Explore the extraordinary Roman heritage of Provence and visit the vineyards of Châteauneuf-du-Pape on this half-day excursion from Avignon. One of the most famous wines in the world, you will visit a cellar and taste the produce.
What to Expect
Tucked between the Alps to the east and the Rhone River to the west, Provence is a rich tapestry of natural and manmade wonders. On this tour departing Avignon, you will combine a tour of its Roman heritage with a trip to the famous vineyards of Châteauneuf-du-Pape.
Your introduction to the Roman period starts at the town of Orange. Founded by the Romans in the first century BC, the excursion takes in its two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, L'Arc de Triomphe and Le Théâtre Antique, still used for special events and ranked as one of the best preserved Roman monuments in the world.
Stop at the ruins of the castle built by the former Popes who relocated the papacy to Avignon in the 14th-Century and used it as their summer residence.
Then drive to the vineyards of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, one of the world’s most popular wines. Discover the different grape varietals, such as Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre, which give distinctly fruity and spicy wines.
The tour will then visit a winery, where you will be taken to the cellar, redolent with the scent of the oak barrels used to age the wine for 6 to 24 months after vinification. You will get a lesson in how to taste wine using your eyes, nose and finally taste. "A votre sante!" Cheers!
- Entrance fee at the Antic Theatre in Orange
- Wine-tasting and visit of the winery at Châteauneuf-du-Pape