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Walking & Cycling FROM VAN GOGH'S Provence TO THE LUBERON

Walking & Cycling FROM VAN GOGH'S Provence TO THE LUBERON

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This cycling trips combines a CYCLING & WALKING trip : Explore the MOST FAMOUS Provence, and combine both the Van Gogh's 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, in the cypress and farmhouse dotted plains of Saint Rémy, to the Luberon that inspired Peter Mayle’s A Year in Provence. 

You then will explore the Luberon Mountains: An endless discovery of medieval villages set atop their rocky perches, its tight gorges and forest paths that lead you from one magnificent perched medieval village to the next. Your journeys will take you through the most famed villages of Provence. 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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VAN GOGH'S ALPILLES REGION

  • Cycling amid the landscapes of Van Gogh
  • The vast olive groves of the perched medieval village of Les Baux
  • The quaint cities of Saint Remy de Provence & the roman city of Arles
  • The vineyards and olive groves blanketing the plains
  • The typical market of St Remy de provence

THE LUBERON REGION

  • The typical markets of Bonnieux, Isle
  • The famous perched villages of the Luberon: Gordes, Bonnieux, Ménerbes
  • Walking along dry stone walls and the "Plague wall"
  • The lavender fields above Bonnieux
  • A paradise of rolling hills and small back roads along cherry orchards vineyards
  • The middle-of-nowhere genuine Buoux canyon
  • Old stone farmhouses, walls, and huts along centuries-old paths
  • The "Provencal Venice" Isle sur la Sorgue and its antiques
  • A paradise of rolling hills and small back roads along cherry orchards vineyards 

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 on your own, and night in Avignon

Day 2

    • Distance :
    • 35 km
    • Elevation :
    • + 250m
      - 200m

A Monastery hidden in the thyme-laden hills

  • CYCLING DAY - Avignon > Barbentane > Saint Rémy (21.8 miles)
  • You start your biking itinerary between the Durance and Rhône Rivers, through a mosaic of orchards and cypress trees. You cycle into the quaint village of Barbentane before climbing up on the “Montagnette” – literally “little mountain” – where your wide-sweeping views of the plains are accompanied by the scent of roasting pine needles and aromatic herbs.  At the back of the Montagnette lies the monastery of St. Michel de Frigolet, built over eight centuries. You cycle through the charming villages of Graveson and Maillane before reaching Saint Rémy de Provence, an artists' town where Van Gogh spent the last year of his life.
  • Dinner in town included and night in Saint Rémy de Provence.
  • Small market on Friday morning in Barbentane

Day 3

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

Towards the Chateau of les Baux de Provence

  • CYCLING DAY - St Rémy > Les Baux > Saint Remy  (27 miles)
  • It is no wonder why Van Gogh chose St. Rémy as a second home, a town bathed in light and colour: it’s an artist’s dream. Leaving St. Rémy (by bike, not paintbrush!)you can visit Saint Paul de Mausole, the former monastery converted into a rest home for the mentally ill, where Van Gogh spent the last year of his life, and did some of his best work. Just beside the monastery is Glanum, a Roman archaeological site, its massive limestone ruins a testament to over 2000 years of history. Biking along the winding streets of the the Alpilles mountains, in landscapes of pine trees and wildflowers, you will reach Les Baux de Provence, a town perched vertiginously atop a rocky crag, crowned by the ruins of its feudal castle. Les Baux is listed among the most beautiful villages in France. 
  • Dinner on your own and second night in St. Rémy.
  • Big market on Wednesday & Saturday mornings in St Remy de Provence
  • Small market on Monday & Friday morning in Fontvieille

    Day 4

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

    St Remy and the crests of the Alpilles

    • WALKING DAY - Saint-Rémy > St Paul de Mausole > Alpilles Crest > Saint Rémy (3h30 - 6.5 miles)
    • Longer walk option : 6 hrs (18km - 11.2 miles - +550m/-550m)
    • 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.
    • Market on Wednesdays & Saturday morning in St Remy

