Landscapes of the Luberon Walk

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  • Delightful walking through the timeless Luberon landscape
  • Heady mix of lavender, wild herbs, olives, pine and colourful flowers
  • Dazzling ochre cliffs; stunningly beautiful villages; endless swaying vines; superb views of Mont Ventoux
  • Wonderful regional wines and classic Provencal cuisine
  • Quality hotels full of local character, 4 out of 5 with swimming pools

What's included?

  • NEW for 2016
  • 10 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Departs Every two days from 30 Sep '16 to 14 Oct '16
  • Continental breakfasts and 6 evening meals
  • Managed locally by Headwater employed representative
  • Sustainability rating: 91%
  • Headwater wine service
  • Route notes and maps provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels

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Landscapes of the Luberon Walk

This 10-night walking holiday is based in the glorious Luberon National Park, taking in the lush Provencal countryside and its world-famous Villages Perche, with stunning views across mountains, valleys and plains. This is a land whose natural light and lavender-scented summers have inspired generations of poets, painters and writers from Petrarch in the C14 right up to modern-day, bestselling author Peter Mayle.

Your itinerary is a real treat for the senses, starting against a backdrop of magnificent rich colours in the Colorado Provencal, before taking you to the striking perched village of St-Saturnin, nestled on the edge of the Plateau de Vaucluse. Heading south you'll pass cherry orchards (with white cherry blossom in spring) and take in wonderful aromas of pine forests, lavender and wild herbs, before arriving in Roussillon with its seventeen colours of once-quarried ochre. Vineyards and olive groves dot your route as you head towards Les Imberts and the charming village of Gordes whose architectural delights and tiny streets full of shops and cafes are just perfect for exploring. With the Luberon hills providing an enviable backdrop, you'll make your way to Fontaine-de-Vaucluse, with the option to visit the pretty riverside town of L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, before heading north across the Vaucluse plateau for your final day and stunning views of Mont Ventoux and the Dentelles de Montmirail.

We've hand-picked five quality hotels for you to stay in, four of which boast swimming pools in their extensive grounds. Your accommodation includes a C19 stately manor house with its own orangery and saltwater swimming pool; a small family-run hotel boasting panoramic views across the Luberon valley; a charming hotel with heated outdoor pool and spa facilities including a sauna, hot tub and massage room; and a converted water mill whose millstreams are now a tranquil water garden. We've included six evening meals, so you're free to choose from some great nearby restaurants on your remaining nights.

Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Pernes-les-Fontaines

Arrive at your hotel, located just north of the town of Pernes-les-Fontaines.

Day 2 Rustrel to St-Saturnin-lès-Apt 11km/7mi/3hr

Today we’ll take you to Rustrel, where you’ll start the day with an hour-long walk amidst the amazing ochre cliffs of the Colorado Provençal, once the home of ochre quarries and now a curious landscape of fantastic shapes and vivid colours. Your main walk takes you through classic Provençal countryside, with vineyards, cherry orchards, fig trees, olive groves and fragrant lavender.

Day 3 At St-Saturnin-lès-Apt

Mediaeval St-Saturnin sits on the edge of the Plateau de Vaucluse. Its narrow streets are full of beautiful buildings with ornately carved doorways and pastel-painted houses, whilst sprawling château ruins overlook the village and offer a superb viewpoint over the entire Luberon valley. Or visit Apt, famous for its crystallised fruits and traditional pottery. Wander the shops and colourful Saturday and Tuesday markets, or visit the Maison du Parc du Luberon and Ste-Anne's Cathedral.

Day 4 St-Saturnin-lès-Apt to Roussillon 16km/10mi/4.5hr

On today’s walk you’ll head south and up through beautiful cherry orchards, vineyards and pine forests, enjoying a magnificent panorama across the Apt plain and the Luberon Massif. Pass the village of Gargas, home to the vast Ochre Mines of Bruoux and continue through pine forest along ochre-red tracks, before descending into Roussillon.

Day 5 At Roussillon

Roussillon is famous for its streaked ochre cliffs and is the starting point of the Ochre Trail. It’s also considered one of the Plus Beaux Villages of France, with the winding streets full of brightly coloured houses in wonderful shades of red, pink, orange and yellow. You could, perhaps, visit the perched village of Bonnieux, full of art galleries, pavement cafés and little restaurants just perfect for lunch.

Day 6 Roussillon to Les Imberts 16km/10mi/4.5hr

You set off today through vineyards, passing the Domaine de Tara wine estate before following footpaths and quiet country lanes with fabulous views south across the Luberon valley and north to the perched village of Gordes. After a short climb along pine-scented footpaths, you’ll descend into Les Imberts where your hotel awaits with a swimming pool and spa.

Day 7 At Les Imberts

Just a few kilometres away is the picturesque hilltop village of Gordes, one of the region’s most famous and another of France’s Most Beautiful Villages. Made up of wonderfully photogenic houses, terraces and gardens, Gordes is dominated by its Renaissance château, which also houses a museum. Explore its streets, crammed with cafés, restaurants and shops.

