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

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  • 3 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English
  • Good for avoiding crowds


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

What's Included

  • Licensed guide
  • 1 glass of Côtes du Rhône wine
  • Popes Palace ticket entrance
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure & Return

Departure Point

  • 4 Rue de la République, 4 Rue de la République, 84000 Avignon, France

    Meet your guide at our office A La Française Provence located 4 rue de la république 84000 Avignon.

Departure Time

9:30 AM

Return Details

  • The Square Palace, 1 Pl. du Palais, 84000 Avignon, France

  • Restaurant Bar à Vin Le 46, 46 Rue de la Balance, 84000 Avignon, France

What To Expect

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.


Enjoy a 3 hours walking tour in the city center

3 hours Admission Ticket Free

Pont Saint-Benezet (Pont d'Avignon) (Pass By)

See the medieval bridge, worldwide famous thanks to the childish song « Sous le Pont d'Avignon ».

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not suitable for children under 4 years old
  • There are a series of steps to climb to reach the Pope's Palace
  • Anyone under 18 will not be served wine at the end of the tour
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • 4 persons minimum to guarantee the departure
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
Operated by Provence Reservation

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

Q:What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Avignon Walking Tour including Skip-the-Line Entrance to the Pope's Palace?

A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas

Q:What is the policy on sanitization during Avignon Walking Tour including Skip-the-Line Entrance to the Pope's Palace?

A:The policy on sanitization is:
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff

Q:What is the social distancing policy during Avignon Walking Tour including Skip-the-Line Entrance to the Pope's Palace?

A:The policy on social distancing is:
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience

Q:What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Avignon Walking Tour including Skip-the-Line Entrance to the Pope's Palace?

A:The policy on staff health & safety is:
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands

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Traveler Tips

The tour was a steep climb for old people initially, so a better way of getting to the Pope’s Palace should be considered.
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Not worth It
Lynette_H, May 2022
Our guide was friendly initially. However, she was nearly impossible to hear (spoke very softly, no microphone). Those that could hear her struggled to understand her English pronunciation. There were many words in English she did not know, so she said them in French. Many in our group have international business experience and are multilingual, and all struggled to understand her. She provided very limited information. In many cases, she simply read the posted signs to us. When we arrived at the Palace of the Popes, she did not provide us with ipads, which were included in the admission fee. Since we could not understand her, we felt we needed the information on the ipads. The ipads also had pictures/renderings of the historic images of the Palace, which we missed out in. We asked for ipads and she argued with us that we didn't need them. After she declined to give us the ipads and we realized we couldn't hear or understand much of what she was saying, we left the tour early. I believe it was this guides first week on the job. We are a very patient group and would have worked with her, but she was not able to communicate effectively with the group and was unwilling to give us ipads. This was not worth the money.... In fact, I would not recommend it if it were free. I think with some additional training, she will be an OK guide.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Great walking tour of Avignon
Lawrence_T, May 2022
We were running late to the meeting place and our guide waited 15 minutes for us- very nice! The tour was very interesting and informative!
Response from Host, May 2022
Dear customer, Many thanks for your review. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your tour with us. A la française team
Great overview of the history of Avignon.
Jean_H, May 2022
We had a wonderful experience on our tour with Nicholas. A good start for our Avignon stay. The wine at end of your was a nice treat.
Perfect way to learn about Avignon!
Shannon_B, Apr 2022
AD & Francoise we’re great guides. Very knowledgeable about Avignon history in general and the Palace as well. The wine shop visit after was perfect.
It was fine
Dustin_S, Apr 2022
I was hoping for more history on Avignon. Our tour guide was great but I didn’t realize most of our tour would be spent walking around an old church and looking at iPads.
No memorable tips...
Doron_B, Apr 2022
No memorable tips The whole guided tour was a big mistake. I would never use your services. The tour guide is not a tour guide but an amateur
Family day tour in Avignon
Edward_A, Jan 2022
Quality of the location and the guide who handled everything very well. Also the ease of arranging. Second Viator experience. Both were very good experiences gor our mixed age family. We will recommend them to others.
Response from Host, Jan 2022
Dear Edward Thank you for your review. We hope that you will be travel back to France in the near future.
Excellent tour!
Sylvia_L, Oct 2021
If you are in Avignon, this is a must! Our guide was wonderful, great knowledge of history and very courteous and patient. I highly recommend this tour!
Response from Host, Oct 2021
Thank you for your review. Will pass on to Nicolas, the guide. Look forward to welcoming you back to Provence soon!
Great Tour, great Guide
Daniel, Sep 2021
The Guide Anais was perfect. Nice, polite, interesting stories and lots of knowledge. I enjoyed being on the Tour.
Avignon and the Palais, well worth it!
LauraAnn_K, Nov 2019
Enjoyed our time with Julian and the fact he is a local helped with his knowledge. The information was terrific. It is a lot of stairs but worth it.
1 traveler found this review helpful


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