th century goat farm, restored and converted into a simple guest-house.

      Authentic and delicious provencal recipes, and at the crossroads of the most beautiful walking paths in the Luberon.

    • Hotel Les Nevons - Isle

      Modern hotel, entirely air-conditionned, 42 simple yet comfortable rooms.

      Situated along the Sorgue River, just a few steps from the old centre of Isle sur la Sorgue, and the antique shops. Pool on the roof and a garage for our cyclists.

    • Hotel Le Central - Avignon

      Located in the heart of Avignon, the newly refurbished Central Hotel offers 27 very comfortable - air-conditioned guest rooms with free Wi-Fi internet access.

      You will enjoy the lovely & quiet patio for your breakfast.

    • Hotel du Soleil - St Remy

      Set in Saint Rémy de Provence - only a stone’s throw from the monuments and quiet landscapes immortalized by Van Gogh- this fully 3* hotel has been recently fully refurbished.
      The old building is hidden in a quiet courtyard, surrounded by a swimming pool, and also offers a spa.
      For the cyclists, there is a garage for the bikes.

    • BB La Borie

      Set just 800m from the heart of the village of Gordes (8mn walk), and including a 500 year old dry-stone hut – or “borie” – which now houses the kitchen.
      The 4 quaint rooms are set in a modern addition to the guest house.

      Swimming pool and beautiful views of the Luberon mountains.
      Christine makes you feel like at home!

      • 2 nights minimum
    • Hotel Le Cesar - Bonnieux

      This small family run hotel-retaurant is set right in the heart of Bonnieux. A few of the 14 rooms offer a great of view over the valley and some have a terrace. The restaurant offers homemade regional specialities using fresh, local products.

    • BB La Prevote - Isle

      In the heart of the antiques capital, Severine hosts you in a 17th century convent restored with taste, set atop the flow of the Sorgue river, with 5 warm & refined rooms.

      Jean-Marie proposes his gastronomic cuisine in the former church and its charming courtyard, combining local and Mediterranean products in the purest Provençal tradition.

    • BB Jardins de Baracane - Avignon

      Le Jardin de Baracane is a 17th century private mansion, with a swimming-pool and a lush garden, set in the historical center of Avignon. Olivier welcome you in this heaven of peace and calm bathed in sunlight.

      The 5 rooms & suites have been entirely refurbished, overlooking the beautiful garden. Relaxing moments beneath the arbour of wisteria, strolls in the shade of the trees and cooling off by the pool will all be part of your stay!

    • Hotel Sous les Figuiers - St Remy

      A small and charming hotel, in a quiet area, a few steps from the historic centre of Saint Rémy de Provence.

      Entirely renovated, most of the 13 rooms have a terrace leading to a lovely garden shaded by centuries-old fig trees. Have a savoury breakfast on the terrace and relax next to the swimming pool.

      You will remember by the great welcome of Giselle, Catherine & Kups.

    • Mas de la Beaume Suite - Gordes

      A short walk from the centre of the prestigious village of Gordes, Wendy welcomes you at this very charming BB : a restored stone farmhouse, set in an idyllic garden of olive and cypress trees.

      The suite is finely decorated with linen curtains, flowers strung from the old wood beams, and old furniture .. with a terrasse !

      Jacuzzi and swimming pool.

      • 2 nights minimum
    • Hotel Clos du Buis - Bonnieux

      Le Clos du Buis is set in the heart of the village of Bonnieux in the famed Luberon mountains. This lovely guesthouse will welcome you with its 8 comfortable rooms, garden & swimmingpool.

      The veranda where breakfast is served has a jaw-dropping, panoramic view of the valley below, Mont Ventoux, and the many medieval villages that paint the countryside.

    • BB Le Clos Violette - Isle

      A truly unique place right in the center of Isle-sur-la-Sorgue.
      Le Clos Violette is a prestige guesthouse, featuring 5 spacious Suites and a heated indoor pool, set in a 17th century mansion, entirely renovated and beautifully decorated with refined antique furniture.

      You will feel at home hosted by the truly friendly Réjane & Richard, with a welcome drink upon arrival in the library or in the shade of the garden’s 100-year old lime tree

    • Hotel de l'Europe - Avignon

      The 5 star Hotel d'Europe is a magnificent 16th century residence, offering 39 rooms and 5 spacious and luxuriously decorated suites.

      An start full of history to visit the Pope's palace city.

      The restaurant "La Vieille Fontaine" is one of the best restaurant of the region.

