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Perched Villages of the Luberon Day Trip from Marseille
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icon11 hours 30 minutes  (approx.)
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Overview

Spend time in the dry-stone-built village Gordes for the market (on Tuesday only). On the other days, a photo stop will be organized. From mid-June to mid-July, a quick stop at Sénanque Abbey to take pictures of the lavender field in bloom. Discover the village of Roussillon and its colorful houses (market on Thursday) and enjoy some free time in Lourmarin (market on Friday), famous for its Renaissance castle. The market takes place on Sunday in L'Isle sur Sorgue : walk along the canals and discover the antique shops. Drive to Fontaine de Vaucluse and the Sorgue resurgence. On Saturday only (from 01/11 to 31/03), discover the city of Apt, famous for the candied-fruits production (replaces the stop in l'Isle sur Sorgue).
  • 11.5-hour tour through the villages of the Luberon from Marseille
  • Explore the charming villages of the Luberon with your guide
  • Take the picturesque Combe of Lourmarin route through the foothills of the Luberon mountains
  • Enjoy free time to explore the village of l'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue at your leisure
  • Photo stops the 12th-century Sénanque Abbey and admire the Pont Julien, a Roman bridge
  • Wander round open-air markets in Lourmarin and Roussillon

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This tours visits six of the Luberon’s most beautiful villages in one day.
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Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle
Gratuities
Food and drink, unless specified
Entrance fees to monuments and museums
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Lunch
Radisson Blu Hotel, Marseille Vieux Port , 38-40 Quai de Rive Neuve, 13007 Marseille, France
8:00 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
Your 11.5-hour tour begins in the morning at Marseille’s Old Port. There, you’ll meet your guide and embark on the northbound journey to the beautiful Luberon region, an area composed of rolling hills, hilltop drystone villages and endless fields of lavender. 

Stop first in l’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue to stroll the riverside and browse local antique shops, art galleries, boutiques and cafés, followed by Gordes, widely considered one of France’s most beautiful villages. Tumbling down the hillside, the white stone town of Gordes offers spectacular views of the Luberon plain. 

Next, head to Bonnieux, a lovely village known for its medieval Roman-Gothic Vielle Église (Old Church) and its surrounding patchwork of vineyards and orchards. From here, you’ll follow the Combe of Lourmarin, a verdant river valley that splits the Luberon mountain range. Stop in the picturesque town of Lourmarin to have some lunch (own expense) and view the town’s Renaissance castle, dubbed the Villa Medicis de Provence.  

After lunch, head to the medieval Senanque Abbey –  situated amidst a sea of lavender – for photos (stop only included from June 15 to July 15). Then enjoy some free time in the village of Fontaine de Vaucluse.

Your final stop is Roussillon for an unforgettable look at the region’s famous ochre cliffs, painted in swathes of red and yellow. Grab any last souvenirs before heading back to Marseille. Your coach returns to the departure point at Marseille’s Old Port in the evening.

