AIX EN PROVENCE and VILLAGES OF SOUTH LUBERON
During the morning : guided tour of Aix en
The old capital of Provence has kept a great deal of the character imparted
to it in the XVIIth and XVIIIth. The sober elegance of its mansions,
the graceful charm of its squares, the majesty of its avenues and loveliness
and its fountains are impressive.
You will love to stroll through the heart of the town,
in the pedestrian old streets to discover the façades of the
baroque ochre coloured private mansions. These dwellings were built for
the nobility, each with a concept and style corresponding to the residents'
The city also boasts a wide variety of fountains. Aix is the "city
of water, city of art".
Among other buildings of interest : the cathedral, the town hall, the
(full market on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday)
For the afternoon : visit of Several villages of South Luberon
Lourmarin : It nestles in the middle
of vineyards, olive groves and almond trees. A very animated village
in the summer due to its numerous cafe terraces, restaurants and boutiques.
You can admire its medieval / renaissance castle, its temple, its interesting
pigeon house, its provencal bastides, its "boîte à
Albert Camus, winner of the Nobel Literature Prize, lived and wrote
here and was even buried here.
Vaugines and Cucuron are located at the foothills of the Luberon mountain range. Far from the main tourist routes, they are old, simple, quiet and very authentic. They were both chosen as the setting for famous French films taking place in the Provencal countryside, such as "Jean de Florette" or "Manon des Sources" masterpieces written by the famous writer Marcel Pagnol, born near Marseille. More recently, some scenes of " a good year" written by Peter Mayle has been shot in Cucuron.
Cucuron is a member of the Most Beautiful Villages of France association, and is constructed in the usual style of the Middle Ages, with streets and houses winding their way up to a castle at the highest point (only the castle's dungeon remains).
We will walk around the medieval part of the village inside the old rampart walls, taking in the best view over the rooftops from the donjon (dungeon) St Michel. The pool, located at the bottom of the village is an enjoyable place, framed by 200 year old plane trees.. Here life seems to have stopped, long ago.
9:00am Pick up at your hotel
Guided tour of the charming city of Aix, renowned for its romantic atmosphere: baroque private mansions, fountains, shaded squares...
11:00 Drive to Lourmarin
11:45 Lunch in the village, with the advise of your guide
01:15 Discover the charming streets of Lourmarin, considered to be among the most beautiful villages of France, with its Renaissance castle
02:15 Drive to Vaugines and Cucuron, located at the foothills of the Luberon mountain range. Those places, for they are so authentic have been chosen as the setting for famous French films such as “Jean de Florette” or “Manon des sources”
04:00 Drive back
05:00 Drop off