Hill-Top Villages of the Luberon

The heart of Provence
 

Holiday Highlights

The palette | Honey-coloured stone, ochre soils, the singular green of olives, bleached cliffs.
The trodden scent | Of garrigue. Wild juniper, rosemary and thyme, carried on warm breezes.
The flavours | Aromatic stews of fish, the salty tang of olives and anchovies, tomatoes.
The sounds | Of cicadas, the liquid warble of nightingales, and pealing church bells.
Hill-Top Villages of the Luberon. 7 nights
Hill-Top Villages of the Luberon. 7 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A walking holiday in the Luberon

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.
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

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  • 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.
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  • Arrival in Roussillon
    Night 1: at Les Sables d'Ocre (the first of two nights here).
    As your first night’s accommodation is on the day of travel, Day 1 is your first day of walking.
  • Choice of walks from Roussillon: 12km or 14km

    Circular walk via Lioux: 14km, 5hrs; ascent/descent 300m
    This superb introductory circuit leads you across an agricultural plain to reach the hamlet of Lioux with its spectacular bleached cliffs and fine views. Your route then climbs the dramatic cliff of Falaise de la Madeleine to descend to the plain on the other side and wind its way back to Roussillon. Before returning to your hotel, you may like to explore the ochre mines nearby; their startling array of colours are perhaps best appreciated by walking along the sentier des ocres trail (pay locally).

    Linear walk from Bonnieux to Roussillon: 12km, 4.5hrs; ascent 205m/descent 250m
    The second walk starts after a transfer (pay locally) 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: 14km
    Linear walk from Bonnieux to Roussillon: 12km
  • Roussillon to Gordes: 14km, 5hrs; ascent 320m/descent 265m
    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 Domaine de l'Enclos or Le Mas des Romarins, both in peaceful locations on the edge of the village.
    Roussillon to Gordes: 14km
    Gordes
  • Circular walk from Gordes: 9km, 3.5hrs; ascent/descent 300m; longer option: 17km, 6.5hrs; ascent/descent 505m
    Today's route is 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.

    Today, take time also 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: 17km
    Sénanque Abbey on the route around Gordes
  • Gordes to Fontaine-de-Vaucluse: 14km, 5.5hrs; ascent 300m/descent 555m; shorter option: 11km, 4.5hrs
    This is an enjoyable, varied walk with some very beautiful stretches. You cross stream valleys, climb over herb-clad ridges and follow the flank of a gorge to finally encounter a great view of Fontaine-de-Vaucluse nestled beneath its cliffs. On the longer version you have the chance along the way to visit a restored village of bories, which are an ancient form of Provençal stone dwelling. In Fontaine-de-Vaucluse, you spend your final three nights at the delightful Hotel du Poète.
    Gordes to Fontaine-de-Vaucluse: 14km
    Visit a restored village of 'bories'
  • Choice of walks from Fontaine-de-Vaucluse: 13km or 15km
     
    Circular walk via Saumane de Vaucluse: 13km, 5.5hrs; 605m ascent/descent
    This walk ascends into the wooded hills north of Fontaine, passing through a pretty, open valley to then rise again and cross another valley. You descend to the village of Saumane, passing an imposing fortified château which sits on a rocky perch in a sea of green forested hills as you return to Fontaine-de-Vaucluse.
     
    Circular walk via la Mur de le Peste: 15km, 5.5hrs; 490m ascent/descent
    A mix of hills, woodland, valleys, plateaux and plantations of vines, cherry and olive trees makes for a varied route with great views. You rise steadily out of Fontaine to meet the Mur de la Peste, a 27-kilometre dry-stone wall which was built to stop the spread of the plague. After following it for a while, you then descend towards the plain and pass through two attractive but little-visited medieval villages.

    After each walk, spend what's left of the day relaxing on the hotel's tranquil terrace by the river and small swimming pool.
     
    Circular walk via Saumane: 13km
    La Mur de la Peste
    Relax on the terrace at the Hotel du Poète
    Circular walk via la Mur de la Peste: 15km
 

Accommodation

You stay in charming accommodation where you can sample delightful regional cuisine.

In some places, we work with more than one hotel, as shown below. All are hand-picked by us and, unless there is a price implication (in which case we will contact you to discuss your options), we will tell you which one we have booked for you on your booking confirmation.

