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Avignon: City Walking Tour with Popes Palace Entry

1. Avignon: City Walking Tour with Popes Palace Entry

Climb up to the top of the fortified medieval city walls and discover Avignon in all its beauty. Explore the rich past of Avignon where the papacy was established in the early 14th-century. Follow your guide inside the Pope's Palace, the largest Gothic palace in Europe. Immerse yourself in this maze of galleries, chambers, and chapels. Walk on the cobbled streets to the Place de l'Horloge and find out about the secret of the painted windows. See the town hall with its clock tower and the theater. Your tour will conclude with a glass of Côtes du Rhône wine.

From Marseille: Provence Sightseeing Tour and Wine Tasting

2. From Marseille: Provence Sightseeing Tour and Wine Tasting

Explore some of the historic sites of Provence on a full-day minibus tour from Marseille. Embark on an unforgettable journey back to the Middle Ages at Les Baux de Provence a medieval fortress located on a rocky spur in the Alpills region. Continue to Pont du Gard, one of the largest and best preserved aqueduct of the Roman period. Drive along the docks between the Rhône River and historic city walls, looking at the Saint-Benezet Bridge made famous by the children's song, “Sur le Pont d'Avignon.” See the impressive Palais des Papes (Popes' Palace), the site of the Papacy in the 14th century before their return to Rome. Sample the wines of the Rhône River valley in the legendary village of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, boasting a castle ruin that overlooks the vineyards of the Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation. Visit the cellar of a winery for a complimentary wine-tasting session.

Avignon and Châteauneuf du Pape Wine Tour

3. Avignon and Châteauneuf du Pape Wine Tour

With your guide, discover the rich, historical centre of Avignon, a Unesco World Heritage Site. Enjoy the panoramic view of the surroundings and the Rhône River, Pont d'Avignon by walking up to the top of the fortified city walls and Rochers des Doms. Visit the largest gothic-style Popes’ Palace whereby successive popes resided between 1309 and 1377. Continue on to the Place de l'Horloge, the Town Hall and the Theatre. Enjoy a glass of Côtes du Rhône wineserved in a place close to the palace. (operated only in english). Scenic drive through the vineyard of Châteauneuf du Papefollowed by wine-tastings at 2 different wineries. From the ruins of the Pope's summer residence, enjoy a panoramic view over the Rhône river valley and the hill ranges surrounding the village. NB : participants will be required to walk on cobblestone streets and climb many flights of steps during the tour. Therefore, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Lunch on your own in Avignon

Marseille: Avignon and Côtes du Rhône Wine Tasting Day Tour

4. Marseille: Avignon and Côtes du Rhône Wine Tasting Day Tour

Discover Avignon and the Cotes du Rhone wine area on a day trip from Marseille. See medieval Pope's Palace and Pont d'Avignon while exploring the old town, shop for local produce at an indoor market, and taste wine at the famous Chateauneuf du Pape vineyard. Walk through the alleys of the old town of Avignon and hear about the city’s history from your guide. Visit the Palais des Papes, or Pope’s Palace, one of the largest gothic buildings in France. The UNESCO World Heritage Site was once home to popes during medieval times. During your Avignon tour see another UNESCO World Heritage Site, the medieval Pont d'Avignon which still stands on the Rhone River. After your tour of Avignon’s old town, head towards Les Halles for lunch. This indoor market has a vertical garden, cafes, and numerous stalls selling local produce, meats, and cheeses.  Continue your tour to the prestigious Chateauneuf du Pape vineyard to experience a sensory journey. Visit a wine museum, Enjoy sweeping landscapes of hills and vineyards as you travel through the southern part of the Rhone Valley to different Côtes du Rhône AOPs, which may include Cairanne, Rasteau, and Vacqeyras. Wines have been produced in the Rhone Valley since back in Roman times, and the area is known particularly for its red wine.

