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6 nights accommodation, meals as indicated
Selected Departures between Mar - Jun & Sep - Nov
Explore the rugged limestone landscapes of the Plateau de Vaucluse between Mont Ventoux and the Luberon on this self-guided walking holiday. The walking routes traverse a landscape where steep cliffs and deep canyons - like the Gorges de la Sénancole - alternate with peaceful villages, mysterious 'bories' (circular drystone huts) and the Abbaye de Sénanque, beautifully situated among fields of lavender. Your walks will be accompanied by the musical chants of crickets, symbol of this enchanting land. There is really only one drawback to Provence and the Vaucluse: you will never want to leave.
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Explore Fontaine de Caucluse, an attractive village built around a spring at the foot of the Vaucluse Mountains
Walk through fields of lavender and herb-scented lanes
Visit the Cistercian monks in Senanque Abbey
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Tonight's hospitable farmhouse accommodation is just a few kilometres outside Lagnes, the capital of Provence. If you have time, you may choose to go on a short circular walk to the small village of Les Cabrières d'Avignon, before enjoying a dinner of traditional local cuisine back at your guesthouse.
This holiday includes a private taxi transfer from Cavaillon station to your hotel near Lagnes (approximately 10 km).
You can expect today's almost 10 kilometre walk to take approximately two and a half to three hours. (D)
Today's route takes you through the renowned Fontaine-de-Vaucluse - home to one of the largest springs in the world which is the source of the spectacular emerald-coloured Sorgue River. No one actually knows how far underground the spring originates and, in the 1950s, a submersible could not find the bottom. Since then, a probe has made it to a sandy bed at a depth of 308 metres, but it is thought that the source of the spring lies even deeper.
Walking on to La Roque sur Pernes, your accommodation for the next two nights is in a charming guesthouse in a spectacular and peaceful setting. Here, you can look forward to enjoying exceptional provençal cuisine during your included dinners.
You can expect today's 11.5 kilometre walk to take approximately five hours. (B)(D)
On today's walk, you will pass through the village of Le Beaucet, set against a steep rock face. You'll then continue on to the impressive village of Venasque, towering high above the valley before passing a deep gorge and strolling through tranquil landscapes. Passing by the odd house and vineyard, enjoy the aromas of Provence on your way back to your guesthouse.
You can expect today's 14 kilometre walk to take approximately five and a half hours. (B)(D)
Today, you traverse quiet surroundings on your way up to Rochers Rouges. At the top, you can look forward to panoramic views of the Dentelles de Montmirail, Mont Ventoux and the Rhone Valley. Making your way back down to Senanque Abbey, you pass through evergreen holm oak woods dotted with rocky outcroppings. After visiting the abbey that is so famous for its lavender fields (in bloom June through to September) and home-grown produce, you continue on to the famous village of Gordes. Dominated by its church and castle, Gordes is regarded as one of the most beautiful villages in France. Looking out over the village from your hotel, you may well agree.
You can expect today's 11.5 kilometre walk to take approximately five hours. (B)
From Gordes, today's walking route takes you through the spectacular Gorges de la Veroncle, characterised by its steep, jagged cliffs. After descending down to the bottom of the gorge, you return to the top and follow quiet footpaths and country roads, passing the Bois d'Audibert. Your final ascent leads you back to Gordes, where you will spend a second night.
You can expect today's 11.5 kilometre walk to take approximately four and a half hours. (B)
From the lively town of Gordes, your last day of walking takes you across the silent Plateau de Vaucluse, with its many 'bories' - drystone huts that were once agricultural outhouses. Later in the day, you will visit the 'Village des Bories' - an open air museum dedicated to these unusual buildings. The resounding song of cicadas will accompany you as you pass through the beautiful Gorges de la Senancole on your way to the Mur de la Peste. This 27 kilometre-long wall was built to stop the spread of the plague in the 18th century. Watchtowers stood along its length, to guard against the movement of people. Descending back to Lagnes via the T\'eate du Soldat, your final night's accommodation is back at the guesthouse which welcomed you at the beginning of your holiday.
You can expect today's almost 14 kilometre walk to take approximately four and a half hours. (B)
After breakfast, the organised part of your holiday comes to an end.
This holiday includes a private taxi transfer from your hotel near Lagnes to Cavaillon station (approximately 10 km). (B)
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