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Cruises to Avignon

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About Avignon

Anyone who visits Avignon will quickly see why it's such a raved-about port on Rhone River cruise itineraries.

Nestled in the heart of France's Provence region, the small city is quaint and intimate, with a chic vibe. You'll find stone buildings with pastel-colored shutters, boutique shops and hotels, and lively little squares -- including Place de L'Horloge, a roughly 10-minute walk from the pier. It literally feels as if you've stepped foot inside a postcard from the South of France.

Looks aside, the "City of Popes" is rich in Roman Catholic history. Between 1309 to 1377, popes lived in Avignon instead of Rome, due to unstable political conditions at the time. Avignon is home to the Palais des Papes (Palace of the Popes), the largest gothic palace in the world, and adjacent Notre-Dame des Doms Cathedral (known as the Avignon Cathedral).

Avignon is also conveniently located about an hour outside Marseille (which has the nearest, major international airport). This makes it a prime embarkation and disembarkation point for a number of river cruise lines. Heading there in July? Try to plan for a glimpse of the annual Festival d'Avignon, one of the biggest performing arts festivals in the world.

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AmaCello
AmaCello

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Essence Of Burgundy & ProvenceDetails

40 Reviews
Leaving:Chalon-sur-Saone
Cruise Line:AmaWaterways
Jun 15, 2023
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Avalon Poetry II

11 Night
A Culinary Experience In Burgundy & Provence With...Details

62 Reviews
Leaving:Nice
Cruise Line:Avalon Waterways
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AmaCello

7 Night
Essence Of Burgundy & ProvenceDetails

40 Reviews
Cruise Line:AmaWaterways
May 18, 2023
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Scenic Gem

20 Night
Gems Of The Seine & South Of FranceDetails

68 Reviews
Leaving:Paris
Cruise Line:Scenic
Aug 7, 2023
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Gems Of The Seine & South Of FranceDetails

68 Reviews
Leaving:Paris
Cruise Line:Scenic
Sep 10, 2023
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Gems Of The Seine & South Of FranceDetails

68 Reviews
Leaving:Paris
Cruise Line:Scenic
May 5, 2023
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Gems Of The Seine & South Of FranceDetails

68 Reviews
Leaving:Paris
Cruise Line:Scenic
May 25, 2023
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Sensations Of Lyon And Provence & ParisDetails

144 Reviews
Leaving:Arles
Cruise Line:Emerald Cruises
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Paris To Nice & Sensations Of Lyon And ProvenceDetails

144 Reviews
Leaving:Paris
Cruise Line:Emerald Cruises
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Paris & Sensations Of Lyon And ProvenceDetails

144 Reviews
Leaving:Paris
Cruise Line:Emerald Cruises
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Colors Of ProvenceDetails

35 Reviews
Leaving:Lyon
Cruise Line:AmaWaterways
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Lyon & ProvenceDetails

147 Reviews
Leaving:Avignon
Cruise Line:Viking River Cruises
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Grand FranceDetails

18 Reviews
Leaving:Paris
Cruise Line:Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection
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Active & Discovery On The Rhône With 2 Nights In P...Details

62 Reviews
Leaving:Paris
Cruise Line:Avalon Waterways
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Grand FranceDetails

56 Reviews
Leaving:Avignon
Cruise Line:Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection
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More about Avignon

Why go to Avignon?

Pros:

Avignon is home to the Palais des Papes (Palace of the Popes), the largest Gothic palace in the world

Cons:

Swindlers have been known to lurk outside the palace, targeting tourists entering and leaving

Bottom Line:

Once in Avignon, you'll feel like you've stepped foot inside a postcard from the South of France

Currency & Best Way to Get Money?

The official currency is the euro. ATMs are scattered all over the city; you can most easily find them in the squares. For up-to-date currency exchange rates, visit www.xe.com.

Language?

French is the official language.


Avignon Cruise Reviews
I had always wanted to visit Avignon with its rich history, especially relating to the time of the two popes. Our guide was knowledgeable and easy to understand. We did not go inside the Palais de les Popes which wRead More
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YogaGodess
Just a great port and so much to do and see, just a great place to learn history. Loved this port. Read More
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philbop
The excursion through the Palace of the Popes was outstanding---my favorite of the entire cruise!Read More
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AYDT
Avignon, France - Sheltered by medieval walls, Avignon’s maze of narrow streets is filled with churches, museums and palaces tracing the history of this ancient, vibrant city.Read More
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