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The basics

One of Provence’s quintessential “perched villages,” Gourdon may be small in size, but not in stature; it stands atop a soaring rocky outcropping, which makes it one of the Provence backcountry’s most picturesque and popular sightseeing stops. Visitors shouldn’t miss the Château de Gourdon, which has over 1,000 years of history. Its planned gardens—which offer a pretty green escape—were designed by André Le Nôtre, who created the gardens at Versailles. Other stops include the Église Saint-Vincent (a church with medieval origins), and the much-photographed public fountain at the village’s entrance.

Gourdon can be visited on numerous full-day tours of the Provence backcountry; leave the driving and logistics to someone else, and look forward to visiting multiple scenic villages on one day. Many itineraries include stops at nearby Grasse, the spiritual home of France’s perfume industry; Saint-Paul-de-Vence, once frequented by Picasso and Chagall; and Tourrettes-sur-Loup, another hilltop highlight.

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Grasse, Gourdon, Valbonne and Wine Tasting Full-day from Nice Small-Group Tour
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Grasse, Gourdon, Valbonne and Wine Tasting Full-day from Nice Small-Group Tour
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USD120.03 per adult
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Great tour!
Went to really interesting places and had a very nice experience of the countryside and villages around nice, the guide was awesome and the whole group ended up having dinner together later that day.
gstEl_l, Aug. 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Cannes

star-5
Excellent tour with so many sights to see. Great value too.
Margaret_S, May 2022
Grasse, Gourdon, Valbonne and Wine Tasting Full-day from Nice Small-Group Tour
Our host, Hedwig, was extremely knowledgeable and a great tour guide. Having visited Nice a few times, we have tended to remain in central Nice or take train journeys. On this trip, we visited places we would never have experienced otherwise. The countryside and Gourdon specifically, as well as the winery tour were real highlights.
star-5
Fascinating, scenic, and not to be missed!
Catherine_T, Aug. 2022
Grasse perfumery Fragonard, Gourdon, Tourettes Sur Loup, Saint Paul De Vence
The tour was exactly what we hoped for. Philippe was so much fun: a wealth of knowledge, a great conversationalist, helpful, and interesting! Loved hearing his stories as we drove, and we appreciated his guidance and suggestions at each stop. This tour gives a quick, enjoyable glimpse into some fascinating towns — it’s not to be missed!!
star-5
Pretty escape from Nice
Ummara_S, Jul. 2022
Grasse perfumery Fragonard, Gourdon, Tourettes Sur Loup, Saint Paul De Vence
Very nice relaxing way to be able to visit different surrounding villages. The villages are beautiful. Philipe was an excellent guide!
star-5
Beautiful Medieval Villages
Lindsey_M, Jun. 2022
Grasse perfumery Fragonard, Gourdon, Tourettes Sur Loup, Saint Paul De Vence
Phillipe was great and the locations were fantastic. We really enjoyed the village in Gourdon and the views were spectacular. We appreciated that Phillipe wanted our feedback. I hope we have redeemed Michigan.
star-5
Charming, fantastic, beautiful
Siobhan_M, Jul. 2022
Grasse perfumery Fragonard, Gourdon, Tourettes Sur Loup, Saint Paul De Vence
Phillipe was an excellent guide, very friendly and a wealth of knowledge! He was punctunal and very organised. The tour is fantastic and gives you access to sites that would be likely not easily accessible if you are not local. I would highly recommend this tour and phillipe…from Siobhan & Ellen (Ireland) ☺️
star-5
Intimate, customized tour
John_W, May 2022
Private Provence Half Day Tour from Nice: Saint Paul de Vence, Gourdon, Grasse
Wonderful tour! Yvonne customized the tour to our desires. She introduced us to a local, small production perfumer. We loved the intimate, private tour experience.
star-5
Fine trip
Rolfinge_P, Mar. 2022
Grasse, Gourdon, Valbonne and Wine Tasting Full-day from Nice Small-Group Tour
Great host and weater. Interrestinging places and Great landscapes. The winary host and guiding in casene Washington amasing!
star-5
All About the Views!
Bailee_C, Aug. 2022
Grasse Gourdon Valbonne and Wine-Tasting Day Trip from Monaco Small-Group Tour
Our tour was beautiful! Our guide, Zara, was personable, knowledgeable, and she gave us the perfect balance of guided experience and free time to explore. We were the only couple on our tour, so we were able to slow down and really take time in the shops and at the sites. This is definitely the easiest way to see some of the countryside that is not right on the coast. The wine tasting was very casual and at a home vineyard, so if you are a big wine person and do tastings often this may not be what you expect. However, if you are a newbie like us, you should enjoy it. The tasting was a cute and casual experience to end the tour and talk with other tourists from around the world!
star-5
Great time had by all!
Genoveva_B, Jul. 2022
Grasse perfumery Fragonard, Gourdon, Tourettes Sur Loup, Saint Paul De Vence
Philippe was great and funny. Gave us a lot of history and knowledge into these towns as well. Book him for any tour or transportation you need in the South of France!
star-5
Perfect tour of sites around Nice
Jennifer_E, Jul. 2022
Grasse perfumery Fragonard, Gourdon, Tourettes Sur Loup, Saint Paul De Vence
We had a great tour of the perfume factory in Grasse and the medieval villages surrounding Nice. The pace was right and our guide, Philippe was friendly, funny and gave us very interesting information about the sites we are seeing. Thanks for the great memories Philippe!
star-5
Experience magnifique!!!!
Arguer_b, Jul. 2022
Grasse perfumery Fragonard, Gourdon, Tourettes Sur Loup, Saint Paul De Vence
Our tour was very well organised and our guide was there for everything we wanted to learn !!!highly recommended !!!
star-5
Pretty villages and a good tour guide
ashima_j, Jun. 2022
Grasse perfumery Fragonard, Gourdon, Tourettes Sur Loup, Saint Paul De Vence
Phillips was nice , expressive , kind and good at this job ...the tour itself was great and he has planned the itenairy well ...the villages we saw were wonderful and seemed like from a different lifetime altogether ...quaint and pretty...he was punctual as well ...the tour started and ended as per the exact time ...
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Things to know before you go

