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From Marseille: Lavender Tour to Sault, Roussillon & Gordes

1. 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.

From Avignon: Full-Day Lavender Tour

2. From Avignon: Full-Day Lavender Tour

Experience a tour in the lavender area during the blooming season. You'll discover the lavender fields in full blooming in the valley of Luberon or in the mountains around the village of Sault which is considered as the capital of lavender. Your driver will stop at the best spots where you can enjoy the view and take pictures from and to the fields. Depending the day of the week, you'll have time to enjoy a provençal market at a picturesque village on the way. Photo stop near Gordes to admire the amazing view at this village ranking among the most beautiful villages in France. Visit of Roussillon, built on top of an ocher cliff, with its houses and walls painted using the different colours of the natural pigments contained in the soil. This natural ocher region is the largest one in Europe. You'll have a visit to the Lavender Museum, there, you'll learn more about the lavender and lavendine; a film will show you the fields, the harvest and the distillation process, then you'll discover the museum with a collection of stills used for the distillation. A shop of fine cosmetic products elaborated with the pure lavender 100% natural coming from the farm "Le Chateau du Bois". Between June 15 and July 15, an extra stop for pictures at the Senanque Abbey for its wonderfull view with lavandine fields is provided.

From Avignon: Full-Day Best of Provence Tour

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

Discover the breathtaking beauty of Provence during this guided full-day tour from Avignon. Enjoy the town of Fontaine de Vaucluse and stop in the lavender fields for photos. Go for a walk in St-Rémy-de-Provence and take in the views from Pont du Gard. Be picked up from a meeting point in Avignon and board a comfortable and air-conditioned van for the scenic drive to Fontaine de Vaucluse. Take in the relaxing atmosphere in this town that is next to a spring at the foot of the Vaucluse Mountains. Admire the Provençal landscapes in of Luberon and have a chance to have a photo stop in lavender fields in summer (from June 15th to July 31st). Head over to Gordes which is listed as "one of the most beautiful villages in France." Walk in the red streets of Roussillon and discover the ochre lands. After this, marvel at panoramic views of the Alpilles in Baux-de-Provence and take a stroll through the beautiful city of St-Rémy-de-Provence. Stop at the ancient Roman aqueduct Pont du Gard before returning to your meeting point. 

From Aix-en-Provence: Luberon Villages & Provence Wines Tour

4. From Aix-en-Provence: Luberon Villages & Provence Wines Tour

This full-day tour takes you on a discovery of the hilltop villages in the Luberon region as well as the wine-making region of Sainte-Victoire. You will journey from Aix-en-Provence to Mount Sainte-Victoire, which was the source of inspiration for the famous painter Cézanne from 1880 to 1883. You will visit 2 wine properties, where you can sample the locally produced red and rosé wine from the appellation of Côtes de Provence Sainte-Victoire. You will have some free time for lunch in Aix-en-Provence before you head off to discover the typical hilltop villages in the Luberon region. Along the way you will take a photo stop in Lourmarin, famous for its Renaissance castle. You will visit Bonnieux, where you can stroll through this picture-perfect Provencal village topped by a 12th century church. You will then explore the colorful village of Roussillon, where all the houses are painted ocher. You will also visit Gordes, an amazing hilltop village built entirely with local dry stones called “lauze“.

Hilltop Villages in Luberon

5. 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.

