Avignon and Wine

Price: $192.00
Children ages 3 and under are free of charge.
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Summary
Shore Excursion Size ? Small
Shore Excursion Type Cultural, Active, Scenic
Shore Excursion Duration 7 Hours
Activity Level ? Moderate
Shore Excursion Leaves From ? Cruise Ship Pier
Food/Beverage Provided Wine Tasting
Recommended Dress We recommend wearing comfortable clothing and sensible, flat-soled walking shoes. Sunglasses, hat and sunscreen are suggested.
Restrictions Guests must be able to get in and out of transportation. This tour is not wheelchair accessible

Avignon and Wine

Continuously inhabited since the Stone Age, the city of Avignon became a refuge for popes fleeing corruption in 14th-century Rome. This small-group tour is designed to provide an intimate and personal look at Avignon with a local, knowledgeable guide.

During this tour you will see the imposing Le Palais des Papes, or the Pope's Palace, that has the world's largest Gothic facade. Admire the iconic 12th-century Saint-Benezet bridge, famous for the children's song Sur le pont d'Avignon, that spans the Rhone River and was rebuilt several times before being abandoned in the 17th century (entrance fees to attractions are at your own discretion and are not included).

Continue your day with a walk through the vineyards around Chateauneuf du Pape, a commune just north of Avignon. Learn about terroir, the environmental qualities that affect the outcome of a wine, as well as the region's various grape varieties and the secrets of vinification and aging cellars.

Pop into a local winery for an exquisite wine tasting before your return trip to Marseille. During the tour you will have free time for lunch (not included) on your own.

Get ready to explore the City of the Popes when you book this full-day, small-group tour.