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Lavender fields in front of the Sénanque monastery

Picturesque Provence

The most beautiful villages in the Luberon

7 Days / 6 Nights
Lavender fields in front of the Sénanque monastery

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.

  • More details and information about the hiking regions in the South of France.

Starting from Isle sur la Sorgue, after a short transfer the route takes you to Fontaine de Vaucluse and through cedar forests to the picturesque village of Gordes. Stroll through the beautiful town, the scene of former film sets. The following day you hike across fragrant fields into the Sénancole valley to the Abbaye Sénanque monastery, which is still inhabited by monks today. After a visit, you return to Gordes. The charm of France accompanies you the next day as well – you hike from Goult to Lacoste and onwards to the medieval fortress village of Bonnieux. Here you can stroll past the small shops, indulge in the French cuisine in one of the cosy restaurants and enjoy a fantastic view from the Petit Luberon to the “Monts du Vaucluse” mountain range and Mont Ventoux. The last two hiking stages lead you through Mediterranean scenery to Buoux and on the final day to the ridge of the Luberon, where a great panoramic view awaits you. After a short transfer to Isle sur la Sorgue, you can review your hiking holiday over a marvellous glass of wine.

  • Movie set backdrop up close: The first hiking stage takes you to the picturesque village of Gordes, which was built with sandstone and towers impressively over the valley. The picture-perfect village has already been the location for numerous film sets – no wonder, the village is considered one of the most beautiful in France.
  • Visit to the Cistercian monastery Abbaye Sénanque: You can look forward to a special highlight on the third day of your hiking tour. The path leads you across fragrant fields to the monastery of Sénanque, which is about five kilometres away from Gordes. The monastery with its picturesque location in the middle of lavender fields was built in 1148. The monastery is still inhabited by monks today. A visit is possible at fixed times – advance booking is recommended.
  • Wonderful hiking climate: Our hiking holiday in picturesque Provence is already bookable from March. The region in Southern France, which has a favourable climate, offers wonderful conditions for active time in nature from spring onwards.

Our hiking holiday in picturesque Provence is assigned our level of hiking “walking”. Nice hiking paths lead you through the hilly Luberon and can be easily mastered with a basic fitness level. The varied route ensures a glorious active break, lots of cultural sights and culinary delights.

Itinerary at a glance

The charm of Provence is so special! In the midst of fragrant lavender fields lies the monastery of Sénanque and Isle sur la Sorgue is considered the Venice of the Luberon. Does Gordes sound familiar? The town is often used as a film set.

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.

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.

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’.

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.

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.

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Route information


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 & Dates

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

Additional nights can be booked in each stage location. Prices on request.

Prices per person in EUR

Services & Information

Further details about this tour


  • Accommodation as already mentioned
  • Breakfast
  • 1 evening meal (Buoux)
  • 1 luchpackage (Day 6)
  • Luggage transfer (1 piece of luggage per person)
  • Transfers according to program
  • 1 Return transfer Buoux – Isle sur la Sorgue
  • Carefully elaborated route description
  • Detailed travel documents 1x per room (German, English)
  • Tourist tax, if due, is included in the price
  • Service hotline

Optional extras

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

Arrival / Parking / Departure

  • 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).
  • Marseille (Vitrolles) airport and by train to Isle sur la Sorgue, approx. 1 hour.
  • Parking: Paid, public parking near the hotel, no advance reservation possible. (All information can be found at: www.islesurlasorgue.fr/actualite/stationnement/)
  • Return transfer from Buoux to Isle sur la Sorgue is organised and included in the price.

Things to note

  • Further important information according to the package travel law can be found here!
  • Minimum number of participants: 2 persons
  • This tour is a partner tour.
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