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The Best of Roman Provence

History & heritage in the South of France
 
Explore this captivating region at your leisure, walking self-guided while your luggage is transported ahead. You stay in superb hotels, each with a pool and high-quality cuisine, finishing with a chance to visit the Pont du Gard, a remarkably engineered Roman aqueduct.
The Best of Roman Provence. 4 nights
The Best of Roman Provence. 4 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A walking holiday to the Pont du Gard

The limestone hills north of the Camargue form the final fold of the Massif Central. At the western fringe of Provence, these secret, sun-scorched hills conceal tiny stone villages and the ancient duchy of Uzès. Cutting a deep, wooded gorge through the scented hills, the River Gardon slips between the graceful arches of the mighty Pont du Gard, one of the region’s Roman masterpieces. This leisurely walk, perhaps the most relaxed and enchanting of all our short walking breaks, follows attractive paths through these most Mediterranean of landscapes, where the air is perfumed with the scent of herbs, and buzzards and falcons soar overhead. To discover this secret region on foot is a delight, all the more so when you stay in high-quality hotels throughout.
The Pont du Gard is just part of the 50-kilometre-long aqueduct which in Roman times carried water from the source of the River Eure, near Uzès, to Nîmes. It is arguably the most impressive section, a testimony to the Romans’ enormous engineering expertise, and is the largest surviving section of the aqueduct. As such, it has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Necessary to carry the aqueduct across the Gardon, the bridge was built by the son-in-law of Emperor Augustus and is 273 metres long and 48 metres high, with 3 tiers of arches. The first level carried traffic, and was added to in 1743 to accommodate carriages, while the top level carried the water. The aqueduct took over a century to build, and was finally completed in the first part of the 1st century AD.
 

Book now for 2021

Our flexible booking arrangements, commitment to safety and financial protection mean that you can book with confidence, despite the travel restrictions in place currently. We are also keeping our prices the same next year, so you can book for summer 2021 at 2020 prices.

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Itinerary

The key to Inntravel holidays is flexibility. You have a choice of start dates, and are free to add extra nights.
  • The average maximum daytime temperatures and monthly rainfall relate to the nearest weather station and are intended as a guide only.

    The thyme blooms in April.
    Average temperatures and rainfall
      Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    °C 11 12 15 18 22 26 29 28 25 20 15 11
    mm 79 61 80 51 48 43 23 45 78 125 67 72
  • Arrival in Arpaillargues
    Night 1: at Château d’Arpaillargues (where you stay one night).
    As your first night’s accommodation is on the day of travel, Day 1 is your first day of walking.
  • Arpaillargues to Collias: 14km, 5hrs
    You are dropped off in nearby Uzès and, before setting off on your walk, it is well worth taking an hour or two to explore – we provide detailed notes for a town trail. Besides some handsome old stone arcades, there are numerous monuments in the medieval heart of the town, including the elegant Fenestrelle Tower and the Ducal Palace.

    The walk to Collias is full of interest, and serves as a good introduction to the landscapes of the garrigue – gently rolling hills coated in kermes and holm oaks and other small shrubs, and dotted with sleepy hamlets. After descending into the Alzon valley – from where there are great views back to Uzès’ historic towers – you pass several old renovated mills, walking through open farmland, orchards and vineyards to reach Sagriès. Here, you ascend into the garrigue and on to the attractive village of Senilhac, before walking along the top of the Gorges du Gardon, with tantalising glimpses of the river way below you. Your destination for the next two nights is the Hostellerie le Castellas in Collias.
    Arpaillargues to Collias: 14km
    Leaving Senilhac
  • Circular walk from Collias: 7.5km, 3hrs; longer option: 13km, 4.5hrs
    Today’s walk takes you along a shaded path through a lovely valley before reaching a delightful ruined Romanesque hermitage. From here, a brief climb onto the Gardon plateau allows you to choose whether to make a quick return through the wooded slopes of the river gorge, or to extend your walk southwards across the flower strewn plateau of the garrigue. If you are lucky, you may spot Bonelli’s eagles or Egyptian vulture as you walk. Along the way there are great views, with Mont Ventoux to the east and the Cévennes to the north.
    Circular walk via Gardon plateau
    Circular walk from Collias: 13km
    Circular walk from Collias: 7.5km
  • Collias to Vers Pont du Gard: 11km, 4hrs
    This is a charming walk across the farmed plain of the river Alzon. On a combination of quiet country roads, farm tracks and small paths you encounter vineyards, traditional villages, and old stone quarries that date back to Roman times, before finally arriving at the welcoming pool and garden of the La Bégude Saint Pierre.

