Upon meeting your private driver/guide at your Marseille cruise terminal, your day begins with a visit to the historic commune of Avignon where you will explore numerous points of interest. Stops will include the famous St Benezet Bridge, also known as the Pont d'Avignon, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and carries quite a bit of history, the Palais des Pales (Pope's Palace), a UNESCO World Heritage site, bearing witness to the time when the papal seat moved to France, featuring over 25 tourist attractions including staterooms, chapels, cloisters, and private papal apartments with incredible frescoes, and the famous historic center featuring a plethora of quaint boutiques and cafes. For a minimal fee, you can also visit the city's main palace, or simply take time to wander on your own. Your next stop is the charming village of Les Baux de Provence, located in the heart of the Alpilles Mountain range. At Les Baux, it is well worth visiting the ancient village, the extensive fortified-chateau area, the magnificent setting and views, and the museums.
Then follow in Van Gogh's footsteps and explore Saint Remy de Provence and the monastery Saint-Paul-de-Mausole (not included - 5 Euros/person), to discover the painter's home for one year (1889-1890) and enjoy the magic ambiance of the place that inspired one of his most famous paintings, la Nuit EtoilÃ©e/Starry Night. When your excursion is completed, your guide will drive you back to your Marseille cruise port where you can board your ship or continue to explore at your own expense.
This unique private tour, featuring a professional English-speaking guide, will provide ample opportunity to experience life during the medieval period. Though it is guided, you will have the freedom to experience the quaint villages and tourist attractions in a way that fits your own personal style. You will be amazed at how an hour's drive will take you centuries back in time.
On this full-day private excursion you will visit Avignon and all the history that surrounds this place; from Popes, and invasions, to how it became a cultural capital. Your next stop would be Lex Baux de Provence, located in the Alpines mountains and your final stop is Saint Reme, where Van Gogh once used to live.