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, Roussillon and Lourmarin. Visit an open-air market 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.Go at the source of the Sorgue river visiting Fontaine-de-Vaucluse. Walk up to the cave where this impressive river emerges.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 the town at your own pace, and admire its distinctive orange-hued cliffs. Travel to the neighboring village of Bonnieux and Lourmarin, by passing near the Pont Julien – a Roman stone arch bridge that was built from limestone rocks from the nearby Luberon mountains. 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.The order of the visit might change depending on market day.