Luberon Villages Day Trip from Aix-en-Provence

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Luberon Villages Day Trip from Aix-en-Provence information and booking

from
$139
Duration
9 hours
Departs from
Central Aix-en-Provence, near the tourist office
Returns to
Returns to original departure point
Time of departure
9am
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Tour description provided by Viator

Visit a medley of charming Provencal villages on this full-day tour from Aix-en-Provence! Traveling with an expert guide, you’ll discover the most scenic villages of the Luberon region, like Isle-sur-Sorque, Gordes, Bonnieux and Lourmarin. Visit an open-air market, a 12th-century abbey and more on this must-do tour!

Meet your guide in the center of Aix-en-Provence and head out by air-conditioned minibus to discover the charming Luberon area. Peppered with tiny cliff-top villages and windswept vineyards, the gorgeous area exemplifies rural France at its finest!

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.

What's included

  • Professional guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned minibus

What isn't included

  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities (optional)