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

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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.
  • 3-hour walking tour of Avignon and the Pope’s Palace
  • Explore the heart of medieval Avignon, home to the Papacy in the 14th century
  • Wander the medieval streets with an expert guide and soak up the atmosphere in this UNESCO-listed city
  • Take in panoramic views of Avignon and the Rhône River from the top of the fortified city walls
  • Enjoy skip-the-line access to the Pope’s Palace — during high season, waiting times can be upward of 30 minutes
  • Admire 19th-century architecture in Avignon’s town square, the Place de l’Horloge
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Licensed guide
1 glass of Côtes du Rhône wine
Popes Palace ticket entrance
Food and drinks, unless specified
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

4 Rue de la République, 84000 Avignon, France

Departure Time

9:30 AM

Return Details

1 Place du Palais, 84000 Avignon, France

Return Details

46 Rue de la Balance, 84000 Avignon, France
Your 3-hour sightseeing tour of historic Avignon begins in the morning. Meet your guide in at a central location near the Pope’s Palace and stroll through the town’s historic center. As you walk, hear about Avignon’s extensive history, officially beginning with Roman conquest in the sixth century BC, though most renowned as the papal residence during the 14th and 15th centuries. 

Follow medieval streets and alleys, and climb to the top of the city’s famous ramparts – medieval constructions that were restored in the 19th century. From atop the ancient walls, enjoy sweeping vistas of the Avignon city and the rushing Rhône River. 

Next, head to Popes’ Palace, the world’s largest Gothic palace and a UNESCO-listed site, where you’ll have skip-the-line access to tour the building’s impressive interior. Learn about medieval life in the palace and explore galleries, fresco-adorned chapels, papal apartments and grand ceremonial rooms.

Finish your excursion with a visit to the Place de l’Horloge (Clock Tower Square), the main square in the heart of town from which the clock is – ironically – hardly visible. However, you’ll view the beautiful opera theater and city hall before heading to a historic local bar for a glass of Côtes du Rhône wine.

Your walking tour ends in central Avignon in the afternoon.
Stop At:  
Enjoy a 3 hours walking tour in the city center
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Pont Saint-Benezet (Pont d'Avignon)
See the medieval bridge, worldwide famous thanks to the childish song « Sous le Pont d'Avignon ».
Pass By:  
Cathedrale Notre-Dame des Doms
Have a look at the façade of the cathedral
Stop At:  
Palais des Papes
Visit the largest gothic style palace, true symbol of the influence of Western Christianity in the 14th century.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Place de l'Horloge
See the heart of Avignon city, its town hall and the opera house.
Stop At:  
Bistrot Bar à Vin Le 46
Taste a glass of Côtes du Rhône wine.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not suitable for children under 4 years old
  • There are a series of steps to climb to reach the Pope's Palace
  • Anyone under 18 will not be served wine at the end of the tour
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • 4 persons minimum to guarantee the departure
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Provence Reservation

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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What is the maximum group size during Avignon Walking Tour including Skip-the-Line Entrance to the Pope's Palace?
This activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers.

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  • "The tour was a steep climb for old people initially, so a better way of getting to the Pope’s Palace should be considered." See review


44 Reviews
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Avignon and the Palais, well worth it!
, Nov 2019
Enjoyed our time with Julian and the fact he is a local helped with his knowledge. The information was terrific. It is a lot of stairs but worth it.
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Great walk in old town
William G
, Oct 2019
We had a very informative and interesting walk through old town and the Popes Palace. Meeting place was easy to find and we enjoyed the wine afterwards.
The right touch - well balanced tour.
Adrian N
, Sep 2019
Our guide, Anne, gave us a good history of Avignon and Provence. The tour was a steep climb for old people initially, so a better way of getting to the Pope’s Palace should be considered. However the content of the tour was excellent and the guide very informative.
Enjoyed our morning
Chris F
, Jun 2019
Good tour. Very happy we opted for one, as we got to see parts of the palace and learn things that we wouldn't have otherwise. Guide did an excellent job, especially with his handling a couple of, shall I say, "difficult" members of our group. Definitely worth it.
Great tour!
Peter M
, May 2019
Knowledgeable tour guide walked us through the entire area including the Pope’s castle. Very enjoyable tour.
This was the perfect way to learn...
Adrienne Rivett J
, May 2018
This was the perfect way to learn about the Pope's Palace. Our guide was knowledgeable and entertaining. She even sang Amazing Grace in the chapel so we could appreciate the acoustics. Loved it!
I expected a little more walking...
Elizabeth P
, Apr 2018
I expected a little more walking around Avignon. Most of the tour was of the Pope's Palace. The tour guide was good with his knowledge of the area and palace.
We thoroughly enjoyed our tour and...
David M
, Oct 2017
We thoroughly enjoyed our tour and our guide. This was a great way to learn about Avignon and the papacy in France.
This was a great, quick tour of the...
Debra C
, Sep 2017
This was a great, quick tour of the major sights in Avignon. We've taken skip-the-line tours before and they were sometimes too abbreviated, but this was not. We saw everything you would see if you went on your own, with a lot of explanation and commentary by our wonderful guide, Melanie.
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Intriguing history and edifice. A...
, Aug 2017
Intriguing history and edifice. A little difficult to hear all the information as the area is crowded. Recommend audio-tour or headsets with guide. Had good time, nonetheless.

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