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Ophorus Tours - Arles & Les Baux de Provence Private Shore Excursion From Marseille

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Arles & Les Baux de Provence Private Shore Excursion From Marseille

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Explore 2 stunning gems of Provence that are Arles and the Medieval village of Les Baux de Provence

Highlights

  • Pick up and drop off at Marseille Cruise Port
  • Discover the town of Arles and its stunning monuments
  • Explore the Roman Arena, Van Gogh Café & St Trophime Church
  • Optional visit of 'Les Carrières de Lumière'
  • Tickets to Carrière des Lumières available for purchase during booking
  • Visit the village of Les Baux de Provence
  • English speaking guides, local experts
  • Tour can be fully customized to suit your interests

Program & Itinerary

Embark on a vibrant Private Shore Excursion from Marseille to discover the town of Arles & the village of Les Baux de ProvenceToday, we will come and pick you up directly at your cruise terminal in Marseille Port. Meet your English speaking driver/guide who will go over the itinerary and program of this private tour with you. Then board your premium A/C vehicle and begin to make your way to the ...

Embark on a vibrant Private Shore Excursion from Marseille to discover the town of Arles & the village of Les Baux de Provence

Meet your English speaking local guide

Today, we will come and pick you up directly at your cruise terminal in Marseille Port. Meet your English speaking driver/guide who will go over the itinerary and program of this private tour with you. Then board your premium A/C vehicle and begin to make your way to the town of Arles. After the visit of Arles and some free time for lunch, visit the charming village of Les Baux de Provence.

Make your way to the Charming small town of Arles

Departing from the port, this Marseille shore excursion will begin with a short one hour drive to the small town of Arles. This is one of the most peculiar towns of France. It possesses some of the most fascinating architectural highlights including Roman monuments and Medieval buildings and churches.

Arles Town Visit

Upon arrival in Arles, it is possible to choose from different types of walking tours of this charming small town. Discover the Historic city of Arles, a fortified town listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Participate in a walking tour of the historic center to visit the most emblematic monuments of the town including the Amphitheater, the Antique Theater or Saint Trophime church.

The Roman City & Sites

If History and Culture are of interest, then this option is the one you should choose. Arles underwent an urban revolution following the foundation of the Roman Colony of Arelate in 46 BP. Most of the Roman monuments that can be visited in Arles date back to the 1st Century though. The Roman Amphitheater was built at the end of the 1st century to the North of the town.

It is part of a general extension of Arles and was built at the same period of time as the baths. It is larger than the one located in Nîmes and could welcome up to 25.000 spectators. Antique Games will be held within until the fall of the Roman Empire.

The building of the Antique Theatre was requested by Emperor Auguste. It could welcome up to 10.000 spectators at a time. Only part of the Theater remains but it is still one of the most well preserved in France.

Used as a Theater until the beginning of the 5th century, it was then used as a quarry for the construction of the paleo-christian church of Saint Stephen. In the 17th century the famous Venus of Arles was discovered during early archeological digs.

The Roman Forum

Located at the intersection of the Cardo (north-south axis) and the Decumanus (east-west axis), the Roman Forum of Arles is made up of a great square of which only two fragments still exist. What is interesting about the Forum in Arles are the foundations as it is built on a cryptoporticus, which is a covered corridor or passageway.

The cryptoporticus were known to be used as storage areas in other towns but the one in Arles is, however, too damp for prolonged storage and may have served as a barracks for public slaves.

On the Footsteps of Vincent Van Gogh

If you are attracted to painting and wish to learn a bit more about the life of Van Gogh in Arles, then this option is perfect. During his stay in Arles between February 1888 and May 1889, Vincent Van Gogh executed about 300 paintings and drawings. The places in the city where the artist set up his easel are marked with panels representing his paintings. 

During this tour, your guide will take you through the town of Arles on the footsteps of Van Gogh to show you the setting of where some of the most famous paintings of the artist were done. To enhance this tour, it is also possible to purchase the tickets to the Arles Van Gogh Foundation during the booking process.

Reach Les Baux de Provence, a most beautiful village

Drive to Les Baux de Provence, a medieval village, through the stunning landscape of the regional park of the Alpilles mountains. The area is covered with olive trees that are surrounded by vineyards. The fortified village of Les Baux is classified as one of the most beautiful villages of France.

