Pont du Gard walking is a tale of two gorges, taking you from the Gorge d’Alzon to the Gardon Gorge, culminating in a hike round France’s greatest ancient monument, the Pont du Gard.”
P ont du Gard Walking starts in Uzès, the First Duchy of France and capital of the enigmatic region of Uzège. You hike Gard Provençal, home of The Gardon River, the best weather in France, varied countryside, a rich historical heritage and fine, understated regional wines. You stay in superior accommodation with gourmet restaurants either on site or a short stroll away.
Oscillate between the fascinating uplands of the Mediterranean Garrigues and the feature-filled banks of the Alzon and Gardon rivers. It’s light but invigorating hiking, with an abundance of avifauna, Mediterranean flora and local history and culture to get your teeth into. The Gardon has carved out a host of interesting features for you to savour en route, as it plays its game of ‘now-you-see-me, now-you-don’t’ along its ‘water’ course; disappearing underground only to appear further downstream as if to signal its supremacy over nature.
You witness limestone topography that is the stuff of classic geography field trips, as you are constantly reminded just how wild this river has been throughout its history – and why The State chose not to call the department ‘Gardon.’ The first day’s walking is designed to whet the appetite; the second is an adventure and the third encapsulates that creative tension between man and nature that gives birth to classic architecture. You approach The Pont du Gard from an angle that most never see, and various vantage points will deliver views that remain as lasting memories.
Pont du Gard Walking comprises three days’ walking – two are light and one poses a moderate challenge, simply because of its length. Two options exist for this day: the High or the Low route. Whilst the former is lighter, the latter is strongly recommended as it is your one chance to savour walking the riverside limestone pavement. Moreover, if you time your arrival for a Friday, you can take in the Uzès Saturday-morning market, arguably Province’s best, before your first walk on Saturday afternoon.
- £460.00 Pounds Sterling or €520.00 Euros [per person, shared double or twin-bedded room]
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- Pont du Gard
- Gorges du Gardon and Gorges d’Alzon
- Explore a Grotto [Outside nesting season]
- Uzès – First Duchy of France.
- Nimes – a night in the historic centre.
- 4-night, self-guided tour according to taste
- Start any day, all year round
- Start in Uzès, finish in Nimes
- Best access: Nimes
- Fine accommodation.
- We transport your luggage, you just carry a light day pack.
- 4 nights’ B & B in superior accommodation
- Luggage transfers and all transport integral to the programme, incl. transfer to Nimes.
- 1:25,000 scale maps, excellent walking notes & dossier
- 7/7 Telephone back-up & support.
Note: Option for extra night in Nimes in order to enjoy our urban walk around the Roman Centre the next day – please ask for details.
- Best access is via Nimes airport or SNCF station [4 hrs on TGV from Paris or Lille] with 30 min. onward journey to Uzès by bus or taxi – please ask for details.
- Other convenient options are via Lyon or Montpellier airports, with onward TGV to Nimes – 60 and 30 minute journeys, respectively.
- An approach via Avignon by bus is also an option.
- Excellent accommodation standard throughout, with double or twin beds and en suite facilties.
- Mix of superior 3-star hotels and equivalent character chambres d’hotes.
- Two nights in Uzès
- One night in Collias
- One night in historic Nimes centre.
- Hot, dry summers; mild & sunny winters
- Undulating Mediterranean lowland and limestone canyons
Pont du Gard Walking – Tour Itinerary
Day 1: Arrival in Uzès by bus. Check in and get to know France’s First Duchy and your home for the next two nights – superior chambres d’hotes in town centre.
Gorge d’Alzon circular walk
5.5 miles – 8.5 kms.
To the Source
Enjoy a bucolic hike around the Uzès hinterland in search of the source of the waters that fed the Pont du Gard and supplied Roman Nimes with water.
Second night in Uzès.
Russan To Collias.
13 miles-20 kms, with lighter option*
Collection from Uzès and transfer to the start of the Gorge. Wend your way above the gorge towards the magnificent Pont St Nicolas. Thendiscover a lost chapel and explore a memorable grotto with that head-lamp that you never thought you’d get to use. If the water-level is kind, you then sample a section of the valley bottom itself. Sacré balade!
Night in Collias.
Collias to Pont du Gard
11 kms-7.5 miles + transfer to Uzès.
Towards Pont du Gard
Grande finalés don’t come much grander than this – 49 ms in height and 275 m (300 yards) long. You have earned the right to walk its sacred stones and then follow a fascinating trail that unravels a few more of the mysteries that surround this marvel of architecture, human ingenuity and science.
Collection from nearby Vers and transfer to Nimes.
Night in Nimes. Option for extra night in Nimes in order to enjoy our urban walk around the Roman Centre the next day – please ask for details.
Day 5: Departure day – Breakfast and onward journey. Bon voyage et a Bientôt!
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