01 Apr - 31 Oct: Monday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
01 Nov - 31 Mar: Monday, Thursday and Saturday
10 hoursStart time
Start Time: 9:00am
Duration: 10 hours (9 hours from November - March)
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.
The tour ends at the starting point
Marvel at the Roman Triumphal Arch in Orange; it is truly a masterpiece of architecture and sculpture. Smaller than its counterpart in Paris, it is no less a work of art with its intricate engravings that have stood the test of time. Also, you get to enjoy Carrières de Lumière show; a multimedia exhibition of famous paintings.
In the morning, you will be picked up in an air-conditioned minibus from your hotel in Avignon. Accompanied by an English-speaking guide, you will be shown the highlights of Provence.
Visit the city of Orange and see the Roman Arch of Triumph, a symbol of Roman imperial glory. Built in the 1st century as a tribute to Augusta, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the Antic Theatre (entrance fee included), it is one of the best preserved theatres in the Roman Empire with its stage wall intact.
Further on, proceed towards the vineyards between Orange and Châteauneuf-du-Pape and stop for some wine tasting in a cellar. You will try the most prestigious red wine in the Rhône valley and visit the winery founded in Châteauneuf-du-Pape 100 years ago.
Continue to Antiques of Saint Remy de Provence. It is a pretty village, and the old Gallo-Roman interior is circled by the remnants of a circular 14th century wall. St. Remy is located on the plains at the northern edge of the Alpilles, about 20 kilometres south of Avignon, this is where Van Gogh painted ‘Starry Night’. Visit Les Baux de Provence, 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.
Take a walking tour in Arles, the largest city in France on the banks of the Rhone river, surrounded by the arid plains of Crau. See the famous Roman amphitheatre, the Romanesque Cathedral and the places painted by Van Gogh: La maison jaune, Le café la nuit, Le jardin de l’hôtel Dieu.
Enjoy the audiovisual show (ticket included) in the Carrières de Lumière (Quarry of Light); a multimedia exhibition of famous paintings are displayed on the walls of the quarry accompanied by music. Bosch, Brueghel, Archimboldo will be the theme of the new season. More time will be allowed in the village of Les Baux during this period.
After sightseeing in Provence, you will be dropped back at your hotel in Avignon.
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.
Provencal markets in Orange on Thursday and in Arles on Saturday. The order of visits will then change accordingly.
You will have leisure time from April to October for about an hour to enjoy a weekly traditional provençal market and this will extend your tour by 1 hour (the tour will end at 7:00 pm).
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.
The tour is well organized and the guide is very nice. We enjoy the time very much and will recommend this tour to my friends....
We saw so much, at a good pace, and the guides were really knowledgeable...
The best tour we could have chosen. We were very lucky to have Caroline as our guide....
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