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Top 15 Day Trips from Avignon, France
Avignon, a town with a great past and intrigues, has attracted people from all over the world for hundreds of years. Explore the traces of the Popes and what this charming town has to offers. There are enough to keep every tourist busy, from the hillside garden to the large palace and a lively mall.
If you stay a little longer, Avignon is also an ideal starting point to explore the area, as it is situated near many of the most beautiful sights in Provence. These are my suggestions for the best day trips from Avignon. A lot of visitors chose Avignon as their starting point for their exploration of Provence.
Although, as with my leader to day trips from Aix, I would recomend the former for easiness of exploration. Whilst the thought of traveling in a strange land can be frightening, Avignon Downtown is quite simple to navigate und park is abundant. Several free of charge multi-storey cars are available outside the old town.
Like in most Provence it is not advisable to drive to the old town if you are not sure to drive through the small alleys and follow the sign! Known as the traffic junction of the west of Provence, Avignon is more easily accessible than ever by air, rail, bus or automobile.
TGV takes you from Paris to Avignon in less than 3 hrs and Avignon is approached by a small number of airlines operating UK airlines. From Avignon you have the option of hiring a vehicle, taking the coach or taking a cab for a brief trip to the town.
It is as easy as 5 min. to jump on another TGV to get to the town. Avignon is particularly easy to get to by rail and bus, but I would still suggest renting a vehicle to get around. Rent a Avignon vehicle here. When you don't want to rent a vehicle, it's best to take day trips that are abundant and start every day from the citycenter.
If possible, I have listed below daytrip alternatives from Avignon. Avignon's following routes are conceived to be completed in one day. For more activities, please see my article about day trips from Aix-en-Provence.
Just select which of these day trips from Avignon suits you best and extend your route from there! Here you will find a route planner for each day so that you can find your way around and see how far apart everything is. Les Baux-de-Provence is a part of the "Most Beautiful Villages of France" club, and you will not be surprised why it is so deserved!
Situated on a cliffy hillside in the Alpilles, this archetypal Provençal town is a must in Provence. Its best-known is the Château des Baux de Provence. It is one of the most imposing castles in Provence and organises shows, performances and shows throughout the year. Only a few steps from the town, it is an unbelievable adventure.
Between now and January 2019, you can discover works by Picasso, Goya and Sorolla in a very special and fascinating way. Tip: If you want to visit both the Château des Baux de Provence and the Carrières de Lumières, you should get a shared pass that will help you saving 5 euros.
All-day tour through Les Baux-de-Provence, Fontaine-de-Vaucluse and Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. You can find more information and pricing here. A half day excursion to Les Baux-de-Provence and the Luberon. You can find more information and pricing here. Pont de Gard is one of the places of worship not to be missing on any journey to the south of France.
Go along the old street or take a ride to the top floor of the water product. Close by is the mediaeval village of Uzès, a place to stay before or after visiting the Pont de Gard. The charm is the same as many cities and smallholdings in this part of France, and the old city centre has been carefully renovated.
Tip: Enjoy the charm of this wonderful UNESCO World Heritage Site from a different perspective - with a led canoe under the riverbed! 5-hour tour of Pont de Gard, Uzès & Nîmes. You can find more information and pricing here. Half-day wine tasting and Pont de Gard tour. You can find more information and pricing here.
Vincent Van Gogh left the town of Arles and went to a mental health facility in Saint-Rémy for a year. Mirabeau Boulevard will forever be immortalized in The Road Menders from 1889, and Van Gogh's heritage can be further honored with a trip to the Van Gogh Art Centre.
Surrounded by the remains of an old defensive barrier, many of the portals (doors) still take you from new to old. All-day tour of Saint Rémy de Provence, Gordes and Pont de Gard. You can find more information and pricing here.
All day excursion through Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, Fontaine-de-Vaucluse and Les Baux-de-Provence. You can find more information and pricing here. Somewhat further northeast, in a somewhat inconspicuous bag of Provence, is the exceptional Thouzon grotto. I' m not a big admirer of the "media" elements of the route, but the guide is fun, useful and well-informed. It's a rewarding stopover on your Provence itinerary.
