- At a glance
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Your Holiday at a Glance
|Independent Walking Holiday||
|Dates for 2020||
|Accommodation and Meals||
|What's not included||
Luberon: Classic Provence
Our 7 day walking tour of the Luberon takes in some of the best loved historic hill-top villages in Provence. Easy to moderate walking lets you discover a pretty landscape covered with vines, lavender, orchards and forests where small hills provide generous vantage points. You'll explore the beautiful historic villages of Gordes, Goult, Lacoste, Bonnieux and Roussillon, each with their own special character. Despite the popularity of this picturesque part of Provence, your walking holiday explores quiet trails inbetween the villages where each step is infused with the smell of Provence herbs. At the end of each day, relax by the pool and soak up the Provence sunshine at your delightful hotels and guest houses.
Find out more about the Luberon region
7 days independent walking moving between hotels and guest houses. The days include about 4 to 5 hours walking with an average of 13-14km and +300m of ascent per day. You'll be walking on a mixture of small path, tracks and quiet roads. The paths in the Luberon are often stony due to the nature of the geology, and so walking boots are recommended. Easy to moderate walking days with plenty of time for exploring the historic villages.
Holiday profile day by day
Day 1: Arrival
Welcome in Avignon and transfer to hotel near Gordes.
Day 2: Walk from Gordes
Choice of walks depending on your interests and length of walk desired. Explore the historic perched village of Gordes - probably the most famous village in the Luberon - and undertake a circular walk via Abbaye de Sénanque.
Your walking tour takes you to Sénanque Abbey. Built in 1148, the abbey has housed an order of Cistercian monks for over 850 years. A guided tour of the abbey is possible and will allow you to visit the medieval parts of the monastery. Your path then climbs out of the Sénancole valley, with breath taking views of the abbey. Your descent back to Gordes is just as scenic, walking along ancient stone walls and among bories – dry stone dwellings. Short walk through the historic streets of Gordes and through fields to your hotel just outside the village. 13km, +250m/-250m.
Day 3: Gordes – Goult
Accommodation & Meals
6 nights in charming 3 star hotels and one smaller guest house. Most of the hotels and guest houses have swimming pools. They are located in wonderful settings, often on the outskirts of the historic villages. Warm welcome and fine Provence cuisine.
|Auberge Carcarille||Hotel||Delightful 3 star hotel in a historic stone building set below the historic village of Gordes in a peaceful rural location. Attractive gardens and swimming pool.||3 stars|
|Clos de la Glycine||Hotel||Wonderful 3 star hotel in the heart of the historic village of Roussillon. Lovely rooms and great views from the hotel restaurant and rooms.||3 stars|
Transfer from Avignon train station or Avignon airport is included in holiday price. Reduction in holiday price if you decide to take the regular bus journey to Beaumettes and a short taxi transfer from there to your hotel. Cost of bus journey: 2 euros.
TGV trains run from Paris and Lyon to Avignon. During the main holiday season TGV trains run direct from London to Avignon. If you decide to take the bus, it's line 15.1 from just outside the TGV station.
The closest airport to the Luberon is Avignon. There are regular flights from a number of UK airports as well as French airports. Flybe has services which run at certain periods of the year from Exeter, Southampton, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds.
Note: Please check concerning the availability of a holiday before booking any flights or train tickets. If you need further information or would like to discuss any aspect of your travel arrangements, please contact us, we’re here to help you.
We would be happy to book travel arrangents to France on your behalf for this self-guided walking holiday.
Channel ferry crossings from Dover are provided by a number of operators including P&O Ferries, Eurotunnel and DFDS Seaways.
Once in France, the journey from Calais to the Luberon takes about 11 hours (excluding long breaks).
Tolls amount to about 55 euros each way.
Non secured parking is available at your hotel near Gordes. Please inform us of this at the time of booking so that we can provide you with directions to your accommodation.