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Picturesque Provence

The Most Beautiful Villages in the Luberon.

Nowhere else in Provence will you find a more diverse and multi-colored side of it like in this region. Villages dating back a thousand years arise from the valleys in a spectacular manner and are referred to as the most beautiful in all of France. Vast poppy fields and fragrant fields of lavender serve as fabulous picknick spots. Your tour begins in Isle sur la Sorgue, with its original canals and also known as the ‚Venice of the Luberon’. From France’s biggest spring ‚Fontaine de Vaucluse’, you walk off the usual tourist routes and reach the picturesque village of Gordes, which looks as if it is stuck to the rocks like a swallow’s nest. A very special highlight is the visit of the Cistercian monastery Abbaye Sénanque. In the evenings treat yourself to Provençal cuisine and a glass of red wine.

Walking

Walking
  • 7 Days / 6 Nights
  • Self-guided tour
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Itinerary

Isle sur la Sorgue is a genuine island village, surrounded by crystal clear waters of the river Sorgue. The weekly Sunday market is one of the most diverse in Provence, along the canal you find numerous cosy cafés, restaurants and antique shops.

Short transfer to Fontaine de Vaucluse, named after the spring and the source of the river Sorgue. Through cedar forests you follow the ‚mur de la peste’, a stone wall errected in 1720 to protect the Provence region against the pest. After a visit to Cabrières and its castle, your route continues towards Gordes. This lovely village, used as backdrop in numerous Provence-movies, was built from grey limestone and towers like a castle above the valley.

ca. 4,5 hours
13 km
450 m
200 m

Today’s tour leads you via flowering and scented fields with old stone huts into the Sénancole valley. Soon you can make out the Abbaye Sénanque with its lavender gardens in the distance: built in 1148 and still occupied, this monastery is not only one of the best-preserved Romanesque buildings in France, but definitely also one of the most impressive. There will be plenty of time left to visit the monastery, before returning to Gordes.

ca. 3,5 hours
10 km
250 m
250 m

In the morning short transfer to Goult. You cross the Calavon valley past old stone farm houses, until you reach Lacoste. The castle ruins of the Marquis de Sade tower high above the town, it also offers a magnificent ensemble of old city gates, cobbled alleyways and the charm of the Marquis’ castle. Continue to Bonnieux, a picturesque treasure of the Luberon, immortalised in Peter Mayle’s book ‘A Year in Provence’.

ca. 3,5 hours
11 km
320 m
250 m

On the high plateaus you walk through truffel- and oak plantations. After the pass Col du Pointu, you reach the Grand Luberon. A narrow path leads to the Château de Buoux and to the chapel St. Marie dating back to the 12th century. After the village of Buoux you continue along steep rock faces, before descending on an enchanting mule trail, snaking downhill into the valley floor of Aiguebrun towards your accommodation.

ca. 4 hours
14 km
250 m
150 m

Walk between limestone walls through the lush and green Aiguebrun valley. Accompanied by mediterranean vegetation, like winter savory and wild lavender, you reach the ridge of the Luberon, a rounded peak, overgrown with thyme. From there you can enjoy a fabulous panoramic view, weather permitting, all the way to the Mediterranean Sea. On your way back, the route takes you via the 3000-year old ruins of the fortress Buoux. Afterwards organised return transfer to Isle sur la Sorgue for overnight stay, where you can pass your walking tour with a glass of red wine with a view of Sorgue.

ca. 4,5 hours
12 km
500 m
500 m

Characteristics of the route

Walking, culture and pleasure go perfectly hand in hand on this tour. The Luberon-terrain is hilly and the paths are easy and well-maintained, nevertheless a good basic fitness level is required. An enchanting, colourful and natural landscape with little quaint villages awaits you.