    • Hotel de l'Image - St Remy

      An old music hall cinema dating from the 70's converted into a prestige 4 star hotel - right in the heart of St Remy - featuring 32 rooms, surrounded by a magnificent park, a swimming pool and a gourmet restaurant. You will still find remains from this period in the main building, such as a projector exhibited between the reception hall and the restaurant and many photographs.
      Guest rooms feature a unique décor and modern amenities. Superior rooms offer a terrace overlooking the garden and the Alpilles.

    • Hotel Les Bories - Gordes

      Only a 20 mins walk from the center of Gordes -  on an 8 hectare estate surrounded by olive trees, cypresses, oaks and lavender field - the 5 star Hotel Les Bories and Spa welcomes you in one of their elegant 33 guest rooms and suites.

      The perfect place to relax before or after your trip: go for a swim in the indoor heated or outdoor pool, work out in the fitness room, relax in the spa or play tennis.

      Enjoy the relaxed "table d"hote" restaurant, or treat yourself with a gourmet dinner at the gastronomioc restaurants - 1 Michelin star - 

    • B. de Capelongue - Bonnieux

      Set above the village of Bonnieux and overlooking Europe's largest cedar forest, the prestigious 4 star Bastide de Capelongue - Relais Chateau - welcomes you in one of their 27 elegant air conditioned rooms.

      Enjoy a gourmet meal in their gastronomic restaurant, reserve a cooking class with the famous chef Edouard Loubet or simply relax by the pool and enjoy the stunning views!

    • BB La Maison sur la Sorgue

      This 17th century mansion house - located in the heart of the city -  is a perfect blend of history, art and design. 

      You will enjoy the  lush garden and the swimming pool - by the Sorgue river -, under a majestic plane tree.

      Breakfast is served in the dining room or in the garden by the swimming pool.

    The rates are per person, on a 2 pers. basis and subject to availability

    • Most prices are based on a 2-person booking ( with shared accommodation for a hotel)
    • You will be able to select the exact number of traveller(s) when completing your reservation form
    • If you're travelling SOLO : please contact us
    • 9h: Morning transfer Avignon > Chateauneuf du Pape 
    • Morning : choice of 2 self-guided loop walks in the vineyards of Chateauneuf - with a road-book -  passing along the way the wine estates of: Vaudieu, Nalys, Solitude, Chateau Mont Redon
    • 1pm: gourmet lunch at the famous restaurant "La Mère Germaine"
    • Afternoon with a wine expert for 3 hours (non private)
      * Walk into the vineyards with explanation about the grapes
      * Private visit to a family run winery : explanation of the vinification and barrel wine tasting
      * Private visit to a Château (one of the most famous and oldest cellars in the area) + wine tasting
      * if time permits,  chocolate and wine tasting
    • Transfer to Avignon at the end of the day and night in Avignon
    • Rates on a min. of 2 persons. reservation ( for 1 person: contact us)
    • NOT POSSIBLE on Sunday
      • Repatriation insurance : applicable for all clients visiting the Europe-Schengen region that includes France
      • Rate : for a maximum trip of 1 week = 7 days
        Supplement for a trip above 7 days
      • See the insurance contract here 

      TRIP rates 

      The rates are per person, on a 2 pers. minimum reservation basis ( shared room), and subject to availability

      INCLUDED

      • 6 nights double occupancy with private facilities
      • 6 breakfasts
      • 3 dinners (gastronomic restaurants if you choose the Prestige option)
      • Day 2: transfer from Avignon to St Rémy de Provence to the start of your walk
      • Day 3 : transfer from the end of your walk to Gordes
      • Day 5: transfer from Gordes to the start of your walk
      • Day 5: transfer from the end of your walk to Bonnieux
      • Day 6: transfer from Bonnieux to the start of your walk
      • Day 6: transfer from the end of your walk to Isle sur la Sorgue
      • Luggage transfers days 2 to 6
      • Our Road Book with detailed walking itineraries, including highlighted maps
      • 1 road map of the region

      NOT INCLUDED

      • All lunches & dinners not noted-included in your itinerary
      • Entrance fees into museums, insurance, drinks
      • Items of personal nature
      • SINGLE supplement
        Simple accommodation : 245 €uros
        Comfort accommodation : 375 €uros
        Charming accommodation : 635 €uros
        Prestige accommodation : 1145 €uros

      Path Restrictions

      IMPORTANT: FROM JUNE 1ST TO SEPTEMBER 30TH
      Access may be restricted in the Alpilles & the Luberon mountains if the risk of forest fire is high. There is a risk that the paths may be closed as of noon on any given day or in exceptional circumstances the paths may be closed altogether. Information is available from 6:00pm for the following day from the local prefecture by telephone (automated message).

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