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Walk in the Luberon: medieval villages and hidden trails

Walk in the Luberon: medieval villages and hidden trails


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It’s a beautifully complete tour of the Luberon mountains: its most breathtaking villages its tight gorges and forest paths along its most hidden trails, that lead you from one magnificent perched medieval village to the next.
Beginning in the town of Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, with its antiques and Venice-like canals, your journeys will take you through the mysterious springs of Fontaine de Vaucluse, and famed villages of Gordes and Bonnieux.

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  • The picturesque village of isle sur la Sorgue and its famous market
  • The hilltop villages of the Luberon: Gordes, Goult, Lacoste, Bonnieux
  • 2 delicious dinners included
  • Walking along dry stone walls and the "Plague wall"
  • The lavender fields in front of the Senanque Abbey
  • The cedar forest above the village of Bonnieux   
  • The middle-of-nowhere Auberge des Seguins hotel 
  • Old stone farmhouses, walls, and huts along centuries-old paths
  •  The great diversity of the typical landscapes of the Luberon

Day 1

By the clear waters of the Sorgue

Isle sur la Sorgue famous typical market Venice of Provence antiques

  • Isle sur la Sorgue
  • Your walking tour begins in l’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue: a veritable island of a village, surrounded by the crystal clear waters of the Sorgue river, its canals bordered by quaint cafés, restaurants, and antique shops. The town’s Sunday market is among the most colourful in Provence. Lose yourself among the labyrinth of narrow streets and in the town’s warm Provençal charm. Dinner on your own and night in Isle sur la sorgue.
  • Market  on Thursdays & Sunday (famous one) morning in Isle sur la Sorgue
  • Access : Regular train lines from Avignon and Marseille city/airport > Isle sur la Sorgue 

Day 2

    • Distance :
    • 13 km
    • Elevation :
    • + 450m
      - 200m

Mysterious springs and plage wall

Gordes perched village of Provence Luberon

  • Isle sur la Sorgue > Fontaine de Vaucluse > Gordes  (4h30 - 8 miles)
  • A short transfer takes to Fontaine de Vaucluse and its mysterious spring : no one or machine has been able to gauge its depths. Following a 300 year-old wall built to ward off the plague – which entered Marseille in 1720 – you walk along paths carved into the bush and cedar forests to Gordes. Dinner included and night in Gordes.
  • Small market on Tuesday morning in Gordes

Day 3

    • Distance :
    • 10 km
    • Elevation :
    • + 250m
      - 250m

Lavender fields and l'Abbaye de Sénanque

Senanque abbey lavender fields Luberon

  • Gordes > Senanque > Gordes  (3h20 - 6.2 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 4

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

Bories and magnificent perched villages

Borie stone house typical of Luberon

  • Gordes > Goult > Bonnieux (3h30 - 6.8 miles)
  • Short morning transfer to Goult, a timeless village of medieval homes and untouched by modern tourism. You walk among the ruins old stone farmhouses to the village of Lacoste, crowned by the imposing ruins of the castle of the Marquis de Sade. Your walk continues to Bonnieux, another gem of the Luberon, one of the centre-stage villages in Peter Mayle's A Year in Provence . Visit its beautiful town squares and the old cobbled steps leading to its 12th century church. Dinner on your own and night in Bonnieux.
  • Market on Friday morning in Bonnieux

Day 5

    • Distance :
    • 12 km
    • Elevation :
    • + 400m
      - 400m

Bonnieux and the cedar forest

Walk cedar forest bonnieux Luberon

  • Bonnieux > Cedar Forest > Bonnieux (3h30 - 7,4 miles)
  • A pleasant and gradual climb through the forest leads to the ridge of the Petit Luberon mountain. At the top, the outstanding view extends from the Alps to the north to the Mediterranean Sea to the South. You continue through the shaded cedar forest before dropping down to the plains and a leisurly return to Bonnieux. Dinner on your own and night in Bonnieux.
  • Additionnal loop walk : add 45mn +100m / -100m
  • Optionnal transfer : taxi transfer to the cedar forest to begin the walk (and thus avoid the climb) : sup of 30€.
  • Market on Friday morning in Bonnieux

Day 6

    • Distance :
    • 12 km
    • Elevation :
    • + 250m
      - 150m

To the depths of the Aiguebrun Gorge

Buoux aiguebrun gorge

  • Bonnieux > Buoux (4h30 - 7,4 miles)
  • From Bonnieux you walk along plateaus laden with lavender fields and truffle oak plantations, crossing the gap between the two Luberon mounds. On top of a canyon rim, you’ll see the guest house "Les Seguins" far below - a restored 17th century goat farm - nestled by the river, unknown gem in an idyllic setting. A secret cobbled path zigzags its way to the canyon floor.
  • SIMPLE acc. : dinner on your own and night in Buoux
  • COMFORT > PRESTIGE acc. : transfer at the end of the walk to Bonnieux . Dinner on your own and night in Bonnieux
  • Market on Friday morning in Bonnieux

