A town of the arts, a cultural crossroads and a major tourist hotspot, Avignon is in the Vaucluse department found in the South of France. It is also the capital of Provençale cuisine and Côtes du Rhône wines. Its heritage architecture is unique. Nicknamed “The City of Popes” in the Middle Ages, Avignon was the capital of Christianity for nearly a century. It is one of the rare towns which has managed to preserve its historical centre and ramparts. The Palais des Papes, papal residence of the 14th Century, is the largest group of gothic architecture in Europe. The other international attraction is the famous Festival d’Avignon, which was first held in 1947, and is the biggest live theatre festival in the world. Every summer, the town welcomes around 570,000 spectators who come to see more than 800 shows. A large section of this old town is classified as UNESCO World Heritage, most notably the Palais des Papes and its plaza, the ramparts, the Musée du Petit Palais, the Cathédrale des Doms, the Gardens and the Avignon Bridge. Here in Avignon, there are no less than 10 museums, and opera houses and numerous theatres. On the streets below the ramparts is the Saint-Bénezet Bridge, the must-see bridge of Avignon that spans the River Rhône. Constructed in the 12th Century and destroyed in several places by the flooding river, it is one of the most famous monuments in the world, visited by over 300,000 people each year. “On the Avignon Bridge, everyone is dancing, everyone is dancing…” is a nursery rhyme sung by millions of French children. Pariscityvision.com recommends a visit to Avignon on our guided tour, during the “Day in Provence: TGV” tour.
Depart in search of the secrets of lavender in Provence! Discover landscapes rich in the colors, scents, history and traditions of Provence. Visit the lovely villages of the Luberon and the Lavender Museum. Round trip by Bullet Train.
This guided tour of Provence will show you some of the iconic place of the Mediterranean: an audio-guide tour of the Palais des Papes in Avignon, free time in Les Baux-de-Provence and at the Pont du Gard (one of the most beautiful villages in France). Transport by train from Paris.