HIKING TRAILS FRANCE, Vaucluse-Provence

Four day walks in the Vaucluse-Provence

Getting there:  By high speed train (TGV) we arrived in early afternoon at Avignon. Behind the train station you’ll find a bus to the heart of the Vaucluse. We started in Cereste (2 hrs. bus). Here you can buy good walking maps. Well marked walk-ways, such as parts of the local GR’s (the Grande Randonnée).
Maps: We used: IGN 3242OT and 3142OT. Scale: 1:25.000. Or: Didier Richard, nrs. 14 and 27, 1 cm. = 500m, Ventoux and Luberon, Sainte-Victoire.
Accommodation: Plenty: hotels, pensions, Gites d’étappe, chambre d’hôtes , Gites ruraux, at the farm, at a castle, whatever you want.

March 2000: an (almost) round walk in a hilly landscape, nice valleys, gorges (canyons)  and vineyards.
Height: highest peak on trail: 700m.

Distance between the stage cities: about 25 km.

Day 1: Cereste - Viens
Day 2: Viens - St.Saturnin d’Apt
Day 3: St.Saturnin d’Apt - Gordes
Day 4: Gordes - Fontaine de Vaucluse
            and from here the bus to Avignon.

colorado      van gogh     gordes

Colorado                                                                  Van Gogh?                        Gordes

On trail: Near Rustrel the Colorado offers an amazing range of colours going from bright yellow to vivid orange; Roussilon and the living van Gogh orchards; the Abbeye de Senanque; Gordes, in full sight, the colourful lavender plantations.
If time is not your problem: visit at the last day the old town of Avignon….Palais des Papes or the Festival in july-august.
Sur le pont d’Avignon…..

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