SAINT REMY DE PROVENCE - LES BAUX DE PROVENCE - ARLES
This tour gives you the opportunity to plunge into
Provence history : from the roman epoch to the medieval times.
Saint Rémy de Provence : This
little town located at the bottom of the Alpilles chain and at the edges
of the prosperous agricultural region of Chateaurenard is a very pleasant
place to stop. Its streets display charming 16th and 17th century mansions.
One of its interesting site is the Clinique Saint Paul
where stood the painter Van Gogh, in may 1889 after he had mutilated
his ear. We still can recognize places around that he represented in
his paintings. (entrance fee to the clinic not included)
The other point of visit is a fabulous testimony of
the roman era. A triumphal arch and a mausoleum still stand proudly
at the entrance of the former greco-roman town. These two masterpieces
are considered as one of the roman buildings best preserved.
Les Baux de Provence : «No one
passes through Les Baux without a sense of true nostalgia, for here,
more than anywhere else, the labours of time show what becomes of the
most ambitious undertakings: ruined walls and breaches onto the void.
The stones of man’s proud constructions devoured by the sun and
wind. Only traces remain of their ambition, fears and solitude» (T.Fréchier)
The village is situated in a wonderful and very picturesque
site, in the heart of the Alpilles, perched on a rocky spur 245m high.
Entering in the village is a real experience because, despite the great
number of visitors, it seems that the atmosphere is the same than 4
centuries ago. Its cultural heritage is exceptionally rich, with 22
architectural treasures classified as "Historic Monuments"
(including the church, chateau, town-hall, hospital, chapels, houses,
doorways... Also from the look-out points you will have a brilliant
view of the Camargue and the Alpilles.
Overlooking the village, stands the ruined fortress than can be visited
(entrance not included)
Arles : the Celtic city colonized
by the Greeks became Roman after Julius Caesar distributed the land
among his veteran legionnaires in 46 B.C. This was the first Golden
Age of the city dubbed « Little Rome in Gaul ». At that
time, it was a city of considerable importance covering an area of some
99 acres and it possessed a wide array of monuments, including an amphitheater,
triumphal arch, circus, theater and a full circuit of walls.
Nowadays, among other Roman remains, we still can see
the amphitheater (where are conducted some bullfights), the theater,
the Constantine baths and a part of the wall surrounding the city. They
are all listed as Unesco world heritage monuments.
Also, the medieval heritage is unique, such as the
fine cloisters and portal of St. Trophime’s church and Arles has
preserved many lovely buildings dating from the 16th, 17th and 18th
centuries. (entrances to monuments not included)
As Van Gogh lived in Arles, some places he painted
are recognizable also here.
Between the sites, your driver-guide will explain you
many things about the history, the tradition, the natural environment...
You will be able to stop as much as you want to take pictures, or just
to breath the fabulous scents of the provencal plants...
9:00am Pick up at your hotel
9:45 Visit of the roman city of Arles with the amphitheatre, the antique theatre, the baths…. (entrance fees not included)
11:30 Drive to les Baux-de-Provence
12:00pm Discover the picturesque village of les Baux, one of the most beautiful village of France and lunch in one of the numerous restaurants. Possibility to visit the castle of les Baux and The Quarries of Light (about 14€50 per person both)
03:00 Drive to Saint Rémy de Provence
03:15 Visit the medieval city of Saint Rémy, place of birth of Nostradamus, view on the roman remains and possible visit to the asylum where Van Gogh stayed a year (about 5 euros per person)
04:30 Drive back
05:00 Drop off