Day Tour

Avignon And The Palace Of Popes (5 Hours)

ShoreTrips

Marseille, France

Valid for Travel Now Through: 08 Dec 2018

Avignon And The Palace Of Popes (5 Hours )

Marseille, France

Tour Features

Experience(s)

Experiences have not been selected at this time

Meals

None

Recommended Ages

None

Activity Level

The activity level is not available.

Description

Your time in Marseille is short lived as you will head out to the countryside, en route to one of several UNESCO World Heritage Sites that dot Provence. Avignon, known for its time serving as the capital of Christianity when it was moved from the Vatican City during a time of religious war and rebellion in Rome, is worth your visit. The Palace of Popes was the center of Avignon, and is still a major focal point of the city.

Stop for a walk on the famous Saint Bénezet bridge, over the Rhône River, of which only four arches out of the initial 22 starting from Avignon remain. Built between 1171 and 1185, it had an original length of nearly 3,000 feet, but suffered frequent collapses during floods. It had to be reconstructed several times, and many of the arches were already missing before the rest was damaged beyond repair in 1660.

Walk along the narrow streets of the city to reach the Palais des Papes, or Popes’ Palace, one of the largest and most important medieval Gothic buildings in Europe. Avignon became the residence of the Popes in 1309, and the Palais was built between 1335 and 1364 on the northern edge of the city, overlooking the Rhône. The majority of the structure is now open to the public, and you will have plenty of time to visit and explore, taking special note of the frescoes and Romanesque architecture that have remained virtually unchanged since the 14th century.

After visiting the Palace, you will have about an hour of free time to do as you please. Head to the Cathedral Notre Dame des Doms, or just wander through the many cobblestone alley ways of Old Avignon. Avignon is ancient, full of history, life, youth, art, music and activity. Just to "see" the town itself, you could wander the narrow streets inside the fortified walls for days without tiring of them. Unfortunately this is just a taste to get you to return.

Departures:
08:30 AM, 02:00 PM,



Meeting instructions:
Specific pick up or taxi instructions will appear on your voucher after you purchase your trip.



Special instructions:
- Entrance fees to the Palace of the Popes are 12€ per person.
- No food, beverages, entrance fees, or gratuities are included in the price of this tour.

About Us

ShoreTrips provides shore excursions, day activities and city sightseeing tours in more than 500 locations around the world. We're the experts – having researched every location thoroughly...choosing the best sites to visit and the best things to do. We interview the guides and providers...and only when they meet our strict criteria do we offer their services to you.

Insider Tip

Our dolphin swim excursions sell out fast! Smart shoppers buy them months in advance.

Terms & Conditions

Please view our Terms of Service by clicking here.

Cancellation Policy:

You may cancel your ShoreTrips booking and receive a full refund up to 11 days before the actual date of your ShoreTrip (15 days for Europe, South America, Australia, New Zealand and Asia ShoreTrips). At 10 days (14 days for Europe, South America, Australia, New Zealand and Asia ShoreTrips) outbound, all trips become non-refundable. Some trips have a special cancellation policy and this information will always be noted on the trip. Additionally, group bookings may be non-refundable if the trip price is based on a specific number of participants.



The trademarks VIRTUOSO, the Globe Swirl Logo and SPECIALISTS IN THE ART OF TRAVEL are registered trademarks of Virtuoso, Ltd. Virtuoso, Ltd. has a U.S. copyright registration for the Globe Swirl Logo, ©2000. All rights reserved. Virtuoso CST#2069091-50. California CST# 2069091; TA# 808 - Registered Iowa Travel Agency; Washington UBI # 601 554 183. Registration as a seller of travel does not constitute approval by the State of California.

Reviews and Recommendations for ShoreTrips

100%

of 5
guests
recommend


Virtuoso Verified Traveler

All reviews are from confirmed guests sharing exclusive insights

Sort reviews by

Shore Excursions

By: Laurie


Reviewed on: 30 Mar 2017

In Cozumel we enjoyed the snorkeling that we did off a catamaran. The staff was friendly, very professional, and helpful with my first time snorkeling daughter. Grand Cayman we went to sting ray city with a trip and snorkeling. Staff and trip was amazing, crew very helpful and fun. in Jamaica we did a Dunn's River Falls excursion and private beach. We had fun but were not impressed with the staff, and their timeliness (waited around alot),

Trip to Versailles

By: EWC


Reviewed on: 08 Apr 2017

Lucille was funny, engaging and knowledgeable on all aspects of Paris and Versailles. She kept us entertained and tuned in the whole trip!
Travel Advisor:  Jennifer Royster

Great service, knowledgeable guides

By: FamilyTraveler


Reviewed on: 08 Aug 2017

Traveling into Russia can be nerve-wracking (and getting more so every day) -- but ShoreTrips made it easy by providing all of the paperwork and instructions, as well as organizing good guides.
Travel Advisor:  Suzette Mack

European cruise

By: Sharon


Reviewed on: 17 Sep 2017

Both tour guides and drivers were great!
Travel Advisor:  Joanne Smith

Shore trips

By: Hutch


Reviewed on: 10 Jun 2018

Great way to plan activities. Everything was just as advertised.
Travel Advisor:  Karen McAlpin