AVIGNON AND CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE WITH WINE TASTING: 9 Hour Tour
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Chateauneuf du Pape & Avignon Tours Include: Our Chateauneuf du Pape and Avignon tours include private transportation and English speaking tour guide, entrance fees, chocolate and wine tasting, taxes, tolls and parking.
Not Included: Meals, beverages and other personal expenses.
Departure Points: Avignon, Arles and vicinity; Aix, Marseilles and vicinity. Other departure points available, please inquire.
This morning, your Provence tour guide will take you to one of the most charming cities in southern France: Avignon. You will have a private tour of Avignon followed by a private guided tour of Chateauneuf du Pape and enjoy wine tasting in this beautiful part of Provence.
Surrounded by imposing city walls, Avignon is well known as the residence of the Pope in the 14th century. Your guided tour of Avignon will also take you to visit the awesome Palace of the Popes and enjoy the enormous banquet rooms, original frescoes and floor tiles, and other details in its interior. The Palace paints a vivid portrait of the Pope’s life in that era.
Your Avignon tour also includes a visit the famous 12th century Pont Bénazet. This bridge was originally composed of 22 arches, but was almost completely destroyed in a 1668 flood. In one of the remaining arches you can still visit the little chapel of St. Nicholas.
In the afternoon, the private tour of Avignon continues with a drive north of Avignon to Chateauneuf-du-Pape, a medieval hillside village famous for its vineyards. You can tour the ruins of the old stone castle here. After walking the sites, you will be ready for the final stop of the day: a huge chocolate and wine boutique. You will sample the wares here with the assistance of a professional sommelier or chocolatier. The tasting includes three wines matching five different chocolates.
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