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Hill-Top Villages of the Luberon

The heart of Provence
 
Quintessentially Provençal villages and great scenery are just two features of this self-guided hotel-to-hotel walking holiday with luggage transfers. You’ll visit Roussillon’s spectacular ochre mines and experience delicious, regional cuisine.
Hill-Top Villages of the Luberon. 7 nights
Hill-Top Villages of the Luberon. 7 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A walking holiday in the Luberon

Beneath the dense forest and bare limestone cliffs of the imposing Luberon Massif lies a sunny plain whose undulations are crowned by ancient villages of honey-coloured houses that cluster around crumbling châteaux. Here, between the Alps and the Mediterranean, you are in the very heart of Provence, where the vineyards of the Luberon and the Vaucluse thrive in the warmth, their light wines the ideal accompaniment to the delicious regional cuisine flavoured with rosemary, thyme and garlic.
On this holiday you journey westwards, from the brilliant yellow ochre mines of the Petit Luberon near Roussillon to the white chalk landscapes on the flanks of Mont Ventoux, passing through a series of remarkable hill-top villages. Characterised by narrow streets of sturdy, shuttered houses, they bask in the glorious sunshine, affording sweeping views over the surrounding landscapes.
 
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Itinerary

The key to Inntravel holidays is flexibility. You can start on the day of your choice, and are free to add extra nights.
  • The average maximum daytime temperatures and monthly rainfall relate to the nearest weather station and are intended as a guide only.

    The lavender blooms in late June/early July.
    Average temperatures and rainfall
      Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    °C 10 12 15 18 22 26 30 29 25 20 14 11
    mm 60 64 55 53 52 38 22 47 71 114 67 62
  • Arrival in Roussillon
    Night 1: at Les Sables d'Ocre (the first of three nights here).
    As your first night’s accommodation is on the day of travel, Day 1 is your first day of exploration.
  • Choice of walks from Roussillon: 12km or 16km

    Circular walk via Lioux and the ochre mines: 16km, 5hrs
    The first option is a superb introductory circuit northwards to the hamlet of Lioux with its spectacular bleached cliffs and fine views. On your return to Roussillon, explore the nearby ochre mines with their startling array of colours that are also visible in the handsome houses of the village, perhaps one of the most beautiful in all of France. One of the best ways to see the coloured rock formations is by walking along the sentier des ocres trail (pay locally).

    Linear walk from Bonnieux to Roussillon: 12km, 3.5hrs
    The second walk starts after a transfer to Bonnieux, an atmospheric village of houses clambering up the hillside, seemingly one on top of another. The route back to Roussillon takes you along a Roman road, the Via Domitia, lined with cherry orchards, almond groves and vineyards, and south to the Cavalon Valley, crossing the river via the Pont Julien, a 2,000-year-old Roman bridge.
    Ochre trail in Roussillon
    Hillside village of Bonnieux
    Circular walk via Lioux and the ochre mines: 16km
    Linear walk from Bonnieux to Roussillon: 12km
  • Roussillon to Gordes: 14.5km, 5hrs
    Leaving the brightly coloured houses of Roussillon behind, you head west through open countryside via the charming village of Joucas to magnificent Gordes. Clinging to its rocky perch, Gordes has been labelled – and rightfully so – 'one of the most beautiful villages in France'. You stay two nights here at either Le Mas des Romarins or Le Domaine de l'Enclos, both in peaceful locations on the edge of the village.
    Roussillon to Gordes: 14.5km
    Gordes
  • Free day in Gordes
    Take time this morning to explore the narrow, cobbled streets of Gordes and discover beautiful old doorways, arcades and quaint corners between its houses of grey and white stone which rise to a peak, topped by the church and château.

