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Highlights of Provence : Chateauneuf du Pape & Luberon

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Avignon, France
Highlights of Provence : Chateauneuf du Pape & Luberon
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icon10 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more
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Overview

Come to explore this scenic drive through the vineyard of Châteauneuf du Pape followed by wine-tastings at 2 different wineries. From the ruins of the Pope's summer residence, enjoy a panoramic view over the Rhône river valley and the hill ranges surrounding the village. You will discover the village of Roussillon and its colorful houses. Continue to the village Ménerbes, famous thanks to the novel ‘A year in Provence’ written by Peter Mayle. You will take a look at Pont Julien, from the Roman time. Drive through the village of Lacoste, where you will see the remains of the castle of the Marquis de Sade. You will also have some free time in the dry-stone built hilltop village of Gordes.
  • Tour of Provence from Avignon
  • Drive through the Châteauneuf-du-Pape region
  • Enjoy wine tastings at 2 wineries
  • Admire local attractions as Pont Julien and the castle of Marquis de Sade

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This tour covers all the highlights of Provence in one day—hilltop villages, wine tasting, and UNESCO sites.
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Transport by air-conditioned minivan
Driver/guide
Two Wine-tastings in Chateauneuf du Pape
Gratuities
Lunch
Hotel pick up / drop off
41 Cr Jean Jaurès , 41 Cr Jean Jaurès, 84000 Avignon, France

Meet your guide outside the Tourist Office of Avignon.

9:00 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
Your tour of Provence begins with morning pickup from a central Avignon location. Take a seat and enjoy scenic views of the Provençal countryside as you head north to your first stop, the town of Orange. With your guide, explore the town founded by Romans in 35BC. View the Triumphal Arch adorned with narrative friezes and the Théâtre Antique d’Orange (Antique Theater of Orange), a Roman theater described as the most impressive Roman sight in France.

Next, take a short drive to Châteauneuf-du-Pape, situated at the center of fertile wine country. Admire rolling hills carpeted in vineyards, learn about the local varietals, and stop at a vineyard to sample wine. Take some time in Châteauneuf-du-Pape to have lunch (own expense) before heading to the Pont du Gard. Considered an ancient work of art, this UNESCO-listed construction is the highest of all elevated Roman aqueducts. Admire the preserved three-tiered structure that spans the Gardon River.

Continue south to the wild Alpilles Mountains and Les Baux de Provence—a fortified medieval village carved from the limestone-rich earth. Take some time to explore and snap photos from the lofty vantage point over the Luberon plains. The final leg of your tour heads into the Luberon region to the hilltop villages of Gordes and Roussillon. Admire the medieval architecture and the natural wonders that surround these distinctive towns. Then grab any last souvenirs before heading back to Avignon.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Chateauneuf-du-Pape
Enjoy two wine tastings in two different wineries. (tastings included).
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Roussillon
Free time in the village famous for the red ochre
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Menerbes
Discover the village
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Le Pont Julien
Photo stop
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Lacoste
Drive through the village
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Gordes
Photo stop from the panorama view point and free time in the village
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum drinking age is 18 years
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Most travelers can participate
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Provence Reservation
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Highlights of Provence : Chateauneuf du Pape & Luberon?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Highlights of Provence : Chateauneuf du Pape & Luberon?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Highlights of Provence : Chateauneuf du Pape & Luberon?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Highlights of Provence : Chateauneuf du Pape & Luberon?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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  • "I wouldn't have minded this expect that the van was HOT in the back, which isn't great combined with the bumpy old roads and winding paths." See review
  • "The tour is an efficient way to see a lot of the sights including picturesque villages, wine tasting and Roman landmarks without having to drive or navigate yourself." See review

