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Provence: Tour du Luberon

Fontaine-de-Vaucluse ~ Gordes ~ Roussillon ~ St.Saturnin-les-Apt ~ Rustrel ~ Saignon ~ Buoux ~ Lourmarin ~ Bonnieux ~ Ménerbes 

2024

Superior packages  5 - 10 days  (= 4 - 9 nights, = 3 - 8 days walking)
Daily walks of 15-22 km or 10-15 km

Stairway ton the fortress of  Buoux
Fort Buoux


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Tour du Luberon

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.
Starting in Fontaine-de-Vaucluse you will walk to Abbaye de Senanque and Gordes on your first walking day into the Luberon. Following are walks from one village to another you will see the authentic character of St.Saturnin-les-Apt, Rustrel, and the Colorado Provençal. Saignon and Bonnieux or Ménerbes will be the last stages in the Luberon mountain.

Self Guided Walking
5 to 10 days, 4 to 9 nights, 3 to 8 days effective walking
Days of 10-15 km or of 15-22 km walking

Villages of the Luberon
The Luberon is a unique regional park offering visitors an infinite variety of colorful and fragrant landscapes. Part of Provence and yet separately identifiable due to the rolling hills and beautiful villages perchés, it makes an excellent base for a holiday.
The Luberon is full of romantic villages, dramatic ruins, deep gorges and pretty valleys - you will probably not want to venture beyond its boundaries!


Abbaye of Senanque

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, of 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.



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superiorpackages. Basic rate : in € p.p. double room sharing. Bags transfer, maps and GPX-files included.
2024 BnB Dinners Lunches Basic rate Suppl. July-Aug Suppl. Single room
H76-sup 5 days 4 2 0 928 39 500
H76-sup 6 days 5 2 0 1088 39 601
H76-sup 7 days 6 2 0 1280 53 711
H76-sup 8 days 7 2 0 1464 58 827
H76-sup 9 days 8 2 0 1675 58 955
H76-sup 10 days 9 3 0 1834 74 1064
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Extra nights BnB Dinner Lunch Basic Rate Suppl. July-Aug Suppl. Single room
Fontaine de Vaucluse
HR du Parc ***
Yes Yes No 117 17 95
Gordes Mas des Romarins Yes No No 143 12 143
Roussillon***sup Glycine Yes Yes No 162 9 109
Rustrel La Forge *** Yes No No 81 3 88
Saignon Presbytere Yes No No 98 0 89
Lourmarin **** Spa Bastide Yes No No 106 15 96
Bonnieux le Clos du Buis *** Yes No No 92 5 102

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  • Lunches not included.

  • Supplement for rooms with 2 beds: € 6 per night per room

  • Solo packages: add 82 % to "basic rate p.p. double sharing room" (single room supplement included; not included: suppl. HS)

  • You can start this walk also in Gordes or in Roussillon and end anywhere you want. Mail us for a quote.


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Parties van 3 personen : 4 % p.p.
Parties van 4 personen : 6 % p.p.
Parties van 5 personen :6 % p.p.
Parties van 6 personen : 6 % p.p.
Parties van 7 personen : 7 % p.p.
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Stages, summary of 4 to 10 days walks
H76-sup
Daily stages 15-22 km
5 days 6 days 7 days 8 days 9 days 10 days
Fontaine-de-Vaucluse Hotel-Restaurant du Parc ***,  pool day 1 day 1 day 1 day 1 day 1 day 1
Gordes *** Mas des Romarins day 2
17 km
day 2
17 km
day 2
17 km
day 2
17 km
day 2
17 km
day 2
17 km
Roussillon *** Le Clos de la Glycine day 3
17 km
day 3
17 km
day 3
17 km
day 3
17 km
day 3
17 km
day 3
17 km
Rustrel ***  La Forge BnB 
with a pool.
day 4
15 or 22 km
day 4
15 or 22 km
day 4
15 or 22 km
day 4
15 or 22 km
day 4
15 or 22 km
day 4
15 or 22 km
Saignon *** Hotel Presbytère
  day 5
15 km
day 5
15 km
day 5
15 km
day 5
15 km
day 5
15 km
Hotel Bastide de Lourmarin ****     day 6
10 or 17 km
day 6
10 or 17 km
day 6
10 or 17 km
day 6
10 or 17 km
Bonnieux *** (Le Clos du Buis)
pool
      day 7
11 or 17 km
day 7
11 or 17 km
day 7
11 or 17 km
Ménerbes Cure de Cabanon ***
pool
        day 8
11 or 16 km
day 8
11 or 16 km
Fontaine-de-Vaucluse
*** Hotel-Rest. du Parc Pool.
          day 9
24 km
Leave after breakfast day 5 day 6 day 7 day 8 day 9 day 10




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Moulin Provençal

PROGRAM

First day of arrival in Fontaine-de-Vaucluse
We can arrange for a taxi from Avignon or l'Isle sur la Sorgues. Your room should be available by midday, or in the early afternoon early enough to visit the town and the famous and impressive resurgence of an underground river.

