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From Avignon: Full-Day Best of Provence Tour

1. From Avignon: Full-Day Best of Provence Tour

Discover the breathtaking beauty of Provence during this guided full-day tour from Avignon. Enjoy the town of Fontaine de Vaucluse and stop in the lavender fields for photos. Go for a walk in St-Rémy-de-Provence and take in the views from Pont du Gard.  Be picked up from a meeting point in Avignon and board a comfortable and air-conditioned van for the scenic drive to Fontaine de Vaucluse. Take in the relaxing atmosphere in this town that is next to a spring at the foot of the Vaucluse Mountains. Admire the Provençal landscapes in of Luberon and have a chance to have a photo stop in lavender fields in summer (from June 15th to July 31st). Head over to Gordes which is listed as "one of the most beautiful villages in France." Walk in the red streets of Roussillon and marvel at panoramic views of the Alpilles in Baux-de-Provence. Take a stroll through the beautiful city of St-Rémy-de-Provence. Stop at the ancient Roman aqueduct Pont du Gard before returning to your meeting point. 

From Avignon: Half-Day Great Vineyards Tour

2. From Avignon: Half-Day Great Vineyards Tour

Discover the wine country of 3 Grand Crus on this 5-hour guided tour in the Côtes du Rhône. The highlights of this renowned wine region include Gigondas, Seguret, and Châteauneuf-du-Pape, whose wines carry the certification of Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC). During your tour you’ll have a chance to admire the beauty of vineyards and the small regional villages dominated by bell towers. You’ll be at the foot of the Dentelles de Montmirail, and in this lovely landscape you’ll learn about wine production and grape varieties. In addition, you’ll have the opportunity to taste some fine wines with a wine specialist. The specialist’s expert knowledge will help make your tasting session a unique and memorable experience.

From Avignon: All Provence in one Day

3. From Avignon: All Provence in one Day

Immerse yourself in the picturesque region of Provence on a comprehensive day trip departing from Avignon. See all of the local highlights, including hilltop villages with colorful homes, historic monuments, and dramatic mountain landscapes. Begin your journey with a visit to the village of Roussillon and its colorful houses. On Thursdays, seize the opportunity to explore the local market. Enjoy a photo stop at the charming village of Gordes, then drive to Fontaine de Vaucluse. Take a walk up to the cave from which the River Sorgues emerges. Stop at the Les Antiques monument in Saint Rémy de Provence to snap some incredible pictures. Have some free time in Les Baux de Provence to explore the medieval fortress, located on a rocky spur in the Alpilles region. Continue to the Pont du Gard and visit the best-preserved aqueduct of the Roman period (from april 1rst, 2023 : the photo stop at les Antiques will be replaced by a stop in the city center of Saint Rémy). Return to Avignon in the middle of the day.

Pont du Gard, Uzès & Nîmes: Half-Day Tour with Entry Fees

4. Pont du Gard, Uzès & Nîmes: Half-Day Tour with Entry Fees

Visit of the charming medieval town of Uzès, founded during the Roman era and the site of an aqueduct that was built to supply the city of Nîmes. The Pont du Gard is the most well-known stretch of the aqueduct left standing. On this 5-hour program, you’ll see the traces of Roman civilization in Uzès as well as substantial monuments from the Middle Ages. Visit the famous 2,000-year-old Pont du Gard, a section of the Roman aqueduct that provided water to Nîmes. The highly photographed bridge was listed by UNESCO in 1985 as a World Heritage Site. You’ll discover the treasures of Nîmes, including the Coliseum that is considered to be second only to the Coliseum in Rome. Its Roman amphitheater is still in use and today has a seating capacity of 10,000.

From Avignon: Half-Day Lavender Tour of Luberon

5. From Avignon: Half-Day Lavender Tour of Luberon

Discover the lavender fields in full bloom in the villages of Luberon on this half-day tour from Avignon.  Enjoy a scenic and picturesque drive through the countryside, full of beautiful purple fields that stretch as far as the eye can see. Your guide will organize many stops in the countryside to take pictures of the fields. Stop in Roussillon for some free time to wander through this typical provençal village. Indulge yourself here with a scoop of lavender ice cream. Stop for panoramic photos from the hilltop village of Gordes, listed as one of "The Most Beautiful Villages in France". Finally, take a quick photo stop at the Cisterian Senanque Abbey, surrounded by lavender fields.

From Avignon: Afternoon Wine Tour Châteauneuf du Pape

6. From Avignon: Afternoon Wine Tour Châteauneuf du Pape

Tucked between the Alps to the east and the Rhone River to the west, Provence is a rich tapestry of natural and manmade wonders. On this tour departing Avignon, you will enjoy a trip to the famous vineyards of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Stop at the ruins of the castle built by the former Popes who relocated the papacy to Avignon in the 14th-Century and used it as their summer residence. Then drive to the vineyards of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, one of the world’s most popular wines. Discover the different grape varietals, such as Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvedre, which give distinctly fruity and spicy wines. The 13 varieties of grapes combined with the various soils create a large palette of complex red wines and elegant white wines. Enjoy two wine-tastings in two of the numerous cellars of the village before going back to Avignon.

