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Culture & wine in Provence half day
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Departure from Avignon

From April to October included

Number of visitors
Adults (12+)
Children (4-12)
Total: 65


This tour is dedicated for those that wish to ally culture and gastronomy. First visit the antique city of Orange with its breathtaking Roman Theater, one of the most well preserved in the world (entrance included). Then off to Châteauneuf du Pape for a scenic drive through the vineyards and a pleasant wine tasting session.

The town of Orange (Arausio in Latin) was founded by the veterans of the 2nd Gallic Legion of Caesar. This legion had arrived in the region following the conquest of Gaul led by Julius Caesar, which ended with the Battle of Alesia in 52 BC. A few decades later, during the reign of Augustus, the Théâtre d’Orange, set into the hill of Saint Eutrope, was built. Along with the theatre in Arles, this was one of the first large public buildings built in Gallia Narbonensis at the beginning of the Empire. In the 19th century, Prosper Mérimée, then inspector with the French heritage body known as Monuments Historiques, implemented an extensive restoration campaign. This consisted of clearing away the constructions built in and around the stage area and the lower tiers. The Roman theatre was finally restored to its former glory much to the delight of the public. Certainly one of the finest legacies of Imperial Rome, Europe’s best preserved theatre has been included on the list of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites since 1981. It is renowned for its magnificent stage wall, amazingly preserved and unique in the Western world. 103 metres long, 1.8 metres thick and 37 metres high, King Louis XIV once described the imposing facade as ‘the most beautiful wall in my kingdom’.

After the visit of the Theater, depart for the Chateauneuf du Pape wine region. Chateauneuf du Pape takes its name from the time when the Pope moved to Avignon in 1309. The move was due to issues between the King of France and the Papacy. 8 different Popes served in Avignon as the Papacy remained in Chateauneuf du Pape until 1378. The first Pope to move to Avignon was Pope Clement V, who was an avid wine lover. The Pope moving to Avignon is of course where the region takes its name, as Chateauneuf du Pape is translated to mean: “The Pope’s New Castle"! Here, you will visit a local winery and be introduced to the wines of Chateauneuf du Pape through a fun & informative tasting session.

Inclusions / Exclusions


1. English speaking guide
2. Hotel pick up and drop off
3. Visit of Orange (entrance to Theater included), Châteauneuf du Pape wine tasting
4. Transport by air conditioned minivan


1. Entrance fees unless specified
2. Gratuities for the driver/guide
3. Food and drinks, unless specified

Meeting point

Hotel pick up in Avignon

Hotel pick up in Avignon

Pick up information

Drop off at Hotel in Avignon
Drop off at Hotel in Avignon

Additional information

Additional information

Thursday - Mornings
Monday, Saturday, Sunday - Afternoons

- Maximum 8 persons per tour
- Tour is operated in English, French and Spanish
- This tour is not wheelchair accessible
- Tour requires minimum 2 passengers (adults) to operate

Price information

- Prices are listed as a guide only
- Tour not suitable for infants under the age of 4
- Children aged 4 - 12 years: half price
- Prices are per person
- Currency is in Euro

Possible languages: English