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The trip was interesting and extremely intensive. It is a pity that the minibus comes back to Avignon in the middle of the trip, for the traffic there is rather heavy. The advertisement does not explain that it is in fact a modular trip changing passengers in the middle of the day. All in all, however, the trip was highly rewarding. The short visit to the mental hospital where Van Gogh stayed during the last year of his life was especially moving.
We wish there had been less time in Arles and a lit more time in Les Baux. We felt cheated that we only had an hour there. Our guide was very good and took a little extra time at the end to take some ohotos of Avignon from across the river. It was a very nice day.
Wonderful opportunity to see some special places. Orange theater really spectacular. Spending time with videos in galleries behind bought it alive. Loved Le Baux and would have liked more time there. Arles a great place to wander. A bit irritated that commercial arrangements with chocolate factory and wine tasting drove the schedule. Knowledgeable guide.
Rudolf Peter D
We (a married couple and a female friend, all about 65), did this tour in late May 2013.
The guide, Anais? was very good. The day started slowly, we went to a winery and we spent far too long there, but that's what you get when you do a tour, they try to meet everyone's interests. This time it wasn't ours. We could have spent more time in Orange, where the amazing Roman theatre is. It is one of 3 in the world, but this one is in the best condition, and is still being used for all kinds of musical events. We did a short walking tour of Arles, which was a very important Roman city, so has an amphitheatre and lots of other Roman sites, mostly ruins. Arles was one place that Van Gogh lived, so part of the tour took us to some of the sites he had painted. I liked that. We also visited a small village Les Baux de Provence, built into cliffs, now only has 22 people living there, but over 1.5 million visitors.
This particular tour was not available however the booking group kindly found two other half day tours that incorporated everything we wanted to see. So much to see outside Avignon, a great place to visit. Highly recommend.
The tour guide was great (forgot her name). Loved the small group of 8 and the pick up at the hotel. Great sites to see - only complaint is that we did not get enough time at each spot. The tour is set up as a morning and afternoon tour. You can buy one or the other or both times. We did the whole day so we came back to Avignon to drop off the morning only people and get the afternoon only people. An afternoon couple was late and we waited half hour for them. The guide did extend the trip which was nice. Seem silly to double back to town but all in all a great day!!! Loved the Roman ruins - some of the best in Europe!!!
On the day I added the Pont Du Gard site as well. Its a must to visit, beautiful roman remains. Enjoyed the les baux village and pont du gard trip very much. Les baux is absolutely beautiful. Orange is one of the town we visited. Arles is full of roman history and Van Gogh paintings. Chateau de pape is wine tasting and big area of wine yard. Very good interesting places - for solo travelers worth to join this tour esp for the Les Baux and Pont Du Gard site as its is not easy to access via public transport.
Great tour, loved the small group. Knowledgable and friendly tour guide, great destinations.
An excellent all-day tour with a very knowledgeable and courteous driver/guide. Being in a small group of six was good. In the minibus, however, the guide's voice was inaudible at times, hence the 4-star rating. The tour included some of the best remnants of ancient Roman civilization in the area as well as other interesting historical aspects and places in this lovely part of France. Highly recommended.
The trip was very interesting and the guide was very friendly and knowledgeable
We bought this tour, but were asked to take an all day one instead. No extra charge. What the man neglected to tell us is that we would not be seeing Arles. We were leaving the next morning after four days and we never got to Arles as a consequence. Be aware that the tour may change or be cancelled. Having said that, it was a good tour.
As with many tours, there was silmply not enough time to see things in depth. Also, I wished the tour guide gave us more information about the places, the people, the monuments. Otherwise, it was enjoyable and the weather was great.
It would have been a great tour if not for the less than competent tour guide who complained about the lack of road signs at the beginning of the tour and predictably, he lost his way. We spent one hour making a detour! He was more interested to talk to the group members sitting in front in the van about their other tour experiences rather than explaining the sights on our itinerary. We did not even know his name as he did not introduce himself. Very disappointing and a waste of money.
This was a very interesting experience, which covered the key historical and other areas of interest around Avignon. Our guide, Caroline, was fluent in several languages, very knowledgeable of the area and maintained our interest throughout the tour. The wine tasting was a stand out element.
Warren and Sharon, Australia
Too rushed. Not enough time in each of the places. Would rather spend a bit more time in each with less coverage... almost running all way through... But the Les Baux and Arles are very beautiful - a not-to-miss for any Van Gogh fan, not necc with this tour though.
The tour guide was lovely and very professional. I had lots of free time in the various towns to explore on my own. The tour was great with lots to enjoy. I found Les Baux de Provence too touristy.
Emily is a good tour guide.Overall it is good but I don like the arrangement. We have to spent some time back to avignon to pick up and drop off people in the afternoon and the schedule of morning is too rush.
I had expectations based on a Viator tour in Egypt where the tour guides stayed with us and gave commentary at the sites. In this tour, the guide primarily dropped us off at the sites. Pickup was on time. We appreciated the driving. I would have liked more time at Les Baux. We spent 9 euro each for a very short time in the historical site. There was not a tour that had Orange and not a winery tour, so we had to pick this one, even though we were not interested in the winery tour. We were dropped at a village to walk around. This is not the tour's fault - we knew this going in - but would have liked a better choice.
Guide was new to the area, but knew a good bit about the sites. The timing was a little rushed, but was an enjoyable day.
really awing, again too rushed for our older bodies to make the trip part of it being uphill. We would finally catch up with the group when the guide was finished with the talk and we heard it not , not seeing what we wished worrying about catching up and wathcing where we were steppping on the cobblestones.
Two half-day trips combined into this day trip wasted time. Also, far too much time in Orange. Maybe add another village, or a brief tour of Avignon.
This tour is really two separate tours stuck together. You go north, and then come back to Avignon to pick up other people before going in the opposite direction. I think this led to a lot of extra time in the van, which was unfortunate.
We got off to a really late start due to traffic, and then were delayed again when our guide figured out we had left someone in Avignon. Luckily we didnt have to go back for them, but all of these delays ended up costing us lunch time.
The first part of the tour was nice the winery tour was good, and seeing Orange was also interesting.
However, for the second part of the tour we picked up passengers who had requested Spanish. What this meant was that the tour guide would say everything in English, and then repeat herself in Spanish. This was fine while we were in the car, but was really horrible during the walking tour of Arles. We would hear a spiel about a site for a few minutes, then just stand around while it was repeated. I think it really slowed down the tour. I probably would not book tours through this company again.
This did not start out okay. When we arrived in Avignon the day before our tour, we asked our host from our B and B to call and confirm our pick-up at their B and B. She was told that we were not scheduled for the tour the next day (even though we had prepaid and had our voucher!). After a long conversation a tour was arranged. Over all we were not very impressed by the tour. We raced by towns while trying to look out the windows to see what we were passing. We spent way too much time wine tasting and not enough time actually seeing the villages. And if you are in the middle seat of the van you can't see much of the view as we raced by. Then a lot of time was wasted going back to Avignon in the middle to drop people off and pick up new people. This is not what we paid for. Everyone in the van should have been there for the full day tour to make the most of our time. Very disappointing! Not worth the money.