Excursion Provence Avignon and Luberon villages

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  • Duration: 8 hours

   Get right in the heart of the excursion provence avignon by discovering one of the best known Provencal city : Avignon. Enjoy with your private driver guide a promenade around the main monuments including the Palace of the Pope, the biggest Gothic palace in Europe, the Pont d’Avignon, or the Cathedrale des Doms.

   Then you will discover during this Private Tour in Provence, Isle sur Sorgue and its antique dealers before going to Fontaine de Vaucluse. There, the mysterious Sorgue River flows out of the depths.

   After your lunch break, you will admire two of the most beautifull villages of the Luberon: Menerbes, one of the finest village in France surrounded by magnificent countryside. And Lacoste, crowned by the Marquis de Sade’s chateau.

Included / Not included

Included : Knowledgeable english speaking driver and private car service, transport expenses
Not included : any entrance to museums or other activities when touring, driver’s meal, food and beverage, gratuity


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Avignon

Prestigious for its history and its summer theater festival, Avignon embraces one of the biggest middle-age gothic palaces in the world, the 14th century Palais des Papes. Close by, enjoy a promenade around the 12th century Pont d’Avignon and discover the rocher des Doms and its cathedral during your excursion provence avignon.

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Isle sur Sorgue

This “island city” lies at the foot of the Vaucluse plateau in the plains of Comtat Venaissin. Indeed, the branches of the Sorgue, little bridges and paddle wheels lend the town a cheerful look, a perfect place for art collectors and antique lovers. The city counts around 300 antique dealers and hosts antique fairs at Eastern and in August.

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Fontaine de Vaucluse

The outstanding natural site known as “Vallis clausa”, the closed valley, is where the Sorgue river mysteriously takes its source. As you stroll through the village, discover the ruins of the Château of the Bishops of Cavaillon, from the 14th century, the church, Saint Véran, 11th century and the ruins of the Roman canal built along the left bank of the Sorgue rive.

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Menerbes

This superb little village is considered as one of the finest in France. Built on a hill, it is surrounded by magnificent countryside. Its rich historic past has been well-preserved, the Dolmen de la Pichouno shows that Ménerbes has been inhabited since prehistoric times.

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Lacoste

Lacoste is small and delightful, full of life and with the most fabulous views. Crowned by the Marquis de Sade’s chateau, now owned by the Pierre Cardin Foundation.

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Deluxe Recommandations

Restaurants
Philip

By the famous fountain, this family-run establishment has an appealing open-air café air to it, accentuated by contemporary decor. Magnificent view, terrace and fine regional cuisine.
Cooking Traditional / Menu: 28€/ 40€ – Carte: 44€/68€

 

Le Jardin du Quai

Daniel Hébet’s restaurant has all the ingredients for happiness: an English garden, a terrace, and on Sundays a REAL solid meal. Great wines at €5 a glass.
Cuisine Provençal Menu: 35€ (weekday lunch) / 43€ (dinner)

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Maison de la truffe et des vins du Luberon

It is the centre of knowledge and information about truffles and the wines of the Luberon Regional Park. Here, novices and professionals meet to exchange opinions, knowledge, and information.

 

Aline GEHANT Chocolates

A former student of fine arts, Aline makes distinctive looking chocolates with minimalist, geometric decorations. To avoid damage, they are placed in a single layer in a smart cerise or pewter box. What about the taste? Sinfully good!

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Angladon-Dubrujeaud foundation

A collection donated to a couple of Avignon painters by the Paris dress designer, Jacques Doucet : paintings by Cézanne, Sisley, Manet, Derain, Picasso, Modigliani ( The Pink Blouse ) and Foujita, and The Railway Waggons , painted by Vincent Van Gogh.

 

The Corkscrew Museum

Located in Mènerbes in the South of France, within the Domaine de la Citadel winery whose proprietor, Yves Rousset-Rouard, is an avid corkscrew collector himself. The Corkscrew Museum has over a 1,500 pieces very nicely displayed. The exhibits have several unique pieces from the 17th century as well as their modern counterparts for contrast.