Espace Van Gogh Tours

The Provençal town of Arles sits on the banks of the River Rhône southwest of Avignon and is placed firmly on the tourist trail for its UNESCO-listed Roman ruins, Romanesque cathedral, one of the biggest Saturday produce markets in France and for being the latter-day home of tortured artist Vincent Van Gogh. He arrived in Arles in February 1888 and fell in love with both the town and its rural environs, painting its historic center and spectacular landscapes repeatedly. Some of his most famous works were among the 180 he produced during this time, including Starry Night, several versions of The Sunflowers and The Café Terrace on the Place du Forum, Arles, at Night. Sadly this prolific period did not continue and he soon succumbed to mental illness; following a fracas with his fellow artist Paul Gauguin on Dec. 24, 1888, Van Gogh lopped off his ear and was hospitalized in the 16th-century Hôtel-Dieu-Saint-Espirit. By May 1889, he was recuperating in the Monastère St Paul-de-Mausole in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, before he eventually died in Auvers-sur-Oise in July 1890.

During his time at the Hôtel-Dieu-Saint-Espirit, Van Gogh painted its beautiful courtyard twice; it has now been restored to match the layout seen in his masterly Garden of the Hospital in Arles and is a place of quiet contemplation for visitors. Although there are no original Van Goghs displayed here, there are frequent art exhibitions in the cloisters and a souvenir shop selling his prints. The gardens form part of a Van Gogh-themed walking tour of Arles, which links all the places he made famous in his paintings.

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Place du Docteur Félix Rey, Arles. Admission free at any time. Arles is 45 minutes’ drive southwest of Avignon. 

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Address: Place du Docteur Félix Rey, Arles, France
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Van Gogh Tour from Avignon Including Carrières de Lumières

Be inspired by Van Gogh’s Provence on this 5-hour small-group tour from Avignon and learn how the region’s extraordinary light affected his work. See the real-life locations depicted in Van Gogh’s ‘Starry Night Over the Rhone’ and ‘Café Terrace’ as you explore historic Arles, then visit Saint Rémy de Provence where the troubled artist was hospitalized for over a year. Finally, see works by Van Gogh and other iconic artists at the unique Carrières de Lumières, a multimedia art installation housed in an old quarry.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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  • Duration: 5 hours
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Private Provence Tour: In the Footsteps of Van Gogh

Live the story of Van Gogh on a private half-day tour of historic Provençal landmarks from Avignon. Journey to beautiful seaside Arles, where the tortured artist was inspired to create famous works such 'Le Café de Nuit’ and 'La Maison Jaune’. With an expert guide, see where Van Gogh lived — including the Saint-Paul-de-Mausole asylum — and learn about his sometimes tragic life. Conclude with visits to the ancient Roman sites of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence and the UNESCO-listed Arles Amphitheatre.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Private Tour: Saint Rémy de Provence - Arles and Les Baux de Provence from Aix-en-Provence

Walk in the footsteps of one of the great artists of the 19th-century on this Van Gogh-inspired half-day small-group tour of Provence from Avignon. Explore the ancient Roman ruins and rural landscapes painted by Van Gogh in Saint Rémy de Provence, enjoy the views from Les Baux de Provence, and visit the Van Gogh Cafe and hospital in Arles.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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