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!
Tour Dates & Pricing
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Day 1 Arrival in the Vaucluse
You should plan to arrive in Marseille airport today where you'll be met by a private transfer to your first accommodation, just a few kilometers 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. Tonight you can look forward to a wonderful French dinner at your inn.
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 in Provence. Enjoy another delightful dinner at your inn.
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.
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.
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. Pace yourself this afternoon for the ascent that leads you back to the now familiar Chateau de Gordes.
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.
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. You'll have a private transfer to the Marseille airport for your departure flight.
- Accommodation for 6 nights in charming country inns
- All breakfasts
- 3 dinners
- Luggage transport on days 2, 4 and 6
- Private arrival and departure transfers from Marseille airport to Lagnes
- Detailed maps and route descriptions in English
- GPS information available in .gpx format
What´s not Included
- Any other meals not listed
- Personal expenses
- Trip Interruption/Cancellation and Medical Insurance (strongly recommended, call for details)