In this part of Provence you can enjoy the atmosphere so evocatively described by the Provençal writer Marcel Pagnol, and demonstrated so movingly in films like “Manon des sources” and “Jean de Florette”, which were partly filmed in the foothills of the Luberon mountains.
In this part of Provence you can enjoy the atmosphere so evocatively described by the Provençal writer Marcel Pagnol, and demonstrated so movingly in films like “Manon des sources” and “Jean de Florette”, which were partly filmed in the foothills of the Luberon mountains. The light here is special, brilliant with colour and as you walk through it each day, enjoying fragrant herbs crushed underfoot – thyme, rosemary and summer savoury – the sun warms you as you hike along the ridge trail or in the deep valleys above which tower golden cliffs.
Accommodation for 6 nights in a mixture of hotels and guesthouses in double rooms with bath or shower and private W.C, 4 evening meals (drinks not included) and breakfasts, transport of baggage between each overnight, taxi transfer on day 2, public bus transfer on day 7, route instructions/maps and meeting with representative on day 1 and emergency back-up.
Flights; drinks; lunches or any meals or transfers not mentioned in programme; gratuities; anything not specifically mentioned in programme.
February 1st to 15th June and 15th September to December 1st (according to accommodation availability). Mid June to Mid September are not possible due to the extreme heat.
Day 1 – Arrive in Apt. If you arrive early enough you have the possibility to do a walk in the Colorado Provençal.
Day 2 – Apt/Buoux. The perched village of Saignon and the Aiguebrun Valley lead us to to your accommodation, nestled under the white cliffs of Buoux.
4 hour walk,+370 m
Day 3 – Buoux/Recaute gorge. The path winds along the Cavalier Gorge and the Bon Dieu Gorge. Discover, the village of Lourmarin dominated by its castle where Albert Camus and Henri Bosco are buried.5 ½ hour walk, + 750 m
Day 4 – Recaute Gorge/Merindol. Today’s walk is along the Little Luberon’s crest, in the valley of la Tapi to Merindol, a village dominated by its castle in ruins.
5 ½ hour walk, + 450 m
Day 5 – Merindol/Merindol. A circular walk around Merindol walking in the depths of the Regalon Canyon, Mayorques farm and the Arboretum du Font de l’Orme, that contains about 20 species of identified trees, including four species of Mediterranean pine.
6 hour walk, + 250 m
Day 6 – Merindol/Bonnieux. Linking the two villages on the Little Luberon’s crest, the trail offers magnificent views on the Durance Valley, the Alpilles Mountain and even further to the Camargue. Finish your walk via the man made Foret des Cedres (cedar forest). The forest is made up of cedar trees from the Atlas mountains in Morocco, mixed with pine and green oak. Descend down to one of the most beautiful perched villages of Provence, Bonnieux.5 ½ hour walk, +550 m
Day 7 – Bonnieux/AptFrom Bonnieux, the tour finishes back in Apt with a last walk via the Chateau de Buoux and the Claparedes plateau. Your trip ends in Apt.
3 ½ hour walk
No accommodation booked unless you ask for an extra night.