The Romans in Provence

In the beginning there was Provence. Long before France existed, around 600 B.C., there was a prosperous Mediterranean seaport known as Massilia (Marseille today). The Greek colony of Massilia eventually came under Roman rule, and it was the Romans who gave this region the name by which it has been known for much of the time since then.

Roman civilisation flourished in this part of southern France that was not too dissimilar to the region around Rome.

The richness of this region in Classical times can still be seen today, and the area round the lower Rhone valley has fine classical remains, including the amphitheatre at Orange, the Pont du Gard aqueduct, the arena at Arles, the remarkable Roman remains at Nimes, and many more sites.Our tours combine guided tours and self learning visits to any number of sites, depending upon the itinerary, bringing to life the Roman influence on this diverse and beautiful part of France.


Day 1-2: After travelling from the UK, arrive at accommodation. Depending upon time, a local visit may be possible

Day 3-6: Morning and afternoon visits or day excursion, according to the itinerary. Evening activities may include a meal out, disco, bowling, water theme park, swimming etc

Day 7: Local visit/activity in the morning. Lunch. Depart for the UK.

Day 8: Ferry and onward journey to school.

Possible day excursions: Avignon and Pont du Gard, St Remy de Provence and Les Baux, Nimes.

Possible half day visits: Aigues Mortes, Camargue, Arles, Les Baux, Rousillon, Le Thor caves, Perrier la Source.

Activities: Reptilium, bowling, ice skating, local market, aqua park, local chateau guided tout, cinema.

This is a suggested itinerary and is entirely flexible; it can be of any duration and the content is tailored to reflect the preferences and emphasis of the group leader.


  • La Manadiere

    Ideally located for access to a wide range of study options.

    • This hotel is designed for groups 
    • It offers accommodation in a large Bourgeoise house situated between Nimes and Arles.
    • Student rooms are multi-bedded with teachers accommodated in twin/single rooms; all have private facilities.
    • There is a good restaurant, meeting/study rooms, a games room and small swimming pool for guests.