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...

Suggested schedule
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.