    Day 5

      • Distance :
      • 44 km
      • Elevation :
      • + 300m
        - 200m

    The mistral swept plains of the Durance Valley

    • CYCLING DAY - St Rémy > Eygalières > Cavaillon > Maubec > Cabrieres (27.3 miles)
    • Your cycling trip continues as you head into the plains to the east, towards the lost village of Eygalières, surrounded by vast olive groves. Through farmlands and endless orchards, you cross the Durance river. On the opposite bank, you are met by Cavaillon, bursting with locally grown fruits and vegetables. Settle into your accommodation for 2 nights, in the heart of the Luberon.
    • Dinner included and night in Cabrieres d'Avignon. 
    • Market on Friday morning in Eygalières
    • Market on Monday in Cavaillon

    Day 6

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

    Mysterious springs and plage wall

    walk from famous fontaine vaucluse along the plague wall to gordes magnificent typical stone houses of provence medieval perched villages

    • WALKING DAY - Fontaine de Vaucluse > Gordes  (4h30 - 8 miles)
    • Picnic included
    • 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. Transfer at the end of your walk in Gordes back to Cabrieres d'Avignon. 
    • Dinner included and night in Cabrieres d'Avignon. 
    • Small market on Tuesday morning in Gordes

    Day 7

      • Distance :
      • 49 km
      • Elevation :
      • + 700m
        - 500m

    The villages of A Year in Provence

    • CYCLING DAY - Cabrieres > Gordes > Maubec > Ménèrbes > Lacoste > Bonnieux (31 miles)
    • The perched villages of the Luberon Mountains set the backdrop to Peter Mayle’s A Year in Provence. First the spectacular village of Gordes, then the hidden typical village of Goult. Then surrounded by vineyards and truffle oak plantations, the village of Maubec offers a small cluster of homes separated by cobbled streets. Ménèrbes, listed among France’s most beautiful villages, seems to hover against gravity. Onward then to Lacoste, crowned by the ruins of the castle of the Marquis de Sade, a village spared from excessive tourism, where you can sit at the Café de France high above the plains and enjoy the view. Your last stop is Bonnieux, its 12th century church offering a careful watch over the village, and shaded by majestic cedar trees.
    • Dinner in the village included and night in Bonnieux.

    Day 8

      • Distance :
      • 49 km
      • Elevation :
      • + 520m
        - 520m

    The majesty of the Luberon Mountains & lavander fields

    • CYCLING DAY - Bonnieux > Auribeau > Castellet > Apt> Bonnieux (30.4 miles)
    • Heading eastward from Bonnieux, you ride through a countryside dotted with stone villas and bories, passing secluded and mysterious truffle oak plantations. You cross the hollow that divides the Luberon mountains in two, and ride atop the scenic Claparèdes plateau, carpeted with lavender. You continue eastward to the tiny and lost villages of Auribeau and Castellet, far off the tourist-radar. You wind down leasurely to the Calavon valley, where a cycle-only path leads you into the town of Apt. Filled with quaint restaurants and cafés - and the world capital of candied fruit- Apt provides the perfect setting for a lunch break, replenishing your energy for your climb back to Bonnieux, on a quiet road lined with vineyards.
    • Dinner on your own and night in Bonnieux.
    • Market on Friday morning in Bonnieux, and a small one on Wednesday morning
    • Market on Tuesday & Saturday morning ( famous & great one) in Apt

    Day 9

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

    To the depths of the Aiguebrun Gorge

    walking in theheart of theluberon from bonnieux into the fantastic gorges buoux very genuine and typical in provence

    • Bonnieux > Buoux (4h30)
    • WALKING DAY - 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. Transfer back to Bonnieux.
    • Night in Bonnieux
    • Market on Friday morning in Bonnieux

    Day 10

    Bye Bye Provence

    famous market of isle sur la sorgue in the heart of provence

    • Bonnieux > isle sur la Sorgue
    • Transfer after breakfast. End of the trip in Isle sur la Sorgue
    • Famous market on Thursday & Sunday morning in Isle
    • Return: Regular train lines from Isle sur la Sorgue > Avignon and Marseille city-airport on the SNCF website
    • SELF GUIDED TOUR : 
      - The rates are per person, based on a double-bedded room (1 bed) 
      - Sup for a twin-bedded room (2 beds) in some hotels 
    • 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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      • High + 60€
      • Low

    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 Boquier ** - Avignon

      Hotel Boquier ** - Avignon

      A charming 2 star hotel, in the heart of the city of Popes

    • Hotel Canto Cigalo ** - St Remy

      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 Bastide de Voulonne - Cabrières

