9am - Meet your private English speaking driver guide in the lobby of your hotel and departure for a visit of Avignon & Chateauneuf du pape (1 wine tasting included)
Once in Avignon, you won't want to leave, and the town is too interesting to let you go. Avignon is ancient, full of history, life, youth, art, music and activity. Just to "see" the town itself, you could wander the narrow streets inside the fortified walls for days without tiring of them. Avignon is a UNESCO World heritage site.
A great shopping area, with pedestrian streets without automobiles (not always the case in France), and loads of shops of all kinds. Southeast of the Place de l'Horloge: rue des Marchands, rue Rouge and ajoining streets are full of clothing and other shops.
Book market on the Cours Jean Jaures, just inside the wall in front of the train station.
Palais des Papes is certainly among the most dominating structures of both the Christian world as well as the city of Avignon. In the case of the former, the structure enjoys an almost infamous status, while in the latter, the castle overlooks all of the city from a hill. The castle was the meeting place of a group of cardinals who wanted to topple the authority of the pope in Rome, and came pretty close to succeeding as well. The palace has defensive as well as aesthetic properties. There are many incidents that occurred in connection with the magnificent monument that is the Palais des Papes. The palace was built by Benedict XII, who was the third pope in Avignon. After the palace was built, Avignon became like a Vatican in the north. The period when popes had their bases in Avignon was called the “Babylon Captivity” in Rome.
Lunch at leisure in Avignon - Your guide will suggest you the best place to have lunch depending on your taste and requirements.
Châteauneuf-du-Pape is the best wine of Provence. In richness and in complexity, it compares with the greatest wines of Bordeaux and Burgundy. The Châteauneuf du Pape wine is thick, harsh, powerful and richly colored. It is elaborated with 13 authorized and controlled grape-varieties among which Syrah, Grenache and Clairette.
6pm - End of the tour at your hotel