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From Aix-en-Provence: Arles, Les Baux & Saint-Rémy Day Trip

1. From Aix-en-Provence: Arles, Les Baux & Saint-Rémy Day Trip

This full-day tour from Aix-en-Provence takes you on a discovery of Provence, visiting Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, Les Baux-de-Provence, and Arles. Upon arrival in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence you will have some free time to explore the village including, on a Wednesday, the open-air market, one of the most picturesque in Provence. You will also take a photo stop at the Roman monuments and at Saint-Paul-de-Mausole, the hospital where the painter Van Gogh was interned from 1889 to 1890. You will then explore the exceptional village of Les Baux-de-Provence. The village has kept the narrow streets from the Middle Ages, the imposing ruins of a castle, and the memory of the proud lords and troubadours. From the rocky spur you can admire the breathtaking view of the exceptional scenery. Continuing on to Arles, you will take a walking tour following the footsteps of Van Gogh to discover the places where he created his most famous paintings dating back to 1888. Arles is also famous worldwide for its architectural heritage including the Roman amphitheater and theatre, and the Romanesque Saint Trophime Church. From March to December, possibility to attend the sound and light show in Les Carrières de Lumières (entrance fee not included) instead of visiting the village.

From Avignon: Art and History in Provence

2. From Avignon: Art and History in Provence

Discover two perfectly preserved Roman masterpieces at Glanum on this tour. You will also get to see places that inspired Vincent Van Gogh around the asylum of Saint Paul de Mausole, near Saint Rémy de Provence. Marvel at one of the most beautiful villages in France, Les Baux de Provence, perched on a spur of rock in the heart of the Alpilles. Explore the narrow streets Arles, with its 2000-year-old Roman amphitheatre and see the Pont du Gard (entrance fee included), the highest Roman aqueduct in the world. After all this, you will then go on to enjoy a tasting of Rhone Valley wines at an organic winery (cost of wine tasting included).

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

3. 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.

Avignon: Full-Day Roman & Medieval Provencal Heritage

4. Avignon: Full-Day Roman & Medieval Provencal Heritage

Meet your guide at 9:00 AM and start your Provence tour by the visit of Saint Remy de Provence. Explore the Provencal market on Wednesday, or have a look at the reproductions of Van Gogh works near the asylum where he stayed for one year.   Your next step is Les Baux de Provence, a typical Provencal village that used to be a medieval stronghold. The paved streets and the amazing panorama will charm you. Then, head off to to Arles and visit the Roman monuments such as arenas or follow in the footsteps of Van Gogh in this rich historical and cultural city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Afterwards, have your lunch break (not included). Go to the Pont du Gard where you will discover the famous Roman aqueduct. After a historical comment, you can walk around to find your best photo spot. Finally, enjoy a visit to a wine museum in a reconstituted roman antic winery on an archeological site. Have a wine tasting of the the unique “Vinum Romanum”, wines elaborated from original recipes found in the writings of eminent Latin authors.

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".

Follow the Steps of Van Gogh: Full Day Tour from Marseille

6. Follow the Steps of Van Gogh: Full Day Tour from Marseille

Meet your guide in the morning at your cruise port terminal or hotel address in Marseille and move towards Arles in your comfortable private vehicle. In Arles, enjoy a walk on the cours de la République with its rich architecture and charming cafés. See the Roman arena and typical architecture as you make your way to the old town of Arles. Explore the area, go into charming boutiques and craft shops to pick up a unique souvenir.  Head up to the charming village of Les Baux de Provence, located in the Alpilles mountains. Follow Van Gogh's footsteps and explore Saint Remy de Provence and the monastery Saint-Paul-de-Mausole (not included - 5€/person), to learn and discover where the painter used to live for one year (1889-1890). Enjoy the magic ambiance of the place that inspired some of Van Gogh's most famous paintings (la Nuit Etoilée/Starry Night). Afterwards enjoy a free walk in the old town of Saint Remy. When you tour finishes, your guide will drive you back to Marseille and the port of your cruise terminal/hotel address .

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What people are saying about Arles

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 14 reviews

Our trip was wonderful, memorable with many beautiful photos thanks to Veronica who guided and showed us every corners of the beautiful Arles city and surrounding area. Thank you Veronica again!

A wonderful tour! Nico was extremely nice and very informative. He has a great understand of the Provence region and was a great all-around host!

A very good tour

Lots of free time which I loved. Very professional guide, excellent driver. 3 great destinations.

Florence was friendly and extremely knowledgeable. We adored this tour and highly recommend it

All these villages are magnificent and worth the detour.