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Meet your guide in the morning at Marseille Vieux Port for your whirlwind 10.5-hour trip from Marseille to Avignon, Les Baux de Provence and the prestigious wine estates of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. An hour-long drive through rolling hills of lavender and vineyards brings you first to Avignon.
Though Avignon boasts an ancient Roman origin, the city is most known as the home of the Papacy during the 14th and 15th centuries, when the French Popes adorned the city in opulent architecture and art. With your guide, visit Pont Saint-Bénézet – Avignon’s fabled 12th-century bridge – the lovely Notre-Dame des Doms Cathedral and the lavish Popes’ Palace. Take an optional interior tour of the UNESCO-listed palace (own expense) to see fresco-adorned chapels, galleries and the papal apartments. You’ll then have free time to purchase your own lunch before leaving Avignon.
Next, travel south to Châteauneuf-du-Pape, a lovely town in the Rhône Valley surrounded by prestigious wine estates. Marvel at the rolling vineyards, learn about the region’s distinct viniculture and terroir, and stop at a charming winery to taste fine wine and tour the wine cellars. Then hop back in the coach for a short drive to the UNESCO-listed Pont du Gard – a massive, three-tiered Roman aqueduct that spans the mighty Gardon River.
Finish your tour with a trip to Les Baux de Provence – a fortified medieval village perched in the Alpilles Mountains. Take some time to wander the cobblestone streets, visit the labyrinthine ruins of the Baux Castle (own expense) and snap dramatic photos from the lofty vantage point over the Luberon plains.
After a full day of sightseeing, enjoy a relaxing ride back to Marseille Vieux Port. You’ll arrive by early evening.
A whirlwind of info and activity and road tripping. I want to say I had an hilarious time because of our guide. I admired his skill in herding us from place to place with patience and good will. I learned so much about the area. Do it!
Very good guide that was knowledgeable and helpfull
Beautiful area of France! Missed seeing the purple lavender in bloom and it was quite windy. Another spectacular tour and the guide was very kind and accommodating.
Overall fantastic experience. The tour guide was very knowledgeable of the area and impressively spoke 3 different languages fluently! Very punctual and accommodating as well. I would definitely plan other tours with this great company. They know what they are doing it!
Lucia United Kingdom
Brilliant tour which covers a lot of amazing places in one day. Good for those of you who have limited time in Marseille and want to see the best highlights of Provence. The guide was informative and allowed us sufficient time to explore on our own. Some oth the sights were breathtakingly beautiful. Good to finish the day with a little wine tasting :
A good tour to take if you only have a short time in Provence! Our guide Cedric was fantastic!
JP - Memphis, TN United States of ...
This was a 12 hour, fully packed day. Saw an amazing variety of great spots in Provence. Wonderful stop at Les Baux castle was the highlight. Excellent guide.
Baron Eyhorne United Kingdom
Excellent driver Matthieu and guide.
Very informative tour about the history of the area and of course wine tasting of top notch French wine was one for the ages
If you only want to take one tour during your trip, this is the one. Our guide, Renaud, was just great. He kept a van full of 8 people engaged and laughing through a long, amazing day.
Avignon - a great walking tour and the 14th-century Popes' Palace is quite beautiful.
Pont du Gard a Roman aqueduct near Nimes, this UNESCO World Heritage site is quite impressive and inspiring. Pictures do not do it justice and you will want more time here.
Les Baux de Provence - a lovely medieval village. You will want good walking shoes for this one but it's a great stop.
The village of Châteauneuf-du-Pape - the wine tasting was informative and a lot of fun. Bring your euros because you will want to buy some wine while you're there.
The tour is an interesting mix of activities and was worth every minute. It's long ours was a 12-hour day, but we loved every minute. We are still talking about this day and Renaud helped make it perfect. Take this tour! Thank you!
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