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Day Trip to Provence and Avignon by Train

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Overview

Take the high-speed TGV train from Paris to Provence on this day trip that includes visits to UNESCO World Heritage sites in Avignon and more. As you soak up the beauty of one of France’s most loved regions, learn about its historical significance at places like St Rémy de Provence, Les Baux de Provence, the Pont du Gard and Avignon’s famous Popes’ Palace. See Roman runs, have free time for lunch and enjoy interesting commentary from an informative guide.
  • Day trip from Paris to Avignon and Provence by TGV (high-speed train)
  • Visit the Popes' Palace in Avignon
  • Explore the medieval hilltop village of Les Baux de Provence
  • Led by a knowledgeable local guide
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Return-trip transportation from Paris by TGV 2nd class.
Accompanist on departure from Paris and on Avignon station.
Visit on your own the Palais des Papes with audio guide.
Drive through Saint-Rémy de Provence village.
Visit on your own the Baux de Provence and free time.
Visit on your own the Pont du Gard.
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and drinks, unless specified

Departure Point

Paris Gare de Lyon, Place Louis-Armand, 75571 Paris, France

Departure Time

8:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
All your transportation needs are covered with this Paris to Avignon day trip, the round-trip high-speed journey by TGV train.

In the early morning, board the train and head south from Paris through the French countryside, admiring the scenery of Burgundy and the Rhone Valley. Upon arrival in Avignon, head to the Popes’ Palace (Palais des Papes), one of Europe’s largest Gothic palaces and part of the UNESCO World Heritage site known as the ‘Historic Centre of Avignon: Papal Palace, Episcopal Ensemble and Avignon Bridge.’ Tour the palace independently, listening to recorded narration about how Avignon became the City of Popes.

You then have free time in town to buy lunch (own expense) and walk through the historic center before hopping on your coach with your guide to continue your day trip through Provence.  Stop for a photo op of the Roman ruins Les Antiques at St Rémy de Provence, where Nostradamus was born, and then head to Les Baux de Provence, a medieval village perched on a rocky cliff more than 800 feet (245 meters) in the air. Take a walking tour of the village on your own, exploring its historical buildings and market stalls where you can purchase souvenirs like perfume and olive oil.

Next, visit Pont du Gard, a World Heritage–listed Roman aqueduct, one of the best-preserved of its kind. Enjoy a bit of free time here to take photos and admire the postcard-perfect setting before returning to the train station in Avignon for the journey back to Gare de Lyon in Paris.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Gare de Lyon
Meeting Point: Paris Gare de Lyon, in front of the Starbucks, in front of the main entrance of the station Hall 1.In the early morning, board the train.Take the high-speed TGV train from Paris to Provence on this day trip that includes visits to UNESCO World Heritage sites in Avignon and more.
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Canal de Bourgogne
Head south from Paris through the French countryside, admiring the scenery of Burgundy
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The Rhone
Also the sceney and the Rhone Valley
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Avignon Les Halles
Meet and greet service at Avignon train station : the host with a PARIS CITY VISION sign will wait the customers at the reception point of the first floor, exit North.
Stop At:  
Palais des Papes
Head to the Popes’ Palace (Palais des Papes), one of Europe’s largest Gothic palaces and part of the UNESCO World Heritage site known as the ‘Historic Centre of Avignon: Papal Palace, Episcopal Ensemble and Avignon Bridge.’ Tour the palace independently, listening to recorded narration about how Avignon became the City of Popes.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
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Pont Saint-Benezet (Pont d'Avignon)
The Avignon's bridge ( known as Saint-Benezet Bridge) was built during the 12th century, and is now fallen into ruins( less than half of the original bridge remains, extending only halfway through the Rhone River). You can still climb into the bridge tower
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Pont du Gard
Visit Pont du Gard, a World Heritage–listed Roman aqueduct, one of the best-preserved of its kind. Enjoy a bit of free time here to take photos and admire the postcard-perfect setting ! Take some time to have lunch in an authentic Provence Restaurant.
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Casa Natale Di Nostradamus
Stop for a photo op of the Roman ruins Les Antiques at St Rémy de Provence, where Nostradamus was born
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Office de Tourisme Les Baux-De-Provence
Then head to Les Baux de Provence, a medieval village perched on a rocky cliff more than 800 feet (245 meters) in the air. Take a walking tour of the village on your own, exploring its historical buildings and market stalls where you can purchase souvenirs like perfume and olive oil.
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Avignon Les Halles
You’ll end your visit back to Avignon for the return back to Paris
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Gare de Lyon
Back to Paris at the end of your journey!
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Child prices are not available, adult prices apply to all travelers
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Meeting Point: Paris Gare de Lyon, in front of the Starbucks, in front of the main entrance of the station Hall 1.
  • Meet and greet service at the Paris and Avignon train stations : the driver with a PARIS CITY VISION sign will wait the customers at the reception point of the first floor, exit North.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Paris CityVision

