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Your guide will pick you up at 09:30AM at Aix-en-Provence train station or at your hotel in Aix-en-Provence area. Welcome on board for this commented full day excursion through the Alpilles. You will have a global panorama of culture, gastronomy and natural heritage of what inspired so much Van Gogh.
Les Alpilles : Sightseeing of the Regional Natural Park
Les Alpilles National Park, rocky mountains with olive tree groves and vineyard, is punctuated by quaint lovely villages such as Saint Rémy de Provence and les Baux de Provence. This is Van Gogh’s Provence, with wild Iris, sunflower and lavender fields, olive oil and local honey. You will be amazed by the postcard landscape.
Les Baux-de-Provence : sightseeing
Les Baux-de-Provence belongs to the labeled group of the "Most Beautiful Villages of France". This impregnable village is located in the heart of the Alpilles. The fortifications give an interesting example of defensive architecture from the XIth to the XIIIth century. The main relic of this mighty stronghold is the castle crowned by a massive keep. Les Baux-de-Provence is a must-see of your Provencal experience.
Saint-Remy de Provence : sightseeing
In this village in the heart of Provence, you’ll find all the charm of a typically Provencal way of life. You’ll soon be strolling along the boulevards under the shade of century-old plane trees. Wander around the narrow little streets, discovering squares where fountains play, and the attractive boutiques and art galleries that make the town’s historic centre so lively.
Lunch at a traditional restaurant with local products*
*Optional lunch at 65,00 € per person or lunch at your leisure
Arles : guided tour of the city
Arles is one of the most charming and typical city of Provence. Laid along the Rhône, the town will seduce you with its uncommon amount of prestigious buildings. The massive arenas, still used nowadays, are dominating the historic heart of Arles. You will be seduced by the magnificent romanesque St-Trophime church and its sculpted portal, but also by the Alyscamps, former necropolis dating back from the Middle Ages. All these wonders, such as the colourful houses, have inspired major painters, among them Vincent Van Gogh who gave us a very nice version of Le café, le soir, that you can still see in the Place du Forum. Arles is an unforgettable stopover on your Provence route.
This is the end of this extraordinary and genuine discovery of Alpilles area. Your guide will drive you back to Aix-en-Provence train station or to your hotel in Aix-en-Provence area.
This tour includes
- Transportation in a comfortable full option minivan
- English speaking driver guide for the full day (8 hours per day)
- Sightseeing of the Alpilles Regional Natural Park, Les Baux de Provence, Saint Remy de Provence
- Guided tour of the city of Arles
This tour does not include
- Lunch at a traditional restaurant (optional 65,00€ per person)
- Other meals and drinks
- Personal expenses
- Entrance fees to monuments and museums
- Extra hour (75,00 € per hour with a maximum of 2 hours per day)
- Expert guide gratuities