    You should aim to reach here by lunchtime, leaving the afternoon free to visit the Pont du Gard, its excellent museum and visitors’ centre. Even if you have seen pictures of this spectacular monument, it is hard not to be awed by the sheer size and scale of the engineering feat that it represented 2000 years ago, when you see it for the first time.
    Collias to Vers Pont du Gard: 11km
    The incredible Pont du Gard
 

Accommodation

You stay in three high-quality hotels, all characterful and comfortable, and with excellent restaurants.
 

Extend your stay

 

Summer 2021

We are keeping our prices the same, so you can book for summer 2021 at 2020 prices.
 
Prices & travel options
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  • 4 nights: 01 April 2021 - 30 June 2021 & 01 September 2021 - 28 October 2021

    Start any day except Friday or Saturday | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    1 - 23 Apr 2021 £840 £295
    24 - 28 Apr 2021 £865 £305
    29 Apr - 21 May 2021 £895 £365
    22 May - 26 Jun 2021 £935 £375
    1 - 30 Sep 2021 £935 £375
    1 - 24 Oct 2021 £895 £365
    3rd & 4th person discount -£65
    Single traveller supplement £65

    Includes accommodation, meals and services integral to the holiday as described, plus walking notes and maps, but no travel from the UK, nor any connecting travel from the airport unless stated below.

    Included travel: return taxi from Nîmes airport, or return rail/taxi from Montpellier airport.

    Book your flights through us and we'll find the best route and times to suit you. Please contact us to find out more about our flight booking service. We can also book connecting travel - see below.

    4 nights: 01 April 2021 - 30 June 2021 & 01 September 2021 - 28 October 2021

    Start any day except Friday or Saturday | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    1 - 23 Apr 2021 £1060 £295
    24 - 28 Apr 2021 £1085 £305
    29 Apr - 21 May 2021 £1120 £365
    22 May - 26 Jun 2021 £1160 £375
    1 - 30 Sep 2021 £1160 £375
    1 - 24 Oct 2021 £1120 £365
    3rd & 4th person discount -£70
    Single traveller supplement £70

    Includes all elements in the 'walk price', plus standard-class travel by Eurostar from London St Pancras or Ebbsfleet International to Lille or Paris, with onward travel as described below.

    Included travel from the UK: UK-Lille/Paris (Eurostar), Lille/Paris-Avignon (TGV), approx duration out 7h plus 0h55 taxi transfer. Home, Avignon-Paris/Lille (TGV), Paris/Lille- UK (Eurostar), approx. duration 6h30 plus 1h15 taxi transfer.
    > More about 'by rail' prices
    > The 'rail experience': what to expect

    If you book your holiday less than 6 months in advance of your travel date, seats may no longer be available at the tariffs on which our prices are based, but we may be able to offer you seats on the same services at a supplement.

  • Room upgrades (£ per person per night)

    Hotel du Château d'Arpaillargues, Arpaillargues
    'Château': 01 Apr - 30 Jun 2021 £32
    'Château': 01 Sep - 28 Oct 2021 £32
    Hostellerie le Castellas, Collias
    Larger: 01 Apr - 30 Apr 2021 £10
    Larger: 01 May - 30 Jun 2021 £16
    Larger: 01 Sep - 28 Oct 2021 £16
    Suite: 01 Apr - 30 Apr 2021 £20
    Suite: 01 May - 30 Jun 2021 £32
    Suite: 01 Sep - 28 Oct 2021 £32
    Superior: 01 Apr - 30 Apr 2021 £10
    Superior: 01 May - 30 Jun 2021 £20
    Superior: 01 Sep - 28 Oct 2021 £20
    Hotel La Bégude Saint Pierre, Vers-Pont-du-Gard
    Suite: 01 Apr - 30 Jun 2021 £42
    Suite: 01 Sep - 28 Oct 2021 £42
    'Tropézienne' with terrace: 01 Apr - 30 Jun 2021 £20
    'Tropézienne' with terrace: 01 Sep - 28 Oct 2021 £20

