Our most recommended things to do in Roussillon

From Aix : Hilltop Villages in Luberon

1. From Aix : Hilltop Villages in Luberon

Visit the most beautiful medieval hilltop villages in the southern Luberon. Discover the charms of Lourmarin, Bonnieux, Roussillon, and Gordes on a 6-hour tour. Stop in Lourmarin for some free time, considered by many to be one of the most beautiful villages in France, and noted for its Renaissance castle.Take a photo in Bonnieux, a picture-perfect Provençal village that features a 12th-century church surrounded by ancient cedars. Continue to Roussillon via the Roman-era Pont Julien. Roussillon, perched atop an ochre-colored cliff, is a favorite of painters, and a magical place where combinations of oxides give the ochre an infinite variety of colors. Gordes offers an extraordinary vision of a stone village erected on a massive rock. Its fortress castle and church dominate the houses of the village, which were built with stones taken from the rock on which they sit.

From Avignon: Best of Luberon Afternoon Day Trip by Van

2. From Avignon: Best of Luberon Afternoon Day Trip by Van

Spend an afternoon discovering the Luberon region's most charming villages. Depart from Avignon in an air-conditioned minibus and explore the picturesque villages of Lacoste, Ménerbes, Roussillon, and Gordes with a guide. From the meeting point in Avignon, set off to the village of Lacoste, once the residence of the Marquis de Sade, for a photo stop. Then, continue to Ménerbes, a village that became famous due to Peter Mayle's book A Year in Provence. Enjoy free time to discover the village. From April 1st, the visit to the village of Menerbes will be replaced by various photo stops of the must-see landscape of Luberon during the tour. On the way to Roussillon, take a look at the Roman bridge Pont Julien, one of the numerous Roman remains in Provence. Arrive in Roussillon and admire how the village is built at the top of an ochre cliff, as well as the ochre-washed façades of its buildings. Next, head toward Gordes, another village erected on the top of a cliff, and discover its fortified castle and church. See the village's typical houses, built from the rock on which they stand, before returning to Avignon.

From Avignon: Full-Day Best of Provence Tour

3. From Avignon: Full-Day Best of Provence Tour

Discover the breathtaking beauty of Provence during this guided full-day tour from Avignon. Enjoy the town of Fontaine de Vaucluse and stop in the lavender fields for photos. Go for a walk in St-Rémy-de-Provence and take in the views from Pont du Gard.  Be picked up from a meeting point in Avignon and board a comfortable and air-conditioned van for the scenic drive to Fontaine de Vaucluse. Take in the relaxing atmosphere in this town that is next to a spring at the foot of the Vaucluse Mountains. Admire the Provençal landscapes in of Luberon and have a chance to have a photo stop in lavender fields in summer (from June 15th to July 31st). Head over to Gordes which is listed as "one of the most beautiful villages in France." Walk in the red streets of Roussillon and marvel at panoramic views of the Alpilles in Baux-de-Provence. Take a stroll through the beautiful city of St-Rémy-de-Provence. Stop at the ancient Roman aqueduct Pont du Gard before returning to your meeting point. 

Aix-en-Provence: Luberon Market & Villages Day Tour

4. Aix-en-Provence: Luberon Market & Villages Day Tour

Travel from Aix-en-Provence to Luberon valley on a full-day tour of the area's charming and unique villages. Make your way to L'Isle sur la Sorgue, and wander through the open-air provincial market, and along the canals, taking time to stop in the various antique shops (on Sunday only). Enjoy the exceptional hilltop village of Gordes (it has a market on Tuesday) and stop to snap photos at a panoramic viewpoint. Afterward (from mid-June to mid-July only) stop for photos of the blooming lavender fields at Senanque Abbey. Drive to the village of Fontaine de Vaucluse before continuing to the colorful village of Roussillon (it has a market on Thursday) and its ochre cliffs. Make your way back through the picturesque and winding Combe of Lourmarin. Stop in Lourmarin, one of the most beautiful villages in France, famous for its Renaissance castle (market on friday). Here you can enjoy some free time before returning to Aix-en-Provence. The order of the stops can change according to market days.

From Avignon: All Provence in one Day

5. From Avignon: All Provence in one Day

Immerse yourself in the picturesque region of Provence on a comprehensive day trip departing from Avignon. See all of the local highlights, including hilltop villages with colorful homes, historic monuments, and dramatic mountain landscapes. Begin your journey with a visit to the village of Roussillon and its colorful houses. On Thursdays, seize the opportunity to explore the local market. Enjoy a photo stop at the charming village of Gordes, then drive to Fontaine de Vaucluse. Take a walk up to the cave from which the River Sorgues emerges. Stop at the Les Antiques monument in Saint Rémy de Provence to snap some incredible pictures. Have some free time in Les Baux de Provence to explore the medieval fortress, located on a rocky spur in the Alpilles region. Continue to the Pont du Gard and visit the best-preserved aqueduct of the Roman period (from april 1rst, 2023 : the photo stop at les Antiques will be replaced by a stop in the city center of Saint Rémy). Return to Avignon in the middle of the day.

From Avignon: Châteauneuf du Pape and Luberon Tour with Wine

6. From Avignon: Châteauneuf du Pape and Luberon Tour with Wine

Enjoy a scenic drive through the vineyards of Châteauneuf-du-Pape followed by wine tastings at two different wineries. From the ruins of the Pope's summer residence, enjoy a panoramic view over the Rhône River valley and the hill ranges surrounding the village. In the afternoon, discover the village of Roussillon and its colorful houses. Enjoy a photo stop at Pont Julien with a history dating from Roman times. Drive through the village of Lacoste, where you will see the remains of the castle of the Marquis de Sade. Conclude the tour with free time in the dry-stone-built hilltop village of Gordes.

