THURSDAY : ISLE SUR SORGUE - FONTAINE
DE VAUCLUSE - GORDES
During the morning : visit of l'Isle sur la
It is one of those places in Provence that one has to see.
Its colors are nature's green and the bright reflection of the water
shining from the several canals running through its center. The river
Sorgue surrounds the city as if to hug it. Walking along the canals
you will notice how they run between the narrow ancient streets. There
are little bridges to cross and great wheels to look at with mossy blades
turning in the river. Long ago, the silk and paper industries used those
great wheels in the river for manufacturing their local products.
The town worse a visit for itself and antique lovers and art collectors
will be gratified by the nearly 300 permanent antique dealers and second
hand shops here. l'Isle sur la Sorgue is actually the capital of antique
shops in the south of France.
The traditional market takes place in the main streets
(not to confuse with the antique market occurring on Sundays)
Lunch wityh the advice of your guide in Fontaine de Vaucluse
It is a medieval village tucked in a "closed valley"
(= vaucluse) at the southwestern corner of the mountainous Plateau de
Vaucluse. The key feature of Fontaine-de-Vaucluse is the truly amazing
and unique sight of the high and steep cliff where the river Sorgue
gushes up out of the ground (not all the time though). (15 min. walk)
But a few meters down, the river takes it sources from many springs.
Then, the river settles down to a wide expanse in front of dams and
waterwheels, passing under the bridge at the center of the village.
The banks of the river are lined with overhanging trees, parks, houses
with lovely gardens.
It is a wonderful place to have a lunch : this touristic village offers
a wide range of restaurants.
Let's continue towards Gordes : This
very beautiful old village is perched on the southern edge of the high
Plateau de Vaucluse. It seems to be an unbelievable "stone cascade"
: the stone houses are built in tight against the base of the cliffs
and others are perched on the rocks above, and all together are topped
by a 12th-century castle.
In a rocky valley behind the village is located the
renown Cistercian abbey of Senanque offering an outstanding
Between the sites, your driver-guide will explain you
many things about the history, the tradition, the natural environment...
You will be able to stop as much as you want to take pictures, to taste
local products or just to breathe the fabulous scents of the provencal
8:00am Pick up at your hotel or ship in Marseille
9:00 Visit Isle sur la sorgue and its market
11:15 Walk along the banks of the river to reach the spring of Fontaine de Vaucluse
Lunch with the advice of your guide
01:15pm Visit Gorges and view on its remarkable medieval abbey
03:00 Drive back
04:00 Drop off