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Lubéron

Lubéron

Parc Naturel regional du Luberon, Merindol, 84360

The Basics

You can explore Lubéron on a day trip from Aix-en-Provence, Avignon, or Marseille. The region’s hilltop villages—especially Roussillon and Gordes—are usually a tour highlight, and some excursions visit up to six villages in a single day. Day trips to Lubéron typically include a guided walking tour of each town and free time to explore, while some tours also visit nearby Provencal wineries. During the summer lavender season, Lubéron is a hotspot for flower-themed excursions, which visit impressive purple-coated locations such as the Senanque Abbey, the foothills of Mont Ventoux, and the Sault Plateau. For a personalized experience and more free time for photos, opt for a small-group or private tour.

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Highlights of Provence : Chateauneuf du Pape & Luberon
Highlights of Provence : Chateauneuf du Pape & Luberon
star-4.5
$122.98 per adult
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Beautiful and interesting tour!
This tour covered so many great things! First of all our guide Jeremy was so knowledgeable and friendly, he pointed out a lot of interesting landmarks between Avignon and the Chateauneuf du pape region and told us a few things about the wine regions around the area. Both wine tasting were fantastic, we learned a lot about the grapes of the area and really enjoyed getting to taste a variety of different local varieties. The towns of Gordes, Rousillon and Menerbes were all beautiful and we loved walking around the areas and seeing the local sights. This trip is definitely worth it if you're looking to get that real 'provence' feel!
Laura_E, Aug 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Aix-en-Provence

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a wonderful experience
xi_J, Jul 2022
Best of Luberon in an afternoon from Avignon
Very good service and very friendly personal. We had a wonderful trip among beautiful small villages in this area.
star-5
A perfect afternoon with a wonderful guide
Janet_N, Jun 2022
Best of Luberon in an afternoon from Avignon
A fabulous tour with a delightful guide, whose passion for the area was apparent. A great effort was made to engage with all of the guests and his extensive local knowledge added significantly to the trip. Each stop was lovely, with every village having a unique charm. A wonderful introduction to an area I hope to visit again.
star-5
Great Sights and Scenery
rohankim, Jan 2020
Highlights of Provence : Chateauneuf du Pape & Luberon
My daughter and I had a great day on the Provence Le Grand tour. Julian was an excellent guide and our driver- he had great English and passed on lots of knowledge and history about the area. The tour is an efficient way to see a lot of the sights including picturesque villages, wine tasting and Roman landmarks without having to drive or navigate yourself. We were the only two on the tour and we’re grateful the company didn’t cancel the tour as some companies would for small numbers.
star-5
Great experience
Vincent T, Dec 2019
Highlights of Provence : Chateauneuf du Pape & Luberon
We have a wonderful tour. Our guide was helpful and knowledgeable. Dec. in Provence could be very cold. Our guide drop us off right near the entry to every site.
star-5
Great way to see a lot!
Lisa_Z, Oct 2019
Avignon & Luberon Experience
I really loved this tour! It was a great and easy way to see a lot of villages — without having a car! I loved that each village was unique and special. I also liked that our group was small. Our tour guide Dori was also great. She shared a lot of information, but let us explore on our own.
star-5
Fabulous!
Theresa3481, Oct 2019
Highlights of Provence : Chateauneuf du Pape & Luberon
Our guide Remi is great! He managed our time really well and the group managed to see all the places as per the itinerary. Well done, Remi! Thank you.
star-5
Excellent ++ tour of Luberon area of Provence
Patricia_T, Nov 2019
Best of Luberon in an afternoon from Avignon
We met our guide Amar at the Visitors Info Center near the Central train station. He was prompt and friendly from the start. There was only one other couple in our tour and we were in a nice van. Amar was thoroughly knowledgeable about the area and he had a quality hand's free microphone attached to his driver's seat, so that we could hear his excellent commentary all through the day. The itinerary was to see the town of Roussillon, Gorde, Les Baux and Pont du Gard. These places in the Luberon area of Provence are so nice that any tour would be beautiful, but Amar gave us good hints of highlights at the stops and he parked the car in the best location to make it shorter walking and he was in the best location when we returned to the car. The pretty town of Gorde was just to be seen from a good vantage point, so we were pleasantly surprised when he also drove through the tiny town. We had a 45 minute stop at the famous red clay town of Roussillon which is not enough to walk all through the town, but Amar showed us a great place with a few shops, restrooms, cafe and fantastic view of the city and of the valley below. On the way to Les Baux we drove passed by St. Remy where Van Gogh stayed in the clinic. Across the road from the clinic Amar drove in front of the Roman triumphal arch that was part of the nearby ruins of the city of Glanum from 27BC - first century AD. A short distance away is Les Baux that sits on top of a steep hill that can be a challenge to hike up the parking lot and the hill, so when Amar let us out right at the entry to Les Baux & we were able to make the most of our 45 minute visit there. the last stop was at the Pont du Gard three tier Roman ruin. Again Amar let us out right at the walking path and while we walked across the aquaduct he drove around to our exit point and we could get right into the vehicle - personalized first class service !! Amar asked us and the other couple if we wanted to be dropped off near our hotel area or some other part of Avignon and again that was so helpful to be able to be in the spot best for us. In order to see more of the beautiful Luberon area of Provence it would best to have several days in each of the areas we saw, but this excursion was a great way to be introduced and see the highlights in order to return sometime. Our thanks to Viator and Amar !
star-5
Wonderful!
Penelope S, Sep 2019
Highlights of Provence : Chateauneuf du Pape & Luberon
Our guide 'AD' was enthusiastic and very knowledgeable, he made the tour really interesting. He shared a great deal of historical knowledge and local information which complimented the spectacular sites and ensured the full day tour didn't drag. Well done AD.
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Lubéron is a must-see for nature and culture lovers.

  • Wear comfortable shoes—many villages have steep hills and cobblestone lanes.

  • Be sure to pack sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses, as summer temperatures in Provence can reach over 86°F (30°C).

  • The medieval villages and steep hills of Provence can be a challenge for wheelchair users; if needed, it’s a good idea to visit as part of a wheelchair-accessible tour.

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How to Get There

The Lubéron region is located roughly 90 minutes by road from both Aix-en-Provence and Avignon, and two hours by road from Marseille. Public transportation is limited in the area, so it’s a good idea to rent a car or visit on a guided tour.

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When to Get There

Summer (June through August) is the most popular time to visit, when the lavender fields are in bloom and Lubéron’s tiny villages are typically very crowded. During this time, many of the villages host lavender festivals and markets. Opt for an early morning or late evening visit to avoid crowds, or visit during winter, spring, or fall.

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The Villages of Lubéron

Lubéron’s villages each have their own character and many are situated on hillsides, offering panoramic views of the Provencal countryside. The hilltop village of Gordes is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful spots in France, while Roussillon is known for its dramatic ochre cliffs. The village of Lourmarin is renowned for its Renaissance castle, and Castellet is home to one of the region’s oldest lavender distilleries.

The villages have other claims to fame as well: picturesque Bonnieux was the setting for Ridley Scott’s film A Good Year, while Lourmarin counts Albert Camus and Winston Churchill among its former residents. Gordes was a favorite of famous painter Marc Chagall, and the whole region featured in Peter Mayle’s bestselling novel A Year in Provence.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are the nearest attractions to Lubéron?
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