Carrières de Lumières

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  • From Avignon: Van Gogh in Provence

    1. From Avignon: Van Gogh in Provence

    From Avignon explore the beautiful landscape of Provence to discover why the colors and quality of light has long been an inspiration for artists and painters, including Vincent Van Gogh. Starting in Arles, discover locations that inspired some of Van Gogh’s most famous paintings during the time he lived there between February 1888 and May 1890. See sites that inspired paintings such as "La Maison Jaune," "Le Café le Soir," "Le Jardin des Hospices," and "La Nuit Etoilée." Marvel at the Roman amphitheater, and discover a jewel of Provençal Romanesque architecture at St. Trophime Church. Discover Roman monuments from the 1st century AD and see some of the paintings that date from the time when Van Gogh was hospitalized in the nearby psychiatric hospital. Enjoy an audiovisual show in the Carrières de Lumières. A multi-media exhibition of famous paintings are projected on the walls of the q...

    It was a great tour. Carriere De Lumiere was all that I hoped it would be. The guide was very friendly and informative.

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

    2. 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.

    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.

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What people are saying about Carrières de Lumières

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 27 reviews

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.

Very enjoyable

With the time constraints of a 1/2 day trip, we saw as much as expected. Could have had longer at St Remy to allow more time to see where Van Gogh was in the asylum, especially as this was a Van Gogh tour. But Carrieres de Lumiere was amazing and the highlight, having long enough there to see the whole show, although longer time would always be good. Good walking tour in Arles, and our guide was very interesting and informative about Van Gogh . Overall very good.

Les carrieres les lumieres, a great show. To be able to visit the interior of the sanatorium we liked it a lot. Ricardo, a great guide, who has been telling us everything about Van Gogh.

It was a great tour. Carriere De Lumiere was all that I hoped it would be. The guide was very friendly and informative.

Very comprehensive tour giving you some "own" time as well.

Great tour leader, very knowledgeable and took us to the heart of Van Gough area