In The Footsteps Of Van Gogh In Provence From Avignon

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Duration: 5 Hrs 30 Mins
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    08:30 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Office de Tourisme d'Avignon, 41 Cr Jean Jaurès, 84000 Avignon, France
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

Follow in the footsteps of a Post-Impressionist master on this 6-hour Van Gogh in Provence small-group day trip. Visit UNESCO-listed Arles and discover many of the sites which stirred Van Goghs creativity. In St-Rmy de Provence, you will visit Saint-Paul de Mausole, the mental hospital where the painter stayed for a year. This is a tour for Van Gogh's lovers.

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After choosing the start time to suit your schedule, meet your guide and hop aboard your air-conditioned minivan at your hotel in Avignon then head out of the city to begin your Van Gogh in Provence day trip. Considered by many to be among the finest painters of his generation, Van Gogh spent a number of years in Provence and it was here that he produced popular works such as Cypresses, Irises and The Starry Night.

Stop first among the olive groves and cypress trees at Les Antiques in St-Rmy de Provence, a beautiful landscape of Roman ruins painted on many occasions by Van Gogh. Admire highlights such as the triumphal arch and the funeral monument with your guide, and learn how they inspired the master during his time in the south of France. Visit the Saint-Paul Asylum (own expense), where Van Gogh painted his Wheat Field series from May 1889 to May 1890.

Continue on to Les Baux de Provence, an ancient village nestled on a limestone outcrop high in the rolling Provenal hills. Explore the cobbled streets of its historic center and take in top attractions such as the Museum of Santons, the Htel des Porcelets (a beautiful 16th-century house) and the Romanesque St Vincent Church.

From April, 2017, you will enjoy the audiovisual show in the Carrieres de Lumieres (Quarry of Light): reproductions of famous paintings are displayed on the walls of the quarry while music is on. The show is closed in January and February, more time will be allowed in the village of Les Baux during this period.

Next, walk in Van Goghs footsteps during a tour of Arles a UNESCO World Heritage site. Learn about its rich Roman history at the ancient amphitheatre, and discover the sites which inspired this talented artist to produce famous works such as The Yellow House and The Night Caf. Afterward, enjoy a little free time to explore Arles at your leisure.

When your time in Arles comes to an end, hop back aboard your minivan for the return journey to your hotel in Avignon, where your Provence day trip will come to an end.

Inclusions

Driver/guide

Transport by air-conditioned minivan (8 seats)

Saint-Paul de Mausole entrance

Entry/Admission - St. Paul de Mausole

Exclusions

Food and drinks, unless specified

Hotel pick up / drop off

Entrance tickets to monuments, unless specified

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Not wheelchair accessible

May be operated by a multi-lingual guide

Most travelers can participate

Children under 4 years old are not allowed on tours

This experience requires good weather. If its canceled due to poor weather, youll be offered a different date or a full refund

This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If its canceled because the minimum isnt met, youll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers

Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff

Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

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  • 07-Oct-2022

    Fantastic guide who shared stories and facts about the region the entire trip. Really made the whole experience extra special. We saw some great Van Gogh sites as well as some Roman history. Highlights were the hospital room he stayed in and the 2 spots where he painted. Really enjoyable day made extra special by an informed guide who knew his subject but really knew his region.

  • 02-Aug-2022

    Excellent guide and well educated about everything we saw and learned about Van Gogh’s time in the area. She gave us a thorough and knowledgeable tour and in a very friendly and warm manner. We really appreciated her attention

  • 26-Jun-2022

    Really great morning spent with Robin. He was knowledgeable friendly and looked out for everyone in the tour. We had a special request and he made sure we were catered for which we were very grateful for. Highly recommend as tour lived up to its name and we felt like we did follow in the footsteps of Van Gogh. The final stop at the hospital has a beautiful courtyard and garden was well worth the visit.

