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  • Location:Avignon, France
  • Duration:4-5 hours

Van Gogh in Provence Small-Group Day Trip

Discover the wonderful world of Van Gogh on a half-day tour of Provence from Avignon. Journey to the ancient Roman site of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence and the perched medieval village of Les Baux de Provence to explore key sites like St Vincent Church, Hôtel des Porcelets and the ruins of Baux’s medieval castle. End in beautiful seaside Arles – the UNESCO-listed town that inspired Van Gogh to create some of his most famous works.

Highlights

  • 4- to 5-hour tour through Van Gogh’s Provence, from Avignon
  • Follow in Vincent van Gogh’s footsteps with your guide
  • Discover Roman ruins in St-Rémy de Provence
  • Explore the medieval village of Les Baux de Provence and the UNESCO-listed town of Arles
  • Enjoy a little free time to explore at your leisure
  • Tour includes round-trip travel from Avignon
  • Small-group tour ensures a more personalized experience

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What You Can Expect

Van Gogh in Provence Small-Group Day Trip

Discover the sites which inspired Van Gogh during your Provence tour

Your art historical tour of Provence begins with morning or afternoon pickup by minivan from your Avignon hotel. Over the course of four to five hours, follow in the footsteps of famous artist Vincent Van Gogh, one of the world’s most celebrated painters. 

Your first stop is the ancient site of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence to see ‘Les Antiques,’ a funeral monument and triumphal arch nestled amongst olive and cypress trees. Perched within view of Saint-Paul-de-Mausole asylum where Van Gogh was institutionalized, this site became a natural subject of his. After viewing the ruins, take an optional tour of the asylum where Van Gogh painted his ‘Wheat Field’ series (own expense). 

Next, head to Les Baux de Provence, a fortified medieval city perched on a rocky hilltop in the Provençal hills. In town, wander the narrow stone streets and explore the town's many original 16th-century houses and main attractions such as the Museum of Santons, Hôtel des Porcelets and St Vincent Church before departing. 

Finish your tour in the UNESCO-listed city of Arles. Admire the sleepy beauty of this seaside town, known to many as the landscape for Van Gogh’s famous paintings La maison jaune and Le jardin de l'hotel Dieu. Take some free time to wander the sun-washed streets and view settings of Van Gogh’s famous works like the Cafe Terrace at Night (Le café de nuit).

Your tour ends with return service to your Avignon hotel.

Customer Reviews

Raymond H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

We found the town of Arles to be especially interesting because of its Roman ruins as well as the spots frequented by Van Gogh. Our guide Nicolas pointed out many highlights and was full of information. We enjoyed the colorful bright yellow cafe which was the subject of Van Gogh's painting, and also the lovely courtyard of flowers at the place he stayed to restore his health. Town square has noteworthy church and fountain.

Jenny S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

it's very good!!!!!!!! i enjoyed a lot! I wish i could have more time to do the one day trip!!

Tatyana G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2012

Great tour, the guide was very knowledgeable and answered all our questions.
She was bilingual, punctual and very funny!

Margaret E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2012

Excellent tour guide ave a great overview of the area.

janet

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2012

The local agents and guides were absolutely top notch with great expertise and friendly. They had excellent knowledge of the area and enhanced my visit to Provence.

Karen

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2012

Loved the tour. Our guide was fun and engaging.

Joh f

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2012

Our guide was absolutely wonderful and the small bus had large windows so we could see very well. We would have liked more than 1 hour at the farmers market but all in all, it was a wonderful trip. The countryside is so beautiful.

Helen M Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2010

Far better than anticipated. Tour leader most punctual, well spoken ,easily understood and most knowledgable. Arles, Les Baus and Saint Remy all fabulous to see.

Anonymous

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2008

The trip was quite informative. The tour guide was very well-versed in the history of the area and made the visits quite informative. I enjoyed the small group (a couple, the tour guide, and myself) and it was done in a way that didn't make it seem rushed. The entire tour was quite well done and I would, and have, strongly recommended to others going to the area to take it.

Yvette L

4 star rating: Recommended September 2015

Slightly bummed. I really loved the tour but the guide made a slight modification. I suppose he had good intentions but I didn't really feel as though he focused on Van Gogh. He changed the details around us to have us experience a festival that was taking place. We all did agree to this but we were not told we wouldn't have the opportunity to tour the Asylum which was my plan!. The Asylum is on the agenda with the option to tour it at our own expense. As it turned out, the festival included running of the bulls. No one wanted to see that and our guide seemed so confused by it. We all happened to be animal lovers and were against bull running!! Because of this we only had 15 minutes to view the asylum and a couple of monuments. The Asylum tour is 45 minutes so I had to skip it. We also never stopped in the cute town of St. Remy but only drove through it. We spent an hour at Les Beaux. Though cool I would rather have spent the time touring Van Gogh's asylum! Nice, polite tour guide though with best of intentions. This means I will have to go back. This time, on my own, no tour.

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