Avignon, Les Baux de Provence and Chateauneuf-du-Pape Day Trip from Aix-en-Provence

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Avignon, Les Baux de Provence and Chateauneuf-du-Pape Day Trip from Aix-en-Provence information and booking

from
$145
Duration
10 hours
Departs from
Central Aix-en-Provence, near the tourism office
Returns to
Returns to original departure point
Time of departure
9am
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Tour description provided by Viator

Visit two stunning Provencal towns and a winery on this full-day tour from Aix-en-Provence! Start your day at leisure in Les Baux de Provence, admiring the soft-hued countryside that surrounds the cliff-top village, and then head north to Avignon, passing the UNESCO-listed Pont du Garde aqueduct on the way. Learn about Avignon’s papal history on a walking tour, seeing highlights like Popes’ Palace and Pont St-Bénezet, and then finish with a tour and wine-tasting session inside a Châteauneuf-du-Pape winery.

Meet your guide in central Aix-en-Provence and head by minibus to Les Baux de Provence. Perched atop of a craggy rock overlooking the countryside, this medieval village boasts views that have graced a thousand postcards, and is home to some impressive history, as well. Hear all about it from your guide as you travel, and then spend time at leisure in the village, soaking up its ambiance and perhaps paying a visit to its old fortress ruins (admission at your own expense).

Continue north by minibus and stop for photos by Pont du Gard, a UNESCO World Heritage-listed Roman aqueduct that once supplied the ancient city of Nimes with water. A short distance away is the city of Avignon, which you’ll visit next on a walking tour. Known as the City of Popes (Cité des Papes), Avignon was once home to a succession of 14th- and 15th-century French popes who lavished the city with grand architectural gestures. While exploring with your guide, see several such monuments, like the Pont St-Bénezet – a striking medieval bridge – and the impressive Popes’ Palace (Palais des Papes) which you can visit (own expense).

After a break for lunch in town (own expense), head to Châteauneuf-du-Pape village, in the heart of the country’s Rhône Valley. The name ‘Châteauneuf-du-Pape’ also applies to the appellation (wine-making region) in which the village lies, and you’ll taste several of its famous wines on a tour of a wine estate here. See the vineyards and cellars while learning about the region’s viniculture from your guide.

Having soaked up the delights of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, meet your guide for your journey back to Aix-en-Provence. Your tour finishes back at the start point in the early evening.

What's included

  • Professional guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned coach
  • Walking tour of avignon
  • Wine-tasting session

What isn't included

  • Entrance fees: les baux de provence fortress ruins and popes' palace
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities (optional)