AVIGNON, CITY OF THE POPES
An opportunity not to be missed to explore a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Avignon, 'the city of the Popes': a step back into the history of the church and the Papacy, tracing the splendour of the reign of 7 pontiffs who brought prosperity and prominence to Avignon.
What we will see
- Palace of the Popes
- Free time for shopping and exploring the city
What we will do
- We leave the port of Marseille by coach, and head for Avignon, a journey that takes about one hour. The city of Avignon is famous for having been the seat of the Papacy from 1309 to 1377, a period known as the 'Avignon captivity' . Pope Clement V transferred the Papal court from Rome to Avignon, from where 7 Popes reigned until 1377 and 2 antipopes stayed on almost until the end of the 14th century, bringing a period of prominence and prosperity to the city.
- Our tour takes us to the Palace of the Popes which has been recognised in France as a historic monument since 1840, and as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1995. The building, which is both a palace and a fortress, is one of the most extraordinary examples of Gothic architecture of the 14th century. It was built in two phases, by two popes: to the north, the more austere Palais Vieux (Old Palace) was built during the reign of Benedict XII; the Palais Neuf (New Palace), to the south, was built by his successor, Clement VI. Inside, the now-empty galleries, chambers and chapels give an apparent impression of austerity. The frescoes and handwoven tapestries in the bedrooms and the Papal study however, give a better idea of the pomp and splendour of times gone by.
What you need to know
- The duration from the port to Avignon is approximately 1h 30 minutes.
- In order to guarantee the health of our guests, in compliance with the regulations and the respect of the safety protocol, the itineraries and the duration of the excursions may be subject to changes, even if not substantial.