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  • POPE'S PALACE IN AVIGNON - ADULT TICKET

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    Adult entrance fee to visit the Pope's Palace in Avignon.
  • POPE'S PALACE IN AVIGNON - CHILD TICKET - REDUCED PRICE

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    Reduced price for Children 8 years to 17 years. Under 8 years old are free of charge.
  • WINE TASTING FEES FOR CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE

    € 25.00

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    Enjoy a wine tasting session in one of the wineries in the village of Chateauneuf du Pape.
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Ophorus Tours - Avignon & Châteauneuf du Pape Wine Tour Private Day Trip from Aix en Provence

Aix-en-Provence

Avignon & Châteauneuf du Pape Wine Tour Private Day Trip from Aix en Provence

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  • Small Groups ( 2~8 )

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Visit Historical Avignon followed by a Wine Tasting tour in the Châteauneuf du Pape wine region

Highlights

  • Discover the Magic of Avignon & Chateauneuf Du Pape
  • Admire the famous Saint Benezet Bridge, Notre Dames des Doms cathedral
  • Discover Chateauneuf du Pape village and its ancient castle
  • Tour can be Customized to suit your Interests
  • Local Tour Guide, Expert in Provence

Program & Itinerary

Meet your English speaking local guideOn this private full day small group tour, we will first come and pick you up at your accommodation in Aix en Provence. Meet your English speaking driver guide who will go over the itinerary and program of the day with you.The tour will first take you to the Pope's city of Avignon. We will then take you to the Chateauneuf du Pape wine region where you will have ...

Meet your English speaking local guide

On this private full day small group tour, we will first come and pick you up at your accommodation in Aix en Provence. Meet your English speaking driver guide who will go over the itinerary and program of the day with you.

The tour will first take you to the Pope's city of Avignon. We will then take you to the Chateauneuf du Pape wine region where you will have several wine tasting sessions in carefully selected Châteauneuf du Pape wineries.

Reach the town of Avignon

Leaving Aix en Provence on this full day tour, drive along the Rhône river and enter Avignon, the majestic city of the Popes. Upon arrival, visit Avignon with your guide to discover all the famous landmarks that this town has to offer on a walking tour.

Climbing up to the top of the fortified medieval city walls, discover Avignon stretching in all its beauty along the Rhône river. Discover the rich historical past of Avignon where the papacy established itself in the early 14th century.

Visit of the Pope's Palace

Begin your tour of Avignon with the visit of the Palace & Gardens of the Popes. The City of Avignon and Avignon Tourism board now invite visitors to experience a unique discovery of the largest Gothic Palace in the world.

Your entrance ticket includes the brand new Histopad that uses augmented reality and 3-D technology that will enhance your experience. Visit and discover 9 of the major rooms of the monument in their original splendor of the 14th century thanks to the Histopad. Original floors, ceilings, furnishings are all revealed as you take a leap back in time.

Of course all the detailed explanations can be done in your chosen language and the most important artistic features are commented with detailed explanations especially in the Chamber of the Stag and the Saint Martial and Saint John Chapels. The Histopad is also ideal if you are traveling with children as families are invited on a Treasure Hunt that takes place throughout the visit.

Saint-Bénezet Bridge

Visit Saint-Benezét bridge, famous for the children’s song “Sur le Pont d'Avignon''. Built during the 12th century over the Rhône River, it was destroyed by the River several times before being rebuilt and later abandoned in the 17th century.

The bridge was of importance especially during the middle ages as it linked the Avignon with its outskirts where most of the Cardinals had built their residences. The town of Avignon at the time had the reputation of being filthy and it was described by the Poet Petrarch as being one of the "stinkiest cities on earth" thus chasing the Cardinals out of town.

Your guide will certainly take some time to evoke the Papal history of this stunning provencal town. After the visit, enjoy some free time for personal discovery. It will be possible to have lunch in the town of Avignon or you can also ask your guide to get away from it all and have lunch in a local hilltop village such as les baux de provence. After lunch, reach the Châteauneuf du Pape wine region.

Châteauneuf du Pape Wine tour

The Châteauneuf du Pape Appellation was one of 6 to be labeled as the first AOC wines of France in 1936. The vineyards planted by the Romans were extended and developed by the Pope's residing in Avignon popes during the 14th century.

In 1314, Clement V, the first Avignon Pope discovered the special soil of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. His successor, John XXII supports him and it was during his reign that the vineyard really took off and spread fame beyond the borders of “The Comtat”.

The former bishop of Avignon, Jacques Duèse was elected as Pope John XII and succeeded Clement V in 1316. He regularly drank the wines from the vineyards ‘in the north’ and did much to improve viticulture practices there.

