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How to Spend 1 Day in Nîmes

How to Spend 1 Day in Nîmes

Often referred to as “the French Rome,” Nîmes, located between Montpellier and Avignon, is celebrated for its surfeit of extraordinary, ancient landmarks. Whether you’re staying in town or visiting on a day trip from a nearby hub, one day is enough time to see its monuments and soak up its culture. Here’s your Nîmes itinerary.

Morning: A Culinary Introduction

Nîmes may be packed with world-class monuments, but you don’t want to explore on an empty stomach. Enjoy a gentle and delicious introduction to the millennia-old city when you begin your day with a food-themed walking tour. Immerse yourself in the city’s ineffable atmosphere as you explore on foot and drop by local markets and artisanal food shops. Be sure to sample a number of local cheeses, plus croquants —Nîmes’ answer to biscotti, which have been made here for centuries.

Afternoon: When in Rom(an France)

Outside of Italy, Nîmes boasts one of the heaviest concentrations of ancient Roman monuments in the world. Once suitably refreshed, visit several of its major attractions. The striking Arena of Nîmes, built in AD 100, is still stunningly preserved today, while the Maison Carrée features one of the most remarkable Roman temple facades still in existence. If time allows, you can even venture just beyond city limits to the Pont du Gard: a colossal Roman aqueduct that dates to the first century AD and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Evening: A Sunset Stroll

As the day winds down, book an evening walking tour to discover Nîmes by sunset. Learn more about the city’s wealth of history, and venture to tucked-away corners that many visitors overlook. Once you’ve fully explored the city’s charms, head to a bistro and treat yourself to an indulgent meal. Nîmes brandade—salt cod poached in milk—is a local speciality and worth seeking out during your daylong adventure.

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Nimes private walking tour

Nimes private walking tour

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See the sights of Nimes with a private guide, just for your personal group. Offering a more flexible way to see the sights, the tour showcases the city’s Roman relics with commentary that’s tailored to your interests. You’ll see the Arena of Nimes and La Maison Carrée, along with the medieval streets of the city center where restaurants and enticing boutiques wait to be discovered.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$231.80
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Taste of Nimes: Nimes Food and Sighseeing Tour

Taste of Nimes: Nimes Food and Sighseeing Tour

Head out to the city of Nimes, a short drive from Montpellier, with this walking tour of the historic city. You'll visit ancient Roman monuments, including temples and an amphitheater, followed by strolls through the old city center. You'll also get to visit a covered market and sample regional cheese specialties along with a variety of other gourmet treats!
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  • 3 hours
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Small Group 6 hours Privat Tour of Nimes

Small Group 6 hours Privat Tour of Nimes

In this Half day tour, you will see the highlights of  The French Rome and bull-fighting city par excellence.
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  • 6 hours
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$655.84
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$655.84
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