medieval hilltop villages, local culture and historic provençal towns
a selection of our exclusive one day private tours & experiences with dedicated driver/guide
Avignon & the village of Isle sur la Sorgue brocante
The Island in the Sorgue is an apt name for this ancient town, surrounded by water it dates from the 12th century. In the18th century, canals lined with 70 giant wheels powered silk factories and paper mills. Today home to brocante & antiques, housing some 300 in total - if you love discovering brocante, this is the tour for you. With a visit to the old town quarter of Avignon - it's a unique day out.
Avignon cultural tour & Villeneuve lés Avignon
Across the Rhône from Avignon, compact Villeneuve-lès-Avignon has monuments to rival Avignon. Meander the cloisters of a medieval monastery & take in hilltop views from Fort St-André. Next stop Avignon once the centre of the Roman Catholic world, since left with an impressive legacy of ecclesiastical architecture, World Heritage–listed Palais des Papes.
Extraordinary Avignon discover it's hidden secrets
This is a unique walking tour to discover the hidden secrets of the city of Avignon. Best known for its annual arts festival, the largest in France, which spans several weeks in July. The rest of the year, its rampart-ringed old town, medieval bridge, leafy squares and super restaurants are the main attractions. We will show you aspects of the town that few visitors get to experience.
Absolutely Avignon, gardens, history & local culture
We begin our visit to Abbaye St-André stunning terrace gardens, built atop abbey vaults with olive groves & the ruins of three ancient churches. From here we take a short walk down to visit La Chartreuse, a former monastery at the centre of the village. Return to Avignon via the Tour Philippe le Bel, former gateway to the Pont d'Avignon. A walk on the bridge & visit the Palais des Papes & local markets.
Mont Ventoux to the village of Vaison la Romaine
Mont Ventoux dominates the local landscape. At its foot the plains, vineyards & Valley de Sault lavender fields with perched hilltop villages & the Roman & Medeaval town of Vaison la Romaine. Situated at the foot of the Dentelles de Montmirail - the Roman bridge divides the town in two parts On one side the medieval town clings to the hillside & surrounds the ruins of the 12th century castle.
St Rémy & Arles the Romans & Vincent Van Gogh
At the heart of the Alpilles Saint Rémy is one of the must-see places. Lush green perfumed valleys & ancient streets and Arles, wander narrow golden- hued streets that inspired Van Gogh, find the town's lovely restored Roman amphitheatre, top-notch art and history museums. With Roman ruins Arles begins to feel like walking through a living history book.
Pont du Gard, Châteauneuf du Pape
A unique tour that captures the essence of Provence from the Romans to Medieval times includes a visit to the world famous Pont du Gard and historic town of Villeneuve Les Avignon with its connections to to Popes of Avignon. The historic monuments of La Chartreuse & connect with the wineries of Châteauneuf du Pape.
Spectacular hilltop villages of the Luberon
The Luberon is a Provençal patchwork of hilltop villages, vineyards, ancient abbeys and mile after mile of fragrant lavender fields. It’s a rural, traditional region that still makes time for the good things in life. We take in visits to Gordes, Bonnieux and Abbaye Notre Dame de Séneque a classic postcard shot of the medieval abbey surrounded by a sea of purple lavender.
Medieval villages of Les Baux & St Rémy de Provence
Clinging precariously to an ancient limestone rocky spur this fortified hilltop village is one of the most visited in France, narrow cobbled streets wind past old houses, up to a splendid ruined castle. Next St-Rémy as cultured and chi-chi as Provence gets, yet manages to cling on to its heart and soul. Honey-coloured stone houses & shaded squares lined by cafes.
The Gorge du Verdon & Moustiers St Marie
From the Provençal village of Moustiers fixed to the hillside and jaw-dropping drama of Gorges du Verdon. The ‘Grand Canyon of Europe’ slices a 25km swath through Haute-Provence’s plateau all the way to the foothills of the Alps. Etched out over millions of years by the Verdon River with their sheer, plunging cliffs – in some places 700m high.