Top must‑do guided tours in Avignon

During your stay in Avignon, follow your guide-lecturer to discover its gastronomic specialties, explore its monuments and its city center classified as a UNESCO World Heritage. The Popes Palace, the Avignon Bridge, the antiques district, the19th century neighborhood and the Barthelasse Island are all unmissable places to discover by joining one of the five walking and biking guided tours.

The Popes Palace

Explore the Popes Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage monument, with your tour guide. Thanks to your guide, you will have the answers to all your questions about the largest Gothic building of the Middle Ages as well as the life of the Popes in Avignon in the 14th century. Your guide knows all the history secret of the Palace, from the beginning of its construction to its announced destruction which was ultimately cancelled. He is the only professional capable of bringing your visit to life for a unique and unforgettable journey through time.

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Avignon City of the Popes

Guided tour of the city center

Explore Avignon in the 14th century when the city was the capital of Christianity and the fourth most populous city in the Western world. This visit takes you to the Gardens of the Doms which offer a sumptuous panorama over the Rhône, the Pont d’Avignon, the Fort Saint-André and the vines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Visit Notre-Dame des Doms Cathedral (where you will see the tombs of the Popes) and end your tour discovering the historic intramural center listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Avignon bike tour

Follow your guide by bike to explore every corner of the historic center of Avignon, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Thanks to the bicycle, you move faster and maximize your city tour. Your guide-lecturer has designed an original itinerary for you that begins in front of the Popes Palace and ends on the Barthelasse island, which offers the most beautiful view over the Pont d’Avignon. The route also includes a stop in the antique district, as well as regular stops along the city walls to the 19th century train station.

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Avignon food tour

Discover the culinary specialties and flavors of Avignon and its region in the company of your guide-lecturer. As you walk through the historic center, your guide opens the doors of shops and local producers who perpetuate the gastronomic traditions of Avignon. Carpentras strawberry, Cavaillon melon, fruit paste, candied fruit, nougat, « papaline » (chocolate sweetness with Oregano liqueur), « papeton » (flan made with eggplant caviar), « croustade » (puff pastry stuffed with lamb marinated in red wine) and many other specialties will delight your taste buds and will soon have no secrets for you.

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Avignon in the 19th century

Until the French Revolution, Avignon and the Comtat Venaissin were papal territories. In 1791, they reunited with the kingdom of France and the city became the capital of the department of Vaucluse in 1793. After the fall of the First Empire in 1815, Avignon experienced a phase of urban growth which forced it to develop peripheral spaces to its medieval ramparts. The arrival of the railway in 1849, which united the city with Marseille, brought Avignon into modernity.  Follow your guide through the Haussmannian neighborhood, between the Place de l’Horloge and Avignon train station, to understand the sudden transformation of this religious city into a forward-looking provincial town.

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