Day 7

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

The Aiguebrun river to Saignon

walk buoux sivergues saignon luberon

  • Buoux > Saignon (4h - 6.8 miles)
  • COMFORT > PRESTIGE acc. : Transfer from Bonnieux to Buoux, start of your walk
  • 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
  • SIMPLE to CHARMING acc. : dinner included and night in Saignon
  • PPRESTIGE acc. : transfer at the end of your walk in Saignon to Isle. Dinner included and night in Isle.

Day 8

Isle sur la Sorgue

market of provence apt isle sur la sorgue

  • SIMPLE to COMFORT acc. : transfer to Isle, after breakfast. End of your trip.
  • PRESTIGE acc. : end of your trip after breakfast
  • Return: Regular train lines from Isle to Avignon and Marseille city/airport on the SNCF website

  • 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

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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 Terrasses by David

    In town, set on the banks of the Sorgue River. 8 lovely rooms, some of which overlook the clear green waters, the hotel boasts a simple yet refined setting.
    On the terrace, at the water’s edge, you can savour traditional Provençal cuisine.

  • 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 )

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • BB Bastide du Jas - Saignon

    This beautiful restored 18th century farmhouse is in the heart of Saignon, perched above the Luberon valley, proposes 5 rooms. Saignon is perched at the top of a hill behind a large rock which dominates the valley.

    Fresh organic food, some orchards in the garden, and a long swimming pool are some keys of this natural and charming area.

  • 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 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 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 Bastide du Jas - Saignon

    This beautiful restored 18th century farmhouse is in the heart of Saignon, perched above the Luberon valley, proposes 5 rooms. Saignon is perched at the top of a hill behind a large rock which dominates the valley.

    Fresh organic food, some orchards in the garden, and a long swimming pool are some keys of this natural and charming area.

  • 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

  • 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
  • BB Maison Valvert - Bonnieux

    Hidden in the countryside and just a short (10 minutes) walk from Bonnieux, La Maison Valvert is a prestige guest room, boasting elegant and refined rooms in the most serene of environments. This XVIIIth century restaured mansion house - with its views on the Luberon hills - offers 4 rooms & a treehouse.

    Surrounded by a large park and a swimming-pool, Cathy is a truly warm host. 
    A divine place to relax after a day's walk in the hills !

    • 2 nights minimum

  • BB Bastide du Jas - Saignon

    This beautiful restored 18th century farmhouse is in the heart of Saignon, perched above the Luberon valley, proposes 5 rooms. Saignon is perched at the top of a hill behind a large rock which dominates the valley.

    Fresh organic food, some orchards in the garden, and a long swimming pool are some keys of this natural and charming area.

  • 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.

  • 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!

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 trip from 8 days > 2 weeks = 14 days
      Supplement for a trip above 14 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


    • 7 nights double occupancy with private facilities
    • 7 breakfasts
    • 2 dinners
    • Day 2: transfer from Isle to the beginning of your walk
    • Day 4: Short morning transfer to Gordes to the start of your walk 
    • Day 6: COMFORT > PRESTIGE acc - transfer at the end of the walk to Bonnieux
    • Day 7: COMFORT > PRESTIGE acc - transfer from Bonnieux to the start of your walk in Buoux
    • Day 7: PRESTIGE acc - transfer at the end of your walk from Saignon to Isle
    • Day 8: SIMPLE > CHARMING acc - transfer to Isle sur la Sorgue
    • Luggage transfers from day 2 > 8
    • Our Road Book with detailed walking itineraries, including highlighted maps
    • 1 road map of the region


    • All lunches & dinners not noted-included in your itinerary
    • Entrance fees into museums, insurance, drinks
    • Items of personal nature

    PLEASE NOTE : Alternative accommodation

    • If the accommodation in Bonnieux is not available, it can be replaced by Goult, a lovely genuine village.
    • Walk 5 (Cedar Forest loop) will be replaced by a Walk from Gordes to Goult, along seldom-used paths and old stone walls, high above the Calavon valley
    • SINGLE supplement 
      Simple accommodation : 365 €uros
      Comfort accommodation : 510 €uros
      Charming accommodation : 735 €uros
      Prestige accommodation : 1415€uros

    Path Restrictions

    Important : From June 1st to September 15th
    Access may be restricted in 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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