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Ophorus Tours - Villages of the Luberon & Olive Oil Tasting Half Day Trip from Aix en Provence

Aix-en-Provence

Villages of the Luberon & Olive Oil Tasting Half Day Trip from Aix en Provence

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  • 04 hours

  • Small Groups ( 1~8 )

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  • English

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From Aix en Provence, visit the Easy Going Southern Luberon region of Provence. Visit the villages of Lourmarin and Ansouis with your guide. Participate in the visit of an Olive Oil mill followed by a commented tasting.

Highlights

  • Visit two Luberon villages Classified as Most Beautiful in France
  • Scenic drive in the stunning Southern Luberon area of Provence
  • Visit a local Olive Oil producing domain, tasting included
  • Taste at least 5 different Olive Oils of the region

Program & Itinerary

Upon arrival at the meeting point, you will be welcomed by your English speaking guide who will be waiting with a sign bearing the name of the tour and with the Ophorus logo on it. Also, all our guides have a nominative badge so that it will be easy for you to recognize them. Once you have met your guide, he/she will go over the program and itinerary of this small group half day from Aix en Provence ...

Meet your English Speaking Driver/Guide who is a local Expert of Provence

Upon arrival at the meeting point, you will be welcomed by your English speaking guide who will be waiting with a sign bearing the name of the tour and with the Ophorus logo on it. Also, all our guides have a nominative badge so that it will be easy for you to recognize them. 

Once you have met your guide, he/she will go over the program and itinerary of this small group half day from Aix en Provence with you. Then, board your comfortable, air conditioned Mercedes minivan and begin to make your way to visit Lourmarin village, visit an Olive Oil mill followed by a tasting session and finally visit the village of Ansouis.

All our vehicles are equipped with an on board P/A system which means that everyone will hear the guide's commentary during driving time, even if you are seated in the back of the van! Also, we have bottled water at your disposal and you can use our free wifi as you travel from one destination to another. 

Depart for the Luberon region of Provence

The Luberon is without a doubt one of the most exquisite destinations in Provence. A small mountain range of the pre-alps, the area was declared a Regional Natural Park in 1977. What makes the Luberon region so attractive is the landscape with its rocky canyons, ridgelines, hilltop villages and towns surrounded by Olive trees, lavender fields and vineyards. Your half day tour today will take you to some of the best rated Luberon Villages that are classified as some of the most beautiful villages in France. 

Reach the Village of Lourmarin

After your departure from Aix en Provence and a short drive, arrive in the village of Lourmarin. Unlike the more crowded hilltop villages of the Luberon, Lourmarin is set in plain and is easily accessible to all visitors. Upon arrival, follow your guide through the narrow streets of the village for a short walking tour. Highlights of the tour include the 17th century Private Mansion of Philippe de Girad, the numerous fountains that are scattered across the village, the 17th century belfry or the Protestant Temple that is the largest in the Vaucluse area.

Visit and Olive Oil mill followed by a commented tasting

After the visit of Lourmarin and a scenic drive, reach a local Olive Oil mill. Here, your guide will explain all there is to know about how local Olive Oil is produced from harvest to press using the cold extraction procedure. Once the process of Olive Oil making has been explained, it will be time for you to taste a minimum of 5 different Olive Oils. Here, it as all about color, texture,  aromas and flavors. This commented tasting will enable you to make the difference between Olive Oils obtained from Green fruity olives, ripe fruits or matured ones. 

Visit the Village of Ansouis

Once the Olive Oil tasting is over, we will take you to the authentic village of Ansouis. Far from the crowds that flock in the other touristy villages of Gordes or Bonnieux, Ansouis has remained authentic and was justly proclaimed as one of the most beautiful villages of France in 1999. The village is typical or the area with its stone houses and narrow streets. For a stunning view over the valley, your guide will lead you to the top of the village where the Castle of Ansouis still stands. Along the way you will discover the 13th century church of Saint-Martin, medieval houses, ornate fountains and intricate doorways. For those of you that would rather relax to soak up on the Provence atmosphere, why not take some time at the local pastry shop know for its home made Sainte-Delphine or Mont-Ventoux pastries.

After the visit of the village, we will make our way back to Aix en Provence. We will drop you off in the city centre of Aix en Provence at that will be the end our services.

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  • 08:50 am

    Meet at the Aix en Provence Tourism Office

  • 09:00 am

    Depart for the villages of the Luberon tour from Aix en Provence

  • 10:00 am

    Arrive in Lourmarin

  • 11:00 am

    Arrive at Olive Oil Domaine

  • 11:45 am

    Arrive at Ansouis Village

  • 12:25 pm

    Depart from Ansouis village

  • 01:00 pm

    Arrive in Aix en Provence

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Ophorus Tours - Villages of the Luberon & Olive Oil Tasting Half Day Trip from Aix en Provence
Ophorus Tours - Villages of the Luberon & Olive Oil Tasting Half Day Trip from Aix en Provence
Ophorus Tours - Villages of the Luberon & Olive Oil Tasting Half Day Trip from Aix en Provence
Ophorus Tours - Villages of the Luberon & Olive Oil Tasting Half Day Trip from Aix en Provence
Ophorus Tours - Villages of the Luberon & Olive Oil Tasting Half Day Trip from Aix en Provence

Know before you book

  • Tour requires minimum 2 passengers (adults) to operate
  • If minimum numbers are not reached we will reschedule or refund your tour
  • Tour is operated in English
  • Small group option, maximum 8 persons
  • Tour is not wheelchair accessible
  • Prices are per person
  • Children aged 4 - 12 years get half price 
  • Children under 4 years old are not allowed on the tour
COVID-19 SAFETY MEASURES
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available for travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands

Meeting point

300 Avenue Giuseppe Verdi, 13100 Aix en Provence

Departure

We will meet you in front of Aix en Provence Tourism Office.

Return

Tour returns to originial departure point.

Included / excluded

Included

  • Visit of Lourmarin Village
  • Visit of Olive Oil domaine & tasting
  • Visit of Ansouis Village
  • English-speaking driver & guide
  • Travel in premium A/C vehicle

Excluded

  • Entrance fees unless mentioned
  • Personal insurance & expenses
  • Meals & drinks
  • Gratuities for the guide
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