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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

Viviers

Tastes of Southern France

3 sailing dates June 2023 to October 2023
10 Nights From Lyon, France to Lyon
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Lyon

Aix-en-Provence with Sensations of Lyon - Nice

5 sailing dates April 2023 to October 2023
9 Nights From Lyon, France to Villefranche Sur Mer
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Avignon

Discover the Rivers of France & Portugal

5 sailing dates June 2022 to September 2023
14 Nights From Villefranche Sur Mer, France to Beaune
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Lyon

Sensations of Lyon & Provence- Marseille to Paris

6 sailing dates July 2022 to October 2023
9 Nights From Marseille, to Paris (Honfleur)
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Lyon

Active & Discovery On Rhone - Northbound

6 sailing dates July 2022 to September 2023
9 Nights From Port St. Louis, France, France to , Paris (Honfleur)
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Viviers

Burgundy & Provence with 1 Night in Marseille

21 sailing dates June 2022 to October 2023
9 Nights From Villefranche Sur Mer, France to , St. Jean De Losne
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Avignon

Active & Discovery On Rhone - Southbound

6 sailing dates July 2022 to September 2023
9 Nights From Paris (Honfleur), to France , Port St. Louis, France
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Lyon

Burgundy & Provence - Northbound

2 sailing dates October 2022 to October 2023
7 Nights From Port St. Louis, France, France to , St. Jean De Losne
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Lyon

Burgundy & Provence - Southbound

4 sailing dates October 2022 to October 2023
7 Nights From St. Jean De Losne, to France , Port St. Louis, France
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Lyon

Burgundy & Provence with 2 Nights In Nice

21 sailing dates June 2022 to October 2023
9 Nights From St. Jean De Losne, to France , Villefranche Sur Mer
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Arles

Burgundy & Provence with 2 Nights in Paris

22 sailing dates June 2022 to October 2023
9 Nights From Port St. Louis, France, France to , Paris (Honfleur)
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Lyon

A Culinary Experience In Burgundy & Provence

1 sailing date March 2023
7 Nights From Port St. Louis, France, France to , St. Jean De Losne
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Viviers

Idyllic Rhône with Highlights of Paris

2 sailing dates August 2022 to August 2023
9 Nights From Paris (Honfleur), to Tarascon
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Viviers

Idyllic Rhone - Lyon to Marseille

4 sailing dates August 2022 to August 2023
7 Nights From Lyon, France to , Tarascon
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Lyon

Idyllic Rhone - Nice To Lyon

1 sailing date September 2022
7 Nights From Tarascon, to France , Lyon
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Lyon

Golf Cruise in the South of France

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

Three Rivers Discovery with Lisbon

1 sailing date June 2022
17 Nights From Villefranche Sur Mer, France to Portugal , Lisbon
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Lyon

Paris with Sensations of Lyon & Provence

8 sailing dates June 2022 to August 2023
9 Nights From Paris (Honfleur), to Paris (Honfleur)
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Passau

Seven River Journeys

1 sailing date April 2023
60 Nights From Avignon, France to , Giurgiu
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Peso Da Régua

Lisbon with Three Rivers Discovery- Lisbon To Nice

2 sailing dates June 2022 to July 2022
17 Nights From Lisbon, Portugal to France , Villefranche Sur Mer
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