Day 1 Isle sur la Sorgue
Arrive in the town of Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, a veritable island of a village, surrounded by the crystal clear waters of the Sorgue river. The town’s Sunday market is among the most colourful in Provence, while its canals are bordered by quaint cafés, restaurants, and antique shops. Lose yourself among a labyrinth of narrow streets and in the town’s warm, Provençal charm.
Day 2 Isle sur la Sorgue – Fontaine de Vaucluse – Gordes Walking time about 4h15, 8.1 miles 13km, +450m/-200m
Today first a short transfer by taxi which will take you to Fontaine de Vaucluse, the mysterious spring that heads the Sorgue River. Through cedar forests you follow a 300 year old mur de la peste: a stone wall built to protect Provence from the 1720 plague. After walking through Cabrières and seeing the castle, the path leads to Gordes, a town built of majestic grey limestone, rising dramatically out of the valley and crowned by its Renaissance castle.
Day 3 Loop walk Gordes – Sénanque Abbey – Gordes Walking time about 3h15, 6.2 miles 10km, +250m/-250m
Today’s circular walk takes you through thyme laden fields dotted with old stone huts, and down into the Sénancole valley. Soon Sénanque Abbey will appear, built in 1148, and still in use, the abbey is one of the best conserved Romanesque buildings in France, and certainly one of its most magnificent. You will have time to explore the abbey before returning to Gordes via a cobbled path.
Day 4 Goult – Bonnieux Walking time about 3h30, 6.8 miles 11km, +320m/-250m
First a short morning transfer to the village of Goult. Crossing the Calavon valley you pass the ruins of ancient stone farmhouses before reaching the town of Lacoste. Crowned by the ruins of the castle of the Marquis de Sade, Lacoste offers a stunning ensemble of old village gates and cobbled streets, not to mention the haunting allure of the castle and its Marquis. A great place to have picnic, or lunch in the very nice restaurant “Café de France”. You then continue to Bonnieux, another gem of the Luberon, immortalized in Peter Mayle’s A Year in Provence. Visit its beautiful town squares and the old cobbled steps leading to its 12th century church.
Day 5 Loop walk Bonnieux – Cedar forest – Bonnieux Walking time about 4h, 8.7 miles 14km, +400m/-400m
Climbing to the highest reaches of the Luberon mountains you reach its cedar forest, its dark green canopy providing the perfect shade and shelter for a picnic lunch, and awe-inspiring views extending from the Alps all the way to the Mediterranean Sea. if you are lucky !
Day 6 Bonnieux – Buoux Walking time about 4h, 8.7 miles 14km, +250m/-150m
The first half of the walk is leisurely, along back country roads. Look back from time to time before the village of Bonnieux disappears from view. On the plateaus you walk through truffle oak plantations and by exquisite stone villas. After the Col du Pointu pass you’ve reached the Grand Luberon. A quaint path through the oak forests leads to the Château de Buoux, then up to the 12th century Chapelle de Ste. Marie. Passing the tiny village of Buoux you walk alongside imposing cliffs (not too close through), before taking a magical cobbled mule track descending in hairpin turns to the base of the Aiguebrun Valley, where you’ll find the charming and surprising Auberge des Seguins.
Day 7 Loop walk Buoux – Sivergues – Buoux Fort – Buoux Walking time about 4.5 hours +500m / -500m
Following the Aiguebrun valley, encased between limestone walls, the vegetation is lush. Climbing out of the valley, you pass open fields and ancient terrace walls, on your way to the hidden village of Sivergues. Only a handful of homes set around a single cobbled street, Sivergues counts a population of only 40 souls. Above the village a spring is handy to fill your water bottles. You continue ascending through the Mediterranean brush, including winter savoury and wild lavender, and before long you reach the very crest of the Luberon, a rounded summit laden with a carpet of thyme. From here the views can extend all the way to the Alps and to the Mediterranean Sea. Descending back to the Auberge you can take a detour to visit the 3000 year-old Buoux Fort, whose ruins include a mishmash Celto-Ligurian, Roman, and medieval architecture built atop one another, the whole lot sitting above a rocky crag with sheer cliffs and awe-inspiring views.
Day 8 Buoux – Isle sur la Sorgue
Transfer after breakfast to Isle sur la Sorgue
Walks on well maintained paths along rolling countryside, easily manageable with a reasonable fitness level. Daily tours are designed to combine the sheer pleasure of walking with plenty of chances for sightseeing or having breaks at vineyards on the way.
|01.03. – 20.03.2016 | 01.10. – 15.11.2016|
|21.03. – 30.06.2016 | 27.08. – 30.09.2016|
|Price per person, double occ. Season 1||CAD||$1280|
|Price per person, double occ. Season 2||$1380|
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Telephone: 705-949-1710 or 888-297-4786
Station Mall, 293 Bay St., Sault Ste Marie, P6A 1X3
Monday to Friday: 9.30 am. to 5.30 pm.
Saturday: by appointment