Rich in multicultural history
You'll arrive here if traveling from the UK on Eurostar.
If you travel to Avignon by direct Eurostar or high speed TGV, you arrive at Avignon TGV Station.
Discover the ancient kingdom of France - once the seat of popes and capital of the medieval world. The 'Lavender City' combines tradition and relaxation to satisfy all your senses.
Start your day with a visit to the largest medieval Gothic building in Europe. The Palais des Papes, once a royal residence and an administrative centre for cardinals and courtiers, is now a UNESCO world-heritage site with 15,000m² of cavernous stone halls, vast courtyards, 3m-thick walls, portcullises and watchtowers. Once inside, begin your tour in the St John’s and the Saint Martial’s Chapels: the beautifully painted scenes on the walls and ceiling reveal the talent of the Sienese artist Matteo Giovanetti. As the day draws to a close, head to the Rocher des Doms, from here you'll have wonderful views of the Palace, the Rhone river and Avignon as the sun sets.
Built in 1177, this famous monument is the subject of Sur le Pont d'Avignon, a French song dating back to the 15th century. It has been partially destroyed by floods and only 4 of the original 22 ramparts remain. There are spectacular views of the bridge from almost anywhere in the town, in particular from the Rocher des Doms, but if you want to walk along it there is a small fee.
On the north side of the square, overshadowed by the impressive Palais des Papes, you’ll find the little Musée du Petit Palais. Originally served as a bishops’ and archbishops’ palace this museum now houses an impressive collection of sculptures and paintings of French and early Italian origin. Not to be missed are Botticelli's 'Virgin and Child' and other prominent works by Carpaccio and Giovanni di Paolo. A real must-see for art lovers!
Prices based on the lowest available Standard Class return fare per person.
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