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In the footsteps of Van Gogh in Provence from Avignon

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Overview

Discover the wonderful world of Van Gogh on a half-day tour of Provence from Avignon. Journey to Saint Paul asylum in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. End in beautiful riverside Arles – the UNESCO-listed town that inspired Van Gogh to create some of his most famous works.
  • 6 hour tour through Van Gogh’s Provence, from Avignon
  • Follow in Vincent van Gogh’s footsteps with your guide
  • Discover Van Gogh mental hospital in Saint-Remy de Provence
  • Entrance to Van Gogh’s recreated bedroom at Saint-Paul de Mausole
  • Tour includes round-trip travel from Avignon
  • Small-group tour ensures a more personalized experience
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Driver/guide
Transport by air-conditioned minivan (8 seats)
Saint-Paul de Mausole entrance
Gratuities
Food and drinks, unless specified
Hotel pick up / drop off
Office de Tourisme d'Avignon , 41 Cr Jean Jaurès, 84000 Avignon, France

Meet your guide outside the Tourist Office of Avignon.

8:30 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
Your art historical tour of Provence begins with your pickup by minivan from your Avignon hotel. Over the course of six hours, follow in the footsteps of famous artist Vincent Van Gogh, one of the world’s most celebrated painters. 

Stop in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence to see Saint-Paul-de-Mausole asylum where Van Gogh was institutionalized, this site became a natural subject of his. An optional tour of the asylum where Van Gogh painted his ‘Wheat Field’ series. 

Finish your tour in the UNESCO-listed city of Arles. Admire the sleepy beauty of this riverside town, known to many as the landscape for Van Gogh’s famous paintings La maison jaune and Le jardin de l'hotel Dieu. Take some free time to wander the sun-washed streets and view settings of Van Gogh’s famous works like the Cafe Terrace at Night (Le café de nuit).

