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clock-o8 hours 30 minutes (Approx.)
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commentOffered in: English

Overview

Experience Van Gogh’s vivid and picturesque Provence on this full-day tour from Marseille! Journey to the seaside town of Arles – where Van Gogh fully realized his signature style – to visit key sites like the ancient Arles amphitheater, Saint-Trophime church and the setting of Le café de nuit. Continue to Saint-Rémy-de-Provence to see the triumphal arch and funeral monument, and to the hilltop village of Les Baux de Provence.
  • Day trip from Marseille to Arles, Les Baux and Saint Remy de Provence
  • Small group tour has a maximum of eight people, ensuring personalized attention
  • See Van Gogh's café in Arles
  • Have lunch on your own in Les Baux de Provence
  • Visit an olive property
Your 8.5-hour tour of picturesque Provence begins with morning pickup by minivan at Marseille Vieux Port. Enjoy scenic views of the Plain of La Crau as you travel to your first stop, the ancient city of Arles. Soak up the idyllic atmosphere of this stunning seaside town, known to many as the landscape for Van Gogh’s famous paintings La maison jaune and Le jardin de l'hotel Dieu. Admire the sites that inspired the artist such as Les Arènes d’Arles (the Arles amphitheater), the church of Saint Trophime and Forum Place – the setting for the Van Gogh’s famous Cafe Terrace at Night (Le café de nuit).


Next, head north to Les Baux de Provence, stopping at the medieval Montmajour Abbey and the Mill of Daudet, where French novelist Alphonse Daudet set his famous work Letters from My Windmill. In Baux, take some free time to explore the historic center and get some lunch (own expense). Admire the town's many original 16th-century houses and main attractions such as the Museum of Santons, the Hôtel des Porcelets and St Vincent Church before departing. 


Then travel to your final stop, Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, to see ‘Les Antiques,’ a funeral monument and triumphal arch that formed part of the ancient Graeco-Roman city of Glanum. Perched within view of Saint-Paul-de-Mausole asylum where Van Gogh was institutionalized, this site became a natural subject of his. 


Your full-day tour ends with return to Marseille Vieux Port in the evening.

Reviews

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T
, Jul 2018

Victorine was the perfect hostess. A beautiful drive and a most informative guide. This was the highlite of our visit. Ask for Victorine. She was the best!

V
, May 2017

We were picked up at the Marseille tourist office by our driver/guide Lucy. She spoke very good English and was an excellent driver. Once we left the city of Marseille the landscape changed to a beautiful meandering meadows with rocks and grass and trees. Many cypresses and olive trees. Arles was everything we expected in an artist's places and Les Beaux was very beautiful. St. Remy added to the enjoyment of traveling in these beautiful and historic villages. We had lunch if Les Baux which was OK. There were many good restaurants in this tourist place and I am sure if we had some more time we would have found a better place to eat. The small winding pedestrian roads are lined up with touristy stuff and eating places. I don't see how anybody could have a bad experience in this town.

p
, Mar 2017

Simply amazing. Everything was perfect.

R
, Jun 2015

Very disappointed that our driver skipped both the Abbey and the Mill. Important sites that we paid to see but we were short of time as two passengers were picked up over and hour out of the way. I thought this was a tour out of Marseille, not Aix-en-Provence!!!!

R
, Dec 2014

After a bit of confusion about the pick up we met our driver and found that we were the only two people on the tour that day. An excellent tour, particularly St Remy and Les Baux and one I would recommend to anyone

Y
, May 2014

Fantastic tour! It takes you to many wonderful and exciting places that are not as well known as the coastal towns. To spend time in the area where Van Gogh painted many of his famous paintings, wander through Roman theaters and ruins, walk through castles and enjoy fabulous vistas makes this a very memorable excursion. The guide, Gail, though somewhat inexperienced, made up by being very helpful, enthusiastic and pleasant. I would highly recommend the tour.

N
, Sep 2012

Great tour guide, personal attention and tailoring of trip to suit us. Loved the places visited and the ease of travel!

Y
, Aug 2011

Virginia is very good and thoroughly enjoyed. The downside is Provence Tour was bought by another company and the phone number was disconnected. I suggest Viator should provide the update phone number. I wasted two days trying to contact the tour company on the number indicated on the voucher.

R
, Sep 2008
Our guide and driver made our trip to Provence very special. A full day out with lots to see, I would recommend this trip to all.
J
, Aug 2008
Excellent.

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