Tip: If you visit Provence in the mornings, discover Glanum before entering the cave in the afternoons. All-day Provence Sightseeing Tour with Glanum. You can find more information and pricing here. Aix is the Provence's culture capitol, while Arles becomes the capitol of the arts.
Vincent Van Gogh's former home, Arles, is a nice, dense town that is waiting to be explored. It is a great place to discover the Camargue and the Camargue. Of course you can also go through the Camargue yourself. Then you should definitely visit the mediaeval town of Aigues-Mortes and take a walk on the beaches of Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer.
Tip: It is very easy to reach by foot, so I suggest to go to the local tourism board first to get the hiking area. All-day tour to the Camargue. You can find more information and pricing here. 5-hour tour of the Camargue. You can find more information and pricing here. The ancient Provencal capitol, L'isle-sur-la-Sorgue is a must for anyone interested in the Brocante and antiques market.
L'isle-sur-la-Sorgue means "the Isle of Sorgue " and if you run over and around the running channels, you will have no doubts that you are actually running on an isle. The Fontaine- de Vaucluse is a brief ride from L'isle-sur-la-Sorgue. Privately-guided L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue bike tour. You can find more information and pricing here.
Half- day trip from L'isle-sur-la-Sorgue and Fontaine de Vaucluse. You can find more information and pricing here. When you visit Provence, if there is one thing you have to do, it is a trip through the towns of the Luberon. This genuine Provençal way of living can still be experienced in the towns of the Luberon Vallun.
You can visit the Luberon towns in one day or stay much longer above each town. For more information about the Luberon towns, click here. Click here to find out how to get to the Luberon towns in one day. Secret tip: If you are not coming to Les Baux-de-Provence on this journey, take a tour to Buoux in the Luberon instead.
5-hour tour through lavender fields & Luberon Villages. You can find more information and pricing here. All-day Luberon Villages Tour. You can find more information and pricing here. You will be seduced by the gold shades and relaxing atmosphere of Aix-en-Provence from the minute you enter the muggy alleys of the old city.
Walk through the maze of crooked alleys while your eyes are drawn in all directions by lovely cafes, shops and the delicious fragrances blown by the boatangeries in the corners. Aix is known as the Provence culture centre, full of art collections and art collections by local and foreign people. The city' s history tells the history of its wealth.
Don't miss the weekly market, the former Paul Cézanne workshop, the collection on display at the Musée Granet, the Thermes Sextius spa water and the inviting ambience of this world-class town. 3-hour historical & gourmet hike (from Aix).
You can find more information and pricing here. This is a must for all Avignon winelovers! Today, the chateau is AOC certified, which means that the hot reds from this area are preserved. Secret tip: The best way to taste the chateau flavour of Châteauneuf-du-Pape is by booking a guided visit with a regional tourist office.
Let Avignon pick you up (and don't be worried about one too many glasses) and get to know this area. 4-hour Rhone Valley & Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vineyard Tour. You can find more information and pricing here. You can find more information and pricing here. Nîmes Arena is perhaps the most imposing memorial in the town.
Just a brief stroll from the stadium, one stands in the shade of the Maison Carrée - another unbelievably well-preserved relict from ancient Rome. The Jardins de la Fontaine are without a shadow of a doubt my favorite part of this fascinating town. Hike through the pond area, have a barbecue next to a series of statues and scale the mound for an incomparable view of the town.
5-hour tour through Nîmes, Uzès and the Pont de Gard. You can find more information and pricing here. All-day visit to the Roman and medieval heritage. You can find more information and pricing here. Anvignon is an astonishingly interesting, lively and culturally rich town in the west of Provence. It' also a great place to remain while you explore the beauties of the area, as there are many of the main Provencal tourist sites in the immediate vicinity of the town.
If you are trying one of these day trips from Avignon on your next journey to the South of France, please let me know!