    Extra nights (£ per person per night) in a double or single room

    Hotel du Château d'Arpaillargues, Arpaillargues (with dinner) Double room Single room
    01 Apr - 21 Apr 2021 £135 £180
    22 Apr - 30 Jun 2021 £155 £200
    01 Sep - 30 Sep 2021 £155 £200
    01 Oct - 28 Oct 2021 £135 £180
    Hostellerie le Castellas, Collias (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 Apr - 30 Apr 2021 £86 £138
    01 May - 30 Jun 2021 £98 £176
    01 Sep - 28 Oct 2021 £98 £176
    Hotel La Bégude Saint Pierre, Vers-Pont-du-Gard (with dinner) Double room Single room
    01 Apr - 26 Apr 2021 £188 £308
    27 Apr - 30 Jun 2021 £192 £314
    01 Sep - 30 Sep 2021 £192 £314
    01 Oct - 28 Oct 2021 £190 £386
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Nimes, Montpellier or Marseille

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend flying via Paris CDG.  To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    Outward route Airline
    Birmingham - Marseille (via Paris) Air France 
    Birmingham - Montpellier (via Paris) Air France 
    Outward route Airline
    Bristol - Marseille easyJet 
    Bristol - Montpellier easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Edinburgh - Marseille Ryanair 
    Edinburgh - Marseille (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Edinburgh - Marseille (via Amsterdam) Air France 
    Edinburgh - Marseille (via Paris) Air France 
    Edinburgh - Montpellier (via Amsterdam) Air France 
    Edinburgh - Montpellier (via Paris CDG) Air France 
    Outward route Airline
    Glasgow - Marseille easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Humberside - Marseille (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Gatwick - Marseille easyJet 
    Gatwick - Montpellier easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Heathrow - Marseille British Airways 
    Heathrow - Montpellier (via Paris) Air France 
    Outward route Airline
    Luton - Marseille easyJet 
    Luton - Montpellier easyJet 
    Luton - Nîmes Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    London Southend - Marseille Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Stansted - Marseille Ryanair 
    Stansted - Nîmes Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Manchester - Marseille easyJet,  Ryanair 
    Manchester - Marseille (via Paris) Air France 
    Manchester - Montpellier(via Paris) Air France 
    Outward route Airline
    Newcastle - Marseille (via Paris) Air France 
    Newcastle - Montpellier (via Paris) Air France 
    Outward route Airline
    Southampton - Marseille (via Paris) Air France 
    Southampton - Montpellier (via Paris CDG) Air France 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend flying via Paris CDG.  To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    This list of flight options should be used as a guide only, and you should check each airline’s website for current routes, frequency and schedules. Not all flights operate daily, and may not run for the entire season. You should also heed the latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time stated in the connecting travel section, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Please do not book your flights until we have confirmed your accommodation to you. Alternatively, our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice and to make flight bookings for you. We charge £35 per person for our flight booking service (£60 for India and Nepal). Your flights are then covered by our package-booking conditions, which give you greater protection in the event of delay or cancellation, as well as providing ATOL cover.

  • Prices below are based on 2 people travelling together. If you are travelling solo or as a party of 3 or more and our arrangements include a taxi, please contact us for prices; additional passengers often pay less.

    Unless otherwise stated, connecting travel by rail or bus tends to be from the city centre station, rather than from its airport, and connections between the two should be paid for locally.

    Connecting travel options - flying via Nîmes

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    direct taxi Nimes airport to hotel (0h30) included 1800
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    direct taxi hotel to Nimes airport (0h30) included flexible

    Connecting travel options - flying via Montpellier

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    rail Montpellier to Nimes (0h25), taxi Nimes to hotel (0h35) included 1530
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    taxi hotel to Nimes (0h50), rail Nimes to Montpellier (0h25) included 1230

    Connecting travel options - flying via Marseille

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    shuttle bus Marseille airport to Aix TGV (0h15, pay locally), rail Aix TGV to Avignon TGV (0h25), taxi Avignon TGV to hotel (1h) £28 1600
    direct taxi Marseilles airport to hotel (1h50) £85 flexible
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    taxi hotel to Avignon TGV (0h35), rail Avignon TGV to Aix TGV (0h25), shuttle bus Aix TGV to Marseille airport (0h15, pay locally) £18 1430
What is included
  • 4 nights
  • 3 dinners
    2 picnics
    4 breakfasts
  • luggage transported
  • route notes and maps
  • transfers from Nîmes or Montpellier
 
