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From Avignon: Châteauneuf du Pape Afternoon Wine Tour

1. From Avignon: Châteauneuf du Pape Afternoon Wine Tour

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 combine a tour of its Roman heritage with a trip to the famous vineyards of Châteauneuf-du-Pape.  Start your afternoon wine-tasting tour with the village of Gigondas. Located at the foot of the Dentelles de Montmirail hill range, the vineyard covers an area of 12 km² and the wines produced belong to the Crus of the southern Côtes du Rhône.  The Grenache noir expresses its full flavor in glimmering red wines with pronounced tannins, a robust body, and a solid propensity for aging. Afterward, 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 a wine-tasting in one of the numerous cellars of the village before going back to Avignon.

From Avignon: Provence Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

2. From Avignon: Provence Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

Enjoy a scenic tour of Provence and see some of its most beautiful sites in one day. The 10-hour tour takes in the well-preserved Roman aqueduct of Le Pont du Gard, built in the 1st century BC as part of the Nîmes aqueduct from Uzès to Nemausus (now Nîmes). Drive to the rocky outcrop of Les Baux de Provence in the Alpilles mountains. Stroll the historic center to see a beautiful 16th-century house and Romanesque buildings. Continue to Saint Rémy de Provence to explore the remains of the Roman city of Glanum, including a triumphal arch set in an olive grove that inspired Van Gogh. After some free time for lunch, you will visit Roussillon, famous for its red and yellow ochre cliffs. Enjoy panoramic views of Gordes, considered by many to be one of the most beautiful villages in France. Drive to Fontaine de Vaucluse, walk up to the cave from which the River Sorgues emerges. This impressive resurgence spring hasn't revealed its secrets yet and many speleologists have searched in vain the exact depth of the well. On Sundays only, enjoy L’Isle sur la Sorgue, a village famous for antique shops and the weekly open air market which is one of the most colorful and typical in the Provence.  

From Avignon: Discover Villages in Luberon

3. 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 Marseille: Provence Sightseeing Tour & Wine Tasting

4. From Marseille: Provence Sightseeing Tour & Wine Tasting

Explore some of the historic sites of Provence on a full-day minibus tour from Marseille, starting with the medieval city of Avignon. Drive along the docks between the Rhône River and historic city walls, looking at the Saint-Benezet Bridge made famous by the children's song, “Sur le Pont d'Avignon.” See the impressive Palais des Papes (Popes' Palace), the site of the Papacy in the 14th century before their return to Rome. Sample the wines of the Rhône River valley in the legendary village of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, boasting a castle ruin that overlooks the vineyards of the Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation. Visit the cellar of a winery for a complimentary wine-tasting session. Next, drive to the Pont du Gard to see the remains of the Roman aqueduct that supplied water to the city of Nîmes. Continue to the Alpilles Mountains to visit the lofty village of Les Baux de Provence, located on a rocky spur overlooking the valley. Take an unforgettable journey back to the Middle Ages at Les Baux, before your return journey to Marseille.

Lavender Fields: Half-Day Sault Tour from Avignon

5. Lavender Fields: Half-Day Sault Tour from Avignon

Enjoy this half-day excursion dedicated to the blue gold of Provence, lavender. Drive north of Avignon in the direction of the highest mountain in Provence, Le Mont Ventoux! Then head in the direction of the village of Sault, the capital of lavender. Admire the breathtaking beauty of the lavender fields in bloom. Take some free time in Sault to wander the area, and experience shopping in lavender shops. Take the opportunity to taste local specialties such as the nougat produced in the village with lavender, honey, and almonds. Stop by a lavender producer during the distillation period to learn about all the process, and discover how to use the essential oil of lavender. During your tour, make the most of the varied photo stops around Sault, and in picturesque lavender fields.

From Avignon: Treasures of Provence Full-Day Tour

6. From Avignon: Treasures of Provence Full-Day Tour

Spend the day exploring the beauty of Provence. Head to Orange where you will take a panoramic tour of the city and visit the Roman theater, one of the best-preserved in the world (entrance fee included). Then take a sightseeing tour in the vineyards of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Hear explanations about "terroir," grape varieties and wine tasting at a winery and learn about vinification and storing wines.  On Thursdays, visit the traditional market in Orange; on Saturdays visit the market in Arles (from April 1, 2019, the visit and the stop in Orange will be replaced by a wine tasting in the village of Gigondas).  Continue to St Remy de Provence. Stop at the roman monuments and sites painted by Van Gogh, who spent 1 year at the mental hospital close to the roman monuments. See les Baux de Provence, a picturesque medieval village built on a rocky spur in the Alpilles mountains. In Arles, take a walking tour to the Roman and medieval monuments and the sites painted by Van Gogh during the time he lived in the city between 1888 and 1889, including the inspiration for the yellow house, the garden at the hospital and the night café.

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What people are saying about Avignon

Overall very nice tour with lots to see. The only comment is a choice of timing: we arrived very early to Les Baux village - all shops and restaurants were still closed and starting to open; and then we arrived to Avignon around 13:00, so some of restaurants were going to close for a day-rest break in an hour or so and only touristy bistros were opened (not what I enjoy).. For wine tastes can differ, so I will not say enything here. But otherwise it was a very interesting journey if you like historical places and a feel of Provance. I am glad I went and would recommend.

If you like wine this is a must to try. Christian was an amazing and patient guide and he took extra time for us at the end to explain why Châteauneuf du Pape is unique in its way-it is made out of 13 different grapes. Plus he told us some funny local stories of the Pope which added an extra smiles to the trip. We saw 2 wine producers and got some wine tasting lesson to compare the wines between each other. You could understand better why wine is important in the French culture. It is a whole science behind it. Warmly recommend it.

Disappointed the driver only took us for a quick photo shot of Gordes and didn't take us into the city. That was the main reason to take the tour in the first place. Spent too much time at Rossullion. Time spent at both villages should have been the other way around! She was more worried about getting back for her afternoon tour

We had a fantastic day exploring the best sites/towns in Provence with an equally fantastic tour guide. Sylvia was incredibly friendly and knowledgeable. I would highly recommend this tour for anyone wanting to see the highlights of this region.

Wonderful guide. Very knowledgeable about the region and the wine. Two good stops for tasting and a brief stop at th Chateau ruins for the view. Highly recommended