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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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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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Tour of Roman sites.
Ken_B, 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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The complete guide to the Roman aquaduct at Pont Du Garde.
Robert_P, Oct 2021
Nimes, Uzes & Pont du Gard Small Group Half-Day Tour from Avignon
My wife and I selected this tour because it covered Pont Du Garde. We weren't sure the weather would cooperate but it did. It was just the 2 of us with our wonderful guide. She knew everything and we had a wonderful time talking. The section to Uzes was unexpectedly great since that was the spring that the Pont du garde was built to use. Great pictures. So this trip showed the start of the water for the Pont Du Garde and the Pont Du Garde as well as the spring in Nimes that was also used by the Romans. Stunning terrain and awesome guide!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Well planned half day trip
Mary_d, 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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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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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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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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Half day Tour from Avignon
Jan_R, Nov 2019
Nimes, Uzes & Pont du Gard Small Group Half-Day Tour from Avignon
Gordano was an excellent and friendly guide who provided lots of great information. She gave us time for pictures, and made special stops to allow us to do so. Six of us in her comfortable van, water bottles provided which was a nice touch. Definitely recommend this tour with Gordano (sp?).
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Great Tour!
juliette_d, Jul 2019
Nimes, Uzes & Pont du Gard Small Group Half-Day Tour from Avignon
Gordana (sp??) was lovely! Very upbeat, cheerful with incredible knowledge of the area. She was very professional and did a great job of balancing the group. I would highly recommend this tour as it is a bit off the beaten path but some amazing sites that are not overcrowded during the high season.
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Best tour ever
Walker_B, Jun 2019
Nimes, Uzes & Pont du Gard Small Group Half-Day Tour from Avignon
We are extremely satisfied with the 5 hour tour out of Avignon as it far exceeded our expectations. Our tour guide, Ann, was extremely knowledgeable about the region and very experienced as a guide. Ann whet out of her way to make sure that we had the best vantage point for pictures unlike many of the other tours at the same attractions. One of the best tour companies and guides we have ever used.
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Wonderful Tour
Nithesh_ERAKKARA, Jul 2020
Nimes, Uzes & Pont du Gard Small Group Half-Day Tour from Avignon
We had a wonderful tour visiting Nimes, Uzès and Pont du Gard. Gordana was a wonderful guide. She is very knowledgable about the area and gave us lots of information about the history of each place we visited. We loved our stroll through Uzès town (wished we had more time there) and she was also kind to take a slight detour to show the origin of the stream for the Pont du Gard. We also wished we had more time to enjoy Pont du Gard. The one major PLUS point of taking this tour is that you get to pay reduced fees (5€ instead of 10€) at Pont du Gard. Gordana was also very kind to drop us at Orange as we had planned spending rest of the day there. We loved this tour and would recommend it to someone who would like to do a quick short tour of the areas near by.

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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