Chateau Du Val De Ceze

69 Route D Avignon, Bagnols-sur-Ceze, Languedoc-Roussillon, 30200, France
Chateau Du Val De Ceze
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Forum Posts

visiting the region

by markmattdan

We would like to visit a wine region in France and thought Avignon would be a great place to start. I have many questions but will ask only a few. Can we drive from Paris to Avignon? Is Avignon a home base to visit small towns like Chateauneuf Du Pape? Should we split part of the time in Avignon and the second half in another town? As you can see i need some direction here. Thanks.

Re: visiting the region

by puerto_lover

Do you enjoy Tavel Rose wine - I do ? if so then Avignon is a great base to visit some of the vineyards. Also as you say Châteauneuf du Pape is just a little way outside Avignon. You can also take the train from Paris - the TGV from Gare du Lyon is fast - around 3 hours or so - and will take you south in comfort.
if you drive from paris you camn visit other wine areas on the way such as lovely Burgundy (between Dijon and Lyon) and the small area of vineyards around the town of Chablis further north the town of the same name if you like that special white.
A lot of planning to do.

Re: visiting the region

by Paris92

I've said many times in the forums that I think Avignon is a very under-rated city. Next to Aix, it's my all time favorite in that region. It's a great place to be when you're using it as a home base to see other places because if you decide you need a break from driving/touring for a day, there's lots to keep you busy there.

Just my opinion.

Re: visiting the region


You have been given excellent advices and I have very little to add at this point.

>>avoid the motorway

I fully agree as far as visits are concerned. However, from Paris to Avignon is a long way and if you drive only on roads and no motorways, you will see plenty of interesting landscapes and exciting wineyards (and else!), but once in Avignon, you will have to go back home! As far as you are mostly interested in the south Rhône Valley, my suggestion would be to drive on the motorway until, let's say Montélimar, and only after Montélimar drive the smaller roads.

Re: visiting the region

by kokoryko

you already got good advice, but WHEN are you going to Avignon?
If you go July-August, you still can drive, but be prepared to HUGE traffic jams in the Rhone Valley, and sitting hours in the car under the sun. . . . .
Visit off season if possible, and yes, as Barbara(ranger49) writes, the Rhône valley is like a wine list, and home of the Syrah grape variety, major ingredient of the best Rhône Valley red wines; to me, (to me!!!, I insist) rosé wines are just a thirst-breaker.
Avignon is home of a very famous theatre festival (in 2010, 7-27th of July), and during that period, if theatre is not your objective, you will, at some times, feel like a small cork jolted in the waves of the crowds; the hotels are full (book in advance if you intend to be there at that time), or try to find some accommodation 30-50 km far from Avignon.
Avignon itself and the surroundings are full of history, and the popes’ palace is not to miss.
If you go by car, why not find an accommodation in the countryside, a small village, there is plenty of choice; spring or fall are beautiful in the area.

Re: visiting the region


>>>i meant in the region, JLBG, not the whole way

I knew that is what you meant but I wanted to make it even clearer.

Travel Tips for Avignon

Avignon Pass

by roamer61

If your gonna be here for several days and see many sites and museums, it may be a good idea to acquire the Avignon Pass. It can be obtained from any museum or historic site in the city. With this in hand, it gets you reduced entry fees to all the places of interest. It also gets you discounts on boat and bus tours.


by keeweechic

Banks and exchange bureaux give better exchange rates for traveller's cheques than for cash; Banque de France offers the best rates in the country. France's ATMs are plentiful and accept all the major international credit and bank cards. I believe though if you have a card with more than a 4 digit pin, you may have a little trouble with the machines there.

Getting There and Getting Around

by keeweechic

By Air : Avignon airport is around 8 km southeast of the centre, at the Exposition Centre along the main N7 highway. There are taxi's into the city but last I heard, no bus or shuttle into to town.

By Train: The city is on the main Paris-Lyon-Nice-Italy line and is an easy 31/2-hour train ride from Paris on the TGV, France's high-speed train. There are also lots of train connections from other French cities.

The train station is beside porte de la Republique on bd St-Roch, on the southern edge of the centre. If you don't want to walk, you can also take bus #4 from the main post office, on the left through porte de la Republique.

Boat Tours : A boat is a nice way to travel between Avignon and Villeneuve and will also include a 1-1/4 hour excursion on the Rhone. These run around 6 times a day, but only during the months of July and August.

Bicycle Renting: Bikes can often be rented from the SNCF (railway stations), but the cost is reasonably high and the quality of bikes can be a bit poor. You can also find out more about bike hire from the Office de Tourisme . Many of these bike shops have scooters, small motorcycles as well as bicycles for rent.

Le Pont Saint-Benezet

by Tom_Fields

The old song "sur le pont d'Avignon, on y danse, on y danse" is about this bridge. Somehow, the word "sour", which means under, was changed to "sur", or on. Legend has it that Benezet was a shepherd boy who heard a voice from Heaven that commanded him to build a bridge over the Rhone. An angel gave him the strength to lift a huge boulder and carry it to the river. There, he said, the bridge would be built. The bridge was completed in 1185.

In 1226 it was mostly destroyed. Despite a reconstruction effort, it was abandoned for good in 1680. Today, only a small part of it remains. This includes a tiny chapel overlooking the river, where Benezet (who never became a real saint) is buried.

Chapelle Saint-Nicolas

by MM212

The church built over Pont d'Avignon is in fact split into two chapels. The Romanesque-style lower level is Chapelle Saint-Bénezet, which dates from the 12th century and once held the relics of its namesake saint. Above it is Chapelle Saint Nicolas, the Gothic church dating back from the 13th century. Much like the bridge underneath, the two chapels lie in ruins.


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