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While in Avignon, treat yourself to a private tour of Rhône Valley wine country! With a personal guide, wind through the lush Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region en route to two esteemed wine estates, where you’ll see traditional winemaking techniques and taste sumptuous wines from crisp rosés in Tavel to an array of world-class reds in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Finish with a historic tour of Avignon including famous sites like the Saint-Bénézet Bridge.

Highlights

  • Private Provence wine tour from Avignon
  • Admire the picturesque Provencal landscapes blanketed in vineyards
  • Wine taste in the famous wine villages of Tavel and Chateauneuf-du-Pape
  • Sip rosé wines and red wines that were favored by French kings!
  • Choose a morning or afternoon tour

What You Can Expect

Private Rhone Valley Wine Tour from Avignon: Chateauneuf-du-Pape and Tavel

Start and end your tour in Avignon

Your morning or afternoon wine tour begins with pickup from your Avignon hotel. Meet your private guide and relax as the comfortable mini-coach winds through the verdant Rhône Valley, a fertile and faceted wine region with many distinctive appellations. 

Admire the seemingly endless vineyards as you arrive in Tavel, where you’ll visit a local estate known for producing the region’s signature rosés, said to be the favorite of kings Philippe le Bel and Louis XIV and the Popes of Avignon. Sip on hand-selected wines while learning about the terroir (environmental characteristics) that distinguish Tavel’s prized wines. 

Next, continue to the world-famous Châteauneuf-du-Pape region, where the prestigious Appellation d'Origine Controlée (AOC) regulations were developed. While at the wine estate, you’ll learn about the standard for fine wine, stroll through facilities, and enjoy tasting several beautiful samples such as Grenache noir or Mourvèdre. By the end of the tour, you’ll better understand the rich ecology of the Rhône Valley and the elite art of viticulture in southern France.

Relax on the scenic ride back to Avignon for a tour of the city’s key attractions including the medieval city walls, Pont Saint-Bénézet, the Petit Palais and Notre-Dame-des-Doms Cathédral

Your 4-hour excursion concludes with drop-off at your hotel.  

Customer Reviews

Frances S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Jeremy picked us up right on schedule and we toured the Rhone Valley on our way to Tavel and Chateauneuf du Pape. We had many questions and he answered them plus added local flavor about the area. We stopped for photos and even toured the town of Tavel since we were a bit early for the wine tasting. It was a very satisfying experience for all four of us! Thank you Jeremy and Viator.

Kevin S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

Julien was wonderful and we enjoyed the tour so much! It was just my husband and I for the tour. The car was comfortable and air conditioned. We learned a lot and had fun at the same time. Wine was great and we got some dinner recommendations too! Highly recommend this tour.

Zeena B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

Fabulous tour! Audrey our tour guide was amazing. We visited 3 vineyards in total and had a wonderful afternoon. Would book this tour again!

Bobby K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

Our trip was fun and informative! Our guide Ann was great!! She was professional and fun!

Judith R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2013

Our guide, Julian, was very helpful and knowledgeable. He was also adaptable as one place we were to visit was closed and he quickly substituted with an excellent replacement. As I had presumed, the vineyards were glorious despite the stiff mistral wind, and we tasted several wines and learned about them. The wine museum we visited was better than many such commercial ventures and had well written English captions to the exhibits.

Robert M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2013

Caroline (our tour guide) picked us up right on time. She provided excellent commentary on the beautiful countryside as we drove through on the way to our two winery stops. We had time for a couple brief stops along the way to look at scenery. She was very knowledgeable about the area and about the history of wine production in the region. She also spoke excellent English (and Italian. And Chinese.). She topped it off by finding the exact chocolate shop my wife visited 17 years ago. The Mercedes minibus was very comfortable and held the 8 of us nicely. If you like wine, this is the tour for you!

Michael C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2011

Perfect combination of wine tasting, local knowledge and history. Loved every minute of it. I would recommend this tour and our tour guide (Adelaine) to everyone.

Molly L USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2010

What a fabulous tour, I could not have asked for a better time or a better tour guide!

Victoria C USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2009

We had an absolutely great time thanks to our wonderful tour guide! Avignon is lovely and our visit to the wine region was fantastic.

LUCILLE C USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2008

What can we say? Maybe it was the great guide, the chateaus, the wine...a great experience. What a way to spend an afternoon! We went to three tastings, and the folks were amazingly gracious. It really changed our view of the French wine industry. If you can spare the half day, do this! These are wine lovers, not just tour guides with a minivan. In fact, even the driver bought a few bottles for his collection. The countryside was spectacular, and not having to worry about driving was the icing on the cake.

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