Spend your day ashore in Marseille discovering three major highlights of the French Riviera on this seamless, private shore excursion. Meet your guide directly at the port, and travel in the comfort of an air-conditioned minivan. You’ll visit UNESCO-listed Arles (home to numerous Roman ruins), will journey to Les Baux-de-Provence (a fortified medieval village famed for its striking vistas) and Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, where you can visit Vincent Van Gogh’s former residence at the Monastery Saint-Paul de Mausole (additional expense).
A private shore excursion offers an intimate way to discover the region
Round-trip transit from the Marseille port via air-conditioned minivan
Discover the UNESCO-listed city of Arles and its Roman ruins
Visit scenic Saint-Rémy-de-Provence and Les Baux-de-Provence
Our guide could not enter the port facilities and we could not find him. Finally we called the office and we moved.
The tour is interesting except that we got very lost in Arles and the guide was not very helpful.
On this 8-hour day tour, we were picked up in Marseille and headed to 3 places in Provence. All of these places have a rich history and I would highly recommend this to anyone who wants to experience history, art, old world charm, and scenic beauty in one tour. I did this tour with my 2 daughters aged 13 and 10.
The first stop was Les Baux-de-Provence, which is a village built around the ruins of a medieval castle Chateau des Baux, high up on a hill. The village and ruins are completely enchanting like a fairy tale and the view is amazing.
The next stop was the Saint Paul de Mausole - the asylum where Van Gogh checked himself into after cutting of his ear as a result of an argument with fellow artist Gaugin. You can visit Van Gogh's room as well as experience the garden in which he walked and some of the points from which he painted. If you are a fan of Van Gogh's work like I am, you would find this part of the tour very special. The cost of visiting the asylum is not included in the tour price, but the admission is quite cheap.
The last stop was the town of Arles - again another town where you can trace the presence of Van Gogh and inspiration for some of his work. You will also find Roman monuments still standing some still being used, amongst the Provencal homes. I really enjoyed wandering through the streets of this town as it has maintained its old world charm.
On this tour, the tour guide will provide you with key information on the sites being visited and then will leave you sufficient time for you to wander and explore and then meet back at the tour vehicle. I liked this arrangement very much as I think it allows you to find and discover and experience with your own eyes and form your own thoughts.
Our tour guide, Djilani, was very knowledgeable and helpful. Pick-up was on time and he drove very safely. Highly recommend this tour!