Family Activities In Provence

1. PROVENCE YOUR WAY
2. VAN GOGH IN PROVENCE (Arles)
3. THE ROMAN HERITAGE OF ARLES
4. EXPLORING THE PALACE OF THE POPES (Avignon)
5. MEDIEVAL CASTLES AND QUARRIES (Les Baux-de-Provence)
6. IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF CEZANNE (Aix-en-Provence)
7. A POST-IMPRESSIONIST ART EXPERIENCE (Saint-Rémy-de-Provence)
8. THE DIVINE TASTE OF OLIVE OIL (Fontvieille)
9. MAKING CÂLISSONS IN AIX-EN-PROVENCE

1. PROVENCE YOUR WAY

  • Price: O/R
  • 6 people max
  • Minimum age: 6 years (unless otherwise specified)
  • Included:
    • Private licensed guide
    • Private vehicle
Overview:
Enjoy a day or more in Provence with your children and let us work on a fully tailor-made exciting itinerary based on your desires and needs.

Description:
Are you spending some time in the Provence? We’ll be more than happy to create a fully tailor made itinerary, with experiences and stops along the way that will keep you and your children engaged and entertained.
There are many sights and curiosities that are worth seeing in Provence, including charming small cities such as Avignon, Aix-en-Provence or Arles. For example, how about following into the footsteps of Vincent Van Gogh and adding a fun-filled post-impressionist workshop to the cultural highlights seen in Arles and Saint-Rémy-en-Provence? Or follow the Ancient Romans through a personalized tour taking you to Nîmes, le Pont du Gard and many other Roman archeological wonders, always keeping in mind the interest and attention of your children.
Or how about walking discovering some lavender fields (in season in summer) or enjoy the beautiful landscapes of Roussillon and the Alpilles region ?
So let us work on an itinerary that will turn this into a unique family-bonding moment. All you need to do is give us the details of your stay, and leave the rest to us.

2. VAN GOGH IN PROVENCE (Arles)

  • Price per family (6 people max): 895 EUR
  • Duration: full day
  • Minimum age: 6 years
  • Included:
    • Private licensed guide
    • Private minivan with chauffeur
    • Entrance fees to Saint Paul de Mausole
    • A game booklet for each child
    • A gift for each child
Overview:
Follow the footsteps of one of the greatest painters of all time and share his feelings, emotions, life and art through a discovery of Arles and Saint-Remy-de-Provence.

Description:
In February 1888, Van Gogh took the train in Paris and wanted to join the French Riviera. But the train stopped in Arles for technical reasons, and he disembarked… This is when his time in Provence began… As soon as he arrived at the train station in Arles, Van Gogh immediately fell in love with the city and its particular light.
Follow your private family-friendly guide and follow him/her into the footsteps of the great Post-Impressionist painter. You will spend a full day looking back at his period in Provence, from Arles to Saint Rémy de Provence and compare the present with some of his most famous paintings.
Starting with Arles, you will see where he used to live (“The Yellow House”), where he painted “A Starry Night Over The Rhône” as well as many other places he took his inspiration from. Your kid-friendly guide will add many details and fun facts to make it extra special for the young ones.
From Arles, hop aboard a private minivan and head out to the former mental hospital of Saint Rémy de Provence (Saint Paul de Mausole) where Van Gogh once stayed in. Here too, you will be able to compare his paintings with what remains of the mental institution and its gardens.
Stops along the way are planed for drinks and food (not included) and the pace is perfectly adapted to children. Game booklets are also given to keep your kids fully engaged and entertained.
For a full experience, combine this activity with Post-Impressionist Art Experience, which is a great hands-on experience that will let you and your family dive into the world of emotions, light and paint, just like Vincent Van Gogh himself.

3. THE ROMAN HERITAGE OF ARLES

  • Price per family (6 people max): 385 EUR
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Minimum age: 6 years
  • Included:
    • Private licensed guide
    • Entrance fees to the museum, the ancient theater and amphitheater
    • A game booklet for each child
    • A gift for each child
Overview:
Travel back some 2,000 years ago and discover Arles’ beautiful roman heritage sights, from the iconic arena, still used today, to the ancient theater.

