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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 Avignon: Discover Villages in Luberon

2. 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 Aix-en-Provence: Luberon Villages & Provence Wines Tour

3. 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“.

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

4. 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.

From Marseille Cruise Port: Group Luberon Villages Excursion

5. 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 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.

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What people are saying about Ménerbes

We really liked the Luberon villages tour. At first we thought it was too long, but you get to see so much and it is really worth it. We drove there in a small group with a van and guide Remy was very nice, tried to get to know everyone and told us a lot of interesting facts about the region, culture and France in general. We really enjoyed the trip and would definitely book it again.

Great tour! We loved learning about Provence wines and exploring the hill towns. We tried to do this on our own without a car but couldn't so we were thrilled when we found this tour. We really enjoyed exploring the countryside and loved not having to worry about the logistics. Our guide, Pierre, was very friendly and informative.

Disappointed the driver only took us for a quick photo shot of Gordes and didn't take us into the city. That was the main reason to take the tour in the first place. Spent too much time at Rossullion. Time spent at both villages should have been the other way around! She was more worried about getting back for her afternoon tour

The guide Silvia was at the top: pleasant, smiling, full of joy. We made this course with great wonder. We have the right to beautiful stories and legends all along the journeys to go from one village to another. It was great to be able to have time from one of the Luberon villages. Highly recommend this experience!

Nice to have an intimate size group. We had extra time and our guide graciously stopped by a lavender field so we could take photos. Had time to walk around in Roussillon and Fontaine sur Vaucluse. Not as much history explained but some , good if you just want to see the Provençal towns !