Palais des Papes

Palais des Papes

Palais des Papes: Our most recommended tours and activities

Avignon: City Walking Tour with Popes Palace Entry

1. Avignon: City Walking Tour with Popes Palace Entry

Climb up to the top of the fortified medieval city walls and discover Avignon in all its beauty. Explore the rich past of Avignon where the papacy was established in the early 14th-century. Follow your guide inside the Pope's Palace, the largest Gothic palace in Europe. Immerse yourself in this maze of galleries, chambers, and chapels. Walk on the cobbled streets to the Place de l'Horloge and find out about the secret of the painted windows. See the town hall with its clock tower and the theater. Your tour will conclude with a glass of Côtes du Rhône wine.

From Marseille: Provence Sightseeing Tour and Wine Tasting

2. From Marseille: Provence Sightseeing Tour and Wine Tasting

Explore some of the historic sites of Provence on a full-day minibus tour from Marseille. Embark on an unforgettable journey back to the Middle Ages at Les Baux de Provence a medieval fortress located on a rocky spur in the Alpills region. Continue to Pont du Gard, one of the largest and best preserved aqueduct of the Roman period. Drive along the docks between the Rhône River and historic city walls, looking at the Saint-Benezet Bridge made famous by the children's song, “Sur le Pont d'Avignon.” See the impressive Palais des Papes (Popes' Palace), the site of the Papacy in the 14th century before their return to Rome. Sample the wines of the Rhône River valley in the legendary village of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, boasting a castle ruin that overlooks the vineyards of the Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation. Visit the cellar of a winery for a complimentary wine-tasting session.

From Aix-en-Provence: Provence Region Tour with Wine Tasting

3. From Aix-en-Provence: Provence Region Tour with Wine Tasting

Discover the highlights of Provence on an immersive tour departing from Aix-en-Provence. Explore the medieval village of Les Baux de Provence, the ancient aqueduct of Pont du Gard, and the town of Avignon. Enjoy a wine tasting in Châteauneuf du Pape. Start your adventure with free time in Les Baux de Provence. See the medieval fortress located on a rocky spur in the Alpilles region. Continue to the Pont du Gard and visit the best-preserved aqueduct of the Roman period (museum entrance not included). Move on to Avignon where you will have lunch. Choose to wander around or visit the Pope's Palace and the famous bridge Saint-Bénezet, also called Pont d'Avignon. Take a scenic drive through the vineyards of Châteauneuf du Pape, followed by a wine tasting, before to drive backto Aix en Provence.

Avignon Scavenger Hunt and Sights Self-Guided Tour

4. Avignon Scavenger Hunt and Sights Self-Guided Tour

Get to know Avignon at your own pace on this interactive scavenger hunt walking tour. You'll explore the city on foot and get points for solving different types of tasks: Find sights: You will use hints to find the best sights and hidden gems throughout the city. The map function in the app will help you get there. Solve questions: Once you’ve arrived at the place you’re looking for, you’ll be asked questions about the sight. Most of the time, the answers are hidden in signs, pictures, etc. A great and fun way to learn new things about the city. Have fun: During the adventure, you can also expect exciting photo tasks that require a lot of creativity. If you master the snapshots, you will be rewarded with points. Along the way, you’ll reach amazing places like the “Quartier des Teinturiers", "Le Palais des Papes", "Hôtel de Ville” and many more! After you book the game, you’ll get a game code via email with instructions on how to play. Head to the “Water Wheel” and use the code to unlock the game in the app. The tour ends at the “Town Hall”. The experience is not limited in time. You can explore the city at your own pace and take breaks. Just download the Explorial-App, go to the starting point, and you’re ready to start with the game. The tour lasts on average about 1-2 hours.

Avignon: Historic District Guided Food & Wine Walking Tour

5. Avignon: Historic District Guided Food & Wine Walking Tour

Come and enjoy a unique gastronomic experience in the majestic city of Avignon! In the heart of Provence, Avignon is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful jewels in the south of France, with its exceptional historical center, and of course, its delicious Provençal cuisine and high-quality ingredients: aromatic herbs, tomatoes, olive oil, a good glass of Côte du Rhône and sun-ripened fruit. Our gastronomic tour will bring you on a compelling walk in the medieval old town, from the sumptuous Palace of the Popes to the pretty Pont d'Avignon, showing you the culture and history of the city through its food served in beloved eateries. We will visit at least four delicious shops and restaurants, tasting Rhône Valley wine and local specialties, such as the fougasse, the oils and tapenades, a hearthy dish cooked in a beloved restaurant, homemade cakes and other local sweets. Your local food expert will show you the region and the culture, and you will have a chance to chat with the locals and satisfy your curiosity without language barriers!

