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In the Footsteps of van Gogh - Villages Painted by Van Gogh

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Activity Schedule

  • When does it run?

    01 Apr - 31 Oct: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday

  • Duration

    Approx. 5 hours

  • Start time

    01 Apr - 31 Oct: 09:00am

  • Meeting Point
    Avignon Tourist Office located 41 Cours Jean Jaurès 84000 Avignon
  • Ending Point

    The tour ends at the starting point

Key Highlights

  • A must for art lovers – see Provence through the eyes of Van Gogh
  • Includes visits to St Remy, Arles and Baux de Provence
  • See where “Starry Night” was painted
  • The tour is led by a local expert guide


Have an eye for art? Love to paint landscapes? Then have you ever wondered what so inspired one of the greats of-the-art world Vincent Van Gogh? Now you can find out as you journey around the region that inspired him so. A must for art lovers – you will take a trip through Provence accompanied by an expert guide and see the picturesque towns through the eyes of Van Gogh.

In Arles, known as the city of festivals, art and culture, you will stroll past many places that were captured on the canvas of this master.
Explore the sightseeing attractions of Alpilles and take a trip to the scenic village of Saint Remy. See the remnants of its circular 14th-century wall, this is known worldwide as where Van Gogh painted ‘Starry Night’. Also, you will enjoy the Carrières de Lumière show; a multimedia exhibition of famous paintings.

This may be the tour that inspires you to be the next Van Gogh! Well, you never know.

About Your Guide:
With over 25 years of experience, Provence Reservation knows about what’s best to discover in Provence. Arranging tailor-made tours combining culture, nature, food and wine, they are ready to show you their stunning area. Add to that their guides/drivers passion and expertise, it all adds up to you just settling back and enjoying!


Make your way to designated meeting point. Accompanied by an English-speaking guide, you will be taken to the village of St. Remy.

It is a pretty village, and the old Gallo-Roman interior is circled by the remnants of a circular 14th century wall. St. Remy is located on the plains at the northern edge of the Alpilles, about 20 kilometres south of Avignon, this is where Van Gogh painted ‘Starry Night’. Visit Baux de Provence, a beautiful village set upon a rock at a height of 245 metres. Tour around its historical centre and visit the museum of santons, Hôtel des Porcelets, beautiful 16th century houses, St Vincent Church and other attractions.

Enjoy the audiovisual show (ticket included) in the Carrières de Lumière (Quarry of Light); a multimedia exhibition of famous paintings are displayed on the walls of the quarry accompanied by music. Bosch, Brueghel, Archimboldo will be the theme of the new season. More time will be allowed in the village of Les Baux during this period.

Take a walking tour in Arles, the largest city in France on the banks of the Rhone river, surrounded by the arid plains of Crau. See the famous Roman amphitheatre, the Romanesque Cathedral and the places painted by Van Gogh: La maison jaune, Le café la nuit, Le jardin de l’hôtel Dieu. After sightseeing in Arles, you have free time for lunch (cost not included).

Tour ends at the starting point.


  • Transportation in air-conditioned minibus
  • English-speaking driver-cum-guide
  • Carrières de Lumière ticket


  • Lunch

Please note

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

This tour requires a minimum of 2 passengers to operate. There is a possibility that this tour may be cancelled after confirmation if minimum numbers are not met. Should this be necessary you will be offered an alternate departure date or a full refund.

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.You will have leisure time from April to October for about an hour to enjoy a weekly traditional provençal market and this will extend your tour by 1 hour.

Customer Reviews

    Wonderful tour

    this was a wonderful tour. We really wished we had scheduled a full day once we got started. Our guide was very informative, and she was very engaged....

    United States 05/24/2018
  • Paul H. Anker
    Van Gogh tour

    Marc was a wonderful tour guide. This really enhanced our experience in Provence--learning the history, particularly the Roman history, It was much more than just learning and...

    United States 06/05/2016
  • Elizabeth McLaughlin
    The tour was even better than expected

    Our Guide was friendly, knowledgeable and made the experience a true pleasure...

    United States 09/21/2015

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