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From Arles: Half-Day 4x4 Camargue Safari

1. From Arles: Half-Day 4x4 Camargue Safari

Meet your guide and embark on this incredible half-day 4 x 4 tour. Located between the arms of the Rhône River, the Camargue is a wind-swept land made of salt and water. Birds have made it their safe haven and people have managed to intermingle with biodiversity in this unique place, breeding bulls and horses, as well as developing the rice culture.   Camargue manages to seduce with its breathtaking landscapes and doesn't fail to impress. This territory, where water and alluvium, ponds, marshes and land all mix, has been the base of exceptionally rich human history. Discover the ponds and marshes, home to pink flamingos and many other birds. You will be welcomed on  private land to admire the famous Camargue bulls and horses. Discover the heart of the Camargue Natural Regional Park and learn  about its nature and history from your guide.

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

2. 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.

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From Avignon: Half-Day Camargue and Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer

3. From Avignon: Half-Day Camargue and Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer

Depart Avignon and embark on a half-day tour of the beautiful wetlands and other landscapes of the Camargue by air-conditioned minivan. See wild horses and different bird species in their natural habitat, and learn more about the region from your driver/guide. Hear all about the local culture of the Roma people and get the chance to have your fortune read. Pass the historic city of Arles and see the wild horses and bulls unique to the region roaming freely as you make your way to the coastal town of Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer. Get some free time to explore the town center and soak up its charms. Use the time to look inside the Romanesque fortress-church and follow in the footsteps of the pilgrims who gather yearly for a religious festival in honor of Saint Sarah.

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Arles 2-Hour Private Walking Tour

4. Arles 2-Hour Private Walking Tour

Get to know Arles on a 2-hour walking tour of the French city. Maybe you have already heard about this place, as it is famous for its festival of photography, Rencontres d'Arles, which takes place every year in summer. But let's focus on discovering the historical center of this amazing city. Arles has important remains of Roman times, and you will start your tour by visiting the arena of Roman amphitheater, constructed in the 1st century. Then visit the Antique Theatre and the Arles Obelisk. If you would like to visit another place, simply let your guide know your wishes and your tour will be adjusted accordingly. Keep in mind that Arles is also rich in museums, like Musée de la Camargue or Musée Réaltu, which you can visit on your own. Additionally, some of the buildings and cathedrals of Arles are UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and are a wonder to behold.

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From Avignon: In the Footsteps of Van Gogh in Provence

5. 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. Today, you can follow in his footsteps to the sites that inspired him: Pont Langlois, 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. Discover the well preserved Roman Arena and the 12th century St. Trophime Church before returning to Avignon.

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From Avignon: Art and History in Provence

6. From Avignon: Art and History in Provence

Discover two perfectly preserved Roman masterpieces at Glanum on this tour. You will also get to see places that inspired Vincent Van Gogh around the asylum of Saint Paul de Mausole, near Saint Rémy de Provence. Marvel at one of the most beautiful villages in France, Les Baux de Provence, perched on a spur of rock in the heart of the Alpilles. Explore the narrow streets Arles, with its 2000-year-old Roman amphitheatre and see the Pont du Gard (entrance fee included), the highest Roman aqueduct 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).

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

7. From Marseille: Arles, Les Baux and Saint Rémy de Provence

Through the Crau Plain, this full-day tour will take you to the Grand Rhône River bank, where the ancient city of Arles is located. Following the footsteps of Van Gogh, you will discover the Roman vestiges with the coliseum and the ancient theatre, the 12th century Saint Trophime Church, the Forum Square where the statue of the provincial poet Frédéric Mistral stands, as well as Van Gogh's bridge, Hotel Dieu, and Van Gogh’s Café. Later, on the road that leads you to Les Baux-de-Provence, you will make a stopover at the 10th century Montmajour Abbey and at the Mill of Daudet, the famous place where Alphonse Daudet found inspiration to write his letters. Enjoy lunch on your own, in the perched village of Les Baux-de-Provence. In the afternoon, you will visit an olive property in the Baux valley well known for its olive trees before continuing through the Alpilles mountains to Saint-Rémy-de-Provence to discover its antique Roman monuments. From March to December, it is possible to attend the sound and light show about Vincent Van Gogh in Les Carrières de Lumières (entrance fee not included) instead of visiting the village.

