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Cruises to Avignon

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Avignon (Photo:FenlioQ/Shutterstock)

About Avignon

Anyone who visits Avignon will quickly see why it's such a raved-about port on Rhone River cruise itineraries.

Nestled in the heart of France's Provence region, the small city is quaint and intimate, with a chic vibe. You'll find stone buildings with pastel-colored shutters, boutique shops and hotels, and lively little squares -- including Place de L'Horloge, a roughly 10-minute walk from the pier. It literally feels as if you've stepped foot inside a postcard from the South of France.

Looks aside, the "City of Popes" is rich in Roman Catholic history. Between 1309 to 1377, popes lived in Avignon instead of Rome, due to unstable political conditions at the time. Avignon is home to the Palais des Papes (Palace of the Popes), the largest gothic palace in the world, and adjacent Notre-Dame des Doms Cathedral (known as the Avignon Cathedral).

Avignon is also conveniently located about an hour outside Marseille (which has the nearest, major international airport). This makes it a prime embarkation and disembarkation point for a number of river cruise lines. Heading there in July? Try to plan for a glimpse of the annual Festival d'Avignon, one of the biggest performing arts festivals in the world.

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Emerald Liberte
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Emerald Liberte

20 Night
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119 Reviews
Leaving:Nice
Cruise Line:Emerald Cruises
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River Royale
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River Royale

21 Night
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Leaving:Bordeaux
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River Royale
River Royale
River Royale

21 Night
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Leaving:Bordeaux
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AmaCello

7 Night
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Leaving:Arles
Cruise Line:AmaWaterways
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Joie de Vivre

14 Night
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Leaving:Paris
Cruise Line:Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection
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S.S. Catherine

7 Night
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Leaving:Lyon
Cruise Line:Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection
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Emerald Radiance

14 Night
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Leaving:Porto
Cruise Line:Emerald Cruises
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Scenic Sapphire

10 Night
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Leaving:Tarascon
Cruise Line:Scenic
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Scenic Sapphire

10 Night
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Leaving:Monaco
Cruise Line:Scenic
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Scenic Sapphire

13 Night
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Leaving:Monaco
Cruise Line:Scenic
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Emerald Liberte

10 Night
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Leaving:Nice
Cruise Line:Emerald Cruises
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Emerald Liberte

12 Night
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Leaving:Paris
Cruise Line:Emerald Cruises
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Emerald Dawn

14 Night
Cruise to AvignonDetails

Leaving:Amsterdam
Cruise Line:Emerald Cruises
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Emerald Liberte

7 Night
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Leaving:Arles
Cruise Line:Emerald Cruises
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Scenic Sapphire

7 Night
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Leaving:Lyon
Cruise Line:Scenic
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Avalon Poetry II

12 Night
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Leaving:Lyon
Cruise Line:Avalon Waterways
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Avalon Poetry II

11 Night
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Leaving:Lyon
Cruise Line:Avalon Waterways
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Avalon Poetry II

7 Night
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Cruise Line:Avalon Waterways
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Avalon Poetry II

14 Night
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Leaving:Marseille
Cruise Line:Avalon Waterways
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Avalon Poetry II

9 Night
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Leaving:Paris
Cruise Line:Avalon Waterways
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S.S. Catherine

7 Night
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Leaving:Avignon
Cruise Line:Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection
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Viking Buri

14 Night
Cruise to AvignonDetails

Leaving:Avignon
Cruise Line:Viking River Cruises
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Avalon Poetry II

7 Night
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Leaving:Marseille
Cruise Line:Avalon Waterways
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Avalon Tapestry II

14 Night
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91 Reviews
Leaving:Paris
Cruise Line:Avalon Waterways
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Avalon Tapestry II

18 Night
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Leaving:Paris
Cruise Line:Avalon Waterways
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Why go to Avignon?

Pros:

Avignon is home to the Palais des Papes (Palace of the Popes), the largest Gothic palace in the world

Cons:

Swindlers have been known to lurk outside the palace, targeting tourists entering and leaving

Bottom Line:

Once in Avignon, you'll feel like you've stepped foot inside a postcard from the South of France

Currency & Best Way to Get Money?

The official currency is the euro. ATMs are scattered all over the city; you can most easily find them in the squares. For up-to-date currency exchange rates, visit www.xe.com.

Language?

French is the official language.


Avignon Cruise Reviews
Avignon, France - Sheltered by medieval walls, Avignon’s maze of narrow streets is filled with churches, museums and palaces tracing the history of this ancient, vibrant city.... Read More
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kenjwinter
Avignon was very enjoyable. I did not join a Uniworld tour of Avignon and upon disembarking from the cruise I stayed in Avignon for a few days. I particularly liked the lively outdoor square Place D'Horlage with its... Read More
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verydisgruntled
Avignon was really cool. The pope's palace was a great tour however the icing on the cake was the private evening concert. We took a mini train from the boat to the palace, which was fun as hell, and the concert was... Read More
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AlbertaTripGuy
Unfortunately I have to rate this as average because we missed out on seeing any of Avignon due to a conflict in scheduling. We wanted to see the very excellent Pont du Gard, which meant that we were unable to... Read More
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