Hiking in Provence: Luberon walks and medieval villages
    • France - Provence
    • 8 days
    • Walking
    • Self-guided
      • From March to June
      • From September to November
    • 2 - 10 travellers
      • Simple
      • Comfort
      • Charming
      • Trip code : A1141

About the Hiking in Provence: Luberon walks and medieval villages trip

About the trip in Provence

Your Provence walking holiday: It’s a beautifully complete walking Provence tour of the Luberon villages: its most breathtaking villages, its tight gorges and forest paths along its most hidden trails, that lead you from one magnificent perched medieval village to the next.

During this self guided Provence walking tour, you begin your trip in the town of Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, with its antiques and Venice-like canals. You start hiking in Provence through the mysterious springs of Fontaine de Vaucluse, and continue onwards on the famous Luberon walks towards the famed villages of Gordes and Bonnieux.

Highlights of the trip

  • The picturesque village of Isle sur la Sorgue and its famous market
  • The hilltop villages of the Luberon: Gordes, Goult, Lacoste, Bonnieux
  •  The great diversity of the typical landscapes of the Luberon
  • Walking along dry stone walls and the "Plague wall"
  • The lavender fields in front of the Senanque Abbey
  • The cedar forest above the village of Bonnieux   
  • Old stone farmhouses, walls, and huts along centuries-old paths
  • Choose your type of accommodation,  extra walks/rides, an e-bike, etc .. Click on BOOK
From the blog

Hiking in Provence, Luberon walks and medieval villages: Day By Day

Day 1 - Your Provence walking holiday starts in Isle

Isle sur la Sorgue famous typical market Venice of Provence antiques

  • Isle sur la Sorgue
  • Your walking holiday in Provence begins in Isle-sur-la-Sorgue: a veritable island of a village, surrounded by the crystal clear waters of the Sorgue river, its canals bordered by quaint cafés, restaurants, and antique shops. The town’s Sunday market is among the most colourful in Provence. Lose yourself among the labyrinth of narrow streets and in the town’s warm Provençal charm. 
  • Night in Isle sur la Sorgue

  • We recommend
    . Have an extra night in Avignon and take the time to discover this beautiful medieval town, with the famous Pope's palace !
    . Enjoy a half day gourmet tour of Avignon 
    . Have an extra night in Isle and match it with the great& famous Sunday morning market
    . Have a half day or a full day wine tour in Chateauneuf du Pape with our wine specialist

  • Market  on Thursdays & Sunday (famous one) morning in Isle sur la Sorgue

  • Access : Regular train lines from Avignon and Marseille city/airport > Isle sur la Sorgue 

Day 2 - Mysterious springs and plage wall

Gordes perched village of Provence Luberon

  • Isle sur la Sorgue > Fontaine de Vaucluse > Gordes 
    4 hours 20 - 13km / 8 miles - Ascent: +450 m / Descent: -200 m
  • A short transfer takes 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.
  • Night in Gordes
  • MEALS included: Breakfast

  • Small market on Tuesday morning in Gordes

Day 3 - Lavender fields and Abbaye de Senanque

Senanque abbey lavender fields Luberon

  • Gordes > Senanque > Gordes  
    3 hours 20  - 10km / 6.2 miles - Ascent: +250 m / Descent: -250 m
  • Gordes is perched high above the Calavon valley, its majestic stone homes rising dramatically in concentric circles to its castle, crowning the village. Atop a vast plateau, you cross through lavender and thyme-laden fields dotted with old stone huts, on your way to Sénanque Abbey - a jewel of 12th century Romanesque architecture - You will have time to explore the abbey before returning to Gordes via a cobbled path.
  • Night in Gordes
  • MEALS included: Breakfast

  • Small market on Tuesday morning in Gordes

  • Have an extra night in beautiful Gordes, you can then enjoy an extra walk to the genuine village of Goult, off the tourist radar -- Details on BOOK
    . The journey takes you to two villages far from the tourist path: the first is Saint Pantaléon, a tiny hamlet, and then Goult, a marvelous perched village whose castle ruins are set among its old stone homes, seemingly timeless. Transfer back to Gordes at the end of your walk
    . WALK : 3 hours 450 - 12km - +100m / -250m

Day 4 - Bories and magnificent perched villages

Borie stone house typical of Luberon

  • Gordes > Goult > Bonnieux 
    3 hours 30 - 11km / 6.8 miles - Ascent: +320 m / Descent: -250 m
  • Short morning transfer to Goult, a timeless village of medieval homes and untouched by modern tourism. You walk among the ruins old stone farmhouses to the village of Lacoste, crowned by the imposing ruins of the castle of the Marquis de Sade. Your walk continues to Bonnieux, another gem of the Luberon, one of the centre-stage villages in Peter Mayle's A Year in Provence . Visit its beautiful town squares and the old cobbled steps leading to its 12th century church.
  • Night in Bonnieux
  • MEALS included: Breakfast

