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  • Location:Paris, France
  • Duration:1 day (approx.)

Avignon and Provence Day Trip from Paris by TGV Train

Visit Avignon and experience the magnificent beauty of Provence on a full-day trip from Paris by TGV, France’s high-speed train. Enjoy the scenic landscapes surrounding the town of Avignon and visit the Popes' Palace, one of the biggest Gothic palaces in Europe. See the Roman ruins in St Rémy de Provence, enjoy a tour with your expert local guide around the picturesque village of Les Baux de Provence and visit the Pont du Gard, a famous Roman bridge.


  • Day trip from Paris to Avignon and Provence by TGV (high-speed train)
  • Visit the Popes' Palace in Avignon
  • Enjoy a photo opportunity at Les Antiques ruins in St Rémy de Provence
  • Explore the medieval hilltop village of Les Baux de Provence
  • Admire the famous Roman bridge, Pont du Gard
  • Led by a knowledgeable local guide

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What You Can Expect

Avignon and Provence Day Trip from Paris by TGV Train

Pont du Gard

Boarding the TGV (high-speed train) in Paris, you'll start your day trip by heading south to Avignon, passing by the beautiful landscapes of Burgundy and the Rhone Valley. When you arrive in Avignon, visit the Popes' Palace (Palais des Papes), one of the biggest Gothic palaces in Europe. As you explore this fascinating palace on your own, listen to audio commentary about the history of the building and how Avignon became the City of Popes. You'll have free time for lunch (own expense) and a stroll through the city center before boarding an air-conditioned coach to continue your day trip with an expert local guide.

Enjoy a photo stop at Nostradamus’ birthplace, the UNESCO World Heritage-listed St Rémy de Provence -- better known for its Roman ruins (Les Antiques) and the surrounding olive trees that were painted several times by Van Gogh.

Then move on to Les Baux de Provence, a picturesque medieval village built on a rocky ledge more than 800 feet (245 meters) high. Your expert local guide will introduce you to the village on a comprehensive walking tour, before allowing you time at leisure to explore on your own. Discover Les Baux's historical center and its traditional village market stalls that sell shimmering palettes of traditional Provencal souvenirs, including perfumes, handcrafts and olive oil.

Your full-day tour continues to the famous Pont du Gard, a fantastically preserved Roman aqueduct and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Have free time to enjoy this amazingly tranquil place before returning to Avignon for your high-speed train ride back to Paris.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

With only one free day available on our Paris trip, this tour is worth the time and cost if you want to see a bit of Provence. Up early and nearly 6 hours going and coming on the comfortable, high-speed train, but you get to see quite a bit in a short time in Avignon and the surrounding area. We were very pleased.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

The trip was fantastic. The guide was knowledgeable and friendly. Sufficient time were provided to explore the various attractions on our own. It was really value for money.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

It was a wonderfull experiencia. Everything World on time and as expected. Two magnificente guides join us and who was with us form Avignon is a very gol done

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2013

Caroline and Francis were stellar tour guides, making the most of every moment of the day. We saw so much of Provence that could not have been possible otherwise, and the train ride from Paris was fast and pleasant. One of the best features of this tour was the friendly human contact reassuring us every step of the way. We were greeted at Place des Pyramides at the very start of the day, accompanied to Gare de Lyon by a kind guide, and we were greeted in Avignon by another representative from Viator who led us to our guides for the rest of the day. Effortless and anxiety-free, the reassuring presence of qualified, capable guides took the potential stress out of a phenomenal experience. Caroline and Francis were friendly, funny, articulate, and extremely informative in their explanations of all we saw and did. We highly recommend this trip!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2013

It was a great trip. Interesting sights. Good pace.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2012

This was an excellent tour. The guide, Julian, did a great job of explaining the sites. There was plenty of time to spend at each location visited.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2012

Excellent!!! What an experience!!! Highly recommended. The guide in Avignon (Adeline) was amazing!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2012

Delightful day, with transportation to and from the train station both ways. Avignon Palace gorgeous-this is a self guided tour. So are the other stops but they are delightful to explore on one's own. Recommended.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2012

Fantastic trip. The transfer to the TGV was flawless, the train ride was fun. We were greeted by 2 very nice guides who took us on our trip to Avignon, St. Remy and Le Beau. Perfect trip, much more that i had expceted. The Van Gough hospital is not to be missed if you are an art fan. This is the second tour through Viator that we have loved.

4 star rating: Recommended August 2015

This was an interesting tour however I was disappointed that I did not see any lavender fields. The brochure and description/photos of the tour gave you the impression that you would.

This year the lavender fields were harvested early so I do understand that. However, my understanding is that they really didn't have many, if any, lavender fields in the areas that this tour covers. This was a little disappointing but it was still great to see Avignon, the Popes Palace, the Pont du Gard, etc.

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