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Walking in the Luberon, Alpilles and the Pont du Gard

Walking in the Luberon, Alpilles and the Pont du Gard


We begin in the charming Isle sur la Sorgue, a veritable island of a town, surrounded by the emerald waters of the Sorgue, and filled with cafés, antique shops, and possibly the best weekly market in all of Provence. From here, we set out to explore some of the famed hilltop villages of the Luberon, including Gordes, Bonnieux, and the lost and timeless village of Sivergues in the beautiful Aiguebrun valley.

Our walks takes us through a countryside laden with aromatic herbs, off the beaten-track and far from the tourist masses, following ancient cobbled paths: the routes taken before the roads were built.

Our next base will be Roman Arles, complete with its amphitheatre and other Roman vestiges, a bustling town with great restaurants and picturesque streets. Van Gogh lived year in his famed yellow house. We walk along the chiseled ridge of the Alpilles mountains and visit the village of Les Baux de Provence, perched perilously on its rocky crag.

And last but not least, we’ll walk to the Pont Du Gard aqueduct, a marvel of Roman architecture, the tallest of its kind in the Roman Empire.

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  • The best of both Van Gogh's Alpilles and Peter Mayle's Luberon
  • Varied walks, from lush riverbed to jagged mountain crests
  • The perched medieval villages of Les Baux, Gordes, Bonnieux
  • Avignon and the famous Pope's palace
  • Approaching the Pont du Gard aqueduct by foot
  • Market day and free day in Arles !
  • The lovely market of Maussane village
  • 1 wine tasting (included)
  • 1 delicious apéritif & dinner included
  • Small groups : a maximum of 8 participants 

Day 1

Welcome to charming Isle sur la Sorgue

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  • We meet in the picturesque town of Isle sur la Sorgue, where you settle into your hotel for a two-night stay.  The town is completely surrounded by the crystal-clear waters of the Sorgue river.

    The scenic quays are adorned with ancient waterwheels which were once used in the manufacturing of textiles, olive oil. Cafés have their tables set on the water’s edge, while the Sunday market is famous all over Provence: all the village streets are filled with colorful market stalls with everything from fresh produce, cheese and charcuteries, crafts, to clothing.

  • 6PM : The group meets the guide at the hotel.
    Together you stroll through the streets to get your bearings, have a drink, enjoy dinner together (included) and go over the week’s itinerary.  
    Aperitif + dinner included. Night in Isle

  • Access : regular train lines from Paris CDG / Marseille airport / Avignon to Isle sur la Sorgue station SNCF

Day 2

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

Gordes and famous Sénanque Abbey

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  • WALK : Gordes > Sénanque Abbey > Gordes (3h30 , 6 miles)
  • A short transfer by minibus takes us to the perched medieval village of Gordes, probably one of the most spectacular one in Provence. Its homes are set improbably perched above the Calavon valley, their golden-stone façades rising in concentric circles up to its Renaissance castle – intact (one of the few remaining in Provence) – crowning the village. From Gordes we set out into the garrigue: a countryside laden with aromatic herbs like thyme and winter savory, while the paths follow ancient stone walls and pass “bories”. We enjoy a gourmet Provençal picnic under the shade of ancient oaks.

    We tuck into the secluded Sénancole valley and pass some lavender fields before reaching Sénanque Abbey. Built in the 12th century, Sénanque has been a working Cistercian abbey for over 850 years, and still to this day houses an order of monks. Beyond the abbey we climb up to a pass for an outstanding view of the Rhône valley. We loop back to Gordes before returning to l’Isle sur la Sorgue

  • Picnic included. Dinner is on your own, with plenty of options in town. Night in Isle

Day 3

    • Distance :
    • 6km
    • Elevation :
    • + 150m
      - 150m

Hike in the genuine Luberon Mountains

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  • WALK : Aiguebrun gorge > Sivergues (2h30 , 4 miles)
  • We transfer to the heart of the Luberon Mountains. We find ourselves in the Aiguebrun gorge, dwarfed by sheer and soaring limestone cliffs (a world-renowned rock-climbing site) and surrounded by the lush vegetation. We follow the river upstream, in an otherworldly setting of giant boxwood and ivy, all framed by magnificent limestone walls. Climbing out of the riverbed we follow an ancient cobbled path past abandoned stone terraces.

    And as if by magic the lost village of Sivergues appears: with only a handful of stone homes, Sivergues is lost in time.  We enjoy a Provençal picnic in the village before taking a seldom-used path past an ancient farm, and remaining on a shelf high above the gorge with breathtaking views. Once our loop is complete we take a short detour to visit the perched village of Bonnieux, which took center-stage in Peter Mayle’s A Year in ProvenceTransfer to Roman Arles.

  • Picnic included. Dinner is on your own, with plenty of options in town. Night in Arles

Day 4

Free day & market day in Roman Arles !

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  • Today is a FREE day for you to explore some of the gems of Roman Arles . You have the freedom to arrange your day as you want  : It’s a free day in the city of Arles, and there’s so much to do and see !

    - It’s Wednesday, and the town boasts an authentic market today, inviting you to meander through the fragrant and colorful stalls.

