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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.

Highlights

  • 4-hour private Van Gogh tour from Avignon
  • View famous locations in Arles and Saint-Rémy-de-Provence that inspired paintings like ‘Le Café de Nuit’
  • Visit the Saint-Paul-de-Mausole asylum where the artist was hospitalized
  • Soak up expert knowledge from an art historian guide
  • Stop at historic and UNESCO-listed Roman ruins like the Arles Amphitheatre
  • Round-trip transport by minivan with hotel pickup and drop-off included

What You Can Expect

Private Provence Tour: In the Footsteps of Van Gogh

Visit the Roman ruins at Glanum in Saint-Remy

You’ll be picked up from your Avignon hotel in the morning or afternoon by your private guide. Traveling by air-conditioned minivan, head 45 minutes north to the city of Arles, where you’ll spend a few hours discovering the landscapes that inspired the works of famous post-Impressionist Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh.

Van Gogh lived in Arles from 1888 to 1889, and produced more than 300 paintings and drawings during his time there. Your expert art historian guide will take you to the sites that appear in some of Van Gogh’s most treasured paintings including Le Café La Nuit and Le Jardin de l’Hotel Dieu. You'll see the location of La Maison Jaune but as the building was bombed during World War II, there are no visible remains.

But there’s more to Arles than Van Gogh; the city is home to many impressive Roman monuments, some of which are UNESCO World Heritage sites. Travel back in time with a visit to the famous Arles Amphitheatre, one of Arles' most prominent attractions.

Back aboard the minivan, continue your drive to nearby Saint-Rémy-de-Provence and visit Saint-Paul-de-Mausole. This monastery includes the adjoining Maison de Santé Saint-Paul psychiatric institution, where Van Gogh was treated for a year during his psychological downturn.

Your guide will explain Van Gogh's struggle with mental illness, including the famous story about how he cut off his own ear. View the wheat field that he contemplated and painted during his time here, and see a reproduction of the room where he was confined (entrance fee at own expense).
On the way back, make a photo stop at another Roman ruin, Les Antiques of Glanum. Admire the Triumphal Arch and Mausoleum situated among a field of olive trees — a landscape painted several times by Van Gogh. Your tour concludes in Avignon with drop-off at your hotel.

Customer Reviews

Kathleen G M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Our tour of St Remy and Arles was amazing! Violetta, our tour guide, was extremely knowledgeable and had a lovely personality. She was quite happy to answer all of our many questions, and when we asked her at the last minute if we could change the order of our tour start in St Remy and end in Arles so that we could meet up with fellow travelers she was more than happy to accommodate our request. We are so happy that we signed up for this tour, instead of wasting precious time trying to find our way around. Definitely money well spent!

Donna H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

A beautiful tour. Very informative and poignant.

Sonia J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2013

This tour was amazing enjoyed by our whole group went out of their way to make sure we got the most out of our time

Joe A USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2010

The tour was wonderful, in part due to the wonderful tour guide we had assigned to us.

Richard L

3 star rating: Worth doing September 2015

The tour was enjoyable for the four of us. The tour guide was knowledgeable, however, she was not as engaging as other tour guides that we have had. She seemed to be doing the tour exactly as was expected but did not have the passion or incidental stories that make the day memorable. She met us on time and delivered us back on time.

Mary Anne S

3 star rating: Worth doing October 2014

Our trip was too rushed...this particular trip should be a five, not four, hour trip. Need more time for the 'senior citizen factor' i.e.walking speed..... and picture taking; also should include a brief visit inside the arena in Arles. Many aspects of the trip were indeed spectacular and our guide was most pleasant, if not rushed.

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