Skip the bustling city tours for a relaxing day trip to the country villages of Luberon.
Your journey begins as you board your comfortable vehicle at the cruise terminal for a scenic ride through vineyards and orchards to l'Isle sur la Sorgue. Known as the Venice of Luberon, this quaint village is lined with multiple canals, winding streets and trendy cafes. Watch as the water from the Sorgue River activates the water wheels, prominent relics of the town's historical method of harnessing water to provide power to the silk and paper mills.
From there you will make your way to Gordes, one of the most beautiful villages in the area with multiple fountains and a thriving art scene. Navigate the tight alleyways, pop into the artisan workshops and relax in the shady squares while you observe local life.
Your journey continues to Roussillon, a cliff top village known for its famous splashes of red and ochre colors. While here, explore vaulted passageways and the remains of a 10th century castle. Be sure to have your camera on hand for spectacular overviews from the cliff.
At Bonnieux you will see Vieille Eglise, a 12th century Roman Gothic church that dominates the landscape. Observe other landmarks including Phillippe Tower and the stately Hotel de Rouville residence.
Your final stop is in the wonderful village of Menerbes, famous for its portrayal in Peter Boyle's novel A Year in Provence. This village has also been a popular artist enclave over the years; Picasso, Dora Maar and Nicholas de Stahl had made this place home. While in Menerbes, make your way to Maison de la Truffe et du Vin to sample delicious Cotes du Luberon wines before your return trip back to port.
Book now for a day in the Luberon region of Provence that you will fondly remember for years to come.