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France self-guided walking tours 2017


Self-guided walking holidays in Luberon to discover highlights of provence. Independent walking holidays from Fontaine de Vaucluse to Apt, via Gordes, Senanque abbey, Gordes, Roussillon, Colorado de Rustrel, Vaugines, Lourmarin, Bonnieux...

Land of lights and contrasts, the Luberon is synonymous of colours and scents. The Calavon valley, irrigated and cultivated by man, is nothing less than a huge orchard surrounded by mountains : the Vaucluse Mountains, the Alps of the Haute Provence, the Petit and the Grand Luberon. Covered by rocks or forests, or carved in deep gorges, these mountains shelter several old villages dominating the valley. Outstanding sites, abbeys, castles, old and picturesque villages, this will be your daily menu, seasoned with a touch of ochre, a lavender scent and plenty of sun. Enjoy your hike!



Independent walking holidays.

DATES: April to October.
DEPARTURE: any day of the week.
Some footpaths can be closed due to high risks of fire in July and August. So we recommend not walking in this area in summer.
DURATION: 7 NIGHTS / 8 DAYS.
DIFFICULTY: Grade 3 - walks of between 5 and 8 hours a day with ascents up to 700 m. Some hiking experience is advisable.





  • walking tour
    Luberon in Provence


    price per person / twin-share


    single supplement


    solo traveller



  • walks for
    discerning travellers


    1365 Euros / person


    380 Euros


    1980 Euros



  • walks for
    budget travellers


    not available






Price includes:

7 nights accommodation in selected 2 & 3-star hotels.
7 breakfasts - 4 gourmet dinners.
Taxi transfers: Gordes-Roussillon, Gordes-Rustrel, Viens–Cereste (X2), Cereste-Cucuron, Cucuron- Lourmarin, Cucuron-Bonnieux.
- A set of maps (1/25 000 scale)



These rates do not include:

Lunches, drinks, and sundries , Insurance for cancellation



To avoid currency exchange fees,
• Australians can pay in Australian dollars by direct deposit or credit card.
• New Zealanders can pay in New Zealand dollars by direct deposit or credit card.
• US citizens will be charged in US dollars using credit card.



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Luberon in Provence

Day 1 - FONTAINE DE VAUCLUSE

Arrive at Fontaine de Vaucluse (early afternoon, if you can). This small town is well-known for its spring and for the mysterious hole from where the Sorgue River gushes out. Petraque, poet and humanist (1304-1374) lived here for many years. You must visit the Saint Veran Roman Church and the remains of the castle of the Cavaillon Bishops, situated above the valley. Take the time to stroll to the Sorgue spring, located at the bottom of a vertical cliff 230 meters high! This geyser, one of the largest around the world, has a variable flow which can reach more than 100 m3 per second in times of high water!
Lodging and breakfast in a 3-star hotel with pool.


Day 2 - FONTAINE DE VAUCLUSE - GORDES (20 km – 5 hour walk)

You will leave Fontaine-de-Vaucluse and walk through the first hills of the Monts du Vaucluse where the landscape alternates between olive trees, vineyards, oak and pine forests. You will climb up in the Vallon de la Font d’Oule and continue through the forests to reach la Basse Pouraque, an isolated farm in the woods. You will keep walking through forest to reach the Vallon de la Senancole, where the Cistercian abbey of Senanque is nested. Austerity and aestheticism are the main features of this abbey, which has resisted tumultuous times and has preserved most of the original 12th century Roman buildings. You will then pass through a small valley to arrive at Gordes.
Dinner, lodging and breakfast in a 3-star hotel with pool.


Day 3 - ROUSSILLON - GORDES (23 km – 7 hour walk or 16 km – 4 hour walk)

Transport to Roussillon by taxi. Built on a rocky spur, this typical Provencal village is surrounded by ochre quarries and cliffs. Take pleasure in a stroll through the narrow streets that circle around the belfry and the church, and discover the beautiful ochre cliffs called La Chaussée des Géants. You will leave the village, crossing through the plains covered with vineyards and fruit trees, the old village of Joucas is perched high on a hill, looming in the distance. You will reach the Les Grailles hamlet at the entrance of the wild Veroncle Gorges. You might choose to walk up to discover the ruined watermills, - some being restored -, and continue on past Murs and its château, and then across the 300-meter cliffs of Barres before returning to Gordes. Otherwise, you can simply go back to Gordes and wander through the narrow streets of this lovely medieval village.
Lodging and breakfast in the same hotel.


Day 4 - RUSTREL - VIENS (15 km – 4 hour walk)

Transfer by taxi to the village of Rustrel. After visiting this pleasant village, head to the Colorado de Rustrel, large quarries where ochre was once extracted. Extraction and natural erosion have carved numerous peaks, sheer cliffs, narrow corridors, and large pillars of earth, ranging in color from bright yellow to blood red. This ochre massif is accessible by a number of well-marked paths. You will continue your trek, passing above the village of Gignac to arrive in Viens. Viens is an old fortified village with beautiful 12th Century houses near the Sarrazine Gate and the château. The Roman church lies just beyond the village. Transfer by taxi to Cereste.
Dinner, lodging and breakfast in a charming guesthouse.


Day 5 - VIENS - CERESTE (23 km – 7 hour walk)

Back to Viens village by taxi. You will head first to the St Ferreol chapel. You will pass through the Cavalon valley and the wild and impressive Oppedette Gorges up to the village of Oppedette, another small, isolated and timeless village. The path runs along the edge of the Vaucluse Plateau and leads you through other isolated villages to the château of Ferrage and the ruins of the Carluc Priory, a former abbey built in the 12th century. You will then reach the old town of Cereste, erected on the Via Domitia – a Roman path from Italy to Spain.
Dinner, lodging and breakfast in the same guesthouse.


Day 6 - VAUGINES–GRAND LUBERON and LE MOURRE NEGRE (21 km 7 hour walk)

Transfer by taxi to Vaugines. After discovering the typical village of Vaugines, you will climb along the Vallon de Vaumière towards the crests of Le Grand Lubéron where you will join a wooded walkway. The incline is long, but not very demanding. You will reach Le Mourre Nègre. At 1125 meters, it is the culminating point of Luberon. Even if you find yourself a little out of breath, you will appreciate your efforts when you gaze upon the astounding view that unfolds before you. From here, it is literally ”all down hill”, and you will enjoy the easy walk down through the Vallon de La Fayette, past the Tuillière farm and the l’Ermitage chapel, before reaching Cucuron a typical Provencal village. Transfer by taxi to Lourmarin, a beautiful Provencal village.
Dinner, lodging and breakfast in a 3-star hotel with pool.

Day 7 - BONNIEUX – APT (22 km)

transport by taxi to Bonnieux. Bonnieux is a small, beautifully terraced village sitting quietly beneath Saint Martin’s Church. From this church spreads a lovely view of the Cavalon Valley and neighbouring villages. You will follow your hike through the priory of Saint Symphorien, passing the church with its bell tower 25 meters high, and past the Buoux Fort, built on a rock spur above the Aigue Brun Valley. You will arrive in the village of Buoux and pass the small, stone-covered Sainte Marie Chapel in the middle of the town’s cemetery. You will follow the trail to the Renaissance château of Buoux and through small orchards all the way to Apt. Lodging and breakfast in a charming guest house, a former 17th C. monastery


Day 8 - APT
Tour ends after breakfast. We recommend you to take time to visit Apt. It is a charming Provencal village with a lot to offer. Visit Sainte Anne’s Cathedral, the small squares and fountains, the medieval gate Porte de Saigon, and the beautiful narrow streets of the old city.




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