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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Recent reviews from experiences in Avignon

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Great way to see Avignon!
Megan_M, Sep 2021
Luberon, Roussillon & Gordes Half-Day Tour from Avignon
Best way to see Avignon!
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Great conversation, sites, and wine!
Kristi_K, Aug 2021
Half-Day Provence Pont du Gard and Wine Tasting Tour from Avignon
To visit Avignon and not take a tour with her or a colleague would be a disservice to yourself!
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Fabulous cooking class
David_S, Oct 2021
Cooking workshop with an exceptional chef in Avignon
John taught our course in English, but he is also fluent in French and obviously has cultivated great collegial relationships with shop owners throughout the market.
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Amazing day around Provence
Neal_T, Aug 2021
Provence Highlights Full-Day Tour from Avignon
This was an awesome way to see a lot of Provence in a short time.
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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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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...
Roger_S, 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
Lavender in Luberon 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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This was a great tour. Melanie...
kevin_o, May 2017
Van Gogh in Arles & St Remy, Wine Tour in Chateauneuf du Pape from Avignon
Melanie was very conversant in English and extremely knowledgeable about all of the areas that were toured.
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Our guide Emanuel gave us an amazing...
Anne S, Mar 2016
Highlights of Provence : Chateauneuf du Pape & Luberon
I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone wanting to see places outside Avignon.
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This particular tour was not...
Catherine, Oct 2012
Van Gogh in Arles & St Remy, Wine Tour in Chateauneuf du Pape from Avignon
So much to see outside Avignon, a great place to visit.
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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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The Avignon tour was comprehensive and...
Janet S, Aug 2009
Provence in One Day Small Group Day Trip from Avignon
Avignon is a fascinating place to visit!
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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 ++ tour of Luberon area of Provence
Patricia_T, Nov 2019
Best of Luberon in an afternoon from Avignon
The itinerary was to see the town of Roussillon, Gorde, Les Baux and Pont du Gard.
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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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