Seniors Head for The Luberon

There is a region in southern France called The Luberon.  It is one of this senior’s favorite areas in all of France outside of Paris.  I have told my wife for years…”If ever you can’t find me, look for me in Provence.”  Still true.  Find Aix-en-Provence on this map of Provence.  I spent several weeks in Aix on a study program with Oberlin College after I graduated from Cornell College.

The region offers spectacular countryside that overflows with vineyards, “village perchés”, and fields of lavender in all directions.  It is the land of Van Gogh and Cézanne and their palettes that were always full of fresh brilliant colors.

I chose this area of France to share with you because it is dear to me.  I spent a summer at Harvard studying with a world famous professor named Dr. Laurence Wylie, who chose the Luberon to repose, enjoy the warm sun, eat well and live out his retirement years.  He lived in the village of Lourmarin.  When he was younger he spent a good deal of time living in Roussillon with his family and wrote a book that I still cherish called “Village en Vaucluse.”  Now I’ll give you senior travelers a host of good reasons to get with your travel agent and  plan a trip to The Luberon.

Provence At Its Finest

In the most complete guide on the area you will be able to plan where to stay, where to shop at the many outdoor markets and more specifically how to find the many small villages.  On one of my trips to France as a Tour Group Leader for Elderhostel, I encountered three senior women who were village-hopping for three weeks. They would spend one entire day in a different village just soaking up the culture, good food and ambiance. Rick Steves would like to give you a personal tour of the Villages Perchés (hill towns) in the area. You’ll find that it’s just one cool village after another.

Best Tour for Seniors

 Senior travelers, would you like to take a small group tour of Provence?  Here’s one called The “Luberon Experience” that has dates set for 2013 and it sounds like an outstanding organization.  The Luberon Experience was just selected by National Geographic Traveler magazine as one of their 50 Tours of a Lifetime for 2012.  It was identified as one of the best tours in the world, “designed for experience, immersion, sustainability, and cultural connection.”

Cathy and Charlie Wood, founder and leader of The Luberon Experience state, “We wanted The Luberon Experience to be the type of tour we’d like to go on: a tour that feels like traveling with knowledgeable and fun friends, a tour that includes places and experiences you couldn’t find on your own… a tour that doesn’t seem like a tour. We wanted our travelers to experience the Luberon– not just visit it.”

More on southern France, Provence and specifically the Luberon tomorrow…jeb



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