Registered guide, entrance fees.
Available from April 1st to October 31th.
Pick up: 09:00AM Aix en Provence Tourist Office. (Tuesday to Saturday)
Aix-en-Provence Provençal Market and a historical visit following Cezanne’s steps
At 9am, meet your guide at the tourist office in Aix-en-Provence for a truly enjoyable and colorful hour and a half walking visit of the city historical center following Cezanne’s footsteps, and of the vibrant “Grand Marché”. Market days are a way of life in Provence. Originating in the 12th century, farmers and craftsmen would come to nearest market town to sell their wares, or engage in bartering agreements. Not much has changed since those days. The market is still the place to come for locally grown produce of all shapes & sizes, and for clothes, home textiles and decor.
While seasonal breezes will fill the markets with scents of rosemary, thym, spices, olives, cheese and many other aromas, you will discover also the rich history of Aix-en-Provence and its famous resident artist, Paul Cezanne, the father of modern art.
Enjoy a wine tasting of Côteaux d’Aix Wine
Our guide will drive you on a short ride in our comfortable 8 passengers minivan, with air conditioning through the magnificent landscape of an old ancient crater land on which the Côteaux d’Aix appellation vineyards have made their exquisite wine. As it will be near the time for “Aperitif”, a famous daily social ritual for french people, you will be charmed by the provençal ambiance of the vineyard and its fabulous wines which are rose, red and white, in that order of importance. You will also enjoy learning all about the wine making process of wine making in Provence.
Free lunch at Lourmarin, listed as "one of the most beautiful villages in France"
Continuing on the Lubéron’s Wine road, you will discover the exquisite village of Lourmarin, birth town of a famous french writer Albert Camus. Lourmarin nestles in the middle of vineyards, olive groves and almond trees. As soon as you arrive, you will be stunned by its magnificent 15th century castle standing proud on a hill facing the walled village. You will enjoy Lourmarin’s typical Mediterranean architecture in its winding narrow streets, lovely old restored houses, and well shaded public squares where you can immerse yourself in the relaxing Provençal ambience. It is very animated due to its numerous cafe terraces, art galleries, boutiques and many restaurants where you can enjoy your provençal lunch.
Sightseeing of the Valley of the Lubéron and its medieval perched villages
After Lunch, you will cross over the Great Lubéron’s mountain to enter one the most picturesque valley of Provence. The Lubéron region of Provence is France at its finest. You will be taken by its spectacular countryside of vineyards and blooming cherries in may or almond orchards in march, fascinating "perched" hill-top villages, outstanding natural produce and local products like the famous black truffles. You will discover the villages labeled the most beautiful villages of France like Bonnieux and Lacoste. And you will have a look at the oldest antique roman bridge of the valley, the Pont St. Julien.
Free visit of Roussillon ‘s village and the Ocre Trail
Roussillon is considered one of the most impressive villages in France . Situated in the heart and on top of one of the biggest ochre deposits in the world, the village of Roussillon is famous for its magnificent red cliffs and ochre quarries, surrounded with beautiful deep green colored countryside spread with pine trees, oaks trees, orchards and vineyards. It is like an artist's pallet, with the infinite combinations of colors. After the Ochre trail walk, you will enjoy the beauty of the medieval narrow streets and the unforgettable panoramic view from the top of the village.
Photo stop at Gordes.
Known as one of the most beautiful villages in France, Gordes is absolutely captivating. A “must” photo stop will add the perfect touch to your collection for the end of the day. The town is located east of Avignon and just west of Roussillon, and like the latter it was built on top of a hill. The village’s 2,000 inhabitants live in stone houses with terracotta roofs. Gordes also has an impressive castle. The beauty of Gordes on top of the cliff and its panoramic views of the surrounding landscape were not lost on the many famous artists who frequented the village, such as Marc Chagall.
At 05.30pm, your guide will drop you off at the Tourist Office in Aix-en-Provence.
This tour includes
Transportation in a comfortable full options minivan for the day, Free Wifi access on Board, English speaking escort guide, wine tasting, a walking guided tour of the city of Aix-en-Provence, entrance to the ocre trail.
8 passengers maximum per vehicle.
This tour doesn't include
Personal insurance & expenses, meals and drinks, Gratuities for the guide.
About the Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence Wine:
It is a key appellation of the Provence wine region. It is the region's second-largest appellation, drawing on about 9900 acres (4000ha) of to the north and west of Aix-en-Provence – the town after which it is named.
The rosés and reds are made from a complex blend of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, Cinsaut, and Counoise, with Carignan and Cabernet Sauvignon permitted to constitute up to 30% of these blends combined. White Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence is made from an equally complex hierarchy of varieties, both local and borrowed. These are dominated by Vermentino (known locally as Rolle), which must represent at least half of any blend. Clairette, Grenache Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc and Ugni Blanc combined must make up no less than 30%, while Bourboulenc and Semillon may form whatever small proportion remains.