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Experience Van Gogh’s vivid and picturesque Provence on this full-day tour from Marseille! Journey to the seaside town of Arles – where Van Gogh fully realized his signature style – to visit key sites like the ancient Arles amphitheater, Saint-Trophime church and the setting of Le café de nuit. Continue to Saint-Rémy-de-Provence to see the triumphal arch and funeral monument, and to the hilltop village of Les Baux de Provence.

Highlights

  • Day trip from Marseille to Arles, Les Baux and Saint Remy de Provence
  • Small group tour has a maximum of eight people, ensuring personalized attention
  • See Van Gogh's café in Arles
  • Have lunch on your own in Les Baux de Provence
  • Visit an olive property

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What You Can Expect

Arles, Les Baux and Saint Remy de Provence from Marseille

Arles, France

Your 8.5-hour tour of picturesque Provence begins with morning pickup by minivan at Marseille Vieux Port. Enjoy scenic views of the Plain of La Crau as you travel to your first stop, the ancient city of Arles. Soak up the idyllic atmosphere of this stunning seaside town, known to many as the landscape for Van Gogh’s famous paintings La maison jaune and Le jardin de l'hotel Dieu. Admire the sites that inspired the artist such as Les Arènes d’Arles (the Arles amphitheater), the church of Saint Trophime and Forum Place – the setting for the Van Gogh’s famous Cafe Terrace at Night (Le café de nuit).

Next, head north to Les Baux de Provence, stopping at the medieval Montmajour Abbey and the Mill of Daudet, where French novelist Alphonse Daudet set his famous work Letters from My Windmill. In Baux, take some free time to explore the historic center and get some lunch (own expense). Admire the town's many original 16th-century houses and main attractions such as the Museum of Santons, the Hôtel des Porcelets and St Vincent Church before departing. 

Then travel to your final stop, Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, to see ‘Les Antiques,’ a funeral monument and triumphal arch that formed part of the ancient Graeco-Roman city of Glanum. Perched within view of Saint-Paul-de-Mausole asylum where Van Gogh was institutionalized, this site became a natural subject of his. 

Your full-day tour ends with return to Marseille Vieux Port in the evening.

Customer Reviews

Yogesh J USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2014

Fantastic tour! It takes you to many wonderful and exciting places that are not as well known as the coastal towns. To spend time in the area where Van Gogh painted many of his famous paintings, wander through Roman theaters and ruins, walk through castles and enjoy fabulous vistas makes this a very memorable excursion. The guide, Gail, though somewhat inexperienced, made up by being very helpful, enthusiastic and pleasant. I would highly recommend the tour.

N I H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2012

Great tour guide, personal attention and tailoring of trip to suit us. Loved the places visited and the ease of travel!

Yanna Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2011

Virginia is very good and thoroughly enjoyed. The downside is Provence Tour was bought by another company and the phone number was disconnected. I suggest Viator should provide the update phone number. I wasted two days trying to contact the tour company on the number indicated on the voucher.

Raymond W Ireland

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2008

Our guide and driver made our trip to Provence very special. A full day out with lots to see, I would recommend this trip to all.

Jerrel Y USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2008

Excellent.

Sally C United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2008

Excellent tour; guide very knowledgeable of area. She customized the tour as day went on to meet our needs and requests. Showed us many places 'off the beaten path' that most tourists do not get to see. Would highly recommend this tour for visiting Provence. Absolutely delightful day.

Jah Yee W USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2006

The tour guide was very informative and interesting. Not only did the day pack in all three towns of Provence, we also were on the trail of Van Gogh and saw sites of his paintings. It was thoroughly enjoyable.

Robert H

4 star rating: Recommended December 2014

After a bit of confusion about the pick up we met our driver and found that we were the only two people on the tour that day. An excellent tour, particularly St Remy and Les Baux and one I would recommend to anyone

Anonymous

4 star rating: Recommended November 2006

The tour was private by luck as no others had signed on. We would rather pay a bit more then have a tour canceled because others are not interested. It took us to areas we would have not seen. Enjoyed the hotel pick up and drop off. Our guide was very knowledgeable.

Roger M

3 star rating: Worth doing June 2015

Very disappointed that our driver skipped both the Abbey and the Mill. Important sites that we paid to see but we were short of time as two passengers were picked up over and hour out of the way. I thought this was a tour out of Marseille, not Aix-en-Provence!!!!

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