Your private guide will meet you at your hotel and you explore two beautiful towns of Provence.
Few other towns in Provence combine all the region’s charms so well as Arles. Its position on the Rhone makes it a natural, historic gateway to the Camargue. Its Roman remains, such as the arena and Constantine’s baths, are complemented by the ocher walls and the Roman-tiled roofs of later buildings. A bastion of Provencal tradition and culture, its museums are among the best in the region. Van Gogh spent time here in 1888-9, but Arles is no longer the industrial town he painted. Entertainment ranges from the Arles Festival to bullfights.
Nimes is in the process of a design renaissance. Architectural projects range from imaginative housing to a new arts complex. An important crossroads in the ancient world, Nimes is equally well known for its Roman antiquities such as the amphitheater, the best preserved of its kind. The Roman gates, the Porte Auguste, built 20 years before the temple of Maison Carree, was one of the longest city walls in Gaul. Of the original arches still standing, two (large) were for carts and chariots and two (smaller) ones for pedestrians. The other major Roman remnant is the Castellum, where water used to arrive from the Pont du Gard and was then distributed around the city through thick pipes.