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Les baux de provence village, France. ©Sigurcamp/iStock

Les baux de provence village, France.

Overview of the ruins of the Roman site of Glanum, just south of St Remy de Provence in France. The timeline of Glanum runs from the 6th century BC, its founding, to 27BC, when the Romans acquired it, to 260AD, when the Romans left it.  AdobeRGB colorspace. ©Lucentius/iStock

Ancient ruins of Glanum, France

Alpilles mountains in France ©LianeM/iStock

Alpilles

Red Cliffs in Roussillon (Les Ocres), Provence, France ©Bertl123/iStock

Red Cliffs in Roussillon (Les Ocres), Provence, France

´Cathedrale d´Images´ (Images Cathedral), Les Baux-de-Provence. Bouches-du-Rhône, Provence-Alpes-Côte d´Azur, France ©José Antonio Moreno/age fotostock

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Stone houses in Bories Village, open-air museum, about 2 to 5 centuries old. Luberon Natural Park, near Gordes village, Vaucluse department, Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur region. France. ©J. N. Sánchez/age fotostock

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Abbey of Senanque and blooming rows lavender flowers. Gordes, Luberon, Vaucluse, Provence, France, Europe. ©Vwalakte/iStock

Abbey of Senanque

Glanum was a sacred Celtic water sanctuary turned into a religious/military Roman site about 2000 years ago. It was sacked and lost by barbarians in the third century AD. Van Gogh's olive trees grew over part of it. It was rediscovered in the last century and excavated. ©Argiope/iStock

Roman Ruins at Glanum

Source of Sourge river in Fontaine-de-Vaucluse in Provence, France. ©Spooh/iStock

Fontaine-de-Vaucluse, France

France,Bouches-du-Rhône(13),Massif des Alpilles,parc naturel régional des Alpilles, le plateau de la Caume et la station antenne de télévision, (photo aerienne), ©Gérard Labriet/Photononstop

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Provence

The most beautiful villages of France in Provence

Get to know the authentic villages of Provence

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  • Nature & Discovery

A 5-day tour of some of the most beautiful villages of France in Provence between the Luberon and Alpilles foothills. Gape at the abbey of Sénanque, wander around the Alpilles National Park, admire the views from Baux de Provence and explore Avignon and its palace. This provençal itinerary is depicted by the mild and inimitable way of life of Provence.

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Day 1 - Avignon - Les Baux-de-Provence

Forty kilometres from Avignon, perched on a rock, Baux-de-Provence commands a fine panorama over the Alpilles, Luberon, Mont Ventoux and Cévennes. A former fortress and historic houses blend into the extraordinary rocky landscape. Nature lovers will be in seventh heaven in the heart of the Alpilles Regional Park (don’t miss La Caume plateau) before tacking back to spend the evening at Les Baux-de-Provence.

MyTripTailor advice : Book in advance for a show at the Carrières de Lumières.

  • Distance : 43 km
  • Duration : 0h47

Day 2 - Les Baux-de-Provence

Spend a second enjoyable day touring the surrounding towns, a combination of art, legend and history. The cafés along Avenue des Lices, Camargue bull races and ferias for the fans and Photography Encounters of Arles (25km) cannot fail but appeal. You could also wander around the medieval lanes of Tarascon (20km), indulge in shopping spree at the headquarters of the characteristic Souleiado fabric factory. Come back to Les Baux de Provence for the night.

  • Distance : 21 km
  • Duration : 0h30

Day 3 - Les Baux-de-Provence - Gordes

One of the highlights of Luberon, Gordes is home to the historic Bories village (characteristic of the Mediterranean region) and Sénanque abbey. Keep going as far as the Ochre Trail on the ruddy soil of Roussillon. Spend the night in Gordes.

  • Distance : 77 km
  • Duration : 1h40

Day 4 - Gordes - Ansouis - Gordes

In the heart of the Alpilles foothills, Saint-Rémy paints a postcard picture of Provence with its boulevards shaded by plane trees, café terraces flooded in sunshine, maze of lanes and squares with tinkling fountains and scent of thyme and rosemary on market day. Glorious !

Then up to the Roman site of the Antiques plateau, in particular the city of Glanum, abandoned in the 3C. Before heading back, go to Ansouis and admire its 13C castle. Come back to Gordes for the night.

MyTripTailor advice : It would be a crime to miss the remarkable 15C castle of Lourmarin.

  • Distance : 91 km
  • Duration : 1h47

Day 5 - Gordes - Avignon

After visiting Venasque, now head to Avignon, capital of the popes in the 14C. In 1995, the Papal Palace and its emblematic Saint-Bénezet bridge became a UNESCO world heritage site. Running from north to south, the main street of Rue de la République is riddled with lively passages and lined in café terraces, restaurants and shops. Book yourself on a tour with commentary of the town on board a small tourist train or a boat trip down the Rhône, which will be a great hit with children.

MyTripTailor advice : North of Venasque, towards Mont Ventoux, don’t miss the impressive Castellaras viewpoint.

  • Distance : 55 km
  • Duration : 1h18

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