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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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Gordes

Gordes

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Made famous by Peter Mayle’s bookA Year in Provence, the Provençal village of Gordes boasts an idyllic setting atop the Vaucluse plateau. With its maze of cobbled lanes, honey-colored stone buildings, and medieval chateau, it’s easy to see why Gordes is hailed as one of France’s most beautiful villages.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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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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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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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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Orange

Orange

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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.More
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Uzes

Uzes

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With its white-stone buildings, Renaissance architecture, and traditional French market, Uzès is a picturesque pocket of Languedoc that’s all-too-often overlooked by visitors. The city’s Roman roots link it to the region’s most memorable monument, the UNESCO-listed Pont du Gard aqueduct, which delivered water from Uzès to Nîmes in ancient times.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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Senanque Abbey (Abbaye Notre-Dame de Sénanque)

Senanque Abbey (Abbaye Notre-Dame de Sénanque)

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The 12th-century Sénanque Abbey outside of Gordes is run by a small community of Cistercian monks who fastidiously grow, harvest and process lavender from the surrounding fields. Come June, thongs of visitors arrive to lay witness to the enormously beautiful and fragrant landscapes and the abbey’s impressive botanical production.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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Top activities in Avignon

Châteauneuf du Pape Wine Day Tasting Tour including Lunch from Avignon
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Rhone Valley Wine Tour with Chateauneuf-du-Pape & Tavel from Avignon
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Full Day Best of Provence Tour from Avignon
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Half Day Pont-du-Gard, Uzès, Nîmes Tour from Avignon
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Chateauneuf du Pape wine tour

Chateauneuf du Pape wine tour

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Winetour - Wine Tour Half Day

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Roman Sites Small-Group Day Trip from Avignon, Including Nîmes and Uzès
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Avignon Walking Tour including Skip-the-Line Entrance to the Pope's Palace
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Recent reviews from experiences in Avignon

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Wonderful views and great guide!
Stephanie_Y, Jun 2021
Full day lavender tour Luberon and Sault
Because of the cooler spring, we were a little early to see full blooming lavender south of Avignon, but our guide quickly shifted and gave us the option to stay on the original course and see the early blooms or head north and see full blooms.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 the Rhone.
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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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