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Cruises to Avignon

Avignon (Photo:FenlioQ/Shutterstock)
Avignon (Photo:FenlioQ/Shutterstock)

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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DAY 1: Paris

14 Night
Cruise to Avignon

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Paris
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Cruise Line:
Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection
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DAY 1: Avignon

7 Night
Cruise to Avignon

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Avignon
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Viviers, Tournon-sur-Rhone ...
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AmaWaterways
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DAY 1: Paris

13 Night
Cruise to Avignon

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Paris
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Tournus, Chalon-sur-Saone ...
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DAY 1: Lyon

10 Night
Cruise to Avignon

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Lyon
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Tournus, Chalon-sur-Saone ...
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7 Night
Cruise to Avignon

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Lyon
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Vienne, Tournon-sur-Rhone ...
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Cruise Line:
Viking River Cruises
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7 Night
Cruise to Avignon

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Avignon
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Arles, Viviers ...
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Cruise Line:
Viking River Cruises
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7 Night
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Lyon
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14 Night
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Lyon
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7 Night
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Lyon
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14 Night
Cruise to Avignon

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Amsterdam
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Cologne, Koblenz ...
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Cruise Line:
Emerald Waterways
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14 Night
Cruise to Avignon

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Avignon
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Tarascon, Viviers ...
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7 Night
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Avignon
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Arles, Viviers ...
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Viking River Cruises
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10 Night
Cruise to Avignon

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Lyon
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Beaune, Burgundy ...
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Cruise Line:
Emerald Waterways
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Tarascon
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7 Night
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Arles
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Avignon, Viviers ...
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9 Night
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Arles
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Marseille, Avignon ...
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Emerald Waterways
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20 Night
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Nice
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Arles, Avignon ...
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Emerald Waterways
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12 Night
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Paris
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10 Night
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Nice
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14 Night
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Zurich
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7 Night
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Lyon
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Macon, Vienne ...
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10 Night
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Tarascon
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Avignon, Viviers ...
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14 Night
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Porto
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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.


Awards and Recognition

Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice Destination

  • 2018 Top-Rated Overall Cruise Destinations
  • 2018 Top-Rated European River Destinations
  • 2017 Top-Rated European River Destinations

Avignon Cruise Reviews

S.S. Catherine
verydisgruntled
Sail Date: Aug 2018
Avignon was very enjoyable. I did not join a Uniworld tour of Avignon and upon disembarking from the cruise I stayed in Avignon for a few days. I particularly liked the lively outdoor square Place D'Horlage with its... Read More
Viking Heimdal
kenjwinter
Sail Date: Aug 2019
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
Scenic Sapphire
AlbertaTripGuy
Sail Date: Aug 2019
Avignon was really cool. The pope's palace was a great tour however the icing on the cake was the private evening concert. We took a mini train from the boat to the palace, which was fun as hell, and the concert was... Read More
S.S. Catherine
rexness
Sail Date: Jul 2019
Unfortunately I have to rate this as average because we missed out on seeing any of Avignon due to a conflict in scheduling. We wanted to see the very excellent Pont du Gard, which meant that we were unable to... Read More
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