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Nimes

Boulevard des Arenes, Nimes, France

The Basics

Nimes makes a popular day trip destination from Avignon, Arles, and Marseille. Typically, day trips combine exploration of Nimes with the Roman town of Uzes, a visit to the Pont du Gard aqueduct, and wine tasting in the Languedoc wine region.

Nimes itself is best explored on a walking tour, which typically cover the city’s Roman ruins and landmarks such as Nîmes Cathedral and Jardins de la Fontaine.

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Roman Sites Small-Group Day Trip from Avignon, Including Nîmes and Uzès
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Roman Sites Small-Group Day Trip from Avignon, Including Nîmes and Uzès
$89.97 per adult
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A must for better understanding of...
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.
vanessadeguz, Aug 2017

Recent reviews from experiences in Avignon

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GREAT HALF DAY TOUR TO NIMES, UZES AND COUNTRYSIDE
DIANECYMRU, Aug 2019
Nimes, Uzes & Pont du Gard Small Group Half-Day Tour from Avignon
This tour was very good for seeing a little of Nimes, Uzes and the Pont du Gard and was the only way we could have done it in the time.. We would have liked more time to explore Nimes ideally. The minivan was very clean and comfortable and the guide extremely knowledgeable - it was like a university education in the area's history! Guillaime was very personable and happy to answer all sorts of questions. We enjoyed the morning and would recommend the tour.
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Well planned half day trip
MarydeS, Nov 2019
Nimes, Uzes & Pont du Gard Small Group Half-Day Tour from Avignon
Guillaume was our guide and driver and was extremely knowledgeable about French history and kept us informed and amused throughout the trip. Good amount of times at the Pont du Gard, but could have done with more time in Nimes to see more of the arena. Uzes was also interesting and gave us taste of the area.
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Tour of Roman sites.
shrek87, Apr 2019
Nimes, Uzes & Pont du Gard Small Group Half-Day Tour from Avignon
Our driver /guide was a great source of information. We expected to see the Roman sites but she also pointed out many other places of interest en route. The car we travelled in was clean and comfortable. There were only 3 of us on the trip and we never felt rushed. We did have to pay an extra 5 euros to get into Pont du Gard. I would recommend the firm and the tour.
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I love bike tours. Try to do one in...
cherrylc221, Jul 2014
Roman Sites Small-Group Day Trip from Avignon, Including Nîmes and Uzès
I love bike tours. Try to do one in every city I visit. This was so fun and educational. Our guide was safety minded and yet fun and informative. The South had such a shameful yet colorful history, it helps to understand why people thought the way they did back then and why things are built as they were. Sara knew all the tidbits, sharing them at the generous number of stops and points of interest. Would do it again as I'm sure we missed something.
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Overall the tour was informative and...
catherinemarshall5, Sep 2017
Roman Sites Small-Group Day Trip from Avignon, Including Nîmes and Uzès
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
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Good tour of Nimes, Uzes and Pont Gard
Candace G, Sep 2019
Nimes, Uzes & Pont du Gard Small Group Half-Day Tour from Avignon
Our guide, Guillaume, was entertaining, insightful and informative. Wish we could have gone into the Arena in Nimes though.
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Roman sires
Maree R, Jan 2019
Roman Sites Small-Group Day Trip from Avignon, Including Nîmes and Uzès
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.
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We had a wonderful guide, Remy...
Estell K S, Sep 2017
Roman Sites Small-Group Day Trip from Avignon, Including Nîmes and Uzès
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.
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Highly recommended!
Sehrish_D, Mar 2020
Nimes, Uzes & Pont du Gard Small Group Half-Day Tour from Avignon
Our tour guide Gordana was lovely and full of knowledge. We had a wonderful day learning about Provence and Gard history. The car was comfortable. Gordana went out of her way to accomodate our needs and make our trip as enjoyable as possible. This is a wonderful half-day trip from Avignon with adequate time to see the sites and towns. We would highly recommend this day trip. Good value for money as well!
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The Roman Amphitheater at Nimes was...
pat, Nov 2016
Roman Sites Small-Group Day Trip from Avignon, Including Nîmes and Uzès
The Roman Amphitheater at Nimes was amazing but the Pont du Gard aqueduct was the hightlight of the trip. Don't miss it!
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Merci beaucoup, Gordana!
Michael_W, Feb 2020
Nimes, Uzes & Pont du Gard Small Group Half-Day Tour from Avignon
Gordana was an extremely knowledgeable, articulate and accommodating guide. The tour was well paced and we were able to see many highlights of the region without feeling rushed or that we were skipping anything. This tour is highly recommended, especially if you have a limited amount of time to spend in Provence.
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The tour company is really good...
Gina O, Mar 2017
Roman Sites Small-Group Day Trip from Avignon, Including Nîmes and Uzès
The tour company is really good. Marc was a good driver and excellent guide. Nimes surprised me, it was a lot bigger and more beautiful than I expected. The aquaduct was good to see.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Nimes is a must for history buffs and travelers interested in Roman history.

  • Save time and money by pre-purchasing a Roman Nîmes Pass, which includes admission to the Arènes de Nîmes, Maison Carrée, and Tour Magne.

  • Most of Nimes’ attractions are wheelchair accessible.

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How to Get There

Nimes is located in the Occitanie region—formerly the Languedoc-Roussillon—of southern France, around 28 miles (45 kilometers) west of Avignon. From Avigon, it’s approximately a 45-minute drive.

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When to Get There

The most popular time to visit Nimes is during the summer months of July and August, when it’s recommended to book accommodation and tours well in advance. Other atmospheric times to visit are during the summer Festival of Nimes, when you can enjoy evening concerts in the Arènes de Nîmes, and over the festive season, when Christmas parades and markets are held in the city center. If visiting on a day trip, avoid Sundays and Mondays when many shops and restaurants are closed.

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Roman Ruins in Nimes

Once an important Roman city, traces of Nimes’ Roman legacy are still dotted around the city. Must-see archaeological sites include the well-preserved Arènes de Nîmes, which dates back to before AD 200 and holds up to 24,000 spectators. There’s also the Maison Carrée temple, which was the inspiration for Thomas Jefferson’s Virginia State Capitol building; the Tour Magne tower, which was part of the original Roman fortifications; and the Temple of Diana. Just outside the city, the Pont du Gard is one of the best-preserved Roman aqueducts in the world.

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