Day 1 in The Alpilles
Welcome to Provence - The Alpilles region! Upon arrival, you will go through customs and immigration. Make your transfer to your destination, arrive at your hotel, check in and do not give in to jet lag! There is so much for you to see and do.
Start you day at the quintessential town of Saint Remy de Provence, immortalized by Van Gogh in his famous painting The Starry Night. Begin your visit with a walk in Van Gogh`s footsteps to visit the places that inspired his paintings and the workshop where he created his masterpieces.
After your Van Gogh exploration, continue to the city center of Saint Remy de Provence for a bite to eat at one of the town`s several restaurants that offer a traditional French lunch. Then enjoy wanding the picturesque streets of the historical city center where you can find many boutiques and small French shops. And if you`re wanting to learn more about the region, stop in the museums in the town. The Alpilles Museum is located in a beautiful mansion in the city center and introduces you to the vast nature of the area.
End your day with a glass of wine and a view of the picturesque French buildings basking in the sun rays of the evening. There are plenty of cozy restaurants in the historic city center to choose from.
Day 2 in The Alpilles
Start the day off early and stop at the Glanum, the ancient Roman site located close to Saint Remy de Provence. It`s one of the most important sites of Roman monuments in France. Glanum was a town built around the 2nd-century BC. It was abandoned around 260 AD, and though most of the town was destroyed by barbarians, you can still see much of the foundation of the structure today.
Afterward, make your way to the town of Les Baux de Provence named one of the most beautiful villages of France. The town is located in the middle of the Alpilles mountain range and offers stunning views of the surrounding region. Explore the village and pay a visit to the ruined castle.
Make sure to spend some time visiting the Carrières de Lumières, the former quarries dug out by the hands of man since the Roman era today is one of the world`s most beautiful multimedia art presentations! The Carrieres de Lumieres are equipped with over 100 projectors that display images over 6,000 square meters of the quarry walls. A surround-sound adds music to the visual art experience. No matter where you are in the numerous rooms of the galleries, you are surrounded by sound and art. This is the most acclaimed tourist attractions in the region.
Spend the rest of the afternoon enjoying the surrounding area of the National Park of Alpilles, wonderful to drive, bike or hike through.
End your day winding down in one of the village restaurants back in Les Baux de Provence. Several of the restaurants in this village boasts an international reputation!
Day 3 in The Alpilles
Make your way to the village of Maussane les Alpilles, situated in the southern foothills of the Alpilles mountain range, in the valley of Les Baux, a land of shepherds with splendid landscapes that have inspired many artists. This is a great place to explore the white limestone hills of the Alpilles. The village is rich in history and famous for their several oil mills, the oldest one dating from the 16th-century, located in Manville. Pay a visit to the square with the Fountain of the Four Seasons and The Sainte-Croix Church while here.
End the remaining part of your day in the medieval town of Tarascon situated on the banks of the Rhone River in the heart of the golden triangle of Nimes, Arles and Avignon. Wander the medieval streets in the historic center and discover the heritage. The sites to visit here are the Sainte-Marthe Royal Collegiate Church, the 17th-century Town Hall (listed as a historic monument), the Cordeliers Cloisters with their vaulted galleries house cultural and artistic exhibitions, the private town mansions and bourgeois homes, and much more!
Additional Days in The Alpilles
Should you be able to spend additional days in Provence - The Alpilles region we recommend you escape into the magnificent nature this area has to offer. Spend a day hiking, cycling or horseback riding along he many marked trails leading through the regional nature of abundant multi-faceted flora and fauna beneath the Provencal sun.
Alternatively, continue to discover the charming medieval Provencal villages in the area such as Alleins, Mallemort, Noves, Orgon and Beaucaire.
Your Last Day in The Alpilles
Depart your hotel for the airport or train station where you will head home or make your way to more European adventures. Savor the memories of a very special time in the Alpilles region.