Heart of Provence

Self Guided - 6 Days/5 Nights

Provence is rich in colour and contrasts with vivid sprays of scented lavender, bright green vines, ochre-coloured villages and white limestone hills. The area has attracted artists and writers for centuries. There are dozens of enchanting villages to explore, ancient forts, spectacular abbeys and countless other fascinating geographical and historic sites.

The paths of the Luberon reveal untamed hills and hidden canyons, hilltop villages, cultivated fields of olive groves, cherry orchards and vineyards, as well as colourful Provençal markets.
The Luberon harbours prestigious villages, among the most beautiful in France: Isle sur la Sorgue, Gordes, Bonnieux… all with their typical Provençal charm and flair.
This trip combines the best of what Provence has to offer: scenery worthy of endless postcards, a rich history and culture, great Mediterranean food, stunning walking paths.

Highlights:

  • The lavender fields in front of Sénanque Abbey
  • Walking along dry stone walls and the "Plague wall"
  • The hilltop villages of the Luberon, including Gordes, Goult, Lacoste and Bonnieux
  • Old stone farmhouses, walls, and huts along centuries-old paths

Your Journey

Day 1: l’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue:

Arrive l’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.

Day 2: Fontaine de Vaucluse > Gordes (4h30 – 13 km)

From Fontaine de Vaucluse follow a 300 year-old wall built to ward off the plague in 1720, then along paths carved into the bush and cedar forests to the picturesque perched village of Gordes.

Day 3: Gordes > Senanque > Gordes (3h20 -10 km)

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 Abbey Senanque - a jewel of 12th century Romanesque architecture.

Day 4: Gordes > Goult (3h45 -12 km)

Today walk through the thyme and rosemary scented hills, passing isolated farms, to the hamlet of Saint-Pantaléon. You then continue towards the perched village of Goult, timeless and unassuming, authentic and unvisited by traditional walking tours, its medieval homes packed around the ruins of its castle.

Day 5: Goult > Lacoste > Bonnieux (3h30 -11 km, ascent +320m / descent -250m)

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 walk 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.

Day 6: Bonnieux – Isle sur la Sorgue

After breakfast transfer to Isle sur la Sorgue where arrangements end.

Days 6 - 7: Extend your stay: Chateauneuf du Pape wine experience

  • Morning transfer Avignon > Chateauneuf du Pape
  • Morning : choice of 2 self-guided loop walks in the vineyards of Chateauneuf - with a road-book - passing along the way the wine estates of: Vaudieu, Nalys, Solitude, Chateau Mont Redon
  • 1pm: gourmet lunch at the famous restaurant "La Mère Germaine"
  • Afternoon with a wine expert for 3 hours (non private)
    • Walk into the vineyards with explanation about the grapes
    • Private visit to a family run winery : explanation of the vinification and barrel wine tasting
    • Private 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 to Avignon at the end of the day and night in Avignon

Note: not available on Sundays

Terrain

Moderate walking with some hills on stony footpaths and trails. You need to be used to walking and take regular exercise to enjoy this holiday.

Meals

Breakfast daily, 4 dinners, 3 picnic lunches.

Price

Please note that pricing is per person share twin/double in Euros

2018: Simple Style: €875. Single room: €265

Comfort Style: €1070. Single room: €365

Charming Style: €1280. Single room: €600

High Season surcharge: Add €60 per person.

Applies: 1 April - 29 June & 31 August - 30 September.

Chateauneuf du Pape wine excursion:

Day tour and one nights accommodation in Avignon, share twin/double €225, single supplement on request.

Schedule

2018: Start any day March to end of June, September to November

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