Walking & Cycling: From Van Gogh's Provence to the Luberon villages
    • France - Provence
    • 10 days
    • Multi-activity
    • Self-guided
      • From March to June
      • From September to November
    • 2 - 10 travellers
      • Simple
      • Comfort
      • Charming
      • Prestige
      • Trip code : A1501

About the Walking & Cycling: From Van Gogh's Provence to the Luberon villages trip

About the trip in Provence

Your Provence walking holiday: This tour combines a CYCLING & WALKING trip. You explore the most famous parts of  Provence taking in Van Gogh's Alpilles mountains and some of the best Luberon walks, passing through scenery painted by Van Gogh as well as beautiful hilltop villages. 

During this Provence walking and cycling trip, you will follow in Van Gogh’s footsteps from St remy into the Alpilles landscapes of olive groves to the spectacular perched village of Les Baux, through plains dotted with cypress and old stone farmhouses . You carry on all the way to the Luberon that inspired Peter Mayle’s "A Year in Provence". 
You continue onwards to the Luberon Mountains: An endless discovery of medieval villages set atop their rocky perches - such as Bonnieux -its tight gorges and forest paths that lead you from one magnificent perched medieval village to the next. Your journey will take you through the most famed villages of Provence. You will end your trip in the town of Isle sur la Sorgue, with its antiques, Venice-like canals and famous Sunday morning market !

The ideal trip, off the beaten tracks and paths, for fantastic hiking in Provence combined with an authentic Provence cycling tour.

Highlights of the trip

  • Walking & Cycling through Van Gogh landscapes
  • The vast olive groves of the perched medieval village of Les Baux
  • The traditional markets of St Remy de Provence, Bonnieux and Isle
  • 4 dinners and 1 picnic included
  • The famous perched villages of the Luberon: Gordes, Bonnieux, Ménerbes 
  • Provence vineyards, olive groves and lavender fields above Bonnieux
  • A paradise of rolling hills and small back roads 

  • Choose your type of accommodation,  extra walks/rides, an e-bike, etc .. Click on BOOK
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Walking & Cycling: From Van Gogh's Provence to the Luberon villages: Day By Day

Day 1 - Avignon

walking and cycling holiday in france in Avigon pope s palace

  • Avignon 
  • Your trip begins in the heart of Avignon.
    A medieval town on the banks of the mighty Rhône River, Avignon hides many treasures: the Popes palace, the 12th century bridge, the 14th century ramparts, still intact, and many museums and churches. Meander through a labyrinth of cobbled streets and discover cafés in open squares, shaded by plane trees.
  • Night in Avignon

  • We recommend : 
    . Have an extra night in Avignon and take the time to discover this beautiful medieval town, with the famous Pope's palace !

  • Access: Regular train lines from Paris and Marseille city/airport > Avignon on the SNCF train website. Access information here

Day 2 - A Monastery hidden in Van Gogh Provence

cycling provence self guided france

  • Cycling day - Avignon > Barbentane > Saint Rémy
    35km / 11.8 miles - Ascent: +250 m / Descent: -200 m
  • You start your Provence cycling tour between the Durance and Rhône Rivers, through a mosaic of orchards and cypress trees. You cycle into the quaint village of Barbentane before climbing up on the Montagnette – meaning literally - little mountain where your wide-sweeping views of the plains are accompanied by the scent of roasting pine needles and aromatic herbs.  At the back of the Montagnette lies the monastery of St. Michel de Frigolet, built over eight centuries. You cycle through the charming villages of Graveson and Maillane before reaching Saint Rémy de Provence, an artists' town where Van Gogh spent the last year of his life.
  • Dinner in town included and night in Saint Rémy de Provence
  • MEALS included: Breakfast, dinner

  • Small market on Friday morning in Barbentane

Day 3 - Towards the perched Chateau of les Baux de Provence

france bike tours

  • Cycling day - St Rémy > Les Baux > Saint Remy
    42km / 27 miles - Ascent: +400 m / Descent: -400 m
  • It is no wonder why Van Gogh chose Saint Rémy as a second home, a town bathed in light and colour. Leaving St Remy, you can visit Saint Paul de Mausole, the former monastery where Van Gogh spent the last year of his life, and did some of his best work. Just beside the monastery is Glanum, a Roman archaeological site, its massive limestone ruins a testament to over 2000 years of history. Biking along the winding streets of the the Alpilles mountains, in landscapes of pine trees and wildflowers, you reach Les Baux de Provence, a town perched vertiginously atop a rocky crag, crowned by the ruins of its feudal castle. Les Baux is listed among the most beautiful villages in France. Ride back to St Remy.
  • Night in St. Rémy
  • MEALS included: Breakfast

