Short Walks in Provence Luberon
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Tour du Luberon plus packages
Discovering villages amongst the mauve of lavender fields of the Luberon and the different ochres of the earth will leave lasting impressions for your minds eyes.
You can start this walk in l'Isle sur la Sorgue, in Fontaine-de-Vaucluse
Self Guided Walking
Villages of the Luberon
The Luberon, a rugged, wooded region stretches for about 65 kilometres between Cavaillon, in the West, and Manosque in the East, at its Western extremity. The Western end is known as the ‘Petit Luberon’ and the Eastern end as the ‘Grand Luberon’. The two sections are divided by the Combe de Lourmarin (the old pathway), which cuts across the mountains between the charming villages of Bonnieux and Lourmarin. It's a beautiful region, rich in colour and contrasts, with vivid sprays of scented lavender, bright green vines, ochre-coloured villages and austere white limestone hills. This is an area that has attracted artists and writers for centuries, with dozens of lovely villages to explore, ancient forts, spectacular abbeys and countless other geographical and historical sites. There are some marvellous walks in the area, following the GR9 from the medieval village of Viens to picturesque Rustrel, or hiking across rocky escarpments down into dramatic gorges, where ochre was once mined. Provence is also known for its food, with garlic, olives and olive oil playing an important role in the preparation of many dishes.
|H76 SW plus package||Bags transfers included in basic rate. Basic rate: in € p.p. double room, sharing.|
|2021||B & B||Dinners||Lunches||Basic rate
|5 days||4||3||0||€ 590||€ 0||€ 236|
|6 days||5||3||0||€ 755||€ 0||€ 352|
|7 days||6||3||0||€ 855||€ 0||€ 428|
|8 days||7||4||0||€ 989||€ 0||€ 469|
|9 days||8||5||0||€ 1116||€ 0||€ 512|
|10 days||9||6||0||€ 1284||€ 0||€ 576|
|Extra nights||B & B||Dinner||Lunch||Basic rate
|Supplement single room|
(Hotel du Parc ***)
|yes||yes||no||€ 107||€ 0||€ 71|
|Roussillon les Ambres-Petite Auberge *** pool||yes||no||no||€ 76||€ 0||€ 60|
|Villars **||yes||yes||no||€ 79||€ 0||€ 45|
|Rustrel La Forge *** pool||yes||no||no||€ 111||€ 0||€ 108|
|Buoux Les Seguins ** pool||yes||yes||no||€ 78||€ 0||€ 40|
Take-away lunches are not included.
Supplement for rooms with 2 beds: € 5 per night per room
Solo: supplement of 67% on basic rate (supplement single room included).
|Discount p.p. for small groups and families on basic rates
See terms and conditions of group discounts
Parties of 4 persons : 5 % p.p.
Parties of 6 persons : 6 % p.p.
Parties of 7 persons : 7 % p.p.
Parties of 8 persons : 8 % p.p.
Parties of 8 persons : 9 % p.p.
Parties of 9 persons : 10 % p.p.
|H76K-plus day to day 10-15 km||5
|l'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue *** Hotel des Nevons (alt.
Possible as an extra night.
*** Hotel Restaurant du Parc (alt. 80m)
|Day 1||Day 1||Day 1||Day 1||Day 1||Day 1|
|Joucas *** pool(alt. 300m) La Bergerie||Day 2||Day 2||Day 2||Day 2||Day 2||Day 2|
|Roussillon *** (alt. 370m) pool les Ambres-Petite Auberge||Day 3||Day 3||Day 3||Day 3||Day 3||Day 3|
|Villars ** (alt. 380m) Bar des Amis||Day 4||Day 4||Day 4||Day 4||Day 4||Day 4|
|Rustrel *** B & BChambres d'Hôtes with a pool (alt. 340m) La Forge||Day 5||Day 5||Day 5||Day 5||Day 5|
|Viens** Chambres et Table d'Hôtes with a pool (alt. 548m)||Day 6||Day 6|
|Saignon*** Chambres et Table d'Hôtes le Rimayon with a pool (alt. 548m)||Day 7|
|Buoux**(alt. 410m) pool Seguins||Day 6||Day 7||Day 8|
|Apt *** Lou Couvent (alt. 230m) pool||Day 6||Day 7||Day 8||Day 9|
|End of package after breakfast unless you booked a taxi transfer to Cavaillon (SNCF).||Day 5||Day 6||Day 7||Day 8||Day 9||Day 10|
Description of the various stages.