    Circular walk from Gordes: 9.5km, 3.5hrs; longer option: 17km, 6hrs
    If you can tear yourself away, you can also enjoy a leisurely circuit to the picturesque Abbaye de Sénanque. The abbey was founded in 1148 and is still home to an Order of Cistercian monks who produce honey, lavender essence and a variety of liqueurs. Surrounded by lavender fields, it stands in a truly delightful and peaceful setting. We suggest two routes to reach the abbey, the shorter one allowing more time to explore this historic site.
    Circular walk from Gordes: 9.5km
    Sénanque Abbey on the route around Gordes
  • Gordes to Fontaine-de-Vaucluse: 12km, 4hrs; longer option: 14.5km, 5hrs
    From Gordes your route continues west, following part of the fascinating Mur de la Peste, a 27-kilometre-long drystone wall built to keep the plague out of the area in the 18th century. If you want a longer walk, you can follow it further into the hills before looping back to rejoin the shorter route. Your destination is the village of Fontaine-de-Vaucluse and the delightful Hotel du Poète, where you spend your final two nights.
    Gordes to Fontaine-de-Vaucluse: 12km
    Along the Mur de la Peste on the route from Gordes to Fontaine-de-Vaucluse
  • Circular walk from Fontaine-de-Vaucluse: 13km, 4.5hrs
    Your final walk is a varied circuit through the wooded garrigues (limestone hills), passing the imposing fortified château at Saumane de Vaucluse. It sits above the small village of Saumane, set on a rocky perch in a sea of green forested hills. The houses merge with the cliffs, trees, shrubs and flowers adding to the natural feel of the place. Return to the hotel to relax on its tranquil terrace by the river and small swimming pool.
    Circular walk from Fontaine-de-Vaucluse: 13km
    Relax on the terrace at the Hotel du Poète
 

Accommodation

You stay in three charming small hotels where you can sample delightful regional cuisine.
Occasionally, due to availability, we may offer an alternative hotel, as shown below. You will be informed of any change to the usual hotel (along with any price implication) prior to us confirming your holiday to you. 

 

Prices for 2020

We are in the process of updating our prices for 2020. If you’d like to book now, please contact us – we’ll be happy to provide a quotation.
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Prices & travel options
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  • 7 nights: 01 April 2019 - 30 June 2019 & 01 September 2019 - 09 October 2019

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    1 - 30 Apr 2019 £1140 £575
    1 - 23 May 2019 £1210 £635
    24 May - 23 Jun 2019 £1255 £655
    1 - 30 Sep 2019 £1255 £655
    1 - 2 Oct 2019 £1140 £575
    3rd & 4th person discount -£80
    Single traveller supplement £80

    Includes accommodation, meals and services integral to the holiday as described, plus walking notes and maps, but no travel from the UK, nor any connecting travel from the airport unless stated below.

    Book your flights through us and we'll find the best route and times to suit you. Please contact us to find out more about our flight booking service. We can also book connecting travel - see below.

    7 nights: 01 April 2019 - 30 June 2019 & 01 September 2019 - 09 October 2019

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    1 - 30 Apr 2019 £1395 £575
    1 - 23 May 2019 £1468 £635
    24 May - 23 Jun 2019 £1515 £655
    1 - 30 Sep 2019 £1515 £655
    1 - 2 Oct 2019 £1395 £575
    3rd & 4th person discount -£125
    Single traveller supplement £125

    Includes all elements in the 'walk price', plus standard-class travel by Eurostar from London St Pancras or Ebbsfleet International to Lille or Paris, with onward travel as described below.

    Included travel from the UK: UK–Avignon (Eurostar direct or Eurostar/TGV via Paris), approx duration 6h plus 1h taxi transfer. Home, Avignon-UK (Eurostar direct or TGV/Eurostar via Paris), approx duration 7h plus 1h30 taxi.

    If you book your holiday less than 3 months in advance of your travel date, seats may no longer be available at the tariffs on which our prices are based, but we may be able to offer you seats on the sames services at a supplement.

