PROVENCE TOURS: ST. REMY, LES BAUX, THE ALPILLES – 9 Hour Tour
Private Provence Tours by Well Arranged Travel
Private Provence Tours of St. Remy-de-Provence, Les Baux Include: Private transportation and English speaking tour guide, taxes, tolls, parking entrance tickets to Glanum Roman ruins, St. Paul’s Hospital ruins.
Departure Points of Provence Tours: Avignon, Arles and vicinity; Aix or Marseilles and vicinity, Toulon. Other departure points available, please inquire.
Customize your Provence tours to include your desired destinations and activities. These private Provence tours can be tailored for families with kids, seniors and those with some mobility issues.
Provence Tours – The Alpilles, St. Remy, Les Baux
This morning, your private guide will take you to a lovely area called the Chaîne des Alpilles, a small mountain range in Provence, located about 12 miles south of Avignon. The range is actually an extension of the much larger Luberon range. Although it is not particularly high – only 1,270 feet at its highest point – the Alpilles range stands out as it rises dramatically from the flat plain of the Rhône valley.
The Alpilles were immortalized in art by Vincent van Gogh, who painted many images of the landscapes here during his time in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence on the north side of the mountains.
The 12 municipalities covering the Alpilles area are classified as a Regional Park, placing the area under the protection of the EU’s Natura 2000 Environmental Protection Plan.
You will start your private Provence tour in charming St. Remy, known for its well-preserved Roman ruins, including a grand arch and a mausoleum. Next door you will see the psychiatric hospital where Van Gogh spent a year after cutting off his ear. Your private tour of the Alpilles will continue in the town of Les Baux, a rock-top fortress which belonged to the rebellious family of the same name in the Middle Ages. The dramatic rocky cliffs on which the town was built are said to have inspired Dante in his vivid descriptions of Purgatory in the Inferno.
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