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  • Hilltop Villages in Luberon

    1. Hilltop Villages in Luberon

    Visit the most beautiful medieval hilltop villages in the southern Luberon. Discover the charms of Lourmarin, Bonnieux, Roussillon, and Gordes on a 6-hour tour. Stop in Lourmarin for some free time, considered by many to be one of the most beautiful villages in France, and noted for its Renaissance castle.Take a photo in Bonnieux, a picture-perfect Provençal village that features a 12th-century church surrounded by ancient cedars. Continue to Roussillon via the Roman-era Pont Julien. Roussillon, perched atop an ochre-colored cliff, is a favorite of painters, and a magical place where combinations of oxides give the ochre an infinite variety of colors. Gordes offers an extraordinary vision of a stone village erected on a massive rock. Its fortress castle and church dominate the houses of the village, which were built with stones taken from the rock on which they sit.

    Such an amazing tour with a fabulous guide. Remy was full of brilliant knowledge and made the tour fun. The villages are so idyllic and picturesque, I would definitely recommend this tour and the guide. Overall great experience. -Leah

  • From Avignon: Full-Day Best of Provence Tour

    2. From Avignon: Full-Day Best of Provence Tour

    Visit the best sights in Provence during this full-day tour from Avignon. Your driver-guide, a specialist of Provence, will accompany you throughout the day.  Start in the beautiful villages of the Luberon and the famous Fontaine de Vaucluse. Admire the provençal landscape in the Luberon and have a chance to have a photo stop in lavender fields in summer (from June 15th to July 31st). Then, head over to Gordes listed as "one of the most beautiful villages in France". Walk in the red streets of Roussillon and discover the ochre lands. After this, enjoy the panoramic views of the Alpilles in Baux-de-Provence and take a stroll through the beautiful city of St-Rémy-de-Provence. Finish your amazing day at the majestic Pont du Gard.

    The tour plan really exceeded our expectations, we visited the most beautiful hilltop villages and got pictures from amazing spots. Our guide Nicolas is very knowledgeable about the area and we learned from him interesting information , also his itinerary plan was perfect not only we covered the itinerary but also he went extra mile to make us see an extra spot in Aix. Thank you so much! We hope to see you again for the wine tour and more of the wonderful Provence! Victor & Patrícia

  • Aix-en-Provence: Half Day Wine Tour in Coteaux d'Aix

    3. Aix-en-Provence: Half Day Wine Tour in Coteaux d'Aix

    Nestled between Luberon Regional park and the famous Sainte-Victoire mountain, discover the delicious flavors of the Luberon and Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence wines. Visit a prestigious Provence Château, a family-owned winery that was one of the first to work organically. Enjoy a tour of the vat and aging rooms to learn about the wine making process and organic wines. Wander around the vineyards and take in the glorious sunshine of the Mediterranean climate. Taste a selection of organic wines, including aromatic wines, dry and fruity rosés, and full-bodied structured reds.

    What an AMAZING tour we had with Stephane! We learned SO much about the wine-making process, the difference between red-white-rose, and the South of France region itself. Stephan spoke wonderful English, told great stories, and made us feel extremely safe and comfortable on our tour. We went to 2 wineries, both of which we got great history and stories about. The wine was wasted was absolutely wonderful. I highly recommend this tour to anyone in the region!

  • From Avignon: 1-Day Lavender Tour

    4. From Avignon: 1-Day Lavender Tour

    Your guide will first take you to Fontaine de Vaucluse, a beautiful village located by the river Sorgue. Walk up to its spring – one of the biggest in Europe. Next, stop at Sénanque Abbey and take as many pictures as you want of this majestic 12th century Abbey which is surrounded by lavender fields. After the photo-stop at the 'belvedere', head off to Gordes, a hilltop village made of local dry stones and enjoy the market (on Tuesdays). Explore the Provencal village of Roussillon, and observe the houses, whose colors vary with the sunlight. The Provencal market on Thursday adds even more colors. This is where you will take your lunch break (not included). After lunch, explore the lavender fields. Fill your body with fresh lavender fragrance, take some pictures and have a look at a distillation operation during harvest.  Your final stop is the village of Sault, in the middle of a buco...

