Provence Day Trip From Aix-en-Provence: On The Trail Of Van Gogh - Aix-en-provence

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Overview

Follow the footsteps of Vincent van Gogh, see Roman monuments and visit one of Provence’s best open-air markets on this action-packed day trip from Aix-en-Provence! First stop is St Rémy de Provence, for a market visit and a look at St Paul de Mausole (where Van Gogh stayed after cutting off his ear). Relax in the cliff-top village of Les Baux de Provence, and then enjoy a walking tour in the UNESCO-listed town of Arles. Learn about Van Gogh’s life in town, while seeing Roman ruins like Arles Amphitheatre!

Highlights

  • Comprehensive tour by bus/coach
  • Enjoy fantastic aerial views

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Leave central Aix-en-Provence and travel northwest by air-conditioned minibus through the scenic Provencal countryside to the northern slopes of the Alpilles mountain range. Your destination is the pretty village of St Rémy de Provence; once a walled Roman town, it is now a thriving market village popular with locals and visitors alike.

Spend time here at leisure, doing whatever you please. Perhaps visit its picturesque open-air market (one of the region’s fines), or stroll to finding St Rémy’s best monuments, such as St Paul de Mausole. This gorgeous Romanesque monastery was formerly a psychiatric hospital that treated St Rémy’s most famous ex-resident -- Vincent van Gogh -- when he cut off his ear. Entrance fees to any monuments are at your own expense.

Continue your tour by minibus to the medieval cliff-top village of Les Baux de Provence to admire its postcard-perfect views and enjoy lunch at leisure (own expense). If time permits, take a wander around the village’s lovely cobblestone streets to soak up its historic charm. Possibility to attend the light and sound show in Les Carrières de Lumières (entrance fee not included, closed in February).

Meet your guide at the pre-arranged time, and travel to Arles -- an ancient city that’s made its way onto the UNESCO World Heritage list in recognition of its beautifully preserved Roman monuments. Like St Rémy, Arles was once home to Vincent van Gogh. As you will learn about Van Gogh’s life in the city, watch out for the places that inspired the artist’s works, like Café Van Gogh in Forum Square. The distinctive yellow-fronted café is said to be the building in Van Gogh’s acclaimed The Café Terrace painting. If you travel on a Saturday, you will also be able to enjoy the open-air market in Arles.

Marvel at Arles’ Roman monuments, too, including the ruins of Arles Amphitheater and the city’s Roman Theater. Pass St-Trophime church, admiring its carved 12th-century doorway, and then return to your minibus for the journey back to Aix-en-Provence. Your tour finishes at the start point in the later afternoon.

The order of the visit might change depending on market day.

Inclusions for Provence Day Trip From Aix-en-Provence: On The Trail Of Van Gogh

  • Professional guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned minibus

Exclusions for Provence Day Trip From Aix-en-Provence: On The Trail Of Van Gogh

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Entrance fees
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.
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  • We bookend this tour mainly because of our interest in van Gogh. Great was out disappointment upon arriving at the Musée Estrine Présence Van Gogh in St Remy just to discover that the musée only opened at 14:00 and we would therefore not be able to visit. The guide didnt know about the times, surely they should be informed as to opening times of the sites. Her response was a mere, Im so sorry Well, not good enough. The second dissappointment was the fact that the Monastery Saint-Paul de Mausole as well as the archeological site were also both closed and the guide yet again unaware of the fact... The reason was that the 1 November is a public holiday in France and nor Viator not the Travel Company informed us about the fact that these sites were going to be closed. The next stop was Les Baux de Provence, which was a hightlight. The light show, Carrièrs de Lumièrs, was a breathtaking experience!
    At the last stop at Arles, we decided not to join the group and walked the route of Van Gogh and view some of the sites which he painted. Little info was given by the guide about Van Gogh which is a pitty. All in all not worth the amount of money one pays for this tour, seeing that none of the entrance fees are included.

  • Tour Guide didn't give us any introduction that is related to Van Gogh, therefore, we had missed Saint-Paul Hospital in St. Remy. The whole trip was very little in relevant to Van Gogh. I don't recommend this tour.

  • A one of a kind tour for a one of a kind artist, Van Gogh! An experience worth having.

  • I thought the trip was great but it should not be called on the trail of Van Gogh because not much was discussed about the famous painter.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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