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Things to do in Châteauneuf-du-Pape

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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: Afternoon Wine Tour Châteauneuf du Pape

2. From Avignon: Afternoon Wine Tour Châteauneuf du Pape

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 enjoy a trip to the famous vineyards of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. 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 two wine-tastings in two of the numerous cellars of the village before going back to Avignon.

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

3. 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.

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: Morning Wine Tour to Châteauneuf du Pape

5. 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!

From Avignon : Afternoon Prestige Châteauneuf-du-Pape Wine

6. From Avignon : Afternoon Prestige Châteauneuf-du-Pape Wine

Discover a one of the famous vineyards of of the Rhône Valley : Châteauneuf du Pape is renowned for its full-bodied and powerful red wines. Enjoy a wine-tasting experience in a prestigious cellar of the village of Châteauneuf du pape. Combine tasting 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, known for their dry, crisp and refreshing taste that is perfect for a summer's day.

From Aix-en-Provence: Provence Region Tour with Wine Tasting

7. From Aix-en-Provence: Provence Region Tour with Wine Tasting

Discover the highlights of Provence on an immersive tour departing from Aix-en-Provence. Explore the medieval village of Les Baux de Provence, the ancient aqueduct of Pont du Gard, and the town of Avignon. Enjoy a guided wine tasting. at Châteauneuf du Pape. Start your adventure with free time in Les Baux de Provence. See the medieval fortress located on a rocky spur in the Alpilles region. Continue to the Pont du Gard and visit the best-preserved aqueduct of the Roman period (museum entrance not included). Move on to Avignon for the chance to purchase lunch. Choose to wander around or visit the Pope's Palace and the famous bridge Saint-Bénezet, also called Pont d'Avignon. Take a scenic drive through the vineyards of Châteauneuf du Pape, followed by a delicious wine tasting, before the drive back.

From Avignon: Châteauneuf du Pape and Luberon Tour with Wine

8. From 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. Enjoy a photo stop at Pont Julien with a history dating 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.

Highlights of Provence : Les Baux and Chateauneuf du Pape

9. Highlights of Provence : Les Baux and Chateauneuf du Pape

Free time in Les Baux de Provence, medieval fortress located on a rocky spur in the Alpilles region. Attend the light and sound show dedicated to the Dutch Painters from Vermeer to Van Gogh in Carrières de Lumières (entrance included). Scenic drive through the vineyard of Châteauneuf du Pape followed 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. This full day tour will return to Avignon in the middle of the day.Lunch on your own in Avignon

From Avignon: Art and History in Provence

10. From Avignon: Art and History in Provence

You'll first stop at the monastery of St Paul de Mausole, near St Rémy de Provence. You will get to see the landscapes that inspired the great Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh, who spent the last year of his life in the neighboring asylum. Across the road, discover two perfectly preserved Roman monuments, that were part of the ancient town of Glanum. Later, enjoy a stroll in one of the most beautiful villages in France, Les Baux de Provence, perched on a spur of rock in the heart of the Alpilles mountains, overlooking picturesque olive groves and vineyards.  Take some time for lunch in Arles, where you can choose from a wide range of restaurants, and then explore its cobbled streets, without missing its 2000-year-old amphitheater and Van Gogh's Café (painted in "Café Terrasse at Night"). End up the day with a visit to the amazing Pont du Gard (entrance fee included), the highest Roman aqueduct still standing 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

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based on 345 reviews

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.

One of the best wine tastings of my life (and that’s saying a lot). Our guide was very friendly, knowledgeable and was able to be flexible with the schedule given that my wife and I had already tasted a few of the wineries on the agenda. The wines were FANTASTIC. Overall a wonderful experience and we would highly recommend!

Great guide Lucile and activity! We really enjoyed the tour to Avignon and Beaux. Very punctual and comfortable car. The guide was very kind and helpful.

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

Florence was a terrific and knowledgeable guide. We learned so much, and enjoyed the sights!