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

1. 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.

From Aix-en-Provence: Luberon and More Gourmet Walking Tour

2. From Aix-en-Provence: Luberon and More Gourmet Walking Tour

Discover the history and gourmet delights in the historical town of Aix-en-Provence during this guided walking tour. Enjoy characteristic landscapes, some of France's most beautiful villages, lavender fields, and medieval castles in the Luberon region. Meet your guide, then start your walking tour of Aix, a charming Provençal town with diversified products that are locally made. The open-air markets meet great success with the locals; become one of them strolling through the colorful stalls. 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 stone arch bridge, 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. Take in a vision of a stone village erected on a massive rock at Gordes. Its fortress castle and church dominate the houses of the village, which were built with stones taken from the rock on which they sit. Before concluding your trip, get a taste of local flavors during tastings of calisson (traditional French candy), tapenade (spread), nougat (candy), cheese, and wine.

From Marseille Cruise Port: Group Luberon Villages Excursion

3. 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 photographers. (traditional open air market every Thursday morning). Free time for lunch on your own. The last stop will be in Gordes, which ranks among the most beautiful villages in France, where you will do a photo stop at the panoramic point of view facing this surprising perched village. Enjoy the breathtaking view from there.

From Avignon: Best of Luberon Villages Tour

4. 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 6 reviews

Complex and well organized day

It was really good, well organized and prepared tour (in scheuled as well). Our guide was really nice and gave us a perfect help in each villages. He shared a lot of information about the villages and the surrounding regions and gave us a lot of good tips what we cannot miss from our free time.

Nel, our guide was exceptional. She had a great understanding of the region and kept our entire journey very insightful. Would definitely recommend her and the luberon region for this tour.

Such variation in landscape and such beautiful towns in the Luberon valley. Highly recommended!

Fabulous day!

It was a very long day filled with so much beauty! Worth every minute!

Great locations. Good overall view of Luberon villages.

Guide interesting, well informed, efficient and very approachable.