MONDAY (Lundi)

Avignon: The Palace of the Popes &

Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vineyards

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En route to Avignon for a visit of the Palais des Papes where the popes led a sumptuous life! We'll enter the city through one of the fortified gates built along the ramparts that encircle the town. One of the largest buildings of its time (2.6 acres), the palace is a veritable fortress where nine popes ruled the Roman Catholic World from 1309 to 1403. The princely residence is a maze of corridors, chambers and chapels richly decorated with frescoes and tapestries.

Afterward you might like to visit the Petit Palais, now a museum with exceptional Medieval and Renaissance sculptures and paintings. A few steps from the museum stand the 12th century Notre-Dame-des-Doms and the famous St.
Bénézet bridge that crosses halfway above the Rhône river.

LUNCH:  Stroll through the nearby Place de l'Horloge where you'll find several fine small restaurants. Or, stop at one the very tempting baker-shops and delicatessen and enjoy lunch in a park.

fter lunch we'll head on to the famous vineyards of Châteauneuf-du-Pape where you will taste one of the greatest French wines. The village of Châteauneuf is topped by the ruins of the Popes' summer castle. From the castle, there is a fantastic view over the
Rhône valley and vineyards. Then, for chocolate lovers, we'll stop at the best Chocolaterie in Provence!

Delight in prestigious vintages of Provence such as Gigondas, Beaumes-de- Venise, Hermitage, Vacqueyras,Tavel. at our special Wine Tasting and dinner party with regional specialties cooked by Anne-Marie in our house.

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