Day 8 Les Imberts to Fontaine-de-Vaucluse 11km/7mi/3.5hr

You begin today following quiet lanes past olive groves and vineyards before arriving at the mediaeval village of Cabrieres-d'Avignon with its golden stone houses and old castle (now a private residence). You’ll then head up into the hills under the shade of beautifully scented pine forests, past a section of the 27km-long Mur de la Peste, a wall built by locals in 1720 in a vain attempt to stop the spread of the Plague. Continue over the north edge of the valley for spectacular views of the whole Luberon. Descending, the views switch to look north across the Vaucluse, as you head into Fontaine-de-Vaucluse.

Day 9 At Fontaine-de-Vaucluse

Today you can explore the village, home to the Fountain of the Vaucluse (the biggest spring in France and the fifth largest in the world). You’ll also find the crumbling ruins of the castle of the Bishop of Cavaillon, a museum about the Resistance and a number of lovely cafés and restaurants. Or why not visit the ‘island city’ of L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, surrounded by the clear waters of the Sorgue River? With its many riverside shops and cafés it makes a good choice for lunch.

Day 10 Fontaine-de-Vaucluse to Pernes-les-Fontaines 13km/8mi/4.5hr

Ascend through pine and oak forest, then out across the Plateau de Vaucluse for stunning views of Mont Ventoux and the jagged peaks of the Dentelles de Montmirail. Head down through cherry orchards to popular St-Didier; perhaps enjoy a drink before your transfer to Pernes-les-Fontaines.

Day 11 Leave Pernes-les-Fontaines

Where you stay

During your holiday you stay at the following hotels. If you'd like to extend your time at any of these or, if you'd like to enhance your stay with an upgraded room, just let us know at the time of booking. You can call our sales team on 1-800-567-6286 to discuss accommodation options.

Hotel l'Hermitage, Pernes les Fontaines   (3 star)

Hotel l'Hermitage, Pernes les Fontaines

This 19th century residence, transformed into a hotel, feels like an old family home. It is set amidst 2 hectares of grounds bedecked with fountains, many species of trees, and an orangery. The Hotel l'Hermitage is about 4km outside Pernes-les-Fontaines.

The hotel also has a saltwater swimming pool in the heart of the property.



Further details on the hotel website, and independent reviews on Trip Advisor.

Local facilities:

  • Mastercard accepted
  • Swimming pool
  • Wifi hotspot
  • Internet access
  • Television
  • Air conditioning

Hotel Saint Hubert, St Saturnin-les-Apt   (2 Acorn)

Le Saint Hubert

Perched on a hillside overlooking the Luberon, and just beneath the vast remains of its crumbling chateau, is the beautiful little village of St Saturnin les Apt, at whose heart you will find Le Saint Hubert. A small family run hotel, the property features six rooms, tastefully decorated in a traditional style, and a panoramic restaurant from which diners can enjoy breathtaking views of the Luberon valley while they eat. With fresh local produce and extra friendly staff this is a wonderful location to relax with a glass of the local wine.

Further details on the hotel website, and independent reviews on Trip Advisor.

Local facilities:

  • Market
  • Mastercard accepted
  • Hairdryer
  • Wifi hotspot
  • Television
  • Safe
  • Tea/coffee facilities

Nearby facilities:

  • Shops
  • Banking / cheques cashed
  • ATM / Cash machine

Hotel Les Sables d'Ocre, Roussillon   (3 Star)

Hotel Les Sables d'Ocre, Roussillon

Just a 10 minute walk outside Roussillon, this modern hotel is surrounded by landscaped lawns and has a relaxing pool area. The good sized bedrooms are decorated in rich Provencal colours.

Further details on the hotel website, and independent reviews on Trip Advisor.

Local facilities:

  • Mastercard accepted
  • Swimming pool
  • Hairdryer
  • Wifi hotspot
  • Television
  • Air conditioning

Nearby facilities:

  • Shops
  • Market
  • ATM / Cash machine

Mas de la Senancole   (3 Star)

Mas de la Senancole

Located in Les Imberts, just a few kilometres from the famous perched village of Gordes, with its mediaeval castle, and the Village des Bories open-air museum, is the Mas de la Senancole. Along with a garden and a heated outdoor pool, the property also offers guests a spa featuring a sauna, hot tub and massage room. Each room is decorated in the Provençal style and features air conditioning, tv and a minibar, some also have an outdoor seating area. Next door is the hotel’s restaurant L’Estellan which serves regional dishes with a contemporary twist.

Further details on the hotel website, and independent reviews on Trip Advisor.

Local facilities:

  • Mastercard accepted
  • American Express accepted
  • Swimming pool
  • Hairdryer
  • Wifi hotspot
  • Internet access
  • Television
  • Minibar
  • Air conditioning
  • Safe
  • Tea/coffee facilities

Hotel du Poete, Fontaine de Vaucluse   (3 Star)

Hotel du Poete

Owned by a celebrated wine producer and occupying a converted water mill by the River Sorgue, is the wonderful Hotel du Poete. Offering modern rooms and a peaceful atmosphere while at the same time being centrally located in the popular village of Fontaine-de-Vaucluse, the hotel also has an outdoor swimming surrounded by millstreams which have been turned into a tranquil water garden.

