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In the Footsteps of Van Gogh - Tour from Marseille

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Key Highlights

  • Enjoy an olive oil tasting in an ancient city that appears as old as time itself
  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage city where Van Gogh was inspired to paint some of his most cherished masterworks
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?

    Regular Tour: Wednesday
    Private Tour: Daily

    Duration

    Approx. 9 hours

    Start time

    Start time: Regular Tour: 0900h (09:00am)
    Private Tour: 0800h (08:00am)
    Duration: 9 hours

    Meeting Point

    Coach Tour: Departs from Hotel Radisson Blu Marseille Vieux Port (38 Quai Rive Neuve 13007 Marseille).
    Please report at the meeting point 15 minutes before the start time. This is mandatory to allow time for pre-departure briefing.
    Private Tour: Departs from your hotel in Marseille.
    (We would require your hotel details in order to arrange your pick up. If you do not have this information at the time of booking, please contact the local activity operator at least 48 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details).

    Ending Point

    Your pick-up point.

  • Overview & Itinerary

    Overview

    Travel to a few of the Provence region’s oldest and most charming cities, stepping into the frame of Vincent Van Gogh’s most celebrated paintings.

    Take in the Roman architecture in the UNESCO World Heritage City of Arles and sit in the café that Van Gogh eternalized in subdued yellows and oranges under a brilliant night sky.

    Lunch at the top of a rocky spur in the medieval village of Les Baux de Provence, which seems fixed in an earlier time, and visit an olive farm where you are treated to some of Provence’s finest olive oils.

    As evening falls, take a scenic mountain drive to Saint Rémy de Provence, where Van Gogh’s Starry Night was born.

    Itinerary

    Your driver/guide will pick you up in an air-conditioned coach/ vehicle for this Footsteps of Van Gogh Tour. Your guide speaks French and English.

    Drive across the scenic Crau Plain to the Unesco World Heritage city of Arles on the banks of the Grand Rhône River, where you will take in the following sites:

    Coliseum: Once the Roman forum of Arles, the coliseum now hosts the best bull fighters this side of Madrid.

    Ancient Theater: Two Corinthian columns are all that remain of this once great theater, which was built by the Roman Emperor Augustus in the 1st century and entertained crowds of up to 20,000 in its prime.

    Church of Saint Trophime: Built on the site of the 5th century basilica of Arles, this Roman Catholic sanctuary is a standout example of Romanesque architecture and shelters a famous sculpture of the Last Judgment.

    Forum Square: Site of a masterly statue of Frédéric Mistral, a famous French poet and key figure in the revival of Provencal language and literature.

    Van Gogh’s Bridge: Formerly the Langlois Bridge, the overpass became known to locals as Van Gogh’s Bridge after his vibrant rendering of it in The Langlois Bridge at Arles with Women Washing.

    Hotel Dieu: Van Gogh was a patient at this former hospital and put it on the map with his bleak, wintry depiction of its courtyard.

    Van Gogh’s Café: Scene of the painter’s immortal Café Terrace at Night, one of the most remarkable works in Van Gogh’s all-too-brief career.

    Abbey of Montmajour: Just outside of Arles, on the road to Les Baux de Provence, you will stop at this fortified Benedictine Monastery, which was an important pilgrimage site during the Middle Ages and houses an underground crypt.

    Mill of Daudet: French novelist Alphonse Daudet alludes to this lonesome windmill in his famous Lettres de Mon Moulin.

    Stop for lunch in the perched village of Les Baux de Provence, a ghostly medieval remnant that offers spectacular views of the Provence countryside

    Visit an olive farm in Les Baux and learn from its proprietors about the delicate process of making olive oil. Finish the day with a tasting of the regional oils that have made Provence famous.

    Close the day with a memorable drive through the Alpilles mountains to the picturesque village of Saint Rémy de Provence, where Van Gogh turned his eyes to the night sky and was moved to create Starry Night.

    Your driver will drop you back at your hotel/pick up point in Marseille at tour’s end.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions

    Inclusions

    • Hotel pick-up and drop-off (Private Tour only)
    • Transportation in an air-conditioned vehicle
    • English and French speaking driver/guide

    Exclusions

    • Entrance fee to all monuments in the itinerary (optional)
  • Please note & Additional info

    Please note

    Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure details

    A minimum of 2 persons required for guaranteed departure. If minimum requirement is not fulfilled, we offer alternative tours for the same day or same tour for an alternative dates according to our planning or refund.

    Please advice presence of minor (0-3yrs) traveler upon reservation so we can provide a booster-seat.

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.
  • Reviews
    • Wonderful Tour

      This is a private tour for no more than 8 people. We only had 5 people in our group. It was still a great value with only 5 people. You can walk at your own pace and customize...

      Rebecca Liggin
    • worth for a visit

      The tour is very meaningful and worth a visit. It is really unimaginable I can have a touch on the monuments that are created 2000 years ago before Christ was born in a little...

      Wong Wai Man
    • In the trace of Van Gogh (Provence)

      We were satisfied 100 % of our day with our guide. The car was clean and on time and we received a lot of explanation...

      André Dagenais