  • Market on Friday morning in Bonnieux

  • Have an extra night in Buoux/Bonnieux to enjoy an extra walk to the crest of the Luberon above the wild Aiguebrun valley. 
    . From Buoux, you climb out of the valley and pass open fields and ancient terrace walls, on your way to the hidden cobbled street village of Sivergues. You continue ascending through the Mediterranean brush, and you reach the very crest of the Luberon, a rounded summit laden with a carpet of thyme. From here the views can extend all the way to the Alps and to the Med Sea. Descending back to the Auberge, you can take a detour to visit the 3000 year-old Buoux Fort, sitting above a rocky crag with sheer cliffs and awe-inspiring views.
    . WALK : 4 hours 30 - 12km - +500m / -500m

Day 5 - Provence king trails in the cedar forest

Walk cedar forest bonnieux Luberon

  • Bonnieux > Cedar Forest > Bonnieux
    3 hours 30 - 12km / 7.4 miles - Ascent: +400 m / Descent: -400m
    Additionnal loop walk : add 45mn +100m / -100m
  • A pleasant and gradual climb through the forest leads to the ridge of the Petit Luberon mountain. At the top, the outstanding view extends from the Alps to the north to the Mediterranean Sea to the South. You continue through the shaded cedar forest before dropping down to the plains and a leisurly return to Bonnieux.
  • Night in Bonnieux.
  • MEALS included: Breakfast

  • Have an extra night in Bonnieux or Lourmarin, you can then enjoy an extra panoramic walk to the charming village of Lourmarin, one of the most beautiful villages in France-- Details on BOOK
    . The journey takes you on farming tracks behind Bonnieux. You then climb steadily but easily towards the crest of the Luberon, where you are met by majestic views of the plains. You remain atop the crest on an undulating track before a short but very steep climb towards a rounded summit: from here you embark on a long descend down the south face towards Lourmarin.
    . WALK : 4 hours - 11.5km / 6.8 miles - Ascent +300m / Descent -500m

  • Market on Friday morning in Bonnieux

Day 6 - To the depths of the Aiguebrun Gorge

Buoux aiguebrun gorge

  • Bonnieux > Buoux
    4 hours 30 - 12km / 7.4 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, unknown gem in an idyllic setting. A secret cobbled path zigzags its way to the canyon floor.
  • Night in Buoux or in Bonnieux
  • MEALS included: 
    . Simple accom. : Breakfast and dinner
    . Comfort to Charming accom. : Breakfast 

  • We recommend
    Add a beautiful walk on the wild crest of the Luberon, with 1 extra night in Buoux/Bonnieux > See the extension section below

  • Market on Friday morning in Bonnieux

Day 7 - Hiking from Aiguebrun to Saignon

walk buoux sivergues saignon luberon

  • Buoux > Saignon 
    4 hours - 11km / 6.8 miles - Ascent: +400 m / Descent: -300 m
  • Comfort > Charming acc. : Transfer from Bonnieux to Buoux, start of your walk
  • You walk along the base of the Aiguebrun canyon to the hidden hamlet of Sivergues. Its stone wall terraces the only remains of the cultivated fields, that once sprawled around the tightly-packed handful of homes. Continue through the vast lavender fields and truffle oak plantations to Saignon.
  • Transfer at the end of your walk in Saignon to Isle sur la Sorgue
  • Night in Isle sur la Sorgue
  • MEALS included: Breakfast

Day 8 - End of your walking tour in Provence

market of provence apt isle sur la sorgue

  • End of your trip in Isle after breakfast.
    If it's Sunday, it's market day
  • MEALS included: Breakfast

  • Market  on Thursdays & Sunday (famous one) mornings in Isle sur la Sorgue.

  • Return: Regular train lines from Isle to Avignon and Marseille city/airport on the SNCF website

TRIP info

The rates are per person,

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

INCLUDED

  • 7 nights double occupancy with private facilities
  • 7 breakfasts
  • 1 dinner only when choosing SIMPLE accommodation
    NO dinner included in CHARMING /  PRESTIGE accommodation
  • Day 2: transfer from Isle to the beginning of your walk in Fontaine
  • Day 4: Short morning transfer to Gordes to the start of your walk 
  • Day 6: Transfer at the end of the walk back to Bonnieux
  • Day 7: Transfer from Bonnieux to the start of your walk in Buoux
  • Day 7: Transfer at the end of your walk from Saignon to Isle
  • Luggage transfers from day 2 > 8
  • Our Road Book with detailed walking itineraries, including highlighted maps
  • 1 road map of the region
  • 24/7 phone assistance 

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 15th - Luberon + 84
Access may be restricted in 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).

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    Deposit 600€
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