Gordes - The Sénanque Abbey - Roussillon - Saignon - Bonnieux - Lacoste - Oppède
le Vieux - Lavender Museum
Full day tour - Dep: 8.30am / Ret: 4.30pm
In just one day you can discover the most beautiful perched villages and unique views
of the Regional Natural Reserve of the Luberon. The excursion through the colourful
landscapes of yellow, red and brown ochres, the blue-tinted lavender fields and the
green pine groves, will amaze you and leave you with magical memories.
Let’s start with Gordes, classified as one of “the most beautiful villages in France”,
where you’ll love its unique geographical location. 400m up on the hillside, Gordes
overlooks the Calavon valley, with its church and its Renaissance castle at the top,
facing the surrounding hills. You’ll see the Notre Dame de Sénanque Abbey, a wonderful
example of 12th century Cistercian art. Surrounded by lavender fields, it is still
used as a monastery.
Next, let’s head for Roussillon, a small perched village also classified as one of
“the most beautiful villages in France”. Roussillon is located in the heart of the
biggest ochre deposit in the world. You’ll fall under the spell of its streets and
little picturesque squares and its houses in different shades from the rich palette
Saignon, one of the most beautiful sites in theLuberon, is a little village clinging
to a rock which has kept its authentic quality and charm thanks to its 12th – 18th
century houses, its wash houses, its Clock Tower… Enjoy wonderful 360° views over
the Rhône Valley, Alpilles and Cévennes. You could have a leisurely lunch in this
little village where peace and quiet reigns.
Let’s continue our private sightseeing tour with one of the most beautiful perched
villages in the Luberon, Bonnieux. Before you get there you’ll notice the top of
the church bell tower from afar. 425 m high, it rises above the breathtaking landscape
of the surroundings and watches over this magnificent village.
The splendid village of Lacoste is located on a lush green hill above a vast plain.
It faces the village of Bonnieux which can be seen on the opposite hill. Lacoste
houses the famous Marquis de Sade’s castle, from which you can enjoy a wonderful
view of the Ventoux, the Luberon, the Monts de Vaucluse and other perched villages.
This private day tour around the Luberon comes to end at Oppède le Vieux,a little
villagedominated by its ruined castle and church. You can also discover the remains
of an old medieval fortress which will lead you along its narrow paved streets to
the top of the village for a clear view of the Regional Natural Reserve of the Luberon.
On the way back, we’ll stop at the Lavender Museum at Coustellet, where you’ll love
the intoxicating fragrance of the little blue flower which symbolizes Provence.