Marseille: Cruise Ship Excursion to Avignon & Pope's Palace

6. Marseille: Cruise Ship Excursion to Avignon & Pope's Palace

Meet your tour guide at the exit of the cruise terminal at Marseille seaport then drive to Avignon, the majestic city of the Popes, located on the bank of the Rhône River. Take a look at Saint-Benezet bridge, famous for the children's song Sur le Pont d'Avignon. Possibility to visit the Popes' Palace at your own pace, entrance ticket not included. Discover the largest Gothic-style palace in Europe and learn about its history as you explore its elegant interior. Take some time for a lunch on the main square of the town, called La Place de l'Horloge. Before heading back to the port of Marseille, enjoy a wine tasting session in Chateauneuf du Pape.

Private Walking Tour of Avignon

7. Private Walking Tour of Avignon

Walk through one of the most charming cities in southern France on this 2-hour tour of Avignon. See the impressive Palace of the Popes and the famous bridge at Pont St. Bénezet as you explore the city's sidewalk cafes, elegant squares, and delightful tree lined boulevards. Surrounded by imposing medieval walls, Avignon was the capital of Christendom in the 14th century, with seven successive popes making the city their home. In an attempt to rival Rome's Papacy, Avignon's architects designed many of the city's magnificent features, including the superbly preserved defensive walls and the monumental Palace of the Popes ̶ one of the most important medieval Gothic buildings in Europe. From lesser-known attractions in Avignon to its most renowned sites, you will be accompanied by an expert local guide who will share with you the history and secrets of this UNESCO World Heritage listed city.

From Marseille: Customizable Private Day Tour of Provence

8. From Marseille: Customizable Private Day Tour of Provence

Everything is possible! We adapt to your desires. In half or full day, you can choose what pleases you the most. We invite you to craft your own private journey through La Provence. Whether you're drawn to both nature and urban exploration in a single day, wish to experience the sea and the mountains, enjoy a boat ride or wander through the lanes of a medieval town, visit a vineyard or explore a loc al market – your preferences shape the adventure. Opt for a half-day or full-day tour tailored to what captivates you most. Discover Marseille with its oldest district, Le Panier, brimming with street art, museums, exotic markets, monuments, and historical buildings. Embrace the great outdoors with a hike in the Calanques National Park, scenic drives along the Gineste or Crêtes routes, or a boat tour of Cassis and the park's stunning calanques. Aix-en-Provence awaits with its thousand fountains and elegant mansions, along with the medieval village charm, Cézanne's legacy, and the majestic Sainte Victoire mountain. Indulge in the refined beauty of Château Lacoste or Château de la Gaude with their vineyards and art exhibitions. And discover the flavour of the best rosé wines in the world near Le Castellet ou Bandol beautiful villages. Venture into the Luberon to visit hilltop medieval villages like Gordes, the ochres of Roussillon, the serene lavender fields (Juin - August), and the Senanque Abbey. Explore Fontaine de Vaucluse, the markets and antiquities of L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, join a cooking workshop in the Halles d'Avignon, or follow the Côtes du Rhône wine route and taste presigeous wines as Chateauneuf du Papes, Gigondas, Cairanne, Vacqueyras and others Discover Arles, Les-Baux-de-Provence, Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, with their connections to Van Gogh and Nostradamus, and the remnants of Roman and Celtic ruins. Let us know your desires; we are dedicated to fulfilling them.

Avignon: The Night Amble Between Bourgeois and Christians

9. Avignon: The Night Amble Between Bourgeois and Christians

La Noctambule entre bourgeois et chrétiens invites you to a nocturnal exploration of Avignon's lesser-known corners, immersing you in the city's enigmatic history. This Noctambule stands out as the most offbeat of the four, leading you far from the well-trodden paths into secret streets and hidden stories. The journey commences in front of the Carmes church on the expansive Place des Carmes, a perfect starting point for a night of discovery. Your guide will provide an introductory overview of the city's history, laying the foundation for the tales that will unfold. As you traverse through the city's obscure alleyways, witness how history has etched itself onto the facades of apartment buildings, revealing the imprints of time. Turning corners, you'll witness the transformative impact of the Popes on the cityscape. Meander through little-known alleyways, each revealing treasures and stories seldom heard. Grand bourgeois houses from the 18th century will grace your path, offering a glimpse into a bygone era. Understand the significance of the winding alleyways and emerge into the presence of a unique church, where diverse religious groups have left their mark. Pass by a historically rich building, observing its evolution over time. Approaching the Palais des Papes, delve into the dark days of the French Revolution and uncover the origins of the city. Your nocturnal odyssey concludes in front of the Palais des Papes, leaving you with a profound understanding of Avignon's unconventional places, far from the conventional routes.

