Hiking In The Luberon With Picnic Lunch
The Luberon is the region described by Peter Mayle in his book with rolling countryside of villages.
Anyone who purchases this tour is seeking to experience the true countryside of Provence, the fantasy that you see in those gorgeous foreign films. As you leave this port city with its bustle and buildings, you will feel the relief of rural life setting in as you gradually travel to what is described as the most beautiful village in France, Lourmarin. Lourmarin was built around a monastery and a primitive Renaissance castle and became home to Henri Bosco and Albert Camus.
From the harbor you will first drive in the direction of the Luberon mountain range, to visit the lovely village of Lourmarin (there is a market on Friday morning), listed as "one of the most beautiful villages in France," where you will wander around the small streets and take in the tasteful shops and the town's Renaissance castle. This is the village where Albert Camus was buried, so you can also make a stop to see his grave.
After Lourmarin, drive in the direction of Buoux where you will start your two-hour hike in spectacular surroundings. Caves, cliffs and peaks marry the irregular outlines of the Aigue-Brun river and make Buoux one of the most fascinating sites in the world! Make your way upwards (approximately 1 hour) to the medieval village of Sivergues, in the heart of the regional park of the Luberon. The scenery will give you the impression that you have arrived in a village of the end of the world. After stopping to catch your breath and take in the views, you will head back to the car via the valley of the Aigebrun river, where you will enjoy a French picnic lunch including wine, breads, cold cuts, cheeses, and more.
Now continue your tour to Bonnieux, also called Mont-Saint Michel of Provence, where you can see the worldwide famous Abbey. After a small walk you will be rewarded with a splendid view of the entire valley; stop here to have a drink and relax before returning to the harbor in Marseille.
- Make sure to wear good walking shoes.
- Please alert ShoreTrips in advance of any dietary restrictions or food allergies. We will do our best to accommodate.
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