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A heady mix of lavender, wild herbs, olives and colourful flowers awaits as you stroll through the timeless Luberon landscape between hotels to discover beautiful perched villages, dazzling ochre cliffs, wonderful regional cuisine and fine wines.

Price:

Tour only from £1099. Quote GT1234 when you book and receive a free bottle of champagne per booking!

Duration: 9 days
Departures: Departures every two days year around
Start point: Pernes les Fontaines
End point: Pernes les Fontaines
 

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Overview of Landscapes of the Luberon

This easy walking holiday is based in the glorious Luberon National Park, taking in the lush countryside of the Sorgue river. It’s a land which has been an inspiration for generations of poets, painters and writers from Petrarch in the 14th century to contemporary abstract artist Victor Vasarély, and best-selling author Peter Mayle.

You’ll be intoxicated by the rich colours of the landscape, all intensified by the wonderful limpid light. Seventeen shades of ochre were once quarried at Roussillon, from violet through purple to vivid reds, oranges and mellow yellows. Its delicate natural tints were used to wash the local houses.

At Fontaine-de-Vaucluse, the emerald-green Sorgue river gushes in torrents from a mysterious subterranean reservoir. Lavender makes a fragrant mauve carpet, green forests cloak the hills, and, in spring, white blossom veils the cherry orchards. And it’s all against the backdrop of an azure sky.

Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1 - Arrive at Pernes les Fontaines
Our hotel is in its own grounds with swimming pool.

Day 2 - Pernes les Fontaines to Apt 17km/10.5mi/4.5hr
We give you a lift to the starting point in Rustrel, where you can begin the day with an hour-long circuit in the Provencal Colorado, once ochre quarries and now a strange landscape of fantastic shapes and vivid colours. Today's main walk is through classic Provencal countryside where you will see vineyards and cherry orchards, fig trees and olive groves, and neat plantations of scented lavender before continuing in to Apt.

Day 3 - At Apt
Apt is famous for its crystallised fruits and traditional pottery. It has plenty of shops, cafes and colourful Saturday and Tuesday markets. Visit the Maison du Parc du Luberon and Ste Anne's Cathedral, part of which dates to C13.

Day 4 - Apt to Roussillon 16km/10mi/4.5hr
After a short transfer to the lovely village of St Saturnin, your walk today heads south and up through cherry orchards, vineyards and pine forests - a magnificent panorama across the Apt plain and the Luberon. After Gargas, you continue through pine forest along blood-red ochre-coloured tracks, then descend in to Roussillon.

Day 5 - At Roussillon
Roussillon, one of the most beautiful villages in France, is famous for its streaked ochre cliffs. Visit the superb perched village of Bonnieux - lots of art galleries, pavement cafes and little restaurants for lunch.

Day 6 - Roussillon to Pernes les Fontaines16km/10mi/5hr or 15km/9.5mi/4hr
Lift to the C12 cistercian abbey at Senanque where today's walk begins. Up first through pine and oak forest, then out across the plateau de Vaucluse for stunning views of Mt Ventoux and the jagged peaks of the Dentelles de Montmirail. Then it's down through cherry orchards back to St Didier where we will collect you and take you to the hotel in Pernes les Fontaines for a final swim. Alternatively why not extend your holiday with 2 nights in the village of Gordes

Day 7 - Leave Pernes les Fontaines

Optional 2 night extension
If you have time for a slightly longer holiday why not extend your stay to include 2 nights near Gordes in the 4* Ferme de la Huppe, a beautifully restored stone farmhouse offering a peaceful stay in its tranquil gardens. The rooms here give an idea of their original use, with names such as ‘Cuisine’ (kitchen) and L’Ecurie (stable) but with a great deal more comfort!


The walk from Roussillon will take you through the most incredibly beautiful ochre coloured countryside, as you stroll through cherry orchards, vineyards and fields ablaze with lavender. After lunch in charming Joucas with its winding cobbled streets and odd sculptures dotted around, it’s then on to Gordes. Your ‘rest day’ is a great opportunity to explore the picturesque village of Gordes, which clothes the hilltop with wonderfully photogenic houses, terraces and gardens. The village is dominated by its Renaissance château and the streets are crammed with cafés, restaurants and shops. Alternatively we provide route notes to nearby Fontaine-de-Vaucluse where the emerald-green Sorgue river gushes in torrents from a mysterious subterranean reservoir.

 

Is this holiday for you?
This is a 1 boot independent holiday (see Headwater’s Boot Rating System), which will suit people looking for gentle walking in glorious sun drenched countryside with options to visit lots of unspoilt Provencal towns and villages en route and enjoy good food and wine. It is a relatively easy walking holiday, mostly along marked paths (the occasional short rocky section) and quiet country lanes. There are a couple of short ascents so walking boots are highly recommended. The walks are short, plenty of time to explore exquisite villages, natural wonders and historic sights.

What price includes

 
  • 8 nights hotel to hotel
  • Continental breakfasts and 4 evening meals
  • Headwater wine services
  • Transport of all bags between hotels
  • Rep briefing, local information, route notes and map kit
  • 82% sustainability rating
 

Location

 

Plan your journey by train

Meeting point:
Avignon TGV. Transfers included from Avignon TGV station

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Avignon TGV

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Plan your journey by train

Finish point:
Avignon TGV. Transfers included to Avignon TGV station

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Avignon TGV

Transfer to finish point:
Operator drops guests off at station

How to get back:
Train from Avignon TGV to London

 
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