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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: Half-Day Trip to Lourmarin and Ansouis

4. From Aix-en-Provence: Half-Day Trip to Lourmarin and Ansouis

Experience the beauty of the villages of Lourmarin and Ansouis on half-day trip from Aix-en-Provence. Savor local flavors with a guided olive oil tasting at a mill in Lourmarin. Admire the fortifications of the Castle of Ansouis.  Meet your guide at a centrally-located meeting point in Aix-en-Provence. Sit back and relax on a drive to the southern Luberon region. Pass by a small mountain range of the pre-alps that features rocky canyons, hilltop villages, olive groves, lavender fields, and vineyards. Stop in Lourmarin and stroll through the narrow streets to view numerous fountains, a 17th century belfry, and the largest Protestant Church in the Vaucluse area. Make your way to a local olive oil mill. Uncover the secrets of the olive oil production process as you hear about cold pressing. Try a minimum of 5 different olive oils during a guided tasting. Continue your journey to the village of Ansouis. Admire to the stone houses and winding streets in Ansouis. Follow your guide to the Castle of Ansouis where you can take some photos before returning to the center of Aix-en-Provence.

Lourmarin: Pétanque Lesson

5. Lourmarin: Pétanque Lesson

First, you will be taught the rules of the game along with a brief history of the sport. Then, learn how to handle the boule, throw, shoot, score and master the fine art of disputing a point. After, play a competitive game of pétanque (with a glass of rosé in your hand, of course). The hosts will also have some homemade Pastis to sample. A commemorative trophy will be offered to the winning team during an aperitif with Pastis, Rosé and traditional Provencal snacks (anchoiade, tapenade, mushrooms, etc.). If you loose, get ready to kiss Fanny's Ass (just a statue). Play for about three hours with a view of a castle in the South of France. The game will take place either in Lourmarin or Ansouis. Even if you have never played before, you will enjoy the game and the lovely drinks and foods afterward.

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

6. 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

7. 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

8. 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.

Marseille: 8-Hour Provençal Picnic Tour

9. Marseille: 8-Hour Provençal Picnic Tour

To choose cities and villages that you want to discover, your itinerary for the day will depend on the market days where you will shop for your picnic food. On Monday it is the Cavaillon, on Tuesday the Aix-en-Provence, on Wednesday the Saint-Remy de Provence and Arles, on Thursday the Villeneuve-Les-Avignon, on Friday the Lourmarin, and on Saturday and Sunday the Pernes-les-Fontaines and the L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgues respectively. Throughout your day you can choose to play a game called pétanque, which is the most popular pastime in Provence. You can also choose to discover ancient monuments, hilltop villages and lavender fields, or take a seaside drive. There is so much to see, and if you have any special request you have only to let your guide know. If you would like to share your tour with others on your cruise ship, simply place an ad online via cruise critic. At the conclusion of your day out, you will be returned safely to your ship.

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What people are saying about Lourmarin

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 145 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.