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From Avignon: 1-Day Lavender Tour

1. 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. 

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.

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.

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

4. 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 Avignon: Discover Villages in Luberon

5. From Avignon: Discover Villages in Luberon

This half day tour will take you to one of the most popular area in Provence and south of France: you'll be driven across a very nice landscape with many kinds of crops , vineyards and fruit trees before you stop and discover some of the most picturesque hilltop villages in the Luberon region,villages which rank among the most beautiful villages of France: Roussillon, built on top of an ochre cliff (ochre is a natural pigment which can be found in the soil and which is used for the painting and decoration of the houses): stroll in the narrow streets of this colourfull village, then 15min from there, you'll be at another village, Gordes, entirely built with dry stones coming from the mountain; this village offers an amazing view from its west side and gives the visitor a very good example of a perched village built at the foot of its castle built in the XI century and rebuilt in the XVI century and its church. On Tuesdays, enjoy the provençal market around the castle of Gordes with all the products which are part of Provence, such as fruits, olive oil, wine, goat cheese, lavender, etc.

From Marseille: Luberon Markets & Villages Full-Day Trip

6. 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.

From Avignon: Magic Luberon Private Tour

7. 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 village of Bonnieux. Your guide will drop you at the top and pick you up from the bottom.Your final stop will be Menerbes, a preserved village, made famous by Peter Mayle's novels. There you can choose what you want to visit: wine tasting houses, galleries, historic monuments or simply somewhere to have a drink. Your guide will then take you back to your hotel or accommodation in Avignon.

From Marseille: Lavender Tour to Sault, Roussillon & Gordes

8. 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.

Original Provence in One Day: Private Tour

9. 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 on to the world-renowned Saint Remy de Provence and gaze at Van Gogh's reproductions near the asylum where he stayed for one year. Your next step is Les Baux de Provence, a typical Provencal village that used to be a medieval stronghold. Admire the paved streets and the amazing panorama. Finally, your guide will take you to the Pont du Gard. After listening to historical comments, discover the famous Roman aqueduct and walk around to find your best photo spot. At around 18:30 the tour will head back to your original departure point.

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What people are saying about Gordes

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 69 reviews

This tour gave us a very good overview of the beautiful Provence region. The commentary and local knowledge of our guide Nicolas was excellent and helped us to understand the ulture, history and geography of the region. He was extremely helpful and courteous througout. Thoroughly enjoyed the day.

Great driver, great guide, crazy villages. There hasn't been a time of day that my eyes haven't seen beautiful things around. Long live the Luberon! Money well spent and I had one of the best days of my life. Roussillon my favorite but I repeat: all beautiful!

The possibility of touring the most beautiful sites of Provence in royal conditions: very comfortable car and guide as passionate as fascinating.

Maxime was fabulous. Very professional and easy to work with. Very considerate and knowledgeable. We had a great time.

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