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Tour & Walk in the Luberon Itinerary
 Day by Day Itinerary  
This holiday can be taken at any time between the months of April to October although our advice would be to plan a holiday in the Spring, early Summer or Autumn when the climate is ideal for touring.

The itinerary has been planned as a first night of Saturday and a final night of Wednesday but the day by day itinerary can change according to your choice of holiday dates.

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You will be staying in the heart of the Luberon in a pretty hotel near the stunning perched village of Gordes.  Depending on your arrival time, explore this beautiful old village with a short stroll.. Explore two of the delightful perched villages for which this area is famous - Lacoste, with the ruined Chateau of the Marquis de Sade and Bonnieux with its beautiful vistas of the Luberon valley. From here continue north of the village and drive the panoramic road up to the Cedar Forest whose magnificent trees line the ridge of the Petit Luberon mountains. A 2hr 30 minute walk from here takes you through the heart of the Cedar Forest to views over the wide open Durance valley beyond.  This morning visit the stunning village of Roussillon with its unique multi-coloured ochre cliffs. Lunch at one of the many cafes in Roussillon and explore the shops of the local artisans. This afternoon discover the hidden ochre valleys on a 2 hour walk through pine covered slopes and vineyards near the village with an optional visit to the Conservatoire des Ochres (where the walk begins) for a fascinating introduction to the use of ochre as a decorative material.
All the colours and scents of Provence at the lively weekly market in Gordes village this morning then drive high into the Luberon hills for lunch at the delightful Auberge de la Loube famous for its magnificent platter of provencal hors d'oevres and its pretty setting in the valley of Buoux. Enjoy a 2 hour 30 minute walk through the peaceful valley and spectacular cliffs of the Aigbrun.
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Today visit the village made famous by Peter Mayle in his book 'A Year in Provence'.  Menerbes stands proud on the south side of the valley.  A short distance away, the ruined village of Oppède le Vieux nestles against the mountainside.  From here a delightful 1 hour 30 minute stroll leads you through the quiet country lanes and vineyards around.  Visit the olive oil mill nearby. Depart this morning after breakfast or if you are one of our city stay Extension Options, depart the Luberon this morning and drive on to either Avignon or Aix en Provence for the final days of your holiday.
Recommended visits and excursions are planned into your holiday itinerary to ensure that you make the most of your stay in the area. Please note that whilst we do our best to ensure that pre-planned visits are possible on the specific days indicated, variations in opening times and guided visits can sometimes require a slight alteration to the day by day itinerary. Please note also that some of the guided visits may be in French.  Where this is the case, we do our best to ensure that an English explanation is also available.
The holiday described has been planned with hotel accommodation in the 4* Ferme de la Huppe, a delightful hotel in a renovated farmhouse situated in the countryside near the stunning perched village of Gordes. The hotel has pretty gardens, a lovely dining terrace where light lunches are served and a swimming pool for cooling off in the heat of the day or at the end of your daily excursions.

Accommodation is in a twin or double room with private facilities. The final choice of hotel for your holiday is however determined by availability according to your holiday dates. If we cannot secure accommodation in the Ferme de la Huppe we will advise you immediately and suggest an alternative, and advise any supplement which may be required. There are many charming hotels in the area all of which we have visited personally and have selected for the comfort of their rooms, their friendly and welcoming ambience and of course for their excellent provencal food.
Ferme de la Huppe
Hotel Les Romarins bedroom
  The best of French Food
Dinner on two evenings, and lunch in a countryside restaurant, are included in the price of your holiday as detailed in the itinerary. The hotels and restaurants we have chosen all offer the best of provencal food so you can be sure to enjoy a delicious three or four course meal every evening. Where lunch is taken at a restaurant or café of your choice, we have planned your itinerary with suggested lunchtime locations offering a choice of cafes and restaurants to ensure you can sample all the delights of the local cuisine. On some days you may choose to have a lunchtime picnic choosing from the superb range of produce in the local markets. The dinners and lunch included in the holiday price are detailed on the Itinerary.
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Updated: 22 September, 2006