From $950 – contact us for details
Enchanting Provence from Aix-en-Provence Private Full Day Tour
Experience the best of Provence. A breathtaking exploration of Avignon, the stunning Luberon hilltop villages of Gordes and Lourmarin. Walk on the Ochre Trail of Roussillon. Immerse yourself in the rich history and culture of Provence.
Meet Your Local Guide
Our driver guide will pick you up from your centrally located accommodation in Aix en Provence who will provide you with a detailed itinerary and program for the day. Settle into your comfortable premium air-conditioned vehicle and get ready for a day of exploration.
Explore the Beautiful Town of Avignon
Enjoy a scenic drive along the Rhône River as you reach the magnificent city of Avignon, known as the City of the Popes. Your guide will lead you on a walking tour to discover the iconic landmarks of Avignon. Climb to the top, of the hill to see the panoramic views of the Rhône river. Immerse yourself in the rich history of Avignon, which became the seat of the papacy in the early 14th century.
Visit the Pope’s Palace
Visit the Palace and Gardens of the Popes, the largest gothic palace in the world. With your entrance ticket (you can purchase it as an extra during the booking process), you’ll have access to a Histopad, an augmented reality and 3-D technology device that enhances your experience. Explore nine major rooms of the palace in their original 14th-century splendor, with detailed explanations provided in your chosen language.
Step back in time. Then stroll through Avignon and learn more about its history enjoy free time. You can choose to have lunch in Avignon or ask your guide for recommendations to have lunch in the charming hilltop village of Gordes.
Discover Gordes and Senanque Abbey
After lunch, continue your journey to the enchanting village of Gordes, renowned as one of the Most Beautiful Villages* in France. Nestled against the backdrop of the Luberon mountain range, Gordes beckons with its narrow paved streets and timeless charm. Take in the beauty of the village, especially during the less crowded seasons of spring and autumn. Then, make a photo stop at the Cistercian Abbey of Senanque, surrounded by magnificent lavender fields in July.
Experience Roussillon and the Ochre Trail
Your excursion from Aix-en-Provence continues to the villages of Lourmarin and Roussillon. Roussillon will enchant you with its unique setting atop the Provencal Colorado, a rock formation that offers stunning views. Take time to wander through the village or walk along the famous Ochre Trail, a picturesque 30-minute walk through the former Ochre Quarry. Admire the vibrant colors created by the natural ochre pigments mixed with the cliffs’ sand, ranging from bright yellow to violet.
Discover Lourmarin, the Artist’s Village
Next we head to the village of Lourmarin, known as an artist’s village. Surrounded by olive and almond trees, Lourmarin has attracted numerous artists and writers, including Henri Bosco and Albert Camus. Enjoy the charming village and consider visiting its ancient castle, a source of inspiration for Peter Mayle’s book, A Year in Provence.
*Most Beautiful Villages are designated though a process that includes having less than 2000 residents, having at least two registered historic sites or monuments, community agreement to the designation, and fulfilling 27 points of evaluation criteria.
- Tour available all year round (except May 1st, Dec 25th and Jan 1st)
- 8 hour private provence sightseeing tour
- Entrance fees to Pope’s Palace can be purchased during when you book
- Tour is operated in English, other languages on request
- Tour is not wheelchair accessible
- Prices are per group from 2 to 8 persons – Larger groups please contact us
- Entrance fees to monuments, museums, attractions
- Personal insurance and expenses
- Meals and drinks
- Gratuities for the driver/guide