Night in hotel *** in Fontaine-de-Vaucluse. Evening meal in restaurant of the hotel.



Fontaine-de-Vaucluse to Gordes.
16,5 km, 8h00 effective walking past Abbaye de Senanque and Gordes to your hotel in Roussillon at 9 km from Gordes. Or 15 km without walking to Senanque.
Night in guesthouse *** in Gordes. Evening meal not included.

Gordes to Roussillon.
17 or 24km, 8h00 effective walking by the Cliff of Lioux
Night in hotel *** in Roussillon. Evening meal at the hotel restaurant.


Roussillon to Rustrel

Transfer to St.Saturnin, walk to Rustrel, visit of the Colorado Provençal

St.Saturnin-les-Apt to Rustrel

Long: St.Saturnin-les-Apt - Aiguier Neuf - Cabane du Garde - Aiguier d'Auribeau - Lagarde d'Apt - Rustrel (21 km)

Past discovery paths around St. Saturnin and the Massif de la Bruyère you walk on the GR-9 and the GR-6 to Rustrel, a small village built against the foothills of the Monts de Vaucluse. Visit of the Colorado Provençal.

13 (5 km and more time for the Colorado Provençal) or 21 km and 7 to 8 hours effective walking.
Night in guesthouse La Forge *** in Rustrel. Evening meal at restaurant 200m from a guesthouse "de charme".


Rustrel to Saignon

Past discovery paths around The Colorado Provençal you walk on the GR-9 and the GR-6 and some PR-walks 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 of 15 km, 4 of 6 hours effective walking. -140m altitude, +250m.
Night in Chambre d'Hôtes Le Rimayon in Saignon ,pool. Evening meal at the hotel restaurant.


Saignon to Lourmarin

Saignon  - Buoux - Lourmarin by Le Grand Luberon 20,4 km or by le Mourre Nègre (20km)
You first walk to Sivergues. The cliffs for alpine climbing are impressing.

Night in *** hotel Bastide de Lourmarin
6 hours effective walking , +405m altitude, -605m.


Lourmarin to Bonnieux

15 or 22 km

By the sentier des Cedres on the Petit Luberon

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. You return to Buoux for the night.

Night in *** Hotel Le Clos du Buis in Bonnieux. Evening meal in restaurant
4 or 6  hours effective walking , +405m altitude, -605m.

Night in *** hotel in Bonnieux. Evening meal in restaurant


Bonnieux to Ménerbes


Your walk ends after breakfast and we can arrange for a transfer not included) back to Avignon, Fontaine-de-Vaucluse of to Cavailllon, where you can catch the train to Avignon of Marseille.



     Tour du Luberon  Self Guided Walking



LEVEL :
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 10 to 15 km. Contact us for these short walks
Elevation gains: cumulative from 300 to 650 m per day up and from -400 to -570m per day down.


STARTING DAY:
Any day of the week possible (March 25 - October 30) at the hotel in l'Isle sur la Sorgue.
l'Isle sur la Sorgue is accessible from Avignon by train.
In July and August best is to take a break at 12h00 of 2 - 3 hours for lunch in a restaurant, swimming, resting, seeing a museum etc..

If you start in August of September some trails might be closed for walkers, we'll take this into account and show you the free accessible trails.

If you start mid September you might encounter hunters and should be ready to hear shooting and come across men with guns.

ACCESS :
- By train :
Many TGV from Paris, Lyon, Marseille and Toulouse directly to Avignon. From the railway station of Avignon Centre by train to Cavaillon and l'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue (departure every three hours). The ride takes about 30 minutes.
Info : 08.36.35.35.35.

From Avignon Centre to l'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue/Fontaine-de-Vaucluse (35 minutes).
Departure from uit Avignon Centre

- By train back

From Cavaillon of l'Isle sur la Sorgue to Avignon Centre, ride of about 40 minutes. Departure from Cavaillon Railway station


- By car :
Situation : Paris 742km - Lyon 271km - Marseille 80km - Avignon 56km - Aix en Provence 50km.
Highway from Paris, Lyon, Marseille to Avignon; N100 from Avignon to Apt (56km).

-By airplane:
Aiports : Avignon - Caumont, tel : +33 490 812 039, Marseille - Provence, tel : +33 442 141 414
Marseille - Provence, tel : +33 442 141 414 (From the airport take shuttle bus (3 times, every hour at 0,10, 0,30 and 0,50h) to SNCF railway station of Marseille. Train to Avignon (60 minutes) of to Cavaillon (1h45 minutes) and change on train to l'Isle sur la Sorgue (30 minutes).


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