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Tour code: 5849LUBERONMARKET
Discover one charming Provencal village after another on this 9-hour day trip from Aix-en-Provence. Cliff-top settlements, sprawling vineyards, antique shops and a 12th-century abbey surrounded by lavender fields are just some of the postcard-perfect sights you will encounter. Traveling by air-conditioned luxury minibus, visit the Luberon towns of Lourmarin, Bonnieux, Isle-sur-Sorgue, Roussillon and Gordes. Snap memorable photos as an informative guide shares engaging commentary along the way.

Highlights

  • Full-day tour of Provence’s Luberon region
  • Explore an open-air market in Isle-sur-Sorque and stroll along its scenic canals
  • Stop for photos outside Senanque Abbey in the hilltop village of Gordes
  • See Pont Julien, an arched Roman bridge, on the way to Bonnieux
  • Enjoy a photo stop at Lourmarin Castle and admire its Renaissance architecture

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What You Can Expect

Luberon Villages Day Trip from Aix-en-Provence

Visit an open-air market

Meet your guide in the center of Aix-en-Provence and head out by air-conditioned minibus to discover the charming Luberon area. Peppered with tiny cliff-top villages and windswept vineyards, the gorgeous area exemplifies rural France at its finest!

First stop is the picture-perfect village of Isle-sur-Sorque to spend some time at leisure exploring and soaking up its charm. Visit its open-air market and browse its collection of antiques shops that flank its network of canals – known as Venice of Comtat Venaissin.

Continue to the nearby hilltop village of Gordes, and during the lavender blooming months (mid June to mid July) stop for photos at Senanque Abbey – a pretty 12th century abbey surrounded by lavender fields. Enjoy some free time for lunch in the village and then continue to the colorful village of Roussillon – known for its rich ochre pigments that are found in its cay soil. Explore the town at your own pace, and admire its distinctive orange-hued cliffs.

Travel to the neighboring village of Bonnieux, stopping on the way at Pont Julien – a Roman stone arch bridge that was built from limestone rocks from the nearby Luberon mountains. Visit a 12th-century church in Bonnieux, and relax in the shade of its century-old cedar trees. Follow the scenic river valley of Combe of Lourmarin from Bonnieux.

Last stop of the day is in Lourmarin – often considered the quaintest of Luberon’s villages with its narrow streets lined with Mediterranean architecture. Marvel at the Renaissance architecture of the popular Lourmarin Castle on a short photo stop in the pretty village and hear from your guide how it was the first Renaissance castle to be built in Provence.

You tour finishes in the late afternoon back at the start point in Aix-en-Provence.

Customer Reviews

Shivani G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

We had a great time on this tour. It was a small group making it easy to get from one town to another. We liked the choice of towns, each was interesting and unique in its own way. Tour guide was great and spoke good English. Lovey way to see Provence in a day!

Tori G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

A wonderful guide, sights you won and #39;t see by yourself, a great fun day.

Sally S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

A beautiful part of France I had not seen before.
The tour was very well done.

Marilyn G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Fabulous!! Very interesting visiting all these lovely little French villages.

Teck Wah G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Wonderful! The tour guide is passion and knowledgeable. The whole trip was very well managed and we have a very relax trip.

Charles F B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Renauld was an amazing tour guide who made history come alive for us. The villages each had its own character as explained by Renauld. We would never have been able to learn so much about the Luberons and Provence in general if not for this tour.

April G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

What a fabulous day this is! Shopping at the market in Loumarin. Lunch and time to yourself in Rousillon. Photo op on the way to Gordes and time in the village there. Brief stop in Isle sur le Sorgue - almost too brief to make it worthwhile. I am thrilled to have seen these places although the time in each place was completely on your own. All in all, a fabulous day.

Alan F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Beautiful medival village

George Z

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Guide was experienced, friendly, very accommodating and patient. We felt very comfortable with her. The tour was also very rewarding. I highly recommend you do this tour.

Raymond Y

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

The trip hit all the Luberon sights that I was hoping to see including the lavender fields. nice trip.

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