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Provence Afternoon Half-Day Trip from Avignon

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Avignon, France
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icon6 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 2 more
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Journey back in time to historic Provence 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, 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 Heritage–listed Roman aqueduct spanning the Gardon River
  • Explore the hilltop village of Les Baux de Provence
  • Discover top attractions such as the Museum of Santons, the Hotel des Porcelets and St Vincent Church
  • Stroll in 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 Travelers Choose This Tour

This afternoon tour visits four top attractions in Provence in just six hours.
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 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 rock and terracotta, Gordes is a masterpiece of stone architecture. Tour Gorde’s charming shops, have a look at the reconstructed Renaissance 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.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Pont du Gard
Admire the Roman aqueduct
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Les Baux de Provence
Free time in the mefieval hilltop village
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Roussillon
Free time in the village famous for the red ochre
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Gordes
Photo stop from the panorama view point
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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What is the maximum group size during Provence Afternoon Half-Day Trip from Avignon?
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This activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers.

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  • "For instance, a ticket for both Pont du Gard and its museum is included in this tour, but we only had 50 minutes total to spend at the site." See review

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Excellent ++ tour of Luberon area of Provence
Pat and Gary T
, Nov 2019
We met our guide Amar at the Visitors Info Center near the Central train station. He was prompt and friendly from the start. There was only one other couple in our tour and we were in a nice van. Amar was thoroughly knowledgeable about the area and he had a quality hand's free microphone attached to his driver's seat, so that we could hear his excellent commentary all through the day. The itinerary was to see the town of Roussillon, Gorde, Les Baux and Pont du Gard. These places in the Luberon area of Provence are so nice that any tour would be beautiful, but Amar gave us good hints of highlights at the stops and he parked the car in the best location to make it shorter walking and he was in the best location when we returned to the car. The pretty town of Gorde was just to be seen from a good vantage point, so we were pleasantly surprised when he also drove through the tiny town. We had a 45 minute stop at the famous red clay town of Roussillon which is not enough to walk all through the town, but Amar showed us a great place with a few shops, restrooms, cafe and fantastic view of the city and of the valley below. On the way to Les Baux we drove passed by St. Remy where Van Gogh stayed in the clinic. Across the road from the clinic Amar drove in front of the Roman triumphal arch that was part of the nearby ruins of the city of Glanum from 27BC - first century AD. A short distance away is Les Baux that sits on top of a steep hill that can be a challenge to hike up the parking lot and the hill, so when Amar let us out right at the entry to Les Baux & we were able to make the most of our 45 minute visit there. the last stop was at the Pont du Gard three tier Roman ruin. Again Amar let us out right at the walking path and while we walked across the aquaduct he drove around to our exit point and we could get right into the vehicle - personalized first class service !! Amar asked us and the other couple if we wanted to be dropped off near our hotel area or some other part of Avignon and again that was so helpful to be able to be in the spot best for us. In order to see more of the beautiful Luberon area of Provence it would best to have several days in each of the areas we saw, but this excursion was a great way to be introduced and see the highlights in order to return sometime. Our thanks to Viator and Amar !
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Glorified bus ride
lorrainedaleo
, Jul 2018
This half day tour of select parts of Provence lacked walking tours and information. The very prompt and personable driver/guide simply drppped us off at vista points and touristy shops.
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My mom and I enjoyed our afternoon...
cmchlebda
, Jul 2018
