Chateauneuf du Pape and Gigondas Wine Tour

Located in southeastern France's Provence region is Avignon, a well-preserved medieval city on the Rhône River. The entire area is an important winemaking region—a legacy that began with the Papacy. Avignon was the seat of the Catholic popes from 1309 to 1377, a heritage that's reflected in the Palais des Papes, a palace and fortress that was the hub of Western Christianity during that era. It was during the papal schism that the Avignon Popes encouraged the development of viticulture. Today's experience involves a tasting at the nearby Châteauneuf du Pape, a village famous for winemaking. 

With its characteristic pebbly topsoil, Châteauneuf du Pape produces complex and top-rated red wines (as well as the occasional delicious white, too). Under the guidance of an expert oenologist, you'll discover the fruits of Avignon's legacy on a tasting journey of its famous reds, including Grenache and Syrah. Then, enjoy free time for lunch in the village before driving north to Gigondas, another wine-producing appellation (region).

The vineyards of Gigondas sit in the southern Rhône Valley beneath the Dentelles de Montmirail mountain range and near the highest mountain in southern France, Mont Ventoux. This jaw-droppingly beautiful scenery will complement the day's final tasting perfectly.

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Itineraries with Chateauneuf du Pape and Gigondas Wine Tour

Paris & Provence Road Trip - 9 Days

This scenic itinerary starts with a self-guided road trip through exceptional villages, cities, and wine regions in the heart of Provence. Over the course of 9 days, you’ll explore Aix-en-Provence, Arles, Avignon, and the Rhone Valley with visits to a number of UNESCO World Heritage sites as well as hidden gems. Finish the adventure in Paris with a mix of private tours and free time to explore on your own.

Ultimate Provençal Road Trip - 5 Days

Perhaps no other region encompasses France's exceptional beauty better than Provence. During this 5-day self-drive itinerary, you'll experience the highlights with stops in emblematic cities such as Marseille and Aix-en-Provence as well as traditional villages in the scenic countryside. Finish the adventure in medieval Avignon coupled with a wine tasting in nearby Chateauneuf du Pape.

Visit Provence Like the Obama Family - 7 Days

Barack Obama and his family recently visited Provence, choosing a village near Avignon as their base for exploring the region. Follow in their footsteps with this 7-day trip inspired by their itinerary—you'll dine at the Michelin-starred restaurant where the presidential family enjoyed a celebratory meal, shop in the same off-the-beaten-path village known as the "Provençal Venice" for its charming canals, visit the region's best vineyards, and more.

France Road Trip: Ultimate Self-Drive Tour of Provence - 9 Days

Twirl around to the catchy tune of Sur le Pont d'Avignon as you cross said bridge and more on this nine-day self-drive trip. In addition to crossing the celebrated bridge of Avignon, you'll stroll down the Mediterranean coast and through markets, vineyards, olive groves, and more to see all that Provence has to offer.