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From Avignon: Half-Day Great Vineyards Tour

1. From Avignon: Half-Day Great Vineyards Tour

Discover the wine country of 3 Grand Crus on this 5-hour guided tour in the Côtes du Rhône. The highlights of this renowned wine region include Gigondas, Seguret, and Châteauneuf-du-Pape, whose wines carry the certification of Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC). During your tour you’ll have a chance to admire the beauty of vineyards and the small regional villages dominated by bell towers. You’ll be at the foot of the Dentelles de Montmirail, and in this lovely landscape you’ll learn about wine production and grape varieties. In addition, you’ll have the opportunity to taste some fine wines with a wine specialist. The specialist’s expert knowledge will help make your tasting session a unique and memorable experience.

From Avignon: Châteauneuf du Pape Afternoon Wine Tour

2. 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 ageing. Afterwards, 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: Morning Wine Tour to Châteauneuf du Pape

3. From Avignon: Morning Wine Tour to Châteauneuf du Pape

This tour takes you to the vineyards of the Rhone Valley, the second largest wine-growing region in France. Vines have been cultivated here since the days of the Romans and the centuries-old tradition is ripe for exploring. Tucked between the Alps to the east and the Rhone River to the west, it is an area rich with natural and manmade wonders. Departing from Avignon, you will drive through the lush landscape on your way to the village of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The name is familiar across the globe for its exquisite wines, but you will also have time to explore the village and see the ruins of the castle where former Popes built their summer residence after they relocated the papacy to Avignon in the 14th-Century. The tour visits 2 wineries involved in the production of red, white and rosé wines. Go to the cellars and learn everything you could possibly think to ask, about the "terroir,“ grape varieties, vinification and ageing process. You will also get a lesson in how to taste wine using your eyes, nose and finally taste. As the French say, "A votre sante!" Cheers!

Avignon: Full-Day Wine Tour around Châteauneuf-du-Pape

4. Avignon: Full-Day Wine Tour around Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Visit the world-renowned vineyards of Châteauneuf-du-Pape on a full-day excursion from Avignon. Accompanied by a wine specialist guide, visit 4 of the main appellations in the region. Head to the vineyards of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, one of the world’s best-known wines. Discover grapes such as the grenache, the syrah, and the mourvèdre, which give the wines their fruity and spicy tastes. Visit a wine producer and explore their cellars, where you’ll see the barrels used to age wines for up to 24 months. In addition, learn how to taste wines, using your eyes, your nose, and finally your palate.

Avignon: Châteauneuf du Pape and Luberon Tour with Wine

5. Avignon: Châteauneuf du Pape and Luberon Tour with Wine

Enjoy a scenic drive through the vineyards of Châteauneuf-du-Pape followed by wine tastings at two 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. In the afternoon, discover the village of Roussillon and its colorful houses. Continue to the village of Ménerbes; famous thanks to the novel 'A Year in Provence' written by Peter Mayle. Take advantage of a photo stop at Pont Julien, from Roman times.Drive through the village of Lacoste, where you will see the remains of the castle of the Marquis de Sade. Conclude the tour with free time in the dry-stone-built hilltop village of Gordes.

From Avignon: Tavel and Châteauneuf-du-Pape Wine Tour

6. From Avignon: Tavel and Châteauneuf-du-Pape Wine Tour

Depart Avignon for this half-day wine tasting tour of the some of the best red and rosé wines of France. You will enjoy an entire afternoon to practice wine tasting, including visits and tastings at 2 distinct wineries of the region. Combine tastings with expert instruction about the wines of the Rhône Valley, and learn about the terroir and French system of quality certification known as AOC (Appellation d'origine contrôlée). Explore the agriculture, geography and vineyards of the Rhône, stopping to sample the pink wines of Tavel, known for their dry, crisp and refreshing taste that is perfect for a summer's day. Continue to the famous wine lands of Châteauneuf-du-Pape to discover one of the finest appellations of the Rhône Valley at a 2nd winery.

From Marseille: Provence Sightseeing Tour & Wine Tasting

7. From Marseille: Provence Sightseeing Tour & 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.” Go to the impressive Palais des Papes (Popes' Palace), site of the Papacy in the 14th century before their return to Rome. The largest Gothic palace in Europe, the austere Palais dominates the city (entrance tickets not included). 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. You will 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. The tour then continues towards the Alpilles Mountains to 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 Aix en Provence: Provence Full-Day Tour

8. 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.

Avignon: Les Baux and Chateauneuf du Pape Private Day Trip

9. Avignon: Les Baux and Chateauneuf du Pape Private Day Trip

Discover Les Baux-de-Provence, a medieval village sitting on a rocky spur in the Alpilles Mountains, surrounded by olive groves that produce some of the best olive oils and wines in the region. See the colossal stone quarry featuring a sound and light show Venise. Combine tastings with expert instruction about the wines of the Rhône Valley, and learn about the terroir and French system of quality certification known as AOC (appellation d'origine contrôlée). Explore the agriculture, geography and vineyards of the Rhône, stopping to sample the rosé wines of Tavel, known for their dry, crisp and refreshing taste. Continue to the famous wine lands of Châteauneuf-du-Pape to discover one of the finest appellations of the Rhône Valley at yet another winery.

From Avignon: Art and History in Provence

10. From Avignon: Art and History in Provence

Discover two perfectly preserved Roman masterpieces at Glanum on this tour. You will also get to see places that inspired Vincent Van Gogh around the asylum of Saint Paul de Mausole, near Saint Rémy de Provence. Marvel at one of the most beautiful villages in France, Les Baux de Provence, perched on a spur of rock in the heart of the Alpilles. Explore the narrow streets Arles, with its 2000-year-old Roman amphitheatre and see the Pont du Gard (entrance fee included), the highest Roman aqueduct in the world. After all this, you will then go on to enjoy a tasting of Rhone Valley wines at an organic winery (cost of wine tasting included).

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What people are saying about Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 184 reviews

Great little excursion to get a feel for wine production in the area. Nice private wine tastings and tutorial. It was good not to have to book the wine tasting sessions privately. We saw several people who just showed up at the vineyards asking to taste the wine but all of the sommeliers were busy with preexisting groups. Everything ran quite smoothly for our little group—it was great!

Great tour, perfect taste of Provence. Our guide was very knowledgeable and provided advice and answered questions throughout. Perfect time distribution among the sites, if only there was more time in the day! Made a great day-trip from Marseille, not too early and also returned in time to find some dinner.

Fantastic experience on this tour. Our guide Thierry was really brilliant combining wine knowledge, smile and sympathy throughout this tour. Thanks to him we were able to discover very good wines as well as beautiful landscapes.

Our trip was wonderful, memorable with many beautiful photos thanks to Veronica who guided and showed us every corners of the beautiful Arles city and surrounding area. Thank you Veronica again!

Very knowledgeable guide, excellent wines, way above our expectations