    This was a great overview of some very picturesque sites in Provence. It was nice to have some flexibility to spend time where we wanted, to shop, and to get some great information about the local areas.

  • From Avignon: Luberon Hilltop Villages

    5. From Avignon: Luberon Hilltop Villages

    Your first stop will be Fontaine de Vaucluse where you will be charmed by the biggest French spring. Spontaneous stops at poppy fields on the way are included (in season). Next, marvel at Sénanque Abbey, a jewel of Romanesque art nestled in a lush greenery environment. Afterward, enjoy strolling through the streets of the spectacular hilltop village of Gordes, where you can admire the play of warm light on the dry stone walls. Move on to Roussillon and observe all the different shades of the ochre by wandering along the Ochre Trail (entrance fee not included - 3€/adult) and the colored roads of the village. Then, walk on the streets of Ménerbes, the fortified hilltop village that inspired Peter Mayle to write his most successful novel One Year in Provence.

  • From Avignon: Magic Luberon Private Tour

    6. From Avignon: Magic Luberon Private Tour

    Enjoy a hotel pick-up at around 08:30 (hotels located in downtown Avignon) and get ready for your 9-hour journey through Luberon.  First, stop at Fontaine de Vaucluse and admire this charming village by the river Sorgue. Walk up to its spring, one of the biggest of Europe and then walk down the cliff. Then, go to Sénanque Abbey and take beautiful pictures of this typical 12th-century abbey surrounded by lavender fields.  Your next step is Gordes. After the photo stop at the "belvedere", visit this famous hilltop village made of local dry stones, and explore the flourishing Provencal market on Tuesday. Then head off to the Provencal village of Roussillon, which weaves its spell throughout the year, as the shades of ochre of the houses and the ground vary with the sunlight. This is where you will take your lunch break (not included).  In the afternoon, enjoy a visit to the perched villa...

    My partner and I had a brilliant 2-person private tour through the Luberon region this July (2017), setting off from Avignon. The best aspects of the tour can be summarised thus: -A friendly, knowledgeable, humorous and interesting guide who tackled questions on history and everyday life in the region -Not having to drive, especially through the narrow streets of the hill-top towns -Having the opportunity to select exactly what we wanted to do and for how long, and to be able to divert from the planned route whenever we wished -Avoiding the worst of the tourist crush by setting out early It's not the lowest cost way of seeing the region of course, but totally worth it.

  • Marseille: Provencal Markets & Villages in Luberon

    7. Marseille: Provencal Markets & Villages in Luberon

    Tour the enchanting hill-top villages and colorful landscapes of the Luberon region of southern France on a full-day tour from Marseille, driving through Lourmarin. Stop to stroll through one of the weekly markets, depending on the day of your tour. Experience the aromas and flavors of traditional Provençal produce at Gordes on Tuesday, Roussillon on Thursday, Lourmarin on Friday, Apt on Saturday and L'Isle sur Sorgue on Sunday. On Tuesday, stroll in the market of this dry-stone built village of Gordes. On other days make a panoramic photo stop only. From mid-June to mid-July, take photo stop at Sénanque Abbey for its lavender fields in bloom. Also, discover the village of Roussillon and its colorful houses (market on Thursday).  Enjoy free time in Lourmarin (market on Friday), famous for its Renaissance castle. On Saturday only, discover the market of Apt (replaces the stop in L'Isle...

