- 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
What You Can Expect
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 with your guide on a walking tour, 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.
Caroline was our tour guide and excellent. She really provided a very god overview of the many villages we visited. Since you would need a car to visit this area, I considered a very good value and a nice day away from beautiful Aix.
The lady managing the tour - Helen - was marvelously friendly and knowledgeable. She made us feel at home and created a warm and pleasant atmosphere on the tour. Her advice was invaluable and her assistance outstanding. We have taken other excellent tours with Viator - Amsterdam, England, etc. - but this tour was the absolute best.