Avignon tours and excursions
Nothing beats seeing Avignon's medieval fortifications and landmarks from the River Rhône. Grands Bateaux de Provence offers several river excursions, including trips between Avignon and Villeneuve-lès-Avignon, and dinner cruises. In addition, there's a frequent free ferry from Pont St Bénezet to Barthelasse Island.Tel: +33 4 9085 6225.
A selection of guided city walks, in English and French, can be booked through the Avignon Tourist Office. Tours are based on specific themes and cover the major sights. The office also has details of a self-guided route that takes in the city's key attractions.Tel: +33 4 3274 3274.
With its two large Roman archaeological sites and high Roman bridge, the pleasant country town of Vaison-la-Romaine is a spectacular stop for history lovers. The remains here are in exceptionally good condition. There's a big, colourful traditional street market every Tuesday morning too. Vaison is located some 40km (25 miles) north of Avignon.Tel: +33 4 9036 0211.
Charming Arles is 40km (24 miles) south of Avignon at the gateway to the Camargue wetland wilderness. The town's well-preserved Roman amphitheatre is still in use for bullfights – as well as plays and concerts in summer. There's a Roman theatre here too, the strange Alyscamps necropolis, and some good art galleries.Tel: +33 4 9018 4120.