Perched Villages of the Luberon Day Trip from Marseille

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  • Location: Marseille, France
  • Duration: 9 hours (approx.)
  • Tour code: 3547PT007
The Luberon region of southern France is dotted with countless picturesque Provençal villages just waiting to be discovered. On this day trip from Marseille, travel by minivan to the Luberon villages of Oppède le Vieux and Menerbes, and visit a street market in Roussillon or L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue. Learn how lavender — the symbol of Provence — is transformed into luxurious essential oils and beauty products and, in the summer, make a photo stop at Sénanque Abbey to capture Provence’s beautiful lavender fields in full bloom.
You’ll be picked up from Marseille’s Vieux Port for your day trip by minivan to the Luberon region. Stretching 30 miles (48 km) along a ridge of rugged hills east of Avignon, Luberon is home to some of France's most picture-perfect hill towns, medieval villages and countryside landscapes.

On your drive, soak up views of lush green hills, thick forests, stone villages and castles perched on cliffs that cascade down to idyllic lavender fields — the trademark of Provence. Pass through the villages of Lourmarin and Bonnieux on your way to Roussillon (Thursday) or L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue (Sunday), where you’ll stop to stroll through a local market with your guide. You’ll also have free time for lunch on your own.

Continue on the road toward Gordes, an old town perched on the high Plateau de Vaucluse overlooking the Luberon. Stop in the picturesque villages of Oppède le Vieux and Menerbes, both carved into rocky hills, where you'll hop out and wind your way through the narrow streets by foot. Your guide will show you the remains of their medieval ramparts.

Next, head to Coustellet for a stop at the Lavender Museum (Musée de la Lavande) to try out an exclusive line of natural cosmetics made from the fragrant essential oils of the region's most famous plant. A tour of the museum is not included; just the chance to try out and stock up on beauty products in the museum's shop.

In the summer (June 15 to July 15), you’ll make a photo stop at Sénanque Abbey to capture the beautiful lavender fields in full bloom. Then, relax on the drive back to Marseille, arriving at the Vieux Port in the evening.

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Departure Point:
Marseille Vieux Port
Departure Time:
9 hours (approx.)
Return Details:
Returns to original departure point at approximately 6pm

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Perched Villages of the Luberon Day Trip from Marseille

Perched Villages of the Luberon Day Trip from Marseille

  • Professional guide
  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Food and drink, unless specified
  • Entrance fees to monuments and museums
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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  • Confirmation for this tour will be received at time of booking.
  • Please note: due to time restrictions, a tour of the Lavender Museum is not included. There will be time to visit the museum's shop.
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Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: Yan L, July 2015

Great day trip! The markets at Isle sur la Sorgue were amazing and I only wish I didn't have a limit on what I can take with me on my flight back home. Gordes, the Abbey, and Roussillon were also amazing, and it was great to have someone who knows the area to take us to these places and give us a little background/orientation before we got to wander around on our own. Cedric, our guide, was very friendly, knowledgable and enthusiastic about the area.

Reviewed by: Lynne T, June 2015

What a great trip...very informative guide..right amount of time at each village..lovely scenery.

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Tour code: 3547PT007