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Located in the heart of Provence, France’s mountainous Lubéron region is famous for its vibrant purple lavender fields, forested valleys, and ancient hilltop villages such as Saignon, Bonnieux, and Gordes. Walking trails wind through the largely uninhabited region, past hills, woodlands, and fields dusted with wildflowers.
You can explore Lubéron on a day trip from Aix-en-Provence, Avignon, or Marseille. The region’s hilltop villages—especially Roussillon and Gordes—are usually a tour highlight, and some excursions visit up to six villages in a single day. Day trips to Lubéron typically include a guided walking tour of each town and free time to explore, while some tours also visit nearby Provencal wineries. During the summer lavender season, Lubéron is a hotspot for flower-themed excursions, which visit impressive purple-coated locations such as the Senanque Abbey, the foothills of Mont Ventoux, and the Sault Plateau. For a personalized experience and more free time for photos, opt for a small-group or private tour.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Lubéron is a must-see for nature and culture lovers.
- Wear comfortable shoes—many villages have steep hills and cobblestone lanes.
- Be sure to pack sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses, as summer temperatures in Provence can reach over 86°F (30°C).
- The medieval villages and steep hills of Provence can be a challenge for wheelchair users; if needed, it’s a good idea to visit as part of a wheelchair-accessible tour.
How to Get There
The Lubéron region is located roughly 90 minutes by road from both Aix-en-Provence and Avignon, and two hours by road from Marseille. Public transportation is limited in the area, so it’s a good idea to rent a car or visit on a guided tour.
When to Get There
Summer (June through August) is the most popular time to visit, when the lavender fields are in bloom and Lubéron’s tiny villages are typically very crowded. During this time, many of the villages host lavender festivals and markets. Opt for an early morning or late evening visit to avoid crowds, or visit during winter, spring, or fall.
The Villages of Lubéron
Lubéron’s villages each have their own character and many are situated on hillsides, offering panoramic views of the Provencal countryside. The hilltop village of Gordes is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful spots in France, while Roussillon is known for its dramatic ochre cliffs. The village of Lourmarin is renowned for its Renaissance castle, and Castellet is home to one of the region’s oldest lavender distilleries.
The villages have other claims to fame as well: picturesque Bonnieux was the setting for Ridley Scott’s film A Good Year, while Lourmarin counts Albert Camus and Winston Churchill among its former residents. Gordes was a favorite of famous painter Marc Chagall, and the whole region featured in Peter Mayle’s bestselling novel A Year in Provence.
Address: Parc Naturel regional du Luberon, Merindol 84360, France
5 Tours and Activities to Experience Lubéron
Explore the serene landscapes, historic villages and UNESCO World Heritage sites of Provence on this full-day tour from Aix-en-Provence. Enjoy a guided walking tour of historic Avignon, the medieval city of the Popes, then tour the Provencal villages of the Luberon National Park. Stop at the Cistercian Abbey of Sénanque, visit landscapes immortalized in Peter Mayle’s ‘A Year in Provence’ and stroll around the hilltop villages of Gordes, Lourmarin and Bonnieux.
Follow the trail of Pater Mayle’s bestselling novel 'A Year in Provence' as you journey around Provence, starting in the author’s town of Lourmarin. Set out from Aix-en-Provence for a 5-hour private tour, stopping at the artist’s village of Gordes, the medieval village of Bonnieux and the hilltop Roussillon. This tour is private ensuring an intimate experience.
You can invite up to 50 people on this tour including professional guide, professional bus driver and coach. Meet your private professional guide and your bus driver wherever you want throughout Provence. Explore the heart of Provence with the villages of Lourmarin, Roussillon and Gordes with your private guide. Visit the Lavender Museum. From early June to late July you will see the fields of lavender in bloom. Your guide will be at your disposal throughout the tour and will make you spend an unforgettable day in Provence.
Provence is the heart of storybook France, made famous in Peter Mayle's bestselling novel ‘A Year in Provence’. For those short on time, this full-day discovery tour from Aix-en-Provence takes in the highlights, including picturesque hilltop villages such as Baux-de-Provence and Gordes, the Ochre village of Roussillon, the lavender fields of Luberon, and Van Gogh’s former home of Saint-Remy de Provence.
The Provençal villages of Bonnieux, Gordes, and Ménerbes were made famous in Peter Mayle’s book ‘A Year in Provence’, and attract visitors all year round for their traditional French charm. This convenient private tour from Aix-en-Provence delves deep into the UNESCO–listed Parc Naturel Regional du Luberon, and showcases the best of this pretty corner of France. Capture the lavender fields and olive groves on camera, taste red and rosé wines with a private guide, and gain insight into the writing of ‘A Year in Provence’.
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What's the best way to experience Lubéron?
The best ways to experience Lubéron are:
- Provence Region Small Group Day Trip with Avignon & Gordes from Aix en Provence
- Luberon Hilltop Villages Private Day Trip from Aix-en-Provence
- Villages of Provence Private Tour
- Provence Villages, Park & Lavenders Private Day Tour from Aix en Provence
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