Explore the breathtaking Provençal countryside on this small-group tour from Avignon. In a comfortable coach, wind through hills blanketed in grapevines and lavender, stopping at area highlights such as the UNESCO-listed Pont du Gard and the Antiques of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. Visit the rocky perched towns of Les Baux de Provence, Roussillon and Gordes, where you’ll enjoy splendid views, architectural tours and souvenir shopping.
Small group tour to towns of Provence and the Luberon from Avignon
Famous Pont du Gard bridge
Village of Les Baux de Provence
Visit the pretty villages of Roussillon and Gordes
Enjoy personalized attention from your expert guide on this small group tour
I have taken a large number of guided tours at various places around the world, and this one was the best. Our guide, Joanna, is an energetic, charming and well-informed Provence native who is bilingual French-English. Her expertise includes local and world history, art history and a deep knowledge of wines. The choice of places to see in Provence are perfect and varied, and in each place you are given enough time to explore on your own, at your own pace, including deciding where you choose to snack or have lunch. So you don’t get talked to death or shunted around like cattle. I have mobility and small bladder problems, and the stops are timed perfectly for that, and there’s as much walking around at the beautiful towns and historical sites as you feel up to. I am sure the other guides are great, but you will have an outstanding experience if you get Joanna. If you visit Avignon but don’t take this tour you will miss the best part.
Truly excellent tour ,saw all the sights Got to wander gorgeous villages.Get around 40 to 70 min per place which is adequate. More would be good but the day is already 10+ hours,so have to draw line somewhere.Comfortable 9seat van,Guide fred was excellent .Some villages parked up for kilometres but we got dropped right at best part .highly recommend
We did this tour on the only rainy day of our two weeks in France. Our guide, Amar, made the best of less than ideal conditions and kept us engaged and happy. Low cloud ceiling and unyielding rain notwithstanding, this was a day to remember for all the right reasons.
This was a great tour and a nice host. There was only one topic in the agenda that was not correct. When I purchased it, it referenced the tour would include a stopover in a lavender museum. When I brought it up to the host, he said he was going to fax it over to his office. There was no lavender on the agenda since in early September the fields are no longer in bloom.
There was a pitstop to look at roman ruins in St. Remy. What no one explained is literally across the street from the ruins is the hospital that Van Gogh stayed at. I think giving the group an option of either venue for 30 minutes would of been a better choice.
We had a great time on our tour. The guide gave just enough time for each place. Obviously we could have stayed longer in each place but then we wouldn't be able to see as much. It was the right balance.
Our driver and guide was very accommodating, checked the group constantly for our feedbacks and comfort level. He obviously is very familiar with the region and has taken us to all the historic sites and special spots for photo opportunities. It is a long day trip, but well worth the money if you don’t have a car. Will highly recommend it to other travelers alike.
Take another tour , our tour guide Francios showed up 25 min late , due to traffic , Traffic is always bad so I think you need to leave earlier .He was very kind and did call and the hotel let us know he was running late. Once in the van , in was nice but we had to request air conditioner to be on. We could not hear his low tone voice in the back seat , AT ALL. The speaker system was not working . we asked about rotating seats so at least we could hear some of it . He said no the other couple had motion sickness. SO basically for the entire trip we heard nothing. Once we got to the sites he stops and says go explore and no commentary was offered . in his defense if you directly asked him a question he was very happy to answer. At a market stop he dropped us off and said pick u up at the entrance in 1 hour , we waited 20 min then I went looking for him and found him on another street , again poor communication. Loved going to the open air market , favorite stop . We asked to go to a lavender field and he made a special stop for us to see that . we had a very rushed lunch , like 45 min at a lovely stop stop on the river. so basically he drove us to the sites listed and we explored on our own . I think too many stops and not enough explaining what we were seeing .Ask about being able to hear in the van don't go unless they have a microphone system in place .
The places visited were great but the guide was extremely rude and gave the one French speaker in the group extensive answers and carried on long private and personal conversations with her, while ignoring the 3 English speakers on the tour. Occasionally, she would give a brief explanation then continue her private conversation. She had no idea that 2 of the English speakers understood enough French to comprehend what was being said. We got more information from brochures and signage than from the guide. Unfortunately, we were assigned this guide for 2 tours and were stuck with her for 2 days. She was equally rude and discourteous on the other day when it was all English speakers.