Culture and wine: History and wine can be enjoyed together as a perfect match on this five-hour afternoon tour. Explore the Roman town of Orange for a panoramic tour of its Roman landmarks including the Roman Arch of Triumph and the ancient theatre, the Théâtre antique d'Orange. Recall the afternoon’s sights while savouring a sample of the world-renowned wines of Chateauneuf-du-Pape.
Orange is renowned for its Roman architecture and its Roman theatre and is a Unesco World Heritage Site. The Théâtre antique d'Orange is described as the most impressive ancient Roman theatre still existing in Europe. Playing a major role in the life of the citizens, who spent a large part of their free time there, the theatre was seen by the Roman authorities not only as a means of spreading Roman culture to the colonies, but also as a way of distracting them from political activities. The fine Triumphal Arch of Orange is said to date from the time of Augustus (the emperor during the life of Jesus Christ) and was built on the former via Agrippa to honour the veterans of the Gallic Wars and the Roman legion, Legio II Augusta.
Enjoy a wine tour as you stop at select vineyards between Orange and Châteauneuf-du-Pape and taste some of the fine cellar offerings. In a traditional shop, you will find a wide range of wines and Provençal specialities which you can purchase if you so desire. A visit to a delightful Provencal market in Orange is also available on Thursdays.
Meeting/pick-up point: Avignon Tourist Information Centre, 41 cours Jean Jaurès.
Duration: Five hours.
Start/opening time: From April 1 to October 31, tours depart at 2pm on Monday, Saturday and Sunday, and at 2pm on Thursday. During the rest of the year, departure is at 1pm on Monday and Saturday, and 9am on Thursday.
Languages: French and English with Spanish on request.