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Pont du Gard or Les Baux

We have a ways to drive and have decided that we need to limit ourselves to stopping in either Pont du Gard or Les Baux. Both are three triangles in RS France. Any advice on which to see and which to miss (this time)?

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I was on a river boat cruise in 2017. We went to Les Baux and loved it. Wanted to do pont du Gard but choose the papal palace that day.

I vote to Les baux

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I would go with Pont du Gard it is a unique Roman ruin; Les Baux not so much just a medieval village similar to others I'd seen and touristy

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Another vote for Pont du Gard ! Really unique. Whereas even a drive by Les Baux already gives you a nice view.

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Pont du Gard is more of a three star star than Les Baux , a charming historic town. We stayed in Les Baux and enjoyed it but for a sheer wow, a three or five star site, it is definitely Pont du Gard. To the poster who chose the Papal Palace over Point du Gard, that was a mistake; I hope you return to Provence to see this site.

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Another vote for Pont de Gard. There's a wonderful museum and delightful trail, along the river and to the bridge whereas at Le Baux. you (simply) find a very small medieval town. (I hesitate to call it a town because it is basically one roads with a few hotels/restaurants and the castle at the top. Yes, the views are gorgeous but getting up is a driving challenge..

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The pont is the best of the two. But if you are sure to come back, and if Les Baux fits into your itinerary better, then you might consider stopping there.

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Another vote for Pont du Gard. quite impressive and a great way to spend an afternoon.

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I agree with the votes for Pont du Gard, it is unique and impressive. Les Baux is charming, but the best attraction there is the Carriere des Lumieres--a large limestone cave with a light-and-music show focusing on a collection of famous paintings that are projected onto all the walls and floors. We've been back twice, it was that amazing.

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Thanks so much, everyone! Today's itinerary starts with Pont du Gard! I posted my question with the map in front of me last night, trying to figure out our drive today. I really didn't know if I would have any responses before it was time to leave this morning. I'm amazed to wake up to so many answers already! I am so appreciative - and looking forward to a great morning at Pont du Gard!

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Pont du Gard was good, I especially loved the museum. Les Baux didn't thrill me, but just down the hill from the village is https://www.carrieres-lumieres.com/en/home. We saw it last May and it was spectacular. If I had to choose between the Pont and it, I'd take Carrieres-Lumieres.

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We did both while on an AMA River cruise.

Pont du Gard is a 2 Millenium old Roman Aqueduct, still pretty much intact. Les Baux is a quaint mountain town perched among a rocky lower mountain. Les Baux was a fortress and has some interesting features of that history, but it narrow cobblestone streets and stone walls makes it quite a place. Try to see both.

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I agree with the preponderance of votes for Pont du Gard. Besides the wonder of the bridge itself, the river is lovely - in warmer weather you can canoe, sunbathe, swim, or walk along the banks.

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OP, what did you think of Pont du gard? I am hoping to see it and Carriere des Lumieres in September (skipping the towns of Les Baux and San Remy.)

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My personal choice would be Pont du Gard. It's iconic and unique. The visitor center and tours available (walk inside the water canal) are something you won't get elsewhere. You can hike the area to your heart's content or spend time perusing the artifacts in the visitor center.

Les Baux for me was a nicer medieval town (on a steep slope). The castle ruin, at the top of the hill, is far from the best ruin I've visited - there isn't much left. Views are nice. To me it has more tourist traffic than it deserves.

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If you want to go to the Carrieres, make sure you get advance tickets. We were there last August and it was a madhouse, so we ended up just leaving. Small town, nowhere to park, etc. Arriving on a bus might be better.

Pont du Gard is breathtaking and definitely worth an afternoon.

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what do you think about driving to Saint Remy and taking a bus from there to the exhibit?