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Last updated: 27 May, 2023
Expert travel writer: Dana Facaros

The Luberon massif on southeast Provence, with its lush landscapes and quaint villages, is like a film set. It’s quintessential Provence at its most charming and picturesque.

The easiest way to see it is to rent or bring a car and drive between scenic points. Make a circular tour, starting in L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue with its canals, waterwheels and antiques shops; then visit the mysterious source at the Fontaine-de-Vaucluse, before heading to golden stone Gordes, with its curious field of bories (stone igloo huts) and its lavender-growing Cistercian abbey, Sénanque. Finally, head to Roussillon, with its dramatic ochre quarries, and three neighbouring villages – some of Provence’s prettiest – Bonnieux, Lacoste and Ménerbes.

You can also tour by bike: there’s a 236km circuit through the most beautiful parts of the region, along old country roads. It takes about 8 days.

Logistics

Price: Free
Minimum age: Any
Age suitable: 18+
When: All year around
Duration: 1+ days

Getting there & doing it

There are numerous local tour operators offering guided tours of the region. They’ll know all the best spots, and will organise all logistics.

It is, however, easy to self-drive, and far more authentic and romantic. Start early in the day to give yourself ample time to stop and see the sights along the way. Roads are fairly well signposted, but do bring a map or use your GPS. For the best experience (in summer), hire a convertible car, available from Europe Luxury Car in Marseille or Sixt in Avignon.

Provence Cycling has information on cycling in the Luberon on their website and a map of the full 236km route. They also offer guided cycling trips, including accommodation.

On a fine day, this area is ideal for a picnic, with supplies picked up at a charming local market – Thursday and Sunday mornings are market days in L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue; Tuesday in Gordes.

When to do it

Late spring and autumn are pretty and the roads aren’t busy, but it’s hard to beat the summer, when the Luberon’s famous lavender fields are in bloom (late June to August). While the roads and villages are peaceful out of season (November to March), many of the cafés and restaurants are closed and it gets dark too early.

Who to go with: organised tours

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Luberon Villages Half-Day Tour from Aix-en-Provence

Aix-en-Provence

Luberon Villages Half-Day Tour from Aix-en-Provence
Spend an afternoon exploring the Luberon region’s hilltop villages on this half-day tour from Aix-en-Provence! With your driver/ guide, discover the delights of Lourmarin, Bonnieux, Roussillon and Gordes, while seeing beautiful Provencal scenery.

Price: €86

Min age: 4

Rating 4.87 / 5 [207 ratings]

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Luberon Market & Villages Day Trip from Aix-en-Provence

Aix-en-Provence

Luberon Market & Villages Day Trip from Aix-en-Provence
Visit a medley of charming Provencal villages on this full-day tour from Aix-en-Provence! Traveling with an expert guide, you’ll discover the most scenic villages of the Luberon region, like Isle-sur-Sorque, Gordes, Roussillon and Lourmarin. Visit an open-air market on this must-do tour!

Price: €137

Min age: 4

Rating 4.84 / 5 [185 ratings]

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Highlights of Provence : Chateauneuf du Pape & Luberon

Avignon

Highlights of Provence : Chateauneuf du Pape & Luberon
Delve deep into rural France and discover the rolling vineyards on this 10-hour tour of Provence from Avignon. You will travel out with your guide through the fertile vineyards of Châteauneuf-du-Pape and sample local wines during two tasting sessions. Afternoon dedicated to the Luberon natural regional park. Discover villages such as Roussillon, Ménerbes, Lacoste and Gordes. No more stop in Ménerbes from April 1st 2023.

Price: €148

Min age: 4

Rating 4.54 / 5 [182 ratings]

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Lavender in Luberon Small Group Half-Day Trip

Avignon

Lavender in Luberon Small Group Half-Day Trip
Admire Provence’s lavender fields in full summer bloom on this half-day tour from Avignon. Admire the breathtaking beauty of the lavender fields in bloom. Free time in Roussillon to wander and do shopping in lavender shops. Learn about the distillation process and how to use the essential oil of lavender from your tour guide. Photo stop at the panorama view point of Gordes. Then drive to the Abbey of Senanque to take pictures. Many photo stops included in picturesque lavender fields. Enjoy personalized attention from your expert guide on this small-group tour, limited to eight people.

Price: €79

Min age: 4

Rating 4.04 / 5 [138 ratings]

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Best of Luberon in an afternoon from Avignon

Avignon

Best of Luberon in an afternoon from Avignon
Delve into rural France and discover stunning scenery on this half-day trip through Provence from Avignon. Travel along the Luberon regional park and stops in some of the famous villages. Roussillon, Ménerbes (no more stop from April 1st 2023), Lacoste and the village of Gordes, dry-stone built hilltop village.

Price: €76

Min age: 4

Rating 4.38 / 5 [132 ratings]

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Destination guides

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Destination guides including or relevant to this experience

Provence

Provence, France

Field of bright purple lavender in front of an old church

Gorgeous landscapes peppered with beautiful villages, sunflowers and lavender, art-filled towns, lively cultural festivals and exquisite food and wine. Provence is everything you imagined it would be.

Aix-en-Provence

Provence, France

Sunny cardeurs square with cafes and restaurants in the old town of Aix-en-Provence.

Cezanne’s elegant hometown, filled with fountains and beautiful mansions, works of art and excellent restaurants. The ‘Florence of France’.

Avignon

Provence, France

Exterior photo of the Palace of the Popes lit up at night

A lively medieval town bursting with art and creativity, and centrally located for sightseeing in Provence. Host of the superb Avignon Festival.

Arles

Provence, France

front view of facade at sunset

Fascinating Roman, and medieval monuments and memories of Van Gogh, plus a winsome shabby-chic charm.