Walk from Van Gogh's landscapes to the Luberon
    • France - Provence
    • 7 days
    • Walking
    • Self-guided
      • From March to June
      • From September to November
    • 2 - 20 travellers
      • Simple
      • Comfort
      • Charming
      • Prestige
      • Trip code : A1112

About the Walk from Van Gogh's landscapes to the Luberon trip

About the trip in Provence

Your Provence walking holiday: Your Provence walking trip will take you to two most famous areas of Provence to combine both the Alpilles and the Luberon mountain ranges, passing scenes painted by Van Gogh as well as golden hilltop villages. You will follow Van Gogh’s steps into the Alpilles landscapes of olive groves to the spectacular village of Les Baux.

During this self guided walking trip, you then will explore the Luberon Mountains: its tight gorges and forest paths that lead you from one magnificent perched medieval village to the next. The hills are dotted with old stone farmhouses and centuries-old stone huts, the fields blanketed in wildflowers and aromatic herbs, orchards and vines.

Your walks will take you through the famed villages of Fontaine de Vaucluse, Gordes, Goult, Bonnieux and Saignon. You will end your trip in the town of Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, with its antiques market, its Venice-like canals, and its famous Sunday morning market !

Highlights of the trip

  • An incredible variety of scenic walks, giving you a wide experience of Provence
  • Awe-inspiring vistas atop the Alpilles and the Luberon mountains
  • The perched medieval village of Les Baux de Provence
  • 2 dinners  included
  • The vineyards and olive groves blanketing the plains
  • The lavender fields in front of Sénanque Abbey
  • The hilltop villages of the Luberon: Gordes, Lacoste, Bonnieux, Saignon
  • The middle-of-nowhere aiguebrun feeling
  • The charming small towns of Saint Rémy and Isle sur la Sorgue

  • Choose your type of accommodation,  extra walks, etc .. Click on BOOK
From the blog

Walk from Van Gogh's landscapes to the Luberon: day by day

Day 1 - Avignon

pont Avignon pope palace provence

  • 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 Pope’s 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 !
    . 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

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

Day 2 - St Remy and the crests of the Alpilles

saint remy olive grove walking crest alpilles van gogh

  • Saint-Rémy > St Paul de Mausole > Alpilles Crest > Saint Rémy 
    3:30 hours - 10km / 6.5 miles - Ascent: +300 m / Descent: -300 m
    Longer walk option : 6hours - 18km / 11.2 miles - Ascent: +550m/ Descent: -550m
  • Morning transfer to St Remy. You start 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 de Provence

Day 3 - From the Roman ruins to the Val d'Enfer in Les Baux

walking perched medieval village baux de provence

  • Saint-Rémy > Val d'Enfer > Oppidum 
    4 hours - 12km / 7.5 miles - Ascent: +270 m / Descent: -1
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  • Today’s scenic forestry path hovers high above the valley, giving you spectacular views of the hills to the north and the Mediterranean Sea to the south. Your walking path descends through the sculpted limestone “valley of hell” towards the perched village of Les Baux de Provence: its homes packed tightly and defiantly on top of the cragged rock, earning its listing as one of the most beautiful villages in France. Transfer to Gordes at the end of your walk.
  • Dinner included & night in Gordes
  • MEALS included: Breakfast & dinner

  • Market on Wednesdays & Saturday morning in St Remy de Provence.

Day 4 - Lavender fields and l'Abbaye de Sénanque

  • senanque abbaye gordes lavenderGordes > Senanque > Gordes 
    3:30 hours - 11km / 6.8 miles - Ascent: +320 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 5 - To the depths of the Aiguebrun Gorge

    borie house in dried stone garrigue lavender provence

    • Lacoste > Bonnieux > Buoux  
      5:30 hours - 16.5km / 10 miles - Ascent: +450 m / Descent: -350 m
    • Short morning transfer to Lacoste. You walk among the ruins old stone farmhouses and to the hamlet of Lacoste, crowned by the imposing ruins of the castle of the Marquis de Sade. Then you continue to Bonnieux, another gem of the Luberon, one of the centre-stage villages in Peter Mayle's A Year in Provence. Beyond Bonnieux, you enter in the Grand Luberon, following alongside a lavender field before reaching Buoux castle, and the village of Buoux itself. Spectacular arrival at the Auberge des Seguins, in depths of the Aiguebrun gorge : a restored 17th century goat farm, unknown gem in an idyllic setting.  Transfer at the end of the day to Bonnieux.
    • Dinner included & night in Bonnieux
    • MEALS included: Breakfast & dinner

    • Market on Friday morning in Bonnieux

    • We recommend : 
      . Add  an extra night in Buoux/Bonnieux to enjoy an extra panoramic walk to the crest of the Luberon above the wild Aiguebrun valley. 
       WALK : 4 hours 30 - 12km - +500m / -500m
      . 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
      WALK : 4 hours - 11.5km / 6.8 miles - Ascent +300m / Descent -500m
      . Details on BOOK

    Day 6 - The Aiguebrun river to Saignon

    walking buoux saignon isle

    • Buoux > Saignon > Apt 
      5 hours - 14km / 8.7 miles - Ascent: +400 m / Descent: -300 m
    • 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. After lunch, you continue down the valley to the town of Apt. Transfer at the end of the day from Apt to Isle sur la Sorgue. 
    • Night in Isle sur la Sorgue
    • MEALS included: Breakfast

    • Market on Thursday morning & Sunday morning (big one!) in Isle sur la Sorgue.

    Day 7 - Isle sur la Sorgue

    isle sur la sorgue famous sunday market

    • Your tour ends in l’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue - after breakfast - where you stay in the heart of the town, a veritable island of a village, surrounded by the crystal clear waters of the Sorgue river.
      The town’s Sunday market is among the most colourful in Provence, while its canals are bordered by quaint cafés, restaurants, and antique shops. Lose yourself among a labyrinth of narrow streets and in the town’s warm, Provençal charm.
    • MEALS included: Breakfast

    • Market on Thursday morning & Sunday morning (big one!) in Isle sur la Sorgue

    • We recommend :
      . Have an extra night in Isle, and enjoy the great lively atmosphere of Isle and its Sunday market

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

    TRIP rates 

    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

    • 6 nights double occupancy with private facilities
    • 6 breakfasts
    • 2 dinners
    • Day 2: transfer from Avignon to St Rémy de Provence to the start of your walk
    • Day 3 : transfer from the end of your walk to Gordes
    • Day 5: transfer from Gordes to the start of your walk
    • Day 5: transfer from the end of your walk to Bonnieux
    • Day 6: transfer from Bonnieux to the start of your walk
    • Day 6: transfer from the end of your walk to Isle sur la Sorgue
    • Luggage transfers days 2 to 6
    • Our Road Book with detailed walking itineraries, including highlighted maps
    • 1 road map of the region
    • GPS files
    • 24h phone assistance 

    NOT INCLUDED

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

    Path Restrictions

    Important : From June 1st to September 30th-- Alpilles 13 + Luberon 84
    Access may be restricted in the Luberon & Alpilles 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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        • France - Provence
        • 2 adults (2x890€)
        • 0 children (0x890€)
      • 7 days
      • Simple
    Total 1780€
    Deposit 580€
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