Walking through Van Gogh's Provence
    • France - Provence
    • 7 days
    • Walking
    • Self-guided
      • From March to June
      • From September to November
    • 2 - 10 travellers
      • Confort
      • Charming
      • Prestige
      • Trip code : A1138

About the Walking through Van Gogh's Provence trip

About the trip in Provence

Your self guided Provence walking holiday: Van Gogh arrived here in the late 19th century, and this beautiful region inspired some of his greatest work: the chiseled teeth of the Van Gogh Alpilles mountains that soar high above the Rhône Valley, the sunflower fields, the olives groves, the Mistral winds that rhythmically sweep the lone cypress tree.

During this Provence walking trip, you will follow Van Gogh’s steps into the most secret of the Alpilles landscapes.
You will spend time in the artsy town of Saint-Rémy, the spectacular perched village of Les Baux, the nice little village of Maussane, and finish in the Roman city of Arles.

Highlights of the trip

  • Awe-inspiring vistas atop the Alpilles mountains
  • Retracing the life and brush strokes of Van Gogh
  • The perched medieval village of Les Baux de Provence
  • 1 dinner included
  • The quaint little village of Maussane, in the heart of the olive groves
  • The vineyards and olive groves blanketing the plains
  • The cafés and restaurants of Saint Rémy de Provence
  • The Roman city of Arles

  • Choose your type of accommodation,  extra walks, etc .. Click on BOOK
From the blog

Walking through Van Gogh's Provence: Day by Day

Day 1 - Avignon & St Remy de Provence

  • Avignon > Saint-Rémy
  • Afternoon transfer from Avignon towards St Remy de Provence (20 min). 
    Explore the artsy Saint-Rémy and its environs, the museum of Van Gogh’s paintbrush. Head into the sunlit hills to discover the remains of the Roman town of Glanum. 
  • Night in Saint Remy

  • We recommend : 
    . Have an extra night in Avignon and take the time to discover this beautiful medieval town, with the famous Pope's palace !
    . Have a gourmet tour in Avignon - Half day in the morning from Tuesday to Saturday
    . Enjoy a wine tour in Chateauneuf du Pape with our wine specialist
    . See all details in the Book - Extension section 

  • Access: Regular train lines from Paris and Marseille city/airport > Avignon on the SNCF train website. Access information here

Day 2 - The Van Gogh trail

saint remy famous van gogh trail in provence

  • Free day in St Remy
  • Walk Option : walk along the Van gogh trail, all the way to St Paul de Mausole. Explore Glanum and the Antiques
  • Night in St Remy
  • MEALS included:  Breakfast 

Day 3 - St Remy and the crests of the Alpilles

walking in provence in alpilles mountains

  • Walk - Saint Rémy > St Paul de Mausole > Alpilles Crest > Saint Rémy
    . 3 hours 30 - 10km / 6.5 miles - Ascent: +300 m / Descent: -300 m
    . Longer walk option : 6 hrs - 18km / 11.2 miles - Ascent: +550m/ Descent: -550m
  • You start from the picturesque Saint Rémy into the Alpilles hills, then along the fabulously panoramic ridge-line. Along the way, take the time to visit the Saint-Paul de Mausole monastery, where Van Gogh spent over a year, creating over 150 paintings, and some of his best work.
  • Night in Saint Rémy
  • MEALS included: Breakfast

  • Market on Wednesday & Saturday morning in St Remy

Day 4 - From the Roman ruins to Maussane village

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  • Walk - Saint-Rémy > Maussane 
    4 hours - 13km / 8.1 miles - Ascent: +270 m / Descent: -270 m
  • Today's scenic forestry path hovers high above the valley, giving you spectacular views. Your walking path descends through the village of Maussane. Visit the famed 17th century Cornille mill where you can taste one of Provence’s best olive oils! 
  • Dinner included & Night in Maussane.
  • MEALS included: Breakfast & Dinner

