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Private Tour: Provence Day Trip in the Footsteps of Peter Mayle from Aix-en-Provence

Aix-en-Provence, France
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The Provençal villages of Bonnieux, Gordes, and Ménerbes were made famous in Peter Mayle’s book ‘A Year in Provence’, and attract visitors all year round for their traditional French charm. This convenient private tour from Aix-en-Provence delves deep into the UNESCO–listed Parc Naturel Regional du Luberon, and showcases the best of this pretty corner of France. Capture the lavender fields and olive groves on camera, taste red and rosé wines with a private guide, and gain insight into the writing of ‘A Year in Provence’.
  • Private tour of Provence from Aix-en-Provence
  • Visit villages including Bonnieux, Gordes, and Ménerbes — made famous in Peter Mayle’s book ‘A Year in Provence’
  • Explore the UNESCO–listed Parc Naturel Regional du Luberon with a private guide
  • Enjoy panoramic views over the lavender fields and olive groves
  • Sample Luberon red and rosé wines during a tasting session
  • Pick-up and drop-off from centrally located Aix-en-Provence hotels
Enjoy a morning pickup at your centrally located hotel in Aix-en-Provence, then — at 9am — head into the UNESCO–listed Parc Naturel Regional du Luberon with your private guide to begin your tour.

First, visit the pretty village of Lourmarin — where Peter Mayle lived as he wrote A Year in Provence. Here, soak up the atmosphere and enjoy free time to explore attractions such as the 18th-century castle or writer Albert Camus’ tomb at your own pace (own expense).

Head on to the pretty village of Bonnieux for sweeping views over the lavender fields and cherry trees, and take in sites of interest including Lacoste and Pont Julian — a Roman bridge. Along the way, discover the fortified town used in the TV adaptation of A Year in Provence.

Follow the ochre trail in Roussillon at your leisure and perhaps visit the Thursday markets. Then, continue on to the medieval village of Gordes for lunch (own expense). Afterward, head on to the village of Ménerbes — where Mayle stayed for a few months. Here, visit a historic mansion and sample locally made Luberon red and rosé wines.

When your wine-tasting comes to an end, return in comfort to your hotel in Aix-en-Provence to conclude your private tour.
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