Please note: As the markets only take place in the morning, the itinerary order may change.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Gordes
Photo stop. Stop in the village on Tuesday for market day
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque
Photo stop from mid-June to mid-July
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Roussillon
Free time in the village to discover the red ochre. Market day on Thursday
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Lourmarin
Free time in the village. Market day on Friday
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Fontaine de Vaucluse
Free time in the village.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue
Stop on Sunday for market day
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Apt
From April 1st 2022, no more stop on Saturday in Apt for the market. The stop in Apt's market will be only from November 1st to March 31st
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Confirmation for this tour will be received at time of booking.
  • On certain days, a drive through Aix en Provence may be included to pick up and drop off passengers.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
  • OPERATED BY A La Française Marseille
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Perched Villages of the Luberon Day Trip from Marseille?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during Perched Villages of the Luberon Day Trip from Marseille?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Perched Villages of the Luberon Day Trip from Marseille?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Perched Villages of the Luberon Day Trip from Marseille?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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Very Very rushed experience. Time shortened versus what is advertised.
Virginia_T
, Jul 2022
It was lovely to see the different villages and we had been so looking forward to the trip. However what was advertised as an 11.5 hour trip was cut by two and a half hours and thus every stop was very, very rushed including only 30 minutes for lunch with a push to order, get the check immediately and hurry. Instead of enjoying time in each village,, it turned into a rushed day. Additionally, the guide tried to take out one of the stops saying it was too far away and there was nothing to see there, although when we pushed to include it and arrived, it was lovely (though rushed). The guide was also very late so we missed the market on market day in one village. It was very nice to see the different areas and we appreciated the commentary but the experience was not as advertised due to the very shortened time and rushed nature. If expectations had been set differently, it might have been ok so we could have determined if this was our choice for the day.
star-5
Great experience
Karin_S
, Jun 2022
Excellent itinerary that allows you to visit spectacular places of the Provence. Our guide was an excellent driver and shared many interesting historical facts along the way. She was super friendly and punctual, while also giving us the freedom to explore the sights at our pace. I'd recommend this tour 100%. Thanks for the nice day.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Dear Karin Thank you for your review. Hoping to see you soon! Best regards A LA FRANCAISE TEAM
star-5
It was a beautiful tour,...
gprosperity488861
, May 2022
It was a beautiful tour, the tour guide was excellent. Patient, he wait one hour for one girl. All the tour that I did don't wait too long
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thanks for your review. We hope to see again with A la Française.
star-5
the essence of Provance
Mona_S
, Apr 2022
A wonderful experience, the essence of Provance and of French history. Many thanks to our guide Ludovic.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Dear Mona, Many thanks for your review, A la Française Team.
star-5
Fantastic tour and tour guide
Vibhuti_K
, Apr 2022
I’m glad I stayed an extra day in France to do this beautiful day trip. It was the highlight of my entire trip. Some villages look so fantastical, they don’t even look real. The guide was sweet, friendly and helpful. He enriched our experience by providing us with details about each village and also about the other happenings in France.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Dear customer, Many thanks for this great review! We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed the visit. We welcome you back in France again to join our tours in the near future. A la française Team.
star-5
Charming Villages of Luberon
Joan_M
, Apr 2022
The time we spent in five villages was amazing. Most amazing is the scenery of Fontaine de Vaucluse. Every village with its specific beautiful charm ! We want to thank our guide who was friendly & knowledgeable even though it was the first time she did this tour. Don't miss this trip!
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Dear Joan, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us such a great review! We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed the visit. We welcome you back in France again to join our tours in the near future. A la française Team.
star-5
Fantastic tour
Marie_O
, Apr 2022
It was best tour since I had experience Provence tours. Especially Lucy (tour guide) lead us to most Beautiful road of Provence. Really enjoyed and feel so happy.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Dear Marie, Many thanks for your review. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your tour. A la française team
star-5
Beautiful villages
momma_L
, Mar 2022
This tour was amazing. I was nervous because it was going to be an eleven hour adventure, however it didn’t feel like eleven hours at all. The day was remarkable and I would recommend to everyone!!
star-4
Our Luberon Trip
Pio_A
, Jun 2020
My wife and I enjoyed the scenery. It was a nice one hour trip. Our tour guide, Gayle, made our trip worthwhile.
star-5
A day on the beauty of Luberon villages
olimpiaionescu
, Oct 2019
