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  • Location:Avignon, France
  • Duration:4-5 hours
Delve into Provence and discover Roman architecture and winemaking heritage on this 4- to 5-hour day trip to Orange and Châteauneuf-du-Pape from Avignon. Follow your guide through the UNESCO World Heritage-listed town of Orange. Admire top attractions such as the mighty Triumphal Arch and the Roman amphitheater. Travel by air-conditioned minivan through the rolling vineyards of the Rhône Valley, where grapes like Grenache flourish. Visit a local wine cellar in Châteauneuf-du-Pape for a tasting session and enjoy personal attention from your guide on this small-group tour, limited to eight people.

Highlights

  • 4- to 5-hour trip to Orange and Châteauneuf-du-Pape from Avignon
  • Marvel at the Triumphal Arch and the Roman amphitheater in UNESCO-listed Orange
  • Explore the vineyards of the Rhône Valley with your guide
  • Enjoy panoramic views over the French countryside from the castle at Châteauneuf-du-Pape
  • Visit a local wine cellar and enjoy a tasting session of the region’s famous wines
  • Tour includes round-trip travel from your hotel in Avignon
  • Small-group tour limited to 8 people ensures a personalized experience with your guide

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Widely considered home to some of Europe’s best-preserved Roman architecture, the UNESCO-listed town of Orange is the jewel in the crown of Provence! Follow your guide through the town and marvel at the ancient sites you find.

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What You Can Expect

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

Explore Orange and Chateauneuf-du-Pape on your 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.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Great tour. Our tour guide Emilie was very informative and sweet. She picked us up from the hotel and we saw Orange and the vineyards of Chateauneuf de Pape and had a very nice wine tasting at one of the wineries. I recommend this tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Money well spent!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

The Roman arch and ancient theater in Orange are wonderfully preserved and important to see. The theater has a very good audio guide that comes with the tour. We enjoyed the tastings at the working winery and also the visit to ruins of the Pope's old chateau. Our guide Julian was excellent, fun, helpful.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2014

It was good, and the tour guide quite helpful. I really would have preferred to have a wine tasting at several wineries in Chateauneuf du Pape, but that was not an option.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Wine and antiquity. What a combination! We thought the tour was fantastic.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

Virginia was our tour guide and she was WONDERFUL! We loved our experience. Thank you!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2013

Excellent tour. Vanessa was a great guide and tour was pitched just right to cover a lot without rushing

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2012

Extremely enjoyable - a really helpful guide and a very good tasting at CNduP but the theatre at Orange was magnificent well worth the money

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2012

My wife and I enjoyed this trip very much. Our tour guide was wonderful (our 2nd trip with her) and knowledgable. We think that such short or full day trips are the best way to see many local sites in an efficient, comfortable and relaxed way.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2012

Tour guide was professional, cheerful, engaging, and knowledgeable about the sites visited. The tour was conducted promptly (pick up and drop off, keeping to schedule). The size of the group was just right (8, including our party). I would highly recommend this tour and the guide, Virginie. We had a wonderful time.

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