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Welcome to Avignon

The riverside city of Avignon in the Provence region of southern France entices travelers with stone architecture, a storied religious past, and close proximity to other Provencal towns. The city's UNESCO-listed historic center served as the home of the Avignon Papacy for nearly 70 years, and many of the medieval stone structures related to this time remain, including the enormous Palais des Papes (Pope's Palace). Other notable monuments in central Avignon include the 12th-century cathedral and the Hotel d'Europe (one of France's oldest hotels), and a stroll along the Rhone River will take you to the remnants of the Medieval Pont d'Avignon bridge, which inspired a song in the late 19th century.

Top 10 attractions in Avignon

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Camargue

Camargue

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Located in southwest Provence, the Camargue is one of France’s wildest and most scenic landscapes. Protected as a regional natural park, the expanse of wetlands, beaches, salt pans, and rice paddies is known for its herds of white Camargue horses and Camargue bulls, all tended to by localgardians (cowboys).More
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Pont du Gard

Pont du Gard

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Reaching a height of almost 160 feet (49 meters), the three-tiered Pont du Gard bridge was part of a 31-mile (50-kilometer) Roman aqueduct network that carried water from a source at Eure to bathhouses, fountains, and patrician villas in Nîmes. Constructed in the first century, the ancient engineering marvel is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.More
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Senanque Abbey (Abbaye Notre-Dame de Sénanque)

Senanque Abbey (Abbaye Notre-Dame de Sénanque)

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The 12th-century Senanque Abbey (Abbaye Notre-Dame de Sénanque) which to this day is the home and worshiping place of Cistercian monks, has no great history. There are no iconic frescoes or statues to see, and while pretty, it isn't especially notable architecturally. So why is it on every visitor's must-see list when visiting Provence?One word: lavender. The monks here grow, harvest and process lavender from the surrounding fields, which means that come June visitors have a front-row seat to one of the most gorgeous photo ops of all time. Whether passing by in a car or stopping to smell the flowers, the Sénanque Abbey, near Gordes, is a summertime treat.More
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Palace of the Popes (Palais des Papes)

Palace of the Popes (Palais des Papes)

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The largest Gothic palace in the world, Avignon’s Palace of the Popes (Palais des Papes) was home to the heads of the Roman Catholic Church in the 14th century. Visitors can tour the grand rooms, landscaped gardens, and secret passages used by members of the clergy, and see special exhibitions and concerts held at the palace.More
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Lavender Museum (Musee de la Lavande)

Lavender Museum (Musee de la Lavande)

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The Lavender Museum in Coustellet is at the farm where this brilliantly colored, fragrant plant is grown, harvested and processed into all kinds of products. But far from being a factory or simply a museum, it's a family-run business dating back five generations, and the pride in their work is immediately apparent to visitors.Included in the Musee de la Lavande is a large collection of vintage distilling machines and other implements used as far back as the 17th century; this was the hobby of one of the Lincelé sons. There is also a film about the distilling process and guided tours as well. It's a wonderful, in-depth look at how lavender is used, and even better, it's open even when the fields are not in bloom!More
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St. Benezet Bridge (Pont d'Avignon)

St. Benezet Bridge (Pont d'Avignon)

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The Saint Benezet Bridge, better known as the Pont d’Avignon is Avignon’s most famous landmark, immortalized in the popular French children’s song. Only a small section of the original bridge across the Rhone river remains.More
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Nimes

Nimes

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With a history dating back to the Bronze Age, Nimes is one of France’s oldest cities. Its Roman ruins—which include the UNESCO-listed Pont du Gard aqueduct and Colosseum-inspired Arènes de Nîmes—still take centerstage in the modern city.More
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Les Saintes Maries de la Mer

Les Saintes Maries de la Mer

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Surrounded by golden beaches in the spot where the Rhône River meets the Mediterranean Sea sits the whitewashed town of Saintes Maries de la Mer. As the capital of the Camargue region in the south of France, Saintes-Maries is a popular summertime destination made famous by the imposing Church of the Saintes Maries de la Mer. Built as both fortress and refuge between the ninth and 12th century, its grand Romanesque steeple can be seen from miles away.A 20th-century literary and artistic haven beloved by the likes of Hemingway and Picasso, Saintes-Maries has seen everyone from the Romans to the Vikings, Van Gogh to Bob Dylan. Today its narrow, winding streets and lively French restaurants bustle with summertime action.Saintes-Maries is also a popular visit among pilgrims. Why? It’s all in the name. French for “Saint Maries of the Sea,” this is said to be where the Virgin Mary’s sister, Marie-Jacobe, and John the Baptist’s mother, Marie-Salone, washed up with their servant Sarah when they all fled from the Holy Land in a rudderless boat. In celebration, every May there is a lively Roma procession dedicated to Sarah, patron saint of the gypsies, and in October the two Maries get their own parade.More
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Roussillon

Roussillon

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While Provence is more a state of mind than a place – you can't actually point to Provence on a map – the hilltop village of Roussillon is exactly what visitors think of when they say they want to visit Provence. Picturesque, compact, colorful and with astounding views of the countryside, this village in the Vaucluse couldn't be more charmingly Provençal if it tried.The almost candy-like colors of the buildings come from the surrounding earth; Roussillon lies on one of the largest ocre deposits in the world and has prehistoric origins. After a stroll around the village, take the Giants' Causeway (Sentier des Ocres), a cliffside trail loop that features the bright orange sands and plenty of forest to explore.More
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Les Halles Market

