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Hiking in Provence: Luberon walks & medieval villages

Hiking in Provence: Luberon walks & medieval villages

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It’s a beautifully complete walking Provence tour of the Luberon villages: 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.
You begin your trip in the town of Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, with its antiques and Venice-like canals. You start hiking in Provence through the mysterious springs of Fontaine de Vaucluse, and continuer onwards on the famous Luberon walks towards the 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
  • 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

Your Provence walking holiday starts in Isle

Isle sur la Sorgue famous typical market Venice of Provence antiques

  • Isle sur la Sorgue
  • Your walking holiday in Provence begins in 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. 
  • 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 you 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.
  • Night in Gordes

  • Small market on Tuesday morning in Gordes

Day 3

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

Lavender fields and Abbaye de Senanque

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, enjoy the surrounded luberon lavender (in bloom from mid June to mid July). Your continue and return to Gordes via a cobbled path.
  • 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 self guided walking holidays 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.
  • Night in Bonnieux

  • Market on Friday morning in Bonnieux

Day 5

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

Provence king trails in the cedar forest

Walk cedar forest bonnieux Luberon

  • Bonnieux > Cedar Forest > Bonnieux (3h30 - 7,4 miles)
  • Additionnal loop walk : add 45mn +100m / -100m
  • 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.
  • Night in Bonnieux.

  • Market on Friday morning in Bonnieux
  • Add an extra walk to Lourmarin, one of the most beautiful villages in France > see the extension section

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 accommodation : Dinner included and night in Buoux 
  • Comfort to Prestige accom: 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 7

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

Hiking from Aiguebrun to Saignon

walk buoux sivergues saignon luberon

  • Buoux > Saignon (4h - 6.8 miles)
  • Comfort to Prestige accom. : 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.
  • Transfer at the end of your walk in Saignon to Isle sur la Sorgue
  • Night in Isle

Day 8

Isle sur la Sorgue

market of provence apt isle sur la sorgue

  • End of your trip after breakfast in Isle sur la Sorgue.
    If it's Sunday, it's market day

  • Return: Regular train lines from Isle to 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
    • Unavailable
    • 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 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 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
  • 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 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 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 )

  • 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 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 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!

  • Grand hotel Henri **** - Isle

    Grand hotel Henri **** - Isle

    Two steps away from the center of Isle sur la Sorgue, the Grand Hotel Henri has been run by the Toppin family since 3 generations. It has been entirely refurbished in 2015 and features 10 stylish & confortable rooms, a charming inner courtyard and a gourmet restaurant combining local and Mediterranean products in the purest Provencal tradition.

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.
Add an extra walk to Lourmarin, one of the most beautiful villages in France

ADD AN EXTRA WALK to lourmarin

  • Contact us for the sup
  • We recommend an extra night in Bonnieux to enjoy an extra walk to the charming village of Lourmarin, on the most beautiful villages in France
  • You begin by a leisurely stroll, mostly level, on farming tracks behind Bonnieux. You then climb steadily but easily towards the crest of the Luberon, where you are met by majestic views of the plains. You remain atop the crest on an undulating track before a short but very steep climb towards a rounded summit: from here you embark on a long descend down the south face towards Lourmarin.
    Transfer back to Bonnieux at the end of the day 
  • WALK : 4h - 11.5km - +300m / -500m
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 - 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

      • 7 nights double occupancy with private facilities
      • 7 breakfasts
      • 1 dinner only when choosing SIMPLE accommodation
        NO dinner included in CHARMING /  PRESTIGE accommodation
      • Day 2: transfer from Isle to the beginning of your walk in Fontaine
      • Day 4: Short morning transfer to Gordes to the start of your walk 
      • Day 6: Transfer at the end of the walk back to Bonnieux
      • Day 7: Transfer from Bonnieux to the start of your walk in Buoux
      • Day 7: Transfer at the end of your walk from Saignon to Isle
      • Luggage transfers from day 2 > 8
      • Our Road Book with detailed walking itineraries, including highlighted maps
      • 1 road map of the region
      • 24/7 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 : 420 €uros
        Comfort accommodation : 520 €uros
        Charming accommodation : 790 €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).

      Other suggested Holidays : 
      Provence Vineyards - Van Gogh walk - Day trip in the vines - Cycling day trip in the Luberon

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