Aix en Provence

 

 

Arles

 

Amphitheatre of Arles




AIX EN PROVENCE - ARLES


A day spent in two marvelous historical cities.

During the morning : guided tour of Aix en Provence.
The old capital of Provence has kept a great deal of the character imparted to it in the XVIIth and XVIIIth. The sober elegance of its mansions, the graceful charm of its squares, the majesty of its avenues and loveliness and its fountains are impressive.

You will love to stroll through the heart of the town, in the pedestrian old streets to discover the façades of the baroque ochre coloured private mansions. These dwellings were built for the nobility, each with a concept and style corresponding to the residents' social importance.
The city also boasts a wide variety of fountains. Aix is the "city of water, city of art".
Among other buildings of interest : the cathedral, the town hall, the Corn Exchange
Why not having a coffee at the terrace of one of the numerous cafes.
Why not tasting a calisson cake with it, freshly made with almond pasta before continuing your visit in the narrow streets, full of tiny boutiques.

(full market on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday)

For the afternoon : visit of 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 such as the famous cafe, the courtyard of the hospital and the Langlois bridge...

Suggested schedule
9:00am
Pick up at your hotel
10:00 Guided tour of the charming city of Aix, renowned for its romantic atmosphere: baroque private mansions, fountains, shaded squares...
Lunch in a place suggested by your guide
01:00pm Drive to Arles
02:00 Visit of the roman city of Arles and its well preserved sites all listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites: amphitheater, theater, bath…
04:15 Drive back
05:00 Drop off

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