Avignon: Around The Palace Tour

10. Avignon: Around The Palace Tour

Since the beginning of 2021, Les Noctambules d'Avignon has been broadening the horizons of daytime tours. Covering most of the medieval city center with the 3 Noctambules d'Avignon, they now invite you to explore the untouched part, the Rocher des Doms, with the "Around the Palace" tour. This unique experience offers a different perspective on the papal city, focusing on Avignon's most emblematic monument, the Palais des Papes, known as the largest Gothic palace in the world. Commencing at Place de l'Amirande, in front of the Roman ruins, you'll delve into the treasures left by the Popes and cardinals. Explore the gardens crafted by Avignon's sixth pope, witnessing the different evolutions seen on the walls of monuments since the Middle Ages. A stop in front of the Utopia reveals the darker side of Avignon's history. Ascend to the garden of Rocher des Doms, where the history of the region and an unusual tale of Avignon unfold. Throughout the tour, discover the secrets behind the Avignon Festival and Jean Vilar, and delve into the famous song about the emblematic Pont d'Avignon. On the descent to Place du Palais, explore Notre Dame des Doms Cathedral and the secrets it conceals. The journey concludes in front of the Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, unveiling the reasons the Popes chose Avignon in the 14th century. This two-hour tour serves as a captivating introduction to the city's history, the impact of King Philip the Fair of France, and an opportunity to discover the largest green space in downtown Avignon, the garden of Rocher des Doms.

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Palais des Papes: Our most recommended tours and activities

Avignon: City Walking Tour with Popes Palace Entry

Avignon: City Walking Tour with Popes Palace Entry

Climb up to the top of the fortified medieval city walls and discover Avignon in all its beauty. Explore the rich past of Avignon where the papacy was established in the early 14th-century. Follow your guide inside the Pope's Palace, the largest Gothic palace in Europe. Immerse yourself in this maze of galleries, chambers, and chapels. Walk on the cobbled streets to the Place de l'Horloge and find out about the secret of the painted windows. See the town hall with its clock tower and the theater. Your tour will conclude with a glass of Côtes du Rhône wine.

From Marseille: Provence Sightseeing Tour and Wine Tasting

From Marseille: Provence Sightseeing Tour and Wine Tasting

Explore some of the historic sites of Provence on a full-day minibus tour from Marseille. Embark on an unforgettable journey back to the Middle Ages at Les Baux de Provence a medieval fortress located on a rocky spur in the Alpills region. Continue to Pont du Gard, one of the largest and best preserved aqueduct of the Roman period. Drive along the docks between the Rhône River and historic city walls, looking at the Saint-Benezet Bridge made famous by the children's song, “Sur le Pont d'Avignon.” See the impressive Palais des Papes (Popes' Palace), the site of the Papacy in the 14th century before their return to Rome. Sample the wines of the Rhône River valley in the legendary village of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, boasting a castle ruin that overlooks the vineyards of the Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation. Visit the cellar of a winery for a complimentary wine-tasting session.

From Aix-en-Provence: Provence Region Tour with Wine Tasting

From Aix-en-Provence: Provence Region Tour with Wine Tasting

Discover the highlights of Provence on an immersive tour departing from Aix-en-Provence. Explore the medieval village of Les Baux de Provence, the ancient aqueduct of Pont du Gard, and the town of Avignon. Enjoy a wine tasting in Châteauneuf du Pape. Start your adventure with free time in Les Baux de Provence. See the medieval fortress located on a rocky spur in the Alpilles region. Continue to the Pont du Gard and visit the best-preserved aqueduct of the Roman period (museum entrance not included). Move on to Avignon where you will have lunch. Choose to wander around or visit the Pope's Palace and the famous bridge Saint-Bénezet, also called Pont d'Avignon. Take a scenic drive through the vineyards of Châteauneuf du Pape, followed by a wine tasting, before to drive backto Aix en Provence.

