9:00 am: Be met in your hotel in Avignon.
Start your day with a visit of the Pont du Gard, the aqueduct that strides the river valley of the Gard. The Pont du Gard was built shortly before the Christian era to allow the aqueduct of Nîmes (which is almost 50 km long) to cross the Gard river. The Roman architects and hydraulic engineers who designed this bridge, which stands almost 50 m high and is on three levels – the longest measuring 275 m – created a technical as well as an artistic masterpiece which was added to UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites in 1985.
Afterwards, continue your drive to Nîmes. On the border between Provence and Languedoc, the name of Nîmes is inescapably linked to two things – denim and Rome. The first-century Roman arena, known as Les Arènes are the best-preserved Roman arenas in the world, its arcaded two-storey facade conceals massive interior vaulting, riddled with corridors and supporting raked tiers of seats with a capacity of more than 20,000 spectators. Nîmes is worth a visit, in part for the ruins and, nowadays, for the city's new-found energy and direction, enlisting the services of a galaxy of architects and designers – including Norman Foster, Jean Nouvel and Philippe Starck – in a bid to wrest southern supremacy from neighbouring Montpellier.
6:00 pm: Return to Avignon.