Avignon Visit and Hilltop Villages in the Luberon Full Day

Full Day Jaunt Through the Amazing Perched Villages of Luberon

Discover Avignon, the City of Popes

See the Colorfully Pigmented Ochre Ridge of Roussillon

Soak up on the magical scenery of the Lubéron

Take in the Exquisite Architecture of Gordes

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Trip Details

Prices:

110€ Per Person
55€ Per Child (Ages 4-12)


When:

From 9.45am to 5.45pm

All year round, daily

 


Duration:

8 hours


Trip Style:

Shared Sightseeing Tour
Minimum 2, Maximum 8


Meeting Point:

In Front of the tourism office in Aix en Provence – 300 Av. Giuseppe Verdi, 13100 Aix-en-Provence


Inclusions:
  • Centrally located meeting point
  • Small group of maximum 8 persons
  • Services of an English speaking driver/guide
  • Guided walking tour of Avignon old Town
  • Discover the villages of the Luberon
  • Transport in recent & comfortable compact minivan
  • Itinerary as mentioned

Exclusions:
  • Meals, drinks
  • Entrance fees to monuments, museums or attractions unless specified
  • Personal insurance and expenses
  • Gratuities for the guide

Avignon Visit and Villages Of The Lubéron - Full Day Tour

Come with us on a visit of Avignon and the Provençal villages surrounding it on this full day Provence tour from Aix-En-Provence.

In the morning, your driver will pick you up at a predetermined location in Aix en Provence. You will then drive straight to Avignon, where your tour of Provence from Aix-En-Provence will begin. As the city is best explored by foot, you will first embark on a guided walking tour of Avignon. From 1309 to 1377, the Catholic popes did not live in the Vatican but in Avignon. Actually, Avignon was controlled by the popes (just like the Vatican) until 1791, when it became part of France.

As a consequence, the popes build a magnificent palace as their residence in Avignon. The Palais des Papes is massive and remains one of the largest medieval Gothic buildings in Europe. In the 14th century, the palace was also home to the largest library in Europe, with more than 2,000 books. Today, the palace is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site and can be visited.

On your walking tour, you will also see the Avignon bridge which, according to the legend, was first built in the 12th by a young shepherd who followed divine orders. At the time, it was the only place to cross the Rhône river between Lyon and the Mediterranean Sea. The bridge was dismantled and rebuilt several times over the centuries, and was finally abandoned after the river destroyed part of it.

After your visit of Avignon, our Provence day tour from Aix-En-Provence will take you to one of the most beautiful villages in France, and the most picturesque in the Lubéron region: Gordes. Standing like a sentinel on a hilltop, Gordes boasts pretty houses built in white stone and rooted in the sharp cliffs of the mountain. Inside the village, you can walk around the small cobblestone streets and appreciate the picture perfect décor around you. Gordes has gained popularity after several artists, and notable painters like Marc Chagall, stayed there to paint the stunning beauty of the landscape around. From the top of the village, you can get a bird’s eye view over the Lubéron region and the Vaucluse mountains around.

While driving back to Aix en Provence, take the time to look at the windows and appreciate the unique character of the Lubéron villages you go through, as well as the raw beauty the nature. The charm of Provence is likely to steal your heart!

 

Good to Know

  • Tour requires minimum 2 passengers (adults) to operate.
  • Tour is operated in English.
  • Good walking shoes needed for this tour
  • This tour is not wheelchair accessible.
  • Not suitable for infants under age of 4.
  • Prices are per person.
  • Currency is in Euro.
  • Our standard cancellation policy applies to this tour – Read More Here.

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