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Avignon

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Essential sights in Avignon

Avignon, France’s combination of religious prestige and a lively student and arts community makes it an incredible French destination. Don’t miss these Avignon essentials!

  • Pont Saint-Bénézet

    1. Pont Saint-Bénézet

    There’s a lot more to the city than this famous Avignon bridge, but walking across it is a must. It’s the height of the city’s romantic history.

  • Palais des Papes

    2. Palais des Papes

    Located in the heart of Avignon is this magnificent Gothic fortress. Clear your schedule; exploring this gigantic complex will take the entire day.

  • Musée du Petit Palais, Avignon

    3. Musée du Petit Palais, Avignon

    Art lovers and history buffs will love this medieval Christian collection.

  • Avignon Cathedral

    4. Avignon Cathedral

    The Cathedrale Notre-Dame des Domes is simply gorgeous from the outside, but stepping inside will take your breath away.

  • Festival d'Avignon

    5. Festival d'Avignon

    Avignon in July brings a once in a lifetime opportunity: Festival d’Avignon, one of the world’s greatest contemporary performing arts festivals.

  • 6. Musée Requien

    This free natural history museum is simple and elegant. The best exhibition focuses on the reintroduction of wolves in France, but be warned—English is limited.

  • Eglise Saint Pierre

    7. Eglise Saint Pierre

    Wandering through this peaceful church filled with incredible art is a must do for Avignon.

  • Orange (small city)

    8. Orange (small city)

    Rent a car and head a half hour north to Orange. Despite its beautiful Roman architecture, it’s not a popular tourist destination, leaving the city fascinatingly eerie.

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Planning Your Visit

  • Take the Train from Paris to Avignon

    Nothing compares to a train ride through France. Arrive early, get your seat, and relax and enjoy the roughly 3-hour trip.

  • Wander Through Avignon Old Town

    The walled and cobbled old town is the perfect place to wander through lantern-lit lanes finding gem after gem.

Good to know

  • Language
    French
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +33
  • Best time to visit
    Tourist seasons goes from about April to September, when the weather is warm and all the shops and restaurants are open. July and August are the hottest and most crowded, so plan your trip based on your preferences.

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What people are saying about Avignon

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 648 reviews

Our guide, Gaelle, was wonderful. Very informative and very personable. The itinerary was great though I would have liked a bit more time in Les Beaux. Walking out to the Esplanade and back took all the designated time (and we don't walk slow). The other stops had sufficient time allowed. Great recommendations for restaurant in Avignon.

Maxim was fantastic - so flexible, accommodating, and helpful. He allowed us to choose where we wanted to spend the most time. We saw so much in just 9 hours - a great way to experience Provence! An experience not to be missed!

Our guide Thierry was delightful, helpful and informative. He adapted the tour as required and guided rather than dictated us to make the best use of the available time.

Nicholas was great! He has much knowledge about the area. I highly recommend him.

Excellent communication and the guide provided invaluable information