  • Big market on Wednesday & Saturday mornings in St Remy de Provence

Day 4 - St Remy and the crests of the Alpilles mountains

hiking on van gogh walk

  • Walking day - Saint-Rémy > St Paul de Mausole > Alpilles Crest > Saint Rémy
    3 hours - 10km / 6,2 miles - Ascent: +300 m / Descent: -300 m
    Longer walk option : 6 hours  - 18km/11.2 miles - +550m/-550m)
  • You start your first walk from the picturesque Saint Rémy into the Alpilles hills, then along the fabulously panoramic ridge-line. Along the way, take the time to visit the Saint-Paul de Mausole monastery, where Van Gogh spent over a year, creating over 150 paintings and some of his best work.
  • Night in Saint Rémy
  • MEALS included: Breakfast

  • Market on Wednesdays & Saturday morning in St Remy

Day 5 - On the way to the Luberon villages and lavender fields

luberon wine and provence vineyards of France

  • Cycling day - St Rémy > Eygalières > Cavaillon > Maubec > Cabrieres
    44km / 27.3 miles - Ascent: +300 m / Descent: -300 m
  • Your Provence cycling trip continues as you head into the plains to the east towards the lost village of Eygalières, surrounded by vast olive groves. Through farmlands and endless orchards, you cross the Durance river. On the opposite bank lies Cavaillon bursting with locally grown fruits and vegetables. Settle into your accommodation for 2 nights in the heart of the Luberon.
  • Dinner included and night in Cabrieres d'Avignon. 
  • Market on Friday morning in Eygalières
  • MEALS included: Breakfast, Dinner

  • Market on Monday in Cavaillon

Day 6 - Mysterious springs and plage wall

  • walk from famous fontaine vaucluse along the plague wall to gordes magnificent typical stone houses of provence medieval perched villagesWalking  day - Fontaine de Vaucluse > Gordes
    4 hours 20 - 13km / 27.3 miles - Ascent: +450 m / Descent: -200 m
  • Picnic included
  • A short transfer takes you to Fontaine de Vaucluse and its mysterious spring : no one or machine has been able to gauge its depths. Following a 300 year-old wall built to ward off the plague – which entered Marseille in 1720 – you walk along paths carved into the bush and cedar forests to Gordes. Transfer at the end of your walk in Gordes back to Cabrieres d'Avignon. 
  • Dinner included and night in Cabrieres d'Avignon
  • MEALS included: Breakfast, Picnic, Dinner

  • Small market on Tuesday morning in Gordes

Day 7 - The famous perched Luberon villages

  • gordes on a lubron valley map one of the most beautiful villages of provenceCycling  day - Cabrieres > Gordes > Maubec > Ménèrbes > Lacoste > Bonnieux
    49km / 30,4 miles - Ascent: +700 m / Descent: -500 m
  • The perched villages of the Luberon Mountains set the backdrop to Peter Mayle’s A Year in Provence. First the spectacular village of Gordes, then the hidden traditionnal village of Goult. Then surrounded by vineyards and truffle oak plantations, the village of Maubec offers a small cluster of homes separated by cobbled streets. On to Ménèrbes, listed among France’s most beautiful villages, perched peacefully and precariously on the hill top. Onward then to Lacoste, crowned by the ruins of the castle of the Marquis de Sade, a village spared from excessive tourism, where you can sit at the Café de France high above the plains and enjoy the view. Your last stop is Bonnieux, its 12th century church offering a careful watch over the village, and shaded by majestic cedar trees.
  • Dinner included and night in Bonnieux
  • MEALS included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8 - Lavender fields of Provence

