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Alpilles & Camargue Self Drive Holiday
 Day by Day Itinerary  
The itinerary has been planned as a first night of Sunday and final night of Saturday in order to ensure you can visit the best of the markets and local events which are held on specific days of the week. We can arrange an alternative day of week to start your holiday but in this case the day by day itinerary may change slightly according to your choice of holiday dates.

This holiday can be taken at any time between the months of April to October although our advice would

be to plan a holiday for the spring, early summer or autumn when the weather is ideal for touring.

For details of your holiday accommodation click >>Accommodation

For more information about the visits and excursions planned in your holiday click >>Visits & Excursions

To book this holiday click >>How to Book.

Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4
For the first two nights of your holiday you will be staying in the heart of the fascinating city of Nimes. Arrive here in time to stroll the lively boulevards and admire the superb Roman Arena and beautiful Maison Carré. A day to explore Nimes. This fascinating city is a blend of Provencal and Spanish culture with one of the largest Roman arenas in Europe. the Maison Carrée inspired by the Temple of Apollo in Rome, the Temple of Diana and the Tour Magne overlooking the Jardins de la Fontaine are further testaments to Rome’s influence. The Roman sites are not to be missed but include also the Place du Marché with its fountain with the chained crocodile, stroll through the pretty Place d’Assas and if you wish, visit the Carré d’Art, the modern art museum designed by Norman Foster. All the main sites are within easy walking distance of each other. Depart Nimes this morning and drive on to visit the superb UNESCO world heritage sight of the Pont du Gard. This Roman acqueduct spanning the river Gardon was built to carry water to Nimes and is an amazing technical achievement. From here drive the short distance through the garrigue countyside to the charming medieval town of Uzes. After your exploration of this pretty town, drive on to St. Remy for the next three nights of your stay. Explore the lovely old market town of St. Remy with its pretty squares and charming shops. Its market day in town this morning so enjoy all the colours and scents of provence on your stroll through the town centre. There is a wide choice of cafes for lunch in St. Rémy then this afternoon visit the dramatic fortress village of Les Baux perched high in the Alpilles mountains where a visit to the Citadel is highly recommended.
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A leisurely driving excursion today following the 'Olive Route' of the Alpilles - an 'Apellation d'Origine Controlé' olive growing area. A picturesque drive through the Alpilles mountains including an exploration of the old village of Eygalières. If you wish visit the pretty Alchimists Garden nearby. Time permitting, complete the day with a visit to the 10th century Abbaye de Montmajour with its imposing ruins giving magnificent views across the whole plain of the Camargue. Depart St. Remy this morning and drive on to the Camargue for your final two nights stay. Visit en route the lovely old town of Arles rich in medieval and Roman history then drive on through the Camargue countryside taking time to stop and explore the interesting Camargue Museum before continuing on to Sainte Marie de la Mer. Start your day with a visit to the Pont du Gau ornithological park where you can stroll through the marais and view the famous flamingos and other birdlife inherent to this area. Then drive on to visit the fascinating medieval walled town of Aigues Mortes perhaps including a boat trip on the Camargue waterways. Depart this morning after breakfast or if you are taking one our Extension Options – depart the Luberon and travel on to either Aix en Provence or the Cote d’Azur for the final days of your holiday.
Recommended visits and excursions are planned into your holiday to make sure that you make your most of the time in the area. Please note that whilst we do our best to ensure that pre-planned visits are possible on the specific days indicated, variations in opening times and guided visits can sometimes require a slight alteration to the day by day itinerary. Occasionally a guided visit may be conducted only in French but we try to ensure that an English explanation (usually in the form of a leaflet) is also available.
We have planned the itinerary with accommodation in the specific hotels described below. However the final choice of accommodation will be determined by availability according to your choice of holiday dates. If we cannot secure accommodation for you in our chosen hotels, we will let you know immediately and suggest an alternative, and advise you of any supplement which may apply.  There are many charming hotels in the area all of which we have visited personally and have selected for the comfort of their rooms, their friendly and welcoming ambience and of course for their excellent provencal food.  
4* Hotel Imperator, Nimes 4* Hotel Imperator, Nimes
Located right in the centre of Nimes, this beautiful art deco style hotel offers a comfortable and tranquil place to stay. Rooms are delightfully furnished and the hotel has large gardens for relaxing. Ideally placed for exploring fascinating Nimes. The hotel has a good restaurant.
3* Le Mas des Carassins, St Remy 3* Le Mas des Carassins, St Remy
In the countryside just on the outskirts of town, this charming old stone farmhouse has a delightful garden and swimming pool. Dinner is available on several evenings and the restaurants of St. Rémy are just a short stroll into town.
4* Hotel Mangio Fango, Sainte Marie de la Mer 4* Hotel Mangio Fango, Sainte Marie de la Mer
Located in the Camargue countryside a short drive from Sainte Maries de la Mer, this comfortable hotel is a superb place just to relax and a good base from which to explore the Camargue.

The hotel has a heated swimming pool, spa and good restaurant.
  The best of French Food
Dinner on two evenings are is included in the price of your holiday. The hotels and restaurants we have chosen all offer the best of provencal food so you can be sure to enjoy a delicious dinner or lunch. Where lunch is taken at a restaurant or café of your choice, we have planned your itinerary with suggested lunchtime locations offering a choice of cafes and restaurants to ensure you can sample all the delights of the local cuisine. On some days you may choose to have a lunchtime picnic choosing from the superb range of produce in the local markets. The dinners included in the holiday price are detailed on the Itinerary.
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Updated: 25 November, 2016