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From Avignon: Half-Day Lavender Tour of Luberon

1. From Avignon: Half-Day Lavender Tour of Luberon

Discover the lavender fields in full bloom in the villages of Luberon on this half-day tour from Avignon.  Enjoy a scenic and picturesque drive through the countryside, full of beautiful purple fields that stretch as far as the eye can see. Your guide will organize many stops in the countryside to take pictures of the fields. Stop in Roussillon for some free time to wander through this typical provençal village. Indulge yourself here with a scoop of lavender ice cream. Stop for panoramic photos from the hilltop village of Gordes, listed as one of "The Most Beautiful Villages in France". Finally, take a quick photo stop at the Cisterian Senanque Abbey, surrounded by lavender fields.

From Avignon: Morning Wine Tour to Châteauneuf du Pape

2. From Avignon: Morning Wine Tour to Châteauneuf du Pape

This tour takes you to the vineyards of the Rhone Valley, the second largest wine-growing region in France. Vines have been cultivated here since the days of the Romans and the centuries-old tradition is ripe for exploring. Tucked between the Alps to the east and the Rhone River to the west, it is an area rich with natural and manmade wonders. Departing from Avignon, you will drive through the lush landscape on your way to the village of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The name is familiar across the globe for its exquisite wines, but you will also have time to explore the village and see the ruins of the castle where former Popes built their summer residence after they relocated the papacy to Avignon in the 14th-Century. The tour visits 2 wineries involved in the production of red, white and rosé wines. Go to the cellars and learn everything you could possibly think to ask, about the "terroir,“ grape varieties, vinification and ageing process. You will also get a lesson in how to taste wine using your eyes, nose and finally taste. As the French say, "A votre sante!" Cheers!

From Avignon: Châteauneuf du Pape Afternoon Wine Tour

3. From Avignon: Châteauneuf du Pape Afternoon Wine Tour

Tucked between the Alps to the east and the Rhone River to the west, Provence is a rich tapestry of natural and manmade wonders. On this tour departing Avignon, you will combine a tour of its Roman heritage with a trip to the famous vineyards of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Start your afternoon wine-tasting tour with the village of Gigondas. Located at the foot of the Dentelles de Montmirail hill range, the vineyard covers an area of 12 km² and the wines produced belong to the Crus of the southern Côtes du Rhône. The Grenache noir expresses its full flavor in glimmering red wines with pronounced tannins, a robust body, and a solid propensity for ageing. Afterwards, stop at the ruins of the castle built by the former Popes who relocated the papacy to Avignon in the 14th-Century and used it as their summer residence. Then drive to the vineyards of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, one of the world’s most popular wines. Discover the different grape varietals, such as Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre, which give distinctly fruity and spicy wines. The 13 varieties of grapes combined with the various soils create a large palette of complex red wines and elegant white wines. Enjoy a wine-tasting in one of the numerous cellars of the village before going back to Avignon.

From Avignon: Half-Day Great Vineyards Tour

4. From Avignon: Half-Day Great Vineyards Tour

Discover the wine country of 3 Grand Crus on this 5-hour guided tour in the Côtes du Rhône. The highlights of this renowned wine region include Gigondas, Seguret, and Châteauneuf-du-Pape, whose wines carry the certification of Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC). During your tour you’ll have a chance to admire the beauty of vineyards and the small regional villages dominated by bell towers. You’ll be at the foot of the Dentelles de Montmirail, and in this lovely landscape you’ll learn about wine production and grape varieties. In addition, you’ll have the opportunity to taste some fine wines with a wine specialist. The specialist’s expert knowledge will help make your tasting session a unique and memorable experience.

From Avignon: Full-Day Lavender Tour

5. From Avignon: Full-Day Lavender Tour

Experience a tour in the lavender area during the blooming season. You'll discover the lavender fields in full blooming in the valley of Luberon or in the mountains around the village of Sault which is considered as the capital of lavender. Your driver will stop at the best spots where you can enjoy the view and take pictures from and to the fields. Depending the day of the week, you'll have time to enjoy a provençal market at a picturesque village on the way. Photo stop near Gordes to admire the amazing view at this village ranking among the most beautiful villages in France. Visit of Roussillon, built on top of an ocher cliff, with its houses and walls painted using the different colours of the natural pigments contained in the soil. This natural ocher region is the largest one in Europe. You'll have a visit to the Lavender Museum, there, you'll learn more about the lavender and lavendine; a film will show you the fields, the harvest and the distillation process, then you'll discover the museum with a collection of stills used for the distillation. A shop of fine cosmetic products elaborated with the pure lavender 100% natural coming from the farm "Le Chateau du Bois". Between June 15 and July 15, an extra stop for pictures at the Senanque Abbey for its wonderfull view with lavandine fields is provided.

