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Walking holidays in France-La Provence Vaucluse
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Walking in Provence
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Walking in Provence

Walking in Provence

Le Vaucluse

  • All the aromas of Provence, including the famous lavender fields
  • Lovely Provençal accommodation throughout your tour
  • Fontaine de Vacluse; a medieval village offering the unique sight of a river gushing up out of the ground
  • Fascinating spots such as the Cistercian Abbey of Senanque founded in 1148, and Gordes, one of the most beautiful villages of France
Map walking routes in La Provence and Vaucluse
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Start: Fontaine-de-Vaucluse       End: Hôtel du Poète

Day 1: Arrival in Fontaine-de-Vaucluse (7 km)
Day 2: Walk from Fontaine-de-Vaucluse to Saint-Gens (13,1 km)
Day 3: Circular walk around Le Venasque (12,2 km)
Day 4: Walk from Saint-Gens to Gordes (10,6 km)
Day 5: Circular walk around Gordes - Gorges de la Veroncle (12 km)
Day 6: Walk from Gordes to Fontaine-de-Vaucluse (11 km)
Day 7: End of program

Day 1:    Arrival in Fontaine-de-Vaucluse (7 km)

Arrival at your first accommodation, in the center of Fontaine-de-Vaucluse, an emblematic village of the Luberon. It is here that the famous source of the Sorgue springs. Fontaine de Vaucluse gave its name to the department. If you arrive early, you will have the option of doing a short circular walk on the heights of the village. Round trips to the famous "Gouffre de Fontaine-de-Vaucluse" and the ruins of the castle are also possible. With an average total flow of 630 million m³ per year, this source is the largest in France and one of the largest in the world, by volume of water flowing. Cool and peaceful in summer, bubbling and impetuous in spring and autumn, the source, a true whim of nature, has never ceased to intrigue curious people and researchers since Antiquity.

If you arrive early, you will have the option of doing a short optional circular walk to warm up and get a first glimpse of the surroundings of Fontaine-de-Vaucluse. This loop can also be done on the last day of your trip when you return to Fontaine.  
Challenge: 5.8 km, 268m ascent, 268m descent


Day 2:    Walk from Fontaine-de-Vaucluse to Saint-Gens (13,1 km)

This first stage on the GR91 begins with a strong positive elevation gain for the first few kilometers through a beautiful forest. The first Provencal smells will amaze your nose: pine, thyme, rosemary, ...

After a long descent you will discover the beautiful village of Le Beaucet, set against a steep rock face, before passing a deep gorge and strolling through tranquil landscapes. Passing by the odd house and vineyard, enjoy the aromas of Provence on your way to your guesthouse. In the evening enjoy dinner at your accommodation in a peaceful environment!

Challenge: 13.1 km, 660m ascent, 383m descent


Day 3:    Circular walk around Le Venasque (12,2 km)

Discover the surroundings of Venasque, a magnificent hilltop village in the Vaucluse mountains. The village of Venasque is considered to be one of the most authentic villages in the Comtat Venaissin area, and is the source of the area’s name. Venasque has been sheltered since time immemorial by its shielded location atop a rocky outcrop. To the east of the village, the hamlets known as Pérégrine and Le Petit Défend retain their wilderness character which has led them to being ranked as Environmentally-Sensitive Areas. The village of Venasque built atop a rock, one of the most beautiful villages in France. Stroll the narrow streets that climb up to the heart of the village, see the beautiful doors and building façades, the old ramparts... Don’t miss the 6th-century Baptistry near the church, at the end of the village. The Baptistry was built atop the ruins of a Roman temple and is the centre of a remarkable ensemble of religious buildings.

Challenge: 10.1 km, 444m ascent, 444m descent


Day 4:    Walk from Saint-Gens to Gordes (10,6 km)

Today you traverse quiet surroundings on your way up to Rochers Rouges. At the top, you'll enjoy panoramic views of the Dentelles de Montmirail, Mont Ventoux and the Rhone Valley. Then, through holm oak woods dotted with rocky outcroppings, you make your way down to the beautifully situated village of Senanque and its 11th century Abbey. After a visit to the Cistercian monks, and sampling their homemade products, you continue onward to the famous town of Gordes. Be ready for a magnificent view of the village from your hotel.