Avignon Scavenger Hunt and Sights Self-Guided Tour

Avignon Scavenger Hunt and Sights Self-Guided Tour

Get to know Avignon at your own pace on this interactive scavenger hunt walking tour. You'll explore the city on foot and get points for solving different types of tasks: Find sights: You will use hints to find the best sights and hidden gems throughout the city. The map function in the app will help you get there. Solve questions: Once you’ve arrived at the place you’re looking for, you’ll be asked questions about the sight. Most of the time, the answers are hidden in signs, pictures, etc. A great and fun way to learn new things about the city. Have fun: During the adventure, you can also expect exciting photo tasks that require a lot of creativity. If you master the snapshots, you will be rewarded with points. Along the way, you’ll reach amazing places like the “Quartier des Teinturiers", "Le Palais des Papes", "Hôtel de Ville” and many more! After you book the game, you’ll get a game code via email with instructions on how to play. Head to the “Water Wheel” and use the code to unlock the game in the app. The tour ends at the “Town Hall”. The experience is not limited in time. You can explore the city at your own pace and take breaks. Just download the Explorial-App, go to the starting point, and you’re ready to start with the game. The tour lasts on average about 1-2 hours.

Avignon: Historic District Guided Food & Wine Walking Tour

Avignon: Historic District Guided Food & Wine Walking Tour

Come and enjoy a unique gastronomic experience in the majestic city of Avignon! In the heart of Provence, Avignon is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful jewels in the south of France, with its exceptional historical center, and of course, its delicious Provençal cuisine and high-quality ingredients: aromatic herbs, tomatoes, olive oil, a good glass of Côte du Rhône and sun-ripened fruit. Our gastronomic tour will bring you on a compelling walk in the medieval old town, from the sumptuous Palace of the Popes to the pretty Pont d'Avignon, showing you the culture and history of the city through its food served in beloved eateries. We will visit at least four delicious shops and restaurants, tasting Rhône Valley wine and local specialties, such as the fougasse, the oils and tapenades, a hearthy dish cooked in a beloved restaurant, homemade cakes and other local sweets. Your local food expert will show you the region and the culture, and you will have a chance to chat with the locals and satisfy your curiosity without language barriers!

Marseille: Cruise Ship Excursion to Avignon & Pope's Palace

Marseille: Cruise Ship Excursion to Avignon & Pope's Palace

Meet your tour guide at the exit of the cruise terminal at Marseille seaport then drive to Avignon, the majestic city of the Popes, located on the bank of the Rhône River. Take a look at Saint-Benezet bridge, famous for the children's song Sur le Pont d'Avignon. Possibility to visit the Popes' Palace at your own pace, entrance ticket not included. Discover the largest Gothic-style palace in Europe and learn about its history as you explore its elegant interior. Take some time for a lunch on the main square of the town, called La Place de l'Horloge. Before heading back to the port of Marseille, enjoy a wine tasting session in Chateauneuf du Pape.

Private Walking Tour of Avignon

Private Walking Tour of Avignon

Walk through one of the most charming cities in southern France on this 2-hour tour of Avignon. See the impressive Palace of the Popes and the famous bridge at Pont St. Bénezet as you explore the city's sidewalk cafes, elegant squares, and delightful tree lined boulevards. Surrounded by imposing medieval walls, Avignon was the capital of Christendom in the 14th century, with seven successive popes making the city their home. In an attempt to rival Rome's Papacy, Avignon's architects designed many of the city's magnificent features, including the superbly preserved defensive walls and the monumental Palace of the Popes ̶ one of the most important medieval Gothic buildings in Europe. From lesser-known attractions in Avignon to its most renowned sites, you will be accompanied by an expert local guide who will share with you the history and secrets of this UNESCO World Heritage listed city.

