Nîmes – French City Break by Train

The Esplanade in Nîmes
Maison Carree Roman Temple
Pont du Gard
Roman Ampitheatre in Nîmes
TGV train in France

Holiday Highlights

  • Relaxing journey through France by train
  • Time exploring Nîmes
  • Impressive Roman architecture and history
  • Contrasting modern architecture worth seeing
  • See the famous Pont du Gard
  • 4 Days from £915pp
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Ffestiniog Travel’s expertise in providing rail tickets across Europe and advising on best routes were employed when a group of 4 wanted a relaxing short break to the French city of Nîmes in the Occitanie region of southern France. They wanted to avoid the often time-consuming airport route and go by train. France’s speedy TGV service enabled the Ffestiniog travellers to reach their destination in 7.5 hours from London, relaxed after a leisurely journey and with plenty of energy to explore the historic Roman city of Nîmes.

Itinerary

Day 1 – By Train to Nîmes

Our Ffestiniog Travellers caught the Eurostar 1258 service from London St. Pancras, arriving in Lille two and half hours later with time for refreshments before catching the 17.03 TGV service direct to Nîmes, arriving at 2133. Check-in to the Hotel Best Western Marquis de la Baume for a 3-night break.

Days 2 and 3 – Exploring Nîmes

The hotel is situated in the heart of the city and a 1.0km walk (approx. 13-minutes) from Nîmes railway station. An ideal location from which to explore the city of Nîmes and its glorious past that dates back to the 6th Century BC. It is known as the ‘Rome of France’ with its incredible collection of Roman buildings, including a magnificent amphitheatre and the 2000-year-old Maison Carrée, one of the best preserved Roman temples of the Roman Empire. There are lots of museums and markets to explore in Nîmes' palm-lined streets, and the city plays host to a number of high-profile festivals throughout the year, including its famous music festival with a line-up of high profile musicians and singers. It now boasts one of the best archaeological museums in southern France, the futuristic 9200sq m Musée de la Romanité, which opened in mid-2018 and sits opposite the 2000-year-old Roman amphitheatre, Les Arènes. Designed by Brazilian architect, Elizabeth de Portzamparc, it showcases national heritage works of great archaeological and artistic value. There is also the modern Carré d'Art museum of contemporary art and the municipal library. Designed by the British architect Norman Foster, it was built on the site of an old Neo-Classical theatre that burned down in 1952 and its glass, concrete and steel provides an interesting contrast to the nearby Roman temple. The city is also ideally situated for visiting the famous Pont du Gard Roman aqueduct and the enchanting villages of the Cévennes region, with the Mediterranean just 45 minutes away!

Day 4 – Return Home

Another relaxing journey home with a morning departure by TGV, arriving in Lille Europe station at 1418 for a short refreshment break before continuing their journey by Eurostar at 1535, arriving in London at 1605.

Selected Hotels

Hotel Best Western Marquis de la Baume, Nîmes

Please note - hotels can be subject to change

Price Includes

  • All rail travel as specified in standard-premier/1st class throughout

  • 3 nights’ bed and breakfast accommodation at the Hotel Best Western Marquis de la Baume in 2 Superior Queen Rooms

Price per person

From £915 per person

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