    - Arles is packed with Roman monuments, including its amphitheater, one of the largest of the Roman Empire.  And a stunning museum of Roman artifacts, including a Cesar’s bust dating from Roman times
    - If you’re adventurous you may choose to rent bikes and cycle into the vast marshlands of the Camargue, under the flight of flamingos, and past bull farms.
    - Or make your way by bus to the Saintes Maries de la Mer for a swim in the Mediterranean Sea.

    It’s your choice: Arles region has lots to offer!

  • Dinner and lunch on your own, night in Arles.

Day 5

    • Distance :
    • 7 km
    • Elevation :
    • + 200m
      - 200m

Van Gogh's Alpilles Mountains

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  • WALK : Loop around Les Baux de Provence (2h30 , 4.5 miles)
  • In the morning, we transfer to the village of Maussane, which sits at the base of the Apilles Mountains, surrounded by silvery olive groves. It’s market day in Maussane and we have some free time in the village to enjoy the market before setting out on our walk.

    The Alpilles mountains – literally the baby Alps – rise only a few hundred meters above sea level. From the ridge we have jaw-dropping views of the plains, and on a clear day the Mediterranean Sea can be seen shining to the south. Fragrant rosemary and thyme blanket the hills, while solitary cedar trees point their branches toward the south.

    Our walk leads us right into the village of Les Baux de Provence, which sits onto a chaos of cragged limestone. Its 1000-year-old castle ruins hover above no more than 25 homes, and the whole lot huddles perilously on a small piece of rocky real-estate, high above the valley floor. After time to visit the village we enjoy a wine-tasting at a local estate. Short transfer back to Arles

  • Picnic, wine tasting included. Dinner is on your own, with plenty of options in town. Night in Arles

Day 6

    • Distance :
    • 7km
    • Elevation :
    • + 150m
      - 150m

The Pont du Gard aqueduct

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  • WALK : Loop around the Pont du Gard (2h30, 4.5 miles)
  • We cross the Rhône River and head northward, just past the village of Remoulins. Via a hidden trail we reach the Pont du Gard aqueduct, one of the most impressive feats of engineering and construction in the entire Roman Empire.

    The monument is awe-inspiring. Built 2000 years ago, the aqueduct soars almost 50 meters high. We’ll soak our feet (or swim!) in the cool waters of the Gardion river, and enjoy a leisurely picnic at the foot of the imposing aqueduct. And spend time wondering how 6 to 8-ton limestone blocks were hoisted high above the river without modern equipment ..
    We loop back to the start of the walk before a short transfer to Avignon, where your guide drops you off at your hotel and bid you “au-revoir”. Rich in culture and history, we recommend spending at least a full day in Avignon. Avignon’s Pope’s palace is the world’s largest Roman building, while a labyrinth of streets in the center of town harbour many treasures.

  • Picnic included. Dinner on your own, final night in Avignon.

Day 7

Bye Bye Provence

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  • Your tour ends in Avignon after breakfast.
  • What about checking out the French Riviera while you’re at it?

  • Access : regular train lines from Avignon to Paris / Marseille & Paris CDG airport SNCF

GUIDED TRIP - The rates and supplements are per person and subject to availability

Go to the TRIP INFO section:
- to check the minimum of person BASIS of this trip
- to check the single room ( 1 pers. ) supplement

Dates Sup. Status
From Sun Sep 23 2018
to Sat Sep 29 2018
From Mon Jun 03 2019
to Sun Jun 09 2019
From Mon Sep 23 2019
to Sun Sep 29 2019

For a single room ( 1 pers. ) a single supplement will be charged.
> Refer to our TRIP INFO section

  • Hotel Nevons *** - Isle

    Hotel 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 Forum *** - Arles

    Hotel Le Forum *** - Arles

    Only a short walk from the famous arenas and the Roman Theatre, facing the Van Gogh café, this beautiful restored old house welcomes you in one of its 38 indidivually decorated and air-conditioned rooms. Breakfast can be taken in the charming inner courtyard. Take a swim and relax!

    The perfect location for your stay in Arles.

  • Hotel Le Central - Avignon

    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.

The rates are per person,  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

Repatriation insurance - 1 week trip
  • 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 

Guided trip rates

  • The rates are per person (shared room)
  • You can book this guided trip as from 1 person
  • Guaranteed departure from 4 participants
  • Small group of maximum 8  persons
  • On our guided trips, you may have the opportunity to meet & travel in Provence with international travellers


  • 6 nights double occupancy with private facilities
  • 6 breakfasts
  • 1 dinner & aperitif on day 1 
  • 4 gourmet Provençal picnic lunches
  • 1 wine tasting
  • All transfers carried out by minivans, and driven by your guide(s)
  • A professionnal day-time guide for your 4 walks
    (your guide will also attend dinner on day 1 to go over the week's itinerary)


  • All lunches & dinners not noted-included in your itinerary
  • Optional activities on day 4
  • Entrance fees into museums (not included in the itinerary)
  • insurance
  • drinks, items of personal nature
  • SINGLE supplement: 250€ 

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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