Description:
Arles was a main Roman settlement some 2,000 years ago, and traces of the past can still be seen today. With an impressive number of roman constructions still standing today, Arles is a great place to immerse yourselves in the heart of Ancient roman culture, architecture and entertainment!
This tour starts with a visit of the fascinating and highly interactive Archaeological Museum of Arles. Located just outside the city center in a modern building, the museum holds an amazing collection of ancient roman remains, from household items to a large merchant boat. The visit lasts a bit more than 1 hour, and will focus mostly on the models of the Theater, the Amphitheater, the Forum and the Thermal Baths. These models are a great way to understand the degree of advancement of the Roman civilization.
Once the visit is over, hop aboard a shuttle bus that will take you to the city center of Arles (5 min). The first visit will be the beautiful Ancient Theater where many different kinds of performances took place back in the day, before they fell out of favor and the monument was abandoned.
The next and final monument seen during this tour is the Ancient Amphitheater of Arles, one of the best preserved ones in the world. From the famous gladiator combats until today, let your private, fully licensed guide tell you all about this monument and its fascinating history.
If you would want to prolong this experience and visit the Forum and Cryptoporticoes, as well as the Thermal Baths of Constantine, let us know and we’ll be more than happy to arrange this for you and your family (supplements apply).

4. EXPLORING THE PALACE OF THE POPES (Avignon)

  • Price per family (6 people max): 385 EUR
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Minimum age: 6 years
  • Included:
    • Private licensed guide
    • Entrance fees to the Palace
    • A game booklet for each child
    • A gift for each child
Overview:
Explore the magnificent and world famous Popes’ Palace of Avignon and learn about their medieval lives through a fun-filled family-friendly private tour.

Description:
The Palace of the Popes, located in the heart of the city of Avignon, is the biggest Gothic palace in all of Europe, and was used by the popes in the 14th century. As a mighty symbol of the church’s influence throughout the western Christian world in those days, the Palace of the Popes is a must see when traveling to Provence with your kids.
Meet your private, experienced family-friendly guide and let him/her take you through this fascinating fortress. Thanks to the many stories and fun-facts about the popes, their traditions and way of life, you will understand what it was like to be a pope in the 14th century. From the assembly halls for Conclave, the treasury and the impressive kitchens to the private rooms of the popes and the built-in church, you and your children will enjoy every minute of this private tour.
To make it even more captivating for your children, they will each receive a game booklet. Your guide will also be carrying a tactile screen to show you simulations of what is was like to live in the castle back in then.

5. MEDIEVAL CASTLES AND QUARRIES (Les Baux-de-Provence)

  • Price per family (6 people max): 385 EUR
  • Duration: 2.5 hours
  • Minimum age: 6 years
  • Included:
    • Private licensed guide
    • Entrance to the castle and quarries
    • A gift for each child
Overview:
Let past and present unite as you discover the charming medieval town of Les Baux de Provence and the spectacular artistic light show in its abandoned quarries.

Description:
What you are about to see are two of the most fantastic sights in the Provence region and they are both located in the quaint little medieval town of Les Baux de Provence.
Meet your private, experienced family-friendly guide and follow him/her as he/she takes you through the very small streets of Les Baux de Provence. Although this village only has 22 inhabitants, it is considered as one of the most beautiful villages in France. As you climb to the top of the hill, your guide will tell you all about the history of this town, and also about the castle dominating the town.
The highlight of the village is its medieval fortress built on top of the hill, offering a beautiful view on the surrounding areas. A great way to spot any incoming enemy during the Middle Ages! Catapults are other curious defensive weapons and mechanisms are also exposed in the castle grounds.
On your way down and past the village, you will stop at yet another remarkable area: les Carrières de Lumières (the Quarries of Light). Set in an abandoned quarry dug within the mountain, this sound and light show is fabulous in every way, both for adults and children. The works of art by selected world famous artists (the projections change every year) are projected on the huge walls of the quarry, turning this dark cave into a fun-filled museum! This is something you will never forget.
Do you want to see more of the region and head out to other charming villages such as Oppède or Lacoste, let us know and we’ll arrange this for you and your family (additional costs apply).

6. IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF CEZANNE (Aix-en-Provence)

  • Price per family (6 people max): 545 EUR
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Minimum age: 6 years
  • Included:
    • Private experienced teacher
    • Entrance to Cézanne’s atelier
    • Painting material
Overview:
Walk in the footsteps of famous painter Paul Cézanne through a visit of his own atelier and through a fun-filled hands-on outdoor painting class.

