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3-Day Tour of Provence:   Avignon, Chateauneuf du Pape, Vaison la Romaine, Pont du Gard, Les Baux, St. Remy

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Inclusions: Private transportation for transfers and tours once in Provence, guide service, entrance tickets as indicated and wine tasting costs, taxes, tolls and parking

NOTE: We can assist you in securing train tickets, if you are to arrive from Paris.

 

3 DAYS IN PROVENCE – PONT DU GARD PRIVATE TOUR & MORE

 

Day 1: Pick up at Hotel or Train Station, Walking tour of Avignon and St. Remy, Overnight in Avignon

Today, your private tour of Provence begins with one of the most charming cities in southern France: Avignon. You will have a private walking tour of Avignon, known as the residence of the Pope in the 14th century. Your will see the Palace of the Popes as you stroll the city. Your Avignon tour also includes a visit to the famous 12th century Pont Bénazet. This bridge, originally composed of 22 arches, was almost completely destroyed in a 1668 flood. In one of the remaining arches you can still visit the little chapel of St. Nicholas.

For lunch, you can sample your way through one of Avignon’s indoor markets, featuring tasty tapenades, cured meats, organic breads and local cheeses prepared in the Provençal way.

Next, your tour in Provence continues to the charming town of St. Remy, known for its well-preserved Roman ruins including a grand arch and a mausoleum. You will also see the psychiatric hospital where artist Vincent Van Gogh spent a year after cutting off his ear.

You will return to Avignon in the late afternoon.

 

Day 2: Guided Tour of Chateauneuf du Pape & Wine Tasting,Toda Vaison la Romaine, Overnight in Avignon

Markets & Pont du Gard Private Tour

 

Today, you will drive north of Avignon to Chateauneuf-du-Pape, a medieval hillside village famous for its vineyards. You see the ruins of the old stone castle here. After walking the sites, you may visit a chocolate and wine boutique and sample the both with the assistance of a professional sommelier and/or chocolatier.

Next you will tour Vaison la Romaine, at the heart of ancient Roman Provence. There are various archeological sites you can visit here, including the Gallo-Roman bridge and Amphitheatre. If your visit falls on a Tuesday, you can visit the beautiful market in Vaison, where you can purchase everything from cheeses and meats to locally made lavender soap and handmade linens. There are also lots of lovely cafes for lunch here.

You will return to Avignon in the late afternoon.

 

Day 3: Pont du Gard, Les Baux, St. Remy,  Return to hotel or Train to Paris

Today your guide will take you on a Pont du Gard private tour. This immaculately preserved Roman aqueduct at the rim of Gardon Canyon supplied running water to the city of Nimes and beyond. This ancient marvel of engineering has endured two millennia, attracting visitors from all over the world. Here you can admire the canyon valley and follow the flow of the Gard River, tributary of the Rhône.

After your Pont du Gard private tour,  you will enjoy a guided tour of Les Baux, a medieval town in Provence. Les Baux is known for the viewpoint where you will see the remains of a medieval hilltop castle and village carved right out of the cliffs. As cars are banned from the steep, winding streets, you will have a brisk walk up the hill to the castle.

After lunch, your guided tour of Provence continues to the charming town of St. Remy, known for its well-preserved Roman ruins – as well as the psychiatric hospital where Vincent Van Gogh spent a year after cutting off his ear.

You will return to Paris by train at the end of the day.