Relaxed Provence

Pont du Gard
Pont du Gard
Pont du Gard
Pont du Gard
Guests enjoying the view of the Pont du Gard
Guests enjoying the view of the Pont du Gard
The ruins of Glanum
The ruins of Glanum
Triumphant Arch at Glanum
Triumphant Arch at Glanum
The Ales Museum
The Ales Museum
Roman amphitheatre of Arles
Roman amphitheatre of Arles
Roman amphitheatre of Arles
Roman amphitheatre of Arles
Aix-en-Provence
Aix-en-Provence
Village in Provence
Village in Provence
A panther accompanies a Dionysiac procession in this exquisite mosaic from Arles
A panther accompanies a Dionysiac procession in this exquisite mosaic from Arles
Detail of a Gallo-Roman sarcophagus, Nimes
Detail of a Gallo-Roman sarcophagus, Nimes

The idyllic landscapes of Provence are home to some of Europe’s finest Roman remains. Triumphal arches, amphitheatres, theatres and aqueducts – at one and the same time, feats of engineering and a clear demonstration of power to the local Gallic tribes. Today, many of these monuments remain remarkably complete - from the magnificent amphitheatres at Arles and Nîmes to the ruins of Glanum - an abandoned Roman town dramatically sited in a cleft in the hills.

Expert Romanists and archaeologists tell the story of the Romans in Provence, including Hannibal, Marius and even Julius Caesar.

  • Enjoy the Roman architecture of Nîmes
  • Relax in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence
  • Visit the renowned Roman theatre in Orange
  • View the ancient artefacts at the Archaeological Museum
  • Free time to absorb the atmosphere at your own pace

Themes

  • Romans

Practicalities

  • Special Access
  • Small Group
  • Just One Hotel
  • All Inclusive

Itinerary 2018

Day 1

We fly to Marseille and transfer to Saint-Rémy-de-Provence.

Day 2

We begin in Nîmes, once a thriving Roman town. Visits include the Arena of Nîmes — the former amphitheatre remodelled as a bullring in the 19th century — and the Maison Carrée, a beautifully preserved temple façade. We also see the original spring of Nemausus, around which the pre-Roman settlement grew up, now landscaped into a lovely park.

Day 3

Enjoy a free morning in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, a charming village where the Provençal way of life is alive and well. We visit Glanum this afternoon. Just outside the town is a triumphal arch and a funerary monument, known as Les Antiques.

Day 4

We begin today by visiting Orange, home to a famous Roman theatre and triumphal arch. Afterwards, we enjoy a special wine tasting and lunch in the Châteauneuf-du-Pape region, before taking some free time to enjoy at our leisure.

Day 5

The Roman past of Arles still seems remarkably close. The modern Archaeological Museum has been built alongside one end of the Roman circus, and it vividly tells the story of Roman Arelate with its remarkable collection.

Day 6

We spend the morning visiting the spectacular stretch of aqueduct that once fed Nîmes: the Pont du Gard. We enjoy a private tour, which includes the opportunity to walk along the water channel. We have lunch beside the aqueduct, before a free afternoon here.

Day 7

We return home today.

Itinerary 2019

Day 1

We depart from London and fly into Marseille.

Day 2

Our day begins in Nîmes, which was once a thriving Roman town. Visits include the Arena of Nîmes, where the former amphitheatre was remodelled as a bullring in the 19th century, and the beautifully preserved temple facade at Maison Carrée. We also see the original spring of Nemausus, around which the pre-Roman settlement grew up, and has since been landscaped into a modern day park.

Day 3

Enjoy a free morning to explore Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, a charming village where the Provencal way of life is truly alive and well. We visit Glanum this afternoon, which was an oppidum and has played host to some fascinating excavations. Here, we will have an option to walk to the viewing areas which overlook the site, sanctuary, monuments and residential area. Just outside of the town is a triumphal arch along with a funerary monument, known as Les Antiques.

Day 4

Today we begin by visiting Orange, which is home to a renowned Roman theatre and triumphal arch. The Roman city on the site was founded in 35 BC, however it was originally under Celtic rule. The ancient porticoes, Celtic fortifications and beautiful fountained squares make this small town well worth the trip. Afterwards, our morning of exploring will be well rewarded with a very special wine-tasting and indulgent lunch in the revered Châteaneuf-du-Pape region. The rest of our afternoon will be spent at leisure, take the opportunity to soak in the atmosphere, culture and history of the area, which also boasts an array of local shops. 

Day 5

The Roman past of Arles still seems to be remarkably close. Here, we can marvel at the amphitheatre, which is still in use to this day. Other sights include an impressive ancient theatre, Roman baths and cryptoporticus tunnels that are located deep beneath the forum. The modern Archaeological museum, which we tour, vividly tells a story of Roman Arleate through its fantastic exhibits and collections. Arles is a truly fascinating destination to explore: Vincent van Gogh famously painted up to 200 works of the town and its colourful streets.

Day 6

We begin with a morning spent visiting the spectacular stretch of aqueduct that once fed the historic city of Nîmes: the Pont du Gard. Upon our arrival, we will be given a private tour that includes the privileged opportunity to walk along the water channel itself. This monument was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site back in 1985 and in 2004 it was awarded the coveted title of ‘Grande site de France’. Described regularly as a true masterpiece of ancient architecture, the Pont du Gard is a sight to behold. Then, we enjoy lunch beside the aqueduct. Our afternoon will be spent at leisure in this gorgeous area. 

Day 7

We leave this wonderful tour behind today and return home.

What's Included

  1. Expert Guide Lecturer
  2. Tour Manager
  3. Local Travel - Private a/c coach
  4. Meals - All meals included with wine at dinner
  5. Entries & Tips - Entry to all sites in programme; tips included
  6. Field Notes
  7. Hotels
  8. Flights

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2018 Tour Details

Mon 17th September - Sun 23rd September

Available

£2,495

inc.

sgl supp: £325

PRR18B

Led By: Professor Tony King

2019 Tour Details

Mon 16th September - Sun 22nd September

Available

£2,195

inc.

sgl supp: £335

PRR19A

Led By: Mark Corney

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