This circular itinerary goes along quiet little picturesque roads, and is suitable for all levels. You’ll discover some of the most beautiful landscapes and most remarkable villages in the Luberon Natural Park. There are signposts at every crossroads so it’s easy to explore the exceptional countryside, at your own pace, and enjoy the Provencal weather; discover the ochre landscape of the Colorado Provençal, its castles, small charming villages, fields of lavender and cherries, vineyards; a host of different landscapes that change with the seasons.
Level: easy to medium. Luggage transportation: just carry the things you’ll need for that day.
Example of programme
Day 1: from Cavaillon to Lauris, via Cheval-Blanc and Mérindol, with its history of the Vaudois.
Day 2 from Lauris to the Bastide des Jourdans, via Vaugines and Cucuron, familiar to fans of the “Hussard sur le toit” and “Manon des Sources.” 30 km
Day 3: Pays d’Aigues, from the Bastide des Jourdans to Manosque, via Pierrevert. 30 km
Day 4: Giono country, from Manosque to St Michel l’Observatoire, or along the lavender route, which is a sea of blue in the summer, visiting the villages of Volx and Villeneuve. 25 km
Day 5: from Forcalquier to Céreste, St Michel de l’Observatoire, famed for its excellent astronomy, Vachères with its magnificent panoramic view and descent to Reillanne. 38 km.
Day 6: Le Colorado Provençal, from Céreste to Apt, via Rustrel with its famous ochre quarries. 36 km.
Day 7: the perched villages, north slopes of the Luberon; Apt to Cavaillon via Bonnieux, Lacoste, Ménerbes, Oppède le Vieux. 38km.
Price per person (based on 2 people): €780 including hotel and B&B accommodation, double room, half-board (excluding drinks), except 2 dinners (in Apt and La Bastide des Jourdans), topoguide, luggage transfer, depending on package chosen.
Price without luggage transfer: €630/person (based on 2 people).
Price does not include: transport to/from start point (Cavaillon), lunches, 2 dinners, bike rental (additional cost), cancellation insurance/assistance, beverages, possible booking fees.
Mountain bike rental: €100 for 7 days (payable at time of booking)
Single room supplement: €150
Single participant supplement: €165