From Marseille: Customizable Private Day Tour of Provence

5. From Marseille: Customizable Private Day Tour of Provence

Everything is possible! We adapt to your desires. In half or full day, you can choose what pleases you the most. Marseille, the road of the Gineste, hiking in En Vau, the road of the Crêtes, Cassis and the most beautiful creeks of the National Park by boat. Aix-en-Provence, its 1000 fountains and mansions. The Sainte Victoire mountain and the Lacoste castle. Discover the Luberon: Gordes, the ochres of Roussillon, the fields of lavender and the abbey of Senanque. Fontaine de Vaucluse and the canals of the L'Isle sur Sorgue? A cooking workshop in the Halles d'Avignon, the Palais des Papes, the Côtes du Rhône wine route, Arles, Les-Baux-de-Provence, Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, among others Tell us what you want, we are here to satisfy you desires.

Avignon Private guided tour and wine tastings from Marseille

6. Avignon Private guided tour and wine tastings from Marseille

Feel free to take your time to explore each site and enjoy the unique ambiance of this historic city Meet at 8:30 am at Marseille's Saint Charles train station to catch the train to Avignon. The journey takes approximately 1 hour. Begin your visit at the Palace of the Popes, one of the largest Gothic palaces in Europe. Admire the imposing architecture and learn about the history of the popes who resided here in the 14th century. Cross the famous Saint-Bénézet Bridge, also known as Pont d'Avignon, which was once a medieval bridge over the Rhône River. Enjoy the view of the river and the city from the bridge. Head to the Jardin des Doms, located just behind the Palace of the Popes. This garden offers stunning panoramic views of the Palace, the Rhône River, and the surrounding area. It's an ideal spot to relax and enjoy the scenery. Next to the garden, visit the Notre-Dame des Doms Cathedral. This remarkable cathedral features Romanesque and Gothic architecture. Inside, you can see paintings, sculptures, and the Chapel of the Holy Shroud. Walk down to the city center and reach Place de l'Horloge, the lively heart of Avignon. This square is surrounded by cafes, shops, and restaurants. You can take a break here to taste local specialties or simply soak in the atmosphere. Enjoy Châteauneuf du Pape tastings with local ham and Cheese. We will stop at a wine shop where you can taste and find the wine that perfectly suits you. They also offer a wide range of pastis and spirits crafted in Provence. We can organize wine shipping for you. Continue your stroll to Palais du Roure, a beautiful 18th-century mansion. It now houses the Heritage Center, where you can learn more about the culture and history of Avignon. Visit the Saint-Pierre Church, a 14th-century Gothic church located nearby. Admire its elegant architecture and discover the artwork and relics it houses. Return to the Palace of the Popes and explore the Place du Palais. This square is lined with historic buildings and charming shops. It's also a great spot to take photos of the Palace of the Popes. Around 4.30 p.m take the train back to Marseille Saint Charles, you will arrive around 6p.m

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5.0 / 5

based on 5 reviews

Overall very nice tour with lots to see. The only comment is a choice of timing: we arrived very early to Les Baux village - all shops and restaurants were still closed and starting to open; and then we arrived to Avignon around 13:00, so some of restaurants were going to close for a day-rest break in an hour or so and only touristy bistros were opened (not what I enjoy).. For wine tastes can differ, so I will not say enything here. But otherwise it was a very interesting journey if you like historical places and a feel of Provance. I am glad I went and would recommend.

our guide, Florence, made the tour an unforgettable experience. She explained all issues with a deep knowledge and in an interesting way. she had an excellent English. She was very attentive to our questions and wishes. the tour was well organized, has good balance between the the visiting time and the ride to them. the car was comfortable and suited the number of passengers.

Tour guide was very knowledgable about the places we visited - excellent translation French and English translation skills Had plenty of time to explore the different places where we stopped and each place was very unique and had their own charm / character. Would definitely recommend if travelling to Marseille and want to experience a day tour

Our tour guide Florence was very informative and knowledgeable about the sites we visited. She was excellent. The sites were also good, you’ll get to see a lot outside of Marseille that are maybe hard to get to without a car. The only downside was our tour was on a rainy day so we couldn’t tour the site where we did the wine tasting.

Nicolas was informative, spoke excellent English, and clearly communicated his enthusiasm for local history