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Avignon's Roman Sights

By Viator, August 2013

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There's a popular saying that the best Roman ruins can be found in France, and as you travel in and around Avignon, you'll understand why. Romans indeed left their architectural mark throughout the country, and today you can travel extensively through the south of France simply by following their trail.

Most of the Roman ruins in the town of Avignon itself has been lost to time, unless you count the Palais des Papes – the Papal palace that does not date back to the Roman era, but was literally Rome-away-from-home for a succession of popes in the 14th century.

Just on the other side of the Rhone River is the Pont du Gard, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the form of a Roman-era aqueduct that spans a waterway. You can cross the lower level of the aqueduct, kayak in the waterway, and picnic on the grounds surrounding this astounding feat of engineering.

A bit farther west is Nimes, which is home to lots of ruins, including a perfectly preserved Roman temple, the Gate of Augustus, and a Colosseum-like arena that still hosts concerts, bullfights, and festivals today.

By using Avignon as a base, you can take day trips to these Roman sights and easily be back inside the walls of Avignon for dinner.

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Provence Le Grand Tour

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Delve deep into rural France and discover Roman heritage among the rolling vineyards on this 10.5-hour tour of Provence from Avignon. Follow your guide on a ...  Read more

Location: Avignon, France
Duration: 10.5hrs April to October, 10hrs November to March

From USD $137.27

Provence Afternoon Half-Day Trip from Avignon

4.5 star rating: Recommended 68 Reviews

Delve into rural France and discover stunning scenery and Roman history on this half-day trip through Provence from Avignon. Travel along the Gardon River to ...  Read more

Location: Avignon, France
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $74.36

Roman Sites Small-Group Day Trip from Avignon, Including Nîmes and Uzès

4.5 star rating: Recommended 61 Reviews

Step back in time and discover thousands of years of civilization and heritage on this 5.5-hour Roman sites day trip from Avignon. Follow your guide through ...  Read more

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

From USD $80.07

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 $42.90

Avignon and Provence Day Trip from Paris by TGV Train

4.5 star rating: Recommended 14 Reviews

Visit Avignon and experience the magnificent beauty of Provence on a full-day trip from Paris by TGV, France’s high-speed train. Enjoy the scenic landscapes ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $433.55

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