From Avignon: Provence Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

6. From Avignon: Provence Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

Enjoy a scenic tour of Provence and see some of its most beautiful sites in one day. The 10-hour tour takes in the well-preserved Roman aqueduct of Le Pont du Gard, built in the 1st century BC as part of the Nîmes aqueduct from Uzès to Nemausus (now Nîmes). Drive to the rocky outcrop of Les Baux de Provence in the Alpilles mountains. Stroll the historic center to see a beautiful 16th-century house and Romanesque buildings. Continue to Saint Rémy de Provence to explore the remains of the Roman city of Glanum, including a triumphal arch set in an olive grove that inspired Van Gogh. After some free time for lunch, you will visit Roussillon, famous for its red and yellow ochre cliffs. Enjoy panoramic views of Gordes, considered by many to be one of the most beautiful villages in France. Drive to Fontaine de Vaucluse, walk up to the cave from which the River Sorgues emerges. This impressive resurgence spring hasn't revealed its secrets yet and many speleologists have searched in vain the exact depth of the well. On Sundays only, enjoy L’Isle sur la Sorgue, a village famous for antique shops and the weekly open air market which is one of the most colorful and typical in the Provence.  

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

7. 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.

Pays de Sault Lavender Tour from Aix-en-Provence

8. 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.

From Avignon: Half-Day Lavender Tour of Luberon

9. From Avignon: Half-Day Lavender Tour of Luberon

Discover the lavender fields in full bloom in the villages of Luberon on this half-day tour from Avignon.  Enjoy a scenic and picturesque drive through the countryside, full of beautiful purple fields that stretch as far as the eye can see. Your guide will organize many stops in the countryside to take pictures of the fields. Stop in Roussillon for some free time to wander through this typical provençal village. Indulge yourself here with a scoop of lavender ice cream. Stop for panoramic photos from the hilltop village of Gordes, listed as one of "The Most Beautiful Villages in France". Finally, take a quick photo stop at the Cisterian Senanque Abbey, surrounded by lavender fields.

From Avignon: Best of Luberon Villages Tour

10. From Avignon: Best of Luberon Villages Tour

Spend an afternoon discovering the Luberon region's most charming villages. Depart from Avignon in an air-conditioned minibus and explore the picturesque villages of Lacoste, Ménerbes, Roussillon, and Gordes with a guide. From the meeting point in Avignon, set off to the village of Lacoste, once the residence of the Marquis de Sade, for a photo stop. Then, continue to Ménerbes, a village that became famous due to Peter Mayle's book A Year in Provence. Enjoy free time to discover the village. On the way to Roussillon, take a look at the Roman bridge Pont Julien, one of the numerous Roman remains in Provence. Arrive in Roussillon and admire how the village is built at the top of an ochre cliff, as well as the ochre-washed façades of its buildings. Next, head toward Gordes, another village erected on the top of a cliff, and discover its fortified castle and church. See the village's typical houses, built from the rock on which they stand, before returning to Avignon.

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What people are saying about Gordes

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 480 reviews

Great tour and a fantastic job by Alex of tailoring the itinerary around the rain and the fact that most of the fields had been harvested a couple of weeks early this year (due to drought). We had to drive up high (between 700-1,000 meters) in the mountains to the few remaining unharvested fields. I gave 3 stars for the transportation because we ended up in a rather cramped van due to the fact that we were a small group (8 guests), which made the long drive to our first stop (approx two hours) a bit uncomfortable.

It was such a lovely day out. We did two wine tours which complemented each other, one showed how the wine was made while the other show you how to best taste wine. In the afternoon we did the Lubernon tour visiting three towns. You get around an hour in each which may feel short but the point of this tour was to see the towns, we’ll definitely visit for more time again. The towns were amazing!!

My husband and I had an amazing time on this tour. We feel like we really got to see and experience the area. Our guide, Natalie, was very knowledgeable and so much fun. We wanted to pack her up and take her with us on the remainder of our travels. The towns were so cute and we had several opportunities for pictures in the lavender fields. Thanks for a memorable day.

This tour was amazing. Our tour guide Alex, who studied philosophy, art and history, blew us away with his knowledge of the area. He was easygoing, funny and always gave us some great surprises. The tour was our highlight in Marseille and we can absolutely recommend it.

I took this tour today with Alex. It was enjoyable & informative. Alex is very knowledgeable & interesting. I learnt many interesting facts & saw some amazing sights. I also met some very lovely people on this tour from Germany. Thank you for this wonderful experience