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Avignon City Add-On

The City of Popes
 
Experience Avignon and its monumental architecture as an add-on to your Inntravel holiday in Provence or to break a long rail journey. Choose from two superbly located hotels, and enjoy a self-guided city walking tour (notes included).
Avignon City Add-On. 2 nights
Avignon City Add-On. 2 nights
 

Holiday information

 

Avignon

To visit Avignon is to follow in the footsteps of thousands of ecclesiastics, noblemen, scholars, merchants, artists and pilgrims who flocked to the city during its heyday in the fourteenth century. Back then, it was Avignon’s power and influence as the seat of the papacy which drew people from far and wide. Nowadays it is the monumental architecture harking back to that era which constitutes the city’s star attraction.
Though the papacy was ceded to Rome several centuries ago, the colossal popes’ palace and the neighbouring cathedral still have the ability to impress and humble, just as they must have awed visitors of yesteryear. Together, they dominate the skyline, presiding over a jumble of ancient streets peppered with churches and encircled by the old city wall, beyond which flows the Rhône, into whose languorous waters another key landmark, the Bénézet Bridge, juts until coming to an abrupt and premature halt.

Iconic monuments aside, this is, above all, the heart of Provence, where the stone buildings bask in the warm sunlight and life is lived outdoors, with cafés and restaurants that spill out onto pavements and squares.
 
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Sightseeing

The key to Inntravel holidays is flexibility. You can start on the day of your choice, and are free to add extra nights.
  • Notes for a self-guided walking tour included
    Choose to follow our notes for a self-guided walking tour of the main sights and lesser-known corners, or make up your own route through the ancient streets. The obvious place to start your explorations is the heavily fortified Papal Palace, whose huge proportions and magnificent frescoes leave no doubt as to the wealth and power enjoyed by the popes who had their seat here. You can see the tombs of some of them in the cathedral next door, before climbing the tower for superb views over the Rhône to the plain beyond.

    It was the Rhône which claimed all but four arches of the famous Pont de Bénézet (also known as the Pont d’Avignon). Whether or not you learned the song about it at school, it is worth strolling beyond the medieval ramparts onto what remains of it to see the mighty river up close.

    Having seen these three landmarks, you could head to one of the city’s museums, which include a couple of art galleries, but you may prefer to seek out the trompe l’œil portraits of popes in Rue Dorée; the beautifully carved wooden doors in the north-east corner of the city; or the 18th-century water wheels along the Sorgue Canal in the atmospheric, cobbled Quartier des Teinturiers (Dyers’ Quarter).
  • Barthelasse Island
    A good way to end your stay is to hop aboard one of the shuttle boats to leafy Barthelasse Island in the middle of the Rhône for a stroll along the riverbank or a drink at one of the waterfront bars, enjoying a different perspective of the city.
 

Accommodation

We offer a choice of two hotels, both ideally located for exploring the city. Please state your preference when booking.

We provide suggestions for where to eat out in the documentation that we send you prior to your holiday.
 
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  • Hotel de l’Horloge, 2 nights: 01 April - 31 October 2019

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Add on 2 nights Single supplement
    1 - 30 April £142 £100
    1 May - 30 June £208 £170
    1 - 25 July £246 £206
    26 July - 31 August £186 £146
    1 September - 26 October £208 £170
    27 - 29 October £142 £100

    Includes accommodation and meals as described. No travel is included as it is assumed that you are travelling via the city as part of your main Inntravel holiday.

    Getting between Avignon airport and the city:
    • Bus: 20-minute journey, with a few daily departures to coincide with flight arrivals
    • Taxi: 25-minute journey
    More information on Avignon airport >

    Getting between Avignon TGV station and the city centre:
    • Shuttle train: 5-minute journey to the city-centre station (from where it is an 800-metre walk to the hotel); departs approximately every 30 minutes

    If you are flying via a different airport and would like us to arrange connecting travel, please contact us for a quotation.

  • Room upgrades (£ per person per night)

    Hotel de l'Horloge
    'Privilège' : 01 Apr - 31 Oct 2019 £18
    Superior: 01 Apr - 31 Oct 2019 £12

    Extra nights (£ per person per night) in a double or single room

    Hotel de l'Horloge (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 Apr - 30 Apr 2019 £63 £108
    01 May - 30 Jun 2019 £92 £167
    01 Jul - 25 Jul 2019 £109 £199
    26 Jul - 31 Aug 2019 £82 £147
    01 Sep - 26 Oct 2019 £92 £167
    27 Oct - 31 Oct 2019 £63 £108
  • £ per person based on 2 sharing

    Cloitre St Louis Add on 2 nights Single supplement
    1 April - 4 May £188 £156
    5 May - 3 July £210 £176
    4 - 20 July n/a n/a
    21 July - 29 September £210 £176
    30 September - 17 October £188 £156
    18 - 29 October £148 £116
What is included
  • 2 nights
  • 2 breakfasts
  • street plan
  • notes for a self-guided city walking tour
 
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