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The French town of Orange is a popular destination known not only for its sunny, picturesque charm, but also for its long history. Visit to see it’s impressive Roman architecture, which include some of the world’s most notable examples outside of Rome itself.
Orange was classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1991 due to its Roman ruins. The city’s Roman theatre is the only one in the world with its vast, 120-foot-high (37-meter) stage wall still standing, and its inner facade features a statue of Emperor Augustus. You can also see the impressive triumphal arch and the ruins of temples, city walls, and the forum. The local museum also boasts the largest Roman marble cadastral maps ever discovered.
Guided tours through the city can provide valuable insight into these sights as well as historic sights from other eras. After exploring the city, head out into wine country do explore the famous Châteauneuf-du-Pape region.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Orange is easy to explore on foot, though many streets are cobbled. Bikes are available to rent.
- Orange hosts a local market every Thursday morning.
- The Roman theatre plays host to an annual summer opera festival known as the Chorégies d'Orange, which is one of the oldest festivals in France.
How to Get There
Orange is in Provence, about 13 miles (21 km) north of Avignon, and can be easily reached by road or train; rail links connect to Avignon, Marseille, Lyon, and Paris. You can also visit as part of a guided tour that includes tours of the surrounding countryside and wine tasting in Châteauneuf-du-Pape.
When to Get There
The peak time for visiting Orange (and the rest of the south of France) is the summer. For a cooler, less-crowded visit, consider booking a trip in autumn or spring. The Chorégies d'Orange opera festival is usually staged in July.
Visit the City of Avignon
Roughly a 30-minute drive (or a 15-minute train ride) south of Orange you’ll find the larger city of Avignon. Situated on the Rhône River, the city is well-known as the home of the medieval bridge the Pont d'Avignon. After visiting this famous sight, stop by the impressive Palais des Papes, which was the seat of the Catholic church in the Middle Ages.
Address: Orange 84100, France
4 Tours and Activities to Experience Orange
Visit two of the most impressive Roman ruins in Provence and sample the region’s renowned wines on this half-day small-group tour from Avignon. Marvel at the grand aqueduct of Pont du Gard, visit the UNESCO-listed Roman Theater in Orange, then enjoy wine tasting at a Chateaneuf du Pape winery.
Discover the rich traditions and flavors of Rhône Valley wine country on a guided wine-tasting tour from Avignon. With a small group of fellow wine enthusiasts, spend a half day visiting one or two distinguished wine estates in the Châteauneuf-du-Pape territory to sample and learn about local varietals. Your excursion includes fascinating estate tours and intimate tasting sessions in a breathtaking natural setting.
Liven up a day of sightseeing with fine wine and delicious chocolates as you journey around Provence on this full-day tour from Avignon. Visit the magnificent Roman theatre of Orange, see the UNESCO-listed Pont du Gard aqueduct and trace the footsteps of Van Gogh in Saint Rémy de Provence. Look out over the Alpilles from the hilltop village of Les Baux de Provence, then pair regional wines with homemade chocolates at a special tasting workshop in Châteauneuf du Pape.
Taking safety measures
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
A wonderful combination of history and tasting, a full-day of tasting and pleasure for the eyes! Discover the key monuments of our Roman history with the Orange Antique Theatre and the monumental Pont du Gard. The highlight of your day, a commented visit of the cellars and lunch at the famous “Table d’Alain Jaume” for a tasting in “food and wines”, commented by the sommelier around a semi-gastronomic lunch with 6 wines. A day full of emotions!
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What's the best way to experience Orange?
The best ways to experience Orange are:
- Half-Day Provence Pont du Gard and Wine Tasting Tour from Avignon
- Culture and Wine in Chateauneuf du Pape Small-Group Day Trip
- History, Chocolate and Wine Tour of Provence from Avignon
- Full Day Pont du Gard, Orange theatre, Wine Tasting including lunch from Avignon
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