Spend your time in port exploring historic Avignon and the wineries of Châteauneuf-du-Pape on this full-day private shore excursion from Marseille. Enjoy guided and independent touring through Avignon, a gorgeous medieval town decorated with opulent architecture such as the Pont Saint-Bénézet and Notre-Dame des Doms Cathedral. Visiting the famous Popes’ Palace (own expense) before continuing to Châteauneuf-du-Pape for a lesson in Provençal winemaking and a tasting session.
- Private shore excursion from Marseille to Avignon and Châteauneuf-du-Pape
- Take a walking tour to see top Avignon attractions like Pont Saint-Bénezet and Cathedral Notre-Dame des Doms
- Enjoy free time to explore Avignon at your leisure and visit the striking Popes’ Palace if you wish
- Tour a Châteauneuf-du-Pape estate to learn about the region’s esteemed wines
- Taste two of the estate's best wines during an informative tasting session
- Covered by Viator's worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship
What You Can Expect
Indulge in an 8-hour shore excursion from Marseille to the gorgeous town of Avignon and the prestigious wine estates of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Meet your guide at the cruise terminal in Marseille and take a seat for the hour-long drive through Provence’s magical rolling hills of lavender, almond groves and vineyards to Avignon.
Though Avignon’s history extends back well beyond the 6th century BC, the city is most celebrated as the papal seat during the 14th and 15th centuries, beginning with Pope Clement V in 1309, which incited a flood of money to adorn the ‘City of Popes’ in opulent architecture and art. With your guide, visit Avignon’s fabled Pont Saint-Bénézet, a lovely bridge built more than 900 years ago, and the restored Notre-Dame des Doms Cathedral. Enjoy historic anecdotes as you view the town’s medieval fortifications.
Afterwards, take time to explore town on your own. If you choose, tour the interior of the Popes’ Palace (own expense), the world’s largest Gothic palace and a UNESCO-listed site. Learn about the famous – and often infamous – histories of Avignon’s popes, and see the 25 rooms open to the public, including fresco-adorned chapels, the papal apartments and grand ceremonial rooms.
Next, take a short drive to Châteauneuf-du-Pape, a lovely town in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region surrounded by expansive wine estates. Admire rolling hills laced with vineyards, learn about the local varietals, and stop at a charming winery to sample two fine wines. Chat with the sommelier and discover characteristics of the area’s unique terrior.
Following your wine tour, relax for the short ride back to your cruise terminal in Marseille, where your shore excursion ends in mid-afternoon.