Our Approach

Our Approach

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We’ve designed The Luberon Experience and our other trips in Europe to provide a unique and very different kind of group travel experience. We’ve always been independent travelers, and we wanted this to be the type of tour we’d like to go on. We wanted a tour that didn’t seem like a tour.

Our goal? We want this to be your BEST vacation. Ever!

There are many choices for touring Europe, on your own or with a group. What makes The Luberon Experience different and potentially right for you?

A small group of like-minded travelers. Our groups are small, usually ten to fourteen people. You’ll feel part of a community of friends, sharing experiences with supportive traveling companions. And because our groups are small, we can visit special, intimate places that aren’t accessible to larger tours.

Helpful, knowledgeable and enthusiastic leaders. We truly enjoy people and personally lead all our groups. Unlike larger tour companies, we don’t contract our trips to hired guides. One of us– usually both of us– will always be with every group. We’ll get to know you before the trip even begins, and we’ll make extra efforts to meet your individual needs. Most importantly– we love the Luberon and know it well! You’ll have the benefit of our knowledge, experience and relationships.

One base for a week. We base in one place for the entire week, the beautiful centrally-located village of Bonnieux. You’ll get to know the village well, and by the middle of the week, it will feel like home! We stay in a small, charming guesthouse with welcoming local hosts and an incredible view. Most of the week our explorations focus within 30 minutes of Bonnieux, an area we can see from our guesthouse window. Mid-week we have a day “Beyond the Luberon” where we make a longer day trip to another special area of Provence.

Unique experiences. You’ll be surrounded by incredible natural beauty, very different from your home environment. And you’ll have unforgettable experiences that you couldn’t find on your own, including opportunities to get to know many local people. Our Luberon Experience week covers a broad range of interests: history, scenery, the outdoors, markets and shopping, museums, arts and crafts, food and wine. Learn more about a typical Luberon Experience week here.

Memorable meals. An important part of our experience involves the local cuisine and food specialties of Provence, which takes advantage of fresh, seasonal products, olive oil, and aromatic herbs. We enjoy meals in a variety of settings, including fine restaurants, small cafes, private homes, and outdoor picnics. We learn about local products, farming, wines, dining customs, and cooking.

Flexibility. Our schedule is stimulating and varied, but also relaxed and flexible to take advantage of each group’s interests, the weather, and special opportunities. We enjoy spontaneity. We have two leaders and travel in two private vehicles, giving us more flexibility so everyone doesn’t always have to do the exact same thing. We include some options for hiking, but there are always other interesting alternatives for those who prefer something less active. And you always have the option to enjoy a relaxing day on your own.

Fun! A vacation is supposed to be fun. We take care of the details and interactions that make international vacations stressful for many people. You can relax and enjoy each day. No two Luberon Experience weeks are ever quite the same, and we always plan some surprises, so expect the unexpected!

Outstanding value. We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding value. Our price includes a highly-personal, seven-night trip in a three-star accommodation with most meals included (seven breakfasts, four lunches and six dinners, with wine) and many extras.

The Luberon Experience attracts travelers whose style and interests are similar: people who want quality over quantity, to do more than sightsee, to absorb the natural beauty in this special place, to experience the unique culture, and to connect with local people. Our requirements are simple. Come with a sense of adventure and openness… and a good appetite too! Plan to walk a mile or two a day in the course of daily activities, sometimes on uneven surfaces. (You can always opt out if something is too strenuous.)

We especially enjoy the variety of people who have joined our Luberon Experience groups, ranging in age from 18 to 80. Our groups include solo travelers, couples, friends and family members, and small groups. Since we launched our trips in September 2006 our travelers have come from all over the USA (35 states and counting!), Puerto Rico, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Eight people have even come back for a second Luberon Experience!

The Luberon is such a special place, and we’re thrilled to have the opportunity to share it with others. We’ve designed a week full of unique experiences, a week that will also be a lot of fun. You’ll see breathtaking scenery that has inspired artists and poets, walk in villages where people have lived for hundreds of years, fill your shopping basket at the local markets, sample freshly-prepared food in a variety of settings, and get to know many local people.

If the Luberon and our approach to travel appeal to you, we’d love to talk to you about joining us in Provence for The Luberon Experience. We’re committed to making this your BEST vacation. Ever!