Avignon: Full-Day Wine Tour around Châteauneuf-du-Pape

7. Avignon: Full-Day Wine Tour around Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Visit the world-renowned vineyards of Châteauneuf-du-Pape on a full-day excursion from Avignon. Accompanied by a wine specialist guide, visit 4 of the main appellations in the region. Head to the vineyards of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, one of the world’s best-known wines. Discover grapes such as the grenache, the syrah, and the mourvèdre, which give the wines their fruity and spicy tastes. Visit a wine producer and explore their cellars, where you’ll see the barrels used to age wines for up to 24 months. In addition, learn how to taste wines, using your eyes, your nose, and finally your palate.

Avignon: City Walking Tour with Popes Palace Entry

8. Avignon: City Walking Tour with Popes Palace Entry

Climb up to the top of the fortified medieval city walls and discover Avignon in all its beauty. Explore the rich past of Avignon where the papacy was established in the early 14th-century. Follow your guide inside the Pope's Palace, the largest Gothic palace in Europe. Immerse yourself in this maze of galleries, chambers, and chapels. Walk on the cobbled streets to the Place de l'Horloge and find out about the secret of the painted windows. See the town hall with its clock tower and the theater. Your tour will conclude with a glass of Côtes du Rhône wine.

From Avignon: Discover Villages in Luberon

9. From Avignon: Discover Villages in Luberon

This half day tour will take you to one of the most popular area in Provence and south of France: you'll be driven across a very nice landscape with many kinds of crops , vineyards and fruit trees before you stop and discover some of the most picturesque hilltop villages in the Luberon region,villages which rank among the most beautiful villages of France: Roussillon, built on top of an ochre cliff (ochre is a natural pigment which can be found in the soil and which is used for the painting and decoration of the houses): stroll in the narrow streets of this colourfull village, then 15min from there, you'll be at another village, Gordes, entirely built with dry stones coming from the mountain; this village offers an amazing view from its west side and gives the visitor a very good example of a perched village built at the foot of its castle built in the XI century and rebuilt in the XVI century and its church. On Tuesdays, enjoy the provençal market around the castle of Gordes with all the products which are part of Provence, such as fruits, olive oil, wine, goat cheese, lavender, etc.

From Avignon: Best of Luberon in an Afternoon

10. From Avignon: Best of Luberon in an Afternoon

Spend an afternoon discovering the Luberon region's most charming villages. Depart from Avignon in an air-conditioned minibus and explore the picturesque villages of Lacoste, Ménerbes, Roussillon, and Gordes with a guide. From the meeting point in Avignon, set off to the village of Lacoste, once the residence of the Marquis de Sade, for a photo stop. Then, continue to Ménerbes, a village that became famous due to Peter Mayle's book A Year in Provence. Enjoy free time to discover the village. From April 1st, the visit to the village of Menerbes will be replaced by various photo stops of the must-see landscape of Luberon during the tour. On the way to Roussillon, take a look at the Roman bridge Pont Julien, one of the numerous Roman remains in Provence. Arrive in Roussillon and admire how the village is built at the top of an ochre cliff, as well as the ochre-washed façades of its buildings. Next, head toward Gordes, another village erected on the top of a cliff, and discover its fortified castle and church. See the village's typical houses, built from the rock on which they stand, before returning to Avignon.

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based on 968 reviews

We saw so many sights in one day and somehow it didn't seem too rushed. The villages were beautiful. Lea, our guide, was a good driver and very friendly. She gave us a lot of information along the way. My only criticism of her would be that there were a couple of occasions where she would forget a few facts- but I understand that she is new to the tourism industry so that will improve. I'm also thankful that she said she forget, instead of just making stuff up. Everything considered I would 100% recommend this tour.

our guide, Florence, made the tour an unforgettable experience. She explained all issues with a deep knowledge and in an interesting way. she had an excellent English. She was very attentive to our questions and wishes. the tour was well organized, has good balance between the the visiting time and the ride to them. the car was comfortable and suited the number of passengers.

Very nice activity! I recommend for anyone with little time to visit Provence. Our guide was excellent! As we were in low season, we were only 2 in the activity. Our guide was kind enough to personalize our visits according to our tastes and the season.

Great guide Lucile and activity! We really enjoyed the tour to Avignon and Beaux. Very punctual and comfortable car. The guide was very kind and helpful.

The guide was kind, well-studied, and I understood the historical background very well. Also, the French guide's English was almost perfect.