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The papal gateway to provence

Avignon, the city of Popes

Avignon is located in the Provence region, on the left flank of the Rhône River and is home to more than 500,000 people. Avignon can be reached from main cities like Paris (2h40 trip), Lyon (1h trip) or Marseille (30 minutes trip).

Avignon invites you to share its lifestyle and superb heritage. With its bridge, the Palace of the Popes, testimony to its prestigious past as Capital of Christianity in the Middle Ages, Avignon offers grandiose architecture, with several monuments ranked among UNESCO’s World Heritage. Avignon offers numerous possibilities for sightseeing, activities and events. Tourists can also discover plenty of attractive shops, Provençal cooking, local specialities and the Côtes du Rhône wines… The Mont Ventoux, the lavender fields and all the beauty of Provence is on the doorstep of Avignon.

About France

The unavoidable landmark in Avignon would be the Palais des Papes which was the Popes’ residence in the 14th Century. It is the most important gothic palace in Europe and is ranked by UNESCO as a World heritage site. Visitors can discover 25 different rooms: reception halls, cloister, chapels and the Pope’s private apartment with invaluable frescoes. The Palais des Papes is located in the old quarter, in the heart of Avignon. Next to it, you will discover the Musée du Petit Palais, a unique museum in Europe with over 300 Italian paintings from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance. While you are there, do not miss the visit of the Rocher des Doms garden, which overlooks the Rhône River and offers a scenic view. Behind the Musée du Petit Palais, you will find the Pont Saint Bénézet, a bridge of legend, built in the 12th century before the common era and also classified as a UNESCO World heritage site.

The originality and the diversity of events characterize the Avignon way of life. When you arrive, ask for Rendez-Vous, the monthly events calendar of Avignon published by the Avignon tourist office. You will find in it all the current events: exhibitions, concerts, festivals, lectures, walks and of course theatres. Avignon has an opera and many permanent theatres which offer quality shows all year round.

In the summer, Avignon has been the international meeting point for contemporary creation for over 60 years. The Festival d’Avignon is one of the oldest and most famous theatre festivals in the world.

Avignon possesses treasures of craftsmanship and small shops that offer a wide selection of olive oils, honey from Provence, nougat, chocolates and Côte du Rhône wines. Don’t forget to taste the speciality of the city - the Papalines, a delicacy composed of chocolate and oregano liqueur.

You are in Provence! Markets are part of the lifestyle. Open in the morning, Tuesday to Sunday, the covered market, les Halles, is a place where you will find local products: fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices, olive oil and other cookery specialities of Provence. You can also walk round a refreshing and charming flower market or an antique market on one of the squares.

Avignon tourist office
41, cours Jean Jaurès BP8
84004 Avignon cedex 1
Tel: + 33 (0)4 32 74 32 74

The city’s tourist office has a helpful personnel, insider information and tips as well as handy maps and brochures. The city’s tourist office also arranges tours and excursions and is a focal point for local accommodation.

Train station(s)

Trains are a convenient way of reaching many towns and cities throughout Europe. The majority of cities in Europe have a minimum of one train station, while larger, more populated cities have two or more stations. Train stations, in general, are located in the heart of the city. Review the map below to get an idea of where the train station(s) in Avignon can be found.

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Six adults are travelling from gordes to basel. what is the best way to travel by train from gordes We are travelling to basel from gordes by train. we have a hire car to drop off. What is the best route to take with the least connections from Gordes? Marseille, avignon or Lyon?

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Can we catch a train from paris to aix-en-provence or does it have to be paris to avignon? Can we catch a train from Paris to Aix-en-Provence or does it have to be Paris to Avignon? We are heading to St Tropez. Thank You, Amy

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    Nimes - Carcassone by TGV | Arthur p. | 2015/09/20
    "Interesting trip - usual TGV comfort and smoothness once we had found our way through the mountain of large suitcases and the milling mob in the entry to the carriage. Most surprising was the Amazon who appeared from out of the mob with her two very large dogs... not sure how there was space for all three of them. Carcassone station also well located on the edge of town just over the Canal. "

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    Avignon - Nimes by intercity | Arthur p. | 2015/09/20
    "Showing the composition of the train is very helpful in finding your car, particularly when the stop is brief. Second class is quite comfortable and roomy, and more than acceptable. Avignon railway station very well located close to the old town, and very accessible. "

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    Good tain journey | Lynda w. | 2015/08/13
    "We missed the train to Las Spezia that we were booked on but because it was due to the late arrival of the train from Como we were able to get on another one 2 hours later at no extra charge. The staff at the station were excellent and as we did not have a seat booked we were able to sit in a 6 seater carriage which we had all to ourselves. It was a very pleasant journey "

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    Train to Brussels  | Brian b. | 2015/08/08
    "A comfortable journey a very helpful and pleasant chap in the food carriage made the journey more enjoyable he went out of his way to find out a question I had asked well done "

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    Exceptional efficiency  | Denise a. | 2015/05/21
    "The booking system was easy and efficient and a small glitch with a payment system was resolved smoothly. The European train system is amazing. So efficient with staff carrying out duties professionaly and proudly. Comfortable, fast and timely. An absolute pleasure and wonderful experience. The best way to travel and enjoy the scenery at its best. "

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    All was well | Mike p. | 2015/05/08
    "I missed my original train but it was my fault. TVG accommodated me on a later train, although the original tickets could not be honoured. No complaints at all. "

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    Train delayed - no English Exp | Geoff m. | 2015/05/04
    "Unfortunately our trip was delayed for nearly an hour. As we were not fluent French speakers we had no idea as to how long our train would be delayed and what the problem was. Even though we were in first class, no guard came along until well after the delay had occurred to give any information. Surely with the number of English speaking passengers on these trains, information could be given clearly in English especially as many were travelling to catch international air flights. "

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    Great way to see countryside | Dianne w. | 2015/04/21
    "We booked for convenience and got that and more! Punctuality, reliability, clean trains, professional staff.....and enjoyed the scenic positives as well! "

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    FANTASTIC CUSTOMER SERVICE | Jane p. | 2015/01/29
    "Due to a death in the family, we were unable to use our tickets. We experienced superb customer service in arranging a refund for all of our tickets. Thank you. "

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    Marseille-Avignon | Martin w. | 2015/01/24
    "The train service was reasonably comfortable and efficient despite the slashed seats and grafitti. "

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