You will begin the day with a visit to the city of Avignon. Here you will have a guided tour of the Palais des Papes and Pont St Bénézet, the famous bridge of Avignon. Both these exceptional sites make this visit really special. You will see a magnificent urban landscape, overlooks the city, river Rhône, Rocher des Doms presenting an exceptional set of monuments.
You will have time for a snack, coffee or early lunch in Avignon before we leave. (Alternatively lunch on arrival in the village of Châteauneuf du Pape)
In the afternoon you will be driven to Châteauneuf du Pape which is at the heart of a region full of history, culture and joie de vivre. A unique, magical place that appears on the hill like an island rising out of a sea of vines. At the summit the vestiges of the ruined château – wall, tower and lower hall built by the popes in the 14th century as a summer residence to escape the city heat of Avignon. It was the popes who planted the town's first vineyards. In the afternoon visit two different vineyards - first a winemaker with 8ha vineyard based exclusively on the appellation and second a 43ha family estate owned by five generations of wine-producers. Introducing you to the iconic wines established in 1880's where tradition is enhanced by modernism and excellence, with wine tasting too.