Discover the classic village of St.-Remy-de-Provence, the birthplace of Nostradamus and the magical setting for some of Vincent Van Gogh's most famous paintings.
Your tour commences with a drive inland toward the northern slopes of the Alpilles, a range of arid limestone mountains where the village of St. Remy nestles at the foot.
Reaching St. Remy, you'll set-off on a forty-five minute guided walking tour down its winding cobbled streets that are shaded by centuries-old plane trees. Along your route, you'll find charming squares graced with sparkling fountains and an atmosphere that is quite simply, radiant. It was here in 1889 and 1890 that Vincent Van Gogh completed more than 150 paintings and sketches while being treated at a psychiatric hospital. The subject matters of many of those works of art, which include "Irises," can still be seen in the surrounding countryside, a landscape of wheat fields, olive groves and cypresses.
St. Remy is also associated with French astrologer and enigmatic forecaster Nostradamus, who was born here in 1503. His house still stands on Rue Hoche. Saint-Martin church, the largest building in town, is another architectural icon, especially its 14th-century bell tower. The acoustics inside the church are extraordinary, as is its restored organ, which boasts nearly 500 tubes.
After your guided walk, you'll be afforded ample free time to shop for antiques, browse the outdoor markets, or linger over a glass of wine while savoring Provence's remarkable cuisine. Afterwards, you'll rejoin your guide and coach at the appointed time and location and drive back to the pier in Marseilles.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 1-hour of moderate walking over uneven cobblestone surfaces, plus any additional walking at the guests' discretion during free time. There will be some steps to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and not considered suitable for those with mobility concerns. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.