Return to the Luberon

A special trip in 2025!

2025 Dates: May 10 – 17

This trip is designed for members of our Travelers Circle who have already participated in our Luberon Experience week. You’re welcome to bring your travel companions.

Bonnieux and the Luberon have become our much-loved second home. We’ve been spending several months a year in Bonnieux for 20 years, but our stays there still give us an incredible thrill. Whether we’re leading a Luberon Experience group or simply enjoying family time in this place we love, the familiarity and quiet comfort of this enchanting valley in Provence offers a marvelous starting point for special friendships, experiences, and discoveries.

We developed our Return to the Luberon week at the request of many travelers who joined us for The Luberon Experience and wanted to come back to explore more of this beautiful area. Some people have been with us in the Luberon three and four times… and like us, they make new discoveries every time.

We always have a wonderful time with our “Return” groups. We’re looking forward to welcoming more of you back to Bonnieux and introducing you to other special places in and beyond the Luberon.

There’s so much more to discover in this beautiful and interesting area of southern France, as we travel north, south, east and west of Bonnieux during this Return week.

You’ll feel a real sense of homecoming when you return to Bonnieux and arrive at Le Clos du Buis. Pierre, Celine, Sophie and other friends you’ll remember from your previous time in the Luberon will give you a warm welcome.

We encourage you to combine Return to the Luberon with our new four-night Inside Lyon trip, May 10 – 14. Lyon is a fascinating, less-discovered city, just 1.5 hours from Avignon on the high-speed TGV train. If you book both Inside Lyon and Return to the Luberon, we’ll include your transportation between the two trips.

Our plan for this Return trip will be finalized based on the interests of the group and considering what they experienced with us on previous trips. Here’s just a sample of what we may include in this special week:

  • A return trip to the Sunday morning market at L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, followed by our traditional market picnic. (There’s also the possibility of an optional visit to Fontaine la Vaucluse—the source of the River Sorgue—if anyone prefers a different experience.)
  • Explorations of nearby villages not visited on our Luberon Experience trip (such as Ménerbes, St. Saturnin-lès-Apt or Goult).
  • A day—maybe two—on the south side of the Luberon mountain, including the villages of Lourmarin and Cucuron. Other possibilities include a tour of the privately-owned Chateau d’Ansouis, a visit to the wine estate and sculpture gardens at Chateau La Coste, and the abbaye de Silvacane (a peaceful 12th century Cistercian abbey near the Durance River).
  • A fun truffle hunt and tasting at a large farm, hosted by Johann, his friend Jean Marc, and some smart truffle-hunting dogs.
  • A day trip to one of the famous wine towns of the southern Rhône (Chateauneuf-du-Pape or Gigondas), including a tour and tasting at a premiere winery and lunch at a special restaurant.
  • A day trip to the isolated and rugged area northeast of Apt. We’ll visit the wild and rocky gorge at Oppedette, the beautiful gardens at the 12th century abbey at Valsaintes, and the special village of Viens. We’ll enjoy a special picnic on this day.
  • The opportunity to visit several other outdoor markets, including the fun Friday morning market in Lourmarin.
  • A fun game of boules with local friends.
  • Several options for short walks or longer hikes.
  • Free time for relaxing at Le Clos du Buis and enjoying the village.
  • Memorable meals in a variety of settings, including a very special gastronomic dinner.

Heading off to hunt for truffles

From Our Travelers

Here’s what some of our “Return” travelers had to say about their week:

“I loved our day on the south side of the Luberon: the personal tour by the owner of the chateau, the beautiful lunch location, and the great fun at the truffle hunt.” (Mark from Ohio, USA)

“Le Clos du Buis feels like home! I feel so welcome here.” “I loved every minute of the trip.” (Lisa from Queensland, Australia)

“I loved it all. I could not believe how wonderful the meals were! It was great seeing new places and revisiting old ones.” “Getting together with your French friends make this a very special experience.” (Diane from Arizona, USA)

“I most enjoyed the wine tasting and lunch in Chateauneuf-du-Pape.” (Richard from Arizona, USA)

“The Luberon and Bonnieux are so beautiful, warm and welcoming. ” (Sandy from New South Wales, Australia)

“As we got closer to Bonnieux and got a glimpse of Bonnieux for the first time since our first trip seven years ago, we both had this serendipitous feeling of ‘ahh, this is it – what we fell in love all that while ago.’ The Luberon area is a little piece of heaven on earth – it is beautiful like nothing we have experienced before and has this simplicity of life about it.” (Cheryl and Ron from Alberta, Canada)

“My favorite day was Sunday: the market at L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, seeing the Pont Julien again, the poppy fields, Goult, the ancient house of Michele, and a special dinner in Bonnieux.”  (Ginger from Wisconsin, USA.)

Arrival and Departure

We’ll meet the group at the Avignon TGV station on Saturday afternoon; this is also our drop-off point the following Saturday morning.

Many travelers begin or end their stay in France with a few days in Paris. Avignon and Aix-en-Provence are interesting destinations in for a few days before or after your Luberon week, easily reached from Paris on the high-speed TGV train or from the Marseille Provence Airport.

Leaders: Kathy Wood and Christian Linke

Price:  $3,900 per person, double occupancy; $4,400 single occupancy of a double room