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Avignon ...
Spring Water Tour

Avignon, City of the Popes - Prestigious vineyards!

Discover magestic Avignon - a city of art and culture stretched along the banks of the Rhone river and particularly famous for its festival of Theatre, Dance and Music in July; The festival ON and OFF is a cultural explosion produced within the enchanting historical monuments and attracts a cosmopolitan crowd. Visit the Pont St. Bénézet known world-wide and sung about for generations in «Sur le pont d’Avignon l’on y danse tous en rond».
Visit the Palais des Papes , the Cathedral Notre Dame des Doms, the Petit Palais - all of which are an extraordinary cultural heritage. Stroll in the central garden on the Rocher des Doms where you have a magnificent view of The Pont d’Avignon, Villeneuve-les-Avignon with its towers of Philippe le Bel and St. André, The Dentelles de Montmirail, a jagged mountain range, and the Mt. Ventoux (1900M), The Ventoux Plateau and the range called the Alpilles.
A walk around the «Horloge Square» bordered by the Opera House and the 19C town hall which shelters the 14 - 15C clock tower still with its automatic clock.

Free lunch time in Avignon.

Onto Villeneuve-les-Avignon, the city of the cardinals, where you have the best view of Avignon’s spectacular skyline.
Au pied de la Tour Philippe le Bel, depuis sa terrasse supérieure, vue panoramique sur Villeneuve et le Fort Saint-André, le Rhône et le Pont Saint-Bénézet, Avignon et le Palais des Papes, la Montagnette et les Alpilles et en toile de fond le «Géant de Provence»le Mont Ventoux.
Visit of the Fort St. André. Within these walls are the remains of the benedictine Abbaye St. André built in the 10C, and its adjoining village. Stroll in the Italian gardens maintained on the site.
Visit the Chartreuse du Val de Benediction. In 1352 Pope Innocenti VI founded a charter-house on his residence(livrée) in commemoration of his papal election. The fathers of the humble Carthusian Order had refused the papacy and were rewarded with the founding of the «Chartreuse»- which became one of the most important in France.
The site now hold seminars and cultural events often linked to play writing.

Off to Chateauneuf de Papes for a visit of the Castelain chocalate producers and a taste of their specialties.


Taste too the most prestigious of all Rhone wines (grand cru) in one of the oldest vineyards of France, too.




Finish our tour at the Velleron farmers’ market - an explosion of freshness, colours and perfumes of provence.