01 Apr - 31 Oct: Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday
01 Nov - 31 Mar: Wednesday and Friday
5 ½ hoursStart time
Your hotel in Avignon.
(Please advise your hotel details at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator 24 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details.)
If you are not staying in a hotel in Avignon, a pick-up can be organized for you from the front of Provence Reservation 61, rue Grande Fusterie – next to the Pont d'Avignon.
The tour ends at the starting point
In Nimes you will see the magnifient 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.
You will be picked up in an air-conditioned minibus from your hotel in Avignon. 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. You will also see the Augustus’ gate and the Castellum.
• 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, you will be dropped back to your hotel in Avignon.
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.
Between April to October the tour is extended by one hour to enjoy a weekly traditional provençal market in one of the villages en-route (exact village will vary based on the day of the week).
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.
We enjoyed this tour which managed to pack some significant Roman history into a half-day visit. Hotel pick-up and travel was fine, and our tour guide (Melanie) was very...David Gray, , 24/Jun/2017
Carole, our tour leader, was a a very knowledgeable individual who was able to provide all of the information that we wished regarding the tour of Avignon and surrounding sites. ...Michael Simmons, United States, 06/Jul/2015
We enjoyed the tour and the guide was friendly and helpful. However 3 places in one afternoon is too much, giving too little time at each place....MRS J K MURRAY, United Kingdom, 21/Jun/2015
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