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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

The Rhone And The Saone Reveal

1 sailing date May 2021
5 Nights From Lyon , France to Lyon
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Santons And Christmas Traditions In Provence

1 sailing date December 2020
4 Nights From Avignon, France to Avignon
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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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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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Golf Cruise in the South of France

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

Chalon-Sur-Saone to Martigues

1 sailing date October 2020
4 Nights From Chalon-sur-Saône, France to , Martigues
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Lyon

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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Basel

Rhine & Rhône Revealed-Amsterdam to Port St. Louis

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

The Picturesque Rhône

4 sailing dates October 2020 to October 2021
3 Nights From Martigues, to France , Lyon
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Avignon

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-Saône, France to , Martigues
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Heidelberg

Rhine & Rhône Revealed - Amsterdam to Nice

15 sailing dates September 2020 to October 2021
18 Nights From Amsterdam, to France , Villefranche (Nice)
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Avignon

Springtime on the Rhone

2 sailing dates April 2021 to October 2021
5 Nights From Lyon , France to Lyon
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Provencal Rhone and the Camargue

4 sailing dates May 2021 to September 2021
7 Nights From Lyon , France to Lyon
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Scenic Rhone to the Mediterranean

2 sailing dates July 2021 to August 2021
7 Nights From Lyon , France to Lyon
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Paris

Savoring France: Paris, Lyon & Provence

15 sailing dates April 2021 to October 2021
9 Nights From Paris, France to Lyon
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Tournon

Bon Voyage! France Family River Cruise

4 sailing dates July 2020 to July 2021
7 Nights From Paris, France to Lyon
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Lyon

Essence of Burgundy & Provence from Arles

15 sailing dates March 2021 to November 2021
7 Nights From Arles, France to Chalon-sur-Saône

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