Discover famous churches in the South of France in a ten hour private tour

In this fabulous private tour you'll see three of the most remarquable churches in the south of France.
Start with the visit of Thoronet Abbey the "jewel" of Cistercian abbeys. Built between 1160 and 1230, Le Thoronet Abbey, is one of three Cistercian abbeys in Provence. Generations of architects were inspired by the purity and simplicity of the internal space.

Then drive to St Maximin and visit the famous basilica Sheltering the relics of Mary Magdalene, the basilica of St Maximin is the third tomb of Christendom. Its construction began in 1295 by order of Charles II of Anjou, Count of Provence.
It is the largest gothic church in Provence.

Then drive towards Avignon and discover the amazing Palace of the Popes. Did you know that it is the biggest Gothic palace in the world! Built in less than 70 years by the Popes!

After the visit of these three amazing buildings wich will definetly marvel you you'll have some time for a small lunch before driving back to Nice.

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  • What's included :
    • Pickup from Hotels or accommodations in Nice
    What's excluded :
    • Entry/Admission - Abbaye du Thoronet
    • Entry/Admission - Palais des Papes
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    Stop At: Abbaye du Thoronet, Btwn Draguignan and Brignolesb, 83340 Le Thoronet France

    Largely built between 1160 and 1190, Thoronet Abbey creates an impression of unity and great serenity. The church, the monks’ quarters and the cloister are all made of dry cut stone (no mortar), following ancient and austere building techniques, expressing the very essence of Cistercian life: poverty, purity and simplicity. Stone and light perfectly work together and emotion emerges from the stark austerity of the architecture. For centuries, the stones here have carried the songs of the monks, and today, tour guides continue the tradition.

    Duration: 40 minutes

    Stop At: Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine, 6 Place Jean Salusse, 83470, Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume France

    the building of the church and the adjacent convent began in 1295. It is now the only large Gothic church in Provence.

    It was not until 1279 that excavations were undertaken under the "oratory" of St. Maximin. After the discovery of the body of Mary Magdalene and the official recognition of these relics in 1281, Charles II of Anjou, Count of Provence, decided, with the approval and encouragement of Pope Boniface VIII, to build a magnificent basilica in the honor of Mary Magdalene.

    Duration: 40 minutes

    Stop At: Place du Palais des Papes, 84000, Avignon France

    The largest Gothic palace ever built, the Palais des Papes was erected by Pope Clement V, who abandoned Rome in 1309 in the wake of violent disorder after his election. Its immense scale illustrates the medieval might of the Roman Catholic church

    Duration: 45 minutes

  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    We pick up travalers in any hotel or private adress in Nice
    Departure Time :
    8:30 AM
    Return Detail :
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Infant seats available
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • Face masks provided for travelers
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    • All our guides have a negative test with them
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.



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Activity ID: V-88256P58

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