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$131.30 Day Trips & Excursions

Avignon to Orange, Les Baux de Provence and Arles Day Trip

Driving tour in the vineyards between Orange and Chateauneuf-du-Pape and stop for a wine tasting in a cellar. You will try the most prestigious red wine in the Rhone valley and visit the winery founded in Chateauneuf-du-Pape 100 years ago. In a traditional shop, you will find a wide range of wines and provencal specialties to buy. Stop at the Antiques of Saint Remy de Provence (Triumphal Arch and funeral monument) among olive trees, landscape painted several times by Van Gogh.Visit Les Baux de Provence, a village set upon a rock at 245 meters high and in the spectacular historical center, see the museum of santons, the Hotel des Porcelets, beautiful 16th century houses, the St Vincent Church.Lastly, a walking tour of Arles, with it's rich architectural heritage, the famous Roman amphitheater and theatre, the Romanesque Cathedral and the famous places painted by Van Gogh, including La maison jaune, Le café la nuit and Le jardin de l'hotel Dieu.Free time for lunch and market in Orange (on Thursdays) and Arles (on Saturdays). The order of visit will then change accordingly.From April, 2017, you will enjoy the audiovisual show in the Carrieres de Lumieres (Quarry of Light): reproductions of famous paintings are displayed on the walls of the quarry while music is on. The show is closed in January and February, more time will be allowed in the village of Les Baux during this period.From April 1st 2019, the visit and stop in Orange will be replaced by a wine tasting in Gigondas.

$77.64 Day Trips & Excursions

Orange and Châteauneuf-du-Pape Small-Group Day Trip

Meet your guide during a pickup at your hotel in Avignon, then hop aboard your air-conditioned minivan for the 30-minute journey to the nearby town of Orange. Founded by the Romans in the 1st century, the UNESCO World Heritage town of Orange is widely considered home to some of the most impressive Roman architecture in Europe. On arrival in Orange, follow your guide on a tour of the town and its Roman monuments. Discover top attractions such as the Triumphal Arch — a powerful symbol of the glory of ancient Rome — and admire the magnificent Roman amphitheater, considered by many to be the best-reserved Roman theater in existence. Visit on a Thursday and perhaps explore the local market, time permitting. Leave Orange behind and head on through the vineyards of the Rhône Valley, where grape varieties such as Cinsault, Grenache and Counoise thrive in the mineral-rich soil. Listen as your guide details the region’s rich winemaking heritage and stop for panoramic views of the Rhône Valley from the hilltop castle at Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Enjoy a wine-tasting session in a cellar in Châteauneuf-du-Pape and gain insight into the delicate flavors the grapes produce in the wine. After a little free time to browse a traditional shop for souvenirs, hop back aboard your minivan for the return journey to Avignon, where your tour will conclude.From April 2019, the visit and stop in Orange will be replaced by a wine tasting in Gigondas.

$77.64 Day Trips & Excursions

Small-Group Wine-Tasting Day Trip from Avignon

Following a morning pickup in Avignon, meet your guide and hop aboard your air-conditioned minivan for the journey deep into the rolling hills of the Rhône Valley. The fertile, sun-drenched soils around Avignon offer perfect conditions for growing grapes, and wine has been produced in the region since Roman times.Stop at the vineyards in the Châteauneuf-du-Pape winemaking territories and listen as your guide explains how grape varieties including Grenache, Cinsault and Counoise flourish. Gain insight into the age-old winemaking techniques in operation and enjoy panoramic views from the cellars over the Rhône Valley’s castles and mansions — many of which date from the 17th and 18th centuries.Explore the cool cellars — where wine sits slowly maturing in barrels — then enjoy a tasting session of some of the wines produced. Listen as your guide details the complex flavors and scents at play in your glass, then sip the wine to identify them yourself.Enjoy one wine-tasting in a winery as well as a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Roman amphitheater in Orange. Built early in the 1st century AD, the amphitheatre is widely considered the most impressive in Europe.After approximately four hours exploring the rolling vineyards of the Rhône Valley, hop back aboard your minivan for the return journey to Avignon, where your tour will come to an end.

$652.04 Day Trips & Excursions

Avignon to Orange, Chateauneuf du Pape Half-Day Private Tour

Meet your guide and head out of Avignon to visit one of the most ancient aqueducts from the Roman world. Take a walking tour in a beautiful setting over the Pont du Gard, a UNESCO World Heritage site and build over the Gard river. Be sure to take plenty of photos before driving to the ancient Roman city of Orange for a panoramic tour of the main monuments, triumphal arch and antique theater, another site on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Enjoy some free time in Orange.After seeing the Roman sites, discover the village of Châteauneuf du Pape and its vineyards for a wine tasting session with a professional sommelier. In castle and cellars formerly used by the Romans and the popes, taste four wines from Châteauneuf du Pape in each session, including red and white wines. Your tour will end when you arrive back in Avignon.

$79.92 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Provence Pont du Gard and Wine Tasting Tour from Avignon

Meet your guide in the afternoon at 2:30pm in Avignon and let's go back in time to the 1st century by visiting two wonders of the ancient world : the famous aqueduct, Pont du Gard and one of the most beautiful and best preserved Roman Theaters in the city of Orange.After exploring those two wonders, you have the opportunity to finish your tour with a great wine tasting in the legendary Chateauneuf du Pape. There, you will enrich you knowledge about wine production, grapes varieties, diversity of the soil and climate. You will learn how to truly taste and appreciate wine. At the end of your tour, your guide will drop you off to your original departure place in Avignon.Please note that entry fees to Roman theatre and Pont du Gard are not included in price.Wine tasting is included in price.

$719.30 Day Trips & Excursions

Provence and Chateauneuf-du-Pape Wine Tour from Marseille

After being picked up at your hotel in Marseille, depart for the ancient pope city of Avignon to discover the bridge and historic center with your guide or visit the pope palace by yourself. Admire the famous Avignon Bridge, walk up to the Rock of the Doms and gardens to enjoy a panoramic view on Pope city. Explore narrow streets, cathedral, town hall square and church with your guide or you can decide to visit the Pope Palace with audio-guide on your own.Drive to the most ancient aqueduct of the roman world, the pont du Gard bridge built in the 1st century. Next drive through the Rhône valley to reach the roman city of Orange. Enjoy free time for lunch, then discover the antic theater and the triumphal arch built to celebrate the victory of Cesar. The next place will offer you the opportunity to walk in the path of the popes and taste delicious red and white wines in old cellars. Visit of the medieval village of Chateauneuf du Pape before you finally make a stop in a chocolate maker's shop and workshop.