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Don't squander your time in Marseille port. Instead, book a shore excursion with a private guide to Arles and Les Baux de Provence. In Arles, set out on a walking tour of the ancient UNESCO-listed city—home to stunning Roman ruins as well as the cafe from Van Gogh's famous painting, Cafe Terrace at Night. Then depart for Les Baux de Provence, an ancient village with a spectacular cliff-top setting. Spend the rest of the afternoon exploring the village's cobbled streets and admiring its centuries-old greystone structures before returning to Marseille. 


  • Full-day private shore excursion to Arles and Les Baux de Provence from Marseille
  • Take a walking tour of the UNESCO-listed town of Arles with your private guide
  • Learn about the famous former Arles resident, Vincent Van Gogh, and see sites related to his artwork
  • Discover the city's ancient heritage as you visit Roman ruins like the Arles Amphitheatre
  • Enjoy a leisurely afternoon in the scenic village of Les Baux de Provence
  • Covered by Viator's worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship

What You Can Expect

Marseille Shore Excursion: Private Arles and Les Baux de Provence Tour

Step into the Provence countryside as you visit Les Baux de Provence on your shore excursion from Marseille

For this private Marseille shore excursion, your guide will be waiting for you at the Marseille cruise terminal when your cruise ship docks. Hop in a luxury air-conditioned minivan and travel west along the coast to Arles, an ancient city known for its Roman heritage. In fact, the city made its way onto the UNESCO World Heritage list for its wonderfully preserved Roman monuments, some of which date back to the 1st century BC.

Arles is also known for its strong sense of cultural identity, attracting art and architecture lovers from around the world. Its most famous former resident is the masterful Vincent van Gogh! Learn about Van Gogh’s life in the city as you follow your guide on a leisurely walking tour.

Admire striking architecture and see several places that inspired Van Gogh’s works, like Café Van Gogh, the distinctive yellow-fronted café located in Forum Square that's said to be the building in his acclaimed The Café Terrace painting.

Stand in awe of the ruins of the massive Arles Amphitheatre and then explore the city’s fascinating ancient theater. Only two of its original Corinthian columns are still standing, but the ruins certainly hint at its former glory. Walk past St-Trophime Church, admiring its carved 12th-century doorway, and then take a break for lunch on your own.

After lunch, hop in the minivan and let your guide whisk you away from the coast toward the Chaîne des Alpilles mountain range to Les Baux de Provence. The afternoon is yours to spend at your leisure in this charming medieval village that clings to the top of a rocky cliff.

Enjoy picture-perfect views over the Provencal countryside and wander around the village’s cobblestone streets, gazing at the old fortress ruins (admission is at your own expense).

At the pre-arranged time, meet your guide for the trip back to Marseille. You'll be dropped off at the port in the evening to board your cruise ship.

Worry-free Shore Excursion Guarantee
We will ensure your timely return to the Marseille port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

Our guide, Ben was simply wonderful. He was on time, very knowledgeable about places we visited and very accommodatng to our needs. Also, Les Baux was one of the best small village I visited in Europe.

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