Alpilles & Arles: From Aix, Avignon, Marseille, or Provence
A Journey Through Provence
DURATION: UP TO 8-HOURS
In the heart of Provence, the sunny bright region of France, drive through the Alpilles, a small range of mountains in Provence many times immortalized by Van Gogh. You will stop and visit Eygalière and its stunning landscapes, before Saint Rémy de Provence, one of the most typical Provençal villages and Nostradamus’ birth place. You will discover Les Baux de Provence and its fortified castle. Stroll in the many art galleries of these two villages. You can also follow the steps of Alphonse Daudet and visit his famous windmill in Fontvieille. Arles and its Roman heritage will be your last stop, with sites like the Amphitheater, the Arena or St Trophime’s Church and cloister, plus the famous Alyscamp, one of the most prestigious necropolis in the West.
Eygalières is a charming village surrounded by the superb landscapes of the Alpilles, with olive groves, green valleys and vine fields. The village has preserved its authentic charm with beautiful stone houses and gardens. Saint Rémy de Provence is one of the numerous “must-sees” in Provence surrounded by lush green perfumed valleys. Its ancient streets are lined with beautifully restored old houses. The commune gave us Nostradamus and L’Arlésienne, an invitation to tasteful hedonism…
Les Baux de Provence is set on a stark rocky spur of 900m long and 200m wide with vertical ravines on either side. The village Cultural heritage is exceptionally rich, with 22 architectural treasures classified as “Historic Monuments”.
Synonymous with Provence and the singing of the cicadas and olive oil is Fontvieille. Its quarries are renowned worldwide, with its stones used for major constructions. It is also renowned for being the adopted village of Alphonse Daudet, the author of Lettres de mon Moulin. Arles is a lively Provencal town which dates back to the 7th century BC and was a major Gallo-Roman city. The major Roman sites, such as the Arena and the Theater, are integrated into the houses and buildings of the town. Feeling inspired by all these landmarks and Arles’s environment, Van Gogh had his most prolific period during his stay.
Pick-Up/Drop-Off: Your driver will pick you up from the lobby of your Provence region hotel (Aix, Avignon, Marseille, Provence). At the conclusion of the tour, the driver can return you to the hotel, or if you prefer, perhaps drop you off at a nearby restaurant for dinner (If choosing the latter, taxis back to the hotel are to be paid for locally).
Includes: Knowledgeable English-speaking driver and private car service for up to 8-hours, Transport Expenses.
Excludes: Any entrance to museums or other activities when touring, Food and Beverage.
- Please be aware that the driver, while knowledgeable, is not a licensed guide, and may not leave the vehicle to guide on foot.