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  • From Avignon: Luberon Hilltop Villages

    1. 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: Wild Landscapes of the Camargue

    2. From Avignon: Wild Landscapes of the Camargue

    Travel in a comfortable minivan through the wild landscapes of Camargue, listening to your guide's insightful commentary while looking out for flamingos, black bulls, and wild horses. See the local salt marshes and rice fields before visiting Pont de Gau's Ornithological Park, which hosts several species of birds including pink flamingoes all year round. Then, drive to Saintes-Maries-De-La-Mer, which is an important pilgrimage destination for traveller communities. Afterwards, you can opt for a refreshing swim in the Mediterranean Sea or a stroll along the lively streets of the village and a visit to its fortified church. You will have some free time for lunch there. Finally, visit Aigues Mortes and travel back to the Middle Ages in this wonderful fortified town, surrounded by warmly colored salt pans.

  • Chateauneuf du Pape: Private Guided Walking Tour

    3. Chateauneuf du Pape: Private Guided Walking Tour

    Enjoy a pick-up from your hotel in Avignon or surrounding area (within 25 kilometers of Avignon) by private vehicle and head to the village of Châteauneuf du Pape, which is by far the most prestigious wine-making village in the Rhône Valley. From the ruins of the medieval castle that crowns the village you can enjoy excellent views of the surrounding mountains, of the Rhône river, and the sea of vines covering the hills. Leave the village by foot, walking on the farming tracks between the celebrated vines of Grenache and Syrah, leading through rolling terrain, from one estate to another. Along the way learn all about the centuries-old history of wine-making in the region, and stop for a wine-tasting. Also enjoy a picnic in the vines (picnic/lunch not included). After the walk is complete you will return back to your hotel in Avignon. The walk is about 7 kilometers long, with about 2 hou...

  • From Avignon: Private Guided L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue Bike Tour

    4. From Avignon: Private Guided L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue Bike Tour

    You will be picked up from your hotel in Avignon or the surrounding countryside (within 25 kilometers of Avignon) and transferred to the village of L'Isle-sur-La-Sorgue (45 minute drive) to begin your guided bike ride. Surrounded by the clear and emerald waters of the Sorgue River, you will find the village streets lined by quaint cafés and waterwheels. Your guided bike ride will take you off the beaten track along seldom-used country lanes, lined by fruit orchards and farmhouses. Cycle past sleepy villages on your way to the source of the Sorgue River: the mysterious spring of Fontaine-de-Vaucluse. Have free time to visit the spring and enjoy a leisurely restaurant or picnic lunch (not included) before looping back to L'Isle-sur-La-Sorgue by bike. On Sunday, there's a lovely market that covers the entire center of the village. In L'Isle-sur-La-Sorgue, you will be fitted with a high-qua...

  • From Avignon: Half-Day Hilltop Villages of Luberon

    5. From Avignon: Half-Day Hilltop Villages of Luberon

    Visit the French regional national park of the Luberon and the typical Provençal villages perched atop cliffs that Peter Mayle described so well in his popular books about life in Provence. Your driver/guide is experienced and knowledgeable and will help ensure that this half-day tour is a memorable one! Wander along the narrow streets of Gordes, admire the ochre-red façades of Roussillon and stop to see the magnificent Abbey of Sénanque, surrounded with lavender fields in bloom during the summer (15 June to 15 August). On the tour you’ll make stops in Ménerbes and Lacoste to admire these typical Provençal villages as well.

    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!

  • Original Provence in One Day: Private Tour

    6. Original Provence in One Day: Private Tour

    After pick-up at your downtown Avignon accommodation, or the central meeting point, your guide will take you to the first stop. Fontaine de Vaucluse is a beautiful village located by the river Sorgue. Walk up to its renowned spring, one of the biggest in Europe. Visit Gordes and take wonderful pictures at the belvedere before visiting this famous hilltop village made of local dry stones. On Tuesdays you will have the opportunity to explore the Provencal market. Visit the Lavender Museum (entrance included) and learn about the culture and traditional heritage of lavender. Then it is time to head off to the next village: Roussillon. The enchantment of this Provencal village weaves its spell throughout the year, as the shades of ochre of the houses and the ground vary with the sunlight. Have a walk in the traditional market on Thursdays. After your lunch break (at your own expense), move...

  • From Nice: Churches of Provence Private Tour

    7. From Nice: Churches of Provence Private Tour

    Start with pickup from your hotel in Nice, where you will meet your private guide. Travel to the first site of religious significance on the tour, Thoronet Abbey. Known as the jewel of Cistercian abbeys, it was constructed between 1160 and 1230. Discover the beauty of the abbey's architecture, the cloister, and the perfectly preserved conventual buildings from the 12th century.  Drive to St Maximin and visit the famous Basilica of Saint Mary Magdalene. Explore the largest Gothic church in Provence, which hosts the relics of Mary Magdalene. These relics received official recognition from the Catholic church in 1281. Charles II of Anjou, Count of Provence, decided with the approval and encouragement of Pope Boniface VIII, to build a magnificent basilica in the honor of the saint. Continue towards the city of Avignon and discover the amazing Palace of the Popes. The wealth and the glitter...

  • Les Baux: Private Guided Walking Tour from Avignon

    8. Les Baux: Private Guided Walking Tour from Avignon

    Start your tour with a pick-up from your hotel in Avignon or surrounding area and then head to the windswept Alpilles mountains. Far from the tourist crowds, your expert guide will lead you on an easy walk along the thyme-laden crests, on one of the most spectacular paths in Provence. With aerial views of the famed olive groves and even the Mediterranean Sea to the south, the rocky paths wind through shrub vegetation and pass lone cypress trees: just as Van Gogh painted them during his stay in these mountains. We visit a secret 3000 year-old fort before reaching the medieval village of Les Baux de Provence, set high above the valley. Enjoy some free time to meander through the cobbled streets and enjoy a relaxing lunch before completing the walk. After the walk, visit a local olive mill for a tasting and to learn about local olive oil production. Set just beside the village of Les Baux ...

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What people are saying about Avignon

We (2 adults, children 8 and 4 years) booked the day tour "Wild Landscapes of the Camargue" in English and were very satisfied. Our guide was very friendly and showed and told us a lot. First we were in the Flamingo Park, which we could visit for about 1 1/2 hours. After that we were in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer for almost 3 hours, a very nice place with bathing possibilities in the sea (you should pack your bathing suit). Then we were 1 1/2 hours in Aigues-Mortes, which is also a beautiful place, known for its salt lake. While driving in a spacious open-plan car (with child seats), we could see the typical white Camargue horses and black cattle and of course vineyards. We were completely satisfied. We had food with us, which I would recommend, so you have more time to visit the cities. Mouth protection is mandatory in the current situation and was also observed by the guide. We were very satisfied. Thank you for the nice day, Merci!

Highly recommended! Thanks to this tour it was possible to visit places in Provence that are not accessible by public transport and this made the whole trip unique. The roads traveled offer wonderful landscapes and each village is characterized by unique characteristics that make it unique. Too bad for the short time (1h) spent in Roussillon: if you want to take a walk through the narrow streets of the center you can't walk the whole path of ocher, however the first 50m can give you some beautiful emotions so it's still worth it penalty.

They changed our reservation, but they made up for it.

Even though we had reserved/ confirmed a week in advance, the company chosen for our Luberon tour only let us know the afternoon before our tour that it had to be changed. To make up for this, they send a wonderful guide to give us a private tour on a makeup day of our choosing.

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!