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  • Location: Aix-en-Provence, France
  • Duration:  10 hours (approx.)
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.

Highlights

  • Full-day Provence tour from Aix-en-Provence
  • Spend time at leisure in Les Baux de Provence soaking up its stunning views
  • Stop for photos by the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Pont du Gard
  • Explore Avignon on a walking tour and see attractions like Pont St-Bénezet and Popes’ Palace
  • Visit a winery in Châteauneuf-du-Pape for a tour and wine-tasting session
  • Transport by air-conditioned minibus

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What You Can Expect

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

Visit the vineyards of Chateauneuf-du-Pape from Aix-en-Provence

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.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

lovely tour, lovely guide julien, highly recommended - even to those who don't like tours, like me!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

We were the lucky ones, we had the tour to ourselves. The guide / driver was very pleasant and knowledgeable. We were given time at each of our stops to look around and the only thing I would say is that if you really have an interest in the subject the time is too short, the museum at the Pont du Gard is really good and I could have spent at least one more hour just understanding how the canals/ aquaducts was built, same with the palace of the popes, but that said I enjoyed the trip as well as the variety of sightseeing for the day,
Would definitely recommend taking this tour.

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