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Carrières de Lumières: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Avignon: In the Footsteps of Van Gogh in Provence

1. From Avignon: In the Footsteps of Van Gogh in Provence

Start your trip from Avignon and relax with round-trip transportation via air-conditioned minibus to explore Van Gogh's Provence. The sunny region of Provence has long been an inspiration for artists and painters, like Van Gogh. From the bright colors of the sun and sunflowers to the various colorful landscapes, he painted hundreds of works during his stay in Arles and St. Rémy de Provence. Today, you can follow in his footsteps at the sites that inspired him: Pont Langlois, Starry Night, Maison Jaune, Café Terrace at Night, and others. In Saint Rémy, follow a walking route that shows reproductions of his famous works and visit St. Paul de Mausole Asylum where he was interned.

From Avignon: Half-Day Van Gogh & Carrières de Lumières Tour

2. From Avignon: Half-Day Van Gogh & Carrières de Lumières Tour

Follow in the tracks of Vincent van Gogh in Provence on this 5-hour tour. Begin in Arles, a city that fascinated the artist. Then, set off to discover the city through the history of the artist during this fascinating city tour. First, visit the monumental “Carrières de Lumières” which hosts extraordinary multimedia shows, unique in the world with Dali and Gaudi. Finish with St Paul de Mausole, the famous psychiatric hospital, where Van Gogh spent 1 very creative year.

Avignon: Les Baux and Chateauneuf du Pape Private Day Trip

3. Avignon: Les Baux and Chateauneuf du Pape Private Day Trip

Discover Les Baux-de-Provence, a medieval village sitting on a rocky spur in the Alpilles Mountains, surrounded by olive groves that produce some of the best olive oils and wines in the region. See the colossal stone quarry featuring a sound and light show Venise. Combine tastings with expert instruction about the wines of the Rhône Valley, and learn about the terroir and French system of quality certification known as AOC (appellation d'origine contrôlée). Explore the agriculture, geography and vineyards of the Rhône, stopping to sample the rosé wines of Tavel, known for their dry, crisp and refreshing taste. Continue to the famous wine lands of Châteauneuf-du-Pape to discover one of the finest appellations of the Rhône Valley at yet another winery.

Aix-en-Provence: Day Trip to Les Baux with Wine Tasting

4. Aix-en-Provence: Day Trip to Les Baux with Wine Tasting

Enjoy a comfortable transfer from the centrally located meeting point in Aix-en-Provence to the the village of Les Baux-de-Provence in the Alpilles mountain range. Stop at the Carrières des Lumières, a digital art center in an ancient Roman limestone quarry.  Enter this unique venue to experience immersive multimedia exhibitions dedicated to the town of Venice. After this light and sound experience, follow your guide on a walking tour of the village of Les Baux-de-Provence which dates back to prehistoric times and is perched atop a natural plateau.  Admire the 13th-century castle that dominates the village and Renaissance-period villas and mansions. Hear about how the prosperity of the town was linked with the quarry. Find out how WWII changed the town into a an artistic and touristic destination. Have some free time to peruse local shops and café, or to purchase a an authentic lunch before heading to the Provence Winery. Savor some white and red wines from the Côtes de Provence wine region which spans over 20 000 hectares and has been recognized as an AOC since 1977. Delight your senses as you experience the aromas of fresh flowers, yellow fruit, and red fruit in a Côtes de Provence rosé. After your wine tasting, return to the city center of Aix-en-Provence.

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What people are saying about Carrières de Lumières

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 39 reviews

The excellent guide, Remy, spoke clear and slow French so that everyone in the group (who spoke English and Hebrew, with a bit of French) could easily understand. He supplemented with English when needed. Our guide was very knowledgeable in a wide range of areas—art, history, botany—and he shared his knowledge very generously. When we asked a question, he could talk about it in depth, adding in his own opinions as well from time to time. In addition, he was exceedingly kind to one of our group who was having trouble walking. In addition, our tour included just the right amount of guide-time and free time when we could explore on our own. Plus, we saw just the things described in the description of the tour, with a couple of things I wasn't expecting—nice. Finally, the tour started and ended on time, with no wasted time. And, I got to sit in front so I could see well. Perfect.

Thomas was our guide and he was absolutely fantastic. You could tell that he really enjoyed the area and was really interested in teaching us about the history of the place. Would absolutely recommend.

Loved the tour Remi walked us through all the places ,, he also gave us some free time he was very attentive to how we were doing with the incredibly hot days. Felt very glad he was there with us

An amazing full day of activities and sightseeing! Thomas, our guide was so kind and knowledgeable on all of the history and information. We had a very memorable experience with him.

Sylvia was so kind and funny and knowledgeable about Provence!