Journey through the French countryside to discover the beauty of both Les Baux and Saint-Rémy.
Your journey begins with a relaxing one hour drive, by both highway and through the scenic surroundings of the Alpilles area, before you arrive at the lovely Les Baux de Provence.
An imposing 12th-century castle dominates the pleasant little perched village. Les Baux, a rock top fortress and village which belonged in the Middle Ages to the rebellious family of "Les Baux," is well-restored and well-tended, and the amazing big castle (rebuilt in the 16th century and restored in 1960) gives the village an ever-present mood of medievality. Here it's easy to imagine knights and ladies and even dragons. See the restored houses and cobble-stone streets lined with souvenir shops; discover the small santon museum and the castle if you like.
After Les Baux, you will drive to Saint-Rémy and make your way on foot through this quiet village. Take some time for shopping, and stop for lunch (on your own). Just outside the town you will find two well-preserved Roman monuments: an arch of triumph and a Mausoleum, both of which you will visit after lunch. You will also visit Van Gogh's psychiatric hospital, where he stayed for one year after cutting his ear off, and where he painted his most famous paintings: Starry Night, The Irises, Olive Tree Fields. Get a chance to visit the reconstruction of his room before driving back to the harbor (visit NOT included).
The price of this tour does not include the 7,30€ ($8-$9) per person entrance fee to the castle of Les Baux. The price of this tour does not include lunch.
Wear comfortable shoes, and don't forget your camera!
On Wednesdays the tour will begin in Saint-Rémy end with Les Baux, in order to visit the morning market in Saint-Rémy.
Please keep in mind that the order of this tour is approximate. Your guide will adapt to the rhythms and interests of your group, so please let her know of any special questions or interests that you may have.
Please note that on Sundays many shops are closed.
Please note that a big part of this tour is done by foot, and the village of Les Baux is rather steep.
Days offered: 7 days a week