- Full-day private tour to Avignon and Châteauneuf-du-Pape from Marseille
- See top Avignon attractions like Pont St-Bénezet and Cathedral Notre-Dame des Domes on a walking tour
- Explore Popes’ Palace if you wish and admire its striking Gothic architecture
- Visit a Châteauneuf-du-Pape estate and learn about the region’s esteemed wines
- Sample two of the chateau’s best Châteauneuf-du-Pape wines during a tasting session
What You Can Expect
On a walking tour, see several monuments that date back to these times, like the Point St-Bénezet – the elegant bridge immortalized in the French children’s song Sur le pont d’Avignon – and Cathedral Notre-Dame des Domes. Hear tales of history from your guide and admire the city’s restored medieval ramparts as you wander around the center.
Spend the rest of your time in Avignon exploring independently and visiting any sites you wish. Perhaps visit Popes’ Palace (Palais des Papes) to learn more about the power, prestige and corruption of Avignon’s papal heritage. Entrance to this incredible Gothic palace is at your own expense; once inside you can see more than 20 different rooms, including the pope’s private chambers, and see beautiful frescoes and architecture.
After a break for lunch in town (own expense), leave Avignon by minivan and head to a wine estate in the prestigious Châteauneuf-du-Pape region. On a tour of the wine estate, learn about the terroir (characteristics of the local environment) that influences the taste and color of Châteauneuf-du-Pape wines, and then sample two of the best, noting the deep yet well-balanced flavors that make these exquisite red and white wines so prized.
Your tour finishes back at your Marseille hotel in the early evening.