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Hilltop Villages in Luberon

1. 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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From Aix-en-Provence: Wine Tour in Cezanne Countryside

2. From Aix-en-Provence: Wine Tour in Cezanne Countryside

Enjoy a half-day wine tour in the scenic landscape of Sainte-Victoire Mountain, inspiration for the famous post impressionist artist Paul Cézanne, who painted many pictures of the mountain between 1880 and 1883. The Côtes de Provence Sainte-Victoire vineyards are located east of Aix-en-Provence, and like all vineyards in Provence, are considered some of the most natural in France, due to the drying effects of the Mistral wind. The poor and shallow soils, formed by limestone and argillaceous sandstone, help to produce high-quality vineyards. Learn about the characteristics of the terroir, and explore the wine making process while visiting the cellars of 2 separate wine estates. Meet the winemakers, and taste AOC Côtes de Provence wines in 3 colors - tasty, full-bodied reds of excellent structure, subtle elegant rosés, and whites of distinction.

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

3. 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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From Aix en Provence: Provence Full-Day Tour

4. From Aix en Provence: Provence Full-Day Tour

One of the first stops on your day of discovery is the village of Les Baux de Provence. The narrow streets and the imposing castle ruins date to the Middle Ages – a time of proud lords and troubadours. From the rocky spur you’ll enjoy exceptional scenic views. See the Pont du Gard, a fascinating UNESCO World Heritage site that is the best-preserved part of the Nîmes aqueduct. Designed by architects and engineers during the Roman era, it is considered a technical and artistic masterpiece. You’ll continue on to Avignon, the 14th century City of the Popes. See the medieval walls, the Pont d’Avignon that crosses the Rhone River, and the Popes’ Palace, which is the largest Gothic palace in Europe. (Note that entrance fees are not included.) Next on your itinerary is a visit to Châteauneuf-du-Pape, surrounded by its world-famous vineyards. Wine tasting at one of the numerous cellars is included. Please note that you’ll have free time for lunch on your own during the tour, and that the cost of lunch is not included in the tour price.

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

5. 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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Calanques of Cassis, Aix-en-Provence & Wine Tasting Day Tour

6. Calanques of Cassis, Aix-en-Provence & Wine Tasting Day Tour

Join this tour of Aix-en-Provence, a town filled with elegance to be seen and savored in its lively streets and squares. It is known as the City of a Thousand Fountains, a reminder of its origins as a Roman spa town. History is the backdrop of everyday life here. Combine the fun of shopping and the nobility of the town's heritage. Enjoy terrace cafés and architectural charm. Take a stroll through the town and admire the wonders of the Baroque era. The bastides are enhanced by gardens. Each fountain has its secrets, each private mansion has its stories, waiting to be discovered. Move onward to Cassis, one of Provence’s prettiest coastal villages. Explore its calanques, small fishing port, colorful houses, wine, and sea urchins. Cassis is a shining diamond on the shores of the Mediterranean. Take a small-boat cruise around Massif des Calanques made up of limestone cliffs that plunge into the Mediterranean. Explore the beauty of this magical and enchanting spot. Discover the ancestral history of the French wine of this magnificent region.

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From Marseille: Aix en Provence and Cassis Full-Day Tour

7. From Marseille: Aix en Provence and Cassis Full-Day Tour

Begin your 5-hour tour with a guided walking tour of the historic center of Aix en Provence. Explore its narrow streets and markets, the town hall square, fountains and cathedral. Taste some local delicacies and take a walk with your guide in the steps of Cezanne, one of the area’s most celebrated artists. Discover his college, the café where he used to meet the writers Cocteau and Cendrars and other famous 19th-century artists. Next is a drive to Cassis, a town known as the little Saint Tropez, with its small and charming harbor. Cassis is famous for its white wines and is home to the most ancient winery in Provence. You'll have the opportunity to admire the famous Calanques of Cassis, which are on UNESCO’s World Heritage list for their white cliffs and turquoise waters. There will be some free time for you to walk around the village, relax on the small sandy beach or hop on a motor boat for a 45-minute mini-cruise along the main creeks of the Calanques Natural Park (not included).  To finish off this special tour, you’ll drive along the top of the Cape Canaille, the highest sea cliff in Europe, for panoramic views of the village, the calanques and the natural park.

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

8. 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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Coteaux d'Aix: Ste Victoire Wine Tour & Cezanne Mill Visit

9. Coteaux d'Aix: Ste Victoire Wine Tour & Cezanne Mill Visit

First of all, you will be picked up at your hotel or cruise ship and taken to the first vineyard area close to Aix-en-Provence. Then you'll go to the vineyards of Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence and visit two wineries. You'll also have a 3 wine color tasting. After that, you'll discover the mill of the painter Paul Cézanne, The museum of the Mount Ste Victoire to learn about its climate, fauna, flora and more... There will be a lunch stop in a selected restaurant (optional).

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Aix en Provence: Gourmet Food Tour

10. Aix en Provence: Gourmet Food Tour

Meet your English speaking guide in front of the Tourist Information Center in Aix en Provence and start your gourmet walking tour in the historical center. Thanks to this guided tour, you will be able to discover this charming Provencal town and also to please yourself with the diversified scents and flavors of the region.  Let your senses be amazed by the colors and the smells of several local products, be tempted by some Calisson, the sweetest candy of all time created in Aix en Provence, appreciate a toast of green or black tapenade, taste a piece of cheese or a glass of wine from one of the local wine appellations. Everything is organized in order to allow you to discover what Provencal gastronomy truly means.

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What people are saying about Aix-en-Provence

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 238 reviews

Our guide, Gaelle, was wonderful. Very informative and very personable. The itinerary was great though I would have liked a bit more time in Les Beaux. Walking out to the Esplanade and back took all the designated time (and we don't walk slow). The other stops had sufficient time allowed. Great recommendations for restaurant in Avignon.

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

Rent was amazing! So friendly, well educated and helpful about sharing information about the area. The two estates visited were extremely friendly as well. Beautiful estates and their wines were excellent! Thank You Remy!!!!!

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.