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Historic Alpilles

Historic Alpilles

9 hours From
AU$251 Per Person
 
  • Tour Type
    Minivan TourMinivan Tour
  • France Region
    Provence
  • Duration
    9 hours
  • Tour Code
    PPR-19-2544
  • Capacity
    8 passengers
  • Operating Days
    Wed, Sat
9 hours From
AU$251 Per Person
 
  • Tour Type
    Minivan TourMinivan Tour
  • France Region
    Provence
  • Duration
    9 hours
  • Tour Code
    PPR-19-2544
  • Capacity
    8 passengers
  • Operating Days
    Wed, Sat
Description 
  • Tour Highlights
    InclusionInclusion English speaking escort guideItineraryItinerary Guided tour of Avignon, Pont du Gard, & Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. Wine tasting and sightseeing in Alpilles National Park. ActivityActivity Wine tastingTransportationTransportation Transportation by minibus/van

Summary

The day tour commences at Avignon in an excursion to discover its middle age town streets and iconic landmarks, including the UNESCO World Heritage sites, Bridge of Avignon and Pope’s Palace. In the afternoon, admire the longest aqueduct built by the Roman Colony of Nemesus (Nimes) through a guided tour presenting the Pont du Gard.

The journey continues to Alpilles National Park, famous for its rocky maintains, olive tree groves, and old villages. Visit the birth village of the world-famous physician and seer, Nostradamus, in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. To complete the unforgettable experience, enjoy a selection of first class wines while learning about its rich tastes and the traditions followed to preserve its goodness.

Meeting point: Aix-en-Provence Tourist Office at 9:00 AM

Available from April 1 to October 31

Itinerary

Aix-en-Provence to Avignon
Meet your guide at the tourist office in Aix-en-Provence at 9:00 AM. While traveling in an 8-passenger minivan with air conditioning and comfortable seats to Avignon historical city, you will enjoy listening to an expert guide about the magnificent Provence.

Visit Avignon, labelled City of Art and History, and discover its famous attractions, such as the Bridge of Avignon, Pope’s Palace, covered market, and middle age town.

You will be amazed by Avignon’s magnificent historical centre. You will enjoy discovering the ancient, impressive, and rich architecture, its middle age town’s streets and shops, and delicious covered market where local merchant will offer you delightful tasting of their fresh and regional products like olives, tapenade, cheeses and much more.

Catch sight of the Bridge of Avignon, listed in the World Heritage by UNESCO. Nestled within magnificent 13th century rampart along the large Rhone River, this ancient hub of the Liguro-Celtic civilization and Roman city became the capital of the Catholic Church of Rome in the 14th century.

Gape at the glorious Popes' Palace, also listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.  It is an impressive and austere looking fortress, built in less than twenty years by two popes, as the symbol of the power and wealth of the Catholic Church. With 15,000 square meters of living space, the equivalent of 4 Gothic cathedrals, it is the biggest Gothic palace in the world. As for the bridge, completed in 1185, the “Pont d’Avignon” (actual name being bridge Saint Bénezet) is worldly known due to the lovely children's song "Sur le pont d’Avignon" and its miraculous still standing Chapel that hosted the remains of Saint Benezet. 

Lunch at your leisure. 

Avignon to Vers-Pont-du-Gard
You will start the afternoon discovering another UNESCO World Heritage site, a world renowned fascinating Roman monumental aqueduct and its Pont du Gard. This bridge is part of the longest aqueduct built by the Roman Colony of Nemesus (Nimes) to provide running water for its baths, public fountains of Nîmes, and luxury villas of retired roman generals. It is an enduring work of amazing engineering. 

Vers-Pont-du-Gard to Alpilles
Explore Les Alpilles, a small rocky mountain range that became a national park renowned for its olive tree groves and vineyard, and quaint lovely and chic villages such as Saint Rémy de Provence. This is the Van Gogh’s Provence, with wild Iris, sunflower and lavender fields, olive oil and local honey.

Visit the birth village of Nostradamus, Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. It is a village that offers all the charm of a typically Provencal way of life. You will stroll along the boulevards under the shade of century-old plane trees. You will enjoy the architectural mixture of a middle age and elegant renaissance style buildings. Wander around the narrow little streets, discovering squares where fountains play, attractive boutiques and art galleries that make the town’s historic center so lively.

Complete the experience with a wine tasting session. Les Alpilles have an organic wine appellation called “Baux-de-Provence”, which is the name of one of its villages. This appellation can be defined as much in terms of the unique, multi-faceted character of the soil as by the choices made by the men who work it. Every vineyard, except one, is either certified organic or biodynamic. The most beautiful and elegant domains nestled there. You will enjoy an exquisite wine tasting and learn all about its rich tastes and traditions of wine making in this area of Provence. These winemakers are united by their mutual determination to preserve their land as it is, naturally protected and dried by the mistral wind. The varieties of grapes for this AOC are Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault, and Counoise. Many of the vineyards are still traditionally harvested by hand.

Return to Aix-en-Provence
Drop off in Aix-en-Provence at 6:30 PM.

End of the tour.

Inclusions

  • Transportation in a comfortable full options minivan for the day
  • English speaking escort guide
  • Guided tour of Avignon (sightseeing of the Palace of the Popes and Pont d'Avignon)
  • Wine tasting and sightseeing in Alpilles National Park
  • Guided tour at Le Pont du Gard

Exclusions

  • Personal expenses
  • Other drinks and meals
  • Hotel pick-up at additional cost (hotels located in Aix-en-Provence surroundings)
  • Gratuities for the expert guide

Important Notes

Child price is available. Contact us for more information.

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