Best of Provence Day Trip from Marseille: Avignon, Chateauneuf-du-Pape and Les Baux de Provence
After a break for lunch (own expense), head to the old castle ruins near Châteauneuf-du-Pape village, in the heart of the country’s Rhône Valley. The name ‘Châteauneuf-du-Pape’ also applies to the appellation (wine-making region) in which the village lies, and you’ll taste several of its famous wines at a local wine cellar here. See the vineyards and cellars while learning about the region’s viniculture from your guide.
Continue your tour by minivan, heading toward the Chaîne des Alpilles mountain range. On the way, stop to admire the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Pont du Gard – a well-preserved Roman aqueduct that once supplied the city of Nimes with water. The last stop of your day is Les Baux de Provence, a charming medieval village perched high on a rocky hill where you’ll have time to spend at leisure. Admire dramatic views over the lush Provencal countryside and amble around the cobblestone streets gazing at the city's old fortress ruins (admission to the fortress is at your own expense). From March to December, possibility to attend the sound and light show about Vincent Van Gogh in Les Carrières de Lumières (entrance fee not included) instead of visiting the village.
After soaking up the delights of Les Baux de Provence, meet your guide for your journey back to Marseille. Your tour finishes back at Marseille Vieux Port in the early evening.
- Transport by air-conditioned vehicle
- Local guide
- Wine tasting
- Food and drinks, unless specified
- Entrance fee to Popes' Palace
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- End of the tour may be delayed from 45 min to 1 hour due to the road traffic in Marseille
We really enjoyed Avignon and Chateauneuf-du-Pape, but were underwhelmed with Les Baux de Provence. The views were beautiful, but too much time was given to wander the village, which didn't have much to offer. We also had to pick up a second set of travelers in Aix, which was basically wasted time. There was not really any history given on the way to Aix because she was waiting for everyone to be on the tour. Overall, it was a quick was to see a lot of Provence, but there was not much value for the money.
A very full day! The only Wish we had had more time in Avignon, a city WAY too big to visit in 90 minutes!! Le Baux de Provence, on the other hand: WOW!!
We especially liked the tour guide Benjamin. This is a day long and satisfactory tour.