Brilliant day trips from Avignon Provence

Written by on February 13, 2020 in Provence-Alpes

Fountain in an elegant square, walls covered in vines, in a town in Provence

Day trips from Avignon to see the best of Provence are easy, but you will need wheels to see some of those off the beaten track beauties.

If you don’t want to hire a car and drive, meet Emily Durand of Your Private Chauffeur Provence. She has lived in the area for many years. She’s an expert guide and can plan your perfect day trips. She will collect and return you to your chosen pick up point and show you the best of Provence in a luxurious vehicle. With her insider knowledge you’ll get to make the most of your day trip and discover places that most visitors miss.

Here are some examples of what you can see in a day trip tour from Avignon with Emily as your guide and chauffeur:

Follow the Roman trail in Provence in just one day

Roman aqueduct Pont du Gard over a river near Avignon, Provence

From Avignon it’s a short drive to the Pont du Gard. The stunning aqueduct built by the Romans (40 – 60 AD) to transport water 52km to the lovely city of Nimes. It’s one of the best preserved ancient Roman structures in the world. It’s also France’s most popular ancient monument and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore the amazing architecture from different angles along the many paths next to the river.

Flower market in Uzes Provence, flowers laid out under plane trees, fountain tinkling in background

Then make a stop in the charming town of Uzès where the Romans captured the water to supply Nimes. Uzès will charm you with its pedestrian only streets, beautiful mansions from the 17th and 18th centuries, the Ducal Palace and the only round Romanesque bell tower in France. It’s fairy tale pretty.

Take lunch at a restaurant with a lovely shady courtyard.

Beautifully preserved Roman temple in Nimes, southern France

Head to the sunny city of Nimes. Once one of the most important Roman colonies in Gaul, marvel at one of the best preserved Roman amphitheatres in the world. And, it’s still in use! There’s also a superb temple and many ruins plus the Museum of Roman Civilisation: Musée de la Romanité.

Discover authentic and arty Provence on a day trip

Roman amphitheatre of Arles seen from a side street

Head to Eygalières – a small village market tucked away in the mesmerizing foothills of the Alpilles mountain chain. Stroll the morning market and soak up the ambiance of this oh so pretty hidden gem. With its quiet charm, sun baked village houses and quaint store fronts, it’s a taste of authentic Provence.

Take the mountain and vineyard lined road to stunning Les Baux de Provence. Here you’ll visit the Carrières de Lumières superb sound and light show. Immerse yourself into the works of artists such as Salvador Dali and Gaudi in this former rock quarry that has been transformed into a multimedia studio.

In the picturesque medieval village of Les Baux, you will have time to stop for lunch and stroll the cobblestone streets. The village is on a mountain outcrop, built into the rocks, with spectacular views of the surrounding countryside.

Arles is unmissable. You’ll join a walking tour to focus on the life of Van Gogh who lived here for 15 months.

Find out more and book your day trip from Avignon at: and see her range of signature Provence day tours here…

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