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Tour Nimes, Uzès & the Pont du Gard

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Tour Nimes, Uzès & the Pont du Gard

Roman Heritage in Provence

Type of tour :

Private driving tour

Length :

9 hours

Collection & Return :

Your hotel or cruise ship

Languages :

English, French & Spanish

Vehicle :

A/C minivan up to 8 guests

Activity level :

Moderate

Tour Description :

Nîmes is the place to go for people interested in the Roman heritage of Provence. Nimes is home to the best preserved Roman amphitheatre (arenas) and best preserved Roman temple, called Maison Carrée, in the world.

The town is also interesting in the way that the very old is “chatting” with the very new. Just in front of the Maison Carrée, there is the Carré d’Art designed by the great British architect Sir Norman Foster, the latter being a temple dedicated to contemporary art. The narrow streets are flanked by 17th and 18th century private mansions, large squares, and lovely shops selling Provencal specialties.

Nearby, the Jardins de la Fontaine also hold interesting Roman remains including the mysterious Temple de Diane.
The beautiful 18th century monumental fountain is a refreshing treat during the summertime and a great place for an afternoon stroll.

Uzes is another delightful town to visit with an outstanding architecture, such as the Duke’s castle that still stands in the middle of the town, bringing you back to the Middle Ages. In the surrounding streets, you can admire the noble houses made of beautiful local limestone that housed a wealthy community.

The town also bears the marks of the religious wars between the Catholics and the Protestants that took place in the 16th century, most notably, its cathedral that was destroyed for the second time during these conflicts and rebuilt afterwards. Fortunately, the cathedral’s beautiful Romanesque bell tower, the Tour Fenestrelle, is still intact and is a famous landmark in the town.

You will end the day at the Pont du Gard, one of the most well preserved Roman bridges in the world, as well as one of the highest, standing at 49 meters or 160 feet. The Pont du Gard is the most spectacular part of the 50-kilometer (31-mile) aqueduct, built to provide Nimes with water during the first century AD.


You will end the day at the Pont-du-Gard, one of the most well preserved Roman bridges in the world, as well as one of the highest, standing at 49 meters or 160 feet. The Pont du Gard is the most spectacular part of the 50-kilometer (31-mile) aqueduct, built to provide Nimes with water during the first century AD.

Preserved in its natural environment and spanning the Gardon River, it is a massive but very fine piece of artwork. Cross the river and walk along the first level of the aqueduct, discover all the architectural details of it.

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