WEDNESDAY : Saint Rémy de
Provence - Les Baux de Provence
During the morning : guided tour of Saint
Rémy de Provence.
This little town located at the bottom of the Alpilles chain and at
the edges of the prosperous agricultural region of Chateaurenard is
a very pleasant place to stop. Its streets display charming 16th and
17th century mansions.
One of its interesting site is the Clinique Saint Paul
where stayed the painter Van Gogh, in may 1889 after he had mutilated
his ear. We still can recognize places around that he represented in
his paintings. (entrance to the clinic not included)
The other point of visit is a fabulous testimony of
the roman epoch. A triumphal arch and a mausoleum still stand proudly
at the entrance of the former greco-roman town. These two masterpieces
are considered as one of the roman buildings best preserved.
Discover its pictureque the market speading all over the city. It will also be a nice place to have lunch
Les Baux de Provence : «No one
passes through Les Baux without a sense of true nostalgia, for here,
more than anywhere else, the labours of time show what becomes of the
most ambitious undertakings: ruined walls and breaches onto the void.
The stones of man’s proud constructions devoured by the sun and
wind. Only traces remain of their ambition, fears and solitude»
The village is situated in a wonderful and very picturesque
site, in the heart of the Alpilles, perched on a rocky spur 245m high.
Entering in the village is a real experience because, despite the great
number of visitors, it seems that the atmosphere is the same than 4
centuries ago. Its cultural heritage is exceptionally rich, with 22
architectural treasures classified as "Historic Monuments"
(including the church, chateau, town-hall, hospital, chapels, houses,
doorways... Also from the look-out points you will have a brilliant
view of the Alpilles area.
Overlooking the village, stands the ruined fortress than can be visited
(entrance not included)
Stop in an olive farm for a tasting
of oil and other olive products
Between the sites, your driver-guide will explain you
many things about the history, the tradition, the natural environment...
You will be able to stop as much as you want to take pictures, or just
to breathe the fabulous scents of the provencal plants...
8:00am Pick up at your hotel or ship in Marseille
9:15 Visit the charming city of Saint Rémy de Provence, birth place of Nostradamus.
Leisure time at the market
Why not a stop at the asylum where Van Gogh spent the last year of his life (about 5 euros per person)
11:45pm Drive to Les Baux de Provence
12:00 Lunch with the advise of your guide and discovery of the picturesque village of les Baux-de-Provence, listed as one of the most beautiful villages of France
01:45 Drive to an olive oil estate for a tasting
03:00 Drive back
04:00 Drop off
The schedule can be changed depending on the arrival/departure times of your ship or according to your wish if you stay in a hotel.