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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

Paris

Active & Discovery On Rhone - Northbound

10 sailing dates August 2021 to September 2023
9 Nights From Port St. Louis, France, France to , Paris
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Avignon

Burgundy & Provence with 1 Night in Marseille

24 sailing dates March 2022 to October 2023
9 Nights From Nice (Villefranche), France, France to , St. Jean De Losne
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Lyon

Active & Discovery On Rhone - Southbound

10 sailing dates August 2021 to September 2023
9 Nights From Paris, 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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Avignon

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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Avignon

Burgundy & Provence with 2 Nights In Nice

28 sailing dates September 2021 to October 2023
9 Nights From St. Jean De Losne, to France , Nice (Villefranche), France
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Avignon

Burgundy & Provence with 2 Nights in Paris

29 sailing dates August 2021 to October 2023
9 Nights From Port St. Louis, France, France to , Paris
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Avignon

A Culinary Experience In Burgundy & Provence

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

Christmas in Southern France

1 sailing date December 2021
4 Nights From Marseille, to Marseille
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Avignon

Christmas in Southern France

1 sailing date December 2021
4 Nights From Marseille, to Marseille
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Paris

Idyllic Rhône with Highlights of Paris

1 sailing date August 2022
9 Nights From Paris, to Tarascon
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Lyon

Idyllic Rhône with Monte Carlo- Nice To Lyon

1 sailing date September 2021
10 Nights From Monte Carlo, Monaco, to France , Lyon
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Avignon

Idyllic Rhône with Paris - Nice To Paris

1 sailing date September 2021
11 Nights From Tarascon, to Paris
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Vienna

Idyllic Rhône with Monte Carlo & Paris

1 sailing date September 2021
13 Nights From Monte Carlo, Monaco, to Paris
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Lyon

Idyllic Rhône with Monte Carlo & Paris

1 sailing date September 2021
14 Nights From Monte Carlo, Monaco, to Paris
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Avignon

Idyllic Rhone - Lyon To Nice

4 sailing dates August 2021 to August 2022
7 Nights From Lyon, France to , Tarascon
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Lyon

Idyllic Rhone - Nice To Lyon

3 sailing dates September 2021 to September 2022
7 Nights From Tarascon, to France , Lyon
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Lyon

Gems of the Seine & South of France

4 sailing dates September 2021 to July 2022
21 Nights From Paris, 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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Tournon

Three Rivers Discovery with Lisbon

4 sailing dates September 2021 to June 2022
17 Nights From Nice (Villefranche), France, France to Portugal , Lisbon
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