LE PONT DU GARD
This tour gives you the opportunity to plunge into
Provence history : from the roman epoch to the medieval times.
Le Pont du Gard : This incredible
bridge was built around 19 BC !
It is in fact a 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 !
Lunch with the advise of your guide in Avignon
Visit of Avignon, a UNESCO World Heritage
The city was a strategic site in the Rhone valley.
With the arrival of the popes in the 14th Century, it became a second
Rome. It was enriched by art in the 17th and 18th Centuries, and it
remained papal property up to the French revolution. Its medieval walls
cover nearly 3 miles and are punctuated by 39 towers and seven gates
! Within the walls thrives a culturally rich city.
The major site of the city is the huge pope's palace,
the biggest gothic palace in the world. Just being at the foot of the
impressive building will let you an unforgettable souvenir. It gives
an idea of the grand life under the seven French popes who built a miniature
Vatican during their rule here. You can visit 25 rooms of it, including
the ceremonial rooms, chapels, cloister, private papal apartments with
priceless frescoes, and others. (entrance not included)
The second point of interest is the St Bénezet
bridge. This legendary bridge is a significant symbol of the history
of Avignon, famous throughout the world due to the beloved children's
song. The bridge was built in the late 1100's. Though it was often rebuilt
after damage inflicted by the raging flood waters of the Rhone. (entrance
9 hours is a minimum to plan this tour
Between the sites, your driver-guide will explain you many
things about the history, the tradition, the natural environment...
You will be able to stop as much as you want to take pictures, or just
to breath the fabulous scents of the provencal plants...
8:00am Pick up at your hotel or ship in Marseille
9:15 Guided tour of Avignon, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This strategic site of the Rhone Valley is worldwide renowned for its huge pope’s palace, the major site of the city (possible inside visit of the Popes palace: about 11 euros per person)
01:30pm Drive to Pont du Gard
02:00 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
03:15 Drive back
05:00 Drop off
The schedule can be changed depending on the arrival/departure times of your ship or according to your wish if you stay in a hotel.