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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.

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.

From Avignon: 1-Day Lavender Tour

3. 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. 

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.

Aix-en-Provence: Half Day Wine Tour in Coteaux d'Aix

5. Aix-en-Provence: Half Day Wine Tour in Coteaux d'Aix

Nestled between Luberon Regional park and the famous Sainte-Victoire mountain, discover the delicious flavors of the Luberon and Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence wines. Visit a prestigious Provence Château, a family-owned winery that was one of the first to work organically. Enjoy a tour of the vat and aging rooms to learn about the wine making process and organic wines. Wander around the vineyards and take in the glorious sunshine of the Mediterranean climate. Taste a selection of organic wines, including aromatic wines, dry and fruity rosés, and full-bodied structured reds.

Avignon: Châteauneuf du Pape and Luberon Tour with Wine

6. Avignon: Châteauneuf du Pape and Luberon Tour with Wine

Enjoy a scenic drive through the vineyards of Châteauneuf-du-Pape followed by wine tastings at two different wineries. From the ruins of the Pope's summer residence, enjoy a panoramic view over the Rhône River valley and the hill ranges surrounding the village. In the afternoon, discover the village of Roussillon and its colorful houses. Continue to the village of Ménerbes; famous thanks to the novel 'A Year in Provence' written by Peter Mayle. Take advantage of a photo stop at Pont Julien, from Roman times.Drive through the village of Lacoste, where you will see the remains of the castle of the Marquis de Sade. Conclude the tour with free time in the dry-stone-built hilltop village of Gordes.

Pays de Sault Lavender Tour from Aix-en-Provence

7. 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.

Luberon: Full-Day Wine Tour from Marseille

8. Luberon: Full-Day Wine Tour from Marseille

With your wine guide, discover the south Luberon wine area basking in a perfect Mediterranean climate. Learn about the winemakers’ savoir-faire and the authentic Luberon wines between Provence and Rhône Valley. Learn all about the wine making process while visiting the cellars, and enjoy some free time to visit and dine in the picturesque village of Lourmarin, ranked one of the most beautiful villages of France. After lunch, your guide will give you a private tour of a third winery to round out the day.

From Avignon: Luberon Hilltop Villages

9. 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 Aix-en-Provence: Half-Day Trip to Lourmarin and Ansouis

10. From Aix-en-Provence: Half-Day Trip to Lourmarin and Ansouis

Experience the beauty of the villages of Lourmarin and Ansouis on half-day trip from Aix-en-Provence. Savor local flavors with a guided olive oil tasting at a mill in Lourmarin. Admire the fortifications of the Castle of Ansouis.  Meet your guide at a centrally-located meeting point in Aix-en-Provence. Sit back and relax on a drive to the southern Luberon region. Pass by a small mountain range of the pre-alps that features rocky canyons, hilltop villages, olive groves, lavender fields, and vineyards. Stop in Lourmarin and stroll through the narrow streets to view numerous fountains, a 17th century belfry, and the largest Protestant Church in the Vaucluse area. Make your way to a local olive oil mill. Uncover the secrets of the olive oil production process as you hear about cold pressing. Try a minimum of 5 different olive oils during a guided tasting. Continue your journey to the village of Ansouis. Admire to the stone houses and winding streets in Ansouis. Follow your guide to the Castle of Ansouis where you can take some photos before returning to the center of Aix-en-Provence.

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What people are saying about Luberon

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 157 reviews

It was an amazing experience! We tried between 5-6 wines in each winery, the tour guide had an excellent knowledge of wine, story of the wineries and the region. We got to visit 3 wineries and have a lunch break in one very small and beautiful city (Lourmarin). Definitely you should book this tour!!

Really fun trip! We got to taste so many amazing wines and see such beautiful countryside. Plenty of time for a nice lunch in a lovely scenic village too

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

Our guide Remy was great! Personable, knowledgeable and able to personalize our experience.

It was a very well planned trip and Ludo, our guide was very informative and friendly!