Avignon UNESCO sites

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From Avignon: Châteauneuf du Pape Afternoon Wine Tour

1. From Avignon: Châteauneuf du Pape Afternoon Wine Tour

Tucked between the Alps to the east and the Rhone River to the west, Provence is a rich tapestry of natural and manmade wonders. On this tour departing Avignon, you will combine a tour of its Roman heritage with a trip to the famous vineyards of Châteauneuf-du-Pape.  Start your afternoon wine-tasting tour with the village of Gigondas. Located at the foot of the Dentelles de Montmirail hill range, the vineyard covers an area of 12 km² and the wines produced belong to the Crus of the southern Côtes du Rhône.  The Grenache noir expresses its full flavor in glimmering red wines with pronounced tannins, a robust body, and a solid propensity for aging. Afterward, stop at the ruins of the castle built by the former Popes who relocated the papacy to Avignon in the 14th-Century and used it as their summer residence. Then drive to the vineyards of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, one of the world’s most popular wines. Discover the different grape varietals, such as Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvedre, which give distinctly fruity and spicy wines.  The 13 varieties of grapes combined with the various soils create a large palette of complex red wines and elegant white wines. Enjoy a wine-tasting in one of the numerous cellars of the village before going back to Avignon.

From Avignon: Provence Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

2. From Avignon: Provence Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

Enjoy a scenic tour of Provence and see some of its most beautiful sites in one day. The 10-hour tour takes in the well-preserved Roman aqueduct of Le Pont du Gard, built in the 1st century BC as part of the Nîmes aqueduct from Uzès to Nemausus (now Nîmes). Drive to the rocky outcrop of Les Baux de Provence in the Alpilles mountains. Stroll the historic center to see a beautiful 16th-century house and Romanesque buildings. Continue to Saint Rémy de Provence to explore the remains of the Roman city of Glanum, including a triumphal arch set in an olive grove that inspired Van Gogh. After some free time for lunch, you will visit Roussillon, famous for its red and yellow ochre cliffs. Enjoy panoramic views of Gordes, considered by many to be one of the most beautiful villages in France. Drive to Fontaine de Vaucluse, walk up to the cave from which the River Sorgues emerges. This impressive resurgence spring hasn't revealed its secrets yet and many speleologists have searched in vain the exact depth of the well. On Sundays only, enjoy L’Isle sur la Sorgue, a village famous for antique shops and the weekly open air market which is one of the most colorful and typical in the Provence.  

From Avignon: Full-Day Best of Provence Tour

3. From Avignon: Full-Day Best of Provence Tour

Discover the breathtaking beauty of Provence during this guided full-day tour from Avignon. Enjoy the town of Fontaine de Vaucluse and stop in the lavender fields for photos. Go for a walk in St-Rémy-de-Provence and take in the views from Pont du Gard.  Be picked up from a meeting point in Avignon and board a comfortable and air-conditioned van for the scenic drive to Fontaine de Vaucluse. Take in the relaxing atmosphere in this town that is next to a spring at the foot of the Vaucluse Mountains. Admire the Provençal landscapes in of Luberon and have a chance to have a photo stop in lavender fields in summer (from June 15th to July 31st). Head over to Gordes which is listed as "one of the most beautiful villages in France." Walk in the red streets of Roussillon and marvel at panoramic views of the Alpilles in Baux-de-Provence. Take a stroll through the beautiful city of St-Rémy-de-Provence. Stop at the ancient Roman aqueduct Pont du Gard before returning to your meeting point. 

From Aix en Provence: Provence Full-Day Tour

4. From Aix en Provence: Provence Full-Day Tour

One of the first stops on your day of discovery is the village of Les Baux de Provence. The narrow streets and the imposing castle ruins date to the Middle Ages – a time of proud lords and troubadours. From the rocky spur you’ll enjoy exceptional scenic views. See the Pont du Gard, a fascinating UNESCO World Heritage site that is the best-preserved part of the Nîmes aqueduct. Designed by architects and engineers during the Roman era, it is considered a technical and artistic masterpiece. You’ll continue on to Avignon, the 14th century City of the Popes. See the medieval walls, the Pont d’Avignon that crosses the Rhone River, and the Popes’ Palace, which is the largest Gothic palace in Europe. (Note that entrance fees are not included.) Next on your itinerary is a visit to Châteauneuf-du-Pape, surrounded by its world-famous vineyards. Wine tasting at one of the numerous cellars is included. Please note that you’ll have free time for lunch on your own during the tour, and that the cost of lunch is not included in the tour price.

Pont du Gard, Uzès & Nîmes: Half-Day Tour with Entry Fees

5. Pont du Gard, Uzès & Nîmes: Half-Day Tour with Entry Fees

Visit of the charming medieval town of Uzès, founded during the Roman era and the site of an aqueduct that was built to supply the city of Nîmes. The Pont du Gard is the most well-known stretch of the aqueduct left standing. On this 5-hour program, you’ll see the traces of Roman civilization in Uzès as well as substantial monuments from the Middle Ages. Visit the famous 2,000-year-old Pont du Gard, a section of the Roman aqueduct that provided water to Nîmes. The highly photographed bridge was listed by UNESCO in 1985 as a World Heritage Site. You’ll discover the treasures of Nîmes, including the Coliseum that is considered to be second only to the Coliseum in Rome. Its Roman amphitheater is still in use and today has a seating capacity of 10,000.

