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From Avignon: Luberon Hilltop Villages

1. From Avignon: Luberon Hilltop Villages

Your first stop will be Fontaine de Vaucluse where you will be charmed by the biggest French spring. Spontaneous stops at poppy fields on the way are included (in season). Next, marvel at Sénanque Abbey, a jewel of Romanesque art nestled in a lush greenery environment. Afterward, enjoy strolling through the streets of the spectacular hilltop village of Gordes, where you can admire the play of warm light on the dry stone walls. Move on to Roussillon and observe all the different shades of the ochre by wandering along the Ochre Trail (entrance fee not included - 3€/adult) and the colored roads of the village. Then, walk on the streets of Ménerbes, the fortified hilltop village that inspired Peter Mayle to write his most successful novel One Year in Provence.

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From Avignon: Half-Day Hilltop Villages of Luberon

2. From Avignon: Half-Day Hilltop Villages of Luberon

Visit the French regional national park of the Luberon and the typical Provençal villages perched atop cliffs that Peter Mayle described so well in his popular books about life in Provence. Your driver/guide is experienced and knowledgeable and will help ensure that this half-day tour is a memorable one! Wander along the narrow streets of Gordes, admire the ochre-red façades of Roussillon and stop to see the magnificent Abbey of Sénanque, surrounded with lavender fields in bloom during the summer (15 June to 15 August). On the tour you’ll make stops in Ménerbes and Lacoste to admire these typical Provençal villages as well.

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Original Provence in One Day: Private Tour

3. Original Provence in One Day: Private Tour

After pick-up at your downtown Avignon accommodation, or the central meeting point, your guide will take you to the first stop. Fontaine de Vaucluse is a beautiful village located by the river Sorgue. Walk up to its renowned spring, one of the biggest in Europe. Visit Gordes and take wonderful pictures at the belvedere before visiting this famous hilltop village made of local dry stones. On Tuesdays you will have the opportunity to explore the Provencal market. Visit the Lavender Museum (entrance included) and learn about the culture and traditional heritage of lavender. Then it is time to head off to the next village: Roussillon. The enchantment of this Provencal village weaves its spell throughout the year, as the shades of ochre of the houses and the ground vary with the sunlight. Have a walk in the traditional market on Thursdays. After your lunch break (at your own expense), move on to the world-renowned Saint Remy de Provence and gaze at Van Gogh's reproductions near the asylum where he stayed for one year. Your next step is Les Baux de Provence, a typical Provencal village that used to be a medieval stronghold. Admire the paved streets and the amazing panorama. Finally, your guide will take you to the Pont du Gard. After listening to historical comments, discover the famous Roman aqueduct and walk around to find your best photo spot. At around 18:30 the tour will head back to your original departure point.

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What people are saying about Gordes

Highly recommended! Thanks to this tour it was possible to visit places in Provence that are not accessible by public transport and this made the whole trip unique. The roads traveled offer wonderful landscapes and each village is characterized by unique characteristics that make it unique. Too bad for the short time (1h) spent in Roussillon: if you want to take a walk through the narrow streets of the center you can't walk the whole path of ocher, however the first 50m can give you some beautiful emotions so it's still worth it penalty.

They changed our reservation, but they made up for it.

Even though we had reserved/ confirmed a week in advance, the company chosen for our Luberon tour only let us know the afternoon before our tour that it had to be changed. To make up for this, they send a wonderful guide to give us a private tour on a makeup day of our choosing.

I had Nicolas all to myself, so evidently the couple hours spent with him were amazing . He knows his history, geography, as well as etymology, AND he was actually able to answer all of my questions! Highly recommendable!