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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  included
  • 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 included, 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)
  • Longer walk option : 6h (18km - 11.2 miles - +550m/-550m)
  • 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.
  • Night in Saint Rémy

  • 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 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.
  • 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 included and night in Bonnieux.

    • Market on Friday morning in Bonnieux
    • Add an extra loop walk to the beautiful wild crest of the Luberon, with 1 extra night in Buoux/Bonnieux > See the extension section below

    Day 6

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

    The Aiguebrun river to Saignon

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    • 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. 
    • 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 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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      • Low
      • High + 50€

    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 La Borie -  Gordes

      BB La Borie - Gordes

      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
    • BB Seguins - Buoux

      BB 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 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.

      Comfort accommodation : Superior room when available

    • 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 Balcons du Luberon - Gordes

      BB 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 )

    • Clos du Buis *** - Bonnieux

      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 La Prevote - Isle

      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 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 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 Balcons du Luberon - Gordes

      BB 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 )

    • 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!

    • BB Le Clos Violette - Isle

      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

      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.

    • Vallon de Valrugues ***** - St Remy

      Vallon de Valrugues ***** - St Remy

      Vallon de Valrugues is a 5 star hotel, nestled in a beautiful garden with a swimming pool, just 10mn walk from the village of St Remy.

      You will enjoy the gastronomic restaurant, the bistrot and its beautiful spa of 50 m2.

    • Petit Palais d'Aglae **** -  Gordes

      Petit Palais d'Aglae **** - Gordes

      Le Petit Palais d'Aglae is a 4 star hotel, in a old Prestige mansion house, just above the village of Gordes. All rooms are facing the Mont de Lubéron and the famous village of Roussillon. You can enjoy the gardens, resting in the shade of the olive trees, the swimming pool

      You will appreciate Sarah Lauferon and her team's warm welcome !

    • 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!

    • BB La Maison sur la Sorgue

      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
    Add an extra walk to the Crest of the Luberon

    ADD AN EXTRA LOOP WALK to the crest of Luberon

    • Contact us for the sup
    • WALK : 4h30 - 12km - +500m / -500m
    • We recommend an extra night in Buoux/Bonnieux to enjoy an extra walk to the crest of the Luberon above the wild Aiguebrun valley. 
    • From Buoux, you climb out of the valley and pass open fields and ancient terrace walls, on your way to the hidden cobbled street village of Sivergues. You continue ascending through the Mediterranean brush, and you reach the very crest of the Luberon, a rounded summit laden with a carpet of thyme. From here the views can extend all the way to the Alps and to the Med Sea. Descending back to the Auberge, you can take a detour to visit the 3000 year-old Buoux Fort, sitting above a rocky crag with sheer cliffs and awe-inspiring views.
    Join a Food & Wine gourmet tour in Avignon !

    This Food & Wine day Tour offers the perfect combination of food, wine and sightseeing. It will please every food and wine lover ! You meet local artisans and taste regional products (small groups of max 8).
    - From 9am, the 3h30h tour stimulates your taste buds as you walk through picturesque parts of the town and learn about culinary traditions and local history, from the oldest bakery in town to the best artisan chocolate maker. At the end of the tour, we wash everything down with a tasting of a Châteauneuf du Pape wine, the region’s most prestigious wine. 
    - The tour includes 10 tastings, olive oil and a wine tasting.
    - Subject to availability
    - Différent program in July & August : contact us 

    Enjoy a HALF-day wine tour in Chateauneuf du Pape !
    • Morning 9am / Afternoon 2pm transfer fromAvignon > Chateauneuf du Pape 
    • Half-day wine tour with a wine expert for 3 hours (non private)
      * Visit of a family run winery : explanation of the vinification and barrel wine tasting
      * 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 back to Avignon at the end of the wine tour
    • Rates on a min. of 2 persons. reservation ( for 1 person: contact us)
    • NOT POSSIBLE on Sunday & bank holidays
      Enjoy a FULL-day wine tour in Chateauneuf du Pape !
      • Morning 9am - 5pm : transfer fromAvignon > Chateauneuf du Pape 
      • Full-day wine tour with a wine expert  (non private) including : 
        - A walk into the vineyards with explanation about the grape varieties, climate and soils specific to Chateauneuf du Pape.
        - Private visit to a family run winery. Explanation about the vinification and aging process + wine tasting (including barrel wine tasting)
        - Second wine tasting in a different winery
        - Lunch: At a traditional restaurant in Chateauneuf du Pape (lunch is not included in the tour price)
        - Private visit to a Château (one of the most famous and oldest cellasr in the area) + wine tasting
        - Private visit to a traditional organic winery
        - Chocolate and wine tasting (if time permits)
      • 5pm : Transfer back to Avignon at the end of the day
      • Rates on a min. of 2 persons. reservation ( for 1 person: contact us)
      • NOT POSSIBLE on Sunday & bank holidays
        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 

        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
        • 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
        • 7/7 phone assistance 

        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 : 270 €uros
          Comfort accommodation : 430 €uros
          Charming accommodation : 650 €uros
          Prestige accommodation : 960 €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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