Arles stands out thanks to a mix of Roman, Romanesque, Provençal and gypsy culture. Emperor Constantin called it once the “little Rome of Gaul” and the amphitheatre from the first century A.D. still gives a glimpse into the Roman past of the city. The Church of St Trophyme, dating back to the 12th century, is another must-see, as is the adjoining cloister which is the most famous one in Provence thanks to its ornamental decorations. It was in Arles that Vincent van Gogh spent the last years of his life. Enchanted by the magical light of Provence, van Gogh produced more than 300 paintings during his 15-month stay there (including the famous “Sunflowers” and “Starry Night”). More than 180 of them featured Arles itself. You’ll no doubt be able to relate to the painter’s love for this city during your walk (in part up some very steep climbs). Maybe you’ll encounter some pilgrims travelling along the French St James’ path which begins in Arles, or you’ll find some time to enjoy a vegan drink at van Gogh’s inspiration for “The Night Café” before your guide brings you back to the ship.
DURATION: approx. 2 hours
START: 2:30 pm