Itinerary by train

From the Alpilles to the Luberon

Marseille - L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue

Salon-de-Provence, Cavaillon and, lastly, L’Isle-sur-Sorgue. On this train ride from the Alpilles to the Luberon, you’ll be amazed by the beauty of Provence and its know-how with a visit to the Savonnerie Marius Fabre, the famous antique markets of L’Isle-du-la-Sorgue and a taste of Cavaillon melon.

ItineraryDuration1 day or more

Visited Places:
L’Isle-sur-Sorgue / Fontaine-de-Vaucluse

Stop 1Salon-de-Provence

Salon-de-Provence, which is 40 minutes by train from Marseille, has managed to keep its very Provencal authenticity. When you arrive at the station, you absorb local know-how with a visit to the Savonnerie Marius Fabre (soap works), a two-minute walk away. The old town, outlined by the 13th-century ramparts, is just a stone’s throw from there. You enter it through the Tour de l’Horloge and the Tour Bourg-neuf. The tour ends in the Maison Nostradamus, where the astrologer who was born in Salon-de-Provence lived in the 16th century.

Stop 2Cavaillon

Next stop: Cavaillon. And Cavaillon means melons: here the master melon producers have perpetuated the secrets of its cultivation since the 19th century. In summer, you can’t wait to bite into one of these delicious fruits. From the station, it will take you 5 minutes to get to Place du Clos, where you can see a Roman arch dating back to the 1st century A.D., the heart of the ancient town. Just next door is the imposing Romanesque Cathédrale Notre-Dame-et-Saint-Véran. Its cloister is a breath of fresh air and very relaxing. Cavaillon also has a rich Jewish heritage: a synagogue – one of the oldest in France, which houses the Musée Juif Comtadin, filled with Hebrew objects and manuscripts.

Stop 3L’Isle-sur-Sorgue / Fontaine-de-Vaucluse

Under 10 minutes later, you get off the train at l’Isle-sur-Sorgue station. It’s just three streets from the old town bounded by the Sorgue, a river which made the town’s history and wealth. To begin with, walk along the banks to see the paddle wheels dotted along the river Sorgue which were used to power the paper and silk mills. In the 19th century, L’Isle-sur-Sorgue was famous for the quality of its sheets. Every Sunday, the Marché à la Brocante is held there and all year round, the Village des Antiquaires de la Gare at the station. This former mill attracts the more curious in search of a good find.

Train Stations

Consult the timetable of the 9 Marseille – Avignon via Cavaillon