Challenge: 10.9 km, 432m ascent, 429m descent


Day 5:    Circular walk around Gordes - Gorges de la Veroncle (12 km)

A wonderful walking route for today, from Gordes through the spectacular Gorges de la Veroncle with its steep, jagged cliffs. It is one of the most beautiful hikes in the Luberon. You walk all the way down to the bottom of the spectacular gorge then up again, passing several old mills along the way. It is a sporty hike with some difficult sections including some ladders and cables. An alternative to bypass the gorges is possible, downhill on a marked trail.

Following quiet footpaths and country roads just below Gordes. Finally, after a steep uphill section, you arrive back at the familiar Chateau de Gordes.

Challenge: 10.7 km, 390m ascent, 390m descent
Alternative: 11.8 km, 414m ascent, 414m descent


Day 6:    Walk from Gordes to Fontaine-de-Vaucluse (11 km)

From the lively town of Gordes, you continue walking across the silent Plateau de Vaucluse with its many “bories”, enjoying the mysterious ambience created by these curious round structures. Later in the morning, you will visit a real “Village des Bories”, a unique site that invites you to travel through time. 4 kilometres from Gordes, on the slopes of the Vaucluse Mountains, facing the Luberon, the village of Bories (curious constructions made from dry stones), built at the beginning of the 17th century is evidence of the exceptional quality of the ancestral art of building and know-how in the stacking of stones, that has since disappeared.

Before returning back to Fontaine de Vaucluse, continue downhill on a beautiful steep path through the forest.

Challenge: 12.4 km, 225m ascent, 494m descent


Day 7:    End of program

Your walking trip comes to an end today after breakfast (if you have time and you arrived late on the first day, the short optional circular walk around Fontaine-de-Vaucluse can be done this day).



All hotels and B&B of this trip are carefully selected because of their location, atmosphere and/or unique services. All rooms are en-suite.
You can find the standard hotels of this trip. If a hotel is fully booked, then we will book a similar one for you and inform you about the alternative booked. 

Extra overnight:
You can book additional night(s) at any of the accommodations along the way.

Hôtel du Poète (Fontaine-de-Vaucluse)
Hôtel du Poète (Fontaine-de-Vaucluse)

The Hôtel du Poète is located at the gateway to the Luberon Massif, in the heart of Fontaine-de-Vaucluse. Housed in an old mill skilfully transformed into a unique place to stay, it offers all the charm of Provence.


La Bergerie Pradel (Le Beaucet)
La Bergerie Pradel (Le Beaucet)

Lovely Bed and Breakfast in a 17th century Bergerie in The South of France, Provence, Le Beaucet. Heated pool, rooms with own terrace and studios.


Le Mas de Romarins-Gordes
Le Mas des Romarins (Gordes)

Le Mas des Romarins puts the most beautiful hilltop village in the Luberon at your feet… The characterful house from the early 19th century, with dry stone walls, houses a 3-star hotel with charming comfort with its heated swimming pool in summer, its private parking, its terraced garden, its large living room, its cozy bedrooms and its bistronomic table.

In this exceptional environment in the heart of Provence, you can walk to the center of Gordes, which is listed among the most beautiful villages in France, in a few minutes.



You can start on any day of the week, subject to availability, between March and June, and between September and November.

The nearest airport is Marseille-Provence (MRS).

Arrival and departure from Fontaine-de-Vaucluse

BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT: From Marseille airport, you can take a train to Avignon or Cavaillon, then arrange an optional taxi transfer (at an additional cost) to Fontaine-de-Vaucluse. For further details, go to:  www.marseille-airport.com.

PRIVATE TAXI: From Marseille airport, we can arrange a taxi transfer to Fontaine-de-Vaucluse (optional extra). Private taxi transfers can be arranged from/to Fontaine-de-Vaucluse back to/from Marseille airport. Prices on request. 

You can reach Fontaine-de-Vaucluse by car, with free parking at the hotel all week.

GPS tracks are available on request.



  • 6 nights' accommodation with breakfast
  • 2 dinners (on days 2 and 3)
  • Luggage transport on days 2, 4 and 6
  • Digital detailed route notes and maps in English
  • Access to the trip in GUIBO, the digital guidebook and navigation app
  • 24-hour telephone assistance

Not included

  • Transport from/to Fontaine-de-Vaucluse to/from accomodation
  • Other meals
  • Extra transfers
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • Tourist tax


  • Single Room Supplement(s)
  • Solo Traveller Supplement
  • Additional night/s can be booked at any of the standard accommodations along the way
  • Shipment of printed documents to the first accommodation


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