NÎMES - UZES - PONT DU GARD
This tour gives you the opportunity to plunge into Provence history: from the roman epoch to the medieval times.
Nîmes: The birth of Nîmes goes back to the 6th century BC. The city has kept numerous traces of its 26 centuries of history—covering both the fine and dark moments. Among the different monuments, discover the Roman amphitheatre (or arena) which is the best-preserved of the Roman world; the temple of Maison Carrée which was part of the forum, the economic and administrative heart of the Roman town; the Tour Magne, a tall tower built on a hill and that later became part of the Roman ramparts; the Jardins de la Fontaine decorated with vases and statues, count as one of the major public gardens in Europe…
Uzès: The town lies at the source of the Eure, from where the Roman aqueduct was built in the first century BC, to supply water to the local city of Nîmes. The present-day city is very unique, plenty of charm with its medieval market square. The 15th century castle still stands in the middle of the city, surrounded by 3 medieval towers.
Among other places of interest: the 12th century romanesque round tower of Fenestrelle. It is attached to the the cathedral rebuilt at the 17th century.
You will enjoy strooling in the very well restored old streets.
We will end the day by discovering le Pont du Gard
This incredible bridge was built around 19 BC !
It is in fact part of an aqueduct which transported spring water from a catchment area near Uzès to the Romans in Nîmes. It was engineered to carry the daily water supply along its 31 miles. This huge and so old construction is very impressive. This is something you will never forget in your life !
(entrance fees not included)
9:00am Pick up at your hotel
10:00 Visit of the roman city of Nimes with the amphitheatre, the Squared House (roman temple), Gardens of the fountains built around the roman baths ….
12:00pm Drive to Uzès
12:30 Lunch and stroll through the medieval streets of Uzes
03:00 Drive to « Le Pont du Gard »
03:20 Visit the Pont du Gard, one of the most beautiful Roman constructions in the region and the highest roman aqueduct still standing in the world
04:30 Drive Back
05:00 Drop off