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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

Avignon

French Escapade: Monte-Carlo to Paris - Northbound

7 sailing dates September 2019 to October 2020
13 Nights From Monte Carlo, to France , Paris (Honfleur)
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Avignon

Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence from Lyon

62 sailing dates August 2019 to October 2020
7 Nights From Lyon, France, France to Avignon
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Tournus

Grand France - Port Louis to Paris

10 sailing dates March 2020 to September 2020
14 Nights From St. Louis, France, France to Paris (Honfleur)
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Lyon

8 Day Rhone Treasures - Arles to Lyon

1 sailing date June 2020
7 Nights From Arles, France to Lyon, France
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Viviers

8 Day Rhone Treasures - Arles to Lyon

5 sailing dates September 2019 to September 2020
7 Nights From Arles, France to Lyon, France
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Avignon

Port-Saint-Louis to Lyon

1 sailing date May 2020
7 Nights From Port St. Louis, to France , Lyon
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Avignon

Port-Saint-Louis to Lyon

5 sailing dates May 2020 to September 2020
7 Nights From St. Louis, France, France to Lyon, France
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Lyon

Lyon to Port-Saint-Louis

1 sailing date May 2020
7 Nights From Lyon, France, France to , Port St. Louis
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Lyon

Lyon to Port-Saint-Louis

7 sailing dates May 2020 to September 2020
7 Nights From Lyon, France, France to , Port St. Louis
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Viviers

Rhone Treasures

1 sailing date July 2019
7 Nights From Marseille, to France , Lyon, France
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Lyon

Flavours of Burgundy and Provence

1 sailing date July 2020
7 Nights From Lyon, France, France to Lyon, France
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Avignon

Flavours of Burgundy and Provence

6 sailing dates July 2020 to August 2020
7 Nights From Lyon, France, France to Lyon, France

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Emerald Waterways logo FROM £2149pp
Avignon

Active discovey on the Rhone

1 sailing date June 2020
7 Nights From Paris (Honfleur), France to Arles
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Vienna

Burgundy And Provence(Northbound)

1 sailing date March 2020
7 Nights From St. Louis, USA, USA to , St. Jean De Losne
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Lyon

Colors of Provence - Lyon to Arles

16 sailing dates September 2019 to November 2020
7 Nights From Lyon, France, France to Arles

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Lyon

Ultimate France

1 sailing date March 2020
21 Nights From Avignon, France to Bordeaux
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Lyon

Ultimate France - Avignon to Bordeaux

16 sailing dates March 2020 to October 2020
21 Nights From Avignon, France to Bordeaux
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Lyon

The Camargue and the Wild Rhone

1 sailing date July 2019
3 Nights From Avignon, France to Lyon
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Avignon

The Camargue and the Wild Rhone

7 sailing dates September 2019 to September 2020
3 Nights From Avignon, France to Lyon, France
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Lyon

Zurich to Lyon

5 sailing dates May 2020 to September 2020
14 Nights From Zurich, to France , Lyon, France
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