Step back in time on a full-day historic tour of Provence from Avignon. Admire the Provençal countryside, blanketed in vineyards and lavender fields, as you travel to Orange to view feats of Roman architecture and Châteauneuf-du-Pape to sample fine local wine. View the UNESCO-listed Pont du Gard, a protected Roman aqueduct, and visit the rocky perched towns of Les Baux de Provence, Roussillon and Gordes, widely consider France’s most beautiful village.
Tour of Provence from Avignon
Visit the 1st-century Roman town of Orange with your guide
Admire top attractions such as the Triumphal Arch and the Roman theater
Drive through the Châteauneuf-du-Pape region and visit the medieval village of Les Baux de Provence
Sample local wines during a tasting session
Marvel at the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Pont du Gard, an ancient Roman aqueduct
Tour includes round-trip travel from your accommodation in Avignon
Why Travelers Choose This Tour
This tour covers all the highlights of Provence in one day—hilltop villages, wine tasting, and UNESCO sites.
Your tour of Provence begins with morning pickup from your Avignon hotel. Take a seat and enjoy scenic views of the Provençal countryside as you head north to your first stop, the town of Orange. With your guide, explore the town founded by Romans in 35BC. View the Triumphal Arch adorned with narrative friezes and the Théâtre Antique d’Orange (Antique Theater of Orange), a Roman theater described as the most impressive Roman sight in France.
Next, take a short drive to Châteauneuf-du-Pape, situated at the center of fertile wine country. Admire rolling hills carpeted in vineyards, learn about the local varietals, and stop at a vineyard to sample wine. Take some time in Châteauneuf-du-Pape to have lunch (own expense) before heading to the Pont du Gard. Considered an ancient work of art, this UNESCO-listed construction is the highest of all elevated Roman aqueducts. Admire the preserved three-tiered structure that spans the Gardon River.
Continue south to the wild Alpilles Mountains and Les Baux de Provence—a fortified medieval village carved from the limestone-rich earth. Take some time to explore and snap photos from the lofty vantage point over the Luberon plains. The final leg of your tour heads into the Luberon region to the hilltop villages of Gordes and Roussillon. Admire medieval architecture and the natural wonders that surround these distinctive towns. Then grab any last souvenirs before heading back to Avignon, where you will be returned to your hotel in the evening.
Our guide 'AD' was enthusiastic and very knowledgeable, he made the tour really interesting. He shared a great deal of historical knowledge and local information which complimented the spectacular sites and ensured the full day tour didn't drag.
Well done AD.
Very nice tour, covers a lot of places that are otherwise hard to reach. Very enthusiastic and knowledgeable tour guide. The planning of lunch was a bit unclear, would have been 5 stars if we could have a nice relaxed lunch instead of going back to pick up more guests during lunchtime.
This was a great way to see the best of Provence! There's no way we would have been able to see so much on our own. It was a long day but we got to rest a bit in the van between each stop. Our tour guide Dorean was great and made the day memorable with her commentary about the history, geography and other fun tidbits about each town we passed. My only complaint was the van- there were eight adults squished into the van's two front seats and two back benches, which proved a little annoying piling in and out at each stop. We got picked up second in the morning so our original seats were fine but along the way we switched with other couples so everyone had a chance to sit with each other/ to accommodate other people's medical needs bad knees/ backs. I wouldn't have minded this expect that the van was HOT in the back, which isn't great combined with the bumpy old roads and winding paths. Eventually Dorean figured out how to turn the air down lower and we felt better. 10/10 reccommend this trip to anyone wanting to see a little bit of everything during their Provence stay.
I enjoyed the tour - it was my first time in that part of France. This tour gave enough information to setup other activities in a region. You have to be prepared for a day long drive.
We were in a mini van with 6 other people. I wish our driver setup certain rules at the beginning of the tour: like seating arrangements in a van: people change their seating after each stop so each gets to sit upfront for example. Other than that this tour met my expectations.
This was good. We saw a lot, and it was nice driving around the countryside. There was about an hours stop in each place - which was enough time but not lots of time to linger if you wanted to see everything! Orange was great - we spent the time here at the Roman theatre, which was really interesting it had an audioguide. I suspect you could get a train to Orange and do that by yourself, but it was easy doing it as part of the day. We saw Gordes from afar photo stop only but had about an hour in Rousillon. Rousillon was probably my favourite stop - you can do a half hour walk up close to the ochra coloured sandstone which I thought was well worth doing. We also stopped at Les Baux, I went into the castle ruins but perhaps it would have been as nice to have sat in a cafe. Again, it was an hours stop. We drove through St Remy and stopped at the hospital Van Gogh was in. Our final stop was Pont du Gard, which was really cool. You can go into the river here, so maybe wear shorts! The vineyard stop would have been fine, if I hadn't done it on one of their tours the day before. However, the guide walked into the little town with me instead and I did a cellar tasting instead.
Its an easy way to see a lot of the region, and I enjoyed the free time in each place. It was well organised.
This tour was great even though unfortunately we were too late in the season for the lavender fields. The tour guide was fantastic and very thoughtful. Two people had cancelled so there were just four adults a toddler and a baby so it was a nice small group. The Pont du gard was really worth seeing as were the villages we saw. It was a long day, but well worth it. You could never see it as easy doing it on your own.
What a great day! We did see so much and visited so many towns. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable about the area. It was a long day and we were tired when we returned but well worth it. I had thought we would stop for a sit down lunch, but we were able to just grab something as we went along. He gave us suggestions where to pick up food. Well worth taking this tour. We visited Orange, Chateauneuf de Papa winery, Pont de Guard, Les Baux-de-Provence, beautiful and a must see, Gordes, and Roussilon. We did a lot of driving and walking but it was worth it!