Set out from Marseille on a visit to Avignon, a stunning medieval that once served as seat of the Catholic papacy. This half-day private tour includes a guided walk through Avignon's UNESCO-listed center, taking in sights like the elegant Pont Saint-Bénezet Bridge and the city's restored ancient walls and towers. Learn its fascinating history as you stroll the cobbled streets, then spend some time exploring on your own. The Popes' Palace (own expense) is a definite highlight: with 20 various rooms to explore, including the pope's one-time private quarters.
Private Tour: Avignon Half-Day Trip from Marseille
Leave your Marseille hotel by luxury minivan and head inland, passing through swathes of pretty Provencal countryside in the direction of Avignon – just over an hour away. Known as the City of Popes, Avignon was once home to a succession of 14th- and 15th-century French popes who commissioned lavish architectural monuments to be built around the town.
On a walking tour, see several attractions that date back to the city’s prime, like the Pont Saint-Bénezet – the elegant bridge immortalized in the French children’s song Sur le pont d’Avignon – and Cathedral Notre-Dame des Domes. Hear tales of history from your guide and admire the city’s restored medieval ramparts as you wander around the center.
Spend the rest of your time in Avignon exploring independently and visiting any sites you wish. Perhaps visit the impressive Popes’ Palace (Palais des Papes) to learn more about the power, prestige and corruption of Avignon’s papal heritage. Entrance to the palace is at your own expense; once inside you can explore more than 20 different rooms, including the pope’s private chambers, and see incredible frescoes and architecture.
After three hours in Avignon, return to Marseille in the comfort of your luxury minivan. Your tour ends back at your Marseille hotel.