Arles Culture & history

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Arles 2-Hour Private Walking Tour

1. Arles 2-Hour Private Walking Tour

Get to know Arles on a 2-hour walking tour of the French city. Maybe you have already heard about this place, as it is famous for its festival of photography, Rencontres d'Arles, which takes place every year in summer. But let's focus on discovering the historical center of this amazing city. Arles has important remains of Roman times, and you will start your tour by visiting the arena of Roman amphitheater, constructed in the 1st century. Then visit the Antique Theatre and the Arles Obelisk. If you would like to visit another place, simply let your guide know your wishes and your tour will be adjusted accordingly. Keep in mind that Arles is also rich in museums, like Musée de la Camargue or Musée Réaltu, which you can visit on your own. Additionally, some of the buildings and cathedrals of Arles are UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and are a wonder to behold.

From Avignon: In the Footsteps of Van Gogh in Provence

2. From Avignon: In the Footsteps of Van Gogh in Provence

Start your trip from Avignon and relax with round-trip transportation via air-conditioned minibus to explore Van Gogh's Provence. The sunny region of Provence has long been an inspiration for artists and painters, like Van Gogh. From the bright colors of the sun and sunflowers to the various colorful landscapes, he painted hundreds of works during his stay in Arles and St. Rémy de Provence. Today, you can follow in his footsteps at the sites that inspired him: Pont Langlois, Starry Night, Maison Jaune, Café Terrace at Night, and others. In Saint Rémy, follow a walking route that shows reproductions of his famous works and visit St. Paul de Mausole Asylum where he was interned.

From Avignon: Half-Day Van Gogh & Carrières de Lumières Tour

3. From Avignon: Half-Day Van Gogh & Carrières de Lumières Tour

Follow in the tracks of Vincent van Gogh in Provence on this 5-hour tour. Begin in Arles, a city that fascinated the artist. Then, set off to discover the city through the history of the artist during this fascinating city tour. First, visit the monumental “Carrières de Lumières” which hosts extraordinary multimedia shows, unique in the world with Dali and Gaudi. Finish with St Paul de Mausole, the famous psychiatric hospital, where Van Gogh spent 1 very creative year.

From Marseille: Arles, Les Baux and Saint Rémy de Provence

4. From Marseille: Arles, Les Baux and Saint Rémy de Provence

Through the Crau Plain, this full-day tour will take you to the Grand Rhône River bank, where the ancient city of Arles is located. Following the footsteps of Van Gogh, you will discover the Roman vestiges with the coliseum and the ancient theatre, the 12th century Saint Trophime Church, the Forum Square where the statue of the provincial poet Frédéric Mistral stands, as well as Van Gogh's bridge, Hotel Dieu, and Van Gogh’s Café. Later, on the road that leads you to Les Baux-de-Provence, you will make a stopover at the 10th century Montmajour Abbey and at the Mill of Daudet, the famous place where Alphonse Daudet found inspiration to write his letters. Enjoy lunch on your own, in the perched village of Les Baux-de-Provence. In the afternoon, you will visit an olive property in the Baux valley well known for its olive trees before continuing through the Alpilles mountains to Saint-Rémy-de-Provence to discover its antique Roman monuments. From March to December, it is possible to attend the sound and light show about Vincent Van Gogh in Les Carrières de Lumières (entrance fee not included) instead of visiting the village.

Arles: Walking Tour with Laurianne, a Local guide

5. Arles: Walking Tour with Laurianne, a Local guide

Start your day by meeting your guide, a friendly and informative local who will acquaint you with this beautiful city and its rich history. Arles is a very cute town with a Roman heritage that is present all around. During your tour, you will see the most famous monuments that the city has to offer, like the Arenes, the Antic theater, and the river Rhône. During the day you will stop to discover the local specialties and gastronomy. Your private guide Laurianne, has lived in Arles for 4-years and is eager to show you why she loves it! She will bring you to her favorite places where you'll get to discover the local life. She will also acquaint you with the main sites where the painter Van Gogh worked. Your guide will also explain to you the peculiarities of the local tradition like the famous "Féria".

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What people are saying about Arles

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 80 reviews

Our guide picked us up on time and took us to firstly Arles where vince van gogh lived most of his life and also later in St. Remy where he was in his asilum. He guided us to some of the main attractions in arles and told us many interesting facts about the history, why arles was the capital of Provence etc. We had a lot of free time also to explore the city by ourselfs afterwords. It just has an amazing vibe and you get the idea why Vincent stayed here to create his work.

Excellent guide Aurelio. Very knowledgeable about the history of the city. From Julius Caesar to Van Gogh. Very thankful.

Mark was a very knowledgeable, articular guide. The tour was very interesting. Definitely recommend it.

A very nice excursion with a very reliable and competent tour guide. Thanks very much!

Sylvia was so kind and funny and knowledgeable about Provence!