During your stay in Arles, follow your tour guide to discover and explore the city’s immense historical and cultural wealth.
UNESCO heritage, Van Gogh heritage, immersion in the Camargue, history of Christianity: original itineraries to discover by participating in one of the five unmissable guided tours in Arles.
The little Rome of the Gauls
Discover all the Roman monuments of Arles classified as UNESCO World Heritage. Follow your guide inside the Roman Amphitheater. Built around the year 90 to host gladiators fights, it could accommodate up to 25,000 spectators. Continue your journey into the Roman Theater. Built in the year 12 BC, it could accommodate up to 10,000 spectators.
The visit continues with the Thermal Baths, the Cryptoportiques and the Alyscamps. Throughout your journey your guide-lecturer will reveal the story of a certain Julius Caesar who decided to transform Arles into “the little Rome of the Gauls” and to punish Marseille, which then chose to support Pompey.
In the footsteps of Van Gogh
Vincent Van Gogh stayed in Arles between February 1888 and May 1889. In search of light, he fell in love with the city and its inhabitants, whom he painted relentlessly until he produced 300 works in 16 months.
Follow your guide through the streets of Arles where the artist lived and set up his easel. Throughout the visit you will discover how and why Van Gogh arrived in Arles, you will admire his paintings (reproductions) at the exact place where they painted them, you will analyze his correspondence with his brother Theo and his sister Wil in order to better understand his art, but also what prompted him to cut his ear.
The History of Christianity in Arles
In the Middle Ages, Arles was a major religious center. The cloister of the Saint-Trophime church, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as well as the Saint-Trophime church which adjoins it, are perfect representations of this period.
Follow your guide inside the cloister and the Saint-Trophime church which is full of treasures and relics. During your visit, the guide tells you all about the history of Christianity in Arles and the Camargue territory. A story that begins with the arrival of the first Saints at Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer.
The Saintes Maries de la Mer : Pearl of Camargue
Famous for its paradisiacal beaches, its gypsy culture and its bullfighting traditions, Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer has many surprises in store for you!
Did you know that it was originally an Egyptian colony? Saint Sarah, the Patron Saint of the gypsies, is not she also called Sarah the Egyptian? What if Les Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer was the real gateway to Christianity in Western Europe from the arrival of the “Saintes Maries” (Mary-Magdelene, Mary-Salome, Mary-Jacobe) who gave their name to the city?
Follow your guide-lecturer in the Notre-Dame-de-la-Mer church and in the historic center to understand the importance of this city through the centuries.
Montmajour Abbey : Jewel of Romanesque Art
A few kilometers north of Arles, immerse yourself in the history of this superb Benedictine abbey, founded in the year 948 and wonderfully preserved.
In the Middle Ages, this gem of Romanesque architecture became the richest and most influential abbey in Provence, attracting up to 150,000 pilgrims every May 3, on the Montmajour Pardon Day.
Follow your guide-lecturer for a complete exploration of this Historic Monument: the main nave, the cloister, the Saint Maur monastery, and the Olme tower to enjoy the 360 ° view of the Camargue and the Alpilles.