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Avignon Walking Tour Including Skip-the-Line Entrance to the Pope's Palace

Vaucluse, France
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Offered in: English and 1 more


See the best of beautiful, medieval Avignon on this 3-hour walking tour with skip-the-line access to Popes’ Palace. Learn the history of this exquisite UNESCO-listed city with ancient Roman roots and celebrity as the 14th-century seat of the Papacy. Admire hilltop views of the Rhône River, breeze into Popes’ Palace to tour the ornate chambers and chapels, and enjoy a glass of Côtes du Rhône wine near the Place de l’Horloge.
  • 3-hour walking tour of Avignon and the Pope’s Palace
  • Explore the heart of medieval Avignon, home to the Papacy in the 14th century
  • Wander the medieval streets with an expert guide and soak up the atmosphere in this UNESCO-listed city
  • Take in panoramic views of Avignon and the Rhône River from the top of the fortified city walls
  • Enjoy skip-the-line access to the Pope’s Palace — during high season, waiting times can be upward of 30 minutes
  • Admire 19th-century architecture in Avignon’s town square, the Place de l’Horloge
Your 3-hour sightseeing tour of historic Avignon begins in the morning. Meet your guide in at a central location near the Pope’s Palace and stroll through the town’s historic center. As you walk, hear about Avignon’s extensive history, officially beginning with Roman conquest in the sixth century BC, though most renowned as the papal residence during the 14th and 15th centuries. 
Follow medieval streets and alleys, and climb to the top of the city’s famous ramparts – medieval constructions that were restored in the 19th century. From atop the ancient walls, enjoy sweeping vistas of the Avignon city and the rushing Rhône River. 
Next, head to Popes’ Palace, the world’s largest Gothic palace and a UNESCO-listed site, where you’ll have skip-the-line access to tour the building’s impressive interior. Learn about medieval life in the palace and explore galleries, fresco-adorned chapels, papal apartments and grand ceremonial rooms.
Finish your excursion with a visit to the Place de l’Horloge (Clock Tower Square), the main square in the heart of town from which the clock is – ironically – hardly visible. However, you’ll view the beautiful opera theater and city hall before heading to a historic local bar for a glass of Côtes du Rhône wine.
Your walking tour ends in central Avignon in the afternoon.

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Peter M
, May 2019

Knowledgeable tour guide walked us through the entire area including the Pope’s castle. Very enjoyable tour.

Adrienne Rivett J
, May 2018

This was the perfect way to learn about the Pope's Palace. Our guide was knowledgeable and entertaining. She even sang Amazing Grace in the chapel so we could appreciate the acoustics. Loved it!

Elizabeth P
, Apr 2018

I expected a little more walking around Avignon. Most of the tour was of the Pope's Palace. The tour guide was good with his knowledge of the area and palace.

David M
, Oct 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed our tour and our guide. This was a great way to learn about Avignon and the papacy in France.

Debra C
, Sep 2017

This was a great, quick tour of the major sights in Avignon. We've taken skip-the-line tours before and they were sometimes too abbreviated, but this was not. We saw everything you would see if you went on your own, with a lot of explanation and commentary by our wonderful guide, Melanie.

, Aug 2017

Intriguing history and edifice. A little difficult to hear all the information as the area is crowded. Recommend audio-tour or headsets with guide. Had good time, nonetheless.

, Jun 2017

Recently completed the tour with our guide Remy who was terrific- very knowledgeable and patient. I was a little disappointed as the description of the tour made it sound like it was more of a city walking tour and we saw very little of the actual city which is what I was really interested in. The tour of the Popes Palace is included, but I think you can get more insight to the palace with one of their audio guides. Overall the tour guide was great, but the actual tour left me wanting more.

Mrs c l C
, May 2017

This tour was excellent. The guide spoke English very well and was very informative. One thing to be aware of is that the "climb" involves over 100
steps however if you can make it the view is fantastic and well worth it
We had to leave the trip early but no reflection on the tour or guide

Peter G
, Apr 2017

Was an enjoyable morning with a pleasant and knowledgeable guide. It covered a very limited area and was VERY expensive for what we got. I'd suggest booking the walking tour through the Tourist Office. More comprehensive and much better value

Ashraf M
, Oct 2016

Great tour. Marc is very personable and knowledgeable.

Product code: 3555WALKINGAVIGNON

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