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Pont du Gard Skip the Line Admission Ticket

1. Pont du Gard Skip the Line Admission Ticket

Visit Pont du Gard, one of the world’s best-preserved examples of Roman ingenuity. Its chequered history has also inspired numerous artists. The 2,000-year-old section of the Roman aqueduct once provided water to Nîmes. The highly photographed bridge was listed by UNESCO in 1985 as a World Heritage Site. Located between Montpellier, Marseille, and Avignon, this site is a real landmark of Provence and the south of France. With your ticket, gain access to the first level of the bridge, the museum, and the film to discover more about the history of the Ludo area specially designed for children, the open-air walk Mémoires de Garrigue, and the temporary exhibitions. Until October 1, 2023, dive into a world where the transparent meets the tangible with the temporary exhibition Light as Space! Explore the captivating works of artist Yasuhiro Chida. Discover the fascinating world of this renowned Japanese artist, through a one-of-a-kind immersive experience. The artist has created a universe where illusion and reality merge, inviting the public to interact with his bewitching and captivating installations.

From Avignon: Full-Day Best of Provence Tour

2. From Avignon: Full-Day Best of Provence Tour

Discover the breathtaking beauty of Provence during this guided full-day tour from Avignon. Enjoy the town of Fontaine de Vaucluse and stop in the lavender fields for photos. Go for a walk in St-Rémy-de-Provence and take in the views from Pont du Gard.  Be picked up from a meeting point in Avignon and board a comfortable and air-conditioned van for the scenic drive to Fontaine de Vaucluse. Take in the relaxing atmosphere in this town that is next to a spring at the foot of the Vaucluse Mountains. Admire the Provençal landscapes in of Luberon and have a chance to have a photo stop in lavender fields in summer (from June 15th to July 31st). Head over to Gordes which is listed as "one of the most beautiful villages in France." Walk in the red streets of Roussillon and marvel at panoramic views of the Alpilles in Baux-de-Provence. Take a stroll through the beautiful city of St-Rémy-de-Provence. Stop at the ancient Roman aqueduct Pont du Gard before returning to your meeting point. 

From Avignon: All Provence in one Day

3. From Avignon: All Provence in one Day

Immerse yourself in the picturesque region of Provence on a comprehensive day trip departing from Avignon. See all of the local highlights, including hilltop villages with colorful homes, historic monuments, and mountain landscapes. Begin your journey with a visit to the village of Roussillon and its colorful houses. On Thursdays, take the opportunity to explore the local market. Enjoy a photo stop at the panorama view point facing the village of Gordes. Then drive to Fontaine de Vaucluse and take a walk up to the cave from which the River Sorgues emerges. Stop at the charming town of Saint-Rémy de Provence to discover its city center. Have some free time in Les Baux de Provence to explore the medieval fortress, located on a rocky spur in the Alpilles region. Continue to the Pont du Gard and visit the best-preserved aqueduct of the Roman period. This full-day will return to Avignon in the middle of the day, lunch on your own during the day.

Avignon: Pont du Gard, Saint Remy and Les Baux Half-Day Tour

4. Avignon: Pont du Gard, Saint Remy and Les Baux Half-Day Tour

Your 5-hour tour of Provence’s stone monuments and historic towns begins with afternoon pickup by minivan from Avignon. Journey to Saint Remy de Provence for a walk in the city center. Enjoy picturesque views of the Provençal countryside heading south to the Les Baux de Provence – a fortified medieval village perched in Alpilles mountain range. Meander through the narrow stone streets of the historic center, viewing the town's many original 16th-century houses and main attractions such as the Museum of Santons, the Hôtel des Porcelets and St Vincent Church. Afterward, travel to your final stop, the Unesco-listed Pont du Gard. Considered an ancient work of art, this three-tiered construction is the highest of all elevated Roman aqueducts. View the perfectly preserved masterpiece of ancient engineering that once supplied water to the town of Nîmes.

From Marseille: Provence Sightseeing Tour and Wine Tasting

5. From Marseille: Provence Sightseeing Tour and Wine Tasting

Explore some of the historic sites of Provence on a full-day minibus tour from Marseille. Embark on an unforgettable journey back to the Middle Ages at Les Baux de Provence a medieval fortress located on a rocky spur in the Alpills region. Continue to Pont du Gard, one of the largest and best preserved aqueduct of the Roman period. Drive along the docks between the Rhône River and historic city walls, looking at the Saint-Benezet Bridge made famous by the children's song, “Sur le Pont d'Avignon.” See the impressive Palais des Papes (Popes' Palace), the site of the Papacy in the 14th century before their return to Rome. Sample the wines of the Rhône River valley in the legendary village of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, boasting a castle ruin that overlooks the vineyards of the Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation. Visit the cellar of a winery for a complimentary wine-tasting session.

