Farmouse in the Luberon




Visit of Avignon, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

The city, as a strategic site in the Rhone valley, owes its origins to the Doms rock. With the arrival of the popes in the 14th Century, the city became a second Rome. It was enriched by art in the 17th and 18th Centuries, and it remained papal property up to the French revolution. Its medieval walls cover nearly 3 miles and are punctuated by 39 towers and seven gates ! Within the walls thrives a culturally rich city.

The major site of the city is the huge pope's palace, the biggest gothic palace in the world. Just being at the foot of the impressive building will let you an unforgettable souvenir. It gives an idea of the grand life under the seven French popes who built a miniature Vatican during their rule here. You can visit 25 rooms of it, including the ceremonial rooms, chapels, cloister, private papal apartments with priceless frescoes, and others. (entrance not included)

The second point of interest is the St Bénezet bridge. This legendary bridge is a significant symbol of the history of Avignon, famous throughout the world due to the beloved children's song. The bridge was built in the late 1100's. Though it was often rebuilt after damage inflicted by the raging flood waters of the Rhone. (entrance not included)

Isle sur la Sorgue: Originally known as "Insula", the town officially adopted the name of "L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue" on 18 August 1890, taking the latter part of its name from the river Sorgue, to which it owed much. As early as the 12th century, the river served defensively as ramparts which surrounded the town until 1795. The river was also a source of food and industry: fishing and artisan mills for oil, wheat, silk, paper… The small town is famous for its many antique shops and hosts antique markets every Sunday

Luberon is the name of this magic mountain range, famous world wide, enriched by its stones, its castles, its luminosity and colours....
This is the real Provence, full of character.

Mostly on the northern part, on the side of the hills, several picturesque villages are perched, overlooking the valley. In order to protect themselves from pillagers, the inhabitants, during centuries, have patiently built, stone by stone, their houses, close to the seigniorial castle.

Gordes : This very beautiful old village is perched on the southern edge of the high Plateau de Vaucluse. It seems to be an unbelievable "stone cascade" : the stone houses are built in tight against the base of the cliffs and others are perched on the rocks above, and all together are topped by a 12th-century castle.

Suggested schedule
9:00am Pick up at your hotel
09:30 Guided tour of Avignon, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This strategic site of the Rhone Valley is worldwide renowned for its huge pope’s palace, the major site of the city (possible inside visit of the Popes palace: about 10,50 euros per person)
11:30 Drive to l’Isle sur la Sorgue
12:15pm Lunch and visit of L’isle sur la Sorgue, a quiet city along the river of la Sorgue renowned for its antiques
02:00 Drive to Gordes
02:45 Visit of Gordes, one of the most incredible hilltop villages of Luberon: a real stone cascade
04:00: Drive Back
05:00: Drop off