Walk In The footsteps Of Van Gogh

Walk In The Footsteps of Van Gogh

Walk in the footsteps of Van Gogh on this short break tour in Provence. Beginning in St Rémy, a town nestled in the foothills of Les Alpilles Mountains, continue to the medieval village of Les Baux, set atop a rocky crag and finish your walk in the magnificent Roman town of Arles. This area of Provence is an artist’s dream, with its clear blue skies that highlight the deep green fields, the silvery leaves of olive trees, golden sunflowers and the white jagged peaks of Les Alpilles.

On the Walk In The footsteps Of Van Gogh trip,  enjoy walking through countryside dotted with thick-walled Provençal farmhouses, medieval villages and marvel at the dramatic vistas and the very landscapes that inspired Van Gogh’s brush strokes. Arrive in St Rémy, a picturesque Gallo-Roman town with a marvellous old quarter. It is encircled by the remnants of its14th century wall and protective buildings. From here you embark on a walk that takes you in a loop beginning in the foothills of Les Alpilles and ascending slowly past lone cypress trees, farmhouses and the Romanesque monastery that Van Gogh called home. After reaching the crest of the mountain revel in the dramatic views enjoy a walk on a former Roman road back into St Rémy.

During the Walk In The footsteps Of Van Gogh trip, follow a fragrant trail which is carpeted with thyme, rosemary and the cistus flower and which leads you initially past old farmhouses, through woods and past groves of olive and fruit trees. As you climber higher you can see the rocky limestone crest in the distance and upon arrival at the top there are views over to Avignon and Mont Ventoux. As you approach you can see the exceptional medieval village of Les Baux de Provence which has an incredibly diverse architectural heritage. After spending a night within the medieval walls of Les Baux, descend into the Val d’Enfer, or the “Valley of Hell” and along scenic paths to the charming town of Mausanne. Continue to the impressive city of Arles, with its wealth of Roman ruins and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Spend time exploring the Arles Roman Coliseum and Theatre, with a stop for a glass of local wine in one of the many outdoor cafés. Your 5 day Classic Provence Short Break tour includes 4 nights in 2* and 3* hand-picked hotels, 4 breakfasts, maps, route notes and a comprehensive information pack.

Highlights of Walk In The footsteps Of Van Gogh

  • Following in the footsteps of the artist Vincent Van Gogh
  • Walking across the windswept crest of the Alpilles Mountains
  • Basking in the soft, yet brilliant Provençal sunshine
  • Strolling along trails carpeted with fragrant herbs and flowers
  • Exploring the extraordinarily beautiful perched village of Les Baux-de-Provence  Admiring the incredible Roman ruins in the great city of Arles
  • Great local markets Wednesday St Remy, Saturday Arles

Markets of Walk In The footsteps Of Van Gogh

  • St Remy de Provence: market on Wednesday & Saturday morning
  • Maussane: market on Thursday morning
  • Arles: market on Wednesday & Saturday
DetailDescription
DestinationWalk In The footsteps Of Van Gogh. Provence France
Holiday Type Self guided walking
Start/FinishSaint Rémy de Provence / Maussane
Duration 5 days 4 nights
Grade Easy to moderate level of walking (from 2h30 to 3 hours)
DistanceAverage 10km per day.
SeasonA trip can start on any day of the week from March 15th to June 31st + Sept 1st to Nov 15th. Not available in July & August because of path restrictions ( fire risk)

What we do

We put together the trip for you: reserve the hotels, transfer the luggage and organise your transfers to the start of your itineraries. Each tour includes a complete Road book with detailed itineraries, information for visits along the way, a detailed map and total peace of mind with our 24-hour local support.

We work with local operators through-out each destination that are passionate about their regions.

We can tailor make this tour, if you want to add an extra rest day, spend a few days relaxing before or after the trip just let us know and we will be happy to provide a quotation.

