medieval hilltop villages, local culture and historic provençal towns
a selection of our exclusive one day private tours & experiences with dedicated driver/guide
The Island in the Sorgue is an apt name for this ancient town, surrounded by water. By the18th century, canals lined with 70 giant wheels powered silk factories and paper mills. Today home to brocante & antiques shops, if you love discovering French brocante, this is the tour for you. Combined with a visit to the picturesque village of Fontaine de Vaucluse & 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, left with an impressive legacy of World Heritage–listed Palais des Papes.
Visit the beautiful village of Lourmarin, made famous by Peter Mayle's book 'A year in Provence.' Next stop the nearby villages of Lauris, Cadenet & visit to an olive oil producer & local winery - Bastide de Laval, visit the mill with tastings of olive oil and the Bastide's excellent wine. Finally visit the delightful villages of Cucuron & Bonnieux, in the heart of the Luberon park.
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.
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.
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.
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.