 

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Prices & travel options
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  • 7 nights: 07 April 2024 - 30 June 2024, 01 September 2024 - 15 October 2024, 07 April 2025 - 30 June 2025 & 01 September 2025 - 15 October 2025

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

    Starting Price Single room
    7 - 29 Apr 2024 £1395 £640
    30 Apr - 6 May 2024 £1575 £690
    7 May - 3 Jun 2024 £1555 £700
    4 - 23 Jun 2024 £1595 £755
    1 - 30 Sep 2024 £1605 £735
    1 - 8 Oct 2024 £1415 £675
    7 - 29 Apr 2025 £1455 £670
    30 Apr - 6 May 2025 £1640 £720
    7 May - 3 Jun 2025 £1620 £730
    4 - 23 Jun 2025 £1660 £790
    1 - 30 Sep 2025 £1670 £765
    1 - 8 Oct 2025 £1475 £705
    3rd & 4th person discount -£40 to -£42
    Single traveller supplement £40 to £42

    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: 07 April 2024 - 30 June 2024, 01 September 2024 - 15 October 2024, 07 April 2025 - 30 June 2025 & 01 September 2025 - 15 October 2025

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

    Starting Price Single room
    7 - 29 Apr 2024 £1755 £640
    30 Apr - 6 May 2024 £1940 £690
    7 May - 3 Jun 2024 £2025 £700
    4 - 23 Jun 2024 £2070 £755
    1 - 30 Sep 2024 £1980 £735
    1 - 8 Oct 2024 £1775 £675
    7 - 29 Apr 2025 £1830 £670
    30 Apr - 6 May 2025 £2020 £720
    7 May - 3 Jun 2025 £2110 £730
    4 - 23 Jun 2025 £2155 £790
    1 - 30 Sep 2025 £2060 £765
    1 - 8 Oct 2025 £1850 £705
    3rd & 4th person discount -£205 to -£210
    Single traveller supplement £205 to £215

    Includes all elements in the 'walk price', plus standard-class travel by Eurostar from London St Pancras 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 6h45 plus 1h taxi transfer. Home, Avignon-UK (Eurostar direct or TGV/Eurostar via Paris), approx duration 6h30 plus 1h30 taxi.
    > More about 'by rail' prices
    > The 'rail experience': what to expect

    If you book your holiday less than 10 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 same services at a supplement.

    7 nights: 07 April 2024 - 30 June 2024, 01 September 2024 - 15 October 2024, 07 April 2025 - 30 June 2025 & 01 September 2025 - 15 October 2025

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

    Starting Price Single room
    7 - 29 Apr 2024 £1560 £640
    30 Apr - 6 May 2024 £1740 £690
    7 May - 3 Jun 2024 £1720 £700
    4 - 23 Jun 2024 £1760 £755
    1 - 30 Sep 2024 £1770 £735
    1 - 8 Oct 2024 £1580 £675
    7 - 29 Apr 2025 £1625 £670
    30 Apr - 6 May 2025 £1810 £720
    7 May - 3 Jun 2025 £1790 £730
    4 - 23 Jun 2025 £1835 £790
    1 - 30 Sep 2025 £1845 £765
    1 - 8 Oct 2025 £1645 £705
    3rd & 4th person discount -£205 to -£210
    Single traveller supplement £205 to £215

    Includes all elements in the 'walk price', plus a return Channel crossing between Folkestone and Calais with LeShuttle 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.
    > More information about travelling self-drive

    A supplement of approximately £65 per car per single journey applies for travel at key dates over Easter, while from May onwards a supplement of approximately £42 per car per single journey applies for travel over public holidays and at weekends during school holidays. See the self-drive page or contact us for more details.

  • Room upgrades (£ per person per night)

    Les Sables d'Ocre, Roussillon
    'Privilège' with terrace: 07 Apr - 30 Jun 2024 £13
    'Privilège' with terrace: 01 Sep - 15 Oct 2024 £13
    'Privilège' with terrace: 07 Apr - 30 Jun 2025 £14
    'Privilège' with terrace: 01 Sep - 15 Oct 2025 £14
    Le Domaine de l'Enclos, Gordes
    Premium: 07 Apr - 30 Jun 2024 £14
    Premium: 01 Sep - 15 Oct 2024 £14
    Premium: 07 Apr - 30 Jun 2025 £15
    Premium: 01 Sep - 15 Oct 2025 £15
    Hotel du Poète, Fontaine-de-Vaucluse
    'Mélodie': 07 Apr - 30 Jun 2024 £33
    'Mélodie': 01 Sep - 15 Oct 2024 £33
    'Mélodie': 07 Apr - 30 Jun 2025 £34
    'Mélodie': 01 Sep - 15 Oct 2025 £34

