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Avignon River Cruises

About Avignon

Not just one the most historic cities you’ll visit on a Rhone River cruise but also one of the most historic in the whole of France, Avignon is a fascinating and fantastic port to explore. Renowned for its medieval ramparts and winding streets, the old part of the city is understandably where the majority of tourists head for but also where thousands of its inhabitants still live. The city enjoys a unique historical standing, in that it was where the papacy was based during the 14th

 century. It seems strange to think that Catholic popes have resided anywhere but Rome but in truth, seven different pontiffs were based in the city and even a long time after papal power moved back to Italy’s capital, the city remained in Roman hands, only being reclaimed by France in the wake of the French Revolution in 1791.

Exploring Avignon

The City of Popes boasts a wealth of other architectural and historic attractions to discover and many river cruise excursions will give you the opportunity to explore the celebrated palace and more. Immortalised in song, the Pont Saint Benezet is one of the city’s key landmarks, being destroyed and rebuilt several times throughout the centuries before finally being abandoned, this picturesque stone bridge is always popular with visitors. Don’t expect to use it to get anywhere though, as it is now an abandoned state, it ends in the middle of the Rhone. Place de l’Horloge is the go-to area to soak up the atmosphere and perhaps sample a glass of the local wine, while the 12th century Notre Dame Cathedral is another popular historical site, originally Romanesque but subsequently being endowed with a tower during the time of the city's papal occupation. If a deeper immersion in the region’s cultural history is what’s called for, then Avignon delivers with a good choice of informative museums. Musee du Petit Palais offers the bonus of being an architectural gem and offers a wide selection of artworks from the 14th and 15th century, while the Calvet Museum offers an excellent selection of 18th and 19th-century works, including a good number from Avignon’s own Joseph Vernet.

Avignon tips

Avignon’s also known for its world-famous festival, so if you’re a lover of the arts, visiting during the three weeks that the event is staged will be a bonus. If you’ve time for a quick bite, Avignon’s the perfect place to try some authentic Quiche Lorraine and also great for fish dishes. 

Avignon Itineraries

Lyon

South of France with Paris

1 sailing date May 2021
13 Nights From Paris, France to Lyon
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Paris

Idyllic Rhône with Paris

1 sailing date May 2021
10 Nights From Tarascon, to France , Paris
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Lyon

South of France with Monte Carlo

1 sailing date May 2021
13 Nights From Lyon, France to Nice
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Lyon

Idyllic Rhône with Monte Carlo

1 sailing date September 2021
7 Nights From Monte Carlo, to France , Lyon
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Avignon

Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence from Avignon

44 sailing dates August 2020 to October 2021
7 Nights From Avignon, France to Lyon
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Lyon

The Picturesque Rhone

3 sailing dates June 2021 to September 2021
3 Nights From Martigues, to France , Lyon
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Avignon

Grand France - Paris to Port Louis

15 sailing dates September 2020 to October 2021
14 Nights From Paris, France to Port St. Louis, France
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Avignon

Rhine & Rhône Revealed

15 sailing dates September 2020 to October 2021
14 Nights From Amsterdam, to France , Port St. Louis, France
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Lyon

The Rhone And The Saone Reveal

1 sailing date May 2021
5 Nights From Lyon, France to Lyon
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Avignon

Santons And Christmas Traditions In Provence

1 sailing date December 2020
4 Nights From Avignon, France to Avignon
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Avignon

New Years Eve In The Rhone Valley

1 sailing date December 2020
3 Nights From Avignon, France to Avignon
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Avignon

Santons And Christmas Traditions In Provence

1 sailing date December 2020
4 Nights From Avignon, France to Avignon
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Viviers

Provencal Christmas And The Rhone Valley

1 sailing date December 2020
3 Nights From Lyon, France to Avignon
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Avignon

Festive Weekend On The Rhone

1 sailing date November 2020
1 Nights From Arles, France to Arles
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Avignon

Golf Cruise in the South of France

1 sailing date May 2021
7 Nights From Lyon, France to Lyon
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Avignon

Chalon-Sur-Saone to Martigues

1 sailing date October 2020
4 Nights From Chalon-Sur-Saone, France to , Martigues
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Paris

French Escapade: Monte-Carlo to Paris - Northbound

7 sailing dates August 2020 to September 2021
13 Nights From Monte Carlo, to France , Paris
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Breisach

Rhine & Rhône Revealed-Amsterdam to Port St. Louis

2 sailing dates June 2021
14 Nights From Amsterdam, to France , Port St. Louis, France
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Lyon

Provencal Getaway

4 sailing dates May 2021 to October 2021
2 Nights From Lyon, France to , Martigues
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Avignon

Saône, Rhône, Camargue And The Gates Of Provence

6 sailing dates July 2020 to October 2020
6 Nights From Chalon-Sur-Saone, France to , Martigues
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