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Aix-en-Provence: Avignon and Roussillon Small Group Tour

1. Aix-en-Provence: Avignon and Roussillon Small Group Tour

Depart Aix-en-Provence and travel to the historic city of Avignon to learn about its papal heritage and marvel at architecture that dates back to the 14th century, such as the impressive Palais des Papes. Take a 1-hour walking tour of the city center to visit the 12th-century cathedral of Notre Dame des Dom. Spend your free time to discover the iconic pope city. Soak up the medieval atmosphere of the narrow streets and pretty squares, and find a host of attractive gardens, churches, and much more. Continue to L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue and get some time at leisure to explore the historic riverside village, known for heritage water wheels and antique dealers. Enjoy lunch at your own expense before going to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Gordes. Drive through the regional park of Luberon to admire the landscapes and get a panoramic view of the hilltop village before arrival. Get some free time to explore the village of Roussillon or go for a nature walk along the colorful Ochre trail.

From Nice: Churches of Provence Private Tour

2. From Nice: Churches of Provence Private Tour

Start with pickup from your hotel in Nice, where you will meet your private guide. Travel to the first site of religious significance on the tour, Thoronet Abbey. Known as the jewel of Cistercian abbeys, it was constructed between 1160 and 1230. Discover the beauty of the abbey's architecture, the cloister, and the perfectly preserved conventual buildings from the 12th century.  Drive to St Maximin and visit the famous Basilica of Saint Mary Magdalene. Explore the largest Gothic church in Provence, which hosts the relics of Mary Magdalene. These relics received official recognition from the Catholic church in 1281. Charles II of Anjou, Count of Provence, decided with the approval and encouragement of Pope Boniface VIII, to build a magnificent basilica in the honor of the saint. Continue towards the city of Avignon and discover the amazing Palace of the Popes. The wealth and the glitter of the pontifical court vanished a long time ago, but the palace still is a monument to papal power in centuries past. Wander through the large halls and rooms of the Palais vieux, the Grand Tinel, the Consistoire, as well as the private rooms of the Popes who were resident here. Enjoy some free time for a lunch at your own expense before driving back to Nice.

From Marseille: The Best of Provence Day Tour

3. From Marseille: The Best of Provence Day Tour

Discover the 14th century seat of the papacy, as you spend some time walking around Avignon. Wander the Palais des Papes, an austere-looking fortress that dominates the city. See for yourself outstanding examples of Gothic architecture in the Petit Palais and the Romanesque Cathedral of Notre-Dame-des-Doms. These complete an exceptional group of monuments that testify to the leading role played by Avignon in 14th-century Christian Europe.  Heading to the small village of Les Baux de Provence in the Alpilles mountain range, see some of the most dramatic scenery in the region. Located on a rocky outcrop, Les Baux de Provence provides a spectacular view of the surrounding valley. Take time at the Senanque Abbey in the middle of the fields of lavender and enjoy visiting the lavender museum in Coustellet where you can learn everything about this relaxing plant.


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What people are saying about Avignon

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 97 reviews


The tour was excellent! The Avignon tour is a great way to get to know each other and the other cities are more beautiful than the other. Time is a little short in each city, but it needs to be to allow time to complete the entire itinerary. I couldn't exclude any city !! Our guide was sensational because she still stopped at a lavender field to take pictures !!

A beautiful Tour !!! Our excellent guide Sebastián shared with us many tips and anecdotes ... very friendly !!! The precious Tour !!! I highly recommend the surroundings of Aix-en-Provence are beautiful !!!!

Covered a lot of area with good amount of free time

Our driver was knowledgeable, we had enough time at each stop. Good tour to see many areas in one day.

Varied visits and full of discoveries.

Our guide adapted to the situations and needs of the participants.