Les Halles Market

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Avignon’s Les Halles market is home to about 40 stalls, each selling some sort of Provençal goodies, from cheese and meats to oysters and foie gras, even rose petal-perfumed sea salt. There’s a wine bar and well-loved Italian stand too, and the popular market is easy to spot—its façade is covered in a frothy vegetable garden designed by botanist Patrick Blanc.The best time to visit Les Halles? Local chefs (a different one each week) show up at 11 a.m. each Saturday to give cooking demonstrations using fresh ingredients picked up from the market that morning. The demonstrations are in French, but it’s easy enough to follow along. Private cooking classes also take place in Les Halles Market throughout the week, and there are workshops geared especially for children and sushi-making classes on Fridays.More

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Recent reviews from experiences in Avignon

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Great tour in the Avignon area!
Deirdrecoit, Jul. 2018
Private Provence Tour: In the Footsteps of Van Gogh
Remy, so glad we got to see that.
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It was an amazing excursion...
Svetlana33, Oct. 2017
Marseille Shore Excursion: Private Tour of Avignon and Chateauneuf-du-Pape
I highly recommend this excursion for people who want to visit Avignon and learn/taste great wines of Chateauneuf-du-Pape in one day.
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Loved our private tour with Gordana...
rachelsatterfield, Nov. 2017
Nimes, Uzes & Pont du Gard Small Group Half-Day Tour from Avignon
She is a lovely woman with tons of information and great English!
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Our guide was exceptionally...
Rog, Jul. 2016
Avignon Walking Tour including Skip-the-Line Entrance to the Pope's Palace
What made this trip were the stories about previous figures and landmarks and it's a terrific way to see Avignon (as it's quite small).
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Our guide Julien was very helpful...
Cristina B, Jul. 2016
Provence Lavender Small Group Half-Day Trip
He was also very helpful in giving tips about other places to visit in Avignon and the tour was very agreeable.
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Anais was our tour guide and driver...
Mariane P, Oct. 2011
Private Day Trip to Nice and Monaco
She communicates well in both English and French.
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Great scenery, great guide. A chance to...
Craig H, Aug. 2008
Small Group Provence and Lavender Museum Day Trip from Avignon
A chance to see a Provence village, take great photos, enjoy a market stop all in one day.
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Excellent tour
Nithesh_Erakkara, Jul. 2020
Lavender Route Small-Group Day Trip from Avignon
We had a chance to visit a private field and we had entire field to just 4 persons.
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Highly recommended!
Sehrish_D, Mar. 2020
Nimes, Uzes & Pont du Gard Small Group Half-Day Tour from Avignon
This is a wonderful half-day trip from Avignon with adequate time to see the sites and towns.
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Excellent Day Tour
Karen H, Oct. 2019
Châteauneuf du Pape Wine Day Tasting Tour including Lunch from Avignon
He spoke English so we had not communication issues.
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The rain couldn't ruin the day!
aminahbharadia, Jul. 2019
Provence Lavender Small Group Half-Day Trip
Late July maybe wasn't the best time to go as much of the lavender was harvested but the guide made sure we still got to see great fields.
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Fabulous Guided Tour Of Lavender Fields And Villages East Of Avignon
DaveK2447, Jul. 2019
Lavender Route Small-Group Day Trip from Avignon
The restaurant recommendations and places to see in Avignon were also very helpful and added to our enjoyment of the town.
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What a full and exciting day! Anne...
jcrowley, Sep. 2018
Provence Highlights Full-Day Tour from Avignon
Anne's English was excellent - so easy to talk with her.
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Our guide was very knowledgeable...
David S, Sep. 2017
Luberon, Roussillon & Gordes Half-Day Tour from Avignon
Time spent at each stop was well balanced with maximizing a generous number of sites and towns to see on the tour.
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My son and I booked a tour with...
Marjorie M, Apr. 2018
Arles and Camargue Small-Group Half-Day Tour from Avignon
We did not get to view all that many animals as you would in the spring and summer, but nevertheless it was a study in nature.
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This tour was excellent. It is...
namienana, Jul. 2016
Small-Group Day Trip to Arles, the Alpilles and Pont du Gard from Avignon
It is nicely planned so we can see the highlights of Provence in a day in relaxing manner, and it was all done through great transportation and guide - adding that much more comfort to a hot summer day!
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The tour was completely as...
Margaret A, Mar. 2016
Châteauneuf-du-Pape Small-Group Wine Day Tour from Avignon
She used perfect English and also was very patient in letting us practice our French.
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This was a wonderful tour. Our...
surferjoe13, Nov. 2015
Châteauneuf du Pape Wine Day Tasting Tour including Lunch from Avignon
His English was perfect, he was very personable, and we enjoyed his company.
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Marie-Laure was a great guide, very...
Dina F, Aug. 2015
Marseille Shore Excursion: Private Tour of Avignon
Avignon was a very charming town to visit.
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Due to the festival it was not...
Julie W, Aug. 2015
Rhone Valley Wine Tour with Chateauneuf-du-Pape & Tavel from Avignon
The actual tour was really enjoyable and our guide was extremely knowledgeable about the wine and the area and as we had not hired a car during our stay in Avignon, this tour gave us the opportunity to see some of the countryside on the other side of

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