Wine and Culture

Wine & Culture

This short holiday is an ideal ‘taste’ of Provence. This 3 night holiday offers you not only the opportunity to visit two world-renowned historical sights but also to taste some of the best wines of the southern Rhône, and accompanied by your local wine expert, discover the secrets of the wine producers craft.

Your holiday is based in the beautiful and historic city of Avignon, the capital of the Vaucluse, Provence. Massive ramparts punctuated by seven gates surround the immaculately preserved medieval centre with the magnificent buildings of the Papal Palace at its heart. You will visit both the stunning Papal Palace and also the famous “Pont d’Avignon” bridge across the River Rhone, the Pont St. Benezet. Also included is a visit to nearby Orange to visit the UNESCO world heritage site of the Théatre Romain which is the best preserved Roman theatres in the western world.

A real highlight of this trip is the two guided wine tours to the vineyards and the cellars of leading family-run wine domaines which will give you the opportunity to appreciate wines from top Côtes du Rhône cru villages such as Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Your personal wine guide is an expert in the wines of the southern Rhône and will provide you with a fascinating explanation of the vigneron's craft on these relaxed and informative tours.

Your day by day itinerary click >>Itinerary

Your Accommodation click >>Accommodation

Visits & excursions click >>Excursions

To book this holiday click >>How to Book


  • 3 nights accommodation in a 4* hotel right in the centre of Avignon. Double or twin room with bath or shower and WC and including breakfast each day
  • Two half day guided wine tours visiting domaines in Chateauneuf du Pape, and other Cotes du Rhone cru villages
  • Self guided tour of the Papal Palace and Pont St. Benezet in Avignon
  • Self guided wine tasting at the Carre du Palais in Avignon
  • Self guided visit of the Theatre Antique in Orange
  • Self guided visit to the Museum in Orange
  • Your personal Route Book containing your day by day itinerary complete with local maps and recommended restaurants for lunch and dinner
  • Entrance fees for the guided visits and excursions as detailed in the itinerary
  • Transport during your tour days

Holiday Price 2019

£1015 ~ US $1390

per person

The price is per person based on two people sharing a twin or double room. Single room supplements are applicable and subject to availability.

The Wine Experience

The two guided wine tours are led by local wine expert Olivier Hickman. As you stroll through the domaines’ remote and stunning vineyards Olivier will explain the notion of "terroir" and how the unique location of each vineyard (its "terroir") drives the flavours of the wines that you will taste. Olivier will also explain key elements of the winemaking process when you visit the cellars.

During each tasting Olivier will help you appreciate the wine characteristics of the main Rhône grape varieties and the ageing potential of the wines. You will also have the opportunity to taste some of the wines with cheese to better understand how the wines match different foods.

Travel to the area

With the wide choice of options for travelling to France both from the UK and Ireland and from outside Europe , we have found that our clients prefer to make their own arrangements for travel to Provence. So to enable you to take advantage of the best value and most convenient travel options from your area, we have not included travel to Provence in the cost of your holiday.

We will of course be delighted to give you all the advice you need in helping you with your travel

arrangements. And if you are driving with your own car, we will be delighted to make your hotel bookings for en route hotels to and from Provence.For details on the wide choice of options for travel to Provence click >>Travel from the UK or >>Travel from Overseas.

To book this holiday click >>How to Book


Page updated: 29-Nov-2018