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Classic Provence in Style

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  • Classic Provence walking, staying in unique, hand-picked hotels
  • Exploring the highlights of Provence in the Luberon and the Vaucluse
  • 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
Stay in hand-picked and refined lodging in stunning locations and follow trails through classic Provence landscapes in the Luberon and the Vaucluse. 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. 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.
If you like the idea of easy to moderate relaxed walking through Provence walking from village to village, staying in hand-picked and refined lodging in stunning locations then this could be the tour for you. The trails take you through both the Luberon and the Vaucluse and its all rounded off with fine food and wine.

Tour Style:

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

Activity:

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

This trip is suitable for:

First Timers

Activity Level & 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 Petit Luberon range some fairly significant elevation gains and losses.  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. Water refill points may not be readily available throughout the day of walking, so you should fill up at your overnight locations before setting off each day. 

Navigation

Navigation is straightforward as you can use the Macs Adventure Smartphone App which has maps, GPS tracks and daily route information. Simply download the GPS tracks for offline use and follow the route on your phone with the assurance that navigation on this tour will be made simple and you cannot get lost.

You will find more information on downloading the app in your Macs Adventure Account.

Accommodations

On this tour you will stay in charming,  characterful and hand-picked 3*, 4* and 5* hotels. 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. Goult in particular has only one hotel option, in cases where this is not available, you will be staying nearby.

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.

Meals

A continental or buffet breakfast is included each morning. Lunch is not included. On most days you will be walking through small villages with cafes, restaurants and a shop or two, so you will be able to buy lunch en route. However on some of the walking days it will be essential to take a packed lunch as there are no cafes or restaurants en route.

2 Dinners are included on nights 3 and 5 at your hotel. On the nights when dinner is not included you will be able to try some excellent local cuisine in nearby local restaurants (recommendations will be in your information pack) or you can dine at your accommodation if they have a restaurant.

Included
  • 7 Nights accommodation in hand-picked 3*, 4* and 5* hotels
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • 2 Dinners on Nights 3 & 5
  • Luggage transfers
  • Transfer on Day 1
  • Transfer on Day 7
  • Detailed information pack, route notes and IGN maps
  • 24/7 telephone support from our UK office
Excluded
  • Travel insurance (required)
  • Travel to Apt/Bonnieux
  • Travel from L'Isles sur la Sorgue
  • Lunches & 5 Dinners
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Taxi transfers or public transport should you need to skip a stage
  • Personal equipment
Extras
  • Additional nights
  • Private transfers

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.

The summer months of July and August are very hot. We do not advise choosing this holiday during this time unless you are accustomed to intense heat. 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.

Local Markets

Apt—Saturday

Bonnieux—Friday

Lacoste—Tuesday

Goult—Thursday

Roussillon—Thursday

Isle sur Sorgue - Thursday and Sunday

These local markets are usually open in the mornings and finish around lunchtime (12-1pm)

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.

Luggage 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.

General Information

The distances and descents / ascents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necesssary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat and sunscreen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking/ cycling gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Bonnieux and overnight Day 2 Petite Luberon “Forest of the Cedars” loop walk 7.5 miles / 12 km Day 3 Walk to Roussillon 6 miles / 9.5 km Day 4 Free day or Le Sentiers des Ocres Walk Day 5 Walk to Gordes via Joucas 7.5 miles / 12 km Day 6 Gordes Loop 6 miles / 9 km Day 7 Walk to Fontaine-de-Vaucluse via the Abbey de Sénanque 10 miles / 16 km Day 8 Onward Travel

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