From Avignon: Luberon's Main Villages & Sites Tour

7. From Avignon: Luberon's Main Villages & Sites Tour

The best of Luberon in a Full-day or Half-day tour, from Avignon, with a fantastic shared picnic during full-day and morning tours only, made with fresh products from local farmers (fresh eggs, tapenade, bell peppers cream, goat cheese with bell peppers, melon, grape juice) for a convivial time spent together: 45 min. drive to Gordes • Gordes, the world's most beautiful village for Travel + Leisure American magazine (photo stop only). 15 min. drive to Domaine de la Citadelle • Domaine de la Citadelle, one of the best Luberon's winery. You will taste several wines produced on site (white, red and rosé). 20 min. drive to Roussillon • Roussillon, the full-orange village built on old ochre's quarries, listed among the most beautiful villages of France. 25 min. drive to Sénanque Abbey • Senanque Abbey, a Cistercian monastery from the Middle Ages where monks are still living, produce their own products thanks to the big lavender fields in front of the abbey. And if you book the Full-day tour, you will also see: 30 min. drive to the Mines de Bruoux • Mines de Bruoux, an old ochre's quarry used until the 1990s. You will do the site's guided tour inside the galleries for a refreshing moment (10°C). Entry ticket included. 5 min. drive to the House of the Candied Fruit • the House of the Candied Fruit. You will taste some candied fruits and learn about their history in this shop located in the candied fruit's capital city, Apt. 15 min. drive to Saignon • Saignon, a very beautiful off the beaten track village. You will enjoy the stunning view over the village and the valley from the Rock of Bellevue. 15 min. drive to Les Agnels distillery • Les Agnels distillery. You will learn a lot about how lavender is distilled to make essential oils, soaps, perfumes and other products. 1h drive to the Tourist Office of Avignon

From Aix-en-Provence: Luberon & Vineyards Tour with Tastings

8. From Aix-en-Provence: Luberon & Vineyards Tour with Tastings

Embark on an immersive journey through Provence, exploring the charming villages of the Luberon region and the traditional vineyards located east of Aix-en-Provence. Learn about local heritage and taste delicious wines as you take in views of Mount Sainte-Victorie. Take a scenic drive along Cézanne road, on the way to the Côtes de Provence Sainte-Victoire vineyards, situated at the foot of the Sainte-Victoire Mountain. Visit two fascinating wineries to sample tasty, full-bodied red wines and subtle, elegant rosés. Spend free time in the village of Lourmarin famous and see its Renaissance-style castle. Enjoy a photo stop in Bonnieux before moving on to the colorful village of Roussillon which, with houses painted in ochre shades. Explore the hilltop village of Gordes, then return to Aix by early evening.

From Avignon: Discover Villages in Luberon

9. From Avignon: Discover Villages in Luberon

The Luberon is a small and perfectly preserved paradise in the heart of Provence. It is home to everything that one likes about Provence: dozens of small villages perched on hilltop. Roussillon, built on top of an ochre cliff (ochre is a natural pigment which can be found in the soil and which is used for the painting and decoration of the houses): stroll in the narrow streets of this colorfull village. (Market on Thursday) A 15min drive wiil bring you to Gordes (one of the most beautiful villages in France). A panoramic photo stop. Drive to Fontaine de Vaucluse : walk up to the cave from which the River Sorgues emerges.

From Marseille Cruise Terminal : Luberon Villages

10. From Marseille Cruise Terminal : Luberon Villages

Meet your driver at the bottom of the ship in Marseille cruise terminal and hop-on your air-conditioned minivan. Enjoy this excursion to the famous Luberon area. Drive to your first stop Lourmarin, where you will have the chance to wander during your free time. In this charming village, you will have a look at the famous Renaissance castle, considered a masterpiece of Renaissance architecture style (traditional open air market every Friday morning). Continue to the hilltop village of Bonnieux through the picturesque and winding route called the Combe of Lourmarin, which crosses the Luberon's mountain from south to north. Have free time in the village overlooking the Luberon hill range. Continue toward the colorful village of Roussillon and its ochre cliffs, you will be impressed by all the different ochre color use to paint the buildings and houses of the village. Great place for photographers. (traditional open air market every Thursday morning). Free time for lunch on your own. The last stop will be in Gordes, which ranks among the most beautiful villages in France, where you will do a photo stop at the panoramic point of view facing this surprising perched village. Enjoy the breathtaking view from there.

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We saw so many sights in one day and somehow it didn't seem too rushed. The villages were beautiful. Lea, our guide, was a good driver and very friendly. She gave us a lot of information along the way. My only criticism of her would be that there were a couple of occasions where she would forget a few facts- but I understand that she is new to the tourism industry so that will improve. I'm also thankful that she said she forget, instead of just making stuff up. Everything considered I would 100% recommend this tour.

We think the tour is a great way to visit not only several picturesque and unique villages but also magnificent Pont du Gard in one day. Our tour guide, Frederic (spelling?), was very knowledgeable and passionate about his work, accommodating and kind. We don't think we'd have enjoyed it as much if it weren't for Frederic.

We had a marvellous day exploring these beautiful villages carved into the Luberon mountains. Expect breath-taking views, lovely churches, cafes and restaurants and some colourful geological landscapes. Greg drove us round (rather him than me) and conducted the tour with impressive knowledge and good humour.

The tour was amazing and our guide Natalie made the whole experience exceptional. The wine tasting in the morning and the village tours in the afternoon were incredible. I would definitely recommend this tour and our guide Natalie was the icing on the cake!

We had an amazing day!! The towns are so charming and our guide was the best! She gave us great information about the area and things to do in each town.