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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

Lyon To Lyon

2 sailing dates December 2021
4 Nights From Lyon, France to Lyon
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Lyon

The Rhone And The Saone, From Lyon

20 sailing dates March 2022 to October 2022
6 Nights From Lyon, France to , Martigues
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Arles

New Year's Eve In The Rhone Valley

2 sailing dates December 2021
3 Nights From Avignon, France to Avignon
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Avignon

Santons And Christmas Traditions In Provence

2 sailing dates December 2021 to December 2022
4 Nights From Avignon, France to Avignon
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Avignon

Arles To Arles

1 sailing date November 2021
1 Nights From Arles, France to Arles
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Lyon

Lyon To Avignon

2 sailing dates December 2021
3 Nights From Lyon, France to Avignon
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Lyon

Autumn Festival On the Loire:Lyon To Lyon

13 sailing dates November 2021
3 Nights From Lyon, France to Lyon
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Avignon

Avignon To Avignon

2 sailing dates December 2021 to December 2022
4 Nights From Avignon, France to Avignon
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Avignon

Festive Weekend Cruising On The Rhone

1 sailing date March 2021
1 Nights From Arles, France to Arles
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Lyon

Romantic Rhone & Seine with Barcelona

4 sailing dates June 2021 to September 2021
17 Nights From Barcelona, to Paris
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Viviers

Bordeaux to Avignon

69 sailing dates June 2021 to October 2022
21 Nights From Bordeaux, France, France to Avignon
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Avignon

Roundtrip Lyon

10 sailing dates April 2022 to October 2022
6 Nights From Lyon, France to Lyon
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Arles

La Saône, Le Rhône, La Camargue Et Les Portes

5 sailing dates June 2021 to September 2021
6 Nights From Chalon-Sur-Saone, France to , Martigues
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Vienna

Burgundy, the River Rhône from Avigon

1 sailing date March 2022
7 Nights From Avignon, France to Lyon
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Lyon

The Saône, The Rhône, The Camargue

4 sailing dates June 2021 to August 2021
6 Nights From Chalon-Sur-Saone, France to , Martigues
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Lyon

Gateway to Provence

3 sailing dates June 2021 to August 2021
6 Nights From Lyon, France to , Martigues
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Tournus

A Fortnight in Burgundy and Provence

2 sailing dates May 2021 to August 2021
14 Nights From Lyon, France to Lyon
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Avignon

Colours of the Rhône

6 sailing dates May 2021 to September 2021
7 Nights From Lyon, France to Lyon
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Avignon

Sensations of Lyon & Provence

3 sailing dates July 2021 to October 2021
10 Nights From Marseille, to Paris
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Lisbon

Spanish Conquest & Lisbon with Sensations of Lyon

1 sailing date July 2021
21 Nights From Lyon, France to Portugal , Lisbon
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