    7 nights: 01 April 2019 - 30 June 2019 & 01 September 2019 - 09 October 2019

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    1 - 30 Apr 2019 £1190 £575
    1 - 23 May 2019 £1260 £635
    24 May - 23 Jun 2019 £1305 £655
    1 - 30 Sep 2019 £1305 £655
    1 - 2 Oct 2019 £1190 £575
    3rd & 4th person discount -£130
    Single traveller supplement £130

    Includes all elements in the 'walk price', plus a return ferry crossing between Dover and Calais with P&O Ferries for your party and one car.

    We also include a transfer back to the first hotel at the end of your holiday to collect your car.

    A supplement of £35 per car per single journey applies for outbound travel 5-7 Apr & 19-21 Apr, and for inbound travel 21-22 Apr 2019. A supplement of £45 per car per single journey applies outbound on Fridays & Saturdays 24-25 May & 12 Jul-17 Aug 2019 inclusive, and inbound on Saturdays & Sundays 1-2 Jun & 19 Jul-2 Sep 2019 inclusive.

  • Room upgrades (£ per person per night)

    Le Mas des Romarins, Gordes
    Prestige suite: 01 Apr - 30 Jun 2019 £29
    Prestige suite: 01 Sep - 09 Oct 2019 £29
    Superior: 01 Apr - 30 Jun 2019 £6
    Superior: 01 Sep - 09 Oct 2019 £6
    Hotel du Poète, Fontaine-de-Vaucluse
    'Mélodie': 01 Apr - 30 Jun 2019 £29
    'Mélodie': 01 Sep - 09 Oct 2019 £29

    Extra nights (£ per person per night) in a double or single room

    Les Sables d'Ocre, Roussillon (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 Apr - 30 Apr 2019 £85 £154
    01 May - 30 Jun 2019 £95 £173
    01 Sep - 30 Sep 2019 £95 £173
    01 Oct - 09 Oct 2019 £85 £154
    Hotel du Poète, Fontaine-de-Vaucluse (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 Apr - 30 Jun 2019 £92 £162
    01 Sep - 09 Oct 2019 £92 £162
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Avignon, Marseille

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend flying via Paris CDG.  To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    Outward route Airline
    Birmingham - Avignon Flybe 
    Birmingham - Marseille (via Paris) Air France 
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    Bristol - Marseille easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Edinburgh - Marseille Ryanair 
    Edinburgh - Marseille (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Edinburgh - Marseille (via Amsterdam) Air France 
    Edinburgh - Marseille (via Paris) Air France 
    Outward route Airline
    Exeter - Avignon Flybe 
    Outward route Airline
    Glasgow - Marseille easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Humberside - Marseille (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Gatwick - Marseille easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Heathrow - Marseille British Airways 
    Outward route Airline
    Luton - Marseille easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Stansted - Marseille Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Manchester - Avignon Flybe 
    Manchester - Marseille easyJet,  Ryanair 
    Manchester - Marseille (via Paris) Air France 
    Outward route Airline
    Newcastle - Marseille (via Paris) Air France 
    Outward route Airline
    Southampton - Avignon Flybe 
    Southampton - Marseille (via Paris) Air France 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend flying via Paris CDG.  To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    This list of flight options should be used as a guide only, and you should check each airline’s website for current routes, frequency and schedules. Not all flights operate daily, and may not run for the entire season. You should also heed the latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time stated in the connecting travel section, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Please do not book your flights until we have confirmed your accommodation to you. Alternatively, our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice and to make flight bookings for you. We charge £30 per person for our flight booking service (£50 for India and Nepal). Your flights are then covered by our package-booking conditions, which give you greater protection in the event of delay or cancellation, as well as providing ATOL cover.

  • Prices below are based on 2 people travelling together. If you are travelling solo or as a party of 3 or more and our arrangements include a taxi, please contact us for prices; additional passengers often pay less.