Here, stroll through the streets to admire the ancient town hall and its Santons museum – hand painted clay figurines that are traditional to Provence. Other highlights of the village include the Porcelet Private Mansion and St Vincent square from where you will have a fantastic view on the Val d’Enfer. On this full day tour, enjoy some free time at leisure to discover the village.

A great option during your time is to visit the Carrieres de Lumiere – natural, underground quarries. Inside, a unique show highlights the works of an Artist. The natural limestone walls act like a giant 3-dimensional screen. In 2020, Artist Salvador Dali and Architect Antonio Gaudi have been chosen for the exhibits.

After the visit of Les Baux de Provence, it will be time to head back to your Cruise Ship in Marseille.

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  • Pick up at your Cruise Ship in Marseille

  • Visit the town of Arles

  • Free time for lunch in a local restaurant (at own expense)

  • Visit Les Baux de Provence

  • Optional visit of 'Carrières de Lumières' in Les Baux

  • Return to Ship in Marseille Cruise Port

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Ophorus Tours - Arles & Les Baux de Provence Private Shore Excursion From Marseille

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If you want to share your tour with others, you can put it on Cruise Critic. Most of the time this gives good results. You must do this yourself as we are not accepted on their site as a professional business. We accept split payment transactions by credit card.

  • Small group, personalized experiences
  • Entrance fees to Carrière des Lumières can be purchased during booking
  • Worry free shore Excursion, guaranteed return to Ship
  • Prices are per group from 2 to 8 persons - Larger groups, contact us
  • Tour is not wheelchair accessible

COVID-19 SAFETY MEASURES

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available for travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands

Meeting point

Marseille Cruise Port Terminal

Departure

Pick up at Cruise Ship – Marseille Cruise Ship Terminal.
Please proceed to exit where your guide will be waiting for you with a sign bearing lead traveler name.

Return

Drop off at Cruise Ship – Marseille Cruise Ship Terminal

Included / excluded

Included

  • Pick up and drop off at Cruise Ship in Marseille
  • Walking tour of Arles
  • Free time for lunch in Arles (at own expense)
  • Visit of Les Baux de Provence
  • Optional visit of Les Carrières de Lumières
  • English speaking driver or driver/guide
  • Premium A/C vehicle

Excluded

  • Entrance fees to monuments, museums
  • Meals and drinks
  • Personal insurance and expenses
  • Gratuities for the guide

FAQ

  • What type of vehicles are used during your private Shore trips from Marseille?

    Our company uses only premium cars & minivans that are recent, comfortable and fully equipped including individual A/C, shaded windows and large leg space.
  • Who conducts your private day trips from Marseille Cruise Port?

    All our tours are conducted by English speaking drivers or driver/guides. For a more personalized experience, we can also organize any private tour with both a driver and a guide. On this particular tour, you will enjoy the services of an English speaking driver/guide, expert in Provence.
  • How long is the drive from Marseille to Arles?

    From Marseille Cruise Terminal to reach Arles, under normal traffic conditions, driving time is of approximately 1 hour. In the afternoon, the drive from Arles to Les Baux de Provence is approximately 30 minutes, while the return from the village to Marseille will take just over 1 hour.
  • What can we expect on this private shore trip from Marseille?

    This private shore excursion from Marseille will take you to the charming small town of Arles. Upon arrival you will visit the town during a guided walking tour with your guide. Then you will have some free time in town for personal discovery and lunch (at own expense). After lunch, you will be driven to the village of Les Baux de Provence. There you can follow a walking tour with your guide or opt for the visit of Les Carrières des Lumières attraction. If you choose this option, you can purchase the entrance tickets directly on our website during the booking process. We will then take care of everything for you which means you will not have to wait in line once on site.
  • Is lunch included on this full day shore excursion from Marseille?

    No, we never include lunch on our private shore excursions. However, let us know if you would like us to suggest and pre-book a local restaurant reservation. Our team will be happy to organize this for you at no extra cost. For this particular shore excursion we suggest that you opt for lunch in a local restaurant in Arles as there is a lot of choice and different options.

    You can also talk with your guide directly in the morning. Let him know your wishes and she/he will adapt the tour accordingly and suggest the best possible options.
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