We spend time in five villages, every one with its specific beautiful Provence charm ! Our guide was friendly, knowledgeable and so easy going.
star-5
Beautiful Villages
Bernmark23
, Aug 2019
Our driver was excellent transport excellent villages excellent. Enjoyed our day trip and the commentary given by our driver the villages are amazing if we didn’t live and love Australia that’s where we would be. Thanks again for a beautiful day.
star-5
Best Day in Provence
Linda S
, Jun 2019
Our day trip to five villages in the Luberon region of Provence was the highlight of our week in Provence. Our guide Nelly B. gave us a wonderful taste of each village; she was knowledgeable, giving us an overview of each village and what it offered before we arrived. The countryside was beautiful and the villages were amazing. We hit market day at one and that was such an experience! Thought this trip was a great value and would do it again!!
star-5
Fabulous day trip!
Linda S
, Jun 2019
Our day trip to five villages in the Luberon Mountain region of Provence was one of the best days I've ever spent in Europe. Our guide Nelly was knowledgeable and was anxious to make sure we had a marvelous experience. She went out of her way to give us an amazing trip, taking us to a field she knew had poppies still in bloom once she discovered that was of special interest to us. We saw five villages that were each different in character, and she gave us interesting background and tips for each. We could not have seen this much of a beautiful region on our own; we thought the trip was a really good travel value.
star-5
Excellent day trip to Luberon
Tugrul_D
, Mar 2019
Ben was a great guide to our Luberon day trip in the third week of March. He picked us up at 8 am and off we drove to the natural park which is about an hour from Marseille. He took initiative and turned to extremely scenic country roads along the way wherever and whenever possible. Although the trees were not in full blossom, the weather was excellent. Along the way, Ben not only provided information on the history of the area, but also gave us information on the geography, including the terroir for the different kinds of wine produced, and many other things such as the difference between lavender and lavandine. The trip consisted of visits to Lourmarin (45 min, where we had our morning coffee), Roussillon (1 hr, where there was a small market and you could also take a short hike to the Ochre trails), Gordes (1 hr 15, where we had lunch), Fountaine-de-Vaucluse (1 hr, where you could take a walk along the source of the spring), L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue (1 hr 10 min, where you could also see the only church in France with Liberty, Equality, Fraternity written on its facade). It was about 5:10 pm when we were back in Marseille. Highly recommended tour and guide.
star-5
Beautiful, comprehensive tour which...
Amanda D
, Jan 2018
Beautiful, comprehensive tour which allowed plenty of time at each location. A must do if you are in Marseille.
star-5
Amazing trip and a beautiful day...
Heather M
, Sep 2017
Amazing trip and a beautiful day through the small villages. Our guide stopped to see some of the lavender fields at our expressed interest. Our guide was also very attentive, kind, and informative. Great day trip... small shops, quaint villages, antiques and flea market, beautiful views.
star-5
This was a tour that was well worth...
Jo D
, Jul 2017
This was a tour that was well worth the money, Guide Benjamin was fun, informative, and flexible. Lavender had been harvested the day before our trip ,but he went out of his way to find one for us and to take our pictures. Number of villages and timimimg at stops was very good. Just a perfect day!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
This was the absolute most beautiful...
Amanda U
, May 2017
This was the absolute most beautiful day. I traveled to France for my 30th birthday alone and this was the tour I chose for my actual birthday. I have never experienced such beautiful sights, and we saw a quaint street market where I made several purchases for myself and for souvenirs. I recommend this tour to everyone who considers France!
star-4
A very enjoyable tour overall...
Christopher D
, Apr 2017
A very enjoyable tour overall visiting a number of hilltop villages, very picturesque and beautiful views. It was a small group tour, 6 people plus the guide, who was very knowledgeable, approachable and spoke excellent English. We had sufficient time in each location, except perhaps where we had lunch as there was really only enough time to have lunch, another half hour on the lunch stop would have been good. Pick up was on time. Only thing I would say is I thought it was a little expensive for what it was, but if you're happy with the price I would certainly recommend it.
star-5
Our guide arrived punctually at the...
Malcolm M
, Apr 2017
Our guide arrived punctually at the pick-up point. She explained where we going and what we would see at Isle-sur-la Sorgue, the Lavender Museum, Gordes, Roussillon and Lourmarin. Her English was good and she would answer any question posed during the day. At every location she would drop us off, allowing us time to explore at our own pace, and then she would pick us up at a pre-arranged time. We had started early, 8am on a Sunday, to visit the market at Sorgue. Both the antique and produce markets were interesting as well as the many water wheels on the water channels running through the town. Our tip is to amble through the antique and bric-a-brac markets and then go to the Tourist Office where you can get a free local map which shows a scenic walking tour of the town. We only discovered this by chance and managed only part of the route. Gordes is a small picturesque village perched on a cliff. We stopped just outside at a viewpoint to take pictures. Our tip is to buy a take away sandwich from the shop at the entrance to the village you can eat it at the tables outside the shop. The ochre quarry at Rousillon is spectacular, which our guide recommended, and you will have just enough time to do the short Ochre Trail. The whole day was excellent.

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