Although Nimes is in the Languedoc Region, its close proximity to Provence's Avignon make it a natural day trip destination – particularly if you're following the trail of Roman history that is so prevalent in the South of France. And what a history it has!

It's a history that stretches back to pre-Roman times, with various evidence of Bronze Age settlements. But with the Romans came more permanent colonization; soldiers were often given tracts of land in the area as payment for battles. The original Roman gates are still there, as is the Colosseum-style arena. Check the city's entertainment schedule before visiting, and catch a concert inside – something you can't do in Rome!

Throughout the city are various ruins that have been preserved as best as possible, but the jewel of Nimes is without a doubt the temple Maison Carrée. Built just before the turn of the millennium, its near-perfect condition makes it one of the finest examples of Roman architecture found anywhere in the world. Thomas Jefferson was so taken with it, in fact, that he has the statehouse in Virginia built in its likeness!

Today Nimes is a fairly large and bustling city, with great restaurants and gorgeous parks and other public green spaces. It's only about 45 minutes from Avignon, and on the way you can stop at the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Pont du Gard, to soak in even more Roman architecture and history!

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Best of Provence Day Trip from Marseille: Avignon, Chateauneuf-du-Pape and Les Baux de Provence

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 9 Reviews

Discover the delights of Provence on this full-day tour from Marseille, and enjoy scenic countryside, heritage and history, and fine wines! With an expert ...  Read more

Location: Marseille, France
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $167.84

Roman Sites Small Group Day Trip from Avignon

4.5 star rating: Recommended 47 Reviews

On this Roman Sites and Historical Places tour you will visit the villages of Nimes and Uzes as well as the famous Pont du Gard.

Location: Avignon, France
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $90.38

Saint Remy, Les Baux and Pont du Gard Small Group Day Trip

4.5 star rating: Recommended 11 Reviews

Journey to Saint Remy de Provence for stop at the Antiques (Triumphal Arch and funeral monument) located in a field of olive trees; a landscape painted several ...  Read more

Location: Avignon, France
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $77.46

Avignon, Les Baux de Provence and Chateauneuf-du-Pape Day Trip from Aix-en-Provence

4.5 star rating: Recommended 8 Reviews

Visit two stunning Provencal towns and a winery on this full-day tour from Aix-en-Provence! Start your day at leisure in Les Baux de Provence, admiring the ...  Read more

Location: Aix-en-Provence, France
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $142.02

Provence Wine and Heritage Tour from Avignon: Les Baux de Provence, Nimes and Uzès

Combine Provencal wine and olive oil with Roman and medieval heritage on this full-day trip from Avignon! Visit the pretty village of Les Baux de Provence, ...  Read more

Location: Avignon, France
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $142.02

Private Provence Tour: In the Footsteps of the Romans

Discover the fascinating Roman remains of Provence! On this private tour from Avignon, learn about the time when southern France was a part of the Roman Empire ...  Read more

Location: Avignon, France
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $45.19

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