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Les Baux-de-Provence Culture & history

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From Marseille: Provence Sightseeing Tour and Wine Tasting

1. From Marseille: Provence Sightseeing Tour and Wine Tasting

Explore some of the historic sites of Provence on a full-day minibus tour from Marseille. Embark on an unforgettable journey back to the Middle Ages at Les Baux de Provence a medieval fortress located on a rocky spur in the Alpills region. Continue to Pont du Gard, one of the largest and best preserved aqueduct of the Roman period. Drive along the docks between the Rhône River and historic city walls, looking at the Saint-Benezet Bridge made famous by the children's song, “Sur le Pont d'Avignon.” See the impressive Palais des Papes (Popes' Palace), the site of the Papacy in the 14th century before their return to Rome. Sample the wines of the Rhône River valley in the legendary village of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, boasting a castle ruin that overlooks the vineyards of the Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation. Visit the cellar of a winery for a complimentary wine-tasting session.

From Avignon: In the Footsteps of Van Gogh in Provence

2. From Avignon: In the Footsteps of Van Gogh in Provence

Start your trip from Avignon and relax with round-trip transportation via air-conditioned minibus to explore Van Gogh's Provence. The sunny region of Provence has long been an inspiration for artists and painters, like Van Gogh. From the bright colors of the sun and sunflowers to the various colorful landscapes, he painted hundreds of works during his stay in Arles and St. Rémy de Provence. Follow in his footsteps at the sites that inspired Starry Night, Maison Jaune, Café Terrace at Night, and others. In Saint Rémy, follow a walking route that shows reproductions of his famous works and visit St. Paul de Mausole Asylum where he was interned.

From Avignon: Half-Day Van Gogh & Carrières de Lumières Tour

3. From Avignon: Half-Day Van Gogh & Carrières de Lumières Tour

Follow in the tracks of Vincent van Gogh in Provence on this 5-hour tour. Begin in Arles, a city that fascinated the artist. Then, set off to discover the city through the history of the artist during this fascinating city tour. First, visit the monumental “Carrières de Lumières” which hosts extraordinary multimedia shows, unique in the world with Dali and Gaudi. Finish with St Paul de Mausole, the famous psychiatric hospital, where Van Gogh spent 1 very creative year.

Highlights of Provence : Les Baux and Chateauneuf du Pape

4. Highlights of Provence : Les Baux and Chateauneuf du Pape

Free time in Les Baux de Provence, medieval fortress located on a rocky spur in the Alpilles region. Attend the light and sound show dedicated to the Dutch Painters from Vermeer to Van Gogh in Carrières de Lumières (entrance included). Scenic drive through the vineyard of Châteauneuf du Pape followed by wine-tastings at 2 different wineries. From the ruins of the Pope's summer residence, enjoy a panoramic view over the Rhône river valley and the hill ranges surrounding the village. This full day tour will return to Avignon in the middle of the day.Lunch on your own in Avignon

From Avignon: Art and History in Provence

5. From Avignon: Art and History in Provence

You'll first stop at the monastery of St Paul de Mausole, near St Rémy de Provence. You will get to see the landscapes that inspired the great Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh, who spent the last year of his life in the neighboring asylum. Across the road, discover two perfectly preserved Roman monuments, that were part of the ancient town of Glanum. Later, enjoy a stroll in one of the most beautiful villages in France, Les Baux de Provence, perched on a spur of rock in the heart of the Alpilles mountains, overlooking picturesque olive groves and vineyards.  Take some time for lunch in Arles, where you can choose from a wide range of restaurants, and then explore its cobbled streets, without missing its 2000-year-old amphitheater and Van Gogh's Café (painted in "Café Terrasse at Night"). End up the day with a visit to the amazing Pont du Gard (entrance fee included), the highest Roman aqueduct still standing in the world. After all this, you will then go on to enjoy a tasting of Rhone Valley wines at an organic winery (cost of wine tasting included).

From Marseille: Saint Rémy de Provence, Les Baux et Arles

6. From Marseille: Saint Rémy de Provence, Les Baux et Arles

Visit Saint Rémy de Provence, picturesque and relaxing Provencal town. Photo stop at the Roman monuments «LesAntiques». Possibility to visit the recreation of Van Gogh's bedroom in Saint-Paul de Mausole. Enjoy the weekly market on Wednesdays. Free time in Les Baux de Provence, medieval fortress located on a rocky spur in the Alpilles region. Possibility to attend the light and sound show in Carrières de Lumières (tickets on your own). Stroll in the foot steps of Van Gogh in Arles : discover the places which inspired him in his work. The city is also famous for its architectural heritage. The weekly market is on Saturday morning : Arles is definitely a must-see ! NB : On certain days, a quick drive through Aix en Provence to pick up and drop off passengers may be included.

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4.4 / 5

based on 75 reviews

Overall very nice tour with lots to see. The only comment is a choice of timing: we arrived very early to Les Baux village - all shops and restaurants were still closed and starting to open; and then we arrived to Avignon around 13:00, so some of restaurants were going to close for a day-rest break in an hour or so and only touristy bistros were opened (not what I enjoy).. For wine tastes can differ, so I will not say enything here. But otherwise it was a very interesting journey if you like historical places and a feel of Provance. I am glad I went and would recommend.

Our guide picked us up on time and took us to firstly Arles where vince van gogh lived most of his life and also later in St. Remy where he was in his asilum. He guided us to some of the main attractions in arles and told us many interesting facts about the history, why arles was the capital of Provence etc. We had a lot of free time also to explore the city by ourselfs afterwords. It just has an amazing vibe and you get the idea why Vincent stayed here to create his work.

our guide, Florence, made the tour an unforgettable experience. She explained all issues with a deep knowledge and in an interesting way. she had an excellent English. She was very attentive to our questions and wishes. the tour was well organized, has good balance between the the visiting time and the ride to them. the car was comfortable and suited the number of passengers.

Tour guide was very knowledgable about the places we visited - excellent translation French and English translation skills Had plenty of time to explore the different places where we stopped and each place was very unique and had their own charm / character. Would definitely recommend if travelling to Marseille and want to experience a day tour

Our tour guide Florence was very informative and knowledgeable about the sites we visited. She was excellent. The sites were also good, you’ll get to see a lot outside of Marseille that are maybe hard to get to without a car. The only downside was our tour was on a rainy day so we couldn’t tour the site where we did the wine tasting.