    Connecting travel options - flying via Avignon

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    direct taxi Avignon airport to hotel (1h) £27 flexible
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    direct taxi hotel to Avignon airport (1h) £17 flexible

    Connecting travel options - flying via Marseille

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    rail Marseille Vitrolles to Cavaillon (1h), taxi Cavaillon to hotel (0h20) £22 1500
    direct taxi Marseille airport to hotel (1h30) £60 flexible
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    taxi hotel to Cavaillon (0h30), rail Cavaillon to Marseille Vitrolles (1h) £16 1230
    direct taxi hotel to Marseille airport (1h30) £60 flexible
What is included
  • 7 nights
  • 4 dinners,
    7 breakfasts
  • luggage transported
  • route notes and maps
  • transfer on day 2
 
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FAQs

If you have any questions relating to this or any other Inntravel holiday, our friendly travel experts will be happy to help. You might also find our General FAQs section helpful.
  • We’ll send you route notes and maps 2-3 weeks before your holiday. The route notes not only contain directions to get from hotel to hotel, but also include practical information about places of interest and eateries along each route, plus cultural information about the area. If/when you are moving between hotels, you leave your luggage in reception as you leave, and it will be transferred ahead to your next accommodation, meaning that all you need to take with you are a camera, sun cream, drinks, food and waterproofs.

    For more detailed information, see our walking holidays in Europe page.
  • We can book a wide range of airlines and routes from the UK. As well as being more convenient for you to book all elements of your holiday together, it also means that we’ll accept liability for your travel arrangements, so if things go wrong, such as the airline going bust, we’ll make suitable alternative arrangements for you. For Europe and Morocco, there’s a £30 booking fee per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). For India and Nepal, the booking fee is £50 per person. More information on flights >
  • We can’t book flights that originate outside the UK, but if you wanted book your own flights to London (or elsewhere in the UK), we can make all onward travel arrangements (including flights) from there. Alternatively, if you are booking your own flights to an airport in continental Europe that’s appropriate for your holiday, we can book onward rail travel and/or taxis. More information about how we can tailor holidays for customers outside the UK >
  • Since our holidays are self-guided, we recommend calling us for a chat about your plans before making a booking, especially if it’s the first time you’ve booked with us.
    The price panel shows the supplement for a single room and also the single traveller charge (this covers (luggage) transfers and other costs which are usually shared between two people).
  • Once you’ve decided on your exact itinerary (our travel experts will be happy to offer advice), you need to provide us with your party’s details, either by phone or via our booking form. At this point we also ask you to pay a deposit so that we can secure a room for you immediately on confirming availability with the hotel(s). If it turns out that we can’t secure the accommodation for the holiday you’ve requested, or offer an acceptable alternative, we’ll refund your deposit promptly and in full. After booking your accommodation and other key elements, we'll then book your travel (or you can do so if you’re making your own arrangements) and send you a Booking Confirmation and Invoice.
  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can cost tens of thousands of pounds.

    You don’t have to buy our policy (if you live outside Europe you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK and EU residents), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. If you’re a UK citizen, you need a full British passport to travel to France, but not a visa (if you are travelling after 31 October 2019, see the Brexit question below for more information). If you are a citizen of another country, you’ll need to check requirements with the national embassy or your own consulate.

    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found through the following NHS link: www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/advice/ You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). UK citizens should also obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) by applying at a Post Office or at www.ehic.org.uk. The EHIC allows reciprocal health care but should not be seen as a substitute for travel insurance. EHICs may cease to be valid in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
  • The official language is French. The currency is the Euro. French time is GMT/UTC + 1. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST + 1.
  • Even in the event of a no-deal Brexit, it’s been confirmed that flights will continue as normal and that you won’t need a visa to go on holiday (the limit on stays is 90 days). What you will need if there’s no deal is a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of your arrival (extra months added because you renewed your passport early do not count) and adequate travel insurance to cover you for accidents and illness in case reciprocal health deals are suspended. If you are driving while on holiday, you will probably need an International Driving Permit (plus a Green Card if you are taking your own car to Europe). More information >
  • The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) provides up-to-date, country-by-country travel advice, as well as information on security, local laws, passports and visas for UK citizens.
    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
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