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  • Location:Aix-en-Provence, France
  • Duration:6 hours (approx.)

Luberon Villages Half-Day Tour from Aix-en-Provence

Spend an afternoon exploring the Luberon region’s hilltop villages on this half-day tour from Aix-en-Provence! With an expert guide, discover the delights of Lourmarin, Bonnieux, Roussillon and Gordes, while seeing beautiful Provencal scenery as well as attractions like Pont Julien, a 12th-century church and more.


  • Half-day trip to the Luberon region from Aix-en-Provence
  • Explore the gorgeous Provencal villages of Luberon with an expert guide
  • Admire the Renaissance architecture of Lourmarin Castle
  • Travel along the scenic river valley known as Combe of Lourmarin and relax in Bonnieux village
  • Pass the Roman arched bridge of Pont Julien while traveling to Roussillon

What You Can Expect

Luberon Villages Half-Day Tour from Aix-en-Provence

Walk around the quaint village of Roussillon in Provence

Leave Aix-en-Provence by air-conditioned minibus, and travel north to the gorgeous Luberon region with your guide. Embodying picturesque rural France at its finest, the area is awash with charming little hilltop hamlets and villages peppered around the hills – and you’ll see the best of them on your tour!

First stop is Lourmarin for a photo stop against the backdrop of Lourmarin Castle – Provence’s first Renaissance castle. Continue by minivan along the scenic river valley of Combe of Lourmarin, and then arrive in the neighboring village of Bonnieux. Spend time at leisure here, perhaps visiting its 12th-century church or relaxing in the shade of its century-old cedar trees.

Travel through more swathes of soft-hued countryside, passing a Roman arched bridge called Pont Julien, and then take a stroll through the village of Roussillon – known for its orange clay cliffs that are tinged from the soil’s rich ochre pigments.

Before returning to Aix, visit Gordes, a cliff-top village, to soak up its dramatic view. Head back to Aix and finish your tour at the start point in the early evening.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Excellent tour would not have wanted to drive this route ourselves. We ended up with private guided tour for just the two of us. Excellent sites. I had researched much of the history before we did not get a full history lesson which we love.... Afternoon gave us best lighting and visibility for photo shoots. Our guide was delightful and showed us interested countryside info....sheep herder huts, wash basins along the route,etc. We love this kind of info This tour is essential if you are staying in Aix....not to be missed! We took Viator through Spain...we are never disappointed! Viator site easy to use... We ended up with the same tour company suggested by our bike tour rep, but their site was difficult to use and not it was a win-win situation! We will stick with Viator!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

A perfect afternoon - we enjoyed to have time to walk aroun on our own after having been informed about the attractions of the villages. We are especially grateful to the guide. She was very enthusiastic, helpful and crucial for the great trip.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

We had a wonderful guide, who was very knowledgeable, interesting and funny! We only wish we had been allowed a bit more time in the last village, skipping the initial castle we visited.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

I am a Travel Advisor with my own travel agency. Our tour guide Rino made our entire trip! He was very informative, friendly, and interactive with me and my children. We will remember our tour for many years to come because of him.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This was a wonderful tour. Our guide, Lea, was charming, fun, and knowledgeable. We enjoyed every minute of the tour perhaps not the heat so much, but Lea had no control over that. I would highly recommend this tour. We would not have been able to do this tour ourselves, and these villages are definitely NOT to be missed!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Our tour was great and the guide was very informative and wonderful!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

There were 6 of us plus a driver-guide in a mini-van. The guide was extremely knowledgeable and answered all our questions. Most of the information was given while we were driving, so we had plenty of time to visit several villages on our own without having to stay with the group. I hate being herded around in large groups, so this experience was was perfect.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2014

Amazing sites covered in just half day. The pace is just perfect to really enjoy and learn about the various sites.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

This tour provides an overview of Provence with stops for photos and souvenirs along the way. The landscape is incredible, and the driver/tour guide is quite knowledgeable. Not to be missed!!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

Really excellent! Our guide Lea was fantastic, very friendly and knowledgable :-)

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