Provence is a region rich in history, with many landmarks left behind by the Phoenicians, Greeks and Romans. The Greeks were the first on the scene, and it was they who first cultivated olives and vines in the 5th century BC on the lands surrounding their base in Marseille. When the Romans arrived at the end of the 2nd century BC, they chose Aix-en-Provence to be their home from home. They introduced amphitheatres, baths, temples and aqueducts – not only in Aix but in their other strongholds of Arles, Nimes, Orange and Glanum (near St Remy). Vaison la Romaine, the largest archaeological site in France, is another notable site for a wonderful classics tour.
A classics tour to Provence is an excellent budget alternative to trips to Italy and Greece.
Our Suggested Itinerary
5 days by Coach, From £290 per person
Travel to France, overnight journey.
Morning & Afternoon
Arrive and enjoy a visit to the ancient town of Arles. Explore its impressive Roman monuments, including a theatre, baths and an amphitheatre still used for bullfighting.
Free time to explore or for activities.
Day in Nîmes.
Visit the Pont du Gard, the phenomenal piece of engineering and one of the Romans' greatest achievements.
Visits to La Maison Carée, Temple of Diana, Tour Magne and the Castellum and Arena.
Visit Vaison-la-Romaine with its fabulous Roman ruins.
Spend the afternoon in Orange, visiting two monumental Roman structures: the Arc de Triomphe and the Théatre Antique.
Overnight travel home.
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