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This departure: Grade SS/4
Travel from London St Pancras to Paris (Gare Du Nord) by Eurostar. Then from Paris to Avignon by TGV rail.
Avignon - With the help of a professional local guide we will spend the morning exploring the rich history of Avignon taking in sites such as Place St Pierre, Place de l'Horloge and the Promenade des Papes.
Pont du Gard - Two thousand years ago, the Romans built a 50km long aqueduct to carry spring water from near Uzès to Nimes. The aqueduct was carried over the deep River Gard, by the stunning 160ft high stone structure known today as the Pont du Gard. The aqueduct is set in pleasant countryside, with some fine walks.
Arles - 36km south of Avignon and was the key city in Roman times, thanks to its bridge-of-boats across the Rhone. Its monuments are outstanding and Van Gogh lived and painted in Arles for a short time.
Villeneuve - A small, fortified mediaeval town, situated on cliffs on the west bank of the River Rhone. It was a kind of suburb for cardinals when the popes were based in Avignon. A delight to wander around and discover.
Nimes - a major urban centre in Roman times, with some outstanding Roman monuments and is worthy of a full day’s visit. Nimes now has the feel of a large city.
St. Remy de Provence - A small, pleasant market town lying near the northern foot of the Alpilles range, about 40 minutes south of Avignon. It has a charming core of mediaeval streets and buildings. Nostradamus was born there. A short distance to the south of St Remy are the Roman remains at Les Antiques and Glanum. The former consists of an archway and a remarkably well preserved mausoleum. Glanum was a Roman town, which for centuries had been forgotten, and buried under alluvial deposits swept down from the hills above.
Return journey by TGV rail to Paris and from Paris to London St Pancras via Eurostar.
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