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  • Location: Marseille, France
  • Duration:  10 hours (approx.)
Discover the delights of Provence on this full-day tour from Marseille, and enjoy scenic countryside, heritage and history, and fine wines! With an expert local guide, you’ll travel by minivan into the heart of this beautiful region. Explore Avignon, the City of Popes, on a walking tour and see the eye-catching Popes' Palace. Visit the village of Châteauneuf-du-Pape to sample its famously well-bodied wines in a prestigious chateau, and then spend time at leisure relaxing in pretty Les Baux de Provence village.

Numbers are limited to eight on this small-group tour ensuring you’ll see the best of Provence with personalized attention from your guide.

Highlights

  • Full-day highlights of Provence tour from Marseille with an expert local guide
  • Discover Avignon on a walking tour and see the 14th-century Popes' Palace
  • Visit the village of Châteauneuf-du-Pape to tour a chateau and sample its acclaimed wine
  • Marvel at the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Pont du Gard – a Roman aqueduct near Nimes
  • Explore pretty Les Baux de Provence independently and admire picture-perfect views
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of eight people ensures a more personalized experience

What You Can Expect

Best of Provence Day Trip from Marseille: Avignon, Chateauneuf-du-Pape and Les Baux de Provence

Pont du Gard in Provence

Meet your guide at Marseille Vieux Port and head inland by minivan, passing through picturesque Provencal countryside in the direction of Avignon – just over an hour away. Known as the City of Popes, Avignon was once home to a succession of 14th- and 15th-century French popes who lavished the city with grand architectural gestures. On a walking tour, see several monuments from the city’s heyday, like the Pont Saint-Bénezet – a striking medieval bridge – and the impressive Popes’ Palace (Palais des Papes) which you can visit (own expense).

After a break for lunch (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.

Continue your tour by minivan, heading toward the Chaîne des Alpilles mountain range. On the way, stop to admire the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Pont du Gard – a well-preserved Roman aqueduct that once supplied the city of Nimes with water. The last stop of your day is Les Baux de Provence, a charming medieval village perched high on a rocky hill where you’ll have time to spend at leisure. Admire dramatic views over the lush Provencal countryside and amble around the cobblestone streets gazing at the city's old fortress ruins (admission to the fortress is at your own expense).

After soaking up the delights of Les Baux de Provence, meet your guide for your journey back to Marseille. Your tour finishes back at Marseille Vieux Port in the early evening.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

A truly wonderful and awe inspiring tour. A MUST if you're in Marseille. Marseille is such a large industrial city with a historical port, so the contrast of visiting the small provincial villages and towns that look like a postcard was the highlight. I highly, highly recommend it. Safe vehicles, friendly and informative guides, easy booking process. Be SURE to reconfirm the tour one day prior because the TIME of your tour could be different than what you originally booked, those changes can occur due to other groups of people being picked up from different locations.
Viator - I would suggest that you consider a more time in Avignon. 1 hour and 15 minutes is not enough time! Perhaps skip Chateauneuf-du-Pape as it was just a wine shop visit of 1 1/2hrs that could have been spent in Avignon.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2013

The trip was amazing and our guide was exceptional. It was a great way to see this amazing part of the country. I really had a nice time and highly recommend the trip.

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