Discover Provence in comfort and style on this wonderful walking tour. We've hand-picked the finest hotels and guesthouses in the area, and linked them together with some unique, breathtaking walking routes - our speciality.

Expect to discover majestic cedar forests, sumptuous châteaux and sweeping valley views. The tour offers the chance to visit the hilltop medieval villages of Gordes, Lacoste, Bonnieux and the antiques mecca of Isle-sur-la-Sorgue. At the end of each day's pottering, unwind with a glass of local wine and enjoy authentic Provençal hospitality and cuisine in exceptional local establishments. It's picture-postcard France at its best!



Holiday details

Price

Classic

from £1,600 per person
Trip available from March to October. Price in March, April and October (Easter supplement available on request) is £1,545

Luxury

from £2,110 per person
Trip available from March to October. Price in March, April and October (Easter supplement available on request) is £1,910

Based on two people sharing a room

What’s included?

Dinner on days 1, 2, 4 & 6 and three picnic lunches.  See what’s included as standard

Duration

7 nights

Start & Finish

Starts daily from Avignon and finishes with transfer from Lourmarin to either Avignon or Aix en Provence. We can organise transfers to and from Marseille airport

Hotels

Classic

Perfect accommodation in a classic French style

Luxury

Luxurious accommodation of the highest standard, and of great character

Holiday type

Self-guided

This tour is priced without a guide and you are free to explore on your own.  If you would like a guide for part or all of your trip, we are happy to provide a knowledgeable, local guide

Activity level

Gentle walking. More info...

Mileage

3 days of walking and 3 further days of optional walking 6 to 8 miles (10 - 13 km) per day

Terrain

Some hills



Itinerary day-by-day


Classic & Luxury

  1. 1. Day one

    Avignon to L'Isle sur la Sorgue

    Your walking holiday begins with a short transfer from Avignon station to Isle sur la Sorgue, one of the prettiest towns in Provence, surrounded by the turquoise waters of the Sorgue river. Enjoy a stroll along the quayside and a nose around the many antique shops and cafés here.

  2. 2. Day two

    Fontaine de Vaucluse to Gordes

    After breakfast we will transfer you to Fontaine de Vaucluse, the source of a fabled spring that has attracted poets, scientists, and travellers from all around the world. From here, your route climbs through brush and cedar forests to a plateau which affords panoramic views of the entire Luberon valley. Once you've taken it all in, continue on to the hilltop village of Gordes, named 'one of the Most Beautiful Villages in France'.

    8 miles (13 km)

  3. 3. Day three

    Circular walk from Gordes

    Start the day with a walk through lavender and thyme-laden fields to the Romanesque Sénanque Abbey, a jewel of 12th century architecture. Built in 1148, the abbey has housed an order of Cistercian monks for over 850 years. Your path then climbs out of the Sénancole valley, offering breathtaking bird's eye views of the abbey below. The descent back to Gordes is just as scenic, along a route that weaves between ancient stone walls and 'bories' – old dry stone dwellings.

    Optional 6 miles (10 km)

  4. 4. Day four

    Gordes to Bonnieux

    After a short taxi transfer to the stone village of Goult, you make your way along a path which rises above The Calavon river, offering sweeping views of the surrounding landscape. You'll soon reach Lacoste, a picturesque mountain village crowned by the ruins of a castle which once belonged to the (in)famous Marquis de Sade. Dipping back down into the valley, you reach Bonnieux, a picture-perfect Provençal village with a 12th century church surrounded by century-old cedars. Meander through its cobbled streets and relax with a glass of wine on a café terrace overlooking the mountains beyond.

    6 miles (11 km)

  5. 5. Day five

    Circular walk from Bonnieux

    A pleasant and gradual climb through the forest leads to the ridge of the Petit Luberon mountain. The stunning views from the top extend from the snow-capped Alps to the north, to the Mediterranean Sea to the south. Once you reach the plateau, stroll under the canopy of a majestic cedar forest, perhaps pausing for a picnic. The route then continues along a deserted path with wide-sweeping views of the Luberon before gently descending down to the plains for a leisurely return to Bonnieux.

    Optional 7 miles (12 km)

  6. 6. Day six

    Bonnieux to Lourmarin

    The morning begins with a climb up to the crest of the Luberon mountain, where the view extends towards its southern face and down to the tiny villages that dot the foot of the slopes. In the background you will spot the Sainte Victoire mountain, a favourite of Cézanne's. The strong scent of Mediterranean brush - aromatic herbs and pine needles roasting in the sun - accompanies you as you wind your way down to the village of Lourmarin. Listed among the 'Most Beautiful Villages in France', Lourmarin boasts a handful of narrow streets lined with elegant houses, old fountains and cafés.

    6 miles (10 km)

  7. 7. Day seven

    Circular route from Lourmarin

    The southern Luberon is known for its châteaux and vineyards, which set the scene for today's walk. After several days on your feet, enjoy a fairly gentle walk to the village of Cadenet. Unassuming and authentic, the pretty village of Cadenet is the perfect setting for your last Provençal lunch before looping back to Lourmarin.

    Optional 6 miles (10 km)

  8. 8. Day eight

    Lourmarin to Avignon or Aix en Provence

    We will transfer you from Lourmarin to either Avignon or Aix-en-Provence by taxi at a time that suits you. Then it's farewell to Provence - until next time!