AIX AND LUBÉRON WITH OPTIONAL TASTING: 9 Hour Tour
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Aix and Luberon Tour Includes: Our private tour of Aix and the Luberon includes private transportation and English speaking tour guide, admission fees to Cezanne studio, taxes, tolls and parking.
Optional: Candied fruit and traditional Nougat tasting OR visit to lavender distillery (June or July only).
Not Included: Meals, beverages, and all other personal expenses.
Note: Best to visit on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, or Saturdays (market days).
Departure Points: Avignon, Arles and vicinity; Aix, Marseilles and
vicinity. Other departure points available, please inquire.
We’ll take you on one of the most delightful private guided tours of Provence. You start your day with the tour in Aix and spend the afternoon in the Lubéron mountain range, a wild area with delightful villages like the hilltop Bonnieux, known as the Mont-Saint Michel of Provence because of its resemblance to that famous Abbey.
But first your private tour of Provence will take you to discover the charms of Aix en Provence. Founded by the Romans in 103 B.C., the city was invaded and damaged by the Barbarians, yet still managed to stay prosperous. At the end of the 12th century, Aix en Provence became the capital of Provence.
You will enjoy a guided walking tour of the vibrant city of Aix, appreciating the sumptuous architecture from the 17th and 18th centuries, as well as Aix en Provence’s markets and cafés, mansions and fountains, and lively streets and lovely stores. Aix en Provence was also the birthplace of the painter Cézanne; your tour guide will take you in his footsteps to see Mt. Sainte-Victoire, one of his favorite subjects, as well as his studio. To round out your tour of Aix, you may visit a confectionery for a tasting of candied fruits and nougats (optional; small additional tasting fee).
In the afternoon your Provence escorted tour will take you to the Luberon area, much of which is protected as a parkland. Here you can find more than 1,000 different species of plants and incredible oak and cedar forests that are home to eagles, hawks, snakes, beavers and the biggest lizards in Europe, among other fauna.
You will be impressed by the harmony between nature and the stone architecture of this wild region of Provence. The Lubéron is a very interesting area historically, as it was the stage for struggles between Catholics and Protestants in the 16th century. Depending on the season (end of June but July is best), you will take the scenic route back, crossing colorful, fragrant lavender fields, and stopping to visit a lavender distillery.