Monastery Saint-Paul de Mausole

Monastery Saint-Paul de Mausole: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Avignon: Half-Day Van Gogh & Carrières de Lumières Tour

1. From Avignon: Half-Day Van Gogh & Carrières de Lumières Tour

Follow in the tracks of Vincent van Gogh in Provence on this 5-hour tour. Begin in Arles, a city that fascinated the artist. Then, set off to discover the city through the history of the artist during this fascinating city tour. First, visit the monumental “Carrières de Lumières” which hosts extraordinary multimedia shows, unique in the world with Dali and Gaudi. Finish with St Paul de Mausole, the famous psychiatric hospital, where Van Gogh spent 1 very creative year.

From Aix-en-Provence: Arles, Les Baux & Saint-Rémy

2. From Aix-en-Provence: Arles, Les Baux & Saint-Rémy

This full-day tour from Aix-en-Provence takes you on a discovery of Provence, visiting Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, Les Baux-de-Provence, and Arles. Upon arrival in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence you will have some free time to explore the village including, on a Wednesday, the open-air market, one of the most picturesque in Provence. You will also take a photo stop at the Roman monuments and at Saint-Paul-de-Mausole, the hospital where the painter Van Gogh was interned from 1889 to 1890. You will then explore the exceptional village of Les Baux-de-Provence. The village has kept the narrow streets from the Middle Ages, the imposing ruins of a castle, and the memory of the proud lords and troubadours. From the rocky spur you can admire the breathtaking view of the exceptional scenery. possibility to attent the light and sound show in Carrieres de Lumières (entrance ticket non included). Continuing on to Arles, you will take a walking tour following the footsteps of Van Gogh to discover the places where he created his most famous paintings dating back to 1888. Arles is also famous worldwide for its architectural heritage. The weekly market is on saturday morning : Arles is definitely a must-to-see!

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What people are saying about Monastery Saint-Paul de Mausole

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 22 reviews

Flora was very nice but seemed more like a driver than a guide. I expected a lot more stories about Van Gogh and his life in Avignon than what she was able to share with us. I’m also not sure that the Carriere des Lumieres is worth it if it’s totally unrelated to Van Gogh or to Les Baux de Provence. Maybe replace it with a stop at an olive orchard or to see the sunflowers that appear in many of Van Gogh’s paintings. But the towns we visited were quite scenic and definitely worth the visit!

Whilst I enjoyed the overall tour, there was too much packed into 5 hours with no time for a lunch stop and barely time to go to the toilet. I was disappointed we only had 1 hour at carrieres des lumieres, as this only just covered the time to get in there and watch the films; no time for lunch, no time to look around, and no time to view the film about Vincent’s life. And then when we visited the hospital, the little shop was closed for the duration of our 40 min visit.

We knew very little about the area before this trip but enjoyed the group and the tour very much. The guide, Caroline(?) was very informative and was trying to make our experience as pleasant as possible. The only backdrop is that the more I learn about the area, the longer I wanted to stay.

The tour description needs to better. We thought we were going to spend more time at St Paul de Mausole. Our driver gave us more time after our entire tour protested. Too much time in Arles. Not enough in Les Baux.

Our guide Nicolas explained everything very well. Vincent van Gogh in St. Rémi. Greetings