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How to Spend 1 Day in Avignon

How to Spend 1 Day in Avignon

With just one day in Avignon, you’ll get to experience the city’s medieval ramparts, go on a short trip out to the lavender fields of Provence, and make it back in time for dinner and drinks in the city’s main square. Here’s how to make the most of your day.

Morning: Avignon Highlights

Spend your first morning visiting Avignon's most important attraction, the 14th-century Palais des Papes (Papal Palace). This is the largest Gothic palace in Europe and features everything from tapestries to carved wooden ceilings; highlights include the Saint-Martial Chapel, filled with old frescoes, and the Grand Chapel. Walking tours provide a great way to orient yourself in Avignon’s historic centre, with some including a skip-the-line admission ticket to Pope’s Palace. Other likely stops include Avignon Cathedral, which dates to the 13th century, the medieval St. Benezet Bridge, aka Pont d'Avignon).

Afternoon: The Countryside of Provence

In the afternoon, grab a quick lunch in the city center before heading out to the countryside to see some of Provence's famous lavender fields, which bloom in the summer months. While you could rent a car, you can save time and avoid navigating unfamiliar roads by joining a lavender tour. Some tours stop in Coustellet to check out the Lavender Museum, while most give you free time to explore the villages of Gordes and Roussillon—both of which are well worth visiting even outside of lavender season. 

Night: Place d’Horloge

In the evening, make your way back to Avignon for dinner and drinks. While there are great places to dine and drink all over the city, you'll find the most activity around the main city square of Place de l'Horloge, where most bars, cafes, and restaurants have terraces for alfresco dining. You may even be able to catch a performance at the city's opera house, which sits right on the square—book tickets in advance to secure your seat. There's also a movie theater around the corner that screens a variety of French and international films; English-language films marked VO (version original) won’t be dubbed.

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Avignon Walking Tour including Skip-the-Line Entrance to the Pope's Palace

Avignon Walking Tour including Skip-the-Line Entrance to the Pope's Palace

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See the best of beautiful, medieval Avignon on this 3-hour walking tour with skip-the-line access to Popes’ Palace. Learn the history of this exquisite UNESCO-listed city with ancient Roman roots and celebrity as the 14th-century seat of the Papacy. Admire hilltop views of the Rhône River, breeze into Popes’ Palace to tour the ornate chambers and chapels, and enjoy a glass of Côtes du Rhône wine near the Place de l’Horloge.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Provence Lavender Small Group Half-Day Trip

Provence Lavender Small Group Half-Day Trip

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Take in the stunning French countryside on a half-day tour of Provence’s lavender fields from Avignon. In a small group, wind through undulating hills and fragrant seas of lavender, stop in the charming village of Sault to peruse local soaps, flowers, essential oils, and honey. Visit a lavender producer and discover the fascinating distillation process and learn the benefits of lavender essential oil. You will also enjoy multiple photo stops throughout Sault and the surrounding lavender fields.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Lavender Beauty Small Group Half Day Tour from Avignon

Lavender Beauty Small Group Half Day Tour from Avignon

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Discover the magical lavender fields of Provence with this half-day tour from Avignon. See villages from the Middle Ages, a picturesque Abbey built of old stones, local markets, and of course, endless fields of fragrant lavender. Visit a distillery to learn about the properties of this beloved herb and sample lavender ice cream.
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  • 5 hours
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City Tour

City Tour

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Discover Avignon and Villeneuve-lès-Avignon aboard the convertible double-decker bus! Enjoy unique views at 4 meters high, we promise you an unforgettable visit! Go up and down freely thanks to the hop on / off stops, to explore at your own pace the different places such as the Pont d'Avignon, the Chartreuse, the Fort St André, the Philippe Bel Tower, the island of Barthelasse and many others. The tour is commented in 10 languages + a special comment child, thanks to individual headphones offered to boarding. A departure every hour from 40 Cours Jean-Jaurès (opposite the Tourist Office). Departure 10h - 11h -12h - 13h - 15h - 16h! Attention, no departure at 14h.
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  • Free Cancellation
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Classic old town Avignon from the Romans to the Pope's - half day private tour

Classic old town Avignon from the Romans to the Pope's - half day private tour

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Discover the highlights of Avignon’s UNESCO-listed Old Town in just half a day: this private tour offers the perfect introduction to the city. Pick between morning and afternoon departure times, and set off on foot. You’ll discover the Palais des Papes (a centuries-old, fortified papal palace), the Pont d’Avignon (the city’s iconic bridge), Les Halles (its bustling, historical marketplace), and more. As you go, learn the secrets behind the sights from your guide.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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