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star-1
Terrifying
Nicola_R
, Jun 2022
The guide had scant superficial knowledge of the places we visited, he could not drive the van, we were anxious for our safety and we had no idea of the timeline and when we would get back, do that we missed a reservation.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Dear Nicola, We are happy to talk over it again with you after our clarification about the circumstances of this tour. Another client was not so negative however we offered you solutions that you accepted. We took your remarks to heart and put everything to improve our services. Best regards, A LA FRANCAISE TEAM
star-5
Great Sights and Scenery
rohankim
, Jan 2020
My daughter and I had a great day on the Provence Le Grand tour. Julian was an excellent guide and our driver- he had great English and passed on lots of knowledge and history about the area. The tour is an efficient way to see a lot of the sights including picturesque villages, wine tasting and Roman landmarks without having to drive or navigate yourself. We were the only two on the tour and we’re grateful the company didn’t cancel the tour as some companies would for small numbers.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great experience
Vincent T
, Dec 2019
We have a wonderful tour. Our guide was helpful and knowledgeable. Dec. in Provence could be very cold. Our guide drop us off right near the entry to every site.
star-5
Fabulous!
Theresa3481
, Oct 2019
Our guide Remi is great! He managed our time really well and the group managed to see all the places as per the itinerary. Well done, Remi! Thank you.
star-5
Wonderful!
Penelope S
, Sep 2019
Our guide 'AD' was enthusiastic and very knowledgeable, he made the tour really interesting. He shared a great deal of historical knowledge and local information which complimented the spectacular sites and ensured the full day tour didn't drag. Well done AD.
star-5
nice tour
Karen_A
, Jul 2019
it was long tour but was very nice. the tour guide was very friendly and nice. we all enjoyed the trip and seen everything that we want. also the wine was nice also.
star-3
Can do better
HangSunTony_H
, Jun 2019
The coach nice, but the English speaking is not easy to listen and he did not explain much more about each attractions actively.
star-4
Very nice and complete
JanJelle_W
, May 2019
Very nice tour, covers a lot of places that are otherwise hard to reach. Very enthusiastic and knowledgeable tour guide. The planning of lunch was a bit unclear, would have been 5 stars if we could have a nice relaxed lunch instead of going back to pick up more guests during lunchtime.
star-4
This was a great way to see the best of...
Virgilia B
, Sep 2018
This was a great way to see the best of Provence! There's no way we would have been able to see so much on our own. It was a long day but we got to rest a bit in the van between each stop. Our tour guide Dorean was great and made the day memorable with her commentary about the history, geography and other fun tidbits about each town we passed. My only complaint was the van- there were eight adults squished into the van's two front seats and two back benches, which proved a little annoying piling in and out at each stop. We got picked up second in the morning so our original seats were fine but along the way we switched with other couples so everyone had a chance to sit with each other/ to accommodate other people's medical needs bad knees/ backs. I wouldn't have minded this expect that the van was HOT in the back, which isn't great combined with the bumpy old roads and winding paths. Eventually Dorean figured out how to turn the air down lower and we felt better. 10/10 reccommend this trip to anyone wanting to see a little bit of everything during their Provence stay.
star-4
Nice overview tour
Tatyana K
, Jul 2018
I enjoyed the tour - it was my first time in that part of France. This tour gave enough information to setup other activities in a region. You have to be prepared for a day long drive. We were in a mini van with 6 other people. I wish our driver setup certain rules at the beginning of the tour: like seating arrangements in a van: people change their seating after each stop so each gets to sit upfront for example. Other than that this tour met my expectations.
star-5
This was good. We saw a lot, and it...
Catherine_N
, Jun 2018
This was good. We saw a lot, and it was nice driving around the countryside. There was about an hours stop in each place - which was enough time but not lots of time to linger if you wanted to see everything! Orange was great - we spent the time here at the Roman theatre, which was really interesting it had an audioguide. I suspect you could get a train to Orange and do that by yourself, but it was easy doing it as part of the day. We saw Gordes from afar photo stop only but had about an hour in Rousillon. Rousillon was probably my favourite stop - you can do a half hour walk up close to the ochra coloured sandstone which I thought was well worth doing. We also stopped at Les Baux, I went into the castle ruins but perhaps it would have been as nice to have sat in a cafe. Again, it was an hours stop. We drove through St Remy and stopped at the hospital Van Gogh was in. Our final stop was Pont du Gard, which was really cool. You can go into the river here, so maybe wear shorts! The vineyard stop would have been fine, if I hadn't done it on one of their tours the day before. However, the guide walked into the little town with me instead and I did a cellar tasting instead. Its an easy way to see a lot of the region, and I enjoyed the free time in each place. It was well organised.
