Provence in a Day Tour from Marseille

Highlights

  • Meet your guide in the morning at Marseille Vieux Port for your whirlwind tour from Marseille to Avignon, Les Baux-de-Provence, and the prestigious wine estates of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. An hour-long drive through rolling hills of lavender and vineyards brings you first to Avignon. Though Avignon boasts an ancient Roman origin, the city is known as the home of the Papacy during the 14th and 15th centuries, when the French Popes adorned the city in opulent architecture and art. With your guide, visit Pont Saint-Bénézet – Avignon’s fabled 12th-century bridge – the lovely Notre-Dame des Doms Cathedral and the lavish Popes’ Palace. Take an optional interior tour of the UNESCO-listed palace (own expense) to see fresco-adorned chapels, galleries, and the papal apartments. You’ll then have free time to purchase your own lunch before leaving Avignon. Next, travel south to Châteauneuf-du-Pape, a lovely town in the Rhône Valley surrounded by prestigious wine estates. Marvel at the rolling vineyards, learn about the region’s distinct viniculture and terroir, and stop at a charming winery to taste fine wine and tour the wine cellars. Then hop back in the coach for a short drive to the UNESCO-listed Pont du Gard – a massive, three-tiered Roman aqueduct that spans the mighty Gardon River.   Finish your tour with a trip to Les Baux-de-Provence – a fortified medieval village perched in the Alpilles Mountains. Take some time to wander the cobblestone streets, visit the labyrinthine ruins of the Baux Castle (own expense) and snap dramatic photos from the lofty vantage point over the Luberon plains.  After a full day of sightseeing, enjoy a relaxing ride back to Marseille Vieux Port. You’ll arrive by early evening.

Summary

Meet your guide in the morning at Marseille Vieux Port for your whirlwind tour from Marseille to Avignon, Les Baux-de-Provence, and the prestigious wine estates of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. An hour-long drive through rolling hills of lavender and vineyards brings you first to Avignon. Though Avignon boasts an ancient Roman origin, the city is known as the home of the Papacy during the 14th and 15th centuries, when the French Popes adorned the city in opulent architecture and art. With your guide, visit Pont Saint-Bénézet – Avignon’s fabled 12th-century bridge – the lovely Notre-Dame des Doms Cathedral and the lavish Popes’ Palace. Take an optional interior tour of the UNESCO-listed palace (own expense) to see fresco-adorned chapels, galleries, and the papal apartments. You’ll then have free time to purchase your own lunch before leaving Avignon. Next, travel south to Châteauneuf-du-Pape, a lovely town in the Rhône Valley surrounded by prestigious wine estates. Marvel at the rolling vineyards, learn about the region’s distinct viniculture and terroir, and stop at a charming winery to taste fine wine and tour the wine cellars. Then hop back in the coach for a short drive to the UNESCO-listed Pont du Gard – a massive, three-tiered Roman aqueduct that spans the mighty Gardon River.   Finish your tour with a trip to Les Baux-de-Provence – a fortified medieval village perched in the Alpilles Mountains. Take some time to wander the cobblestone streets, visit the labyrinthine ruins of the Baux Castle (own expense) and snap dramatic photos from the lofty vantage point over the Luberon plains.  After a full day of sightseeing, enjoy a relaxing ride back to Marseille Vieux Port. You’ll arrive by early evening.

Tour info

Duration
11 hours 30 minutes
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Why take this tour?

Discover the delights of Provence on this full-day tour from Marseille, and enjoy scenic countryside, heritage and history, and fine wines! With an expert local guide, you’ll travel by minivan into the heart of this beautiful region. Explore Avignon, the City of Popes, and see the eye-catching Popes' Palace. Visit the castle ruins near the village of Châteauneuf-du-Pape and sample the area's famously well-bodied wines in a wine cellar nearby, and then spend time at leisure relaxing in pretty Les Baux de Provence village. Numbers are limited to eight on this small-group tour ensuring you’ll see the best of Provence with personalized attention from your guide. On certain days, a drive through Aix en Provence may be included to pick up and drop off passengers.

What’s included?

  • Transport by air-conditioned vehicle

  • Local guide

  • Wine tasting

  • Entrance fee to the Pont du Gard

  • Entry/Admission - Pont du Gard

  • Food and drinks, unless specified

  • Entrance fee to Popes' Palace and Avignon's bridge

  • Gratuities

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

  • Entry/Admission - Pont Saint-Bénézet (Pont d'Avignon)

  • Entry/Admission - Palais des Papes

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Before you book

  • Duration: 11h 30m

  • Mobile tickets accepted

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Covid Policy

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Please note that the European sanitary pass or vaccination certificate is mandatory to attend our experiences Social distancing, wearing a mask, disinfecting minivans, bikes and equipment, hydroalcoholic gel available. We strictly apply all the sanitary measures in force

Cancellation Policy

    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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