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From Marseille: Roman Towns of Provence Shore Excursion

8. From Marseille: Roman Towns of Provence Shore Excursion

This guided excursion takes you from your cruise port in Marseilles to Arles to enjoy a guided walk along Cours de la République with rich architecture and charming cafés. See the Roman arena and the Romanesque architecture as you make your way to the Old Town of Arles. Explore the area and go into charming boutiques and craft shops to pick up a unique souvenir. Afterwards head out to Nîmes, tour independently  to get your own lunch at one of the Brunswick House Cafes and then enjoy a historic Roman settlement  with excellent examples of Roman architecture like the Maison Carree and the Nimes arena. Afterwards head back to the car and go to Uzes were you’ll enjoy an excellent examples of Roman architecture. Le Pont du gard is a spectacular Romain Aqueduct in excellent condition. You'll have some free time to take pictures. Your private tour ends. You’ll arrive back to Marseille by the late afternoon.  

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Follow the Steps of Van Gogh: Full Day Tour from Marseille

9. Follow the Steps of Van Gogh: Full Day Tour from Marseille

Meet your guide in the morning at your cruise port terminal or hotel address in Marseille and move towards Arles in your comfortable private vehicle. In Arles, enjoy a walk on the cours de la République with its rich architecture and charming cafés. See the Roman arena and typical architecture as you make your way to the old town of Arles. Explore the area, go into charming boutiques and craft shops to pick up a unique souvenir.  Head up to the charming village of Les Baux de Provence, located in the Alpilles mountains. Follow Van Gogh's footsteps and explore Saint Remy de Provence and the monastery Saint-Paul-de-Mausole (not included - 5€/person), to learn and discover where the painter used to live for one year (1889-1890). Enjoy the magic ambiance of the place that inspired some of Van Gogh's most famous paintings (la Nuit Etoilée/Starry Night). Afterwards enjoy a free walk in the old town of Saint Remy. When you tour finishes, your guide will drive you back to Marseille and the port of your cruise terminal/hotel address .

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Avignon: Full-Day Roman & Medieval Provencal Heritage

10. Avignon: Full-Day Roman & Medieval Provencal Heritage

Meet your guide at 9:00 AM and start your Provence tour by the visit of Saint Remy de Provence. Explore the Provencal market on Wednesday, or have a look at the reproductions of Van Gogh works near the asylum where he stayed for one year.   Your next step is Les Baux de Provence, a typical Provencal village that used to be a medieval stronghold. The paved streets and the amazing panorama will charm you. Then, head off to to Arles and visit the Roman monuments such as arenas or follow in the footsteps of Van Gogh in this rich historical and cultural city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Afterwards, have your lunch break (not included). Go to the Pont du Gard where you will discover the famous Roman aqueduct. After a historical comment, you can walk around to find your best photo spot. Finally, enjoy a visit to a wine museum in a reconstituted roman antic winery on an archeological site. Have a wine tasting of the the unique “Vinum Romanum”, wines elaborated from original recipes found in the writings of eminent Latin authors.

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 449 reviews

I highly recommend this tour! Our guide Sandra was amazing. Pleasant and very knowledgeable on the region. She was flexible and made us feel relax during our holidays. The nature and scenery is beautiful a d worth exploring. We were with our 2 girls of 7 and 11 and they loved it. They got to caress the horses and see the bulls.

A wonderful way to experience the Camargue! Jean Michel is a wonderful, fun guide who gives more than information - insights and stories to make this area come alive. He was so good about finding animals and allowing time for our photographers to get all the pics they wanted.

Our guide was amazing in knowledge but in addition when she found out it was a bilingual group she adapted extremely well She switched between french and English very efficiently Thé tour was very interesting and would do it again if I had to make the decision again

The guide loved the Carmague and was appreciative of support given by her manager

A great way to discover the Camargue with its flora and fauna.