The Pope sought a place sufficiently far from the city to discourage courtiers, sycophants, and scroungers, yet close enough so that a courier could go there and back to Avignon on the same day. The ideal spot was found on a hillock overlooking the Rhône Valley about halfway between Avignon and Orange – Châteauneuf – and this area was placed directly under his authority.

As you reach this famous wine producing region, discover the village and its ancient castle that was the summer residence of the Pope's during their stay in the area. Here, you will enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view on the valley.

Wine tasting session in a local Winery

The Chateauneuf du Pape wines are well known for their full bodied red wines made predominantly with different grape varieties such as Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre that are typical grapes that can be found in the southern vineyards of France. There are also some white Chateauneuf du Pape wines that are intensely perfumed. The grape varieties used for the white wines include Grenache Blanc, Rousannes, Clairette and Bourboulenc many of which are rustic french varietals.

Upon arrival in the village, it will be time to taste some of the local wines in a local winery. Then, you will have some free time to roam around and enjoy a wine tour of Chateauneuf du Pape wines in the old 14th century pope cellars. Depending on your wishes, it will be possible to taste more wines in the local wineries that your guide can point to.

After the wine tasting tour, we will take you back to Aix en Provence and that will be the end of our services. Please note that we also organize Provence wine tours & day trips.

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  • Meet your Guide at your accommodation in Aix en Provence

  • Guided walking tour of Avignon

  • Discover the Pope's Palace on your own

  • Free time for lunch in Avignon or surroundings

  • Visit of Chateauneuf du Pape village

  • Wine tasting session in one of the wineries of the appellation

  • Drop off at your accommodation in Aix en Provence

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Ophorus Tours - Avignon & Châteauneuf du Pape Wine Tour Private Day Trip from Aix en Provence
Ophorus Tours - Avignon & Châteauneuf du Pape Wine Tour Private Day Trip from Aix en Provence
Ophorus Tours - Avignon & Châteauneuf du Pape Wine Tour Private Day Trip from Aix en Provence
Ophorus Tours - Avignon & Châteauneuf du Pape Wine Tour Private Day Trip from Aix en Provence
Ophorus Tours - Avignon & Châteauneuf du Pape Wine Tour Private Day Trip from Aix en Provence

Know before you book

  • Tour available all year round (except May 1st, Dec 25th and Jan 1st)
  • 8 hour Private Provence Sightseeing Tour
  • Entrance fees to Pope's Palace can be included during the booking process
  • Wine tasting fees can be included during the booking process
  • Tour is operated in English, other languages on request
  • Tour is not wheelchair accessible
  • Prices are per group from 2 to 8 persons - Larger groups please contact us
COVID-19 SAFETY MEASURES
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available for travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands

Meeting point

Train Station, Hotel, AirBnB or Accommodation in Aix en Provence

Departure

We will come and pick you up directly at the train station, your hotel, AirBnB or accommodation in Aix en Provence or the surrounding area.

Return

Tour will return to original departure point.

Included / excluded

Included

  • Hotel pick up and drop off
  • English-speaking driver/guide
  • Travel in recent & comfortable minivan
  • Bottled water in the minivan

Excluded

  • Entrance fees to monuments, museums, attractions
  • Wine tasting fees
  • Personal insurance and expenses
  • Meals and drinks
  • Gratuities for the driver/guide

FAQ

  • Do you organize pick up and return at accommodation for Aix en Provence private tours?

    Yes, all private tours include a pick up and drop off at requested location – hotel, Guest House, AirB&B or Aix en Provence train station.
  • What type of vehicles are used during a day trip from Aix en Provence ?

    Our company uses only premium cars & minivans that can take up to a maximum of 8 passengers. All vehicles are new or recent, comfortable, spacious and have A/C. For larger groups, you will need to contact us directly.
  • Who conducts your private day trips from Aix en Provence?

    All our tours are conducted by English speaking drivers or driver/guides. For a more personalized experience, we can also organize any private tour with both a driver and a guide. On this particular tour, you will enjoy the services of an English speaking driver/guide, expert in Provence.
  • Is this Private Provence Sightseeing Tour only available in English?

    No, our talented, multi lingual guides will be happy to conduct the tour in French, Spanish, German, Italian. Just ask for availability.
  • Is the price per person or per group?

    All our private tours are priced per group of 2 to maximum 8 passengers.
  • Can we adapt the tour to fit our wishes?

    Yes, of course. Please let our team of travel advisors know which places you would like to discover and we adapt the tour accordingly.
  • Is lunch included on this full day trip from Aix en Provence ?

    No, we never include lunch on our private tours. However, let us know if you would like us to suggest and pre-book a local restaurant reservation. Our team will be happy to organize this for you at no extra cost. You can also talk with your guide directly in the morning. Let him know your wishes and she/he will adapt the tour accordingly and suggest the best possible options.
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