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The Basics

Gordes makes a popular day trip destination from Aix-en-Provence, Avignon, and Marseille, and is often visited as part of a tour of the Luberon region. Most tours combine Gordes with the hilltop town of Roussillon, known for its ochre cliffs, and the 12th-century Sénanque Abbey, which has a backdrop of purple lavender fields. Gordes itself is best explored on a walking tour, which offers a more intimate glimpse into the Old Town.

Leave yourself enough time to visit the castle and browse shops selling handicrafts and souvenirs. Gordes makes for some beautiful photos and the best views are from a hilltop viewpoint opposite the town—pick up a map from the tourist office by the chateau.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Avignon

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Amusing and informative
Anthony_B, Sep 2021
Luberon, Roussillon & Gordes Half-Day Tour from Avignon
The natural grandeur of La Fontaine de Vaucluse. The beautiful ochre of Roussillon. The view from Gordes.
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Do not miss this fantastic tour!
Shiri_F, Sep 2021
Luberon, Roussillon & Gordes Half-Day Tour from Avignon
Gordona was the most wonderful tour guide! She was so gorgeous and informative and we learnt so much from her! As it ended up just being the two of us, she was sooo accommodating and really gave us a personal insight into the Luberon Valley. We had such wonderful conversations on the way and adored every single second!
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Great way to see Avignon!
Megan_M, Sep 2021
Luberon, Roussillon & Gordes Half-Day Tour from Avignon
Wonderful day! Great tour guide! Super friendly and knowledgeable! Best way to see Avignon! Would recommend.
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Great knowledge of the region
Cathrine, Aug 2021
Luberon, Roussillon & Gordes Half-Day Tour from Avignon
We had a lovely day with Gordana, who is an encyclopedia of knowledge of the region and its history!
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Great Luberon half day tour
Mark_B, Jul 2021
Luberon, Roussillon & Gordes Half-Day Tour from Avignon
Excellent overview tour of the area. Our guide Gordona was very knowledgeable, friendly, and spoke excellent English. She adjusted the time we spent in each area based on our interests and shared a lot of information on the area. We especially enjoyed the viewpoints she took us to and got great pictures.
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Awesome tour and amazing guide
Emigdia_M, Jul 2021
Luberon, Roussillon & Gordes Half-Day Tour from Avignon
Gordona was amazing!! Such an energetic and joyful spirit. She provided history and context to each area we visited and made us all laugh along the way. I came down to Provence on the fly with no plans on my own and am so glad I booked this trip on my first day here. It was a great welcome to Provence.
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A day in Provence
aliciam2014, Aug 2019
Luberon, Roussillon & Gordes Half-Day Tour from Avignon
Great trip with a wonderful guide. The towns we saw were adorable. I only wished we had more time in Gordes and less at our first stop. Otherwise, great tour!
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The right way to see Provence
LynetteH2254, Sep 2019
Luberon, Roussillon & Gordes Half-Day Tour from Avignon
What a wonderful way to see a bit of Provence. Our guide/driver Gordano (hope that's right) was informative, passionate. funny and a very nice lady. The car was comfortable and the little towns we visited were spectacular. Cannot rate this tour highly enough. A must do tour.
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Luberon villages
Fred480, May 2019
Luberon, Roussillon & Gordes Half-Day Tour from Avignon
An easy way to see lovely scenery and villages with someone else driving! Only 4 of us in a comfortable minivan. Anne gave us a lot of interesting information while expertly navigating the narrow winding roads! Gordes and Roussillon were both very pretty towns.
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Our guide was very knowledgeable...
David S, Sep 2017
Luberon, Roussillon & Gordes Half-Day Tour from Avignon
Our guide was very knowledgeable, enjoyable and offered great tips for how to spend our personal time allowed for exploring the different areas. This tour truly was the highlight of our stay in Avignon. The selected stops were rich in history and stunning to see. Time spent at each stop was well balanced with maximizing a generous number of sites and towns to see on the tour.
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Lovely trip around Provence
gdz89, Aug 2019
Luberon, Roussillon & Gordes Half-Day Tour from Avignon
Me and my partner signed up for this tour last minute and they have responded confirming the trip within 30min. The tour guide Anna was very informative, full of little facts about the area. All the places were spectacular looking. Loved seeing the little spot from 'A good year' movie in Gordes. We were considering renting a car in France and going to all those places ourselves, but really glad we chosen the trip with Viator as the roads are quite windy and you need to be familiar with the roads, so we glad we went with organised trip. Definitely recommend!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Wear comfortable shoes—Gordes has steep hills and cobblestone lanes.

  • Be sure to pack sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses—summer temperatures in Provence can reach over 86°F (30°C).

  • The steep hills of Provence can be a challenge for wheelchair users and travelers with strollers.

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How to Get There

Gordes is located in the Luberon region of Provence, 25 miles (40 kilometers) east of Avignon, approximately a 1-hour drive, and 45 miles (75 kilometers) north of Aix-en-Provence, from which its a 1.5-hour drive. Public transport in the area is limited so it’s best to either arrange your own transport or join a tour that lets you skip the hassle of car hire. The closest international airport is in Avignon.

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When to Get There

Gordes is busiest during the summer months of July and August. To avoid the crowds, opt for an early morning or late evening visit, or explore Gordes out of season, when you can enjoy a more local experience. An atmospheric time to visit is on market day (Tuesday), while the castle is closed on Sundays.

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The Luberon Villages

Gordes is one of a number of hilltop villages dotted throughout the Luberon region of Provence; most tours visit multiple villages in one day. Along with the ochre town of Roussillon, standout villages include Lourmarin, famous for its Renaissance castle; Castellet, which is home to one of the region’s oldest lavender distilleries; Bonnieux, where Ridley Scott’s movie ‘A Good Year’ was filmed; and Ansouis, another one of the ‘Most Beautiful Villages in France’.

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