Absolutely Avignon gardens, history & cultural private guided tour

This is an exceptional guided day tour to visit both Villeneuve-lès-Avignon and Avignon the city of the Popes. It's only the river Rhône that separates them both, but history indisputably links them. Around 1000 AD Benedictine monks built St André Abbey on Mount Andaon. It's here that we begin our tour with a visit to the Abbey private gardens and Fort. The market town of Saint André became a fortress under the influence of the King Philippe Le Bel, who wanted to control access to the Rhône between Avignon and the Gard following annexation to the French crown. From here we take a walk down to visit La Chartreuse, a former monastery at the centre of the village. Exquisite frescoes connected to the Palais des Papes and an opportunity to explore the site before taking a break for lunch. Then return to Avignon via the Tour Philippe le Bel, once the entrance to the famous Pont d'Avignon. A walk on the bridge before a guided tour of the Palais des Papes, a most spectacular historic monument.

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  • What's included :
    • Admission to FIVE historic sites including La Chartreuse & Palais des Papes
    • Air-conditioned vehicle
    • Entry/Admission - Jardins de l'abbaye Saint-Andre
    • Entry/Admission - Chartreuse de Villeneuve lez Avignon
    • Entry/Admission - Fort Saint-Andre
    What's excluded :
    • Lunch
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Jardins de l'abbaye Saint-Andre, Rue Montee du Fort Fort Saint-André, 30400 Villeneuve-les-Avignon France

    We start the day with a visit to this private home to visit the gardens. They offer spectacular vistas across to Avignon.

    Duration: 45 minutes

    Stop At: Chartreuse de Villeneuve lez Avignon, 58 rue de la Republique, 30400 Villeneuve-les-Avignon France

    We spend time visiting this unique cultural centre with it's connections to the Palais des Papes in Avignon.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Villeneuve-les-Avignon, Villeneuve-les-Avignon, Gard, Occitanie

    Walking tour to explore this interesting and unique villages with shops, restaurants and galleries. (If you want to stop for lunch - this is a perfect place, happy to recommend)

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Fort Saint-Andre, 4 rue Montee du Fort, 30400 Villeneuve-les-Avignon France

    Historic medieval fort attached to the gardens and former Abbaye Saint Andre gardens.

    Duration: 45 minutes

    Stop At: Rocher des Doms, Montee du Moulin off pl. du Palais, Avignon France

    In the heart of the city, atop the Rocher des Doms, a beautuiful English-style public garden which provides gorgeous views over the countryside, the Rhone plains and Mont Ventoux.

    Duration: 45 minutes

    Stop At: Cathedrale Notre-Dame des Doms, Place du Palais, 84000, Avignon France

    The metropolitan basilica was built in the 12th century, and underwent renovations in the 15th and 17th centuries. The basilica was built on the Rocher des Doms and overlooks the Rhone valley. The bell tower is now crowned by a gilded statue of the Blessed Mary. The earliest recorded mention of Notre-Dame des Doms cathedral dates from 1037. The current metropolitan basilica as we see it today was built in the 12th century in three successive phases. The belltower and nave, then the cupola, and lastly the portico, influenced by Roman architecture. The cathedral was enlarged during the last two centuries of the Middle Ages, with the addition of side chapels. A new apse and tribunes were added in the late 17th century. Mural paintings and framed paintings embellish the basilica.

    Duration: 30 minutes

  • Departure Point :
    Porte de l'Oulle, 84000 Avignon, France
    Departure Time :
    9:00 AM
    Return Detail :
    Palais des Papes, Place du Palais, 84000 Avignon, France
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    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Face masks provided for travelers
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    • As these are all private tours, social distancing requirements are easily managed.
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.


English - Guide, English - Audio

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Organised by OohProvence

Activity ID: V-138969P24

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