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Provence: Tour du Luberon

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

2021

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Daily walks of 15-22 km or 10-15 km

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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 15-22 km walking

Villages of the Luberon
The Luberon is a unique regional park offering visitors an infinite variety of colourful 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!

>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.



Holiday programs Day stages Prices

H76 superior *** packages Basic rate p.p. sharing room. Bags transfer included.
2021 B & B Dinners Lunches Basic rate
p.p. sharing
July-Aug.
supplement p.p.
Single room
supplement
5 days 4 2 0 € 838 € 0 € 357
6 days 5 3 0 € 948 € 11 € 412
7 days 6 4 0 € 1071 € 11 € 447
8 days 7 4 0 € 1253 € 11 € 530
9 days 8 4 0 € 1393 € 11 € 595
 
EXTRA DAYS B & B Dinner Lunch Basic rate
p.p.
sharing
July-Aug.
supplement
p.p.
Single
room
supplement
Fontaine-de-Vaucluse
*** Hotel du Parc
yes no no € 101 € 0 € 87
Roussillon *** Glycines
Gastron. Restaurant
yes yes no € 154 € 0 € 76
Rustrel *** B & Bpool yes no no € 76 € 0 € 75
Saignon *** B & B+rest. Le Rimayon pool yes yes no € 102 € 11 € 50
Lunches not included.
Supplement for rooms with 2 beds: € 6 per night per room
Solo packages: add 61% to "basic rate p.p. double sharing room" (single room supplement included; not included: suppl. July/Aug.)

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Stages, summary of 4 to 10 days walks
H76-sup daily stages 15-22 km 4-days 5-days 6-days 7-days 8-days 9-days 10-days
Fontaine-de-Vaucluse
***, Arrival day, (pool)
day 1 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
day 2
17 km
Roussillon *** Glycine day 3
17 or 24 km
day 3
17 or 24 km
day 3
17 or 24 km
day 3
17 or 24 km
day 3
17 or 24 km
day 3
17 or 24 km
day 3
17 or 24 km
Rustrel *** B & BChambres d'Hôtes with pool La Forge 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 *** Le Rimayon pool
day 5
15 km
day 5
15 km
day 5
15 km
day 5
15 km
day 5
15 km
Apt *** Chambres d'Hôtes with pool: Lou Couvent day 6
10 or 17 km
Buoux ** pool Auberge des Seguins day 6
11 or 17 km
day 6
11 or 17 km
day 6
11 or 17 km
day 7
11 or 17 km
Bonnieux *** (Le Clos du Buis) day 7
16 km
day 7
16 km
day 8
16 km
Fontaine-de-Vaucluse
*** Hotel-Rest. du Parc B & B
day 8
11 or 17 km
day 9
11 or 17 km
Leave after breakfast day 4 day 5 day 6 day 7 day 8 day 9 day 10



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PROGRAM

Description of the stages.

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 the 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 or 15 km, 4 or 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 Buoux

Saignon - Sivergues - Buoux 11 or 17 km
You first walk to Sivergues. The cliffs for alpine climbing are impressing. You then continue to your ‘auberge’ just outside Buoux, your base for the next one or two nights. 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.

Night in ** hotel Les Seguins in Buoux. Evening meal in restaurant
4 or 6 hours effective walking , +405m altitude, -605m.


Buoux to Bonnieux

Buoux-Bonnieux 10 or 16 km

You first walk to Sivergues. The cliffs for alpine climbing are impressing. You then continue to your ‘auberge’ just outside Buoux, your base for the next one or two nights. 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. You return to Buoux for the night.

Night in *** Chambre d'hotes Le Cos du Buis; superior room in Bonnieux. Evening meal in restaurant
4 or 6 7 hours effective walking , +405m altitude, -605m.

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


Bonnieux to Cucuron: Option: 2 extra stages over de Grand Luberon to Cucuron and back to Buoux

Leaving the Luberon (8-days walk)

Your walk ends after breakfast and we can arrange for a transfer not included) back to Avignon, Fontaine-de-Vaucluse
or to Cavailllon, where you can catch the train to Avignon or 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 or September some trails might be closed for walkers, we'll take this into account and show you the free accesible trails.

If you start mid September you might encounter hunters and should beready 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 or 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) or to Cavaillon (1h45 minutes) and change on train to l'Isle sur la Sorgue (30 minutes).


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