Avignon is a historical and elegant city located in the south – eastern region of France. It is located on the banks of the magnificent and flourishing Rhône River. The city attracts over four million people annually. The main allure of Avignon is its unique yet spectacular art and architecture, with the primary attractions being the medieval fortress Palais des Papes, the cathedral, and the Pont d’Avignon which proudly became designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1995. Avignon is surrounded by ancient walls, roughly 800 years old that evoke realizations of how old this town really is. These walls were restored during the 19th century. The town consists of a small yet surprisingly bustling port with transport available at your convenience.
Arosa Cruises, APT Cruises and Avalon Waterways Cruises frequently sail to Avignon, offering between 5 – 14 day and night cruises along the Rhône River. A cruise stopping in Avignon also often stops at sensational destinations such as Lyon, Viviers, and Arles.
Cruise Passengers will get a chance to see the beautiful country of France and all it has to offer!
Climate and Getting Around
The city of Avignon has a temperate oceanic climate. The overall year consists of mild winters and cool summers. Average temperatures for the summer months vary between 25 to 30 degrees which is perfectly suited for the sun seeking travel enthusiast. Cruise passengers can take full advantage of this wonderful weather to relax on the top deck under the soaring sun. The train service called the “Bridge of Avignon” is mainly used for long distance trips to other locations around France and Europe. Bicycles are another viable mode of transport that is sometimes used. They can be rented for very reasonable prices. Avignon also boasts two tourist trains that carry people to the main attractions around the town. Shuttle boats are available if any tourists wish to take a serene boat trip down the picturesque Rhône River.
Avignon is one of the major cities of Provence, in Southern France.