Further details on the hotel website, and independent reviews on Trip Advisor.

Local facilities:

  • Mastercard accepted
  • American Express accepted
  • Swimming pool
  • Hairdryer
  • Wifi hotspot
  • Internet access
  • Television
  • Minibar
  • Air conditioning
  • Safe
  • Tea/coffee facilities

Nearby facilities:

  • Shops
  • Market
  • Banking / cheques cashed
  • ATM / Cash machine



Extra nights and stop over hotels

If you'd like to extend your trip with extra nights at the start or end, or if you'd like to arrange a stop off point en-route, then we recommend the following hotels.

Hotel Le Grimaldi, Nice   (4 star)

Hotel Le Grimaldi, Nice

Le Grimaldi has 46 individually decorated rooms all equipped with air-conditioning, satellite tv, minibar, safe and hairdryer.

Ideally situated in the heart of Nice the hotel is just 3 minutes walk to the pedestrian area of the city with its vast choice of bars and restaurants, 10 minutes walk from the Promenade des Anglais and 15 minutes walk from the Old Town.

Further details on the hotel website, and independent reviews on Trip Advisor.

Local facilities:

  • Shops
  • Market
  • Banking / cheques cashed
  • ATM / Cash machine
  • Mastercard accepted
  • American Express accepted
  • Hairdryer
  • Wifi hotspot
  • Television
  • Minibar
  • Air conditioning
  • Safe

Hotel Carre Vieux Port, Marseille   ((3 star))

Hotel Carre Vieux Port, Marseille

Situated by the well-known old port - which gives the hotel its name - the Hotel Carre Vieux Port is in the perfect location to make the most of this vibrant city. The hotel has cosy, modern rooms with contemporary bathrooms and fixtures.

There are plenty of restaurants near the hotel for you choose from for dinner.

Further details on the hotel website, and independent reviews on Trip Advisor.

Local facilities:

  • Shops
  • Market
  • Banking / cheques cashed
  • ATM / Cash machine
  • Mastercard accepted
  • American Express accepted
  • Hairdryer
  • Wifi hotspot
  • Internet access
  • Television
  • Air conditioning
  • Tea/coffee facilities

Hotel Bristol, Avignon   (3 Star)

Hotel Bristol in Avignon

Situated just inside the city walls and a stone’s throw from the station, the Hôtel Bristol sits in the historic centre of Avignon. It is located along the main street which leads to the city’s main attractions; the Place de l'Horloge, the Palais des Papes and the famous Pont d'Avignon - all within a 15 minute walk. It is also ideally located to do some shopping! Inside, the lounge with its thick carpet and leather armchairs provides a cosy atmosphere. The rooms are modern and offer a variety of bed and bathroom options. There is no restaurant here but with such a huge selection right on the doorstep, you only have to step outside to explore the numerous possibilities.

Further details on the hotel website, and independent reviews on Trip Advisor.

Local facilities:

  • Mastercard accepted
  • American Express accepted
  • Diners Club card accepted
  • Hairdryer
  • Wifi hotspot
  • Internet access
  • Television
  • Minibar
  • Air conditioning
  • Safe
  • Tea/coffee facilities

Nearby facilities:

  • Shops
  • Market
  • Banking / cheques cashed
  • ATM / Cash machine

Travel options

Transfers included from Avignon TGV train station at 13:15, and back to Avignon TGV train station at 11:20.

Please call our sales team on 1-800-567-6286 or email info@breakaway-adventures.com to arrange connecting flights.

Customer reviews

Everyone who goes on a Headwater holiday will be emailed a link to our post-holiday questionnaire where they can give us an honest assessment of all aspects of their holiday - everything from how quickly we answer the phone to how clean the hotels were - plus, of course, an overall rating and comments about their holiday.

Any feedback collected is posted straight to our website - totally unedited. So, for the real tales, twists and turns of our holidays, look no further than the reviews from our previous travellers.

Reviewed by Mr Spackman on 11/08/2016

*****
Our Headwater walking holiday contained the perfect mixture of beautiful and challenging walks with comfortable hotels and delicious French meals. We felt we were able to escape from the well-trodden tourist trails and really explore the countryside, knowing our luggage was being taken care of and there would be a crystal-clear swimming pool awaiting us at the end of another hot day.

Reviewed by Mr Kingsford on 16/06/2016

*****
Varied walking in superb countryside through pine forests, cherry orchards, lavender fields and vineyards, all of which which gave us a wonderful experience of Provence in all its glory

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Holiday details

Holiday type

Self-guided walking, hotel-to-hotel. Managed locally by Headwater employed rep.

Departures

Every two days from 30 Sep '16 to 14 Oct '16, for 11 days (10 nights).

Meals

Continental breakfasts and 6 evening meals.

Other details

Please see our Planning your holiday and What's included in the price? pages for additional information. Please call us for single room supplements, room upgrade options and child prices.

Starting your tour

Transfers included from Avignon TGV train station at 13:15, and back to Avignon TGV train station at 11:20.

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