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