This 8-night walking holiday is based in the glorious Luberon National Park, taking in the lush Provencal countryside and its world-famous Villages Perche, with stunning views across mountains, valleys and plains. This is a land whose natural light and lavender-scented summers have inspired generations of poets, painters and writers from Petrarch in the C14 right up to modern-day, bestselling author Peter Mayle.
Your itinerary is a real treat for the senses, starting in the striking perched village of St-Saturnin, nestled on the edge of the Plateau de Vaucluse. Heading south you'll pass cherry orchards (with white cherry blossom in spring) and take in wonderful aromas of pine forests, lavender and wild herbs, before arriving in Roussillon with its seventeen colours of once-quarried ochre. Vineyards and olive groves dot your route as you head towards Les Imberts and the charming village of Gordes whose architectural delights and tiny streets full of shops and cafes are just perfect for exploring. With the Luberon hills providing an enviable backdrop, you'll make your way to Fontaine-de-Vaucluse, with the option to visit the pretty riverside town of L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, before heading north across the Vaucluse plateau for your final day and stunning views of Mont Ventoux and the Dentelles de Montmirail.
We've hand-picked five quality hotels for you to stay in, all of which boast swimming pools in their extensive grounds. Your accommodation includes a C19 stately manor house with its own orangery and saltwater swimming pool; a charming hotel with heated outdoor pool and spa facilities including a sauna, hot tub and massage room; and a converted water mill whose millstreams are now a tranquil water garden. We've included four evening meals, so you're free to choose from some great nearby restaurants on your remaining nights.
Please note that September is the hunting season in Provence. We provide reflective day-glo jackets for guests wishing to walk through the woods/forests on the main hunting days (typically two per week) however alternate rood routes will also be offered.
This tour is rated 1 boot+ indicating that some small sections of the route will be slightly more challenging than an overall rating of 1 boot.
|Meals||Continental breakfast and 4 evening meals.|
|Tour Starts||Avignon TGV railway station 13:19 (pick up), transfer to hotel 40 mins, provided.|
|Tour Ends||Avignon TGV railway station by 12:43. Transfer provided.|
|Rail Options||Marseille to Avignon TGV 12:39/13:19. Return: Rail Avignon TGV to Marseille 12:43/13:25.|
|Rail Supplement||Prices starting from $56 per person, round trip, 2nd class; from $85 per person, 1st class.|
|Singles||Add $71 per night.|
|Other details||Room upgrade: Prices from $16 per person, per night based on 2 sharing. Inquire for child prices. Extra nights: We recommend Marseille or Pernes les Fontaines. Inquire for details and prices.|
|Hotels||*** (8 nights)|