The Luberon Experience

Unique Small Group Tours in Provence

  • Are you dreaming of a different kind of European vacation?
  • A beautiful setting in the countryside?
  • An immersion in a different culture and way of life?
  • The opportunity to get to know local people?
  • A focus on simple pleasures?
  • A leisurely and relaxed pace?

If this type of vacation appeals to you, you’ll enjoy The Luberon Experience, a week-long, small group tour in the most scenic area of Provence, France. Our groups base in the medieval village of Bonnieux (below), with spectacular views across the countryside.

The Luberon Experience was selected by National Geographic Traveler magazine as one of their 50 Tours of a Lifetime for 2012. We’re very proud to be identified as one of the best tours in the world, “designed for experience, immersion, sustainability, and cultural connection.”

We’ve been traveling in Europe for over 20 years. In 2004, as part of a 14-month trip to Europe, we were fortunate to be able to live in the Luberon for almost seven months. The beauty of the area, the warmth of the people, and the relaxed lifestyle captured our hearts, and we now return several times a year. We created The Luberon Experience in 2006 so we could share this special place with people looking for a different vacation experience. We’ve hosted 35 week-long groups since September 2006.

2015 Schedule

Our 2015 Luberon Experience trips are:

  • May 2 – May 9
  • May 9 – May 16
  • May 16 – May 23

Our 2015 trips are now fully booked. Cancellations are always possible, and we do have a waiting list if your plans are flexible. Or perhaps you’d be interested in experiencing another beautiful and interesting area of France with us in 2015? We have a few openings in our Périgord Experience trips in the Dordogne region of southwest France, July 4 – 11 and July 11 – 18. Contact us to learn more.

We’ll announce our 2016 schedule and open for 2016 reservations on March 1, 2015. Sign up for our newletter to receive this announcement.

A Very Different Kind of Tour

We designed The Luberon Experience as a unique and very different kind of tour. We hesitate to call it a tour, because many people associate tours with large groups, big buses, short stops, and a regimented itinerary. This definitely isn’t that kind of a trip!

We wanted The Luberon Experience to be the type of tour we’d like to go on: a tour that feels like traveling with knowledgeable and fun friends, a tour that includes places and experiences you couldn’t find on your own… a tour that doesn’t seem like a tour. We wanted our travelers to experience the Luberon– not just visit it.

Our location is such an important part of our experience in Provence. We stay in one place for the entire week: the picturesque hillside village of Bonnieux, one of the most beautiful villages in France. Our accommodations are just perfect, an eight-room guesthouse right in the village. It’s welcoming and authentic… it feels like home.

Most of our week we focus within a 30 minute drive of our village, an area rich with discoveries. Our groups have experiences they would never have on their own, often in small places or private homes that aren’t in guidebooks or open to tourists. We’re always warmly welcomed by our local friends.

Our groups are small, typically 12-14 people; never more than 14. Our trips attract interesting people of all ages with a desire for a more personal travel experience and a cultural immersion in Provence. The group interaction and camaraderie is a very special element of our week.

Explore our website to learn more about the Luberon, our approach to travel, and a typical week on our Luberon Experience trip. We’d love to share our special part of Provence with you!

Other travelers visit Provence. With us you will experience it!

- Kathy and Charley Wood

STT-logo-small8We’re a founding member of Slow Travel Tours, an informal affiliation of small-group tour operators who offer personalized trips in Italy, France and other European countries. All these people have a travel philosophy similar to ours. If one of our trips isn’t right for you, we hope you’ll consider one of theirs.

Follow the Slow Travel Tours blog to learn more about exploring Europe slowly with a small group tour. And enjoy Kathy’s latest post: Train Travel in France: Planning Your Trip & Buying Tickets