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Chateauneuf Wine Tours

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Chateauneuf du Pape Wines

At the end of the 19th century, the vine growers decided by themselves to define and adopt severe constraints in terms of vine growing and wine production. Thanks to their exceptional terroirs and to these new rules applied now for decades, and which definitively contribute to the exceptional quality of Chateauneuf du Pape Wines, the reputation of this wine region increased dramatically and became an example and a reference for other Appellations (AOC : Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée) in France but for the rest of the world.

Tavel & Lirac

The diversity of soils in this appellation (massifs limestone on which came to settle some red clay and gravel, quartz pebbles and red clay on a bed of sand) allow the flowering of a big palette of grape varieties. Fed on lands appropriated to their character, they are able to get the best of themselves and thus, give to wines of Lirac all their taste and personality. Black Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre and Cinsault are at the origin of red Lirac and to grow better, they have chosen to shoot on the clay plateaus of the appellation, composed by big rolled pebbles (Galets Roulés). The white grape varieties at the origin of white Lirac are remarkable for their extreme diversity : white Grenache, Bourboulenc and Claret, which often mingle white Ugni, Picpoul, Roussanne, Marsanne or even Viognier. Above all, they have left scrubland on the terroirs from were the vines get their delicacy and their aromatic complexity. Close to Lirac, we cannot forget Tavel : the only appellation which intentionally refused to produce red and white wines, loyal to their old principles : here rosé colour is not a fashion, it’s an original identity.

Palais du Pape

Chateauneuf Wine and Culture Tours

Scheduled tours with free pick-up and drop-off by air conditioned minvans in Avignon or surrounds or at Avignon TGV Station combined with full-day tour with English speaking driver all year round.

Wine-tastings with a private guide in cellars in Beaumes de Venise or Vacqueyras, exceptional soil located at the foot of the majestic Dentelles de Montmirail and the Mont Ventoux. Wine-tasting in a cellar in Chteauneuf-du-Pape, called "the 13 vine-plant's country". You will discover the history of this famous house, born in Chateauneuf du Pape 100 years ago. In a traditional shop you will find a wide range of wines, and Provencal specialities. Our Wine Tours through viticultural villages like Beaumes de Venise, Vacqueyras and Chateauneuf-du-Pape will offer you an exclusive view on the vineyards of the Cotes du Rhone area.(2 or 3 cellars and at least 6 different AOC & Crus wines).

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Avignon & Pope's Palace

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Escorted Group Tours

The Palace of the Popes stands as the mighty symbol of the church's influence throughout the western Christian world in the 14th century. Construction was started in 1335 and completed in less than twenty years under the leadership of two builder popes, Benedict XII and his successor Clement VI.

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Popes' Palace, Pont d'Avignon and Wine Tasting Combination Ticket

Departure Daily: Anytime

Departure Point: Palais Des Papes and Pont St. Benezet

Cost: $45.00 pp

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With this combination ticket you will receive entrance to the Popes' Palace, Pont d'Avignon and enjoy wine tasting in the palace cellar. This visit is independent, so choose to spend as long (or as little) time as you like discovering the heart of the history of City of the Popes!

POPES' PALACE - the largest Gothic Palace in the world

The Popes' Palace, the residence of the Sovereign Pontiffs during the 14th Century, is the biggest Gothic Palace in the world. There are 25 rooms to visit in the Palace: ceremonial rooms, chapels, cloister, the private papal apartments, with their priceless frescoes and new museum space - the Musee de l'Oeuvre - which displays the evolutions in the building of the Popes' since the 14th century. The price also includes use of an audio-guide to guarantee a richer experience allowing you to learn all there is to know about this legendary monument. The audio-guide is available in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch and Japanese. The recommended visiting time is 1.5 hours.

PONT D'AVIGNON - the bridge of legends

The famous "Pont d'Avignon", a major feature in Avignon's history, is known the world over, thanks to the celebrated children's song. Constructions of the bridge started in the 12th Century, and parts of the bridge were continually swept away by the raging waters of the Rhone river. Reconstruction of the bridge was finally abandoned in the 17 Century. The recommended visiting time is 30 minutes.

WINE TASTING IN THE BOUTEILLERIE - in the Palace

Enjoy a wine tasting with a professional wine specialist and savor some of the most prestigious vintages of the Cote dewith a selection of different types of local bread and cheeses and you will also receive a free wine tasting cup with the words Palais des Papes inscribed - a momento of your experience!

Arles & Les Baux

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Escorted Group Tours

Journey to Saint Remy de Provence for stop at the Antiques (Triumphal Arch and funeral monument) located in a field of olive trees; a landscape painted several times by Van Gogh.

