In Van Gogh's Footsteps

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4.7 Based on 3 Reviews
  • duration 7 days
  • tour type Private
  • age requirement 18-99 yrs
  • max group size 20
  • guiding method Self-guided
  • Tour Code BM-16510
  • Footprint Carbonneutral CO2 emissions resulting from all trips on Bookmundi will be offset via investments in carbon reduction projects.
  • Operated in English
  • Starts Avignon, France
  • Ends Chapelle Saint Gabriel, France
HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Walk Through Painted Provencal Landscapes
  • Interesting Hiking in the Alpilles
  • Stay in Beautiful Avignon and Arles
  • The vineyards and olive groves
  • Retracing the life and brush strokes of Van Gogh
  • The cafes and restaurants of Saint Remy de Provence
  • The perched medieval village of Les Baux de Provence
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The "In Van Gogh's Footsteps" tour starts in Avignon and ends in Chapelle Saint Gabriel. It is a walking trip that takes 7 days taking you through Chapelle Saint Gabriel, Avignon and Maussane in France. "In Van Gogh's Footsteps" is a self-guided private tour that includes accommodation in hotels, transport, meals and others.

Follow in Van Gogh's footsteps and walk through picturesque Provencal landscapes in the Alpilles. In 1888 Van Gogh left Paris for Arles in Provence where, after a 16-hour train journey, he started the most ambitious and productive period of his life. He worked under luminescent skies and the bleaching Provencal Sun painting the fields, drawbridges, cypress trees, cafes, local folk and ancient Abbey Ruins. Here he exclaimed ‘My God! If only I had known of this country when I was 25, instead of coming here at 35!’ Living at Arles, his technique modified as he began to use the swirling brush strokes and intense colours that you see in works like ‘Bedroom at Arles’ (1888), and ‘Starry Night’ (1889). He seemed to imbue visible phenomena with vitality. In his enthusiasm he encouraged the painter Paul Gauguin to join him, but within weeks they began to have violent disagreements, culminating in a quarrel in which van Gogh threatened Gauguin with a razor. It was that night, in deep remorse, Van Gogh famously cut off part of his own ear. This walk traces his footsteps through some of the places that he painted and would have known well. More specifically you will be strolling in Les Alpilles, a small massif standing out as its white peaks rise apparently sheer from the plain of the Rhône valley, its slopes covered in vineyards along with olive and almond trees. Along paths dotted with cypress trees and lone chapels. Here you will discover the many images of the Alpilles' landscapes he painted from St-Rémy to the Baux-de-Provence and onto Arles. We are confident that you will have a better time of it than Van Gogh did; for a time he was in a hospital at Arles, he then spent a year in the nearby asylum of Saint-Rémy, working between repeated spells of madness. Just after completing his ominous Crows in the Wheat fields (1890), he shot himself on July 27, 1890, and died two days later.
  • Day 1 : Arrival Avignon
  • Day 2 : Saint Remy Discovery Walk - 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Day 3 : Circular Walk - 10 km/6.2 miles 3h +250m/-250m or 18 km/11 miles 6h
  • Day 4 : Saint Rémy - Maussane - 13 km/ 8 miles, 4 h
  • Day 5 : Circular walk: Maussane - Les Baux de Provence- Maussane - 11.5 km/ 7 miles, 4.25 h
  • Day 6 : Les Baux de Provence-Chapelle Saint Gabriel-Arles, 16 km/10 miles, 5.5 h +100m/-350m
  • Day 7 : Arrangements end after breakfast
  • 6 nights accommodation in 2 & 3 star hotels with ensuite facilities. Rates are on twin share basis.
  • 6 breakfasts
  • Taxi transfers on day 2 from Avignon to St Remy and on day 6, Maussane to Les Baux & St Gabriel's Chapel to Arles
  • Luggage transfer
  • Information pack including route notes and maps
  • Emergency hotline
  • GPX files
  • All lunches & dinners & beverages
  • Entrance fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses such as laundry and phone calls
  • Unscheduled transfers required during the trip
  • Upgrades to charming hotels
  • Guide - this is a self guided holiday
  • A supplement will apply if you are travelling solo or book a single room
  • Excess Luggage
4.7 - Excellent
Based on 3 reviews
  • Anonymous
  • On Apr 02 2024
5 - Excellent
The walking instructions were very exact and the latest a taxi ever came was 3 minutes late. The other two were dead on time. The St-Remy accomodations was wonderful. The others were okay.
  • Anonymous
  • On Oct 06 2023
5 - Excellent
The Steps of Van Gogh was a great walking trip. The distances were just long enough and the location and quality of the accommodation excellent. The directions for the walking were clear and easy to follow. We struck very hot... Read more
  • Anonymous
  • On Oct 11 2022
4 - Very Good
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We loved the trip.
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this In Van Gogh's Footsteps tour. You can cancel the tour up to 70 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 69 days of departure.


For any tour departures within 21 August 2024, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 21 August 2024, a deposit of 192 USD is required to confirm the tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 69 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

In Van Gogh's Footsteps tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. World Nomads offers travel insurance for independent travelers and intrepid families.


For this In Van Gogh's Footsteps tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are traveling to, as part of this itinerary.

For Solo Travelers

A twin share room may not always be available for solo travelers as it depends on the final number of people on the tour. If you have picked twin share room while booking, and that option is not available, we will get back to you after booking. A single room might then be available against an additional fee.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • This tour has received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s Safe Travels stamp, which provides travellers with assurance that COVID-19 health and hygiene global standardised protocols have been adopted.
  • Rigorous hygiene safety measures will be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
  • All travellers 18 years and older will be required to be fully vaccinated atleast 14 days prior to departure.
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