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Arles 2-Hour Private Walking Tour

1. 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.

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. 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.

From Arles: Alpilles Regional Park Provence 4x4 Safari

3. From Arles: Alpilles Regional Park Provence 4x4 Safari

After getting picked up from the meeting point in Arles, climb into an all-terrain 4x4 vehicle and set off into the heart of the Alpilles Regional Park, a small range of low mountains in Provence. As you drive, admire Roman ruins, vines, and olive trees spread out as far as the eye can see.  Pass through the picturesque villages of Saint Remy and Baux de Provence, where you will make a 30-minute stop to explore on foot. Stroll through this prestigious historic settlement which offers extraordinary views over the surrounding countryside. Next, visit an olive mill and savor delicious local oils. Your guide, motivated by their passion for provençal culture will unveil the hidden secrets of the region.

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

4. 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.

From Aix-en-Provence: Arles, Les Baux & Saint-Rémy Day Trip

5. From Aix-en-Provence: Arles, Les Baux & Saint-Rémy Day Trip

This full-day tour from Aix-en-Provence takes you on a discovery of Provence, visiting Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, Les Baux-de-Provence, and Arles. Upon arrival in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence you will have some free time to explore the village including, on a Wednesday, the open-air market, one of the most picturesque in Provence. You will also take a photo stop at the Roman monuments and at Saint-Paul-de-Mausole, the hospital where the painter Van Gogh was interned from 1889 to 1890. You will then explore the exceptional village of Les Baux-de-Provence. The village has kept the narrow streets from the Middle Ages, the imposing ruins of a castle, and the memory of the proud lords and troubadours. From the rocky spur you can admire the breathtaking view of the exceptional scenery. Continuing on to Arles, you will take a walking tour following the footsteps of Van Gogh to discover the places where he created his most famous paintings dating back to 1888. Arles is also famous worldwide for its architectural heritage including the Roman amphitheater and theatre, and the Romanesque Saint Trophime Church. From March to December, possibility to attend the sound and light show in Les Carrières de Lumières (entrance fee not included) instead of visiting the village.

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

6. 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.

Arles, Saint-Rémy & Les Baux De Provence: Guided Tour

7. Arles, Saint-Rémy & Les Baux De Provence: Guided Tour

Start your tour with a convenient pick-up service on behalf of your friendly and professional driver/guide. Your guide will meet you at your accommodation in Provence or at the arrival terminal of your cruise ship. After a short meet and greet you will embark on a short scenic drive to your first location where all the fun begins.  Commence your discovery of the region of Provence with a visit to the Roman sites in Arles. Whilst here you can stroll through the quaint streets and marvel at the town's many historical artifacts. Stroll along the streets Vincent Van Gogh used to walk and see the way he looked at the world. Close by, in les Baux, you will be taken to a painting exhibition and light show that takes place throughout the year at the quarry. Take in the breathtaking sights and sounds of this truly unique exhibition.  Continue on your tour and learn about oil production at a nearby olive grove. Discover the fascinating manufacturing processes used to create this important cooking staple whilst taking in the spectacular surroundings of the grove. Nearby you will get to wander through the alleys of Les Baux and witness all of its fascinating little intricacies. Continue on with a visit to the Roman site of Glanum in Saint Remy de Provence. To conclude the tour you will have a wine tasting session at the winery in St. Remy de Provence where you will be able to sample the wines that are famously produced in this region. Finish your tour with a lift back to your accommodation or cruise ship terminal. 

From Avignon: Art and History in Provence

8. 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).

Avignon: Full-Day Roman & Medieval Provencal Heritage

9. 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.

From Marseille: Roman Towns of Provence Shore Excursion

10. 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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What people are saying about Arles

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 80 reviews

Our trip was wonderful, memorable with many beautiful photos thanks to Veronica who guided and showed us every corners of the beautiful Arles city and surrounding area. Thank you Veronica again!

Very nice tour, Arles, Les-Beaux and St. Rémy are beautiful places, in addition we saw the ruines of Glanum. The multi-media show in the carrières of Les Beaux is incredible and a must-see.

A wonderful tour! Nico was extremely nice and very informative. He has a great understand of the Provence region and was a great all-around host!

A wonderful afternoon led by Jean who communicated to us the love of his region with immense kindness.

Our guide Nicolas explained everything very well. Vincent van Gogh in St. Rémi. Greetings