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Private tour Provence Luberon Villages and Rivers

 

Private tour Provence Luberon, from perched villages to river villages: This private guided tour will show you both aspects of the Luberon Valley. On one hand the perched villages with colorful houses and shutters surrounded by vineyards and fruit tree fields; On the other hand villages built around the River. You will start by its spring in Fontaine de Vaucluse. Then L’isle sur Sorgue, the ‘Venetian village of Provence’ with its canals and narrow streets is mainly reknown for its Antiques markets and gallery mainly open on Friday, saturday and sundays.

 

General informations


Principal cities visited

Isle sur Sorgue, Fontaine de Vaucluse, Gordes, Roussillon

 

Duration

Full day Tour 8 hours

 

Starting place

Provence, Avignon, Aix en Pce, Marseille…

 

 

Highlights

 

Stop 1: Isle sur Sorgue
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Right in the centre of the network of pretty canals, waterways and footpaths that make up this ‘Venice of the Comtat’ lies a true Provencal baroque masterpiece, a perfect example of the Franco Italian Renaissance, Notre Dame des Anges of L’isle sur la Sorgue. L’Isle is also the greatest province centre for the professional market of antiques, whose participation has kept growing steadily since the first village of antiques dealers was created in 1978. There are more than 500 exhibitors at special events : the antique dealers’ show and the flea market of Easter, Whitsuntide and of August 15th. 300 antique dealers offer furniture, paintings, curios, beautiful clothes, glass, wrought iron in the 7 antique dealers’ villages, in the markets held on the ‘cours’ on Sundays, and every Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays in the antique shops.

Stop 2: Fontaine de Vaucluse
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Fontaine-de-Vaucluse is a medieval village tucked in a closed valley at the southwestern corner of the mountainous Plateau de Vaucluse, 25 km east of Avignon. A key feature of Fontaine-de-Vaucluse is the truly amazing and unique sight of a river gushing up out of the ground. At the base of high, rocky cliffs, a deep pool of seemingly still water is actually a full-fledged river gushing up out of the depths. A few meters from this pool, the white water rapids crash down over black rocks, giving away the truth of the still waters of the source of the Sorgue river. Below the rapids, the river settles down to a wide expanse in front of dams and waterwheels, passing under the bridge at the center of the village, and then flowing on downstream as a lovely river.

Stop 3 :Gordes
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Gordes, with its extraordinary position high on the edge of the Vaucluse Plateau and glorious views stretching over the Luberon Mountain, is one of the Provence’s favorite tourist’s spots. The pale stone houses of the pretty village cling on to the escarpment, blending perfectly with the grey-gold of its sunbaked limestone. Gordes is listed as one of The Most Beautiful Villages in France. Gordes has been able to build a world reputation for itself, yet be respectful of its past and of its traditions. It is a well-appreciated centre for numerous artistic and cultural happenings.

Stop 4: Abbaye de Senanque
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You will take a narrow winding road down from Gordes and after a few kilomtres you'll suddenly get a glimpse of a wild valley below, carved out by the River, hemmed in by rocky cliffs, framing the perfect summertime vision of an ivory-white medieval abbey squatting midst swaying fields of deep purple lavender. This famous abbey was built by Cistercian monks in 1148. This is now one of the most visited site in Provence.

Stop 5: Roussillon
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In Provence, set between the Luberon hills and the beautiful Monts de Vaucluse, lies the village of Roussillon, sparkling with ochre colour under the deep blue sky. Roussillon is ranked as one of the most beautiful villages of France, and is totally unique Roussillon is located in the very heart of the biggest ochre deposits in the world, and is distinguished by a wide palette of flamboyant colours. Wandering the narrow streets, stairs and squares in Roussillon opens your eyes to the beautiful natural pigments used throughout the village, and the millennium-old knowledge of how to use this generous natural gift. In Roussillon, man has long worked in harmony with nature.

 

 

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