Walking in Van Gogh's Provence: short and sweet
    • France - Provence
    • 5 days
    • Walking
    • Self-guided
      • From March to June
      • From September to November
    • 2 - 10 travellers
      • Simple
      • Comfort
      • Charming
      • Superior
      • Trip code : A1137

About the Walking in Van Gogh's Provence: short and sweet trip

About the trip in Provence

On this self guided short walking holiday, 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 village of Les Baux, the picturesque village of Maussane and its olive mills. And finally the Roman city of Arles at the enf of your trip.

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

An easy short walking break, ideal for families, under the great lights of Provence. 

Highlights of the trip

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



Go Private or go guided ! Customize your holidays with a local specialist here 



From the blog

Walking in Van Gogh's Provence-short and sweet:  Day by Day

Day 1 - St Remy de Provence

saint remy de provence van gogh alpille chain olive oil olive groves great market of provence

  • Saint-Rémy
  • Arrival on your own in St Remy de Provence. Explore the artsy Saint-Rémy de Provence 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 Rémy

  • Market on Wednesdays & Saturday morning in St Remy

  • We recommend :
    . Have an extra night in Avignon, that is a beautiful medieval town, with the unique Pope's palace town not to be missed ! 
    . 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 bus line from Avignon > St Remy de Provence - See the schedule

Day 2 - St Remy and the crests of the Alpilles

  • 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 hours - 18km / 11.2 miles - Ascent: +550 m / Descent: -550 m
  • 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. Dinner on your own and night in Saint Rémy.
  • Night in Saint Remy
  • MEALS included: Breakfast

  • Market on Wednesdays & Saturday morning in St Remy.

Day 3 - From the Roman ruins to Maussane

  • Saint-Rémy > Maussane 
    4 hours - 13km / 8 miles - Ascent: +270 m / Descent: -290 m
  • Today’s scenic forestry path hovers high above the valley, giving you spectacular views on the crest of the Alpilles. You then walk through silvery-green olive groves, all the way down to the village of Maussane. Visit the famed 17th century Cornille mill where you can taste one of Provence’s best olive oils!
  • Night in Maussane.
  • MEALS included: Breakfast 

  • Market on Wednesdays & Saturday morning in St Remy

Day 4 - Vineyards and olives trees of the Baux Valley

  • Maussane > Les Baux > Maussane 
    3 hours - 10km / 6.2 miles - Ascent: +200 m / Descent: -200 m
  • Your walking day goes through the olives groves, all the way to the famous 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 walk back to Maussane. 
  • Night in Maussane
  • MEALS included:  Breakfast

  • Market on Thursday morning in Maussane.

Day 5 - Arles, Rome of Provence

arles roman amphitheater and coliseum

  • Morning transfer to Arles at the end of the day, the Rome of Provence. End of your trip in Arles.

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

  • We recommend :
    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

  • Return : regular train lines from Arles > Avignon & Marseille city-airport on SNCF .

  • We recommendhave an extra night in Arles, and enjoy the great lively atmosphere of Arles.
  • Continue onwards your exploration of Provence in the Luberon !

More walking trips in Provence

    • France - Provence
    • 6 days
    • Walking
    • Self-guided
      • From January to March
      • From October to December
  •   Accommodation choice :

      • Simple
      • Charming
  • Highlights of the trip

    • Avignon: a medieval town with the Popes Palace
    • Walking through Van Gogh's landscapes in the  Alpilles mountains
    • The thousand year-old perched village of Les Baux de Provence
    • The Venice of provence :  canals & waterwheels of Isle sur la Sorgue
    • Gordes, the most famous hilltop villages of the Luberon
    • The great markets of Provence in Saint Remy & Isle 

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      • 5 days
    • Walking
    • Self-guided
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      • From September to December
  •   Accommodation choice :

      • Simple
      • Comfort
      • Charming
  • Highlights of the trip

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    • Spectacular and dramatic coastal walking in the Calanques
    • A free day in Marseille city 
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    • Local fish and seafood specialties



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    • Walking
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      • Charming
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    • Staying in the famous perched village of Luberon : Gordes
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    • Authentic Provence countryside, off the beaten-track


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      • France - Provence
      • 5 days
    • Walking
    • Self-guided
      • From March to June
      • From September to November
  •   Accommodation choice :

      • Simple
      • Comfort
      • Charming
      • Superior
  • Highlights of the trip

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



    Go Private or go guided ! Customize your holidays with a local specialist here 



      • France - Provence
      • 7 days
    • Walking
    • Self-guided
      • From April to October
  •   Accommodation choice :

      • Simple
      • Confort
      • Charming
      • Superior
  • Highlights of the trip

    • Awe-inspiring vistas atop the Alpilles mountains
    • The perched medieval village of Les Baux de Provence
    • The quaint town of Saint Rémy de Provence and the Roman city of Arles
    • The vineyards and olive groves blanketing the plains


      Customize your holiday here   

    • ACCESS
      - Access to Castellane 

      . Direct bus from Nice to Castellane -  Bus LER 31
      . "Train des pignes" from Nice to Saint André : panoramic small historic train - Train des Pignes -Train schedule here 
      - Return from La Palud to Nice
      . Bus to castellane and then bus Castellane /  Nice
      . From Castellanne, transfer to St André and train to Nice  (panoramic small historic train - Train des Pignes ) 
    Walking in Van Gogh's Provence: short and sweet
        • France - Provence
        • 2 adults (2x540€)
        • 0 children (0x540€)
      • 5 days
      • Simple
    Total 1080€
    Deposit 340€
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