Prices and events

All data for 2019 at a glance
Season 1
Mar 1, 2019 - Apr 26, 2019
Oct 1, 2019 - Nov 15, 2019
daily
Season 2
Apr 27, 2019 - Jun 30, 2019
Aug 27, 2019 - Sep 30, 2019
daily
Picturesque Provence 7 days, FR-PRWIB-07X
Base price
Surcharge single room
Supplement single travler
749,00
374,00
219,00
779,00
399,00
238,00

Category: 2x traditional 3***-hotels, pretty 2** hotels and country estates, partly with pool (French classifying)

Services and infos

Included:

  • 6x overnight stays as stated, breakfast included
  • 1x evening meal (Buoux)
  • 1x picnic (Day 6)
  • Luggage transfer
  • Transfers according to program
  • Return transfer Buoux – Isle sur la Sorgue (Day 6)
  • Carefully elaborated route description
  • Detailed travel and tour documents 1x per room (German, English)
  • Service hotline

Optional extras:

  • Organised airport transfer from airport Marseille or Avignon to Isle sur la Sorgue on arrival and departure day, bookable on request and payable in advance.

Arrival / Parking / Departure:

  • Airport Marseille (Vitrolles) and by train to Isle sur la Sorgue, approx. 1 hour.
  • Arrival by train via Paris to Avignon and from there a 30-minute train ride to Isle sur la Sorgue (www.ter.sncf.com/paca).
  • Parking: Limited number of hotel parking spaces, cost approx. EUR 10 per day, reservation required at booking. Free public parking spaces near the hotel, no reservation necessary.
  • Return transfer from Buoux to Isle sur la Sorgue is organised and included in the price.

Things to note:

  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price
  • Number of participants: min 2 persons
  • Extra nights upon request in each day Finish
  • Special dates on request
  • Further important information according to the package travel law can be found here!

 

 

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Madlene Reischl, Customer Service

Ratings

5 of 5 Stars (3 Ratings)
5 stars
Erika W. DE | 29.10.2018
Eine herrliche Wanderung
Die Gegend ist absolut malerisch, die Wegstrecke abwechslungsreich und wunderschön. Dank der sehr genauen Wegbeschreibung fanden wir auch die verstecktesten Pfade auf Anhieb. Alles war super organisiert. Highlights der Wanderung: Hotel 'Balcon du Luberon' in Gordes, das Dorf Lacoste, Ausblick vom Grand Luberon, Abendessen in der Auberge de Seguin. Diese Tour kann man nur wärmstens weiterempfehlen!
5 stars
Helga G. DE | 31.05.2018
Super Wanderstrecke
Super Strecke, die Tagesetappen waren für uns ideal! Auch die Tourenbeschreibung war klar und deutlich. Die Unterkunft in Gordes war einmalig schön. Die sollern Sie "behalten". Wir sind bis Marseille geflogen und hatten dann leider durch Bahnstreik Schwierigkeiten nach Isle sur la Sorgue zu kommen.
Madlene Reischl
Madlene Reischl answered:
Vielen lieben Dank Frau Goettsche für Ihr tolles Feedback! Schön zu hören, dass Ihen die Wanderreise so gut gefallen hat sowie auch unsere Hotelauswahl. Mit den momentanen Streiks in Frankreich gestaltet sich die Anreise teilweise etwas schwierig. Für eine entspannte Anreise können wir Ihnen unseren organisierten Flughafentransfer von Avignon/Marseille auf Anfrage sehr empfehlen. Wir freuen uns schon auf Ihre nächste Buchung!
5 stars
Jürgen Schmidt DE | 03.05.2016
Ein rundum passendes Arrangement
Besonders beeindruckend waren die exakten Beschreibungen, sodass wir nie länger stehenbleiben mussten, um die Wanderung fortzusetzen. Hervorragend gewählt auch die Differenziertheit der Unterkünfte (nobel - klassisch - modern - interessant). Die vorgeschlagenen Restaurants waren alle passend, wir haben uns fast ausschließlich an Ihre Vorschläge gehalten.

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