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How to Spend 2 Days in Avignon

How to Spend 2 Days in Avignon

With its UNESCO World Heritage-listed medieval ramparts and Provencal surroundings, the old city of Avignon deserves at least two days of your Provence vacation. Here's how to make the most of your time in and around the city.

Day 1: Highlights of Avignon and Around

**Morning:**Spend your first morning exploring the 14th-century Palais des Papes (Palace of the Popes), the most important of Avignon's many medieval attractions. Note that lines can get long here, so it’s a good idea to buy admission tickets in advance to enjoy skip-the-line access—many walking tours include the privilege.

**Afternoon:**In the afternoon, take a trip to the Avignon countryside. If you want to skip the stress of car, there are plenty of lavender tours that take you to see the region's famous purple fields, often with stops in charming towns of Gordes and Roussillon.

 

**Night:**At the end of the day, head back to Avignon for dinner and people-watching at the Place d'Horloge, the city's central square. Here, you'll find a good range of brasseries and restaurants, many with alfresco terrace seating.

Day 2: Art, Wine, and Entertainment

**Morning:**On the morning of your second day, visit the 13th-century Avignon Cathedral followed by a trip to the 12th-century St Benezet Bridge (Pont d'Avignon), one of the city's most iconic structures. Then make your way over to the Collection Lambert, a contemporary art museum spread across two 18th-century mansions.

**Afternoon:**In the afternoon, head out to the Rhône Valley wine country to learn about and sample local wines—if you plan to sample wine vairetals, play it safe by joining a tour or hiring a driver. Most tours stop at Châteauneuf-du-Pape and include visits to wine estates and tastings.

 

**Night:**Make your way back to Avignon in the evening to attend a live performance at the Opéra d'Avignon, which dates back to the middle of the 19th century. While opera is naturally the main draw here, there are also ballet and theater performances along with chamber music and even the odd pop concert.

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Châteauneuf du Pape Wine Day Tasting Tour including Lunch from Avignon

Châteauneuf du Pape Wine Day Tasting Tour including Lunch from Avignon

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Indulge in a full day of wine tasting as you roam the vineyards and medieval villages of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, one of the region’s most important wine appellations. Explore the villages of Gigondas and Vacqueyras, stopping at traditional wineries to sample both red and white wines, and learn the secrets of local wine production. This small-group tour from Avignon also includes a delicious 2-course lunch.
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  • 9 hours
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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
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Rhone Valley Wine Tour with Chateauneuf-du-Pape & Tavel from Avignon

Rhone Valley Wine Tour with Chateauneuf-du-Pape & Tavel from Avignon

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Immerse yourself in the beauty of Rhône Valley wine country on this half-day tour from Avignon. In a small group, wind through verdant hills en route to two esteemed wine estates where you’ll take guided tours and taste sumptuous AOC-classified wines, from crisp rosés in Tavel to an array of world-class varietals in Châteauneuf-du-Pape.
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  • 4 hours
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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
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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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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
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