Walk In The footsteps Of Van Gogh Itinerary

D1 – Saint Rémy de Provence
Your walking adventure begins in Saint Rémy de Provence, nestled against the foot of the Alpilles mountains. Saint Rémy is easily accessible by bus from Avignon (30 mins.), itself connected to the TGV train from Paris. Provence has always attracted painters and Saint Rémy is no exception: its blue Provençal skies highlight the greens of the fields and cypress trees, the silvery leaves of its olive trees, the golden sunflowers, and the white jagged peaks of the Alpilles mountains. It’s an artists’ dream: so much so that Vincent Van Gogh spent the last year of his life in Saint Rémy, completing some of his most renowned works, including his Starry Night. Spend the evening strolling through the tiny labyrinth of streets in the centre of town, taking the time to choose between several excellent restaurants. Enjoy dinner on your own this evening.
Dinner on your own and night in St Remy de Provence

D2 – Saint Rémy de Provence > Saint Rémy de Provence
Loop walk from Saint Rémy de Provence
-Walking time about 6 miles/10 km – Ascent: 300m – Descent:300m
St Remy de Provence: market on Wednesday & Saturday morning

You begin by following the Van Gogh path, heading away from the town centre and towards the foot of the Alpilles, retracing the very steps the artist took more than a century ago. Enamel reproductions of his works face the very landscapes that inspired his brush strokes: the lone cypress trees and farmhouses, with the serrated peaks of the Alpilles mountains as a backdrop. You can visit the Romanesque monastery that Van Gogh called home, converted into an asylum well before his arrival in Saint Rémy. You then follow a shady track through the forest, winding slowly up to the crest of the mountain. Though culminating at only 400m, the Alpilles are in an otherwise flat Rhône valley, and at the top you areewarded with jaw-dropping views of the windswept plains, the mountain ranges to the north, and in clear weather the Mediterranean Sea to the South. An equally pleasant track takes you back to Saint Rémy, walking along olive groves and a former Roman road.
Dinner on your own and night in St Remy de Provence

D3 – Saint Rémy de Provence > Les Baux de Provence
Saint Rémy to Les Baux
-Walking time about 6 miles / 10km – Ascent: 250m – Descent: 100m

St Remy de Provence: market on Wednesday & Saturday morning
Today’s walk takes you back up to the crest of the Alpilles, to a forestry track that makes its way along the ridge. Your route is lined with veritable carpets of thyme, rosemary, and cistus flower, their odours intensified under the soothing Provençal sun. A massive silvery olive grove dots the plains to the south, while to the north the views extend to Avignon and to Mont Ventoux. You reach a hilltop where your goal comes into sight: the medieval village of Les Baux de Provence, its majestic stone homes set atop a rocky crag, crowned by the ruins of its castle, the whole lot hovering high above the plains below. Listed among the “most beautiful villages in France”, Les Baux’s stone architecture has withstood the centuries, its small group of homes separated by a handful of cobbled streets. You can head up to the castle ruins, imagining what life would have been like a thousand years before. Enjoy dinner on your own. Staying in the only hotel in the medieval centre, you’ll have the whole village to yourselves at night.
Dinner on your own and night in Les Baux de Provence

D4 – Les Baux de Provence > Maussane
From Les Baux to Maussane
-Walking time about 4 miles / 7 km – Ascent: 50m – Descent: 200m

Maussane: market on Thursday morning
You head out of Les Baux through its original medieval gate, the only way into and out of the village. You descend into the Val d’Enfer, or “Valley of Hell”, named as such because of the strange limestone formations created after millions of years of erosion from the winds and rains. Through scenic paths you reach the village of Maussane, a lively little town filled with cafés and restaurants, and producing some of the best olive oils on the planet. You can taste some of the regional olive oil before a short transfer at 3PM to the Roman town of Arles (if you would like to be picked up earlier advise at least 3 weeks before travel). It’s a town that has the best of the old and the new: its Roman coliseum, ranked among the largest built during the empire, and along with many other Roman ruins in town, juxtapose with the vibrant nightlife in the town squares and bistros, inviting you to stroll endlessly through and watching the world go by.
Dinner on your own and night in Arles

EXTRA OPTIONS
Complete the loop back to Les Baux so full walk would be :
Les Baux / Maussane / Les Baux (4 ½ hours, + 250m / – 250m)
and stay a second night at Les Baux amongst the most beautiful villages in France – ask for more details)

D5 – Onward Travel Arles
Arles: market on Wednesday & Saturday
Your trip ends this morning, but you can take the time to wander through the streets of Arles, enjoying the sights, and perhaps walking through the colourful Saturday market stalls, one of the few remaining.

