Villages of the Luberon

This popular walking holiday is based in the glorious Luberon National Park, taking in the lush Provencal countryside and affording stunning mountain views. It's a land which has been an inspiration for generations of poets, painters and writers from Petrarch.

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Villages of the Luberon

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9 Days / 8 Nights $2855*

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Includes: 8 nights hotel accommodation, continental breakfast and 6 evening meals, Headwater route maps and notes, bicycle hire.

Note: September is the hunting season in Provence. Headwater provide reflective day-glow jackets for customers wishing to walk through the woods/forests on the main hunting days (typically two per week) however alternative road routes will also be offered.

Highlights:

  • Delightful walking through timeless Luberon landscape taking in the very best of the region

  • Beautiful villages; superb views of Mt Ventoux & the Dentelles de Montmirail

  • Wonderful wines and classic Proven├žal cuisine

  • Hotels full of local character - most with pools

Tour Details

  • Day 1: Arrive at Pernes les Fontaines

    Your 3-star hotel is in it's own grounds just north of the village of Pernes les Fontaines.

  • Day 2: Rustrel to St Sturnin-les Apt 11km/7mi/3hr

    We give you a lift to the starting point in Rustrel, where you can begin the day with an hour-long circuit in the Provencal Colorado, once ochre quarries and now a strange landscape of fantastic shapes and vivid colours. Today's main walk is through classic Provencal countryside where you will see vineyards and cherry orchards, fig trees and olive groves, and neat plantations of scented lavender before continuing in to Apt.

  • Day 3: At Apt

    Apt is famous for its crystallised fruits and traditional pottery. It has plenty of shops, cafes and colourful Saturday and Tuesday markets. Visit the Maison du Parc du Luberon and Ste Anne's Cathedral, part of which dates to C13.

  • Day 4: Apt to Roussillon 16km/10mi/4.5hr

    After a short transfer to the lovely village of St Saturnin, your walk today heads south and up through cherry orchards, vineyards and pine forests - a magnificent panorama across the Apt plain and the Luberon. After Gargas, you continue through pine forest along blood-red ochre-coloured tracks, then descend in to Roussillon.

  • Day 5: At Roussillon

    Roussillon, one of the most beautiful villages in France, is famous for its streaked ochre cliffs. Visit too the superb perched village of Bonnieux with lots of art galleries, pavement cafes and little restaurants for lunch.

  • Day 6: Roussillon to Gordes 15km/9mi/4hr

    Today's walk takes you through the most incredibly beautiful ochre coloured countryside, as you stroll through cherry orchards, vineyards and fields ablaze with lavender. After lunch in charming Joucas with its winding cobbled streets and odd sculptures dotted around, it's then on to Gordes.

  • Day 7: At Gordes

    This is a great opportunity to explore the picturesque village of Gordes, which clothes the hilltop with wonderfully photogenic houses, terraces and gardens. The village is dominated by its Renaissance chateau and the streets are crammed with cafes, restaurants and shops. Alternatively we provide route notes to nearby Fontaine de Vaucluse where the emerald green Sorgue river gushes in torrents from a mysterious subterranean reservoir.

  • Day 8: Gordes/Senanque to Pernes les Fontaines 16km/10mi/5hr

    Lift to the C12 cistercian abbey at Senanque where today's walk begins. Up first through pine and oak forest, then out across the plateau de Vaucluse. Stunning views of Mt Ventoux and the jagged peaks of the Dentelles de Montmirail. Then it's down through cherry orchards to St Didier where we will collect you and take you back to Pernes les Fontaines..

  • Day 9: Leave Pernes les Fontaines

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