Walking through the luberon perched villages
    • France - Provence
    • 6 days
    • Walking
    • Self-guided
      • From March to June
      • From September to November
    • 2 - 10 travellers
      • Comfort
      • Charming
      • Prestige
      • Trip code : A1142

About the Walking through the luberon perched villages trip

About the trip in Provence

Your self guided Provence walking holiday: You will explore the Luberon and will be hiking on Provence trails  over untamed hills and past hidden canyons, hilltop villages, cultivated fields of olive groves, cherry orchards and vineyards, as well as colourful Provençal markets.

This self guided walking tour will lead you through some of the most beautiful and well known Luberon villages : Isle sur la Sorgue, Gordes, Bonnieux… all with their typical Provençal charm and flair.
This trip combines the best of what Provence has to offer: scenery worthy of endless postcards, a rich history and culture, great Mediterranean food, stunning walking paths .. the ideal hiking in Provence ! 

Highlights of the trip

  • Walking along dry stone walls and the "Plague wall"
  • The hilltop Luberon villages: Gordes, Goult, Lacoste and Bonnieux
  • The lavender fields in front of Senanque Abbey
  • 2 dinners & 2 picnics included
  • The lovely quaysides of Isle sur la Sorgue
  • Choose your type of accommodation,  extra walks/rides, an e-bike, etc .. Click on BOOK
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Walking through the luberon perched villages: day by day

Day 1 - Isle : a Luberon village by the clear waters of the Sorgue

Isle sur la Sorgue famous typical market Venice of Provence antiques

  • Isle sur la Sorgue
  • Your walking tour begins in the lovely Luberon village of 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. 
  • Dinner included and night in Isle sur la Sorgue
  • MEALS included: Dinner

  • 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) mornings in Isle sur la Sorgue

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

Day 2 - Gordes, the mysterious springs and plage wall

Gordes perched village of Provence Luberon

  • Fontaine de Vaucluse > Gordes  
    4 hours 30 - 13km / 8.1 miles - Ascent: +450 m / Descent: -200 m
  • A short transfer takes to Fontaine de Vaucluse and its mysterious spring. 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.
  • Dinner included and night in Gordes
  • MEALS included : Breakfast & dinner

  • Small market on Tuesday mornings in Gordes

Day 3 - Abbaye de Senanque and Lavender fields of Provence

Senanque abbey lavender fields Luberon

  • Gordes > Senanque > Gordes  
    3 hours 20 - 10km / 6.2 miles - Ascent: +250 m / Descent: -250 m
  • Picnic included
  • 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 & picnic

  • 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 - Lacoste and Bonnieux : magnificent perched villages

Borie stone house typical of Luberon

  • Goult > Lacoste > Bonnieux
    3 hours 30 - 11km / 6.8 miles - Ascent: +320 m / Descent: -250 m
  • Picnic included
  • Short transfer to Goult. You walk from the genuine village of Goult 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 & picnic

  • Market on Friday morning in Bonnieux

Day 5 - Luberon walk in the cedar forest

walk in small villages gordes lacoste goult bonnieux provence

  • Bonnieux > Cedar Forest > Bonnieux 
    3 hours 30 - 12km / 7.4 miles - Ascent: +400 m / Descent: -400 m
    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

  • Market on Friday morning in Bonnieux

  • 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

Day 6 - End of your hiking in Provence ...

market of provence tomatoes good food

  • Transfer to Isle, after breakfast. End of your trip in Isle
  • 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 

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

  • 5 nights double occupancy with private facilities
  • 5 breakfasts
  • 2 dinners
  • 2 picnics
  • Day 2: transfer from Isle to the beginning of your walk
  • Day 4: transfer from Gordes to Goult, start of the walk
  • Day 6: transfer to Isle sur la Sorgue
  • Luggage transfers from day 2 > 6
  • 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 & Dentelles de Montmirail 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), or you can also visit the website 

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