Discover the best of the culture and art in the French Riviera and Provence in 10 days on this incredible self-drive tour. Visit vibrant Nice and Monaco, stroll through hill-top villages of Luberon, and discover the peaceful countryside of Aix-en-Provence. Follow the footsteps of some of the world's greatest artists (Van Gogh, Picasso & others) and explore the landscapes that inspired them.
Arles is probably most famous in modern times as the city that inspired Vincent Van Gough—his famous 1888 oil painting Café Terrace at Night was done in Arles. It's possible to visit the exact spot where Van Gough painted this masterpiece, Le Café Van Gogh, located in the historic city center. But it's only worth a brief stop to snap photos—the restaurant itself has nothing to recommend it.
Café's aside, this walking tour takes place mostly in the historic city center. A pleasant stroll down the old streets reveals the historic legacy of this once provincial capital of ancient Rome. The tour includes stops at some of the most famous Roman, Christian, and medieval sites and monuments in the city, including the well-preserved amphitheater (which dates back to 90 ACE and still hosts bullfighting matches), and the 11th century Church of Saint Trophime.
Itineraries with Walking Tour of Arles
This self-drive 12-day itinerary highlights the best of the Rhône Valley, from north to south. Perfect for the whole family, you'll start in food forward Lyon, then work your way through the colorful countryside of Provence and down to Marseille on the Mediterranean coast. Along the way, you'll taste full-bodied wines, marvel at ancient Roman ingenuity, and enjoy the majestic beauty that is southern France.