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Discover the historic gems of Provence, then raise a glass to French wine on this full-day small-group tour from Avignon. Enjoy tours and tastings at two wineries in the Châteauneuf-du-Pape wine region; marvel at the UNESCO-listed Pont du Gard; and explore the medieval villages of Les Baux de Provence and Gordes.

Highlights

  • Full-day wine tasting and villages tour of Provence from Avignon
  • Enjoy tours and tastings at two Châteauneuf-du-Pape wineries
  • Marvel at the UNESCO–listed Pont du Gard, an ancient Roman aqueduct
  • Visit the medieval villages of Les Baux de Provence and Gordes, high in the Alpilles Mountains
  • Tour includes hotel pick-up and round-trip transport from your accommodation in Avignon
  • Ideal for first-time visitors to Provence or those short on time
  • Small-group tour limited to eight people ensures personal attention from your guide

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

If you’re visiting Provence and can’t decide whether to focus on the wine or the history, this tour is for you! Enjoy tasting sessions at two wineries in the Châteauneuf-du-Pape territories and marvel at the mighty Pont du Gard, a UNESCO–listed Roman aqueduct.

What You Can Expect

Provence Wine Tasting Small-Group Day Trip from Avignon

Discover some of Provence's famous wines during your tour

Start your Provence wine tasting experience with pick-up from your centrally located Avignon hotel by air-conditioned minivan and soak up the scenery as you head north through the Rhône Valley. Admire the views as you climb through the rolling vineyards of the Châteauneuf-du-Pape wine region and listen as your guide fills you in on the region’s rich winemaking heritage.

Along the way, stop to tour two different wineries and learn about the age-old winegrowing techniques still in use today, as you stroll the vineyards and peek into the wine cellars. At each winery, indulge in a guided wine tasting and sample renowned varietals like Counoise, Muscardin and Picardin.

Continue through the idyllic Provencal countryside and make a stop at the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Pont du Gard, a mighty aqueduct built by the Romans in the 1st century. Listen as your guide details the aqueduct’s historical significance, then marvel at the panoramic views over the Gardon River below.

Back on the bus, head south through the sweeping landscapes of the Alpilles Mountains and visit the picturesque medieval village of Les Baux de Provence. Perched on a rocky limestone outcrop, the village boasts amazing views over the French countryside and you’ll have time to take photos and explore the village on foot.

The final stop is Gordes, a village sitting high on the Plateau de Vaucluse and affording far-reaching views over the surrounding hills. Enjoy free time to explore independently and discover for yourself why the village has been selected as one of ‘France’s most beautiful villages’. Stroll the cobbled streets, tuck into lunch (own expense) at one of the many cafés and restaurants, or take a peek at Gordes Castle.

When it’s time to leave Gordes behind, hop back in the minivan and travel back to Avignon, where your tour ends with a drop-off at your hotel.

Customer Reviews

bronwencalcraft

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Loved the knowledge of our friendly guide and the beautiful landscape and wines we were able to experience first-hand. An extra winery or broader wine selection would have been appreciated though.

Sohini M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

A very comprehensive tour of wineries with knowledgeable guides and tasting of excellent wines. Including Pont du Gard, Les Baux and Gordes is a great idea. The tour guide was extremely pleasant and competent

Candace S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

We loved the tour and all that it included. Perfect combination of wine tasting , quaint villages, and historical landmarks. We covered a lot of ground in one day.

Julie B Canada

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2010

The best way to see Provence in a day. A long day, but full and enjoyable. Our tour guide was excellent I appreciated that she didn't "perform" and really just talked to everyone and was interactive. LOVED the tour and tasting at Chateauneuf du Pape - our hostess was wonderful. A lot of driving, but it was beautiful.

Carolyn G USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2010

Our guide, Caroline, was very informative and friendly. The wine tasting was exceptional. We never would have seen so many things if we were navigating with a GPS ourselves. It gave my husbanddriver a day off to just appreciate the sights. I give it an A.

Robin H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2008

Our tour guide was amazing. She did her very best to get us from site to site quickly and safely. The places she took us were fabulous and unforgettable. The wineries she took us to were great they talked to us and showed us around. The atmosphere was unbelievable. Thank you so very much for providing such a wonderful service.

Angela C USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2008

Our tour through the Provence wine country and villages was one of the highlights of our trip. Our guide was wonderfully friendly and knowledgeable. We saw some breathtaking sights such as the cliff-side village of Gordes as well as two great wineries, where we were educated on wine and even the history of Chateauneuf du Pape. During the drives to the different sites, the guide kept pointing out landmarks and spouting so many facts; I was thoroughly impressed. Very much worth our money, and we would do it again.

Marc C

4 star rating: Recommended December 2010

This tour is great for weary travelers. Leave the driving to the locals and enjoy. We were alone for the AM leg, so we got to decide just how long we would spend at the different sites. The PM leg was a little more rigid but still loose enough to get a decent visit. I have motion sickness but it was not a problem (just lucky?) even though there was lots of driving involved.

Mary Carolyn B USA

4 star rating: Recommended April 2009

The tour guide was great and very flexible. It was a great day!

Producerguy

3 star rating: Worth doing January 2015

Well this tour started off well. The pick up was on-time. Our guide was very nice and took us to two wineries in the morning. Things were well organized and things moved along smoothly. The second half of the trip was a little less smooth. Several of the villages we visited did not have anything open this time of year, something that the guide and Viator should have been aware of. Our guide improvised and did the best that she could and I have to say she definitely gets an "A" for effort. We ended up deviating from the original tour to make things work, however had we followed the original plan I would have found this trip a bit too long. Building in a nice lunch along the way would have been a good idea. Definitely better to take in warmer climes.

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