Excellent ++ tour of Luberon area of Provence
Provence Afternoon Half-Day Trip from Avignon | nov 2019
We met our guide Amar at the Visitors Info Center near the Central train station. He was prompt and friendly from the start. There was only one other couple in our tour and we were in a nice van. Amar was thoroughly knowledgeable about the area and he had a quality hand's free microphone attached to his driver's seat, so that we could hear his excellent commentary all through the day. The itinerary was to see the town of Roussillon, Gorde, Les Baux and Pont du Gard. These places in the Luberon area of Provence are so nice that any tour would be beautiful, but Amar gave us good hints of highlights at the stops and he parked the car in the best location to make it shorter walking and he was in the best location when we returned to the car. The pretty town of Gorde was just to be seen from a good vantage point, so we were pleasantly surprised when he also drove through the tiny town. We had a 45 minute stop at the famous red clay town of Roussillon which is not enough to walk all through the town, but Amar showed us a great place with a few shops, restrooms, cafe and fantastic view of the city and of the valley below. On the way to Les Baux we drove passed by St. Remy where Van Gogh stayed in the clinic. Across the road from the clinic Amar drove in front of the Roman triumphal arch that was part of the nearby ruins of the city of Glanum from 27BC - first century AD. A short distance away is Les Baux that sits on top of a steep hill that can be a challenge to hike up the parking lot and the hill, so when Amar let us out right at the entry to Les Baux & we were able to make the most of our 45 minute visit there. the last stop was at the Pont du Gard three tier Roman ruin. Again Amar let us out right at the walking path and while we walked across the aquaduct he drove around to our exit point and we could get right into the vehicle - personalized first class service !! Amar asked us and the other couple if we wanted to be dropped off near our hotel area or some other part of Avignon and again that was so helpful to be able to be in the spot best for us.
In order to see more of the beautiful Luberon area of Provence it would best to have several days in each of the areas we saw, but this excursion was a great way to be introduced and see the highlights in order to return sometime.
Our thanks to Viator and Amar ! Leia mais