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Pont du Gard, Provence Villages and Wine Tasting at Châteauneuf-du-Pape

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Key Highlights

  • See some of the most beautiful villages in France
  • Sample fine French wine in the Rhone Valley
  • Marvel at the incredible Roman architecture in the area
  • Architectural marvel, Pont du Gard is a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?

    Monday & Thursday

    Duration

    Approx. 9.5 hours

    Start time

    Start Time: 9:00am
    Duration: Approx. 9.5 hours

    Meeting Point

    Your hotel in Avignon.
    (Please advise your hotel details at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator 24 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details.)
    If you are not staying in a hotel in Avignon, a pick-up can be organized for you from the front of Provence Reservation 61, rue Grande Fusterie – next to the Pont d'Avignon.

    Ending Point

    The tour ends at the starting point

  • Overview & Itinerary

    Overview

    This tour is an interesting way to sample fine wines in the Rhone valley and explore some of the most scenic villages of France. Marvel at the ingenious construction of Pont du Gard, built by the Romans in the 1st century. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this amazingly well-preserved monument will surely impress you.

    Appreciate the picturesque setting of the village of Gordes and take back pictures of its mountainous landscape. Wander down its cobblestone streets and you will see quaint stone houses that root themselves into the sharp cliff of the mountain.

    Itinerary

    In the morning, you will be picked up in an air-conditioned minibus from your hotel in Avignon. Accompanied by an English-speaking driver/guide, you will be taken to the vineyards of the Rhone Valley.

    You will stop at 2 different wineries that produce red, white and rose wines. Try some of the most prestigious red wine in the Rhône valley and visit the winery founded in Châteauneuf-du-Pape 100 years ago.

    After wine tasting and exploring the wineries, proceed to Pont du Gard, one of the best preserved Roman aqueducts. The Pont du Gard is a beautiful 2000 year-old Roman aqueduct that until recently supplied over 40 million gallons of water daily to the city of Nimes. Surprisingly, this gigantic stone structure has no mortar – the stones are made to fit together in a rather seamless fashion and using the arches the weight supports itself. The monument is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    Further on, proceed to the Baux de Provence. It is a beautiful village set upon a rock at a height of 245 metres. Tour around its historical centre and visit the museum of santons, Hôtel des Porcelets, beautiful 16th century houses, St Vincent Church and other attractions.

    Visit the village of Gordes, one of the most well-known hilltop villages in the region. Stroll around and you will see houses of white stone and labyrinth of narrow cobblestone streets. After exploring Gordes, you have free time for lunch (cost not included).

    You will be dropped back to your hotel in Avignon.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions

    Inclusions

    • Hotel pick up and drop off
    • Transportation in air-conditioned minibus
    • English-speaking guide
    • Wine-tasting in Châteauneuf du Pape

    Exclusions

    • Lunch
  • Please note & Additional info

    Please note

    Please call the local activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure details.
    This tour requires a minimum of 2 passengers to operate. There is a possibility that this tour may be cancelled after confirmation if minimum numbers are not met. Should this be necessary you will be offered an alternate departure date or a full refund.

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.