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  • Avignon, Provence, France

Last updated: 09 July, 2024
Expert travel writer: Dana Facaros

Perched above the Rhône, effervescent Avignon still retains the ramparts and urban fabric of the days when it was a premier league medieval city, especially when the popes moved here from Rome.

Their enormous Palais des Papes is now a World Heritage Site, but the whole town is full of grand prelates’ palaces and townhouses – many now converted into museums, hotels and restaurants.

Take time to stroll through Avignon’s picturesque backstreets, not missing the lovely Rue des Teinturiers, the ‘Street of the Dyers’ with its waterwheels on a branch of the river Sorgue.

It famously hosts the massive Avignon Festival. Many of Avignon’s windows and walls have amusing trompe l’oeil figures and statues, adding the feel (especially notably during the Festival) that the entire city is a stage.

Tours, tickets & transfers

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Our selection of the best Viator tours of this destination, plus helpful tickets and transfers

  • Avignon

Marvel at magnificent medieval architecture on this walking tour of Avignon, including the Pope’s Palace. Explore the UNESCO World Heritage–listed city of Avignon, home to the Papacy and seat of western Christianity in the 14th century. Follow your guide along the historical city walls for breathtaking views over the Rhône River. Beat the queues and enjoy swift access to the chambers and chapels of the Pope’s Palace. Admire 19th-century architecture in the beautiful Place de l’Horloge and finish with a glass of Côtes du Rhône wine.

Price €69

Min age 4

Rating 4.36 / 5 [102 ratings]

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  • Avignon

Combine Roman and historical heritage on this full-day trip from Avignon! Explore the former city of the Pope : Avignon, with its Popes Palace. Enjoy a glass of wine of Côtes du Rhône after your walking tour. In the afternoon, you will be in the Alpilles area. First stop will be in Saint-Rémy de Provence for a little walk in the city center, then you will visit the pretty village of Les Baux de Provence. Before the return in Avignon, admire the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Pont du Gard aqueduct.

Price €149

Min age 4

Rating 4.53 / 5 [13 ratings]

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  • Avignon

Meet your professional guide at the Marseille cruise terminal and climb aboard a comfortable minivan for a private excursion to discover Avignon and the Pont du Gard. As soon as you arrive in Avignon your guide will open the doors of the Palais de Papes to you and tell you all the secrets of the Popes during their stay in Avignon in the 14th century. After the visit of the Palais des Papes you can visit the cathedral and the gardens of the Popes and you will enjoy the visit in the city center classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site before joining your minivan on the way to the Pont du Gard. Your guide opens the doors of the Pont du Gard and the architectural secrets of this aqueduct built 2000 years ago.

Price €440

Min age 0

Rating 4.6 / 5 [10 ratings]

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  • Avignon

See the best of Provence with Avignon and Luberon on this day trip. Enjoy a guided walking tour of the city of Pope and visit the Popes' Palace. Enjoy a glass of Côtes du Rhône wine at the end of your walking tour. Travel into the heart of the Luberon region with your expert guide by comfortable minivan. Stroll in Roussillon and admire traditional architecture in the hilltop village of Gordes . Your group size is limited to eight, ensuring a small-group experience.

Price €149

Min age 4

Rating 4.55 / 5 [9 ratings]

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Travel advice

When to go

Provence is at its seductive best in June and the first half of July, when the lavender and sunflowers bloom and festivals are in full swing. It’s hot, but even hotter in August, when French families take their holidays and everything is packed.

April, May, September and October are delightful, uncrowded and mild. Many sights are closed down by mid-November until Easter; also in winter it’s far more likely to rain and stay overcast until the fierce mistral wind blows, often for several days in a row, gusting up to 100km per hour, but sweeping the sky crystal clear.

The Avignon Festival runs for most of July and the city heaves. If you’re not going specifically for it, it’s best to avoid this month.

Getting there and away

From Avignon airport, take a taxi or city bus No.21 to the city’s train and bus stations. For those arriving at Marseille airport, there’s a shuttle to the nearby station in Vitrolles, where trains run directly to Avignon on the Montpellier line.

Getting around

The old walled city of Avignon is compact and easy to get around on foot. Alternatively, the city’s Velopop scheme provides bicycles for rent by the hour or day; to access them you need a credit card and mobile phone. Or hop on a Velo Cite rickshaw.