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View on Gordes, a small typical town in Provence, France. Beautiful village, with view on roof and landscape ©romrodinka/iStock

View on Gordes, a small typical town in Provence, France

fields of blooming lavender flowers with a small village - Provence, France ©republica/iStock

lavender field and a small town in Provence

Pont du Gard is a Roman bridge at three levels built around 17 Ac, part of the Roman aqueduct with the same name that is became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985. ©Flavio Vallenari/iStock

Pont du Gard - France

Ochre rocks in Roussillon,Provence ©egal/iStock

Ochre rocks

Pope palace in Avignon. Central square, Provence, Cote d'Azur, France ©tatyana_tomsickova/iStock

Pope palace in Avignon. Central square, Provence, Cote d'Azur, F

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

The extensive Roman ruins at Vaison-La-Romaine, Provence, France. These Gallo-Roman remains are situated in the very centre of the fascinating ancient town of Vaison-La-Romaine. The ruins shown are within the Quartier De Puymin ( Puymin Hill ). The Roman Theatre shown seated 6000 people and was built in the 1st Century. Part of the top gallery Portico remains and is shown. ©dpe123/iStock

The extensive Roman ruins at Vaison-La-Romaine, Provence, France

The old Roman amfitheatre in Orange, France, built early in the 1st century AD. It is one of the best preserved of all the Roman theatres in the Roman colony of Arausio (or, more specifically, Colonia Julia Firma Secundanorum Arausio: ©jacquesvandinteren/iStock

Roman amfitheatre in Orange, France

medieval city ©Philippe Paternolli/iStock

Villeneuve lès Avignon, old Provencal city, in front of the papal city of Avignon, on the right bank of the Rhone river

France, Drome, Castle Suze-la-Rousse ©H. Linke/Westend61 RM/age fotostock

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Roman and medieval Haute-Provence

2000 years of colourful heritage

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  • Culture & Heritage

Cross no less than four departments to discover the soul of Provence with a thousand colours of earth ochre, hot stone and blue lavender. Palaces, thousand year old buildings, castles and fortresses testify to the thrilling history of its cities. And always there is a village in the heart of the winding roads which, behind their apparent humbleness, hide treasures from the past. Haute-Provence always knows how to charm the passer-by. But if you have the chance of a surprise visit after the summer madness, you will sense its scent of timelessness.

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Day 1 - Avignon

If Avignon owes its glory to its medieval past as the Cité des Papes (‘City of the Popes’), the scope of its rich history spans from ancient times to the present day thanks to the European-wide reputation of its theatre festival. A single day won’t be enough to see everything, but be sure not to miss the Palais des Papes, along with the Musée du Petit Palais and Pont Saint-Bénezet, the famous Pont d’Avignon of our lullabies. Ensure time for a stroll through the historic centre and the promise of delicious breaks on the terraces and patios of charming restaurants.

  • Distance : 12 km
  • Duration : 0h23

Day 2 - Avignon - Orange

Cross the Rhône to admire the Cité des Papes from Villeneuve-lez-Avignon; the more energetic can climb the 176 steps of the Tour Philippe-le-Bel for breathtaking views as far as the Alpilles. The Pont du Gard aqueduct, a stunning work of Roman times, is well worth the small 30 minute detour west. Visit the site’s cultural spaces to fully grasp its complexity. Orange also holds Roman treasures including Théâtre Antique, the best preserved Roman Theatre in Europe, and Arc de Triomphe. Enjoy an evening in the old town.

  • Distance : 79 km
  • Duration : 1h38

Day 3 - Orange - Vaison la Romaine

Heading up towards the canton of Valréas, explore the magnificent villages housing sites steeped in history: the Forteresse de Mornas, which comes alive during the summer with the presence of actors in period costume, the Château de Suze-la-Rousse and its many events or the Commanderie de Richerenches, famous for its truffle market. Here, you are in the Enclave des Papes, a little piece of Vaucluse enclosed in la Drôme, in the vineyards of Visan. Allow a full day for a visit to Vaison-la-Romaine with its Roman Theatre, vast ancient site and medieval Upper Town.

  • Distance : 67 km
  • Duration : 1h29

Day 4 - Vaison la Romaine - Apt

Reaching Apt means immersion in the land of lavender and the most beautiful hilltop villages. The spa town of Montbrun-les-Bains is a little gem. As is Sault with its historic streets and unusual museum. The more sporty will waver between the Gorges de la Nesque and a caving trip to the Plateau d’Albion. Taste cheese in Banon and browse for treasures in the amazing Le Bleuet bookstore. Simiane-la-Rotonde is also worth a look! Finally, the centre of Apt has something for everyone, the highlight of the show is the Saturday morning market.

  • Distance : 113 km
  • Duration : 2h18

Day 5 - Apt - Avignon

Many exceptional sites mark this last stage! Roussillon is spellbinding in its red cloak; a walk on the Sentier des Ocres up to the Chaussée des Géants (‘Giant’s Causeway’) shows all the beauty of this timeless landscape. With magnificent historical heritage, the village of Gordes, its hamlet of Bories and the Abbaye de Sénanque rival each other for beauty when the tourist crowds subside. Thirty minutes from Avignon, the peaceful Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, a starting point for hikes in the Alpilles, owes its success to the Plateau des Antiques de Glanum, a wonderful archaeological site.

  • Distance : 83 km
  • Duration : 1h35

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