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Provence in a Nutshell: Villages, Pont du Gard & More

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Activity Schedule

  • When does it run?

    01 Apr - 31 Oct: Daily
    01 Nov - 31 Mar: Tuesday, Thursday & Friday

  • Duration

    10 hours (Duration 9 hours from November - March)

  • Start time

    01 Apr - 31 Oct: 9:00am
    01 Nov - 31 Mar: 8:30am

  • Meeting Point
    Make your way outside the Avignon Tourist Office 41 Cours Jean Jaurès 84000 Avignon
  • Ending Point

    The tour ends at the starting point

Key Highlights

  • This comprehensive tour will show you the very best of Provence in just one day!
  • See may picturesque villages including where Van Gogh painted Starry Night
  • Architectural marvel, Pont du Gard is a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Tour is led by a local expert guide

Overview

This comprehensive tour will show you they very best of Provence in just one day!

From the scenic villages (including where Van Gogh painted Starry Night) to the ancient Roman aqueduct (Pont du Gard) all of the highlights are covered by this tour. During summer you will also get a chance to visit a local market to get a real taste for the Provence way of life.

Ideal for those with limited time - if you only take one tour of Provence this excursion has it all!

Itinerary

In the morning, you will be picked up in an air-conditioned minibus from your hotel in Avignon. Accompanied by an English-speaking guide, you will be taken on a tour of the region of Provence.

You will visit the following sites:

Pont du Gard: The Pont du Gard is a beautiful 2000 year-old Roman aqueduct that until recently supplied over 40 million gallons of water daily to the city of Nimes. Surprisingly, this gigantic stone structure has no mortar – the stones are made to fit together in a rather seamless fashion and using the arches the weight supports itself. The monument is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

On your way to Alpilles, you will come across lock of Vallabrègues on the Rhône river and Tarascon with its 15th century medieval castle of Roi Rene.

Baux de Provence: It is a beautiful village set upon a rock at a height of 245 metres. Tour around its historical centre and visit the museum of santons, Hôtel des Porcelets, beautiful 16th century houses, St Vincent Church and other attractions.

Antiques of Saint Remy de Provence: It is a pretty village, and the old Gallo-Roman interior is circled by the remnants of a circular 14th century wall. St. Remy is located on the plains at the northern edge of the Alpilles, about 20 kilometres south of Avignon, this is where Van Gogh painted ‘Starry Night’.

Drive through the Luberon regional park, known for its beautiful countryside and picturesque hilltop villages Menerbes, where British writer Peter Mayle wrote ‘A Year in Provence’. Further on, proceed to Roussillon, one of the most beautiful villages in France. Visit the village of Gordes, one of the most well-known hilltop villages in the region. Stroll around and you will see houses of white stone and labyrinth of narrow cobblestone streets.

You will come across an impressive collection of copper stills dating from the 16th century. A demonstration of the process of distillation will be presented during the harvest season (July and August). On Sunday only, enjoy L’Isle sur la Sorgue, village famous for antique shops and the weekly market.

Your tour ends at the starting point.

Inclusions

  • Transportation in air-conditioned minibus
  • English-speaking guide

Exclusions

  • Lunch

Please note

Please call the local activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure details.

This tour requires a minimum of 2 passengers to operate. There is a possibility that this tour may be cancelled after confirmation if minimum numbers are not met. Should this be necessary you will be offered an alternate departure date or a full refund.

The markets you will visit are: Gordes on Tuesday, Roussillon on Thursday and in L'Isle sur la Sorgue on Sunday.

Additional info

The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have

Customer Reviews

  • MS RL NOBLE
    Provence in a nutshell tour

    From the moment Phillipe picked us up we knew it would be a fun day and we weren't disappointed. We two aussies were joined by two english, two canadians, a south american and a...

    Australia 08/11/2016
  • Lynda G Walker
    Provence hlltop villages a must to visit

    Every place that we visited was a delight especially the Pont du Gard and the hilltop villages. The tour guide was lovely and drove very well...

    Australia 08/12/2015
  • YOU TIANQI
    Great Tour Experience!

    A great tour guide and a wonderful rich day with lavenders, small towns, buildings and markets. A tour that you can never miss in Provence....

    Hong Kong 07/12/2015

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