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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).

Highlights

  • 6-hour tour through Provence from Avignon
  • Admire the 1st-century Pont du Gard, a UNESCO World Heritagelisted Roman aqueduct spanning the Gardon River
  • Explore the hilltop village of Les Baux de Provence with your guide
  • Discover top attractions such as the Museum of Santons, the Hotel des Porcelets and St Vincent Church
  • Visit 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 Our Insiders Chose This Tour

With your guide and driver on hand to show the way, discover some of southern France’s finest gems. Marvel at the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Pont du Gard Aqueduct and explore the pretty village of Les Baux de Provence.

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What You Can Expect

Provence Afternoon Half-Day Trip from Avignon

Discover the best of Provence during your half-day trip from Avignon

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 and markets, visit the reconstructed medieval 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. 

Customer Reviews

germanm Argentina

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Avignon is the ideal starting point for getting to know Provence. In addition to its jewels such as the Palace of the Popes and its famous Bridge and the ever-present wind, it is located in the center of Provence and through the beautiful villages of the Luberon: Les Baux, Gordes and Rousillon, passing from white calcareous to Ocher color, to finish in the incredible Pont du Gard

germanm Argentina

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Avignon is the ideal starting point for getting to know Provence. In addition to its jewels such as the Palace of the Popes and its famous Bridge and the ever-present wind, it is located in the center of Provence and through the beautiful villages of the Luberon: Les Baux, Gordes and Rousillon, passing from white calcareous to Ocher color, to finish in the incredible Pont du Gard

Frederick F United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Great tour - small group, short and informative. The driver was wonderful and very friendly and provided great information. The actual time in each location was short but was enough time to get a feel for each location. There is a great bit of driving but the route is scenic and not too bad. All the locations would be difficult to travel to by public transportation so this a great way to visit these locations without renting a vehicle. For me I don't like taking long all-day tours and this fit unto my schedule perfectly. The meeting place in Avignon is the Tourist Office and it's easy to find.

Margaret B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

I thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon. Our guide, Marc, was very knowledgeable about the land and the history of each town as well as the places in between.

Kenneth M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

The tour was great and Melonie was a wonderful driver and guide. The highlight was the Pont du Gard. Well worth it

Lindaandmilan

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

We thoroughly enjoyed our day tour of the Roman viaduct and three hill towns. We were especially pleased with your tour guide, Jeremy, who went out of his way to accommodate us, even calling in to allow us to be transported back to our hotel in Arles. The only unforeseen glitch was a two hour delay due to an accident on the main highway. We enjoyed every minute of the time, even the waiting in traffic.

Roger C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Great afternoon in Provence-all the villages were interesting and we had some free time in each one. The highlight was the Pont du Gard an amazing engineering feat! Our guide, Remy, was terrific and our small group of 8 meant we weren't waiting around for people at each stop

Evelyn O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

The tour was very good and our guide was great. This tour gave the background of the areas. I t allowed me to see more and would be better able to choose one or two spots to revisit.

Margaret M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Violet was wonderful, competent, and informative. We would highly recommend this tour especially if you are not traveling with a car.

Bronwyn f

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

A fabulous itinerary. My only suggestion would be to make it a full day tour with more time especially at the castle. The guide was excellent.

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