Les Baux, Carrières de Lumières & Provence Wines Day Trip from Aix en Provence (shared)
Small group tour at a relaxed pace
Walking tour of Les Baux de Provence
Entrance fee to Carrières des Lumières included
Taste delicious Rosé, red & white wines of Provence
300 Avenue Giuseppe Verdi, Aix en Provence, 13100, FR
Why take this tour?
- 09:15 AM - Meet at the Aix en Provence Tourism Office
- 09:30 AM - Depart from Aix en Provence
- 10:30 AM - Arrive at Carrières de Lumières - participate in Light & Sound Show
- 11:30 AM - Walking tour in the village of Les Baux de Provence
- 12:15 AM - Free time for personal discovery & lunch (at own expense)
- 02:30 PM - Depart from Les Baux de Provence
- 03:30 PM - Wine tasting of Provence wines at a carefully selected winery
- 04:30 PM - Depart from the Winery make your way towards Aix en Provence
- 05:30 PM - Arrive and drop off at Aix en Provence
Upon arrival at the meeting point, you will be welcomed by your English speaking guide who will be waiting with a sign bearing the name of the tour and with the Ophorus logo on it. Also, all our guides have a nominative badge so that it will be easy for you to recognize them.
After a short drive from Aix en Provence, reach the Carrières de Lumières located at the base of the village of Les Baux de Provence in the Alpilles area. The site, known since the Romans, is an ancient quarry from where the local limestone was extracted throughout the centuries to build towns and villages such as Glanum, Les Baux de Provence and its castle. Closed in 1935 the site quickly became the perfect setting for several artistic happenings such as the filming of Orpheus by Jean Cocteau. In 2012, Culturespaces obtained the management of the site and created and Art & Music Immersive Experience. In march of the same year, the Carrières des Lumières opened with an exhibition called "Gauguin, Van Gogh: painters of Colour".
Classified as one of the most beautiful villages of France, Les Baux de Provence will be a highlight of your day. After your Light & Sound experience in Les Carrières de Lumières, reach the village of Les Baux de Provence. Perched on top of a natural plateau, the site has been continuously inhabited since Prehistoric times. The first fortified town dates back to the 10th century while the castle, that dominates the village, was built in the 13th century. The Renaissance period left its print on Les Baux de Provence with the building of beautiful private mansions that can still be seen today. After a time of prosperity linked with the quarrying of the local limestone, the village slowly fell asleep when the demand for stone decreased. After the 2nd WW, Les Baux de Provence became an artistic and touristic destination that attracted famous artists such as Louis Jou, Pablo Casals or Yves Brayer. In 1998, Les Baux de Provence was listed as one of the 'Most Beautiful Villages of France'.
After your time in Les Baux de Provence, it will be time to begin to make our way back to Aix en Provence. On your way, we will stop in a local Provence Winery so that you may taste some of the local wines that are produced in the region. The Côtes de Provence wine region spans over 20 000 hectares (roughly 50 000 acres) and has been recognized as an AOC since 1977. Rosé wines are mainly produced here and represent about 90% of the total amount of wines, 5% are reds and 5% whites. Mains grape varieties for the rosés and red wines include cinsault, grenache, mourvèdre and syrah. For the white wines, clairette, sémillon, ugni blanc and rolle (vermentino) are the most commonly used grape varieties. The highlight of your tasting will be Côtes de Provence rosé wine that are known for their aromas of fresh flower, yellow fruits and red fruits. You will also have the pleasure to taste reds & whites so as to cover the whole range of Provence wines.
Visit Carrières des Lumières, ticket included
Visit Les Baux de Provence village
Free time in the village for personal discovery
Provence Wine tasting in a local domaine
All Wine tasting fees
Premium A/C vehicle
Bottled water in the minivan
Free WiFi access on board
Entrance fees to monuments, museums, attractions unless mentioned
Personal insurance & expenses
Meals & drinks
Gratuities for the guide
Things to know
Before you book
Tour requires a minimum of 2 persons to depart
Tour and commentaries are made in English
Good walking shoes recommended
Not suitable for persons with reduced mobility
Tour is not wheelchair accessible
Before you go
Instant booking confirmation
Please be ready 15 minutes before departure time
Small group option, maximum 8 persons
Prices are per person
- Face masks required for travelers in public areas
- Face masks required for guides in public areas
- Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
- Social distancing enforced throughout experience
- Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
- Guides required to regularly wash hands
- COVID-19 vaccination required for guides
Up to 24 hours before the beginning of the activity: full refund
Less than 24 hours before the beginning of the activity or no-show: no refund
Please arrive 15 minutes before departure time.
Your voucher will be collected or scanned on redemption
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