4.5 star rating: Recommended 68 Reviews

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  • Location: Avignon, France
  • Duration:  6 hours (approx.)
Delve into rural France and discover stunning scenery and Roman history on this half-day trip through Provence from Avignon. Travel along the Gardon River to the UNESCOlisted Pont du Gard Aqueduct. Explore the cobbled streets of Les Baux de Provence with your guide and admire top attractions like St Vincent Church, the Museum of Santons and the Hotel des Porcelets. Discover the village of Gordes and enjoy panoramic views over the Provençal countryside. Upgrade your tour to visit Roussillon, a village nestled deep in the Luberon regional park.

Highlights

  • 6-hour tour through Provence from Avignon
  • Admire the 1st-century Pont du Gard, a UNESCO World Heritagelisted Roman aqueduct spanning the Gardon River
  • Explore the hilltop village of Les Baux de Provence with your guide
  • Discover top attractions such as the Museum of Santons, the Hotel des Porcelets and St Vincent Church
  • Visit the village of Gordes, widely considered among France’s most beautiful villages
  • Upgrade your tour to visit Roussillon in the Luberon regional park
  • Tour includes round-trip travel by 8-seat minivan from your hotel in Avignon

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

With your guide and driver on hand to show the way, discover some of southern France’s finest gems. Marvel at the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Pont du Gard Aqueduct and explore the pretty village of Les Baux de Provence.

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What You Can Expect

Provence Afternoon Half-Day Trip from Avignon

Discover the best of Provence during your half-day trip from Avignon

Meet your guide and hop into your air-conditioned minivan at your hotel in Avignon, then travel out of the city deep into the rural heart of Provence. With outstanding natural beauty, fascinating history and vibrant culture to discover, Provence is widely considered among France’s biggest draws.

Visit the Pont du Gard, a UNESCO World Heritagelisted Roman aqueduct dating back to the 1st century. Spanning the mighty Gardon River, the Pont du Gard is widely considered among the finest pieces of Roman architecture in Europe.

Continue on to Les Baux de Provence — a fortified hilltop village set upon a rocky limestone outcrop 804 feet (245 meters) high. Follow your guide along winding cobbled streets to top attractions like the Museum of Santons, the Hotel des Porcelets and St Vincent Church, and admire the village’s many beautiful 16th-century houses. Take in panoramic views over nearby villages such as Gordes and Luberon from a vantage point on the high hillside.

Head on to the tiered village of Gordes, constructed in dry stone and considered by many to be among the most beautiful villages in France. Enjoy spectacular views over the Sorgue River and the 11th-century castle, and listen as your guide talks of the village’s fascinating past.

Upgrade your tour and continue on to Roussillon, famous for the attractive ochre color in the clay surrounding the village. Drive out through the Luberon regional park, known for its beautiful countryside and picturesque villages.

When it’s time to depart Rousillon, hop back aboard your minivan for the return journey to your hotel in Avignon, where your tour of Provence will come to an end.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

I highly recommend this tour for people who only have half day to explore Provence.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

I took this half-day tour with 8 others in a mini-bus. Our driver and guide, Marc was very informative about Provence and chatted about it on our way to three sites: Pont du Gard, and the delightful villages of Gordes and Les Baux de Provence. For me the highlight was Pont du Gard which I have wanted to see for a long time, built by the Romans as part of the aqueduct serving Nimes. The two villages contrast each other and were memorable. Sufficient time was allowed for us to explore each of the sites and Marc gave us good advice regarding what to see as we independently explored the sites. Our tour was on a Monday so it omitted the village of Rousillon, which was a pity, but I only had the Monday free in Avignon. There is around 1 hour driving between each of the sites but this time was used by Marc to impart knowledge of Provence and to answer questions. This was a good tour, considering the time limit of half a day. The tour left me feeling hungry to see more of Provence, and a full-day tour might have been better if I had had the time but at least I did get the flavour of the place and had a good time. Marc advised us that private tours can be taken and these can be tailored around the wishes of the clients - not a bad idea.
Visited June 2015

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Best tour of our trip! Worth doing when in Avignon!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

It was exactly what I was looking for; transport, a little local info and time to explore independently.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Julien, our guide was superb!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

An excellent afternoon tour of Provence, stopping at various places on the way to walk around and take photographs.A very informative and pleasant driver/guide. Really worth the money!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

The half day tour of Provence was excellent. We were picked up at the appropriate time and the travel guide was knowledgeable and friendly. There is, however, always the dilemma between seeing a host of different, interesting sights versus the actual amount of time being allowed to appreciate all those sights. Whilst we loved the tour as a whole, we did feel that we were time pressured and would perhaps have liked, say half an hour longer at each stop. Altogther, though, we would recommend this wholeheartedly to other travellers.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Our best day in Avignon was this tour of the small outlying villages. Be sure to include Rousillon in your itinerary--beautiful orange and yellow ochre stone, charming village, and lavender ice cream. Gordes is so picturesque you could spend a whole day there, though we just had an hour visit. Our favorite village was Les Baux with its medieval chateau, impressive bauxite rock formations, and caves. We went back after the tour to see the art and light show in the caves -- wonderful! Our guide was Nicolas, who was so friendly and informative and helpful!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

This was really fun. It was a good group and a very good guide. The sights were wonderful.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

Enjoyed every village and especially the commentary from out tour guide. Great value for money.

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