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Hilltop Villages in Luberon

1. 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: Half-Day Baux de Provence and Luberon Tour

2. From Avignon: Half-Day Baux de Provence and Luberon Tour

Explore the Alpilles and Luberon regional parks in this half-day trip from Avignon. Focusing on a fusion of cultural heritage and natural beauty, you'll discover your own mini "year in Provence" within the space of a mere few hours with these twin attractions. Admire the panoramic view of the Alpilles from the hilltop village of Les Baux de Provence. Visit the Luberon and its precariously perched villages, along with Gordes, listed among "the most beautiful villages in France". Lest we forget Roussillon with its red houses and ochre textures. Final stop will be a fab photo opp at famous Senanque Abbey.

From Avignon: Half-Day Hilltop Villages of Luberon

3. 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.

From Aix-en-Provence: Cassis & Massif du Luberon Tour

4. From Aix-en-Provence: Cassis & Massif du Luberon Tour

Embark on a tour to several villages from Aix-en-Provence. Stop at several picturesque villages and admire the fantastic scenery. Depart from Aix-en-Provence by minivan and first drive to Cassis and Cape Canaille. Spend some free time strolling through the charming fisherman port of Cassis, before stopping to admire the views of the highest seaside cliff in Europe, Cape Canaille. Next, continue north to the Massif du Luberon, known for its many quaint villages. First, discover the village of Lourmarin famous for its Renaissance-style castle. Enjoy a photo stop in Bonnieux, followed by a visit to the colorful village of Roussillon, where the houses are painted with ochre. Stroll in the medieval village of Gordes, a scenic village perched on a steep hilltop. Afterward, be returned to the city center of Aix-en-Provence.

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Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 163 reviews

It was a great tour with a great guide. There was plenty of time to look around each village. The villages were beautiful and we could stop in the photo zone and take pictures. Our guide knew history so well that he could answer all the various questions. I had to take a car for about 2 hours, but the guide's history story was interesting, so it was not boring and fun.

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.

We had Greg as a guide and he was fantastic! A knowledgeable and funny guide, he provided us with lots of local insight into the Provence region. The tour was very fun and a great way to see some picturesque Luberon villages. I’d recommend to anyone who comes to Aix!

A fantastic way to spend a 1/2 of a day. Well organized, 3 towns but never rushed, back to the pickup point within 10 minutes of schedule after 6 hrs. Perfect choice of towns and sights. The value provided by this experience is superb.

Love it! The 3 little towns are gorgeous and so different from one another. The only thing I would have made me love it even more is to do it in July with the lavender!