First day of arrival in Avignon or Fontaine-de-Vaucluse
Night in hotel *** Fontaine-de-Vaucluse. Visit of the resurgence.
Joucas to Roussillon
To the ochres of Roussillon, l'un des plus beaux villages de France you walk the GR-6 to the slopes of the Monts de Vaucluse with panoramic views on the Petit and grand Luberon.
8 or 14 km, 3 or 5h effective walking , At arrival visit of the museum
ochre mine of Roussillon.
Roussillon to Villars via St.Saturnin-les-Apt
Walk the GR-6 to the slopes of the Monts de Vaucluse with panoramic views on the Petit and grand Luberon.
14 km, 5h effective walking past the last effective ochre mines of Gargas.
Villars to Apt
12 or 15 km, 4 or 5 hours effective walking. -140m altitude, +250m.
Villars to Rustrel
14 km, 5 hours effective walking. -140m altitude, +250m.
Saignon to Buoux
Walk of 11 or 17 km in and over the Grand Luberon to Buoux. By Sivergues the walk-route of the Tour des Claparèdes you go via Fort de Buoux (!) to the de Auberge de Seguins in Buoux.
Night in Auberge des Seguins hotel at Buoux. Dinner in hotel-restaurant
Buoux to Apt
A walk from Buoux allows you to discover the many layers of history in this region, with impressive views of the Aigue Brun Valley. The limestone cliffs around Buoux are equally interesting; they were once a retreat for hermits, in the 15th century, and now they offer an exciting challenge for rock-climbers. You continue, towards Bonnieux, and doubtless you will spot its church tower long before the rest of the village comes into view. Built on a plateau above the valley, it is one of the finest villages in the area. Some of its houses date back to the 16th century and, if you climb the 86 stone steps to the old church, you’ll enjoy an outstanding view of the mountains of the Vaucluse, with Mont Ventoux towering in the distance. While here, don’t miss the Boulangerie Museum that houses an interesting display on bakery and bread production.
Night in hotel at Buoux. Evening meal in restaurant
Villars to Rustrel
St.Saturnin-les-Apt - Aiguier Neuf - Cabane du Garde - Aiguier d'Auribeau - Lagarde d'Apt - Rustrel
By the GR-9 and the GR-6 to Rustrel, a small village built against the slopes of the Monts de Vaucluse.
15 km 5 hours effective walking.
Rustrel to Apt
Past the Colorado Provençal and discovery paths around Saignon you walk to Saignon. Saignon is a peaceful little village that you can easily explore on foot. Opposite the town hall there is a pretty 12th century Roman church and while walking through the narrow streets you will see ancient fountains, picturesque shady squares and beautiful old houses with intricate doorways. It is worth climbing up to the ‘Rock of Saignon’ where you can enjoy a marvellous panoramic view of the plains and the Luberon range. If the weather is fine, you can see Mont Ventoux, the Lure Mountains, the Alps of Haute Provence and even the heights of Avignon! Thanks to its rock, Saignon played a key defensive role for the town of Apt, attacked through the centuries by numerous invasions... although not yet by tourists!
12 or 15 km, 4 or 5 hours effective walking. -150m altitude, +250m.
Longer packages via Viens, Saignon and/or Buoux, with a taxi-transfer from Viens to Apt or Saignon
Viens - Apt (13 km after transfer)
Leaving the Luberon (8-days walk)
Your walk ends after breakfast and you can book a transfer (included) back to the railway station of Cavaillon, Avignon, Aix-en-Provence or Marseille.
Hiking trip on good trails, without technical difficulties, but a good physical condition needed..
3h30 to 8 hours walking per day (15 - 22 km a day).
We also provide a customized Luberon walk with daily 15 to 22 km .
Elevation gains: cumulative from 300 to 650 m per day up and from -400 to -570m per day down.
If you start mid September you might encounter hunters and should beready to hear shooting and come across men with guns.
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