The Luberon

Take in the magical allure of the Luberon in the heart of Provence - a land of rolling hills, sensuous cuisine, fine wine, idyllic country villages and the scent of lavender.  Walk the streets of the little known villages of the "Pays du Luberon" or ride a bike through what may be the best cycling landscape anywhere - including an unforgettable ascent of the infamous Mont Ventoux.


 
 

WHEN

May 21 - 28, 2016

This Trip is Filled!  

 

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • 7 Nights in a villa 
  • Breakfast each day 
  • Seven Dinners
  • All Transportation in Provence
  • Cooking class w/provencal meal
  • Guided trips to area towns   
  • Visits to area wineries and shops

PRICE:  $3,250

ITINERARY

Saturday – Pickup at the Avignon TGV train station and transfer to our villa.  Once everyone has checked in at the villa, we'll make a trip to the super marché where we will pick up items to stock our kitchen for the week. In the evening we’ll enjoy a group dinner in an area restaurant.

Sunday – After everyone has had breakfast, we’ll make the short drive to the village of L’Isle sur la Sorgue to visit one of the biggest and best markets in Provence.   The bikers in the group can bike to the market from the villa and meet up with the rest of the group.  In the afternoon, you can hang out by the pool or wander into Ménerbes  In the evening, we’ll make dinner at the villa with purchases from the market.

Monday - After breakfast, we’ll drive down the valley to the little village of Buoux and hike up to the ruins of the ancient Fort Buoux with its commanding views over the Lubéron.  Afterwards, we’ll stop for lunch at a cafe along the valley road.   In the evening, we’ll have dinner in an area restaurant.

Tuesday – After breakfast, we’ll visit the village of Gordes for their weekly market.  After lunch, we’ll visit some of the area sites*.   In the evening, we’ll have dinner in an area restaurant.

Wednesday – After breakfast and an optional bike ride, we’ll visit our friend Joëlle for lunch and a tour of her husband’s famous organic gardens.  In the afternoon, we’ll visit some of the area sites*, hang out at the villa or wander around Ménerbes.  In the evening, we’ll have dinner dinner at the villa.

Thursday – After breakfast in the villa, we’ll visit Roussillon and their weekly market.  After lunch in town, we’ll visit some of the area sites*, hang out at the villa or wander around Ménerbes.  In the evening, we’ll have dinner dinner at the villa.

Friday - On our last day, we’ll head for Bonnieux for their weekly market.  After lunch in town, we’ll visit some of the area sites*, hang out at the villa or wander around Ménerbes.  In the evening, we’ll have a special dinner in an area restaurant.

Saturday - After a final breakfast at the villa, we’ll take everyone back to the Avignon TGV station, say our goodbyes and hit the long road home.

* Wineries, Lavender Museum, Corkscrew Museum, House of Truffles & Wine, or Moulin des Bouillons (Ancient Olive Oil Mill)