THE LUBERON

7 day Escorted or Independent Tour The Luberon Mountains are in the heart of the Provence and are a protected area because of its particular landscapes. The nature is pure and the villages can’t be more typical of the region than here. Remember the incredible stories written by Peter Mayle in his book: A year […]

7 day Escorted or Independent Tour

The Luberon Mountains are in the heart of the Provence and are a protected area because of its particular landscapes. The nature is pure and the villages can’t be more typical of the region than here. Remember the incredible stories written by Peter Mayle in his book: A year in Provence. Or the novels of Jean Giono describing the region around Manosque. Forgotten medieval villages stuck on the hills when you are following the river Durance, various landscapes, pine forests and colours await you.
And what a great cuisine!

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Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival in Avignon.

Arrival in the 3*** hotel with excellent cuisine on the Isle of Barthelasse in very quiet area (with swimming- pool), approx. 5 km / 3 miles from Avignon Centre; parking free. For a 3*** hotel in Avignon centre, the supplement is $35.00 per person and night.

Day 2

Avignon – Cavaillon, approx. 45 km / 27 miles

Orientation meeting at approx. 9.30 a.m. at the reception of your hotel. Through the petit Crau to St Rémy de Provence and further on to Cavaillon.

Day 3

Cavaillon – Lourmarin, approx. 55 km. / 33 miles

You continue on the South side of the Lubéron mountains along the Durance valley. Into the hills and through very typical villages like Mérindol, Lauris, and the vineyards to Lourmarin, another extremely attractive village.

Day 4
 

Lourmarin – Manosque, approx. 45 km. / 27 miles

These beautiful landscapes accompany you on the way to Manosque, the town of Jean Giono. 

Day 5

Manosque – Gargas, approx. 65 km. / 41 miles

You leave the Durance valley and make a climb before continuing on the north side of the Lubéron. Cross through more small villages and magnificent scenery until reaching the town of Apt. 

Day 6

Gargas – Isle sur La Sorgue, approx. 50 km. / 30 miles

Today the tour leads you from Apt to the ochre rocks near Roussillon, which is also a very nice and very colourful village. You continue your trip until reaching Isle sur Sorgue, called the “the Venice of Provence”.

Day 7

Isle sur La Sorgue – Avignon, approx. 40 km. / 25 miles

On quiet small roads through the friendly Durance landscape and fruit plantations to your final destination, the city of Avignon. 



Day 8

Departure or extend your stay in Provence or elsewhere in France. 

The lavender fields generally bloom from the beginning of June to the end of July and are mostly around the village of Sault (option Mont Ventoux)

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Tour Character – moderate

This tour travels along rolling and gently hilly countryside so a good level of fitness is required. You cycle on paved, quiet country roads. Suitable for novice and experienced cyclists alike. We recommend our e-bikes for those concerned about fitness levels.

Airport / Transfers

The nearest airport is Avignon however it is very small. There are no public buses, train or shuttles serving Avignon Airport.
Marseilles Airport is approx. 100km distant. Bus/rail transfers from Marseilles are available at $35.00
You may also take the TGV express train from Paris (3 hours), at a cost of approx. $140

 

Escorted Tour – Schedule and Price Schedule & Price

 2014 Departure Dates22.03., 05.04., 19.04., 03.05., 17.05., 31.05., 14.06., 30.08. 13.09., 27.09., 11.10.

Minimum number of participants required.

 

Price per person  CAD $1980
Single Supplement $350
Optional Electro Bike $160

 

This tour includes:

• seven nights accommodation in a double room with private facilities. The hotels we use on this tour are small family run inns of superior 2 and 3 star standard, clean and comfortable.
• seven buffet breakfasts
• seven evening 3-course dinners
• experienced multi-lingual tour guide.
• luggage transport from hotel to hotel.
• modern hybrid bicycle with 21 gears, pannier and theft insurance
• Detailed travel material, map guides, and route descriptions of places of interest
• Safety vest

 

Independent Tour – Schedule and Price
Departure Dates 

Independent tours depart every Saturday from late March to the end of October

Choose your own date if you have four or more in your party.

 

Price per person  CAD $1360
Single Supplement $350
Half-board option (7 x evening dinners) $300
High season surcharge (July & August) $140
 Optional Electro Bike $160

 

This tour includes:
• seven nights accommodation in a double room with private facilities. The hotels we use on this tour are very good quality family run guesthouses and inn’s, generally of 2+ and 3 star quality.
• buffet breakfasts.
• seven day assistance helpline
• luggage transport from hotel to hotel.
• modern hybrid bicycle with 21 gears, lock & pannier
• Detailed travel material, map guides, and route descriptions of places of interest
• Safety vest

 

Not Included:

 

– Entrance fees
– Lunches and drinks