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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 Avignon: Lavender Villages Day Trip

2. From Avignon: Lavender Villages Day Trip

Embark on a fascinating tour focused on exploring and appreciating lavenders, the emblematic plant of Provence. Take a day trip from Avignon and visit neighboring villages to explore open-air markets and scenic landscapes. Shop for local produce and crafts, and admire vast lavender fields. Depart from Avignon and head to a quaint village. Drive to a different village depending on the day of the week, to guarantee a visit to the open-air markets that take place in different towns throughout the week. Browse through the stalls presenting an array of fruits, vegetables, and handicrafts. Travel along picturesque roads through wild lavender fields to Sault or Roussillon. Enjoy free time to wander and explore lavender shops. Visit Gordes, a hilltop village in Luberon, built completely with dry stones. Stop for a photo at Senanque Abbey, surrounded by a wonderful lavender field. During the blooming season, a photo stop in sunflower fields will also be included in the itinerary.

From Avignon: Luberon Hilltop Villages

3. From Avignon: Luberon Hilltop Villages

Your first stop will be Fontaine de Vaucluse where you will be charmed by the biggest French spring. Spontaneous stops at poppy fields on the way are included (in season). Next, enjoy strolling through the streets of the spectacular hilltop village of Gordes, where you can admire the play of warm light on the dry stone walls. Move then on to Roussillon and observe all the different shades of the ochre by wandering along the Ochre Trail (entrance fee not included - 3€/adult) and the colored roads of the village. Then, walk on the streets of Ménerbes, the fortified hilltop village that inspired Peter Mayle to write his most successful novel "One Year in Provence".

From Marseille: Provence Sightseeing Tour and Wine Tasting

4. 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 Avignon: In the Footsteps of Van Gogh in Provence

5. From Avignon: In the Footsteps of Van Gogh in Provence

Start your trip from Avignon and relax with round-trip transportation via air-conditioned minibus to explore Van Gogh's Provence. The sunny region of Provence has long been an inspiration for artists and painters, like Van Gogh. From the bright colors of the sun and sunflowers to the various colorful landscapes, he painted hundreds of works during his stay in Arles and St. Rémy de Provence. Follow in his footsteps at the sites that inspired Starry Night, Maison Jaune, Café Terrace at Night, and others. In Saint Rémy, follow a walking route that shows reproductions of his famous works and visit St. Paul de Mausole Asylum where he was interned.

From Avignon: Half-Day Van Gogh & Carrières de Lumières Tour

6. From Avignon: Half-Day Van Gogh & Carrières de Lumières Tour

Follow in the tracks of Vincent van Gogh in Provence on this 5-hour tour. Begin in Arles, a city that fascinated the artist. Then, set off to discover the city through the history of the artist during this fascinating city tour. First, visit the monumental “Carrières de Lumières” which hosts extraordinary multimedia shows, unique in the world with Dali and Gaudi. Finish with St Paul de Mausole, the famous psychiatric hospital, where Van Gogh spent 1 very creative year.

Avignon and Châteauneuf du Pape Wine Tour

7. 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

From Nice: Churches of Provence Private Tour

8. From Nice: Churches of Provence Private Tour

Start with pickup from your hotel in Nice, where you will meet your private guide. Travel to the first site of religious significance on the tour, Thoronet Abbey. Known as the jewel of Cistercian abbeys, it was constructed between 1160 and 1230. Discover the beauty of the abbey's architecture, the cloister, and the perfectly preserved conventual buildings from the 12th century.  Drive to St Maximin and visit the famous Basilica of Saint Mary Magdalene. Explore the largest Gothic church in Provence, which hosts the relics of Mary Magdalene. These relics received official recognition from the Catholic church in 1281. Charles II of Anjou, Count of Provence, decided with the approval and encouragement of Pope Boniface VIII, to build a magnificent basilica in the honor of the saint. Continue towards the city of Avignon and discover the amazing Palace of the Popes. The wealth and the glitter of the pontifical court vanished a long time ago, but the palace still is a monument to papal power in centuries past. Wander through the large halls and rooms of the Palais vieux, the Grand Tinel, the Consistoire, as well as the private rooms of the Popes who were resident here. Enjoy some free time for a lunch at your own expense before driving back to Nice.

Marseilles and Aix-en-Provence Guided Tour

9. Marseilles and Aix-en-Provence Guided Tour

Discover the gorgeous city of Aix-en-Provence. The Thousand fountains city. Walk on the foot steps of Paul Cezanne. Meander through the small streets in the historical center A vibrant city not to miss while touring in Provence Beautiful Provencal markets on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays Notre Dame de la Garde (set on the highest point of Marseille) magnificent point of view overlooking the 2nd biggest city of France, chateau d'If known from the count of Monte Cristo, the little port of le Vallon des Auffes Drive along the shore of Marseille

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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.

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.

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

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