Private driving tour
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Our Van Gogh tour will take you in the footsteps of the Dutch painter who spent two and a half years in Provence. If you have seen most of his works, now discover his real canvases: the landscape and sites of Provence that fascinated him. You will be able to stand in the places that deeply inspired Van Gogh from 1888 to 1890 and see what he saw and felt one century ago—a moving experience!
First, your tour guide will take you to Arles, the place where he arrived on a snowy day in February 1888. You will discover most of the places featured in his works, including the “Starry Night over the Rhône” near “the yellow house” where he lived with his friend Gauguin (unfortunately destroyed during WW2).
A little further, observe the work he painted after he attended a bullfight in the Roman arena, stroll in the public garden to see another one of his paintings behind the beautiful Roman theatre from the 1st century BC. He was also inspired by unusual places like the Alyscamps, an antique Roman necropolis, cafés (Café terrace at Night), and the hospital he went to after he cut off his ear (Garden of the hospital in Arles).
This happened after an argument with his friend Paul Gauguin who joined him in Provence in October 1888. Gauguin, for whom he painted several versions of the Sunflowers, stayed with Van Gogh for only two months.
Depending on what is going on, we might hit an exhibition at the Fondation Van Gogh in the centre of Arles.
In addition, you will see is the “Langlois Bridge in Arles“, just outside the city and the Abbaye of Montmajour which is a specatcular structure from the 12th C that the Dutch master also featured.
From Arles he went to Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, and stayed in the Asylum Saint-Paul-de-Mausole, a beautiful medieval priory, where he spent a year being treated. There, Van Gogh painted Irises, self-portraits, one of his most famous paintings, Starry Night, and many views of the Alpilles mountain range.
This is a very peaceful place where you can learn a lot about Van Gogh and get a sample of his life from the inside.
In addition, you will have the opportunity to take pictures of two remarkable and very well preserved Roman monuments of Provence: a Mausoleum and a Roman arch.
Finally, end your Van Gogh tour with a pleasant walk in the town.