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  • From Marseille: Provence Sightseeing Tour & Wine Tasting

    1. 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 ...

    it was our first tour using this site, so we didn't know what to expect, but the guide was very nice, trip destinations were better than expected and it is a good way to get to know provance in a short period of time

  • From Aix en Provence: Full-Day Discovery Tour of Provence

    2. From Aix en Provence: Full-Day Discovery Tour of Provence

    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 incl...

    The tour was a good taste of some of the more popular sites in Provence. It was a treat and a time saver to have a knowledgeable driver familiar with routes and access to sites. Our group was a mixture of French and English which the guide diligently tried to handle but it left no time for in-depth discussions including history etc. We found the time spent at each site sufficient and the in between driving not begrudged due to our less than perfect weather conditions. One word of caution is lunch options are poor. A packed snack would have been better.

  • Avignon 3-Hour Walking Tour & Wine Tasting

    3. Avignon 3-Hour Walking Tour & Wine Tasting

    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. Enjoy skip-the-line access and 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 served in a restaurant.

    Efficient office, prompt arrival of our guide who was very good - pleasant, friendly, informative. Billed as a tour of Avignon but did not go beyond the area around Le Pont, the gardens above it, the cathedral and Le Palais des Papes. Nice little spot chosen for a glass of wine at the end of the tour. Possibly a bit pricy for what it was.

  • Private Walking Tour of Avignon

    4. 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...

    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:).

  • From Marseille Port to Avignon and Chateauneuf du Pape

    5. From Marseille Port to Avignon and Chateauneuf du Pape

    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, and admire the Popes' Palace, which is the biggest Gothic-styled Palace in Europe. Do not miss the opportunity to purchase your ticket to visit it inside. Have free time for lunch then take a sightseeing trip to the vineyards around Châteauneuf du Pape. Listen to explanations about terroir, grape varieties, vinification, and aging cellars. Stop at a winery for wine-tasting before returning to Marseille.

  • From Marseille: The Best of Provence Day Tour

    6. From Marseille: The Best of Provence Day Tour

    Discover the 14th century seat of the papacy, as you spend some time walking around Avignon. Wander the Palais des Papes, an austere-looking fortress that dominates the city. See for yourself outstanding examples of Gothic architecture in the Petit Palais and the Romanesque Cathedral of Notre-Dame-des-Doms. These complete an exceptional group of monuments that testify to the leading role played by Avignon in 14th-century Christian Europe.  Heading to the small village of Les Baux de Provence in the Alpilles mountain range, see some of the most dramatic scenery in the region. Located on a rocky outcrop, Les Baux de Provence provides a spectacular view of the surrounding valley. Take time at the Senanque Abbey in the middle of the fields of lavender and enjoy visiting the lavender museum in Coustellet where you can learn everything about this relaxing plant.

  • From Nice: Churches of Provence Private Tour

    7. 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...

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What people are saying about Palais des Papes

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 141 reviews

We thoroughly enjoyed our day in the Provence countryside. Thank you.

Our guide, Ginny (Virginia), was very friendly and informative. She made the journeys in between the locations fun and was very happy to answer questions etc. Each location was worth stopping at although it would have been nice to have longer in the village near the Quarry of Lights. But overall it was very enjoyable and we are glad we signed up.

it was our first tour using this site, so we didn't know what to expect, but the guide was very nice, trip destinations were better than expected and it is a good way to get to know provance in a short period of time

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.

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:).

Great scenery,good tastes.Our guide was really with information about the city and the region of Provence,their way customs,way of life etc.