  • 25-Jun-2022

    It was the most memorable tour during our 3-week stay in France! Thanks to Robin, our tour guide, and genius of Van Gogh to make it very special and unforgettable experience. Only one small suggestion to Robin: to speak a little louder or get a microphone, so everyone in the back of the van can hear clearly. Thank you so much Robin for the wonderful tour! 🤗💖

  • 29-Aug-2020

    Très belle excursion depuis Avignon. Nous étions 6 (guide inclus). Un petit coup d'oeil à Arles où nous serions volontiers restés plus longtemps + la carrière de lumières, un must absolu. Et pour ce qui est de suivre les traces de Van Gogh, il nous manquait juste un musée à visiter.

  • 14-Nov-2019

    De toer was leuk, maar aangezien het een van Gogh toer was hadden we liever meer tijd gehad bij de psychiatrie van van Gogh ipv eerst de stad te verkennen

  • 31-Oct-2019

    Voilà un site et une expo à ne pas rater. Tout d'abord, le route qui mène aux Baux de Provence est magnifique et vaut le détour à elle seule ensuite, le cadre des carrières est grandiose, enfin le thème proposé est magique et tout à fait adapté à ce moyen de communication. On découvre ou redécouvre Van Gogh sous un angle différent, on est pris dans les toiles et la musique qui accompagne les projections magnifie les peintures. Il ne faut pas oublier l'expo "le japon rêvé" qui est superbe. Nous avons vu 3 fois le cycle complet sans nous lasser. J'ai hâte de revenir à partir du 20 mars 2020 pour l'expo Dali

  • 01-Sep-2019

    We were extremely pleased with our experience on this half day tour. Our guide, Julian, was absolutely amazing. He is knowledgeable, helpful, fun to travel with. We were lucky to visit Arles on Saturday. We spent some time on a market, saw Van Gogh sights, visited carriers de luminaries, and had a short stop at Sent Remy mental clinic. We are very grateful to Julian for making our tour so special.

  • 19-Sep-2018

    This tour name is extremely misleading. I honestly thought being in the epicenter of Arles and St. Remy that you could easily spend 4-5 hours discussing Van Gogh's work. When I brought this up to our tour guide, he thought if it this truly was the content, the tour would not be sellable. When I was doing my own research on Arles, the city had a map of 9 Van Gogh paintings that were made within the city limits and walkable.

    The tour had a walk through Arles to see the arena, some roman ruins and 2 Van Gogh pics. There was only 30 minutes of free time to pursue other Van Gogh options which were not possible. No time to visit the Van Gogh foundation either.

    The other false advertising is the group is suppose to be 8 people. For the Arles walkthrough we were combined with another group and became 16 for this segment. What really became frustrating is the other group was on an all day tour, which gave them an opportunity to go into the asylum hospital where Van Gogh stayed. Our group was brought to the front of the property and given 15 minutes not enough time to go in and see it there is a separate admission charge.

    Very disappointing. This tour needs a serious rework on the Van Gogh side.
    The only positive was the multimedia Picasso show in Les Baux en Provence. This was awesome- 45 minutes. Happy to have stayed longer. This was worth it! Loved this.

  • 19-Sep-2018

    This tour name is extremely misleading. I honestly thought being in the epicenter of Arles and St. Remy that you could easily spend 4-5 hours discussing Van Gogh's work. When I brought this up to our tour guide, he thought if it this truly was the content, the tour would not be sellable. When I was doing my own research on Arles, the city had a map of 9 Van Gogh paintings that were made within the city limits and walkable.

    The tour had a walk through Arles to see the arena, some roman ruins and 2 Van Gogh pics. There was only 30 minutes of free time to pursue other Van Gogh options which were not possible. No time to visit the Van Gogh foundation either.

    The other false advertising is the group is suppose to be 8 people. For the Arles walkthrough we were combined with another group and became 16 for this segment. What really became frustrating is the other group was on an all day tour, which gave them an opportunity to go into the asylum hospital where Van Gogh stayed. Our group was brought to the front of the property and given 15 minutes not enough time to go in and see it there is a separate admission charge.

    Very disappointing. This tour needs a serious rework on the Van Gogh side.
    The only positive was the multimedia Picasso show in Les Baux en Provence. This was awesome- 45 minutes. Happy to have stayed longer. This was worth it! Loved this.

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