Fantastic fun – Wonderful! everyone should experience it because there is no words to explain &our guide was very good educative fun co-operative.
Avignon Visit & Chateauneuf Du Pape Wine Tasting Full Day Shore Excursion From Marseille
Visit of Avignon, known as the city of the popes
Discover the superbe wines of Chateauneuf du Pape
Pick up and drop off at Marseille Cruise Port
Hand-Picked Guides Only. English-Speaking, Local Experts
700€ Per Group of 2-8 people
- If you want to share your tour with others, you can put it on Cruise Critic. Most of the time this gives good results. You must do this yourself as we are not accepted on their site as a professional business.
All year round on request
Private Shore Excursion Tour.
Minimum 2, Maximum 8.
Pick up at your cruise ship at Marseille port of call
- Pick up and drop off to ship
- Services of an English speaking driver/guide
- Transport in recent & comfortable compact minivan
- Itinerary as mentioned
- Entrance fees to monuments, museums or attractions unless specified in program
- Meals, drinks
- Personal insurance and expenses
- Gratuities for the guide
Embark on a vibrant Shore Excursion from Marseille to visit Avignon and the Chateauneuf du Pape wine producing region. Let our Expert local guides introduce you to one of the most prominent wine regions of the Cotes du Rhone.
Today we will come and pick you up at your Cruise Ship in Marseille Port of Call. Meet your English speaking driver/guide who will go over the itinerary and program of this private shore excursion. Then, board your air-conditioned vehicle and begin to make your way to the town of Avignon.
The tour will first take you to the Pope’s city of Avignon. We will then take you to the Chateauneuf du Pape wine region where you will have several wine tasting sessions in carefully selected châteauneuf du pape wineries.
Avignon town visit
Begin your full-day tour from Marseille in the beautiful Provence region by the visit of Avignon, known as the city of the popes. This stunning small town of France was built close to the Rhône River where enjoyable boat rides can be taken. Upon arrival, you will enjoy a guided walking tour of Avignon around the Unesco world heritage listed historic city center with your guide. During the tour, you will discover the pope’s palace, a UNESCO listed site, Pont St Bénezet, Notre Dame des Dom’s cathedral, Saint Peter’s church and Horloge square. Your guide will certainly take some time to evoke the Papal history of this stunning provencal town. After the visit, enjoy some free time for personal discovery. It will be possible to have lunch in the town of Avignon or you can also ask your tour guide to get away from it all and have lunch in a local hilltop village such as Les Baux de Provence. After lunch, reach the Chateauneuf du Pape wine region.
Châteauneuf du Pape Wine tour
The Châteauneuf du Pape Appellation was one of 6 to be labeled as the first AOC wines of France in 1936. The vineyards planted by the Romans were extended and developed by the Pope’s residing in Avignon popes during the 14th century. As you reach this famous wine-producing region, discover the village and its ancient castle that was the summer residence of the Pope’s during their stay in the area. Here, you will enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view of the valley. Then, you will have some free time to roam around and enjoy a wine tour of Chateauneuf du Pape wines in the old 14th-century pope cellars. Depending on your wishes, it will be possible to taste more wines in the local wineries that your guide can point to. Here, both red and white wines are produced. Chateauneuf du Pape wines have the specificity of having a possible thirteen grape varieties that can be used in the blend with Grenache & Syrah being the most used. The lesser produced white wines can include any of the seven authorized grape varieties such as Roussanne or Grenache Blanc.
After the wine tasting tour, we will take you back to Marseille and that will be the end of our services.
Good to Know
- This tour departs from Marseille Port of call
- Tour is for 8 passengers maximum per vehicle
- This tour involves walking some distances, comfortable walking shoes are recommended
- This tour is not wheelchair accessible and not recommended for persons with reduced mobility
- Our standard cancellation policy applies to this tour – Read More Here.
Very informative and relaxed tour – Our guide was great and gave us ample time to tour and relax. She was very knowledgeable and stayed on time.
Efficient and knowledgeable – Friendly, knowledgeable and efficiently organised. We loved the fact that Alain, our guide, was as excited about visiting the estates as we were. We have used them twice already and will certainly do so again.
Loved every minute of it! – We had a wonderful guide Delphine. She took very good care of us! It was great!
The Ophorus Difference
Contagious Enthusiasm – ‘We had the most terrific guide! Very knowledgeable and enthusiastic’ – Virginia B. (Delaware, US)
Flexibility – ‘The guides really took an interest in what WE wanted to do’ Paul C. (UK)
Area Locals – ‘He was so much more than a driver. He really added local color and local flavor.’ Daniel W. (Georgia, US)
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