Ringed by incredibly preserved 800-year-old stone ramparts, graceful Avignon's turn as the seat of papal power bestowed the city with a treasury of magnificent art and architecture, none grander than the massive medieval fortress and papal palace, Palais des Papes. In romantic counterpoint, Pont d'Avignon – of nursery-rhyme fame – spans halfway across the Rhône. Ancient cobbled streets pass inviting boutiques; leafy squares overflow with cafe tables; and in July thousands come for Avignon's renowned performing-arts festival.
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Avignon and Provence Day Trip from Paris by TGV Train
Visit Avignon and experience the magnificent beauty of Provence on a full-day trip from Paris by TGV, France’s high-speed train. Enjoy the scenic landscapes surrounding the town of Avignon and visit the Popes' Palace, one of the biggest Gothic palaces in Europe.
Provence Le Grand Tour
Go on the Grand Tour from Avignon, visiting the famous Roman, medieval and winemaking sights of Provence. You’ll see the Triumphal Arch in Orange, the legendary vineyards of Chateauneuf du Pape, and the beautiful mountain villages of Gordes and Rousillon. The first stop on your Grand tour of Provence is Orange, founded by the Romans in the 1st century BC.