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Take the high-speed TGV train from Paris to Provence on this day trip that includes visits to UNESCO World Heritage sites in Avignon and more. As you soak up the beauty of one of France’s most loved regions, learn about its historical significance at places like St Rémy de Provence, Les Baux de Provence, the Pont du Gard and Avignon’s famous Popes’ Palace. See Roman runs, have free time for lunch and enjoy interesting commentary from an informative guide. 


  • Day trip from Paris to Avignon and Provence by TGV (high-speed train)
  • Visit the Popes' Palace in Avignon
  • Enjoy a photo opportunity at Les Antiques ruins in St Rémy de Provence
  • Explore the medieval hilltop village of Les Baux de Provence
  • Admire the famous Roman bridge, Pont du Gard
  • Led by a knowledgeable local guide

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What You Can Expect

Avignon and Provence Day Trip from Paris by TGV Train

Pont du Gard

All your transportation needs are covered with this Paris to Avignon day trip, including transfer by coach from a central meeting point in the city to the train station (Gare de Lyon), the round-trip high-speed journey by TGV train and transportation between attractions in Provence by luxury coach.

In the early morning, board the train and head south from Paris through the French countryside, admiring the scenery of Burgundy and the Rhone Valley. Upon arrival in Avignon, head to the Popes’ Palace (Palais des Papes), one of Europe’s largest Gothic palaces and part of the UNESCO World Heritage site known as the ‘Historic Centre of Avignon: Papal Palace, Episcopal Ensemble and Avignon Bridge.’ Tour the palace independently, listening to recorded narration about how Avignon became the City of Popes.

You then have free time in town to buy lunch (own expense) and walk through the historic center before hopping on your coach with your guide to continue your day trip through Provence.  Stop for a photo op of the Roman ruins Les Antiques at St Rémy de Provence, where Nostradamus was born, and then head to Les Baux de Provence, a medieval village perched on a rocky cliff more than 800 feet (245 meters) in the air. Take a walking tour of the village with your guide, exploring its historical buildings and market stalls where you can purchase souvenirs like perfume and olive oil.

Next, visit Pont du Gard, a World Heritage–listed Roman aqueduct, one of the best-preserved of its kind. Enjoy a bit of free time here to take photos and admire the postcard-perfect setting before returning to the train station in Avignon for the journey back to Gare de Lyon in Paris. 

Customer Reviews

Dick L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

With only one free day available on our Paris trip, this tour is worth the time and cost if you want to see a bit of Provence. Up early and nearly 6 hours going and coming on the comfortable, high-speed train, but you get to see quite a bit in a short time in Avignon and the surrounding area. We were very pleased.

Joo Hee H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

The trip was fantastic. The guide was knowledgeable and friendly. Sufficient time were provided to explore the various attractions on our own. It was really value for money.

rafael b

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

It was a wonderfull experiencia. Everything World on time and as expected. Two magnificente guides join us and who was with us form Avignon is a very gol done

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Mark J R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2013

Caroline and Francis were stellar tour guides, making the most of every moment of the day. We saw so much of Provence that could not have been possible otherwise, and the train ride from Paris was fast and pleasant. One of the best features of this tour was the friendly human contact reassuring us every step of the way. We were greeted at Place des Pyramides at the very start of the day, accompanied to Gare de Lyon by a kind guide, and we were greeted in Avignon by another representative from Viator who led us to our guides for the rest of the day. Effortless and anxiety-free, the reassuring presence of qualified, capable guides took the potential stress out of a phenomenal experience. Caroline and Francis were friendly, funny, articulate, and extremely informative in their explanations of all we saw and did. We highly recommend this trip!

Linda L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2013

It was a great trip. Interesting sights. Good pace.

Kevin F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2012

This was an excellent tour. The guide, Julian, did a great job of explaining the sites. There was plenty of time to spend at each location visited.

Evangelos P Canada

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2012

Excellent!!! What an experience!!! Highly recommended. The guide in Avignon (Adeline) was amazing!!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2012

Delightful day, with transportation to and from the train station both ways. Avignon Palace gorgeous-this is a self guided tour. So are the other stops but they are delightful to explore on one's own. Recommended.

Elin K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2012

Fantastic trip. The transfer to the TGV was flawless, the train ride was fun. We were greeted by 2 very nice guides who took us on our trip to Avignon, St. Remy and Le Beau. Perfect trip, much more that i had expceted. The Van Gough hospital is not to be missed if you are an art fan. This is the second tour through Viator that we have loved.

Sunshine P United States of ... 

4 star rating: Recommended May 2016

Absolutely recommended if you want a day to get just a taste of the South of France. From Paris, to the train station, to Avignon, the guides were knowledgeable and helpful. We would have liked to spent more of the sites the walled city of Avignon, Les Baux de Provence and Pont du Gard but we expected to be on a tight schedule since it was only a day. But even just the experience of riding the high speed TGV was also a highlight for us - less than a three hour ride to such beautiful sites. Only means we will visit again for a longer trip because there is just so much to see an experience.

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