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Private Walking Tour of Avignon

1. Private Walking Tour of Avignon

Walk through one of the most charming cities in southern France on this 2-hour tour of Avignon. See the impressive Palace of the Popes and the famous bridge at Pont St. Bénezet as you explore the city's sidewalk cafes, elegant squares, and delightful tree lined boulevards. Surrounded by imposing medieval walls, Avignon was the capital of Christendom in the 14th century, with seven successive popes making the city their home. In an attempt to rival Rome's Papacy, Avignon's architects designed many of the city's magnificent features, including the superbly preserved defensive walls and the monumental Palace of the Popes ̶ one of the most important medieval Gothic buildings in Europe. From lesser-known attractions in Avignon to its most renowned sites, you will be accompanied by an expert local guide who will share with you the history and secrets of this UNESCO World Heritage listed city.

From Avignon: Private Wine Tour in the Cotes du Rhone

2. From Avignon: Private Wine Tour in the Cotes du Rhone

Experience a full-day tour in the west of Avignon for a discovery of Tavel's vineyards. Enjoy a typical Provence lunch on a beautiful terrace in Châteauneuf-du-Pape or choose to partake in a gastronomic French lunch from €32 per person consisting of fresh seasonal products, on the terrace or in the beautiful dining room.  After lunch, have a short visit to the old "New Castle" for a quick history lesson followed by the best wineries in Chateauneuf du Pape, which is one of the world's most famous and renowned wines of the Cotes du Rhône. Visit some of the most prestigious wine cellars. Have a guided tour of the vineyards first to discover the wine making process and the terroir type and then taste several reds and whites of different years. Finally end a great day by heading to the wine museum, where you can finalize your initiation of the Côtes du Rhône with the audio-guide, before the last wine tasting.

Marseille: Jewish Heritage in Provence 8-Hour Tour

3. Marseille: Jewish Heritage in Provence 8-Hour Tour

The presence of Jewish communities in the South of France dates back to the beginning of the Roman Gaul era after the fall of Massada in 73 CE. These communities improved the cultural life of the area, especially in the artistic, scientific, medical, mystical, and philosophical fields.  Meet your minivan and tour guide in Marseille and begin an 8-hour private tour of the region. Stroll through former Jewish places like Carpentras, Cavaillon, Avignon, and Aix-en-Provence. Visit the old synagogues and cemeteries and appreciate the fascinating history of Jewish people of Provence.

From Avignon: Magic Luberon Private Tour

4. 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: Full-Day Roman & Medieval Provencal Heritage

5. 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.

Chateauneuf du Pape: Private Guided Walking Tour

6. Chateauneuf du Pape: Private Guided Walking Tour

Enjoy a pick-up from your hotel in Avignon or surrounding area (within 25 kilometers of Avignon) by private vehicle and head to the village of Châteauneuf du Pape, which is by far the most prestigious wine-making village in the Rhône Valley. From the ruins of the medieval castle that crowns the village you can enjoy excellent views of the surrounding mountains, of the Rhône river, and the sea of vines covering the hills. Leave the village by foot, walking on the farming tracks between the celebrated vines of Grenache and Syrah, leading through rolling terrain, from one estate to another. Along the way learn all about the centuries-old history of wine-making in the region, and stop for a wine-tasting. Also enjoy a picnic in the vines (picnic/lunch not included). After the walk is complete you will return back to your hotel in Avignon. The walk is about 7 kilometers long, with about 2 hours total of walking time, on somewhat rocky tracks. Pick-up is at 9 AM directly at your hotel by your guide in Avignon. The pick-up time can be adjusted if necessary. You will need walking shoes (hiking boots aren't necessary), sun protection (hat, sun cream: there's no shade), a bottle of water, a small backpack (30 liters is a good size) and a picnic lunch. There are no restaurants/shops along the walking paths, so you will need to prepare a picnic beforehand. You will return to Avignon around 5 PM.  

