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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

4 sailing dates June 2020 to October 2020
13 Nights From Monte Carlo, to France , Paris
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Arles

Rhone River-Sailing the South of France-NGC Expert

1 sailing date July 2020
10 Nights From Lyon, France to Lyon

Includes HUGE savings plus FREE private door-to-door chauffeur transfers | Book by 10th March to save an EXTRA £200 and receive a FREE one-year digital subscription to National Geographic magazine

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Arles

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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Lyon

Essence of Burgundy & Provence from Chalon-sur-Sao

15 sailing dates April 2021 to October 2021
7 Nights From Chalon-Sur-Saône, France to Arles
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Tournon

Three Rivers Discovery Nice > Porto

3 sailing dates May 2021 to September 2021
14 Nights From Nice, France to Portugal , Porto
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Avignon

Three Rivers Discovery Porto > Nice

2 sailing dates June 2021 to July 2021
14 Nights From Porto, Portugal to France , Nice
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Arles

Rhine & Rhone Nice > Amsterdam

3 sailing dates March 2021 to August 2021
14 Nights From Nice, France to , Amsterdam
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Amsterdam

Rhine & Rhone Amsterdam > Nice

5 sailing dates August 2020 to October 2021
14 Nights From Amsterdam, to France , Arles
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Lyon

Tastes of Southern France

4 sailing dates April 2021 to October 2021
10 Nights From Lyon, France to Lyon

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Viviers

Dancing down the Rhone with Anton & Erin

1 sailing date April 2020
7 Nights From Lyon, France to , Marseille, France
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Arles

Roundtrip Porto

7 sailing dates April 2020 to October 2020
5 Nights From Lyon, France to Lyon
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Vienna

Colours Of Provence With Cote D’Azur And Geneva

1 sailing date July 2021
12 Nights From Monte Carlo, to Geneva
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Paris

Paris to Avignon

1 sailing date August 2021
7 Nights From Paris, France to Avignon
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Vienne

Colours of Provence Avignon to Lyon

2 sailing dates July 2021 to September 2021
7 Nights From Avignon, France to Lyon
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Lyon

From Burgundy to the Camargue

6 sailing dates April 2020 to October 2020
7 Nights From Lyon, France to Lyon

Includes direct flights and overseas transfers

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Lyon

Burgundy and Provence with 2 Nights in Paris

21 sailing dates March 2020 to September 2021
9 Nights From Paris, France to St. Louis, France
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Avignon

Colors Of Provence - Lyon to Avignon

13 sailing dates April 2021 to December 2021
7 Nights From Lyon, France to Avignon
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Lyon

Colors Of Provence - Avignon to Lyon

16 sailing dates April 2021 to December 2021
7 Nights From Avignon, France to Lyon
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Avignon

Sensations of Lyon and Provence & Paris

2 sailing dates September 2020 to October 2020
9 Nights From Marseille, France, to France , Paris

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Avignon

Paris & Sensations of Lyon and Provence

3 sailing dates May 2020 to July 2020
9 Nights From Paris, France to , Marseille, France

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