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What is the maximum group size during Day Trip to Provence and Avignon by Train?
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This activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers.

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Waste of $$$
sarentino442
, Oct 2019
Don't waste your money 5 am to midnight and you see 2 things for an hour. The guide was not interested in being there at all.
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Well, all the spot was fantastic.., but...
Yosephine A
, Aug 2017
Well, all the spot was fantastic.., but the train ride really tiring.., though it was clean and fast.. mabye it just because of the distance. The tour itself, well the guide.. wasn't explain that much, he basicly just drove us from one spot to another and tell us what time we got to get back.
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Best trip ever. Totally escorted onto...
Victoria
, Mar 2017
Best trip ever. Totally escorted onto train in Paris, then met by local Provence driver in minvan. Exceptional experience. Loved every single second of the day - felt like longer, too.
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Absolutely recommended if you want a...
Sunshine P
, May 2016
Absolutely recommended if you want a day to get just a taste of the South of France. From Paris, to the train station, to Avignon, the guides were knowledgeable and helpful. We would have liked to spent more of the sites the walled city of Avignon, Les Baux de Provence and Pont du Gard but we expected to be on a tight schedule since it was only a day. But even just the experience of riding the high speed TGV was also a highlight for us - less than a three hour ride to such beautiful sites. Only means we will visit again for a longer trip because there is just so much to see an experience.
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This was an interesting tour however...
Michelle P
, Aug 2015
This was an interesting tour however I was disappointed that I did not see any lavender fields. The brochure and description/photos of the tour gave you the impression that you would. This year the lavender fields were harvested early so I do understand that. However, my understanding is that they really didn't have many, if any, lavender fields in the areas that this tour covers. This was a little disappointing but it was still great to see Avignon, the Popes Palace, the Pont du Gard, etc.
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With only one free day available on...
Dick L
, Aug 2015
With only one free day available on our Paris trip, this tour is worth the time and cost if you want to see a bit of Provence. Up early and nearly 6 hours going and coming on the comfortable, high-speed train, but you get to see quite a bit in a short time in Avignon and the surrounding area. We were very pleased.
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The trip was fantastic. The guide...
Joo Hee H
, Apr 2015
The trip was fantastic. The guide was knowledgeable and friendly. Sufficient time were provided to explore the various attractions on our own. It was really value for money.
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ideally one would be able to spend a...
Angelique T
, Aug 2014
ideally one would be able to spend a few days in provence and explore Avignon, however you have a limited amount of time this is a good introduction to the region. There was nearly 2 hours between the meeting time at the tourist office and the train departure. if at all possible there might better use of the time if they could book an earlier train so that there were be more time to explore in Avignon.
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It was a wonderfull experiencia...
rafael b
, Oct 2013
It was a wonderfull experiencia. Everything World on time and as expected. Two magnificente guides join us and who was with us form Avignon is a very gol done Think you
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We were very upset because your...
Nickitas P
, Oct 2013
We were very upset because your local Paris guide made us come in at 6:30 am when our train did not leave till 8:45. We had to sit and wait when our hotel was so close. Also we did not have enough time on our own to explore or shop and I was disappointing that we did not get to see more small towns
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