AIX EN PROVENCE - ARLES
A day spent in two marvelous historical cities.
During the morning : guided tour of Aix en
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'
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
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...
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