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From Avignon: Full-Day Best of Provence Tour

1. 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: Luberon's Main Villages & Sites Tour

2. 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 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). 5 min. drive to Senanque 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. 25 min. drive to Roussillon • Roussillon, the full-orange village built on old ochre's quarries, listed among the most beautiful villages of France. 10 min. drive to the House of the Candied Fruit • the House of the Candied Fruit. You will taste candied fruits and learn about their history and how they are made in this shop located in the candied fruit's capital city, Apt. And if you book the Full-day tour, you will also see: 5 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. 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. 1h15 drive to the Tourist Office of Avignon

From Avignon: Half-Day Lavender Tour of Luberon

3. 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 Villages Full-Day Guided Tour

4. From Aix en Provence: Luberon Villages Full-Day Guided Tour

Visit the village of Gordes This morning, head out to the village of Gordes, classified as one of the most beautiful villages in France. Facing the Luberon mountain range, the village is composed of small paved streets, known as calades, where it feels so nice to get lost in. To mostly appreciate this unique village, magic operates in spring and autumn as summer is very crowded by the number of visitors. Admire the Senanque Abbey After the visit of Gordes, it will be time to take you to the beautiful area of Senanque to admire the Cistercian abbey of Senanque where you will take time for a photo stop. In July, the Abbey is surrounded by magnificent Lavender fields. The Abbey is still home to a community of Cistercian monks that follow the rule of Saint Benedict. Cultivation of lavandin, of olive trees, production of honey, visits of the abbey, hospitality and monastic shop permit the monks to live but also to maintain and restore the monument. Free time for lunch After the visit, it will be time to stop in a local village for lunch. Don't hesitate to ask your guide for suggestions. Roussillon & The Ochre Trail Your tour from Aix en Provence continues with the visit of some of the most beautiful villages of the Luberon region. The villages of Lourmarin and Roussillon are next on your program. Roussillon is a typical hilltop village located just above a rock formation called the “Provencal Colorado“. Here, you will have some time for personal discovery that will allow you to stroll down the village or walk along the “ochre path", a 30 minute walk. The Ochre Trail Discover one of the main highlights of the village of Roussillon, the Ochre Trail, an easy walking trail that takes place in what used to be an Ochre Quarry. Extracted during the 18th century, the mining has now stopped but the location is quite stunning. The natural Ochre pigments mixed with the sand of the cliffs constitute a mineral landscape made up of Iron Oxide that creates colors ranging from bright yellow to violet. Before returning to Aix en Provence, finish with the visit of Lourmarin. Lourmarin The village of Lourmarin is quite unique. As you stroll the winding streets, the architecture in the village reveals its many riches: from the Renaissance to the Baroque period, from Classicism to the 19th century, the houses in Lourmarin highlight the incomparable know-how of those builders often little known to the general public. Located in a gorgeous setting that is surrounded by olive and almond trees, the village has attracted numerous artists and writers such Henri Bosco and Albert Camus. Again, enjoy some time in the village where options include the visit of its ancient castle. The village was the source of inspiration for Peter Mayle’s “A year in Provence”. After the visit, it will be time to return to Aix en Provence.

From Avignon: Lavender Villages Day Trip

5. From Avignon: Lavender Villages Day Trip

Embark on a fascinating tour focused on exploring and appreciating lavenders, the emblematic plant of Provence. Take a day trip from Avignon and visit neighboring villages to explore open-air markets and scenic landscapes. Shop for local produce and crafts, and admire vast lavender fields. Depart from Avignon and head to a quaint village. Drive to a different village depending on the day of the week, to guarantee a visit to the open-air markets that take 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. Enjoy free time to wander and explore lavender shops. 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. During the blooming season, a photo stop in sunflower fields will also be included in the itinerary.

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

6. 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: Full-Day Experience in Luberon with Lunch

7. From Avignon: Full-Day Experience in Luberon with Lunch

Take full advantage of the slower pace of life in Provence and take your time on your Luberon tour from Avignon. Laze about and experience the quiet life in Isle-sur-la-Sorgue with its quaint antique shops. Have a stroll in Gordes, widely celebrated as one of the most beautiful villages in France, and take in a panoramic view of the Luberon. Snap photos at Senanque Abbey in its lavender surroundings in bloom. Marvel at the perched village of Menerbes. Have a leisurely lunch in a Provencal restaurant, pairing the wines expertly with your food. Explore the famous Luberon village of Roussillon - its passionate red houses and ochre textures will inspire you.

From Aix-en-Provence: Luberon Park Lavender Season Tour

8. From Aix-en-Provence: Luberon Park Lavender Season Tour

Lavender Season only Luberon Regional Park Visit the différent small villages of Lourmarin, Bonnieux, Roussillon, Gordes, Fontaine de Vaucluse, A good mix of small villages perched on top of cliffs as well as typical provençal villages Depending of the day, possibilities to spend time in different markets Lourmarin: Friday Roussillon: Thursday Gordes: Tuesday

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What people are saying about Sénanque Abbey

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4.7 / 5

based on 183 reviews

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.

Nicholas was simply a brilliant guide: he was extremely friendly and patient, and his explanations were very insightful and meticulous in detail. He would be an excellent guide for any tour and I would recommend him to anyone.

Wonderful full day tour! We saw so many beautiful things and our tour guide was very informative. I highly recommend this tour.

Wonderful, moreover the guide is very professional and does not lack humor

The driver was very nice , he halped us în everything