My mom and I enjoyed our afternoon exploring Provence on this tour with our knowledgeable and friendly guide. The tour was structured such that our guide would give us an introduction to each sight or village on the drive, then leave us free to explore each place on our own with clear instructions on when and where to meet up later. We visited Pont du Gard, Les Baux de Provence, and Roussillon. The tour was supposed to include a stop in Gordes as well, but since we hit a bit of traffic en route, our group collectively decided to limit Gordes to a drive-by so we could spend more time in Roussillon. Overall, this tour was a great way to be exposed to the varied villages, history, and geography that makes up Provence. We just wish we had more time to spend in each place! For instance, a ticket for both Pont du Gard and its museum is included in this tour, but we only had 50 minutes total to spend at the site. We spent our first 30 minutes approaching and walking across the aqueduct, leaving us just 20 minutes to fly through the museum, only taking in a small portion of the exhibits. Likewise, we only had an hour in Les Baux de Provence, which was just enough time for my Mom and I to grab a snack and visit a few shops in the village. Our guide had suggested checking out the chateau at the summit of Les Baux, but the admission fee is not included in the tour, and I cannot imagine how someone could have squeezed in a visit without feeling completely rushed. Similarly, in Roussillon, we only had an hour, which was just enough time to make a pit stop at a restroom, admire the cliffs from the entrance of the ochre path, and then turn back to explore the village for about 20 minutes. Despite the rushed pace, we got a lot out of this tour and very much enjoyed it. The sampling of sights and villages was diverse, and the scenic drives past vineyards, orchards, ruins, rivers, cliffs, and valleys were spectacular. We would definitely recommend this tour as a great albeit fast-paced introduction to Provence!
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Loved, loved this tour. Our French...
cgc0404
, Dec 2017
Loved, loved this tour. Our French local guide was very personable and spoke excellent English so nothing was lost on us in his very informative commentary. Highly recommend to anyone travelling into Provence.
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We visited many interesting sights...
Ellis H
, Oct 2017
We visited many interesting sights during this trip and our guide Jeremy was excellent. He gave us adequate time to properly view places like Pont Du Gard and Rousillon, he gave us plenty of information about the places we were visiting, and his driving was very good. Although the trip was not cheap for an afternoon one, I felt that overall it was good value for money as we saw many fascinating places in Provence that we would have found it difficult or even impossible to reach from Avignon by public transport. Only slight downside for me, as a tall person sitting in the back seat, was that the vehicle had quite a low roof for a mini-bus which my head was almost touching, and I couldnt see as much out of the windows as I would have liked. Also, although not the companys fault, an elderly American tourist who I was sitting alongside at the back somehow went missing in Rousillon, and after spending an extra hour trying to find him, we eventually had to leave without him. As a result, the last part of the tour was in poor light. Can Viator shed any light on whether this gentleman eventually turned up safe and sound?
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we had a wonderful guide who fid his...
Johann D
, Sep 2017
we had a wonderful guide who fid his best to acommodate all our requests. Even drove the Grand Prix track again in order for me to film for my dad. He took a beautiful scenic drive back to Nice and we could not have asked for more. Thank you so much!! Tania ( south africa)
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We loved our day tour of Gordes, Les...
Serena R
, Jul 2017
We loved our day tour of Gordes, Les Baux and the Pont du Gard. Our tour guide Remi was very knowledgeable and interesting to listen to. Highly recommended.
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Wonderful tour! Our guide, Marc, was...
dawnsharafi
, Jul 2017
Wonderful tour! Our guide, Marc, was very nice and had much knowledge of the area,and he made the tour very pleasant. I loved this tour. Highly recommended. Pont du Gard was a must-see. Gordes, Rousillion, and Les Baux are great places to visit, even though it was for a very short time.
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The best thing about this trip was...
Susan W
, Jul 2017
The best thing about this trip was obviously the Pont du Gard, but also the other sights were very interesting. The hotel pick up and drop off was very convenient, and I think the small group of 8 in the minivan was a good size for the trip. The driver/guide was very knowledgeable and entertaining and I highly recommend this half-day trip around Provence.
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The perfect Provence tour! You visit...
jessiedoyle233
, Jun 2017
The perfect Provence tour! You visit the Pont du Gard, Les Baux, Roussillon and Gordes, all the most BEAUTIFUL places, and you actually have a reasonable amount of time in each place. Would recommend to anyone who wants to see Provence but doesn't have a car, as we covered a lot of ground!

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