AVIGNON - CHÂTEAUNEUF DU PAPE
Visit of Avignon, a UNESCO World Heritage
The city, as a strategic site in the Rhone valley,
owes its origins to the Doms rock. With the arrival of the popes in
the 14th Century, the city became a second Rome. It was enriched by
art in the 17th and 18th Centuries, and it remained papal property up
to the French revolution. Its medieval walls cover nearly 3 miles and
are punctuated by 39 towers and seven gates ! Within the walls thrives
a culturally rich city.
The major site of the city is the huge pope's palace,
the biggest gothic palace in the world. Just being at the foot of the
impressive building will let you an unforgettable souvenir. It gives
an idea of the grand life under the seven French popes who built a miniature
Vatican during their rule here. You can visit 25 rooms of it, including
the ceremonial rooms, chapels, cloister, private papal apartments with
priceless frescoes, and others. (entrance not included)
The second point of interest is the St Bénezet
bridge. This legendary bridge is a significant symbol of the history
of Avignon, famous throughout the world due to the beloved children's
song. The bridge was built in the late 1100's. Though it was often rebuilt
after damage inflicted by the raging flood waters of the Rhone. (entrance
Between the sites, your driver-guide will explain you
many things about the history, the tradition, the natural environment...
You will be able to stop as much as you want to take pictures, or just
to breath the fabulous scents of the provencal plants...
In the afternoon, visit the medieval village of Châteauneuf du Pape. Situated on the left bank of the Rhone River, Châteauneuf du Pape is world-famous for its wine but the village itself is worth to visit, the castle from the 14th century, the church and its Romanesque architecture… Châteauneuf du Pape is a famous French wine Appellation. It represents the beginning of the Côte du Rhône area, known for its full bodied red wines. Vineyards located around the village, on some rolling hills offer a picturesque and unforgettable landscape.
9:00am Pick up at your hotel
Guided tour of Avignon, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This strategic site of the Rhone Valley is worldwide renowned for its huge pope’s palace, the major site of the city (possible inside visit of the Popes palace: about 10,50 euros per person)
Lunch in Avignon
02:00pm Drive to Châteauneuf du Pape
02:30 Stop in a wine estate for a wine tasting (not included) and visit of the village
04:30 Drive back
05:00 Drop off