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Absolutely Avignon, discover secret gardens & immerse yourself in all its history & culture

Tour summary

This is an exceptional guided day tour to visit both Villeneuve-lès-Avignon and Avignon the city of the Popes. It's only the river Rhône that separates them both, but history indisputably links them. Around 1000 AD Benedictine monks built St André Abbey on Mount Andaon. It's here that we begin our tour with a visit to the Abbey private gardens and Fort. The market town of Saint André became a fortress under the influence of the King Philippe Le Bel, who wanted to control access to the Rhône between Avignon and the Gard following annexation to the French crown. From here we take a walk down to visit La Chartreuse, a former monastery at the centre of the village. Exquisite frescoes connected to the Palais des Papes and an opportunity to explore the site before taking a break for lunch. Then return to Avignon via the Tour Philippe le Bel, once the entrance to the famous Pont d'Avignon. A walk on the bridge before a guided tour of the Palais des Papes, a most spectacular historic monument.

Tour itinerary 

1. Jardins de l'abbaye Saint-Andre - Villeneuve-lès-Avignon 

2. Chartreuse de Villeneuve lès Avignon

3. Villeneuve-les-Avignon

4. Fort Saint-Andre, Villeneuve-les-Avignon 

5. Rocher des Doms, Avignon 

6. Cathedrale Notre-Dame des Doms Avignon
7. Rue des Teinturiers - Avignon 

We begin the tour with a drive to Villeneuve lès Avignon to visit the abbey gardens of Saint Andre, a walk through the village to visit the ancient monastery created by Pope Innocent VI - La Chartreuse, leisure time to explore the village, a break for lunch at your leisure and return to Avignon by car. Afternoon walking tour and visit to the gardens and the ancient cathedral Rocher des Doms through the old town to Rue des Teinturiers, a picturesque cobbled street that follows the River Sorgue and famed for its textile industry that flourished here between the 14th and 19th century. Today its an oasis of urban cool in this very busy tourist city.

Language: English or French

Tour duration

The total duration of the tour is 8 hours, assuming pick-up in Aix-en-Provence, Marseille or Avignon. The order for the tour is flexible enough to take into account the starting point changing depending on your location.  There is a scheduled break for lunch, price not included.

What's included

Pick-up & drop-off at either the Cruise Terminal in Marseille or your hotel in Aix-en-Provence, Marseille or Avignon. If your staying elsewhere we can coordinate a pick-up from your address.  (There may be a suppliment payable) 

Travel to all of the sites and destinations proposed with dedicated guide/driver & return to your hotel, address or the cruise terminal. Admission to the historic sites listed is included. Refreshments, snacks & lunch is an additional cost.

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