From Avignon Private Guided Bike Tour Around St Remy

7. From Avignon Private Guided Bike Tour Around St Remy

Get picked up from your hotel in Avignon or the surrounding countryside (within 25 kilometers of Avignon) and transfer to Saint Rémy de Provence during a 30-minute drive, where you will be equipped with a high quality hybrid bike or e-bike, a helmet and a saddle bag. Your guided bike tour will take you through a picturesque countryside of olive groves, farmhouses and lone cypress trees, just as Van Gogh painted them during his stay in Saint Rémy. After passing sleepy villages, a short climb leads you up to the Monastery of Saint Michel de Frigolet, where you can choose to enjoy a picnic lunch with fantastic views of the plains (lunch not included). Return to the plains where you will pass a goat cheese farm, bull farm and an olive mill before returning to Saint Rémy. There is also a lovely Wednesday market that covers the entire center of the village. The riding is mostly flat around the countryside of Saint Rémy. If you would rather have a restaurant lunch, there are plenty of options along the cycling route (to be discussed with your guide, not included). The total ride is 45 kilometers and suitable for beginner riders. There is also the possibility of using e-bikes to make the riding easier (with a small supplement).

From Bonnieux: Private Guided Luberon ELECTRIC BIKE Tour

8. From Bonnieux: Private Guided Luberon ELECTRIC BIKE Tour

Meet your private bike guide at 9am in Bonnieux, get to know how to use the electric bikes and then start your loop ride through the famous Luberon mountains passing some of the most stunning places and villages. Choose to eat in one of the many restaurants or stop for a wine or olive tasting along the way, you'll have plenty of opportunities (but not included in the tour). If the tour is too long for you, there's a possiblity to cut it short, your expert guide will be happy to adapt the tour according to your physical condition. Cycle back to Bonnieux and finish your tour by 5pm.

Les Baux: Private Guided Walking Tour from Avignon

9. Les Baux: Private Guided Walking Tour from Avignon

Start your tour with a pick-up from your hotel in Avignon or surrounding area and then head to the windswept Alpilles mountains. Far from the tourist crowds, your expert guide will lead you on an easy walk along the thyme-laden crests, on one of the most spectacular paths in Provence. With aerial views of the famed olive groves and even the Mediterranean Sea to the south, the rocky paths wind through shrub vegetation and pass lone cypress trees: just as Van Gogh painted them during his stay in these mountains. We visit a secret 3000 year-old fort before reaching the medieval village of Les Baux de Provence, set high above the valley. Enjoy some free time to meander through the cobbled streets and enjoy a relaxing lunch before completing the walk. After the walk, visit a local olive mill for a tasting and to learn about local olive oil production. Set just beside the village of Les Baux is a former limestone quarry, converted into a stunning light and picture show: Carrières de Lumières. This activity takes just under an hour and is not included in the price. However, you can choose to visit this if you wish at additional cost. The walk is 7 kilometers long in total, and you can expect up to three hours of walking time along the trails. The paths are easy to walk on, but rocky: you can choose to wear walking boots but running shoes are sufficient if you're used to walking on uneven surfaces.  Pick-up is at 9 AM directly at your hotel by your guide in Avignon, or in the surrounding area (within a radius of 25 kilometers from Avignon). The pick-up time can be adjusted, if necessary. A return transfer is included to your hotel in Avignon, arriving at around 5 PM. 

From Avignon: Private Walking Tour from Gordes to Sénanque

10. From Avignon: Private Walking Tour from Gordes to Sénanque

You'll be picked up directly from your hotel in Avignon by private vehicle and transfer (less than 1-hour) to the picturesque village of Gordes, listed as one of the most beautiful villages in France. After exploring the stunning medieval streets, your guide will lead you along the walking paths lined with ancient stone walls. On seldom-used trails and through the thyme-laden hills, you will reach the 12th century Sénanque Abbey, completely intact, and a jewel of Romanesque architecture. It sits in a hidden valley framed by lavender fields. You will be able to visit the Abbey if you wish (there are regularly scheduled guided tours lasting an hour, not included). Beyond the abbey, climb on a path with magnificent aerial views of the ancient buildings. You will reach a pass before a leisurely descent back to Gordes, finishing your loop. The fully guided walk will be 10 kilometers in total and require approximately 3-hours of walking time on easy but rock paths.  

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What people are saying about Avignon

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4.4 / 5

based on 18 reviews

Claude was a very knowledgeable guide who showed us the highlights of the old city in Avignon. We got some interesting history plus information about local and current highlights.

Very nice winetour for 8 people!

We had a greit time on our winetour! Gilles was a nice guide and the lunch on the chateau was fantastic! Everything went smooth and we found some good wines to bring back home!

It was wonderful to have a local guide teaching us about the area! She was patient with our teenagers and kept them as engaged as possible:).

A perfect mix ...

... from culture and history, from small discoveries and hidden pearls. It was really a nice tour with a super friendly leader

Marc is a learned and friendly guide Excellent visit of a city that we already knew but about which Marc taught us a lot