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

    Les Sables d'Ocre, Roussillon (B&B) Double room Single room
    07 Apr - 30 Apr 2024 £94 £166
    01 May - 30 Jun 2024 £107 £192
    01 Sep - 30 Sep 2024 £107 £192
    01 Oct - 15 Oct 2024 £94 £166
    07 Apr - 30 Apr 2025 £98 £173
    01 May - 30 Jun 2025 £111 £199
    01 Sep - 30 Sep 2025 £111 £199
    01 Oct - 15 Oct 2025 £98 £173
    Le Domaine de l'Enclos, Gordes (B&B) Double room Single room
    07 Apr - 09 Apr 2024 £220 £440
    10 Apr - 16 May 2024 £207 £414
    17 May - 20 May 2024 £235 £470
    21 May - 25 May 2024 £200 £400
    26 May - 28 May 2024 £235 £470
    29 May - 01 Jun 2024 £200 £400
    02 Jun - 30 Jun 2024 £228 £456
    01 Sep - 15 Oct 2024 £250 £500
    07 Apr - 09 Apr 2025 £230 £460
    10 Apr - 16 May 2025 £220 £440
    17 May - 20 May 2025 £245 £490
    21 May - 25 May 2025 £210 £420
    26 May - 28 May 2025 £245 £490
    29 May - 01 Jun 2025 £210 £420
    02 Jun - 30 Jun 2025 £240 £480
    01 Sep - 15 Oct 2025 £260 £520
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Marseille
    As an alternative to flying, we can arrange rail travel from London

    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 - Marseille (via Paris) Air France 
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    Bristol - Marseille easyJet,  Ryanair 
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    Edinburgh - Marseille Ryanair 
    Edinburgh - Marseille (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Edinburgh - Marseille (via Amsterdam) Air France 
    Edinburgh - Marseille (via Paris) Air France 
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    Glasgow - Marseille easyJet 
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    Humberside - Marseille (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
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    Gatwick - Marseille easyJet 
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    Heathrow - Marseille British Airways 
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    London Southend - Marseille Ryanair 
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    Stansted - Marseille Ryanair 
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    Manchester - Marseille Ryanair 
    Manchester - Marseille (via Amsterdam) Air France 
    Manchester - Marseille (via Paris) Air France 
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    Newcastle - Marseille (via Paris) Air France 
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    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 for any of the options listed above. We charge £35 per person for our flight booking service. 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.

    Unless otherwise stated, connecting travel by rail or bus tends to be from the city centre station, rather than from its airport, and connections between the two should be paid for locally.

    Where a price range is given, the price you pay depends on your date of travel.
     

    Connecting travel options - flying via Marseille

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    direct taxi Marseille airport to hotel (1h30) £109-£113 flexible
    rail Marseille Vitrolles to Cavaillon (1h), taxi Cavaillon to hotel (0h30) £51-£53 1500
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    taxi hotel to Cavaillon (0h30), rail Cavaillon to Marseille Vitrolles (1h) £48-£50 1230 (1330 Mon-Fri)
    direct taxi hotel to Marseille airport (1h30) £107-£111 flexible
What is included
  • 7 nights
  • 2 dinners
    7 breakfasts
  • luggage transported
  • route notes and maps
  • GPS navigation
 
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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 A to B, 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.
  • Yes, prior to going on holiday you will be able to download GPX tracks so that you can follow your route on your smartphone or dedicated GPS device if you wish. It’s entirely up to you whether or not you use them – our detailed, step-by-step route notes remain the principal means of guiding you from A to B – but we provide them as a secondary means of navigation for additional reassurance when walking.
  • We can book a wide range of routes from the UK with a variety of airlines. 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. The fee for this service is £35 per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). More information on flights >
  • We can’t book flights that originate outside the UK, but if you wanted to 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.

    More information about the booking process >
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  • 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 incur a five or six-figure bill.

    Many insurers offer travel insurance (you can find details on our insurance page of a policy that you may like to consider if you are a UK resident), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies – including falling ill with Covid-19 while on holiday – and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.

    When you purchase a policy, be sure to check that it covers the activities you'll be doing on holiday and that it is adequate for your own individual needs.
  • 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 (please note, however, that a new travel authorisation system is being introduced). 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 for UK citizens can be found through the Travel Health Pro website. You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). You should also apply for a Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) if your EHIC has expired (if you have a still-valid EHIC, you can use this until it expires).
  • 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.
  • For information on the practicalities of travel now that the UK is no longer part of the European Union, visit www.gov.uk/visit-eu-switzerland-norway-iceland-liechtenstein.
  • The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) 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.
  • You are the best judge of your child’s/children’s capabilities. We are happy to take bookings for families of older children/teenagers if they walk regularly, love the outdoors and are comfortable with the distances and ascent/descent involved. Please note that the bedrooms at most of the accommodation we use will normally only sleep a maximum of 3 people, and sometimes only 2.
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