provence lavender cycling tour

  • Cycling  day - Bonnieux > Auribeau > Castellet > Apt> Bonnieux
    49km / 30,4 miles - Ascent: +520 m / Descent: -520 m
  • Heading eastward from Bonnieux, you ride through a countryside dotted with stone villas and bories, passing secluded and mysterious truffle oak plantations. You cross the hollow that divides the Luberon mountains in two, and ride atop the scenic Claparèdes plateau, carpeted with lavender. You continue eastward to the tiny and lost villages of Auribeau and Castellet, far off the tourist-radar. You wind down leasurely to the Calavon valley where a cycle-only path leads you into the town of Apt. Filled with quaint restaurants and cafés and the world capital of candied fruit,  Apt provides the perfect setting for a lunch break, replenishing your energy for your climb back to Bonnieux on a quiet road lined with vineyards.
  • Night in Bonnieux
  • MEALS included: Breakfast
  • Market on Friday morning in Bonnieux, and a small one on Wednesday morning
  • Market on Tuesday & Saturday morning ( famous & great one) in Apt

Day 9 - The beautiful wild Aiguebrun Gorge

walking in theheart of theluberon from bonnieux into the fantastic gorges buoux very genuine and typical in provence

  • Walking  day - Bonnieux > Buoux
    4 hours 30 - 12km / 7,5 miles - Ascent: +250 m / Descent: -150 m
  • From Bonnieux, you walk along plateaus laden with lavender fields and truffle oak plantations, crossing the gap between the two Luberon mounds. On top of a canyon rim, you’ll see the guest house "Les Seguins" far below - a restored 17th century goat farm - nestled by the river, a hidden gem in an idyllic setting. A secret cobbled path zigzags its way to the canyon floor. Transfer back to Bonnieux.
  • Night in Bonnieux
  • MEALS included: Breakfast
  • Market on Friday morning in Bonnieux

Day 10 - Bye Bye Provence

  • famous market of isle sur la sorgue in the heart of provenceTransfer from Bonnieux to  isle sur la Sorgue. End of the trip in Isle sur la Sorgue

  • Famous market on Thursday & Sunday morning in Isle

  • We recommend :
    . Have an extra night in Isle, and enjoy the great Sunday morning market, one of the best of Provence!

  • Return: Regular train lines to Avignon, Paris and Marseille city/airport on the SNCF website. Acess  information here. 

Trip info

The rates are per person:

  • on a 2 pers. minimum reservation basis ( shared room),
  • and always remain subject to availability
  • If you travel SOLO : please contact us 

INCLUDED

  • 9 nights double occupancy with private facilities
  • 9 breakfasts
  • 4 dinners
  • 1 picnic
  • All luggage transfers on your trip
  • Day 6  : transfer back from Cabrieres to Fontaine de Vaucluse, start of your walk
  • Day 6 : transfer from Gordes (end of the walk) back to Cabrieres 
  • Day 9 : transfer from Buoux (end of the walk) to Bonnieux
  • Day 10 : transfer from Bonnieux to Isle
  • 7 days hybrid bike rental 
  • Our detailed Road Book with detailed itineraries
  • 1 road map of the region

NOT INCLUDED

  • All lunches & dinners not noted-included in your itinerary
  • Entrance fees into museums, insurance, drinks
  • Items of personal nature

PATH RESTRICTIONS

Important : From June 1st to September 30th
Access may be restricted in the Alpilles & the Luberon mountains if the risk of forest fire is high. There is a risk that the paths may be closed as of noon on any given day or in exceptional circumstances the paths may be closed altogether. Information is available from 6:00pm for the following day from the local prefecture by telephone (automated message).

More walking tours and more cycling in Provence

    • France - Provence
    • 10 days
    • Multi-activity
    • Self-guided
      • From March to June
      • From September to November
  •   Accommodation choice :

      • Simple
      • Comfort
      • Charming
      • Prestige
  • Highlights of the trip

    • Walking & Cycling through Van Gogh landscapes
    • The vast olive groves of the perched medieval village of Les Baux
    • The traditional markets of St Remy de Provence, Bonnieux and Isle
    • 4 dinners and 1 picnic included
    • The famous perched villages of the Luberon: Gordes, Bonnieux, Ménerbes 
    • Provence vineyards, olive groves and lavender fields above Bonnieux
    • A paradise of rolling hills and small back roads 

    • Choose your type of accommodation,  extra walks/rides, an e-bike, etc .. Click on BOOK
    Walking & Cycling: From Van Gogh's Provence to the Luberon villages
        • France - Provence
        • 2 adults (2x1710€)
        • 0 children (0x1710€)
      • 10 days
      • Simple
    Total 3420€
    Deposit 1060€
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