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

1. 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 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, starting with the medieval city of Avignon. 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. Next, drive to the Pont du Gard to see the remains of the Roman aqueduct that supplied water to the city of Nîmes. Continue to the Alpilles Mountains to visit the lofty village of Les Baux de Provence, located on a rocky spur overlooking the valley. Take an unforgettable journey back to the Middle Ages at Les Baux, before your return journey to Marseille.

From Marseille Port: Avignon, Popes' Palace & Wine Tasting

3. From Marseille Port: Avignon, Popes' Palace & Wine Tasting

Meet your tour guide at the exit of the cruise terminal at Marseille seaport then drive to Avignon, the majestic city of the Popes, located on the bank of the Rhône River. Take a look at Saint-Benezet bridge, famous for the children's song Sur le Pont d'Avignon. Visit the Popes' Palace at your own pace, with an entrance ticket included. Discover the largest Gothic-style palace in Europe and learn about its history as you explore its elegant interior. Taste a glass of wine from the region at a local wine-seller. Then, take some time for lunch, before heading back to the port of Marseille.

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.

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What people are saying about Avignon

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.

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.

It turned out that it was the two of us and our guide, Frederick. He was extremely knowledgeable and gracious about sharing it. As we had just gone to the Pont du Gard the day before, he didn’t mind skipping that so we could spend more time in the other two places.

I had my apprehension with joining this tour cos of mixed reviews - but if you’re with Lorenzo, you’re in good hands! Really informative, enjoyable, and ended at the Forum so could then take own time going around the area.

The guide was kind, well-studied, and I understood the historical background very well. Also, the French guide's English was almost perfect.