Insider's Guide to Aix-en-Provence

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Lovingly nicknamed the ‘soul of Provence’, the historic city of Arles is a key stop on the Santiago de Compostela pilgrim route and the gateway to the Camargue Natural Park, set on the banks of the Rhone River. One of the oldest cities in south France, founded by Greeks in 6th-century BC and later established as the Roman capital of Gaul, Britain and Spain, Arles boasts a number of archeological points of interest. A 20,000-seat Roman amphitheatre, Les Arenes, sits at the heart of the medieval center and a cluster of fascinating Roman ruins, including a 12,000-seat theater, are dotted around the UNESCO-World Heritage listed city.

The city’s popularity with artists was cemented by the work of one-time resident Van Gogh, whose enchantment with the region led to many of his most famous works being painted within the year he spent there. Now-legendary pieces like Starry Night over the Rhône, Café Terrace on the Place du Forum, The Red Vines and Sunflowers were all inspired by the luminous vistas of Arles. A walking tour of Van Gogh’s Arles, including the sites of his former homes and the hospital where he was treated after famously cutting off his ear, is a popular undertaking for art lovers.

There are plenty of other things to do in Arles, too – visit the exquisite Cathédrale St-Trophime; join local shoppers in Provence’s largest Saturday food market in the city centre; stroll the idyllic riverside promenade; or time your visit for one of the many annual festivals and seasonal bullfights held in the atmospheric amphitheater.

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Arles, Les Baux and Saint Remy de Provence from Marseille

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 10 Reviews

This tour from Marseille will take you through the Plain of the Crau, to the ancient city of Arles, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Numbers are limited to a ...  Read more

Location: Marseille, France
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $167.35

Private Tour: Arles and Les Baux de Provence Day Trip from Marseille

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Explore the UNESCO-listed city of Arles and relax in Les Baux de Provence on this full-day private tour from Marseille! After a walking tour of Arles that ...  Read more

Location: Marseille, France
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $90.11

Private Provence Tour: In the Footsteps of Van Gogh

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Walk in the footsteps of Vincent Van Gogh in Arles and Saint-Rémy-de-Provence on this private day trip from Avignon. See where the famous artist once ...  Read more

Location: Avignon, France
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $45.06

Provence Day Trip from Aix-en-Provence: On the Trail of Van Gogh

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Follow the footsteps of Vincent van Gogh, see Roman monuments and visit one of Provence’s best open-air markets on this action-packed day trip from ...  Read more

Location: Aix-en-Provence, France
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $128.73

Orange, Les Baux de Provence and Arles Small Group Day Trip

4.5 star rating: Recommended 48 Reviews

Visit Orange and start with a panoramic tour to discover the Roman Triumphal Arch, a symbol of the Roman imperial glory, and then visit the Antic Theatre ...  Read more

Location: Avignon, France
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $135.17

Van Gogh in Provence Small Group Day Trip

4 star rating: Recommended 20 Reviews

Begin with a stop at the Antiques of Saint Remy de Provence (Triumphal Arch and funeral monument) located in a field of olive-trees, landscape painted several ...  Read more

Location: Avignon, France
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $77.24

Arles Passport with Transport from Aix-en-Provence

4 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

Leave Aix-en-Provence and travel north to the UNESCO-listed town of Arles for a half-day of independent sightseeing with the Arles Passport! After traveling to ...  Read more

Location: Aix-en-Provence, France
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $64.37

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