AVIGNON - SAINT REMY DE PROVENCE
- LES BAUX DE PROVENCE
This tour gives you the opportunity to plunge into
Provence history : from the roman epoch to the medieval times.
Visit of Avignon, a UNESCO World Heritage
The city, as a strategic site in the Rhone valley,
owes its origins to the Doms rock. With the arrival of the popes in
the 14th Century, the city became a second Rome. It was enriched by
art in the 17th and 18th Centuries, and it remained papal property up
to the French revolution. Its medieval walls cover nearly 3 miles and
are punctuated by 39 towers and seven gates ! Within the walls thrives
a culturally rich city.
The major site of the city is the huge pope's palace,
the biggest gothic palace in the world. Just being at the foot of the
impressive building will let you an unforgettable souvenir. It gives
an idea of the grand life under the seven French popes who built a miniature
Vatican during their rule here. You can visit 25 rooms of it, including
the ceremonial rooms, chapels, cloister, private papal apartments with
priceless frescoes, and others. (entrance not included)
The second point of interest is the St Bénezet
bridge. This legendary bridge is a significant symbol of the history
of Avignon, famous throughout the world due to the beloved children's
song. The bridge was built in the late 1100's. Though it was often rebuilt
after damage inflicted by the raging flood waters of the Rhone. (entrance
Lunch with the advise of your guide
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 stood 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.
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 Camargue and the Alpilles.
Overlooking the village, stands the ruined fortress than can be visited
(entrance not included)
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 breath the fabulous scents of the provencal plants...
08:00am Pick up at your hotel or the port of Marseille
09:15 Guided tour of Avignon, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This strategic site of the Rhone Valley is worldwide renowned for its huge pope’s palace, the major site of the city (possible inside visit of the Popes palace: about 11 euros per person)
11:30 Drive to Saint Remy
12:00pm Lunch and tour of Saint-Remy, this little town located at the foothills of the Alpilles chain. One of its interesting sites is the Clinique Saint Paul where stayed the painter Van Gogh, in May 1889 after he had mutilated his ear (about 5 euros per person)
01:45 Drive to les Baux de Provence
02:00 Discover the picturesque village of les Baux-de-Provence, listed as one of the most beautiful villages of France
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.