  • Market on Wednesday & Saturday morning in St Remy

Day 5 - Vineyards and olives trees to the perched Baux de Provence

walking holidays provence in the olive trails

  • Walk - Maussane > Les Baux > Maussane
    4 hours 30 - 11.5km / 6.9 miles - Ascent: +250 m / Descent: -250 m
  • Your walking day continues with a circular walk up to the sculpted limestone “valley of hell” towards the perched village of Les Baux de Provence: its homes packed tightly and defiantly on top of the cragged rock, earning its listing as one of the most beautiful villages in France. You then continue towards the renowned silvery-green olive groves, and back to the village of Maussane.
  • Night in Maussane
  • MEALS included:  Breakfast

  • Market on Thursday morning in Maussane

Day 6 - Saint Gabriel chapel to Arles

  • walking tours provence around arlesWalk - Les Baux de Provence > St Gabriel chapel
    5 hours 15 - 14km / 9.3 miles - Ascent: +100 m / Descent: -350 m
  • Short transfer to les Baux village, start of your walk.
    You head westward on the ridge path on the Alpilles mountains, with outstanding views of Mont Ventoux, the Montagnette and the Rhône Valley, all the way to the very end of the Alpilles range. Descend through hills and pine forests to the 12th century Romanesque Saint Gabriel Chapel. 
    A short transfer (15 min) drops you in Arles,  in the heart of the roman city,  to explore Van Gogh’s second home, and discover the treasures of the city’s Romanesque centre!
  • Night in Arles
  • MEALS included:  Breakfast

  • Market on Wednesday and Saturday (big one) morning in Arles

Day 7 - Free day in Arles, the rome of Provence

hiking in provence

  • End of your trip after breakfast. Free day in Arles, the Rome of Provence

  • Market on Wednesday and Saturday (big one) mornIng in Arles

  • We recommend : 
    . Have an extra night in Arles, and enjoy the great lively atmosphere of Arles
    Enjoy a half-day safari in Camargue ! Pick up in Arles at 9am or 2pm 
    4 hours excursion in a 4x4 car through the Camargue with an english-speaking guide. You drive through the flat lands of the Camargue and observe wild horses, native bulls, pink flamingoes and birds.  You stop in a "manade" (a typical bull farm), and have a  free half hour in Saintes Maries de la mer. Saintes Maries is a charming little town located by the Med sea, with whitewashed homes, a beautiful fortified church, and is renowned in the  gypsy community with the yearly pilgrimage. See all details in the Book - Extension section
    . Continue onwards your exploration of Provence in the Luberon !


  • Return : regular train lines from Arles to Marseille-Marseille airport / Avignon /  Paris

Trip info

The rates are per person:

  • on a 2 pers. minimum reservation basis ( shared room),
  • and always remain subject to availability
  • If you travel SOLO : please contact us 

INCLUDED

  • 6 nights double occupancy with private facilities
  • 6 breakfasts
  • 1 dinner
  • Day 1: transfer from Avignon to St Rémy de Provence
  • Day 6: transfer from St remy to Les baux, start of your walk
  • Day 6: transfer from the end of your walk to Arles
  • Luggage transfers days 1 to 6
  • Our Road Book with detailed walking itineraries, including highlighted maps
  • 1 road map of the region
  • GPS files
  • 24/7 phone assistance 

NOT INCLUDED

  • All meals not noted-included in your itinerary
  • Entrance fees into museums, insurance, drinks, items of personal nature
  • SINGLE supplement

PATH RESTRICTIONS 

Important : From June 1st to September 30th -- Alpilles + 13 
Access may be restricted in the Alpilles & Calanques & Sainte Victoire mountains if the risk of forest fire is high. There is a risk that the paths may be closed as of noon on any given day or in exceptional circumstances the paths may be closed altogether.
Information is available from 6:00pm for the following day from the local prefecture by telephone (automated message), or you can also visit the website 

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    Deposit 520€
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