Welcome to Avignon

The base for our sun-kissed summer exploration of Provence will be the tranquil medieval walled-town of Avignon. Home to cobbled streets, classy gastronomy and grand architecture, this City of Popes is quintessentially French.  Its half completed bridge is immortalised in song, yet perhaps its most famous asset is the spectacular and decadent papal palace, known as the largest Gothic building of the Middle Ages. A total of seven popes resided here for seventy years in the 13th century and its impressive ecclesiastical architecture and splendour remains today.

No tour of this region would be complete without venturing into Provence’s beautiful countryside. First, we shall explore by river as we traverse the banks of the Gardone to reach the vast and majestic Roman Pont du Garde. We will then venture into the rolling green fields of the Vaucluse area before making our way to the highly-revered vineyards of Chateauneuf du Pape.

Tour Highlights

  • Venture inside Avignon’s medieval walls to the spectacular papal palace
  • Sample fine wine from the celebrated vineyards of Chateauneuf du Pape
  • Browse the colourful market stalls of Isle sur la Sorgue
  • Canoe under the magnificent Roman Pont du Garde
  • Relax on the banks of the river Rhone on Avignon's famous bridge
  • Dates & Prices

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    August 17 - August 21, 2017 (5 days)

    Standard Blind Price: £799 Contact us for availability

    Discounted Sighted Price: £449 Contact us for availability

    The prices shown below are for non-UK travellers and do not include return flights and transfers. If you are travelling from within the UK, please .

    Standard Blind Price: 699 699 Contact us for availability

    Discounted Sighted Price: 379 379 Contact us for availability

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    An old stone church with bright purple lavender plants in the foreground
  • A huge double tiered stone Roman aqueduct that crosses the river

    What's Included

    • Return Eurostar travel from London St Pancras to Avignon (UK prices only)
    • 3-star accommodation
    • All breakfasts
    • Specified excursions
    • Services of local guides
    • Services of a Traveleyes tour manager
  • Excursions

    • Avignon Walking Tour
    • Visit to the Palais des Papes
    • Chateauneuf du Pape Tour
    • Chateauneuf du Pape Wine Tasting
    • Pont du Garde Canoeing (optional)
    Steep vineyards in the background, with a glass of red wine, cheese and grapes served in the foreground

Below is the itinerary for the holiday. Please click each day for more information.

Thursday 17th August

Those travelling from the UK will take the Eurostar from London St Pancras direct to Avignon, departing at 7:19AM and arriving into Avignon at 2:08PM.

We arrive in Avignon and transfer to our hotel in the centre of Avignon. On entering the city walls we enter a world of atmospheric medieval architecture and quintessentially French charm. The rest of the afternoon and evening will be yours to explore Avignon at leisure.

Overnight in Avignon.

Friday 18th August

Today we will embark on a guided walking tour of Avignon. We will discover the fascinating tale of the city’s half completed bridge ‘’sur le Pont d’Avignon.’’ The streets are lined with artisan cafes selling delicious pastries and coffees as well as fascinating architecture including ornate churches.

This afternoon we will explore Avignon’s most magnificent piece of heritage, the imposing Papal Palace. The vast Gothic palace was the seat of the papacy in the 14th century and with this a suitable amount of pomp and splendour arrived in Avignon.

Overnight in Avignon. Breakfast included.

Saturday 19th August

Today we will depart Avignon’s medieval walls and escape into the stunning countryside of the Vaucluse region. Famed for vast fragrant lavender fields and productions, Vaucluse is also considered hallowed turf for any budding wine connoisseur. We will get to sample and discover the provenance behind one of the worlds most renowned wine villages – Chateauneuf du Pape. We will visit highly revered wine producers as well as smaller local operations whose stories and methods help make the village’s reputation. Beautiful medieval hamlets and Roman vestiges line our path to Chateuneuf du Pape and help to provide us with a true flavour of the region.

Overnight in Avignon. Breakfast included.

Sunday 20th August

Depart Avignon and climb aboard a two-man canoe in Colias. From Colias you will have the chance to paddle along the tranquil banks of the Gardone river. After rounding one of the gentle meanders you will be able to bask in the splendour of the huge Roman viaduct, the Pont du Garde. The best way to reach this stunning site is to approach by river. There will be opportunities to stop and soak in the ambience of these historic shores, and even take a dip in the calm refreshing water.

Alternatively, you could visit the bustling Sunday Market at Isle sur la Sorgue. One of the best in the entire region, it is a throng of activity with vast amounts of local produce and crafts.

The afternoon can be spent relaxing and enjoying one final wander around the delightful streets of Avignon.

Overnight in Avignon. Breakfast included.

Monday 21st August

Spend one final morning shopping or relaxing in one of Avignon’s many cafes with a pastry and coffee.

UK travellers will depart Avignon and return to the UK on the Eurostar. We are on the 3:59PM train, arriving back into London at 22:12PM

Breakfast included.