From Avignon: Pont du Gard, Saint Remy & Les Baux Day Tour

6. From Avignon: Pont du Gard, Saint Remy & Les Baux Day Tour

On this 5-hour tour from Avignon you’ll see some of the most important stone monuments in Provence that date back to the Roman period. First on the itinerary is the Pont du Gard, one of best-preserved aqueducts of the Roman Empire. It was built by the Romans in the 1st century to supply the city of Nimes with water. Visit Les Baux de Provence, a picturesque medieval village that sits on a rocky spur in the Alpilles Mountains, surrounded by olive groves that produce a well-known olive oil. Admire the well-preserved Roman monument for a photo stop at the Antiques of St Remy de Provence. See sites at the northern edge of the Alpilles that inspired van Gogh’s paintings, including his iconic Starry Night.

Avignon: Full-Day Roman & Medieval Provencal Heritage

7. Avignon: Full-Day Roman & Medieval Provencal Heritage

Meet your guide at 9:00 AM and start your Provence tour by the visit of Saint Remy de Provence. Explore the Provencal market on Wednesday, or have a look at the reproductions of Van Gogh works near the asylum where he stayed for one year.   Your next step is Les Baux de Provence, a typical Provencal village that used to be a medieval stronghold. The paved streets and the amazing panorama will charm you. Then, head off to to Arles and visit the Roman monuments such as arenas or follow in the footsteps of Van Gogh in this rich historical and cultural city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Afterwards, have your lunch break (not included). Go to the Pont du Gard where you will discover the famous Roman aqueduct. After a historical comment, you can walk around to find your best photo spot. Finally, enjoy a visit to a wine museum in a reconstituted roman antic winery on an archeological site. Have a wine tasting of the the unique “Vinum Romanum”, wines elaborated from original recipes found in the writings of eminent Latin authors.

From Avignon: Magic Luberon Private Tour

8. From Avignon: Magic Luberon Private Tour

Enjoy a hotel pick-up at around 08:30 (hotels located in downtown Avignon) and get ready for your 9-hour journey through Luberon.  First, stop at Fontaine de Vaucluse and admire this charming village by the river Sorgue. Walk up to its spring, one of the biggest of Europe and then walk down the cliff. Then, go to Sénanque Abbey and take beautiful pictures of this typical 12th-century abbey surrounded by lavender fields.  Your next step is Gordes. After the photo stop at the "belvedere", visit this famous hilltop village made of local dry stones, and explore the flourishing Provencal market on Tuesday. Then head off to the Provencal village of Roussillon, which weaves its spell throughout the year, as the shades of ochre of the houses and the ground vary with the sunlight. This is where you will take your lunch break (not included).  In the afternoon, enjoy a visit to the perched village of Bonnieux. Your guide will drop you at the top and pick you up from the bottom.Your final stop will be Menerbes, a preserved village, made famous by Peter Mayle's novels. There you can choose what you want to visit: wine tasting houses, galleries, historic monuments or simply somewhere to have a drink. Your guide will then take you back to your hotel or accommodation in Avignon.

Avignon: Guided Tour with Wine and Saint-Rémy-de-Provence

9. Avignon: Guided Tour with Wine and Saint-Rémy-de-Provence

Got a taste for great French wine? Finish a guided walking tour of UNESCO World Heritage Listed Avignon with a glass of Côtes du Rhône, then drive through Provence. Make stops at Pont du Gard, Les Baux-de-Provence, and Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, before returning to the city. Start your day with a guided walking tour of Avignon. Take in panoramic views of your surroundings, including the river Rhône and the Pont d'Avignon, by climbing the stairs up to the fortified city walls and the Jardin des Doms. Visit the Palais des Papes, one of the largest medieval Gothic buildings in Europe. Continue into the heart of Avignon, seeing the Place de l'Horloge, the town hall, and the theater. Savor the taste of a glass of Côtes du Rhône wine, which may be the best wine growing region in the world. Travel on country roads to see Pont du Gard, a Roman aqueduct bridge. Drive on to Les Baux-de-Provence and spend free time exploring the medieval fortress in the rocky hills. Make a stop in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, taking a photos at the Les Antiques monument, before returning to Avignon.

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What people are saying about Avignon

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4.6 / 5

based on 201 reviews

A full day with four elements and something for everyone. The village of Les Baux is a joy to behold, set among the rocks of the "mini Alps" and affording magnificent views from its peak. The Gard du Nord is an architectural and engineering phenomenon of a bygone age. Avignon is a beautiful walled city which was the capital of Catholicism in the 14th century and home to several popes (our two hours here was too short a visit, given you have to have a meal break in a nine hour day). Finally, time to relax with some wine tasting at Cheateauneuf du Pape. Our guide Ludo did a great job in both English and Spanish.

The tour was an excellent way to see more of Provence and sights that we wouldn’t have seen. We absolutely loved Baux and would have loved a bit more time there, but there is only so much you can do in a day. Hot chocolate at Lily’s was the best we’ve had in France.

Nicholas was a fabulous guide. There were only 3 of us and we had an informative and relaxed day. Merci beaucoup!

A great, and long, day around Provence. The highlights are well selected and the guide was fantastic.

The driver was very nice , he halped us în everything