Walk In The footsteps Of Van Gogh Dates & Prices

A trip can tart on any day of the week from March 15th to June 31st + Sept 1st to Nov 15th .
Not available in July & August, because of path restrictions ( fire risk)
Possible local authorities restriction from Late June 1st to September 30th

Walks may vary due to weather conditions and dry season (lack of rain = forest fires). If a walk is not possible due to those reasons or any personal reason, any extra charge due to modifications on spot will be at the clients’ charge.

Low season 2019:
March 15th > March 30th except EASTER weekend. 1st oct – 15th November

High season 2019:
March 31st – June 30th Sept 1st – Sep 30th

Season 1 person travelling alone 2-3 people 4-6 people single supplement
Low €839 €465 €439 €210
High €865 €490 €566 €220

Walk In The footsteps Of Van Gogh

Included

  • 4 nights double occupancy with private facilities, in ** / *** hotels or guesthouses
  • 4 breakfasts
  • 3 self guided walks
  • Luggage transfers days 2 to 4
  • Day 4: taxi transfer from Maussane to Arles
  • Our Road Book with detailed walking itineraries, and integrated maps → available at the 1st hotel Urgency telephone for clients 7/7

Not Included

  • Transportation to your 1st hotel in St Remy de Provence → Bus Timetables – 30mn ride Transportation from Arles at the end of the tour → easy access by train
  • Lunches & dinners not in the itinerary
  • Drinks
  • Entrance fees into museums
  • Insurance
  • Items of personal nature.

Your Walk In The footsteps Of Van Gogh Accommodation

Day Town Accommodation Details
1&2St Remy de ProvenceLe Castellet des Alpilles*** This quaint and modern accommodation set just a few steps from the historic centre of Saint Rémy. Has Pool. Check In from 2pm to 8pm
3 Les Baux de ProvenceHotel La Reine Jeanne **La Reine Jeanne is a welcoming hotel in the medieval centre of Les Baux complete with a very good restaurant offering good value and fresh produce. Check in from 2pm
4 ArlesHotel du Forum ***A small family-run 3* hotel located in the historic centre of Arles. A stone’s throw from the Roman coliseum and the mighty Rhône River. Filled with charm and a beautiful hidden courtyard. Has Pool. Check In from 3pm

Where you rest your head after an active day is hugely important to us. We go to great lengths to find properties that are unique expressions of the region you are travelling through. Think of them as the charming and intimate garnish atop your trip. 

Whether nestled in the heart of a village or lost in the countryside and surrounded by nature, all accommodations are chosen using a strict criteria of comforthospitality, and authentic charm. We like to use locally run independent small hotels, guest houses and B&Bs instead of the larger “chain” hotels.  All of them are hand-picked, visited, and re-visited by our local partners. On most of our holidays you will be staying in different hotels and their  uniqueness and individual character only adds to the enjoyment of your holiday. You will also benifit with knowledge that your trip is contributing to local economies, and supporting local family run businesses.

You will be welcomed in a double or twin room (2 beds) – based on double occupancy.
All of our rooms have private bathrooms.
Individual rooms are possible upon request when you book; they are subject to availability and incur a supplemental fee.
For biking trips, all of our inns have a safe place to keep bicycles for the night

Walk In The footsteps Of Van Gogh

Flights are not included in the price. Adventure Holidays do not book flights. We will  advise you on best times, dates and airfares to book.

Getting there
By TGV to Avignon city center, 2h45/3h from Paris.
By local train from Marseille Airport
Bus line Avignon > St Remy de Provence

From Price pp

€465

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