Walking In Provence
- All the aromas of Provence
- Lovely accommodations throughout your tour
- Walking routes which lead you to fascinating spots such as Fontaine de Vaucluse or Senanque Abbey
From: $1,100 CAD
With accommodation at two comfortable, charming chambres d’hôtes and one hotel, you’ll explore the Plateau de Vaucluse on foot, between Mont Ventoux and the Luberon. The walking routes traverse a rugged limestone landscape where steep cliffs and deep canyons – like the Gorges de la Sénancole – alternate with strawberry trees, peaceful villages, mysterious “bories” and the Abbaye de Sénanque, beautifully situated among fields of lavender. At the famous Fontaine-de-Vaucluse, water from the underground River Sorgue surges up to the surface. The Mur de la Peste recalls hard times from the middle ages. Your walks will be accompanied by the musical chants of crickets, symbol of this enchanting land. There is really only one drawback to Provence and the Vaucluse: you will never want to leave
Day 1 Arrival in the Vaucluse
Arrival at your first accommodation, just a few km from Lagnes – the capital of Provence. If you arrive early, option of doing a short circular walk to the village of Les Cabrières d’Avignon. To reach this tiny hamlet, you follow footpaths through a landscape carpeted with maquis shrubs, then pass Mur de la Peste on the way back to Lagnes. If you plan to have dinner at the accommodation this evening, you must arrange for that at the time of booking.
Challenge: 2.5 hrs; 7.5; 210m ascent and descent
Villages along the way: Lagnes, Les Cabriéres d’Avignon
Day 2 Fontaine-de-Vaucluse
Today you begin your circuit in the Vaucluse with a 5-hour walk to the renowned Fontaine-de-Vaucluse. You will likely not be the only there, but it is truly an extraordinary sight to see the river streaming out of the rocks. Then it’s on to your accommodation, with its quiet location where you can enjoy a peaceful evening inProvence.
Challenge: 5 hrs; 11.5 km; 550m ascent, 325m descent
Villages along the way: Fontaine-de-Vaucluse, La Roque sur Pernes
Day 3 Le Beaucet and Venasque
First you walk to the village of Le Beaucet, set against a steep rock face. Then you continue on to the impressive village of Venasque, towering high above the valley. You’ll pass a deep gorge and stroll through tranquil landscapes, with just a few houses and vineyards here and there, enjoying all the aromas of Provence on your way back to the chambre d’hôtes.
Challenge: 5.5 hours; 14 km; 400m ascent and descent
Villages along the way: Le Beaucet, Venasque, La Roque sur Pernes
Day 4 Les Rochers Rouges
Today you traverse quiet surroundings on your way up to Rochers Rouges. At the top, panoramic views of the Dentelles de Montmirail, Mont Ventoux and the Rhone Valley. Then, via holm oak woods dotted with rocky outcroppings, you make your way down to the beautifully situated village of Abbaye de Senanque. After a visit to the Cistercian monks, with their homemade products. you continue onward to the famous town of Gordes. Magnificent view of the village from your hotel.
Challenge: 5 hours; 11.5km; 400m ascent and descent
Villages along the way: Les Rochers Rouges, Senanque Abbey, Gordes
Day 5 Gorges de la Veroncle
A wonderful walking route for today, from Gordes through the spectacular Gorges de la Veroncle with its steep, jagged cliffs. You descend all the way down to the bottom of the gorge then up again. Following quiet footpaths and country roads, you’ll pass the Bois d’Audibert set just below Gordes. Finally, a tough ascent leads you back to the now familiar Chateau de Gordes.
Challenge: 4.5 hours; 11.5km; 350m ascent and descent
Villages along the way: Garganta de Veroncle, Bois d’Audibert, Gordes
Day 6 Village des Bories
From the lively town of Gordes, you continue walking across the silent Plateau de Vaucluse with its many “bories”, enjoying the mysterious ambience created by these curious round structures. Later in the day, you will visit a real “Village des Bories”. Only the eternal singing of “cigales” will accompany you through the beautiful Gorges de la Senancole on your way to Mur de la Peste, a long 18th-century wall built to protect the area from ships arriving in Marseille from the Middle East. Via Tête du Soldat, you descend to the village square with its church, sycamore trees and Bar Lagnes.
Challenge: 4.5 hours; 11km; 210m ascent and descent
Villages along the way: Gorges de la Senancole, Le Mur de la Peste, Tête du Soldat, Lagnes
Day 7 End of program
Your walking trip comes to an end today after breakfast. Departure from the Vaucluse.
Dates & prices
- Accommodation for 6 nights
- All breakfasts
- 2 dinners
- Luggage transport on days 2, 4 and 6
- Detailed maps and route descriptions in English
- transport to first and from last accommodation
- other meals
- extra transfers
- personal expenses
- travel insurance
Dates & prices
Trip availability: 10 March to 30 June and 1 September to 30 November
Rates for 2014:
From March 10 to May 31; and October 1 to November 30
- in double room: $1,100 cad/person
- in single room: $1,700 CAD/person
- solo traveller: $1,875 CAD/person
From June 01 to June 30 and September 1 to September 30
- in double room: $1,160 CAD/person
- in single room: $1,825 CAD/person
- solo traveller: $2,000 CAD/person