      BB Bastide de Voulonne - Cabrières

      In this 18th century farmhouse, discover the timelessness of the Luberon under the shade of the plane trees.
      Enjoy a warm welcome and the Provençal Art de Vivre in a 12-acre park, roses creeping in the patio and lavender blooming next to the fountain.
      13 spacious rooms and a pool to relax.
      Enjoy a table d'hôte dinner, prepared by your host with fresh products from local markets.
    • Hotel Le Cesar - Bonnieux

      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 Villa de Margot - Avignon

      BB Villa de Margot - Avignon

      In the heart of medieval Avignon within steps of the Papal Palace, Marie welcomes you in one of its 3 rooms and 2 suites of this charming villa of character: a 19th century mansion, a 19th century and antique interior decoration, and a cosy private garden in the shade of centuries-old trees. 

    • Hotel du Soleil *** - St Remy

      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 Bastide de Voulonne - Cabrières

      BB Bastide de Voulonne - Cabrières

      In this 18th century farmhouse, discover the timelessness of the Luberon under the shade of the plane trees.
      Enjoy a warm welcome and the Provençal Art de Vivre in a 12-acre park, roses creeping in the patio and lavender blooming next to the fountain.
      13 spacious rooms and a pool to relax.
      Enjoy a table d'hôte dinner, prepared by your host with fresh products from local markets.
    • BB T. du Luberon -  Bonnieux

      BB T. du Luberon - Bonnieux

      Sabine & Michael make you feel like at home in their charming guesthouse a few steps from the heart of Bonnieux.

      All 5 rooms have their own terrasse and overlook the Calavon valley and Provence's giant mountain Mont Ventoux.
      Heated pool and plenty of shady corners in the garden.

    • BB Coeur d'Avignon -  Avignon

      BB Coeur d'Avignon - Avignon

      This BB is hosted in XVII th century house, in the heart of the historical center of Avignon. You will enjoy its living room and very bright veranda, and its peaceful courtyard. 

      you will be seduced by the warm welcomed of Lionel - the owner,  the elegance and the charm of the place. 

    • Hotel Sous les Figuiers *** - St Remy

      Hotel Sous les Figuiers *** - St...

      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.

    • BB Bastide de Voulonne - Cabrières

      BB Bastide de Voulonne - Cabrières

      In this 18th century farmhouse, discover the timelessness of the Luberon under the shade of the plane trees.
      Enjoy a warm welcome and the Provençal Art de Vivre in a 12-acre park, roses creeping in the patio and lavender blooming next to the fountain.
      13 spacious rooms and a pool to relax.
      Enjoy a table d'hôte dinner, prepared by your host with fresh products from local markets.
    • BB Maison Valvert - Bonnieux

      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

    • Hotel de l'Europe ***** - Avignon

      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

      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

      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

      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
    Treat yourself and go for the E-BIKE option !
    • Provence is hilly, and most of the prettiest villages are “hilltop”, meaning you have to climb to get there...
    • Our E-bike becomes a WONDERFUL COMPROMISE: while still pedaling, you can access to a perched village without being a great cyclist. You can also accompany a more athletic spouse or friend
    • Have a look at our E-bike section 
    • Rates : per E-bike 
    Order your trip's GPS FILES !
    • You can order the GPS FILES of your cycling trip
    • So you can track every turn and mile you pedal using your smartphone or your own GPS device .
    • Sup of 25 €uros
    • IMPORTANT : select just 1 GPS fee for 1 traveller
    Repatriation insurance - 8 days > 2 weeks trip
    • 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

    INCLUDED

    • 9 nights double occupancy with private facilities
    • 9 breakfasts
    • 4 dinners
    • 1 picnic
    • All luggage transfers on your trip
    • Day 6  : transfer from Cabrieres to Fontaine de Vaucluse
    • Day 6 : transfer from Gordes back to Cabrieres 
    • Day 9 : transfer from Buoux to Bonnieux
    • Day 10 : transfer from Bonnieux to Isle
    • 7 days hybrid bike rental 
    • Our detailed Road Book with detailed itineraries
    • 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 : 495 €uros
      COMFORT accommodation : 610 €uros
      CHARMING accommodation : 840 €uros
      PRESTIGE accommodation : 1 270 €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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