Tour of the Luberon

Experience the rustic elegance of quintessential Provence


Trip Details

Location Luberon Region, Provence, France
Length 10 days
Grades Moderate, Strenuous
Accommodations Hotel, Small Inn
Group size 5-12
Dates We will be scheduling dates for this trip soon. Please check back.
Land Cost $3,895.00
Single Supp Cost $500.00

Hiking Trip Summary

There is something about Provence that makes you want to lingerover coffee, along the trail, in a café, at a market. It could be the feel of warm air infused with the scents of lavender, thyme and rosemary, the taste of hot coffee and warm croissants in the morning, or the softness of fading golden sunlight at the end of the day. It could be the rustic elegance of ancient hill towns, the quiet solitude of secluded old stone pathways, or the tenacious vestiges of once-walled fortresses that speak to us of ages past.

This walking tour is all about savoring the many pleasures of Provence’s irresistibly inviting Luberon region. From Bonnieux to Saignon, Saint Saturnin les Apt to Roussillon, we’ll walk from village to village, tracing the cool, shaded canyon of the Aigue Brun River, climbing the crests of the Grand Luberon and exploring the amazing ochre cliffs of the Rustrel Colorado. We’ll walk through pine and oak forests, and skirt the edges of vineyards, olive groves, and lavender fields, with occasional stately cypress standing guard. Each night will be spent in comfortable accommodations that reflect the unique character of the area.


Itinerary

Show itinerary

`

Additional Information

SINGLE TRAVELERS

If you wish to have your own room at the hotels, there is a single supplement chargePlease let us know if you would like a single at the time of registration. If you are traveling alone and would like to share a room, we will match you with a roommate. If there is no one with whom you can share, we will not charge you extra for this “forced” single during the hike.

INCLUDED

  • All accommodations
  • All breakfasts
  • All dinners
  • Luggage transfer for one medium-sized bag
  • All group transfers as per the itinerary
  • Transfer from and to the Marseille Airport Days 1 and 10
  • Guide/s
  • Great hiking and great memories!

NOT INCLUDED

Airfare, lunches, optional/individual transfers or excursions, items not on set dinner menu, beverages, insurance, tips to guides/leaders, items of a personal nature.

LUGGAGE

This hike includes luggage transfer each day. You will need to carry a small day pack with only the clothing and extra items you will need for the day.

While this trip includes luggage transfer, it is not vehicle supported. Participants should be in physical condition appropriate to the strenuousness of this hike. It is, however, possible to skip a day of hiking and take a taxi to the next hotel. This extra cost is not included in the price of the trip.

ACCOMMODATIONS AND FACILITIES

Hotels: The hotels on this route are very comfortable; some are basic and simple, others are are very nice. All reflect the local character and offer a warm Provencal welcome. All have private bathrooms, except for one night that may require shared facilities.

Meals: Breakfasts and dinners are served at the hotels and lunches are picnic style along the trail. Most accommodations will provide pack lunches upon request. Typically, it is possible to purchase lunch items at local markets, shops and bakeries.

TRAVEL

It is easiest to fly in and out of Marseilles Provence Airport. However, if your plans include additional travel, there are frequent shuttle buses to the Aix-en-Provence TGV train station, only a short distance from the Marseille Airport. Travel between Aix-en-Provence TGV station and the Marseille airport is about 30 minutes by shuttle; travel between Paris and the Aix TGV Station is about 3 hours.

MEETING POINT

The trip will begin with a group pickup at the Marseille Provence Airport.

ENDING POINT

The trip will end with a morning transfer from Fontaine de Vaucluse to the Marseille Airport or Aix-en-Provence TGV station, arriving at about 10:30; please make travel plans accordingly.

WHO WOULD LIKE THIS TRIP?

This hike is a great combination of Mediterranean climate, varied hiking terrain, picturesque villages, and overnight stays in comfortable, relaxing inns. This is a great trip for those with limited time who would like to experience this ruggedly and rustically beautiful corner of Provence. It’s also a great add-on to our Provence Inn-to-Inn trip for those who would like to spend a little more time in the Luberon.

We grade this trip moderate with strenuous. Though not as difficult or as challenging as our Alps hikes, participants should be prepared for a few long days on rugged terrain. You will be completely enchanted and impressed with the beauty of this area and experiencing it on foot.

MORE INFORMATION

If you would like register, would like to receive more information including a detailed itinerary (including elevation gains, losses and distance) and/or request a list of past participants, please contact us and specify this trip.

Reserving a Trip

A deposit of $400 along with your completed registration forms will reserve a space on your requested trip. We accept MasterCard, Visa, and American Express card as well as personal checks. To make a deposit, you may either follow one of the “Reserve a Trip” links below, give us a call at 1-888-845-5781, or include your payment information in the area provided when completing your registration forms.

The balance is due 60 days prior to departure for most of our trips. When applying less than 60 days prior to departure, full payment is due. For final payments, we accept MasterCard, Visa, and American Express, as well as personal checks.

As confirmation of receipt of your deposit and registrations, we will send you a comprehensive packet of information pertaining to your trip, an invoice for final payment and additional information including release agreement form, medical information form, travel information, and packing list. Upon receipt of final payment, you will receive trip rendezvous information and a list of accommodations. Returning trip participants will receive a 5% discount on most trips.

Receipt of all forms will finalize your registration.



Related Trips

England Coast-to-Coast
Walking the North York Moors, Yorkshire Dales, and Lake District
Provence Inn-to-Inn
Haute Provence to the Luberon
Provence Lavender Hike
The colors of Provence
Norway Inn-to-Inn
Peer Gynt Trail
Scotland's West Highland Way Hike
Scotland's classic long-distance route from Glasgow to Ben Nevis
Western Maine Hut Hike
European-style hiking through Maine's western mountains