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Visit the haunts of Vincent van Gogh and arresting Roman ruins on this full-day tour of Provence from Aix-en-Provence. Drive through the Alpilles mountains to St Rémy de Provence, known for its vibrant open-air market located within ancient Roman walls. Swing by St Paul de Mausole, a monastery that once treated van Gogh as a psychiatric patient (following the infamous ear incident). Then, in the UNESCO-listed town of Arles, gain insight into van Gogh’s life here, while seeing Roman ruins like the Arles Amphitheatre. Round-trip transport by comfortable minibus included.

Highlights

  • Van Gogh-themed day trip from Aix-en-Provence
  • Discover the Provencal towns where Vincent van Gogh lived: St Rémy de Provence and Arles
  • Browse the wares of St Rémy’s open-air market and admire monuments like St Paul de Mausole
  • Spend time at leisure in Les Baux de Provence and marvel at its sweeping views over the Provencal countryside
  • See the yellow café from Van Gogh’s painting The Café Terrace in the UNESCO-listed town of Arles

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What You Can Expect

Provence Day Trip from Aix-en-Provence: On the Trail of Van Gogh

Provence Day Trip from Aix-en-Provence: On the Trail of Van Gogh

Customer Reviews

Barbara S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Great day visiting two villages and Arles. Cedric was a lovely driver and guide. Our only suggestion is to add 30 minutes to the Arles visit. Merci beaucoup. This was my second Viator tour and the day trips are wonderful.

Geraldine United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Rémy, our very enthusiastic and knowledgeable guide for the day, brought us around the Les Alpilles to follow the trails of Van Gogh in Saint Rémy and Arles, and then to the beautiful village, Les Baux-de-Provence. It was an experience of a lifetime!

Sandra H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. We learned so much history and loved seeing the scenery that inspired Van Gogh. It was a busy day that did not leave a lot of time to fully explore each town. But overall, well worth it.

Mary Jane B United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Marc made our full day tour very personal with his knowledge and personality. He was very flexible in accommodating our interests. We enjoyed each of the towns: Arles, Les Baux-en-Provence and St Remy and he provided us with fascinating information about the importance of each. There were only four of us on this tour, which permitted a most enjoyable time. At each stop, Marc gave us information, then let us explore on our own during very reasonable timeframes.

Susan W USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Excellent. Very good info.

Argiroula V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

The tour was great! Lea was a fantastic guide. I highly recommend it.

Rhonda A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

Lovely trip to Arles, Les Baux and St Remy. Arles has a rich Roman history as well as being a city that inspired Van Gogh (café and gardens) - all pointed out with great knowledge by our guide Florence. We were also lucky that there was a small exhibit of original Van Gogh on display in Arles.The second stop was Les Baux- a beautiful small village in the Alpilles (little alps). Florence took us to lookout point over the city that was breathtaking. We had free time to walk around the village and do some shopping! The last stop was St Remy. Our guide pointed out the mountain just outside St Remy that inspired Van Gogh. Also just outside the town is the sanatorium that Van Gogh stayed and where he painted a great deal of art. You can choose to visit or go direct to St Remy. The town of St Remy is not as interesting as Les Baux; however, there were many local artisans and we bought a painting there. Overall a very pleasant day!

Deisa Philippines

3 star rating: Worth doing August 2016

This tour is worth the price as we visited so many places including the hospital where Van Gogh stayed in France and the restaurant featured in one of his paintings. Our tour guide was also very good. She was told us about the history of places and even how Napoleon Bonaparte had the trees planted for his soldiers to get a shade. We visited a busy market in Saint Remy. If you are craving for paella, you have to bring your own plastic fork as they only had a shell for you to use as utensil. There were soaps, fruits, vegetables, dried vegetables, ceramics and a lot more. We also visited this wonderful place Le Baux where we had our lunch. A spectacular show called the Carrieres de Lumieres CDL is really worth the price you pay. My suggestion though is to have lunch in Saint Remy so we would have more time to watch CDL. Due to the heat in France during our recent visit, we decided to sit in a coffee shop to relax after taking photos around another quaint town Arles.

Thomas M USA

3 star rating: Worth doing July 2016

The guide was very poor. She never spoke a word to us on our way to our first stop, Arles. When we arrived, she handed us a map and a departure time. She spoke a little on the way to Les Baux de Provrnce. Same scenario on arrival.....map and departure time. Then we proceeded to the Roman ruins and mental hospital outside of St Remy. She drove through the town, never stopping, as was advertised in the brochure. We returned 45 minutes early.

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