Avignon, the Popes palace


Avignon, place de l'horloge





Visit of Avignon, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Avignon, a strategic site in the Rhone valley, owes its origins to the Doms rock. With the arrival of the popes in the 14th Century, the city became a second Rome. It was enriched by art in the 17th and 18th Centuries, and it remained papal property up to the French revolution. Its medieval walls cover nearly 3 miles and are punctuated by 39 towers and seven gates ! Within the walls thrives a culturally rich city.

The major site of the city is the huge pope's palace, the biggest gothic palace in the world. Just being at the foot of the impressive building will let you an unforgettable souvenir. It gives an idea of the grand life under the seven French popes who built a miniature Vatican during their rule here. You can visit 25 rooms of it, including the ceremonial rooms, chapels, cloister, private papal apartments with priceless frescoes, and others. (entrance not included)

The second point of interest is the St Bénezet bridge. This legendary bridge is a significant symbol of the history of Avignon, famous throughout the world due to the beloved children's song. The bridge was built in the late 1100's. Though it was often rebuilt after damage inflicted by the raging flood waters of the Rhone. (entrance not included)

Suggested schedule
9:00am Pick up at your hotel
10:00 Guided tour of Avignon, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This strategic site by the Rhone Valley is worldwide renowned for its huge Pope’s Palace, the major monument of the city (possible inside visit of the Popes palace: about 10,50 euros per person)
12:00 Drive back
01:00pm Drop off