Lavender Field & Distillery Tour between Nimes & Arles

6. Lavender Field & Distillery Tour between Nimes & Arles

Guided tours (1h) - meeting point at the shop. Explore the aromatic plants fields, touch and smell the plants to identify it and all their properties. Experience the distillation process around the still, watch the steam turning flowers into oils and discover the secrets of extracting high quality organic essential oils. Extend your experience in store to discover all our natural products and get personalized advice.

From Aix-en-Provence: Provence Region Tour with Wine Tasting

7. From Aix-en-Provence: Provence Region Tour with Wine Tasting

Discover the highlights of Provence on an immersive tour departing from Aix-en-Provence. Explore the medieval village of Les Baux de Provence, the ancient aqueduct of Pont du Gard, and the town of Avignon. Enjoy a wine tasting in Châteauneuf du Pape. Start your adventure with free time in Les Baux de Provence. See the medieval fortress located on a rocky spur in the Alpilles region. Continue to the Pont du Gard and visit the best-preserved aqueduct of the Roman period (museum entrance not included). Move on to Avignon where you will have lunch. Choose to wander around or visit the Pope's Palace and the famous bridge Saint-Bénezet, also called Pont d'Avignon. Take a scenic drive through the vineyards of Châteauneuf du Pape, followed by a wine tasting, before to drive backto Aix en Provence.

Pont du Gard, Uzès & Nîmes: Half-Day Tour with Entry Fees

8. Pont du Gard, Uzès & Nîmes: Half-Day Tour with Entry Fees

Visit of the charming medieval town of Uzès, founded during the Roman era and the site of an aqueduct that was built to supply the city of Nîmes. The Pont du Gard is the most well-known stretch of the aqueduct left standing. On this 5-hour program, you’ll see the traces of Roman civilization in Uzès as well as substantial monuments from the Middle Ages. Visit the famous 2,000-year-old Pont du Gard, a section of the Roman aqueduct that provided water to Nîmes. The highly photographed bridge was listed by UNESCO in 1985 as a World Heritage Site. You’ll discover the treasures of Nîmes, including the Coliseum that is considered to be second only to the Coliseum in Rome. Its Roman amphitheater is still in use and today has a seating capacity of 10,000.

"The Alchemist" Nîmes : outdoor escape game

9. "The Alchemist" Nîmes : outdoor escape game

🧙‍♀️ THE ALCHEMIST 🧪 We are in the year of grace 1555 and strange phenomena are taking place in the city. Josyne, a villager accused of witchcraft, is arrested before your eyes by the city guards. Investigate to determine the truth and identify the reasons for this accusation. Go and meet various witnesses and examine the clues discovered along your way. As an alchemist, will you be able to use your skills in this investigation, based on real facts, in time? Will you choose to defend Josyne, or will you choose to support the accusation of witchcraft? YOUR AVENTURE STARTS NOW! 🎭 A fun city tour with an offbeat scenario 🧠 Solve riddles along the way to crack the case 👀 Find the clues that are hidden on the monuments around you 💎 Explore the must-see places & discover some hidden gems 🔐 Unlock fun facts about the places you visit ⌚ Play at your own rhythm: start and pause whenever you want 💬 The Coddy team is available for you 7/7 via live chat (9AM-8PM)

Nîmes: Musée de la Romanité Skip-the-Line Entrance Ticket

10. Nîmes: Musée de la Romanité Skip-the-Line Entrance Ticket

Enjoy skip-the-line priority entrance and explore Roman empire heritage with the fascinating multimedia installations and over 25,000 archeological artifacts on display at the Musée de la Romanité in Nimes. Admire innovative museography and immersive scenography (augmented reality and monumental audiovisual technologies) to discover Roman history through 3 main periods: Pre-Roman periodBecome immersed in the daily life of the Romans and discover a fully reconstructed Gallic house. Roman periodDiscover the museum collection with a multitude of everyday objects. Journey between discoveries on town planning, housing, daily habits and the décor of Roman life. Among the most spectacular pieces, admire the Pentheus mosaic and the reconstruction of the Domus Villa Roma. Medieval periodDuring the medieval period, find a shrinking city where ancient vestiges were buried or reused. The arenas are transformed into a fortified enclosure, with dwellings and places of worship in their center. Additionally, admire the museum's architecture, dine at the museum restaurant, relax in the Mediterranean garden, and admire the 360-degree panoramic from the rooftop.

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What should I do on my first trip to Nîmes?

