Avignon Private Half Day Shore Excursion from Marseille

Discover the Rich History of Avignon

Explore the top attractions of the medieval city of Avignon

Visit the Popes’ Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Hand-Picked Guides Only. English-Speaking, Local Experts

Trip Details


500€ Per Group from 2 to 7 passengers

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  • All year round on request
  • Morning and afternoon departure



5 hours (Approx.)

Trip Style:

Private Shore Excursion Tour.
Minimum 2, Maximum 7.

Meeting Point:

Pick up at your cruise ship at Marseille port of call

  • Pick up and drop off to ship
  • Services of an English speaking driver/guide
  • Transport in recent & comfortable compact minivan
  • Itinerary as mentioned

  • Entrance fees to monuments, museums or attractions unless specified in program
  • Meals, drinks
  • Personal insurance and expenses
  • Gratuities for the guide

Discover Historic Landmarks in the Enchanting City of Avignon

Embark on a vibrant Private Shore Excursion from Marseille Port of Call to Visit the charming small town of Avignon

Pick up at your Cruise ship in Marseille

Today, we will come and pick you up directly at your ship in Marseille Cruise Port. Meet your English speaking driver/guide who will go over the itinerary and program of this private tour with you. Then board your A/C vehicle and begin to make your way to the town of Avignon.

Discover Historic Landmarks in the Enchanting City of Avignon

Leaving Marseille on this sightseeing tour, drive along the Rhône river and enter Avignon, the majestic city of the Popes. Take a look at Saint-Benezét bridge, famous for the children’s song “Sur le Pont d’Avignon”, and appreciate the Popes’ Palace, which is the biggest Gothic-styled Palace in Europe (entrance tickets not included). Our enthusiastic, knowledgeable guides take you to the essential sites of Avignon on a walking tour and illuminates the history behind this walled city.

Please note that it takes over an hour to reach Avignon from Marseille. On this half day private shore excursion from Marseille to Avignon, we do not recommend that you buy tickets to the Pope’s Palace as you will not have sufficient time to visit at an easy pace. 

Our other options from Marseille Cruise Port

If you would like to enjoy your tour fully and include the visit of the Palace then we strongly recommend that you opt for a private full day tour. By doing so, you will have plenty of time in Avignon for the visits you would like to do and it will also be possible to combine the town with other highlights of Provence including a visit or panoramic tour of Marseille with a stop at Notre Dame de la Garde, or why not include Aix en Provence or Cassis village. 

Our Provence tours from Marseille can also take you to beautiful villages such as les baux de provence and for those who enjoy wine, the nearby wine region of Chateauneuf du Pape is not to be missed. If ever you are in the area in July, then a lavender tour is a must see.

Good to Know

  • This tour departs from Marseille Port of call
  • Tour is for 7 or 8 passengers depending on vehicle
  • This tour involves walking some distances, comfortable walking shoes are recommended
  • This tour is not wheelchair accessible and not recommended for persons with reduced mobility
  • Our standard cancellation policy applies to this tour – Read More Here.

The Ophorus Difference

Contagious Enthusiasm – ‘We had the most terrific guide! Very knowledgeable and enthusiastic’ – Virginia B. (Delaware, US)

Flexibility – ‘The guides really took an interest in what WE wanted to do’  Paul C. (UK)

Area Locals – ‘He was so much more than a driver. He really added local color and local flavor.’ Daniel W. (Georgia, US)

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