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FAQs

If you have any questions relating to this or any other Inntravel holiday, our friendly travel experts will be happy to help. You might also find our General FAQs section helpful.
  • We sincerely hope that your holiday experience will be as enjoyable as it would have been before the pandemic – walking holidays are ideal in these times of social distancing, and we’re not operating holidays if the key highlights can no longer be delivered – but, naturally, there will be some changes to ensure your and other people’s safety.
    Your holiday experience: what to expect >
    Safety measures being taken by hoteliers & others >
  • We’ll send you route notes and maps 2-3 weeks before your holiday. The route notes not only contain directions to get from hotel to hotel, but also include practical information about places of interest and eateries along each route, plus cultural information about the area. If/when you are moving between hotels, you leave your luggage in reception as you leave, and it will be transferred ahead to your next accommodation, meaning that all you need to take with you are a camera, sun cream, drinks, food and waterproofs.

    For more detailed information, see our walking holidays in Europe page.
  • We can book a wide range of airlines and routes from the UK. As well as being more convenient for you to book all elements of your holiday together, it also means that we’ll accept liability for your travel arrangements, so if things go wrong, such as the airline going bust, we’ll make suitable alternative arrangements for you. For Europe and Morocco, there’s a £35 booking fee per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). For India and Nepal, the booking fee is £60 per person. More information on flights >
  • We can’t book flights that originate outside the UK, but if you wanted to book your own flights to London (or elsewhere in the UK), we can make all onward travel arrangements (including flights) from there. Alternatively, if you are booking your own flights to an airport in continental Europe that’s appropriate for your holiday, we can book onward rail travel and/or taxis. More information about how we can tailor holidays for customers outside the UK >
  • Since our holidays are self-guided, we recommend calling us for a chat about your plans before making a booking, especially if it’s the first time you’ve booked with us.
    The price panel shows the supplement for a single room and also the single traveller charge (this covers (luggage) transfers and other costs which are usually shared between two people).
  • Once you’ve decided on your exact itinerary (our travel experts will be happy to offer advice), you need to provide us with your party’s details, either by phone or via our booking form. At this point we also ask you to pay a deposit so that we can secure a room for you immediately on confirming availability with the hotel(s). If it turns out that we can’t secure the accommodation for the holiday you’ve requested, or offer an acceptable alternative, we’ll refund your deposit promptly and in full. After booking your accommodation and other key elements, we'll then book your travel (or you can do so if you’re making your own arrangements) and send you a Booking Confirmation and Invoice.

    More information about the booking process >
    Information about accommodation, general practicalities and more >
    Booking conditions >
  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can cost tens of thousands of pounds.

    You don’t have to take out our recommended travel insurance policy (if you live outside Europe you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for residents of the UK and Europe, but not Switzerland), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies – including falling ill with Covid-19 while on holiday – and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.

    We'll ask you for the details of your policy (insurer, policy number and medical emergency phone number) so that we can help out if the worst happens while you are on holiday. It's up to you, though, to check that your policy covers the activities you'll be doing on holiday and that it is adequate for your own individual needs; we don't check alternative policies.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. If you’re a UK citizen, you need a full British passport to travel to France, but not a visa. If you are a citizen of another country, you’ll need to check requirements with the national embassy or your own consulate.

    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice for UK citizens can be found through the Travel Health Pro website. You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). If still entitled to one when the EU withdrawal transition period ends on 31 December 2020, UK citizens should also obtain a European Health Insurance Card (a scheme allowing reciprocal health care) by applying at a Post Office or at www.ehic.org.uk.
  • The official language is French. The currency is the Euro. French time is GMT/UTC + 1. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST + 1.
  • If you are planning to take a holiday after 1 January 2021, visit https://www.gov.uk/transition.

    At Inntravel we work in close partnership with our hoteliers, taxi drivers and other local suppliers to provide our self-guided holidays directly to you. We are entirely confident that you will continue to receive the usual warm welcome from them, regardless of what is happening in the European political sphere.
  • The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) provides up-to-date, country-by-country travel advice, as well as information on security, local laws, passports and visas for UK citizens.
    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
  • You are the best judge of your child’s/children’s capabilities. We are happy to take bookings for families of older children/teenagers if they walk regularly, love the outdoors and are comfortable with the distances and ascent/descent involved. Please note that the bedrooms at most of the accommodation we use will normally only sleep a maximum of 3 people, and sometimes only 2.
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