Although Nîmes is well known for its Roman ruins, over the centuries it has developed into a city with a very rich and diverse cultural heritage. That said, top of my list of must see attractions, and there are many, is the Roman amphitheatre. Known locally as Arènes de Nîmes. As amphitheatres go, this is one of the best surviving of them all. It may not be as big as the Colosseum in Rome, but it is certainly as well preserved. An audio guide is included with your entry ticket, and leads you through tunnels to hidden places you probably would not find on your own.

What are some hidden gems to see in Nîmes?

Although not hidden as much as overlooked, the Tour Magne is well worth a visit. These are the ruins of a Roman tower built on the highest point in Nîmes. You will be hard pressed to miss it! Because it is a bit further out from the city centre, however, fewer visitors take the time to walk to the tower. For those that do, and climb the twisty but safe staircase to the top, there are wonderful views of the city before you. Walk via the gardens and you will see many ruins from the Roman era, some of which have been incorporated into more recent features.

How much time should I spend in Nîmes?

Of course you could stay more, or less, but three days is a good amount of time to see all the major attractions and more in Nîmes. It would take the better part of two days to explore the Roman attractions and the new Musée de la Romanité. There are a number of other museums and art galleries, the fine arts museum and the Carré d'Art with its impressive collection of contemporary art. With more than three days, Nîmes can be a suitable base for those with a car to explore further afield in this part of southern France.

What food is Nîmes known for?

There are two dishes that are well known to Nîmes, having been created by local chefs in the 19th century. They are Brandade de Morue (salted cod, poached in milk and served as a puree with olive oil and local truffles) and Nîmes Petit Pâté (a pastry stuffed with veal or pork and eaten hot). For anyone visiting in spring, you will not be able to escape the strawberries. Fraise de Nîmes, known throughout France as amongst the earliest in the year, have had protected geographic origins status since 2013.

What is the best way to get around Nîmes? 

Once in Nîmes, getting around the city is easy on foot. All the major attractions, museums and art galleries are within walking distance of each other. And although there are many hotels on the outskirts of the city, there are just as many, to suit all budgets in the city centre. Some of the other attractions nearby, such as Pont du Gard, require a car or public transport.

What are the best months to visit Nîmes?

During the summer months, June to August, Nîmes can get quite hot. Despite the heat it is also very busy. Even in August Nîmes is a popular tourist destination. There are far fewer tourists in spring and autumn. And this is when the temperatures during the day are much more comfortable, while the evenings are warm enough to enjoy a meal al fresco.

What are the best neighborhoods for food?

Nîmes has a wonderful collection of restaurants, offering cuisine from all around the world. The best place to look for restaurants and bars is in the city centre, particularly in the area between the amphitheatre and the Maison Carrée (the exquisitely preserved Roman temple). But don't stick to the main street - venture into the side streets and you will find many more restaurants to choose from.

What are the best neighborhoods for shopping? 

Nîmes has a vibrant shopping scene, with a good range of luxury shops. If you are looking to buy local produce, for example the region is well known for olives and olive oil as well as fine wine, you should head to Les Halles. The covered food market in the city centre on Rue des Halles. Here you can not only buy fresh food to eat on the spot or take away, you can also buy local produce to take home as gifts.

What neighborhood should I stay in when I visit Nîmes?

There are many good hotels in the city centre and on the outskirts, to suit all budgets. Those on the outskirts of the city will require a car or taxi to get into the centre. When I visit Nîmes I prefer to stay in the city centre. There are a number of good hotels just south of the amphitheatre. These are then within walking distance of all there is to see and do, as well as being close to the restaurant and bars for evening entertainment.

What are the best annual events in Nîmes? 

As the Roman amphitheatre is so well preserved, it is still used for a number of festivals and events throughout the year. For example, the Festival of Nîmes has been taking place since 1997, on dates throughout the summer - attracting international talent including Elton John, Radiohead and Metallica. The ancient arena also hosts the Great Roman Games - a reenactment spectacle for the whole family.

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based on 77 reviews

This is probably one of the best things you can do to really cover so much ground in Provence! We managed to visit 7 stops in total (our guide Thierry graciously fit in an extra for us) and we saw so much! Our guide Thierry was the best! Knowledgable, funny and super easy to talk to, couldn't recommend this tour enough! However, the agency did not receive our booking and we had to reschedule as no one came to pick us up on our original date (no fault on our guide). So we advise to drop a confirmation email to the operator before your tour so ensure they received your booking. Otherwise, 10/10!

Thierry was amazing and the local connection to the area was great. I would do the exact same trio again today if I had the time. A local guide adds so much texture to what you are seeing!

We had an excellent day with Florence - she had so much interesting information about the places we visited and was a great guide. Communication from Get Your Guide was timely and helpful.

We really enjoyed exploring around Avignon. A fun host/driver. Enjoyable for our kids too.

Excellent trip amazingly knowledgeable guide. Van was a bit cramped with 8 adults.