Explore picturesque medieval villages deep in the Provençal countryside on this 9-hour tour through the Luberon region from Marseille. Travel by minivan with your guide to the Luberon villages of l'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, Lourmarin and Gorges. Wander through the bustling open-air markets of Bonnieux or Roussillon and perhaps browse the stalls for souvenirs. Learn how lavender — the symbol of Provence — is transformed into luxurious essential oils and beauty products and, in the summer, make a photo stop at Sénanque Abbey to admire Provence’s beautiful lavender fields in full bloom.
Meet your guide in the morning near Marseille’s port, then hop into your air-conditioned vehicle to begin your tour through the Luberon region. With medieval villages nestled among rolling lavender fields and rugged hills, the Luberon is widely considered the most attractive corner of Provence. Discover an open-air market each day in a different village : in Gordes on Tuesdays, in Roussillon on Thursdays , in Lourmarin on Fridays and in L'Isle sur la Sorgue on Sundays. As the markets take place in the morning only, the order of the visited sites will change accordingly. Drive along countryside roads at the foot of Luberon, and arrival in Isle-sur-Sorgue. Free time to discover the antiques shops along the canals of the « Venice of Comtat Venaissin ».Go at the source of the Sorgue river visiting Fontaine-de-Vaucluse. Walk up to the cave where this impressive river emerges.Wander in the exceptional hilltop village of Gordes which ranks among the most beautiful villages in France. A photo stop at Senanque abbey will be included between mid-June and mid-July only, during the lavender blooming season, to take pictures of the lavender fields.Continuation toward the colourful village of Roussillon and its ochre cliffs.Way back through the hilltop village of Bonnieux and the picturesque and winding Combe of Lourmarin. Free time in the charming village of Lourmarin, famous for its Renaissance castle.Free time for lunch (not included) on your own during the tour.Please note: As the markets only take place in the morning, the order of sites and villages visited may change.