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From Avignon: Full-Day Best of Provence Tour

1. 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.

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From Avignon: 1-Day Lavender Tour

2. 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 bucolic landscape, isolated from civilization. There, enjoy some free time for shopping, taste a lavender ice cream or have a drink on a panoramic terrace.  At the end of the tour, your guide will drive you back to Avignon. 

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Hilltop Villages in Luberon

3. 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.

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Truffle Hunting in Provence

4. Truffle Hunting in Provence

Go on a black truffle hunt on the gorgeous property of a Provençal truffle plantation in the Luberon, just 40 minutes from Aix en Provence TGV train station and 1 hour from Marseille Airport. Meet a real truffle hunter and learn how this elusive, edible “black gold” is cultivated and how the truffle dogs are trained. With the help of your guide, you will soon find some truffles to try. Learn about the art of growing truffle trees, training truffle dogs, and finding truffles. Then celebrate your find with a glass of champagne while your hosts teach you how to clean, store, and cook with truffles. Sample some truffle hors d'oeuvres and be sure to ask your hosts to taste the olive and truffle oil produced on the farm. Many delicious products are also available for you to take back home as a unique souvenir. Take a tour of the vineyards, olive tree plantation and bees hives, and fully immerse yourself in the gourmet paradise of the Luberon.

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From Marseille: Full-Day Avignon, Gordes and Roussillon Tour

5. From Marseille: Full-Day Avignon, Gordes and Roussillon Tour

Head to the wonderful papal city of Avignon. Enjoy your free time to explore the historic center and admire the Avignon Cathedral (Our Lady of Doms), the battlements, Saint-Bénézet Bridge, the Doms Rock, St Peter’s Basilica, and the Clock Tower Square. Take the road to the charming classified villages of Lubéron. Your first stop is Isle sur la Sorgues. Continue to Gordes, listed as one of the most beautiful villages of France. Take advantage of the lunch break in Gordes to explore the village, its church and castles. Move on to the village of Roussillon, surrounded by cliffs of ochre. Enjoy some free time to wander about the village to discover the craft shops or take a 30-minute walk on the Ochre Trail to see the Fairy Chimneys. You’ll then begin the return journey to Aix-en-Provence.

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Aix-en-Provence: Avignon and Roussillon Small Group Tour

6. Aix-en-Provence: Avignon and Roussillon Small Group Tour

Depart Aix-en-Provence and travel to the historic city of Avignon to learn about its papal heritage and marvel at architecture that dates back to the 14th century, such as the impressive Palais des Papes. Take a 1-hour walking tour of the city center to visit the 12th-century cathedral of Notre Dame des Dom. Spend your free time to discover the iconic pope city. Soak up the medieval atmosphere of the narrow streets and pretty squares, and find a host of attractive gardens, churches, and much more. Continue to L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue and get some time at leisure to explore the historic riverside village, known for heritage water wheels and antique dealers. Enjoy lunch at your own expense before going to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Gordes. Drive through the regional park of Luberon to admire the landscapes and get a panoramic view of the hilltop village before arrival. Get some free time to explore the village of Roussillon or go for a nature walk along the colorful Ochre trail.

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From Marseille: Luberon Markets & Villages Full-Day Trip

7. From Marseille: Luberon Markets & Villages Full-Day Trip

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. Stroll through one of the weekly markets, depending on the day of your tour. Experience the aromas and flavors of traditional Provençal produces. On Tuesdays only, spend time in the dry-stone built village of Gordes and explore its market. On other days, stop in Gordes for a panoramic photo stop. From mid-June to mid-July, make a photo stop at Senanque Abbey for its lavender fields in bloom. See the village of Roussillon and its colorful houses with a market on Thursdays. Enjoy free time in Lourmarin (market on Friday), famous for its Renaissance castle. Walk along the canals and discover the antique shops. On Sundays, there is a market that takes place in L'Isle sur Sorgue. Drive to Fontaine de Vaucluse and the Sorgue resurgence.

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

8. 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.

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Aix-en-Provence: Luberon Market & Villages Day Tour

9. Aix-en-Provence: Luberon Market & Villages Day Tour

Travel from Aix-en-Provence to Luberon valley on a full-day tour of the area's charming and unique villages. First make your way to L'Isle sur la Sorgue, and wander through the open-air provencal market, and along the canals, taking time to stop in the various antique shops. Then enjoy lunch on your own in the exceptional hilltop village of Gordes. Afterward (from mid-June to mid-July only) stop for photos of the blooming lavender fields at Senanque Abbey. Continue to the colorful village of Roussillon and its ochre cliffs. Stop for a photo in Bonnieux and on the way admire the Pont Julien, a Roman bridge. Make your way back through the picturesque and winding Combe of Lourmarin. Stop in Lourmarin, one of the most beautiful villages in France, famous for its Renaissance castle. Here you can enjoy some free time before returning to Aix-en-Provence.

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From Marseille: Lavender Tour to Sault, Roussillon & Gordes

10. From Marseille: Lavender Tour to Sault, Roussillon & Gordes

Drive to Pays de Sault with its wide lavender fields in bloom. Stop in Sault, the capital of lavender and enjoy many photo stops in the lavender fields in bloom and visit a lavender producer. You will have free time in the charming village of Sault for lunch on your own, and if you are visiting on a Wednesday, you're in luck as it is market day. In the the afternoon, discover two of the most beautiful villages in France. Roussillon is built at the top of an ochre cliff, and provides visitors with a beautiful understanding of the harmonious combination of man and nature, and of ochre and stone with all its ochre-washed façades. Gordes is a village erected on the top of a cliff, its fortified castle and church dominate the typical houses of the village which were built with stones from the rock on which they sit. Head back to Marseille in the late afternoon.

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What people are saying about Luberon

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 496 reviews

Our tour guide Natalie was excellent. She is a real live wire, well informed and easy to converse with. Extremely helpful with tips on things to do or not to do. WIll give her 5 Stars*****. Thank you Natalie for making our trip a memorable one.

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

Maxim was fantastic - so flexible, accommodating, and helpful. He allowed us to choose where we wanted to spend the most time. We saw so much in just 9 hours - a great way to experience Provence! An experience not to be missed!

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.

Remy was very friendly and informative, made a few photo stops on the way as well which was nice. The drive up was really picturesque too.