Your tour ends with return service to your Avignon hotel.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Arles
Discover the sites painted by Van Gogh
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Pont Van-Gogh (Pont de Langlois)
Photo stop
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Amphitheatre (les Arenes)
See the well-preserved Roman amphitheater, still used today for concerts of music or celebrations.
Stop At:  
Place du Forum
See the Café La Nuit painted by Van Gogh
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Espace Van Gogh
See the reproduction of the paintings of Van Gogh in the former charity hospital.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Saint-Remy-de-Provence
Discover the sites painted by Van Gogh
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
St. Paul de Mausole
Entrance included to visit the bedroom's reproduction. See the reproduction of the paintings of Van Gogh in the former charity hospital.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Provence Reservation
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during In the footsteps of Van Gogh in Provence from Avignon?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during In the footsteps of Van Gogh in Provence from Avignon?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during In the footsteps of Van Gogh in Provence from Avignon?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during In the footsteps of Van Gogh in Provence from Avignon?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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star-2
This tour name is extremely misleading...
larry_s
, Sep 2018
This tour name is extremely misleading. I honestly thought being in the epicenter of Arles and St. Remy that you could easily spend 4-5 hours discussing Van Gogh's work. When I brought this up to our tour guide, he thought if it this truly was the content, the tour would not be sellable. When I was doing my own research on Arles, the city had a map of 9 Van Gogh paintings that were made within the city limits and walkable. The tour had a walk through Arles to see the arena, some roman ruins and 2 Van Gogh pics. There was only 30 minutes of free time to pursue other Van Gogh options which were not possible. No time to visit the Van Gogh foundation either. The other false advertising is the group is suppose to be 8 people. For the Arles walkthrough we were combined with another group and became 16 for this segment. What really became frustrating is the other group was on an all day tour, which gave them an opportunity to go into the asylum hospital where Van Gogh stayed. Our group was brought to the front of the property and given 15 minutes not enough time to go in and see it there is a separate admission charge. Very disappointing. This tour needs a serious rework on the Van Gogh side. The only positive was the multimedia Picasso show in Les Baux en Provence. This was awesome- 45 minutes. Happy to have stayed longer. This was worth it! Loved this.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Wonderful memory we had. The guide...
Mamiko S
, Aug 2017
Wonderful memory we had. The guide was very nice and kind !! We wanted to stay longer at St. Remi Hospital. We hope we could have this tour again.
star-4
We saw many places Van Gogh was, in...
johnkohl
, Jun 2017
We saw many places Van Gogh was, in and around Arles, briefly stopping by the hospital outside St Remedy. I enjoyed the tour and thape scenery of southern France. To learn more, go to the Van Gogh museum in Arles.
star-5
I've always loved Van Gogh, I think...
Michelle H
, Feb 2017
I've always loved Van Gogh, I think since reading a biography about him in the 90's and going to the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam. But after this tour, and seeing the places he lived in Provence and at times standing seemingly on the spots he stood while painting, I have a different level of respect for the man as a painter and a person. THIS is what I have to say about this tour. Need I say more?
star-3
This was not quite the tour we were...
Pat_S
, Nov 2016
This was not quite the tour we were expecting. My granddaughter was very disappointed that we did not get to see Van Gogh's hospital room which was included in the description of the tour. We would have liked to have gone to the bridge near Arles where one or some of the earliest Starry Night paintings were painted. Instead of focusing on Van Gogh the tour included some Roman ruins which were interesting but had nothing to do with Van Gogh.
star-4
Good day trip! Pleasant guide and...
Joon S
, Jul 2016
Good day trip! Pleasant guide and nice way to see other cities of the Provence area, while learning a little about Van Gogh's time there.
star-4
Our Tour Guide, Adeline, please...
Gerard L
, May 2016
Our Tour Guide, Adeline, please excuse the spelling was very good and informative. Her driving was smooth and steady so no one ended up sick. The tour section of Arles is something I would have liked longer, but that is easily said when I know nothing of the city. We loved Les Baux and the chance to wander. This is such a beautiful town. The crown of the tour was the hospital where Van Gogh stayed. I expected something almost morbid, but it was quite the opposite. I would not liked to have been a customer of the hospital, but the colours and scenery were fabulous. Being able to be where Vincent himself was just blew me away. This was a very enjoyable tour.
star-4
Was disappointed that the company...
Judith_T
, May 2016
Was disappointed that the company did not have other people interested in this tour. They kindly transferred my booking to the Luberon and Lavender Museum tour. The hilltop towns of Gordes and Roussillon were beautiful and worth the visit.
star-4
Slightly bummed. I really loved the...
Yvette L
, Sep 2015
Slightly bummed. I really loved the tour but the guide made a slight modification. I suppose he had good intentions but I didn't really feel as though he focused on Van Gogh. He changed the details around us to have us experience a festival that was taking place. We all did agree to this but we were not told we wouldn't have the opportunity to tour the Asylum which was my plan!. The Asylum is on the agenda with the option to tour it at our own expense. As it turned out, the festival included running of the bulls. No one wanted to see that and our guide seemed so confused by it. We all happened to be animal lovers and were against bull running!! Because of this we only had 15 minutes to view the asylum and a couple of monuments. The Asylum tour is 45 minutes so I had to skip it. We also never stopped in the cute town of St. Remy but only drove through it. We spent an hour at Les Beaux. Though cool I would rather have spent the time touring Van Gogh's asylum! Nice, polite tour guide though with best of intentions. This means I will have to go back. This time, on my own, no tour.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
If your interested in Van Gogh then...
Martha B
, Jul 2015
If your interested in Van Gogh then this is a great trip.
star-4
The itinary was very good and our...
llsteele46
, Jun 2015
The itinary was very good and our guide Victorine was very knowledgeable, competent and gracious. However one couple overslept and made our guide wait for them, putting us at least 30 minutes off schedule. Victorine was pleasant about it , but it made a difference for her snd for the rest of us.
star-5
We found the town of Arles to be...
Raymond H
, May 2015
We found the town of Arles to be especially interesting because of its Roman ruins as well as the spots frequented by Van Gogh. Our guide Nicolas pointed out many highlights and was full of information. We enjoyed the colorful bright yellow cafe which was the subject of Van Gogh's painting, and also the lovely courtyard of flowers at the place he stayed to restore his health. Town square has noteworthy church and fountain.
star-4
We had 2 female tour guides (one was...
Rhianna L
, Apr 2014
We had 2 female tour guides (one was in training) that were very knowledgeable and informative. Beautiful historic tour through Arles first. Probably could have spent a whole day just wandering the streets there, but timing was certainly adequate. Didn't go in to the coliseum because there was a charge but got to see the outside of the bull-fighting arena. Beautiful drive up the mountain. Really enjoyed the little village up on the hill (Les Baux de Provence). If there were a bunch of people on the tour it seems as though it could easily run all day, but there were only 3 of us so it was fantastic.
star-4
Great trip, only complaint not...
margaret_a
, Sep 2013
Great trip, only complaint not enough time spent at the last mental hospital, where there were a lot of scenes that he painted .
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-2
Enjoyed the tour but were disappointed...
John D
, Jun 2013
Enjoyed the tour but were disappointed that it did not focus fully on the artist.
star-4
A good overview of Van Gough in...
Linda F
, Jun 2013
A good overview of Van Gough in Arles and St Remy just a shame half of the tour we not really interested in listening to the guide.
star-4
The trip takes you to Arles where...
Paul S
, Jun 2013
The trip takes you to Arles where you can see a Roman amphitheater, van Gogh's cafe, Picasso's hotel, and the hospital to which van Gogh repaired after cutting his ear. There is a good side-trip to van Gogh's psychiatric hospital and nearby Roman ruins. I was intrigued by the 2nd century BC village near the ruins, but this was not included on the tour. Worth the trip, but would have appreciated a little more time in Arles...seemed a bit rushed. Also, don't expect anything but the most superficial coverage of van Gogh himself--which was appropriate since some of the Asian people on the tour had never heard of him. I'd recommend that Viator add a tour to the unseen village, and perhaps a tour dedicated to the life of van Gogh.
star-5
Great tour, the guide was very...
Tatyana G
, Nov 2012
Great tour, the guide was very knowledgeable and answered all our questions. She was bilingual, punctual and very funny!
star-5
Excellent tour guide ave a great...
Margaret E
, Oct 2012
Excellent tour guide ave a great overview of the area.
star-5
The local agents and guides were...
janet
, Aug 2012
The local agents and guides were absolutely top notch with great expertise and friendly. They had excellent knowledge of the area and enhanced my visit to Provence.

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