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The Perched Villages of Luberon - Tour from Marseille

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Key Highlights

  • Walk among a rare outcropping of igloo-shaped stone houses, or bories, which have stood since the 13th century
  • The ancient perched villages of Provence seem suspended above the march of time
  • Gain access to unparalleled vistas overlooking the color and splendor of the Luberon countryside
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?

    Thursday & Sunday

    Duration

    9 hours

    Start time

    Start time: 0900h (09:00am)
    Duration: 9 hours

    Meeting Point

    The coach tour departs from Hotel Radisson Blu Marseille Vieux Port (38 Quai Rive Neuve 13007 Marseille).
    Please report at the meeting point 15 minutes before the start time. This is mandatory to allow time for pre-departure briefing.

    Ending Point

    Your pick-up point.

  • Overview & Itinerary

    Overview

    Discover the picturesque perched villages of Provence, which hold stoic vigil over the verdant valleys and far-flung mountain ranges of Luberon.

    Visit the charming outpost of Oppède le Vieux, which was saved from extinction by an artists’ commune after World War II.

    Tour the quiet streets and ancient citadel of Ménerbes, which was the heart of the Protestant movement during the religious wars of the 16th century.

    Visit Samuel Beckett’s old stomping grounds in Roussillon, where the sheer red cliffs are a wonder to behold against the piercing blue of a Provencal sky.

    Itinerary

    Your driver/guide will pick you up in an air-conditioned vehicle for this Sightseeing Tour of the Perched Villages of Luberon. Your guide speaks French and English.

    Begin your adventure with a visit to Oppède le Vieux, a medieval village shorn from rock that gives way to thick forest and looks out over the lush hills of Provence. Oppède le Vieux became a ghost town in the 19th century, when its inhabitants abandoned it for the valley below, but the village was revived by a group of artists, writers and sculptors after World War II, who saw its elevated position as an ideal vantage point for lofty thoughts.

    Proceed to the fortress village of Ménerbes, admiring its Roman cemetery and lovingly restored stone houses. Lunch in beguiling Bonnieux (payable direct), which boasts a 12th century church in its town center and recedes to a cedar forest.

    Red cliffs, ochre quarries, and proud pines will ignite your imagination in Roussillon, where Nicolas de Staël and Pablo Picasso used to retreat for inspiration.

    Explore the wonder of Gordes, where white and gray stones houses spiral around the rocky center. For a unique finish, visit a village of bories, which are stacked-stone houses redolent of igloos, and were built in Gordes around the 13th century. Finally, you will end this itinerary by an unexpected drive up to the cistercian abbey of Senanque, surrounded by lavender fields.

    Your driver will drop you back at your pick up point in Marseille at tour’s end.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions

    Inclusions

    • Transportation in air-conditioned vehicle
    • English and French speaking driver/guide

    Exclusions

    • Entrance fee to all monuments listed in the itinerary
    • Lunch
  • Please note & Additional info

    Please note

    Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure details

    A minimum of 2 persons required for guaranteed departure. If minimum requirement is not fulfilled, we offer alternative tours for the same day or same tour for an alternative dates according to our planning or refund.

    Please advice presence of minor (0-3yrs) traveler upon reservation so we can provide a booster-seat

    Photo stop in the lavender fields in bloom from June 15th to July 15th.

    Lavender Museum: Closed in January

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have
  • Reviews
    • Fantastic tour experience. Each village has it's own distinct personality

      Experience the never ending views from the hilltop villages. Each village has it's own distinct personality. My favorite was Gordes and Lacoste. Explore the the paths to the...

      Paulette E Fitzgerald