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Provence: Luberon to the Vaucluse

8 Days & 7 Nights 4.5 Read 2 reviews
  • Classic walking in the Luberon National Park and the Vaucluse
  • Exploring the highlights of Provence
  • The Petite Luberon and the 100 year old “Forest of the Cedars”
  • “Les Plus Beaux Villages de France”, Gordes and Roussillon
  • The instantly recognisable Cistercian 12th century Abbey de Sénanque
A walking trip of a lifetime in classic Provençal landscapes through the Luberon and the Vaucluse. Discover the French ritual of a local market, this region’s fabled food and wine, sun-drenched vineyards and ancient olive groves, in this, Provence’s best landscapes. Boasting over 300 days a year of sunshine, the natural light of Provence has inspired many artists including Cézanne and Van Gogh. It is also certain to inspire you as you enjoy this walk from inn to inn through timeless Provence.

What To Expect

Classic Provence walking from village to village, taking in both the Luberon and the Vaucluse. Hand-picked lodging, fine food and wine, and a carefully planned itinerary make this a wonderful choice for walking in Provence.

Trip Style:

Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent active holiday.

Activity:

Multi Centre Walking | You will spend multiple nights in one or more of the locations on this walking holiday

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Grade & Terrain

This tour has an easy to moderate grading. The trails are a combination of dirt or wooded trails, gravel tracks and tarmac country roads. This tour is suitable for walkers with good physical fitness.

There are some rolling hills and while in the Petite Luberon and the Vaucluse plateau some fairly significant elevation gains and losses on some of the walks. It is also pertinent to note that the terrain in Provence is fairly rugged and quite rocky at times, you will need to be sure-footed in order to negotiate the terrain.

Navigation

The route is generally way marked (when on a GR trail) with red and white GR signs or wooden posts with yellow markers. However you will also need to be able to closely follow your route notes and be able to navigate using a map, especially in the woods. which tend to be a bit disorientating.

We also provide you with GPS tracks for those who like to take a GPS unit and IGN maps to assist you.

Accommodation Information

On this tour you will stay in hand-picked charming and characterful hotels, B&B’s and chambres d’hotes. These lodgings are truly special places and one of the highlights of this tour.

Alternate Accommodation

We will always try and accommodate you at the accommodations listed. However, if those listed are unavailable, alternative accommodation of the same or better standard than those described will be provided.

Single Rooms & Solo Walkers

If you require single rooms we would be happy to accommodate you although there is a single room supplement payable.

A solo supplement is not available as it is it cost-prohibitive. Therefore, unless you are willing to pay substantially more to do this tour by yourself, it is not available to solo walkers.

Included
  • 7 Nights accommodation in hand-picked hotels, B&B’s and chambres d’hotes
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • Luggage transfers
  • Transfer on Day 7
  • Detailed information pack and route notes
  • 24/7 telephone support from our UK office
Excluded
  • Travel insurance (required)
  • Travel to Apt
  • Travel from L'Isles sur la Sorgue
  • Lunches & Dinners
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Taxi transfers or public transport should you need to skip a stage
  • Personal equipment
Extras
  • Private transfers
  • Additional nights

When To Go

This trip is available to start on any day of the week from the beginning of April to the end of October. The best time of year to walk in the Provence and the Luberon is the Spring and Autumn/Fall. In the spring the wild flowers will be blooming and in the Autumn/Fall it is quieter with lovely autumnal colours, whilst still being warm and sunny in the day time. Provence boasts over 300 days of sunshine per year. In July and August it will be quite hot. You can still walk during these months but it must be noted that if you choose to walk in July and August there may be fire restrictions set in place by local authorities, in which case you will need to find an alternate walk or not walk at all that day. Also please note that lavender is usually in bloom from mid-June to August.

Getting to the Start

There are a number of different options available in order to get to Apt. If you want to fly, the closest airport is Marselles-Provence Airport. From the airport you can take a bus/train to Apt, via either  Cavaillon or Aix-en-Provence. The journey takes anywhere between 2 and 3 hours, depending on your route. For more information on local bus/train timetables please visit Lignes Express Régionale or SNCF.

Alternately you can arrive by train into Avignon. It is possible to take the Eurostar from London St Pancras to Gare du Nord - Paris, then take the TVG train to Avignon (approx 7 hrs),or fly into any of the Paris Airports and take a train south to Avignin from here (a journey of just over 3 hours). From the Avignon TGV Station you can take a bus (takes approx. 1H15) directly to Apt. Again you can check out times and schedules on the Lignes Express Régionale website.

Macs Adventure can also arrange private transfers to and from Apt to local airports/train stations. Please contact your Destination & Adventure Specialist for details.

Getting from the End

From L’Isles sur la Sorgue you can take a train to Avignon TGV Station (every hour and a 33 minute ride) and from here take a train to Paris.(approx 7 hrs), and fly out of any of the Paris Airports. You can also take a local bus to Avignon. There are a few bus companies that operate this service, such as Lignes Express Régional. For more information on trains you can visit the SNCF.  website.

It is also possible to take a train from L’Isles sur la Sorgue to Marseilles Airport. The journey takes about 1 hour. Please note that you will have to walk about 1 mile to get from the train station to the airport, or you could take a taxi.

Macs Adventure can also arrange private transfers to and from Apt and L’Isles sur la Sorgue to local airports/train stations. Please contact your Destination & Adventure Specialist for details.

Baggage Transfer

Your bags will be transferred from your accommodation as per your itinerary and moved onto your next overnight accommodation. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person.

Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Apt Day 2 Walk to Bonnieux 10 miles / 16 km Day 3 Petite Luberon “Forest of the Cedars” loop walk 7.5 miles / 12 km Day 4 Walk to Roussillon 8 miles / 13 km Day 5 Walk to Gordes via Joucas 7.5 miles / 12 km Day 6 Gordes Loop 6 miles / 10 km Day 7 Walk to Fontaine-de-Vaucluse via the Abbey de Sénanque 9 miles / 15 km Day 8 Onward Travel

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