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Orange, Les Baux de Provence and Arles by Minivan

Departure Dates:Monday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 9am

Departure Point: Your hotel in Avignon or surrounds

Duration: 10 hrs

Cost: $133.00 pp

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Guide visit of Orange followed by a driving tour in the vineyards between Orange and Chateauneuf-du-Pape and stop for a wine tasting in a cellar. You will try the most prestigious red wine in the Rhone valley and visit the winery founded in Chateauneuf-du-Pape 100 years ago. In a traditional shop, you will find a wide range of wines and provencal specialties to buy.

Stop at the Antiques of Saint Remy de Provence (Triumphal Arch and funeral monument) among olive trees, landscape painted several times by Van Gogh.

Visit Les Baux de Provence, a village set upon a rock at 245 meters high and in the spectacular historical center, see the museum of santons, the Hotel des Porcelets, beautiful 16th century houses, the St Vincent Church.

Lastly, a walking tour of Arles, with it's rich architectural heritage, the famous Roman amphitheater and theatre, the Romanesque Cathedral and the famous places painted by Van Gogh, including La maison jaune, Le café la nuit and Le jardin de l'hotel Dieu.

Free time for lunch and market in Fontvieille (on Mondays), Orange (on Thursdays) and Arles (on Saturdays). The order of visit will then change accordingly.

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Best of Provence

Scheduled Group Tours

Explore Provence and surrounds by minivan, on a full day tour with your English-speaking guide.

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Avignon and Provence Independent Excursion of your choice.

Departure Daily: Anytime

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Cost: $93.00 pp

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The Popes' Palace is the biggest Gothic palace in all of Europe (15,000 square meters of floor space, which is the equivalent of 4 Gothic cathedrals). See over 20 rooms, scenes of historic events, in particular the popes' private chambers and the frescoes painted by the Italian artist Matteo Giovannetti.

The Pont d'Avignon (Pont St Benezet) was the first construction over the Rhone river, between Lyon and the Mediterranean sea in the 12th century. The bridge had 22 arches and covered approximately 900 meters linking Villeneuve les Avignon to Avignon. The bridge collapsed in the 17th century and the king did not want to pay for restoring the bridge. Today, the bridge has 4 arches, and is still so famous for the French song "Sur le Pont d'Avignon"

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There is no guide or transport included. Your ticket allows fast track entry to the above attractions.


•Culture and Wine (Orange and Chateauneuf du Pape) on Thursday morning, Monday afternoon or Saturday afternoon

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Great Wine & Sites

Escorted Group Tours

Tasting good wines and taking breaks at picturesque places and medieval villages is a good idea for combining pleasure of the palate and pleasure of the eyes.

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Great Provence Wines and Famous Sites by Minivan

Departure Dates: Monday and Thursday at 9am

Departure Point: Your hotel in Avignon or nearby

Duration: 9hrs

Cost: $125.00 pp

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In the morning, you’ll have a scenic drive in the vineyards around Chateauneuf du pape, explanations about "terroir", grape varieties, vinification and aging cellars, and of course, wine tastings at 2 wineries with explanations on how to taste the wine.
 
The tour will continue to the Pont du Gard, the best preserved roman aqueduct, Les Baux de Provence, a picturesque medieval village in the Alpilles mountains, and then the famous village of Gordes which ranks among the most beautiful villages in France.

Free time for lunch by your own during the tour.

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Pont du Gard & Chateauneuf

Escorted Group Tours

Visit of the famous Pont du Gard , amazing vestige of a 1st century Roman aqueduct and protected by the UNESCO.

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Orange, Chateauneuf du Pape and the Grand Tour of Provence

Departure Dates:Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 9am

Departure Point: Your hotel in Avignon or surrounds

Duration: 10 1/2 hrs

Cost: $136.00 pp

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On this Grand tour of Provence you will first visit Orange, founded by the Romans in the 1st century BC. You will see the Triumphal Arch, one of the most remarkable of its kind in France. The arch is decorated with friezes commemorating Julius Caesar's victories over the Gauls in 49BC. You will also visit the Antic theater, built during the time of August Caesar.

Enjoy a scenic drive in the vineyards around Chateauneuf du Pape,  where you will learn about grape varieties, vinification and aging cellars and wine tasting.

Your tour will continue to the Pont du Gard, the best preserved roman aqueduct, Les Baux de Provence, a picturesque medieval village in the Alpilles mountains, and then in the Luberon region, the famous villages of Gordes and Roussillon which rank among the most beautiful villages in France.

The aqueduct of Nimes, built between 40 and 60 after JC, under the empires of Claude and Neron, was an important building site which lasted about fifteen years. The only reason to be of this aqueduct, work of civil engineering, consisted in supporting a watercourse leading on 50 km the waters fountainhead the of Eure to the water tower (Castellum) of Nimes. From the top of its 49 metres, the Bridge of Gard is the major element of the aqueduct of Nimes. It is the highest aqueduct bridge of the Roman world, remarkably preserved and made up of three levels of arches: 6 on the first level, 11 on the second one and 47 on the third one. The bridge of Gard has been classified World Inheritance of Humanity by UNESCO.

