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3 Days in Avignon: Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, March 2014

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A world-famous arts festival, an ever-thriving wine trade and a lively student population ensure Avignon isn’t just a showcase of medieval architecture, but a buzzing Provencal center as well.  

Day 1: Pont and Palace 

Start at the Palais des Papes, the spot which was once the center of the Western world when the Popes made Avignon their home-away-from-Rome in the 14th century. The forbidding stone walls still exude an air of chilling authority. The palace’s Grand Chapel is an imposing bare space, but if you want decoration, the beautiful chapels of Saint Martial and Saint Jean are where it’s at. Stop in at the Notre Dame des Doms Cathedral with its squat, square spire on your way to the original bridge to nowhere, the Pont d’Avignon (actually Pont St-Bénézet). Dancing optional.

Day 2: Town and Country 

The morning is devoted to epoch-hopping art appreciation. Walk along Avignon’s charming winding streets and take your pick from antiquities reflecting Avignon’s Roman roots at the Musée Lapidaire, the Petit Palais, which displays art from the Popes’ Avignonian sojourn, and the Musée Angladon which boasts a Van Gogh among its small but impressive collection concentrating on Post-Impressionists. Then for a complete change of pace, head for the Collection Lambert, whose elegant stone building houses up-to-the-minute contemporary art. In the afternoon, head out to the countryside and its lush lavender bounty beyond the confines of Avignon’s medieval walls. 

Day 3: Stones and Rocks 

Ah yes, the walls. They’re an attraction in their own right, with exhibits at various points. Spend the morning on these medieval ramparts with their sweeping views of the city within and the countryside beyond. Duck into the narrow streets at will and you might come across the university, founded in 1303, or ecclesiastical treasures along the Promenade des Teinturiers. Finally, enjoy a well-earned rest in the landscaped park on Rocher des Doms, an outcrop which enjoys stunning views of the Rhône and surrounding countryside.

Tours & Tickets

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Provence in One Day Small Group Day Trip from Avignon

4.5 star rating: Recommended 84 Reviews

Forget the hassles of hiring a car and finding your own way! Take a small group tour of Provence and its exquisite highlights: Avignon, Pont du Gard, Les Baux ...  Read more

Location: Avignon, France
Duration: 10 hrs

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Luberon Villages Day Trip from Aix-en-Provence

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Visit a medley of charming Provencal villages on this full-day tour from Aix-en-Provence! Traveling with an expert guide, you’ll discover the most scenic ...  Read more

Location: Aix-en-Provence, France
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

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Provence Le Grand Tour

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Go on the Grand Tour from Avignon, visiting the famous Roman, medieval and winemaking sites of Provence. You’ll see the Triumphal Arch in Orange, the legendary ...  Read more

Location: Avignon, France
Duration: 10.5 hrs

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Orange, Les Baux de Provence and Arles Small Group Day Trip

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Visit Orange and start with a panoramic tour to discover the Roman Triumphal Arch, a symbol of the Roman imperial glory, and then visit the Antic Theatre ...  Read more

Location: Avignon, France
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

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Small Group Provence and Lavender Museum Day Trip from Avignon

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Purple fields of fragrant lavender are the essence of Provence. Take this small group day trip from Avignon and you'll drive past fields of wild lavender and ...  Read more

Location: Avignon, France
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

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Provence Wine and Heritage Tour from Avignon: Les Baux de Provence, Nimes and Uzès

Combine Provencal wine and olive oil with Roman and medieval heritage on this full-day trip from Avignon! Visit the pretty village of Les Baux de Provence, ...  Read more

Location: Avignon, France
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

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Provence Lavender Small Group Half-Day Trip

4.5 star rating: Recommended 48 Reviews

The ideal way to discover Provence is your own way! Choose either the morning or afternoon tour for a comprehensive introduction to this classic French region.

Location: Avignon, France
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $70.21

Orange and Chateauneuf du Pape Small Group Day Trip

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Take a panoramic tour through Provence to Orange and Chateauneuf-du-Pape on a half-day trip from Avignon. You'll see the Roman monuments of Orange and enjoy ...  Read more

Location: Avignon, France
Duration: The duration varies depending on the day of the week and season that you travel.

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Roman Sites Small Group Day Trip from Avignon

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On this Roman Sites and Historical Places tour you will visit the villages of Nimes and Uzes as well as the famous Pont du Gard.

Location: Avignon, France
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $98.30

Provence Wine Tasting Small Group Day Trip from Avignon

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Taste the wine of Provence on this full-day trip from Avignon. You'll visit picturesque medieval villages and combine with a scenic drive though the vineyards ...  Read more

Location: Avignon, France
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

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