From Avignon: 1-Day Lavender Tour

6. From Avignon: 1-Day Lavender Tour

Your guide will first take you to Fontaine de Vaucluse, a beautiful village located by the river Sorgue. Walk up to its spring – one of the biggest in Europe. Next, stop at Sénanque Abbey and take as many pictures as you want of this majestic 12th century Abbey which is surrounded by lavender fields. After the photo-stop at the 'belvedere', head off to Gordes, a hilltop village made of local dry stones and enjoy the market (on Tuesdays). Explore the Provencal village of Roussillon, and observe the houses, whose colors vary with the sunlight. The Provencal market on Thursday adds even more colors. This is where you will take your lunch break (not included). After lunch, explore the lavender fields. Fill your body with fresh lavender fragrance, take some pictures and have a look at a distillation operation during harvest.  Your final stop is the village of Sault, in the middle of a bucolic landscape, isolated from civilization. There, enjoy some free time for shopping, taste a lavender ice cream or have a drink on a panoramic terrace.  At the end of the tour, your guide will drive you back to Avignon. 

Avignon: Full-Day Wine Tour around Châteauneuf-du-Pape

7. Avignon: Full-Day Wine Tour around Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Visit the world-renowned vineyards of Châteauneuf-du-Pape on a full-day excursion from Avignon. Accompanied by a wine specialist guide, visit 4 of the main appellations in the region. Head to the vineyards of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, one of the world’s best-known wines. Discover grapes such as the grenache, the syrah, and the mourvèdre, which give the wines their fruity and spicy tastes. Visit a wine producer and explore their cellars, where you’ll see the barrels used to age wines for up to 24 months. In addition, learn how to taste wines, using your eyes, your nose, and finally your palate.

From Avignon: Full-Day Best of Provence Tour

8. From Avignon: Full-Day Best of Provence Tour

Visit the best sights in Provence during this full-day tour from Avignon. Your driver-guide, a specialist of Provence, will accompany you throughout the day.  Start in the beautiful villages of the Luberon and the famous Fontaine de Vaucluse. Admire the provençal landscape in the Luberon and have a chance to have a photo stop in lavender fields in summer (from June 15th to July 31st). Then, head over to Gordes listed as "one of the most beautiful villages in France". Walk in the red streets of Roussillon and discover the ochre lands. After this, enjoy the panoramic views of the Alpilles in Baux-de-Provence and take a stroll through the beautiful city of St-Rémy-de-Provence. Finish your amazing day at the majestic Pont du Gard.

From Avignon: Provence Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

9. From Avignon: Provence Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

Enjoy a scenic tour of Provence and see some of its most beautiful sites in one day. The 10-hour tour takes in the well-preserved Roman aqueduct of Le Pont du Gard, built in the 1st century BC as part of the Nîmes aqueduct from Uzès to Nemausus (now Nîmes). Drive to the rocky outcrop of Les Baux de Provence in the Alpilles mountains. Stroll the historic center to see a beautiful 16th-century house and Romanesque buildings. Continue to Saint Rémy de Provence to explore the remains of the Roman city of Glanum, including a triumphal arch set in an olive grove that inspired Van Gogh. After some free time for lunch, you will visit Roussillon, famous for its red and yellow ochre cliffs. Enjoy panoramic views of Gordes, considered by many to be one of the most beautiful villages in France. Drive to Fontaine de Vaucluse, walk up to the cave from which the River Sorgues emerges. This impressive resurgence spring hasn't revealed its secrets yet and many speleologists have searched in vain the exact depth of the well. On Sundays only, enjoy L’Isle sur la Sorgue, a village famous for antique shops and the weekly open air market which is one of the most colorful and typical in the Provence.  

Pont du Gard, Uzès & Nîmes: Half-Day Tour with Entry Fees

10. Pont du Gard, Uzès & Nîmes: Half-Day Tour with Entry Fees

Visit of the charming medieval town of Uzès, founded during the Roman era and the site of an aqueduct that was built to supply the city of Nîmes. The Pont du Gard is the most well-known stretch of the aqueduct left standing. On this 5-hour program, you’ll see the traces of Roman civilization in Uzès as well as substantial monuments from the Middle Ages. Visit the famous 2,000-year-old Pont du Gard, a section of the Roman aqueduct that provided water to Nîmes. The highly photographed bridge was listed by UNESCO in 1985 as a World Heritage Site. You’ll discover the treasures of Nîmes, including the Coliseum that is considered to be second only to the Coliseum in Rome. Its Roman amphitheater is still in use and today has a seating capacity of 10,000.

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What people are saying about Avignon

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 633 reviews

Great little excursion to get a feel for wine production in the area. Nice private wine tastings and tutorial. It was good not to have to book the wine tasting sessions privately. We saw several people who just showed up at the vineyards asking to taste the wine but all of the sommeliers were busy with preexisting groups. Everything ran quite smoothly for our little group—it was great!

This tour gave us a very good overview of the beautiful Provence region. The commentary and local knowledge of our guide Nicolas was excellent and helped us to understand the ulture, history and geography of the region. He was extremely helpful and courteous througout. Thoroughly enjoyed the day.

A really great afternoon with a really great guide who knows a lot about the region and is also good for nice surprises. Gladly again!!

Maxime was fabulous. Very professional and easy to work with. Very considerate and knowledgeable. We had a great time.

Our guide Nicolas explained everything very well. Vincent van Gogh in St. Rémi. Greetings