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Provence Private Day Trip in the Footsteps of Peter Mayle from Aix-en-Provence

Provence Private Day Trip in the Footsteps of Peter Mayle from Aix-en-Provence

Aix-en-Provence, France
icon8 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English and 3 more
Good for avoiding crowds
icon8 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English and 3 more
Good for avoiding crowds

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icon8 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English and 3 more
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

The Provençal villages of Bonnieux, Gordes, and Ménerbes were made famous in Peter Mayle’s book ‘A Year in Provence’, and attract visitors all year round for their traditional French charm. This convenient private tour from Aix-en-Provence delves deep into the UNESCO–listed Parc Naturel Regional du Luberon, and showcases the best of this pretty corner of France. Capture the lavender fields and olive groves on camera, taste red and rosé wines with a private guide, and gain insight into the writing of ‘A Year in Provence’.
  • Private tour of Provence from Aix-en-Provence
  • Visit villages including Bonnieux, Gordes, and Ménerbes — made famous in Peter Mayle’s book ‘A Year in Provence’
  • Explore the UNESCO–listed Parc Naturel Regional du Luberon with a private guide
  • Enjoy panoramic views over the lavender fields and olive groves
  • Sample Luberon red and rosé wines during a tasting session
  • Pick-up and drop-off from centrally located Aix-en-Provence hotels
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Driver/guide
Hotel pickup and drop-off (select hotels only)
Food and drinks
Lunch
Guided tour in villages
Tips

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Return point: Return to original departure point

Departure Time

9:00 AM
Enjoy a morning pickup at your centrally located hotel in Aix-en-Provence, then — at 9am — head into the UNESCO–listed Parc Naturel Regional du Luberon with your private guide to begin your tour.

First, visit the pretty village of Lourmarin — where Peter Mayle lived as he wrote A Year in Provence. Here, soak up the atmosphere and enjoy free time to explore attractions such as the 18th-century castle or writer Albert Camus’ tomb at your own pace (own expense).

Head on to the pretty village of Bonnieux for sweeping views over the lavender fields and cherry trees, and take in sites of interest including Lacoste and Pont Julian — a Roman bridge. Along the way, discover the fortified town used in the TV adaptation of A Year in Provence.

Follow the ochre trail in Roussillon at your leisure and perhaps visit the Thursday markets. Then, continue on to the medieval village of Gordes for lunch (own expense). Afterward, head on to the village of Ménerbes — where Mayle stayed for a few months. Here, visit a historic mansion and sample locally made Luberon red and rosé wines.

When your wine-tasting comes to an end, return in comfort to your hotel in Aix-en-Provence to conclude your private tour.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Parc Naturel Regional du Luberon
After hotel pickup in Aix-en-Provence, your day tour starts with a drive through Parc Naturel Regional du Luberon, listed by UNESCO as part of the Biosphere Reserve network due to its diverse geological heritage.
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Lourmarin
Your first stop is Lourmarin, a charming village where Mayle lived while he was writing his memoir. Enjoy some free time to explore at your leisure, perhaps visiting the 18th-century castle or the tomb of writer Albert Camus in the cemetery. There is also a market on Fridays.
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Bonnieux
Next, drive through the hilltop village of Bonnieux, passing by Pont Julien, a Roman bridge, and Lacoste, once home to the Marquis de Sade. On the way, get a look at the Provençal bastide where the TV movie of A Year in Provence was made, and admire lavender fields and cherry and olive trees, which are especially beautiful during the blooming season.
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Roussillon
Then it's on to Roussillon, a village known for its ocher deposits; you have free time to walk around on your own, perhaps visiting the market (on Thursdays) or wandering the ocher path, a 35-minute walk in an open-air ocher quarry, also known as the 'Provençal Colorado.'
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Gordes
Continue your tour to Gordes, a medieval village where you'll stop for a photo op and free time to see the church, cobbled streets, or castle. Enjoy lunch here independently (own expense) before heading to your last stop, Ménerbes, a village where Mayle stayed for a few months. Here you'll visit a historical private mansion and enjoy a wine tasting of local Luberon wines—red and rosé. Your tour ends as you return to Aix-en-Provence.
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Minimum age is 13 years
  • Minimum drinking age is 18 years
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Provence Explorer
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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