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Gordes

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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: Full-Day Best of Provence Tour

2. 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. 

From Avignon: Best of Luberon in an Afternoon

3. From Avignon: Best of Luberon in an Afternoon

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, Roussillon, and Gordes. 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. Your tour guide will show you the must-see landscape of Luberon. 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: All Provence in one Day

4. 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 mountain landscapes. Begin your journey with a visit to the village of Roussillon and its colorful houses. On Thursdays, take the opportunity to explore the local market. Enjoy a photo stop at the panorama view point facing the village of Gordes. Then drive to Fontaine de Vaucluse and take a walk up to the cave from which the River Sorgues emerges. Stop at the charming town of Saint-Rémy de Provence to discover its city center. 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. This full-day will return to Avignon in the middle of the day, lunch on your own during the day.

From Avignon: Half-Day Lavender Tour of Luberon

5. From Avignon: Half-Day Lavender Tour of Luberon

Discover the lavender fields in full bloom in the villages of Luberon on this half-day tour from Avignon.  Enjoy a scenic and picturesque drive through the countryside, full of beautiful purple fields that stretch as far as the eye can see. Your guide will organize many stops in the countryside to take pictures of the fields. Stop in Roussillon for some free time to wander through this typical provençal village. Indulge yourself here with a scoop of lavender ice cream. Stop for panoramic photos from the hilltop village of Gordes, listed as one of "The Most Beautiful Villages in France". Finally, take a quick photo stop at the Cisterian Senanque Abbey, surrounded by lavender fields.

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

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

Travel on a full-day tour from Aix-en-Provence to Luberon valley, an area of charming and unique villages. On Sunday only, stop in L'Isle sur la Sorgue to wander through the open-air market, and along the canals. Take some time to stop in the various antique shops. Enjoy the exceptional hilltop village of Gordes from the panoramic viewpoint and snap some photos. 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 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. Here you can enjoy some free time before returning to Aix-en-Provence. The order of the stops can change according to market days. Gordes - market on Tuesday. Roussillon - market on Thursday. Lourmarin - market on Friday. Apt - market on Saturday. L'Isle sur la Sorgue - market on Sunday.

From Avignon: Lavender Villages Day Trip

7. From Avignon: Lavender Villages Day Trip

Embark on a fascinating tour exploring and appreciating lavenders, the emblematic plant of Provence, and visit neighboring villages to enjoy an open-air market and scenic landscapes. Visit a traditional open-air market that takes place in different towns throughout the week. Browse through the stalls presenting an array of fruits, vegetables, and handicrafts. Travel along picturesque roads through wild lavender fields to Sault OR Roussillon (depending on the flowering stage). Visit Gordes, a hilltop village in Luberon, built completely with dry stones. Stop for a photo at Senanque Abbey, surrounded by a wonderful lavender field (depending on the flowering stage) During the blooming season, a photo stop in sunflower fields will also be included in the itinerary.

From Avignon: Discover Villages in Luberon

8. 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. The village of Roussillon, built on top of an ochre cliff. The ochre is a natural pigment which can be found in the soil and which is used for the painting and decoration of the houses. You will stroll in the narrow streets of this colorfull village. (Market on Thursday). A short drive will bring you to one of the most beautiful villages in France : Gordes. A panoramic photo stop will be arranged. The next stop will be in Fontaine de Vaucluse : walk up to the cave from which the River Sorgues emerges.

From Marseille: Luberon Markets & Villages Full-Day Trip

9. From Marseille: Luberon Markets & Villages Full-Day Trip

Tour the enchanting hilltop villages and colorful landscapes of the Luberon region of southern France on a full-day tour. Enjoy roundtrip transportation from Marseille, then have plenty of free time to explore traditional markets, antique shops, and historic monuments in different towns. Depart from the meeting point and discover a unique Luberon market, depending on the day of your tour. Experience the aromas and flavors of traditional Provençal products. On Tuesdays, spend time in the dry-stone-built village of Gordes and explore its market. On other days, stop in Gordes for a panoramic photo stop. On Thursdays, see the village of Roussillon and its colorful houses, with an iconic market. On Fridays, enjoy free time in Lourmarin, famous for its Renaissance castle, and visit the market. On Saturdays, discover the market in the city of Apt, famous for the candied-fruits production. On Sundays only, visit the market that takes place in L'Isle sur Sorgue. From mid-June to mid-July, make a photo stop at Sénanque Abbey, with its lavender fields in bloom. Drive to Fontaine de Vaucluse and the Sorgue resurgence before heading back to Marseille.

From Aix-en-Provence: Sault Lavender and Gordes Day Trip

10. From Aix-en-Provence: Sault Lavender and Gordes Day Trip

Discover the fields of lavender in Pays de Sault on a full-day tour from Aix-en-Provence. Visit the hilltop villages of Saignon and Gordes, and marvel at the scenic views. After meeting your driver-guide at the meeting point in Aix-en-Provence, set off on your tour. Drive through the Luberon Natural Regional Park along the picturesque and winding Combe of Lourmarin. Reach the Plateau of Claparèdes, with its numerous "bories" (typical dry-stoned houses) among the lavender fields. Then, arrive in the hilltop village of Saignon to enjoy a breathtaking panorama. Next, drive to Pays de Sault, famous for its wide lavender fields in bloom. Stop in Sault, “the capital of lavender.” and enjoy some free time to explore and grab lunch (not included) on your own. In the afternoon, discover one of the most beautiful villages in France, Gordes, a village erected on a cliff. Admire the fortified castle and church that dominate the typical houses of the village, which were built with stones from the rock on which they stand. After, return to the tour's starting point. N.B : A la Française reserves the right to modify the programm according to the lavender's blooming stage

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This was a great option and excellent tour as we are travelling by train and had a short stay in Avignon. It seemed expensive when I was booking it but for ease, comfort and enjoyment it was a great choice for us. A great way to get local information - our guide was very happy to answer questions about local life and customs and food and many other topics as well as giving us the history details of the villages we visited. We are both very fit so no issues with hills and cobblestone pathways but not suitable for anyone who can’t negotiate these as there is lots of walking. We were also lucky as there were only 3 of us booked on this tour so had ample opportunity to ask questions and converse with our guide who spoke excellent English.

Our day trip touring around the sites and small villages surrounding Avignon was wonderful. Our guide Bridgette was fabulous. She had excellent historical and current knowledge of the area and knew all the spots of interest to visit. We saw many different villages and were given plenty of time to explore the places we visited. I would highly recommend this tour and Bridgette as a guide.

Arnaud was an excellent guide! We had an exceptional experience- he took us to so many beautiful small villages and natural wonders. We will utilize his services again when we return to Avignon!

It was amazing trip to a very beautiful places. Transportation was nice and guide was really interesting and was telling cool stories about the region.

We enjoyed all the places we visited. Every stop was unique. It was the perfect way to see so much of Provence. We would totally recommend.