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  • Location:Avignon, France
  • Duration:6 hours (approx.)

Provence Afternoon Half-Day Trip from Avignon

Journey back in time to Provence of centuries past on this half-day tour from Avignon. Visit the UNESCO-listed Pont du Gard, a towering Roman aqueduct, and the rugged hilltop village of Les Baux de Provence to wander and explore key sites like St Vincent Church, the Hôtel des Porcelets and the ruins of Baux’s medieval castle, then continue to other perched villages like beautiful Gordes and Rousillion (this stop available with upgrade).


  • 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

Your 6-hour tour begins with afternoon pickup by comfortable minivan from your Avignon hotel. Enjoy sun-kissed river views as you arrive at your first stop, the UNESCO-listed Pont du Gard. Considered an ancient work of art, this three-tiered construction is the highest of all elevated Roman aqueducts. View the perfectly preserved masterpiece of ancient engineering and the rushing Gardon River below.

Next, head south to the Les Baux de Provence – a fortified medieval village carved straight from the limestone-rich earth. Meander through the narrow stone streets to view the many original 16th-century houses, the labyrinthine ruins of the Château de Baux and other main attractions such as the Museum of Santons and St Vincent Church. From this lofty vantage point, spot other hilltop towns that decorate the the landscape like the gorgeous village of Gordes – which is your next stop!

Tumbling down the hillside in waves of white stone and terracotta, Gordes is a masterpiece of stone architecture. Tour Gorde’s charming shops and markets, visit the reconstructed medieval castle and enjoy more sweeping vistas of the Luberon valley.

If you’ve purchased the standard tour, you’ll return to your Avignon hotel from Gordes. Upgrade your excursion to visit the stunning village of Roussillon for an unforgettable look at the region’s famous ochre cliffs, painted in swathes of red and yellow. Grab any last souvenirs before heading back to Avignon, where your tour ends in the evening. 

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

A fabulous itinerary. My only suggestion would be to make it a full day tour with more time especially at the castle. The guide was excellent.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Went to beautiful sights in Provence while staying in Avignon. The tour was the highlight.

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!

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