Antic Theatre

Orange & Chateauneuf du Pape

Escorted Group Tours

Visit Orange and its Antic Theater followed by a wine tasting in Chateauneud du Pape

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Orange and Chateauneuf du Pape by Minivan

Departure Dates: Monday - Saturday

Departure Point: Your hotel in Avignon or surrounds

Duration: Half Day

Cost: $63.00 pp

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Visit Orange and enjoy a panoramic tour to discover its Roman Arch of Triumph, symbol of the Roman imperialism glory, and visit of its Antic Theater, the best conserved theatre in the Roman Empire thanks to its stage wall.

Take a wine tour through the vineyards between Orange and Chateauneuf-du-Pape and stop for panoramic view of the Rhone river valley from the Castle of Chateauneuf-du-Pape.

Lastly, enjoy a wine-tasting at a cellar in Chateauneuf-du-Pape, called "the 13 vines country". You will discover the history of this famous house, born in Chateauneuf-du-Pape 100 years ago. In a traditional shop, you can shop for souvenirs with a wide range of wines and provencal specialties on offer.

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Fall Harvest Visits

Escorted Tours

Stay in a luxurious 19th century splendid castle in the Chateauneuf du Pape vineyards and be part of the harvest experience.

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Itinerary

Arrival at the hotel.

Take the time to enjoy this remarkable environment of this XIXth century castle, its luxurious bedrooms, the panoramic terrace and swimming pool. Presentation of the tour and tasting workshop at 6:00 PM. We will then have dinner at the hotel which proposes a gourmet Menu (wines included), combining “terroir” products and refinement.

Friday : It's Harvest Time

A renowned Estate is opening its door to us during harvest. We will spend the morning in the vineyards. The owner will explain us the terroir features, the different grape varieties used in Chateauneuf, the harvest conditions. All around us, the employees will cut the rip grapes; indeed in Chateauneuf, the harvest is done only manually, since the machine is forbidden here. For those who wish to experience the harvest, a secateur in one hand, they will have the opportunity to pick up some grapes.

Depending of the owner’s decision, some plants might be proposed to some of you, so that the harvest grapes would be separated and be processed separately and dedicated to your own bottles which would be released in a year or two ! At the end of the morning, presentation of the estate’s wines will be made and we will taste and appreciate them.

Lunch will take place in a charming restaurant at the centre of the village. Beginning of the afternoon, the winemaker will authorize us to enter its cellar, in order to understand the vinification process during the harvest.

End of the day, a tour in a handcraft chocolate facility will be the occasion to taste some succulent chocolates which are been proposed in some famous restaurants in France and elsewhere.

A gastronomic dinner will be proposed to us at the hotel, and we will enjoy a « Découverte » Menu, a gastronomic adventure ! (wines not included).

Saturay : Visits of Chateauneuf du Pape Estates

The whole day is dedicated to Estates visits and tasting. Lunch will be taken on the top of Chateauneuf foothill where the village castle stands. This castle used to be the residence of the Popes in the XIVth century. If the weather is nice, we will have lunch on the terrace which offers a splendid view of the entire vineyards, and the whole surrounding region. Dinner at the hotel, and gourmet Menu (wine included).

Sunday : Avignon, the old city and the Pope’s Palace

A guided tour will be proposed in order to fully discover and understand this splendid mediaeval city : the old city, the chapels, places and narrow streets will relate us the history of the city during all these years. Of course, we will visit the Pope’s Palace which was the principal residence of the Popes during the XIVth century. We will better understand the way of living, the political and religious influence, the cuisine,… in these mediaeval ages, and why Avignon was considered at that time as a “second Roma” and the capital of the christianism.

To discover more wines from the region, we will finish our tour at the “Bouteillerie” (which ends our visit of the Pope’s Palace). A nice selection of 4 regional wines are proposed, as well as commented tasting. The wines will be coupled with local food such as delicatessen, cheeses, …
End of the tour after lunch.

 

ACCOMODATION

You will stay in a luxurious hotel, which is a 19th century splendid castle overhanging Chateauneuf du Pape vineyards. Four star service type. Rooms with air conditioning are all unique, and decorated in Provence style. Oriented South so that you benefit from a marvelous view on the Vineyards, and observe at a few km from there, the Pope’s Palace of Avignon.

The hotel has its own restaurant, so that you can enjoy this place and view so unique, while you’re having a gastronomic dinner. The cuisine is indeed reputed for its quality and creativity. At the base of this fortress, you will relax while enjoying a panoramic swimming pool.

 

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