Private Discovery of Saintes Maries de la Mar and Arles
Your journey begins as you meet up with your guide for a transfer to Saintes Maries de la Mer, the capital of the Camargue region of the south of France. This popular tourist destination draws thousands annually to its picturesque streets, sandy beaches, and large marshlands full of manades, or herds of white horses and black bulls.
Enjoy a guided tour of the city and explore the Church of the Saintes Maries de la Mer, both a place of worship and an imposing fortress with a tower that can be seen at least 10km inland. This building became a refuge for the locals between the 9th and 12th centuries during pirate attacks along the coast. The rooftop contains a rampart walk and served as a watchtower, while the choir and apse are capped by an upper chapel that housed the former guard's room. The Pilgrimage Sanctuary is one of the first stops for pilgrims coming to Provence, particularly the Gypsies.
Take some free time to explore the town in more detail, then enjoy a scenic ride out to Arles, a city steeped in history. Head to the heart of the old city for a walking tour and discover its Roman monuments including an amphitheater and the Baths of Constantine. Follow in the footsteps of Van Gogh and see how this area inspired many of his most famous paintings including the Yellow Room and Starry Night Over the Rhone.
While here, learn about the poet Frédéric Mistral and note the Romanesque architecture as you see the Church of St. Trophime and its cloister. Your 8 hour private tour includes roundtrip transportation as well as time during the day for lunch on your own. Savor the enchanting highlights of Saintes Maries de la Mer and Arles when you book this tour today.