Nimes boasts some of Europe's most impressive Roman remains, and also happens to be the birthplace of denim. Pull on your best designer jeans and hop on a flight from Edinburgh to visit Nimes.
Although Ryanair (www.ryanair.com) has flight services from Liverpool and Luton direct to Nimes, the nearest airport reachable by direct flights from Edinburgh is Marseille.The easy connections make this a more practical solution than heading south for your departures.
Ryanair's Marseille flights depart at 6.45 in the morning, arriving in France at 10.15am, a convenient time for your onward travel to Nimes. One way tickets are available at £67.97, plus Ryanair's customary add-ons for EU levies, check-in and baggage. If your dates are flexible, you are booking well in advance, are travelling light and know your way around the booking website, you should be available to save a few pounds, or even pick up a rock-bottom bargain fare.
The best way to travel onwards to Nimes from Marseille is by train. There is a convenient station located within the airport. You can take direct trains from here to Nimes with a journey time of just over an hour. You can even book your tickets in advance from www.raileurope.co.uk, for £14.50, although it is easy enough to buy tickets on arrival.
The train journey is a scenic ride through the fields and vineyards of Provence, a relaxing way to acclimatize yourself to the South of France after your early morning flight. If you don't have to wait too long for your luggage or for your train, you can be off your flight from Edinburgh and in Nimes in time for lunch in a pavement cafe, overlooking those Roman ruins.