    We missed a reservation at Chez Fonfon because we got back at 7.30 the time of our reservation. The tour started at 8 and I was told it would be 9 and a half hours. We should have got back at 5.30. Don’t know why the guide Virginie spent so long in certain villages eg 2 hours in Gordes. Not long enough in some towns with more to see and do and too long in villages where little to do. Went to Marseille to eat Bouillabaisse and missed that experience because of bad timing. Also the guide should not ask for a tip that should be at the discretion of clients. Loved seeing all the villages but if the guide had stuck to the timetable we would have been able to eat Bouillabaisse. We hit the traffic jam coming back because she left too late. Disappointed in all and very tired at the end of the day.

  • From Avignon: Half-Day Baux de Provence and Luberon Tour

    8. From Avignon: Half-Day Baux de Provence and Luberon Tour

    Explore the Alpilles and Luberon regional parks in this half-day trip from Avignon. Focusing on a fusion of cultural heritage and natural beauty, you'll discover your own mini "year in Provence" within the space of a mere few hours with these twin attractions. Admire the panoramic view of the Alpilles from the hilltop village of Les Baux de Provence. Visit the Luberon and its precariously perched villages, along with Gordes, listed among "the most beautiful villages in France". Lest we forget Roussillon with its red houses and ochre textures. Final stop will be a fab photo opp at famous Senanque Abbey.

  • Pays de Sault Lavender Tour from Aix-en-Provence

    9. Pays de Sault Lavender Tour from Aix-en-Provence

    Travel through the Luberon Natural Regional Park along the picturesque and winding Combe of Lourmarin, to the Plateau of Claparèdes. Admire the typical stone houses among the lavender fields. Stop in the hilltop village of Saignon to enjoy panoramic area views. On this 9.5-hour tour the drive continues to Pays de Sault, where you’ll find wide lavender and lavandin fields in bloom. Stop in Sault, the Lavender Capital and enjoy some free time for lunch (not included in the tour price). Next, visit Gordes, one of the most beautiful villages in France. The fortified castle and church dominate the typical houses of the village, which were built with stones from the rock on which they sit.

    Rent was a great guide. He gave us lots of information and fun stories. The day was long but it was broken up nicely with stops on the drive to see medical villages and historic towns. We got to see many beautiful lavender fields and take al the pics we wanted.

  • From Marseille Cruise Port: Group Luberon Villages Excursion

    10. From Marseille Cruise Port: Group Luberon Villages Excursion

    Meet your driver at the bottom of the ship in Marseille cruise terminal and hop-on your air-conditioned minivan. Enjoy this excursion to the famous Luberon area. Drive to your first stop Lourmarin, where you will have the chance to wander during your free time. In this charming village, you will have a look at the famous Renaissance castle, considered a masterpiece of Renaissance architecture style (traditional open air market every Friday morning). Continue to the hilltop village of Bonnieux through the picturesque and winding route called the Combe of Lourmarin, which crosses the Luberon's mountain from south to north. Have free time in the village overlooking the Luberon hill range. Continue toward the colorful village of Roussillon and its ochre cliffs, you will be impressed by all the different ochre color use to paint the buildings and houses of the village. Great place for photog...

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What people are saying about Luberon

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 66 reviews

The tour plan really exceeded our expectations, we visited the most beautiful hilltop villages and got pictures from amazing spots. Our guide Nicolas is very knowledgeable about the area and we learned from him interesting information , also his itinerary plan was perfect not only we covered the itinerary but also he went extra mile to make us see an extra spot in Aix. Thank you so much! We hope to see you again for the wine tour and more of the wonderful Provence! Victor & Patrícia

Such an amazing tour with a fabulous guide. Remy was full of brilliant knowledge and made the tour fun. The villages are so idyllic and picturesque, I would definitely recommend this tour and the guide. Overall great experience. -Leah

I had Nicolas all to myself, so evidently the couple hours spent with him were amazing . He knows his history, geography, as well as etymology, AND he was actually able to answer all of my questions! Highly recommendable!

This was a great overview of some very picturesque sites in Provence. It was nice to have some flexibility to spend time where we wanted, to shop, and to get some great information about the local areas.

A day full with charming places and with great food.