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Explore Provence of millennia past on this small-group tour from Avignon. With an expert guide, visit beautifully preserved ancient ruins and hear stories of Roman settlement and culture in southern France. Highlights of your tour include Nîmes' Roman amphitheater and Maison Carrée (Square House), the Fenestrelle Tower in Uzès, and the magnificent Pont du Gard aqueduct – UNESCO-listed site.
Roman sites day trip from Avignon
Admire top city attractions like the Augustus’ Gate, Maison Carree, and the Roman amphitheater in Nîmes
Discover the Episcopal palace, the Fenestrelle Tower, and Saint-Théodorit d'Uzès Cathedral
Marvel at the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Pont du Gard, a famous Roman aqueduct
Enjoy beautiful views over the Gardon River
Small-group tour limited to eight people ensures personal attention from your guide
Why Travelers Choose This Tour
Visit two of Provence’s most important ancient Roman sites on this morning tour.
Your voyage through ancient Provence begins with afternoon pickup from your Avignon hotel. Meet your knowledgeable guide and sit back for the short ride to Nîmes, where your half-day tour kicks off. Along the way, learn a bit about the city’s Roman roots, so well preserved that Nîmes is considered one of Europe’s most important historic cities.
In Nîmes, immerse yourself in story as your guide explains the city’s main monuments, some of the most impressive in France. See Maison Carrée, a remarkably preserved temple built to honor Emperor Augustus’ two heirs. Visit the Arènes de Nîmes (Nîmes Arena), a formidable Roman amphitheater built in the 1st century, as well as Augustus’ Gate.
Next, travel to the quaint medieval town of Uzès, an ancient city that served as a medieval stronghold. Stroll narrow streets to visit the Fenestrelle Tower, Place aux Herbes (the main square) and Saint-Théodorit d'Uzès Cathedral. Then finish your tour at the nearby Pont du Gard, a UNESCO-listed aqueduct on the Gardon River. Considered an ancient work of art, this three-tiered construction is the highest of all elevated Roman aqueducts.
Your fun and educational tour concludes with return to your Avignon hotel in the evening.
We felt safe with our driver/guide Caroline. She communicated throughout the tour about the sites we were to visit in preparation for our free time at the stops. We also learned about the surrounding areas as we travelled through this region. A pleasant and informative tour which we enjoyed.
My son and I took this wonderful and informative tour with guide Julian. Since it was during Dec.and we were the only ones booked for that day, it was like a private tour. Julian was an excellent driver and always made you feel safe. The Amphitheater in Nimes was such an incredible sight and although there are many, we were told that this is the best preserved one. On from there we visited the quaint town of Uzes and were given time to just stroll around the town and take in it's quaint beauty on our way to Pont Du Gard. The Aqueduct was the pieces de resistance and was breathtaking. Julian explained a bit about the history and then gave us tickets to enter on our own. We had the time to take it all in and marvel at the brilliant and innovative Roman design. We really enjoyed this tour and would recommend Julian as a guide for anymore who visits the magical walled city of Avignon.
We didn't see all the Roman sites listed for Nimes Uzès was an attractive town we found a great patisserie and this was our second visit to Pont du Garde, but from the other side of the river which didn't have as good a view.
We had an enjoyable day on this tour. The guide was informative and very supportive. He attended to us, and made sure everything went smoothly. I think his name was Sylvan. My only suggestions for this tour are that 1 it could be longer, and 2 more time could be given to Uzes--perhaps time for lunch in this charming town. The tour did not disappoint!
Overall the tour was informative and the sights and history something to really remember
We would have appreciated more time in both Nimes and Uzes. Maybe the trip could be extended to a full day excursion
We had a wonderful guide, Remy. Unfortunately could not go into the staudium in Nimes it was a,holiday. We did see a great film in the Greek Theatre. The PONT DE GARE was wonderful. We were very lucky to have very pleasant people on the tour. It was worth the money.
A must for better understanding of Roman influence/impact in France, if not for the sheer awe-inspiring Pont du Gard aqueduct. We then joined the afternoon tour of Luberon area for wine and olive oil tasting. Guide had a great handle on the history and culture of the region.