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.
it's very good!!!!!!!! i enjoyed a lot! I wish i could have more time to do the one day trip!!
Great tour, the guide was very knowledgeable and answered all our questions.
She was bilingual, punctual and very funny!
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
The itinary was very good and our guide Victorine was very knowledgeable, competent and gracious. However one couple overslept and made our guide wait for them, putting us at least 30 minutes off schedule. Victorine was pleasant about it , but it made a difference for her snd for the rest of us.
We had 2 female tour guides (one was in training) that were very knowledgeable and informative. Beautiful historic tour through Arles first. Probably could have spent a whole day just wandering the streets there, but timing was certainly adequate. Didn't go in to the coliseum because there was a charge but got to see the outside of the bull-fighting arena. Beautiful drive up the mountain. Really enjoyed the little village up on the hill (Les Baux de Provence). If there were a bunch of people on the tour it seems as though it could easily run all day, but there were only 3 of us so it was fantastic.
Great trip, only complaint not enough time spent at the last mental hospital, where there were a lot of scenes that he painted .
A good overview of Van Gough in Arles and St Remy just a shame half of the tour we not really interested in listening to the guide.
Paul S USA
The trip takes you to Arles where you can see a Roman amphitheater, van Gogh's cafe, Picasso's hotel, and the hospital to which van Gogh repaired after cutting his ear. There is a good side-trip to van Gogh's psychiatric hospital and nearby Roman ruins. I was intrigued by the 2nd century BC village near the ruins, but this was not included on the tour. Worth the trip, but would have appreciated a little more time in Arles...seemed a bit rushed. Also, don't expect anything but the most superficial coverage of van Gogh himself--which was appropriate since some of the Asian people on the tour had never heard of him. I'd recommend that Viator add a tour to the unseen village, and perhaps a tour dedicated to the life of van Gogh.
Laurent delightful and comfortable transport. Olive tasting and Les Baux hardly Van Gogh and no mention of this on itinerary, but good ambience and excellent balance between guide and free time.
Marsh M USA
The tour was too short to really appreciate the places where Van Gogh "hanged out" but it provided a good overview of the man and the places that inspired his art.
Enjoyed the tour but were disappointed that it did not focus fully on the artist.
I was a little disappointed in the trip as I thought that it was supposed to be in the footsteps of Van Gogh. The tour was more centred around the history of Arles and the Romans. although we did visit a couple of the artist's sites that he had painted including St-Paul-de-Mausole although no time to go into the hospital and see the room, and Les Antiques Saint Remy I expected to see other sites of interest especially Langlois Bridge,near Arles instead of wasting time in Arles walking around Roman Ruins.
A good trip but far too hurried for the things there were to see.
Not good - the guide spoke English very poorly - Emily. And, she was uninterested in talking to the group