  • If visiting Gourdon, come prepared with cash; the village boasts numerous souvenir shops and artisans selling perfumes, handmade goods, and local treats.
  • Don’t forget your hat and sunscreen; given its exposed, hilltop position, Gourdon experiences strong, direct sunlight during the summer months.
  • Be sure to bring your camera, as Gourdon’s views encompass 50 miles (80 kilometers) of the French Riviera.
  • Though parts of the village are hilly and uneven, Gourdon is mostly paved throughout, and wheelchair-accessible.
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How to get there

Gourdon is located in inland Provence, some 25 miles (40 kilometers) from Nice. Sightseeing coaches connect the city with area highlights like Grasse and Saint-Paul-de-Vence. If you’re traveling from Nice, Cannes, Antibes, or another coastal base, head inland via the D3; the drive is typically under 60 minutes.

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When to get there

Sun-soaked Gourdon attracts peak visitors during the summer holidays, when the combination of soaring temperatures, direct sunlight, and crowds of sightseers can make for a chaotic scene. To see the village without the crowds, visit during the off-season—or time your trip for the early morning or evening.

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The Loup River

Gourdon overlooks the Loup River, and many daytrippers visit both attractions in a single day. The river—known for its dramatic gorges, high cliffs, and waterfalls—is a popular destination for hikers and canyoners. If you have your own car and consider yourself an experienced driver, take a trip down the Route des Gorges du Loup; the narrow balcony road offers unbeatable views of the surrounding scenery, and a thrilling driving experience.

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Frequently Asked Questions
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