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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.

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

2. 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. First make your way to L'Isle sur la Sorgue, and wander through the open-air provencal market, and along the canals, taking time to stop in the various antique shops. Then enjoy lunch on your own in the exceptional hilltop village of Gordes. Afterward (from mid-June to mid-July only) stop for photos of the blooming lavender fields at Senanque Abbey. Continue to the colorful village of Roussillon and its ochre cliffs. Stop for a photo in Bonnieux and on the way admire the Pont Julien, a Roman bridge. 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.

From Aix-en-Provence: Luberon Villages & Provence Wines Tour

3. From Aix-en-Provence: Luberon Villages & Provence Wines Tour

This full-day tour takes you on a discovery of the hilltop villages in the Luberon region as well as the wine-making region of Sainte-Victoire. You will journey from Aix-en-Provence to Mount Sainte-Victoire, which was the source of inspiration for the famous painter Cézanne from 1880 to 1883. You will visit 2 wine properties, where you can sample the locally produced red and rosé wine from the appellation of Côtes de Provence Sainte-Victoire. You will have some free time for lunch in Aix-en-Provence before you head off to discover the typical hilltop villages in the Luberon region. Along the way you will take a photo stop in Lourmarin, famous for its Renaissance castle. You will visit Bonnieux, where you can stroll through this picture-perfect Provencal village topped by a 12th century church. You will then explore the colorful village of Roussillon, where all the houses are painted ocher. You will also visit Gordes, an amazing hilltop village built entirely with local dry stones called “lauze“.

From Aix-en-Provence: Luberon and More Gourmet Walking Tour

4. From Aix-en-Provence: Luberon and More Gourmet Walking Tour

Discover the history and gourmet delights in the historical town of Aix-en-Provence during this guided walking tour. Enjoy characteristic landscapes, some of France's most beautiful villages, lavender fields, and medieval castles in the Luberon region. Meet your guide, then start your walking tour of Aix, a charming Provençal town with diversified products that are locally made. The open-air markets meet great success with the locals; become one of them strolling through the colorful stalls. 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 stone arch bridge, 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. Take in a vision of a stone village erected on a massive rock at Gordes. Its fortress castle and church dominate the houses of the village, which were built with stones taken from the rock on which they sit. Before concluding your trip, get a taste of local flavors during tastings of calisson (traditional French candy), tapenade (spread), nougat (candy), cheese, and wine.

From Marseille Cruise Port: Group Luberon Villages Excursion

5. From Marseille Cruise Port: Group Luberon Villages Excursion

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.

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

6. 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.

From Avignon: Magic Luberon Private Tour

7. From Avignon: Magic Luberon Private Tour

Enjoy a hotel pick-up at around 08:30 (hotels located in downtown Avignon) and get ready for your 9-hour journey through Luberon.  First, stop at Fontaine de Vaucluse and admire this charming village by the river Sorgue. Walk up to its spring, one of the biggest of Europe and then walk down the cliff. Then, go to Sénanque Abbey and take beautiful pictures of this typical 12th-century abbey surrounded by lavender fields.  Your next step is Gordes. After the photo stop at the "belvedere", visit this famous hilltop village made of local dry stones, and explore the flourishing Provencal market on Tuesday. Then head off to the Provencal village of Roussillon, which weaves its spell throughout the year, as the shades of ochre of the houses and the ground vary with the sunlight. This is where you will take your lunch break (not included).  In the afternoon, enjoy a visit to the perched village of Bonnieux. Your guide will drop you at the top and pick you up from the bottom.Your final stop will be Menerbes, a preserved village, made famous by Peter Mayle's novels. There you can choose what you want to visit: wine tasting houses, galleries, historic monuments or simply somewhere to have a drink. Your guide will then take you back to your hotel or accommodation in Avignon.

From Bonnieux: Private Guided Luberon ELECTRIC BIKE Tour

8. From Bonnieux: Private Guided Luberon ELECTRIC BIKE Tour

Meet your private bike guide at 9am in Bonnieux, get to know how to use the electric bikes and then start your loop ride through the famous Luberon mountains passing some of the most stunning places and villages. Choose to eat in one of the many restaurants or stop for a wine or olive tasting along the way, you'll have plenty of opportunities (but not included in the tour). If the tour is too long for you, there's a possiblity to cut it short, your expert guide will be happy to adapt the tour according to your physical condition. Cycle back to Bonnieux and finish your tour by 5pm.

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What people are saying about Bonnieux

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 143 reviews

Our guide, Jeff, was very good. Enjoyed Roussillon, Lourmarin. Gordes was very windy and treacherously rough terrain. The highlight(s) of the tour were the two bonus stops - at a lavender field and at a sunflower field. Both were spectacular. Both were far superior to a tour I took a day later, specifically for lavender (Valensole, supposedly) which was pitiful (sparse field) and a laughable sunflower field. Jeff deserved the generous tip.

We enjoyed our full day tour with Remy, from the wine tasting to the villages. He was very informative and told us everything we needed to know about the different wines as well as the local culture. We even stopped by two lavender fields and a sunflower field for photo ops. Definitely one of the highlights of our trip and would recommend to others.

Great tour! We loved learning about Provence wines and exploring the hill towns. We tried to do this on our own without a car but couldn't so we were thrilled when we found this tour. We really enjoyed exploring the countryside and loved not having to worry about the logistics. Our guide, Pierre, was very friendly and informative.

We enjoyed the tour very much. Our guide Pierre was very friendly and knowledgable and the transport comfortable. It is a good introduction to the beautiful villages of Provence.

A highlight from our trip to Aix! This tour is highly recommended. Jeff must also be the best guide out there.