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Roman Sites in Provence – Tour from Avignon

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Activity Schedule

  • When does it run?

    01 Apr - 31 Oct: Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday

  • Duration

    5 ½ hours

  • Start time

    01 Apr - 31 Oct: 8:30 am

  • Meeting Point
    Make your way to Avignon Tourist Office located 41 Cours Jean Jaurès 84000 Avignon.
  • Ending Point

    The tour ends at the starting point

Key Highlights

  • See the famous Roman archaeological sites
  • The Roman Amphitheatre of Nimes is a must-see
  • Stroll around the charming medieval city of Uzes full of Roman influence
  • The tour also visits the mighty Pont du Gard aqueduct

Overview

They say that Rome wasn’t built in a day and it’s easy to see why when you stand looking at the Pont du Gard aqueduct or tour around the Roman remains in Nimes! If you have a liking for all things Roman, then this tour is your gladiatorial finale! A trip around the Provencial countryside admiring the stunning Roman remains.
See the legacy of the Roman Empire in Southern France on this tour which covers three main areas of interest.
In Nimes, you will see the magnificent Roman Amphitheatre. The sheer size, capacity and architecture of the amphitheatre will hold you fascinated. Your time in Nimes also includes a visit to Maison Carree, one of the best-preserved temples in the Roman world.

Stroll around the charming medieval city of Uzes and look out for its Roman ruins. A ducal seat, a bishopric and consular seat, Uzès has preserved its lay-out as a medieval stronghold, embellished in the 17th and 18th centuries.

Marvel at the ingenious construction of Pont du Gard, an ancient Roman aqueduct, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Up Pompeii – more like Wow Roman Provence!

About Your Guide:
With over 25 years of experience, Provence Reservation knows about what’s best to discover in Provence. Arranging tailor-made tours combining culture, nature, food and wine, they are ready to show you their stunning area. Add to that their guides/drivers passion and expertise, it all adds up to you just settling back and enjoying!

Itinerary

  • Make your way to the designated meeting point. Accompanied by an English-speaking guide, you will be taken to the Roman sites of Provence. You will visit the following places: • Nimes: It is a city in southern France with a rich history dating back to the Roman Empire. Visit the Amphitheatre (entrance included) built at the end of the 1st century. Its façade is 21 metres high and consists of 2 levels of 60 arches each. The Amphitheatre could accommodate 20,000 spectators to watch the fights of the gladiators and hunting. Further on, proceed to Maison Carree, one of the best preserved temples in the Roman world, built around 19th to 16th century BC. It was ordered to be constructed by Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa, who was also the original patron of the Pantheon in Rome. The Maison Carrée is a great example of Vitruvian architecture in its most classical mode. • Uzes: It is a charming medieval city, about 32 kilometres north of Nimes. Visit the Place aux Herbes, a picturesque square shaded by trees and adorned by a fountain All around the square you will come across medieval houses and arcades. See the episcopal palace, the ducal palace, the Fenestrelle tower (a unique bell tower) and the cathedral. Outside of Uzes is the catchment area of the Roman aqueduct that brought spring water to Nimes. • Pont du Gard: The Pont du Gard is a beautiful 2000 year-old Roman aqueduct that until recently supplied over 40 million gallons of water daily to the city of Nimes. Surprisingly, this gigantic stone structure has no mortar – the stones are made to fit together in a rather seamless fashion and using the arches the weight supports itself. The monument is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After exploring the Roman archaeological sites, your tour ends at the starting point.

Inclusions

  • Transportation in air-conditioned minibus
  • English-speaking guide
  • Entrance fee to the Roman Amphitheatre in Nimes

Exclusions

  • Lunch

Please note

Please call the local activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure details.

This tour requires a minimum of 2 passengers to operate. There is a possibility that this tour may be cancelled after confirmation if minimum numbers are not met. Should this be necessary you will be offered an alternate departure date or a full refund.

Additional info

The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.

Customer Reviews

  • 3
    A feast of Roman ruins!
    06/24/2017 David Gray,
  • 3
    Interesting Tour
    07/06/2015 Michael Simmons, United States
  • 3
    Good tour but not enough time
    06/21/2015 MRS J K MURRAY, United Kingdom

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