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Marseille Shore Excursion: Private Tour of Avignon

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Avignon, France
Marseille Shore Excursion: Private Tour of Avignon

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icon5 hours  (Approx.)
Pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 2 more
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Overview

Take advantage of your time in port to experience beautiful Avignon on this half-day private shore excursion from Marseille. Learn the history of this exquisite medieval city, adorned with the luxurious accents of papal funding from the 14th century. Visit Avignon’s key attractions such as the UNESCO-listed historic center, the Pont Saint-Bénézet and Notre Dame des Doms Cathedral. End with an independent tour of the town and the fabulous Popes’ Palace (own expense).
  • Private shore excursion from Marseille to Avignon
  • Travel away from the Mediterranean through the beautiful Provencal countryside
  • Take a guided walking tour of Avignon's UNESCO World Heritage-listed historic center
  • Discover why Avignon is known as the City of Popes
  • Visit the Pont Saint-Bénezet, Cathedral Notre-Dame des Doms and the Popes’ Palace
  • Covered by Viator's worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship
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Local guide
Port pickup and drop-off
Transport by air-conditioned minivan
Worry-free Shore Excursion Guarantee
Food and drinks
Gratuities
Popes palace and Avignon 's bridge ticket entrance
Lunch
Hotel pick up / drop off

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered

Ports

  • Marseille


Discover the ancient yet vibrant town of Avignon with an historic 5-hour private tour of the city’s main attractions. A friendly guide will greet you at the cruise terminal in Marseille. Board the coach for an hour-long drive through the picturesque Provençal countryside, coated in rolling hills of lavender and vineyards.

Though Avignon’s name dates back to the sixth century BC – and its inhabited history even longer! – the city is most widely known as the seat of papacy in the 14th and 15th centuries. Escaping turmoil in Rome, Pope Clement V took up residence in Avignon and incited a flood of money to adorn the ‘City of Popes’ in suitable opulence.

Your walking tour starts with a visit to the Avignon’s UNESCO-listed historic center. Visit the fabled Pont Saint-Bénézet, a lovely bridge built more than 900 years ago, and the restored Notre-Dame des Doms Cathedral. As you take in the town’s medieval fortifications, enjoy colorful tales and anecdotes from your knowledgable guide.    

From there, enjoy some free time to wander the lively town. Stroll through the Rocher des Doms, a lovely English-style garden that perches over the Rhone River, and the many picturesque public squares. If you choose, tour the interior of the Popes’ Palace (own expense), the world’s largest Gothic palace and a UNESCO-listed site. See the 25 rooms open to the public, including fresco-adorned chapels, the papal apartments and grand ceremonial rooms. 

Following your 3-hour stint through Avignon, relax for the short ride back to your cruise terminal in Marseille. Your shore excursion ends in mid-afternoon or evening depending on departure time.  

Worry-free Shore Excursion:We will ensure your timely return to the Marseille port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Avignon
Explore and discover the city of the Popes
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Palais des Papes
Possibility to visit the best preserved Gothic Palace in Europe
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Pont Saint-Benezet (Pont d'Avignon)
Photo stop
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • If your ship has to leave at 4pm or earlier the departure time of the tour might need to be amended. You will be emailed by the local supplier to inform you of any changes if necessary
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Please wait at the exit of the ship/cruise terminal, do not start to walk on the port area.
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Provence Tours

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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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Marseille Shore Excursion: Private Tour of Avignon?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Marseille Shore Excursion: Private Tour of Avignon?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Marseille Shore Excursion: Private Tour of Avignon.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Marseille Shore Excursion: Private Tour of Avignon?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Marseille Shore Excursion: Private Tour of Avignon?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Marseille Shore Excursion: Private Tour of Avignon.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Marseille Shore Excursion: Private Tour of Avignon?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers.

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star-5
Charming guide, charming city. I...
Maureen
, Nov 2017
Charming guide, charming city. I highly recommend this tour. Our guide was so knowledgeable about her city, both the history and the current living areas. I would do this again in a heartbeat.
star-3
This is the first Viator tour that...
Larry
, Sep 2017
This is the first Viator tour that we have been disappointed with and which did not live up to expectations. We paid a substantial amount of money for what turned out to be basically just a driver to and from Avignon. Our tour guide was very nice and very knowledgeable, and provided interesting info on the drive to Avignon. But once there she left us and we were entirely on our own in Avignon. She was not much more than a taxi driver. We are independent and had no problems with seeing the sights, but it was not what we thought we were paying for.
star-5
Our guide Remy was prompt, pleasant...
Allan W
, Aug 2017
Our guide Remy was prompt, pleasant, friendly and informative. He picked us up on time at the Marseille cruise terminal with a spacious and well-maintained van, drove us quickly to Avignon. Along the way he pointed out various landmarks and supplied us with tidbits on life in Marseille. Upon arriving in Avignon, he led us through the city wall and narrow streets to the Papal Palace. After guiding us through a number of key locales, he took us to a famous bakery for some local delicacies and confections. We were then given a 60-minute window to roam on our own before a quick trip back to the terminal. The tour was pleasant and completely tailored to our liking. Remy was funny and conversational. Highly recommended!
star-5
This was a great tour and was...
Samuel R
, Aug 2016
This was a great tour and was tailored to meet our interests. The guide was flexible and interesting. We would recommend this tour. She was punctual at the port and got us back on time.
star-4
We had a whole van to ourselves and...
rtcsanet
, Aug 2016
We had a whole van to ourselves and our driver guide was very informative. Definitely worth doing if you want to see a real medieval city.
star-5
Marie-Laure was a great guide, very...
Dina F
, Aug 2015
Marie-Laure was a great guide, very informative, kind, and patient as we had a slow/disabled walker with us. She went to the extra trouble of bringing us into a bookstore when one of our party was writing down a lot of information on a particular topic she pointed out a book on that topic for him which he ended up buying. Avignon was a very charming town to visit.
star-4
The city is beautiful and lots of...
Lauren C
, Jun 2015
The city is beautiful and lots of charm as you walk around. Somewhat disappointing that papal residence is basically empty - so nothing really worth seeing inside. The guide was good - and told us a great deal about the region and French history.
star-4
It was great being in a small group...
JEAN A
, Sep 2014
It was great being in a small group - 4 people. Our guide was excellent - good mix of guide and information and free time.
star-5
Emmanual did a fantastic job. Lots...
Norvie
, Aug 2014
Emmanual did a fantastic job. Lots of history was given and he was very good with the whole family. He also took great photos for us!
star-5
An excellent experience with a first...
Bruce Z
, Jun 2014
An excellent experience with a first class guide/art historian. We were able to avoid the lines and see the city and some of the important works such as " David"

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