star-5
This tour was great even though...
Susan_G
, Jun 2018
This tour was great even though unfortunately we were too late in the season for the lavender fields. The tour guide was fantastic and very thoughtful. Two people had cancelled so there were just four adults a toddler and a baby so it was a nice small group. The Pont du gard was really worth seeing as were the villages we saw. It was a long day, but well worth it. You could never see it as easy doing it on your own.
star-5
What a great day! We did see so...
Jean G
, Mar 2018
What a great day! We did see so much and visited so many towns. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable about the area. It was a long day and we were tired when we returned but well worth it. I had thought we would stop for a sit down lunch, but we were able to just grab something as we went along. He gave us suggestions where to pick up food. Well worth taking this tour. We visited Orange, Chateauneuf de Papa winery, Pont de Guard, Les Baux-de-Provence, beautiful and a must see, Gordes, and Roussilon. We did a lot of driving and walking but it was worth it!
star-4
There is a great deal packed into...
Dean T
, Dec 2017
There is a great deal packed into this tour! Pisa was astounding and we had enough time to wander around for the obligatory photos. The other stops were too rushed, there was so much to see and explore and we only had time for a cursory glance! Best to consider this a fact finder with a need for a
star-5
I would fully recommend this tour to...
Maria S
, Nov 2017
I would fully recommend this tour to anyone thinking about taking it. My sister and I enjoyed learning about the area from our very knowledgeable,enthusiastic,and friendly guide Nicolas. The day was spent with laughter and fun. If I had to I couldnt pick a favorite stop. Each place had its own special charm. This was our tour: 10.5-hour tour of Provence from Avignon Visit the 1st-century Roman town of Orange with your guide Admire top attractions such as the Triumphal Arch and the Roman amphitheater Drive through the Châteauneuf-du-Pape region and visit the medieval village of Les Baux de Provence Sample local wines during a tasting session Marvel at the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Pont du Gard, an ancient Roman aqueduct Tour includes round-trip travel from your accommodation in Avignon.
star-3
Guide was knowledgeable, helpful...
Eileen M
, Nov 2017
Guide was knowledgeable, helpful etc. Experiences were high quality. WIne-tasting was early in morning but would be better later in day. The mini-bus was too small for 8 passengers all day long. My recommendation is - do not book this tour if the bus is going to be full.
star-5
This tour gave me a great feel for...
Ashley M
, Nov 2017
This tour gave me a great feel for the Provence. It was a perfect small group and although we didn't all know each other, we had a great time together. The driver and tour guide was extremely knowledgeable about the area and all it has to offer. It was a day I'll never forget and it enticed me to rent a car the following day to spend some more time in some of the neighboring small villages.
star-5
Excellent tour - a long day but not...
Lorna A
, Sep 2017
Excellent tour - a long day but not too much walking. The stops offered a variety of historical periods and geographical differences. Melanie was a great guide her English was excellent and she was very knowledgeable about the history and geography of the area. There was sufficient time at each stop for taking photos and doing a bit of shopping. There isnt much time to enjoy a restaurant meal, so take some snacks along or grab some takeout food enroute.
star-5
This tour was well worth the time...
Catherine L
, Sep 2017
This tour was well worth the time and expense. Our guide, Remy was both knowledgeable and delightful. Pont du Gard and the hill towns would have been hard to get to by public transportation. Even if you have a rental car, knowing the proper turnoffs would have been challenging if you are not familiar with the areas.
star-5
We loved this tour. Our guide drove...
Daniel_V
, Sep 2017
We loved this tour. Our guide drove us to so many places that we would never have known about, and places that we wanted to see but never would have found if we had tried to drive ourselves. This was our first tour. It was such a good experience that we have signed up for several more tours in Spain

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