Event agency PREFERENCE EVENTS can organise tailored company seminars, executive committee meetings and incentive trips for you in avignon at the heart of the luberon region in provence.
As the seat of Christianity in the Middle Ages, Avignon now boasts impressive heritage, a huge part of which has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Places of interest to be explored during a corporate event (seminar, incentive trip, or board meeting) include the Papal Palace and the famous Avignon bridge, the square outside the palace with the baroque façade of the Mint, the Petit Palais museum and the Doms cathedral, as well as the city walls from the Doms garden to the Pont Saint-Bénézet, the famous “pont d’Avignon” from the children’s nursery rhyme.
Elected European Capital of Culture in the year 2000, Avignon vibrates to the beat of its cultural activities including opera and theatre. Associations and clubs put on live music shows, theatre and dance performances all year round. It is also the city of Henri Bosco, and home to the famous theatre festival founded by Jean Vilar in 1947. To this day it is one of the greatest creative theatre festivals in the world.
Avignon is a city that’s simply brimming with history. Known as the “Papal City” because it played host to the Pope from 1309 to 1423, it has managed to preserve the architecture of yesteryear within its city walls. The flagship is of course the superb Papal Palace, the largest Gothic building in the world.
The organisation of your corporate seminar or incentive trip in Avignon will give you an opportunity to explore the full breadth of Provençal beauty, with hilltop villages in Lubéron and the Alpilles, Camargue wilderness, Roman villas, lavender growing all over the Vaucluse plateau, the lacy relief of Montmirail and Mont Ventoux and so on.
2hrs 40min from Paris on the high-speed railway, Avignon is a sunny destination in central Provence, one of the wonders of Lubéron. It is best visited from Spring to Autumn, as a wonderful destination for a seminar, incentive trip or board meeting. It has top-quality hotels, especially 4- and 5-star establishments, which are particularly suitable for organising events such as seminars, AGMs and team-building trips for medium-sized firms. There are also luxury establishments at which to organise exceptional stays in Avignon for VIP groups (press and reward trips).
Accommodation in Avignon
Given its sheer beauty, Avignon naturally has several luxury establishments, making it possible to organise exceptional stays for VIP groups (board meetings, press and reward trips). A few 4-star establishments are particularly suitable for organising events for medium-sized firms (seminars and incentive trips). For larger groups, meeting rooms and auditoriums are available at the Papal Palace to round off the seminar rooms at the hotel.Luxury category:
- Three 5-star hotels: La Mirande in the shadow of the Papal Palace (26 rooms), Le Prieuré (33 rooms) and the Auberge de Cassagne just five minutes from Avignon (45 rooms) are all suitable for organising select stays for small VIP groups.
- A few 4-star hotels can host seminars and incentive trips: The Grand Hôtel d’Avignon (122 rooms), Hôtel du Cloître Saint Louis (80 rooms), Novotel (130 rooms) and the Mercure (87 rooms)
- Charming establishments located in the Provence environs are ideal for hosting board meetings.
Things to do in Avignon
The city’s rich heritage provides a setting for many cultural and team-building activities, while many excursions are possible in the Lubéron region.
- River trips on the Rhône
- Rally exploring the historic centre
- Rally on theatre theme
- Tour of the Papal Palace
- Provence-style cookery classes
- Excursion in 2CVs exploring villages in Lubéron
- Visit to the Carrières de Lumières and Baux de Provence village
Evening receptions in Avignon
In Avignon, Provence culture and soul are a major theme. The reception organised by agency Preference Events will be the highlight of your trip, seminar or board meeting.
- Foodie dinner in a Michelin-starred restaurant in the city
- Dinner with DJ entertainment in a lounge restaurant
- Organisation of a gala night in the Papal Palace
- Organisation of a gala night in a nearby Provence-style château
Organised by event agency Preference Events
Late morning arrival - Introductory seminar – Lunch at the hotel – Coaching with professional actors – Dinner in an exclusively-booked cabaret and team-based theatre challenge - Tour of the Papal Palace and dinner just outside on the square
Breakfast at the hotel – Morning meetings- Lunch in the old district. Incentive challenge: “Fete your festival" visiting various artistic venues throughout the city – Dinner with DJ entertainment in a lounge restaurant
Breakfast at the hotel – Group photo on the famous bridge – Lunch and departure - End of the trip to Avignon.