From Marseille: Customizable Private Day Tour of Provence

From Marseille: Customizable Private Day Tour of Provence

Everything is possible! We adapt to your desires. In half or full day, you can choose what pleases you the most. We invite you to craft your own private journey through La Provence. Whether you're drawn to both nature and urban exploration in a single day, wish to experience the sea and the mountains, enjoy a boat ride or wander through the lanes of a medieval town, visit a vineyard or explore a loc al market – your preferences shape the adventure. Opt for a half-day or full-day tour tailored to what captivates you most. Discover Marseille with its oldest district, Le Panier, brimming with street art, museums, exotic markets, monuments, and historical buildings. Embrace the great outdoors with a hike in the Calanques National Park, scenic drives along the Gineste or Crêtes routes, or a boat tour of Cassis and the park's stunning calanques. Aix-en-Provence awaits with its thousand fountains and elegant mansions, along with the medieval village charm, Cézanne's legacy, and the majestic Sainte Victoire mountain. Indulge in the refined beauty of Château Lacoste or Château de la Gaude with their vineyards and art exhibitions. And discover the flavour of the best rosé wines in the world near Le Castellet ou Bandol beautiful villages. Venture into the Luberon to visit hilltop medieval villages like Gordes, the ochres of Roussillon, the serene lavender fields (Juin - August), and the Senanque Abbey. Explore Fontaine de Vaucluse, the markets and antiquities of L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, join a cooking workshop in the Halles d'Avignon, or follow the Côtes du Rhône wine route and taste presigeous wines as Chateauneuf du Papes, Gigondas, Cairanne, Vacqueyras and others Discover Arles, Les-Baux-de-Provence, Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, with their connections to Van Gogh and Nostradamus, and the remnants of Roman and Celtic ruins. Let us know your desires; we are dedicated to fulfilling them.

Avignon: The Night Amble Between Bourgeois and Christians

Avignon: The Night Amble Between Bourgeois and Christians

La Noctambule entre bourgeois et chrétiens invites you to a nocturnal exploration of Avignon's lesser-known corners, immersing you in the city's enigmatic history. This Noctambule stands out as the most offbeat of the four, leading you far from the well-trodden paths into secret streets and hidden stories. The journey commences in front of the Carmes church on the expansive Place des Carmes, a perfect starting point for a night of discovery. Your guide will provide an introductory overview of the city's history, laying the foundation for the tales that will unfold. As you traverse through the city's obscure alleyways, witness how history has etched itself onto the facades of apartment buildings, revealing the imprints of time. Turning corners, you'll witness the transformative impact of the Popes on the cityscape. Meander through little-known alleyways, each revealing treasures and stories seldom heard. Grand bourgeois houses from the 18th century will grace your path, offering a glimpse into a bygone era. Understand the significance of the winding alleyways and emerge into the presence of a unique church, where diverse religious groups have left their mark. Pass by a historically rich building, observing its evolution over time. Approaching the Palais des Papes, delve into the dark days of the French Revolution and uncover the origins of the city. Your nocturnal odyssey concludes in front of the Palais des Papes, leaving you with a profound understanding of Avignon's unconventional places, far from the conventional routes.

Avignon: Around The Palace Tour

Avignon: Around The Palace Tour

Since the beginning of 2021, Les Noctambules d'Avignon has been broadening the horizons of daytime tours. Covering most of the medieval city center with the 3 Noctambules d'Avignon, they now invite you to explore the untouched part, the Rocher des Doms, with the "Around the Palace" tour. This unique experience offers a different perspective on the papal city, focusing on Avignon's most emblematic monument, the Palais des Papes, known as the largest Gothic palace in the world. Commencing at Place de l'Amirande, in front of the Roman ruins, you'll delve into the treasures left by the Popes and cardinals. Explore the gardens crafted by Avignon's sixth pope, witnessing the different evolutions seen on the walls of monuments since the Middle Ages. A stop in front of the Utopia reveals the darker side of Avignon's history. Ascend to the garden of Rocher des Doms, where the history of the region and an unusual tale of Avignon unfold. Throughout the tour, discover the secrets behind the Avignon Festival and Jean Vilar, and delve into the famous song about the emblematic Pont d'Avignon. On the descent to Place du Palais, explore Notre Dame des Doms Cathedral and the secrets it conceals. The journey concludes in front of the Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, unveiling the reasons the Popes chose Avignon in the 14th century. This two-hour tour serves as a captivating introduction to the city's history, the impact of King Philip the Fair of France, and an opportunity to discover the largest green space in downtown Avignon, the garden of Rocher des Doms.

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Overall rating

4.4
(134 reviews)

The best part was our guide Florence who taught us everything related to the tour throughout the day, she was incredible! What could be improved is the issue of schedules, perhaps visiting fewer places and spending more time in each.

Complete and interesting look at the city with plenty of telling stories. Never dull or rushed and every question was answered

We loved our wine tasting trip with Catherine. She was knowledgeable and friendly and took good care of us!

The information was good to set the scene prior to walking around inside the Palace.

Excellent and knowledgeable tour guide made the difference