Surrounded by towering 14th century ramparts of golden stone, this former papal capital is a charming, romantic city, centring around the Place de l’Horloge, a picturesque square lined with cafes and usually filled with market stalls during the summer months. Palais des Papes is one of Europe’s most striking medieval buildings, particularly at night, when it is stunningly illuminated. For a panoramic view, head for the hilltop Rocher des Doms park, from which you can see the famous Pont d’Avignon. French Travel Service offers a selection of rail and hotel holidays to historic and picturesque Avignon, a great base from which to discover Provence.
Direct Eurostar from UK to Avignon
There is a direct Eurostar service operating on the following dates (departing St Pancras at 07.19 and Ashford at 07.54 arriving in Avignon at 14.08 and getting back at 21.34/22.12).
November to March: Limited service, details on request
31th Mar to 27 May & 29 Sept to 4 Nov: Mon, Fri & Sat
28th May to 28 Sep: Daily except Tue & Wed
Travel is also possible via Paris (change of stations) or via Lille (change of platform).