Description:
Paul Cézanne is one of the most famous French Post-Impressionist painters and he lived most of his life in Aix-En-Provence.
This fantastic hands-on workshop starts with the visit of Cézanne’s very own atelier, located just outside the city center. This was where Cézanne spent most of his time painting, and he had arranged this big atelier to let as much light pass through. Since his death in 1906, the atelier has been kept exactly the way Cézanne left it. His personal objects, hat and apron are still there!
This quick 15 minute visit to the atelier will give you just enough insight about the life and works of Paul Cézanne, and therefore enough inspiration to become the next Paul Cézanne. Follow your teacher inside the garden of the atelier or up on to the Painter’s Terrain (Le Terrain des Peintres) and you’ll be able to start painting just like the post-impressionist.
By listening to the instructions and advice of your private art teacher, you and your children will each create their own work of art. With a small canvas in hand, let your emotions dictate what needs to be painted on the canvas, using only brushstrokes and colors. This is a great way to learn about the technique and art of Paul Cézanne.
Warning: due to strong winds (Mistral), this workshop can be cancelled or postponed.

7. A POST-IMPRESSIONIST ART EXPERIENCE (Saint-Rémy-de-Provence)

  • Price per family (6 people max): 325 EUR
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Minimum age: 6 years
  • Included:
    • Private experienced teacher
    • Painting material
Overview:
Get inspired by the beauty of Provence’s outdoors and spend a wonderful family-bonding moment painting in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, just like Van Gogh.

Description:
After spending some time in Arles, Van Gogh moved to Saint Paul de Mausole, an asylum nearby the town of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. There, the master of Post-Impressionism painted profusely everything he saw, from the interiors of the asylum to its gardens and olive tree fields.
Just like Vincent Van Gogh, head outside and let your imagination run free to describe your feelings with paint. For this, you will be accompanied by a private experienced art teacher. After going through a bit of technical instructions, and after admiring the outdoor surroundings you are in, just follow the instructions of your teacher and let your creative painting instincts lead the way.
Van Gogh’s painting was all about translating emotions and feelings onto the canvas, using only colors and brush strokes. Without necessarily copying the style of Van Gogh, you and your children will all try to express the emotions you feel as you are painting outdoor, in the beautiful Provence region.
Everyone gets to take back their Post-Impressionist masterpiece at the end of this fun-filled family-bonding workshop.

8. THE DIVINE TASTE OF OLIVE OIL (Fontvieille)

  • Price per family (6 people max): 325 EUR
  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Minimum age: 6 years
  • Included:
    • Private expert oil making
    • A private visit of the oil mill
    • A private tasting session
    • A bottle of pure olive oil
Overview:
Learn all about the secrets of one of Provence’s specialties, olive oil, through a fun-filled visit of a traditional oil mill, followed by a tasting session.

Description:
If there is one traditional agricultural activity of Provence, it would have to be olive oil making. For hundreds (even thousands) of years, people have been growing olives in the region and have pressed these olives to make the purest and most delicious olive oil.
Through this 1.5 hour private experience, you and your children will learn all about olive oil making, from the harvest to the final bottled product. Set in a very traditional oil mill (a name still used today, even if the traditional windmills have been replaced by more modern machines), your private host will tell you all about the secrets to making delicious olive oil. From the quality of the olives (and the type of olives used) to the temperature, everything is monitored and controlled to get the best tasting olive oil.
But visiting the mill and seeing how the production is made isn’t the only highlight of this activity. It would be unthinkable to let you walk out of this charming place without giving you the opportunity to taste the pure olive oil. Along with local savory snacks, let your private olive oil specialist tell you all about the different aromas and flavors. You and your children will eventually become experts in olive oil!
This activity is a perfect visit to add to a discovery of the area called Les Alpilles. Should you want us to organize a full day of fun filled activities and sightseeing in the area, let us know!

9. MAKING CÂLISSONS IN AIX-EN-PROVENCE

  • Price per family (6 people max): 475 EUR
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Minimum age: 6 years
  • Included:
    • Private expert câlissons maker
    • A private workshop
    • A box of homemade câlissons for the whole family
Overview:
Make your own delicious câlissons, a traditional sweet delicacy of Aix-en-Provence, in the comfort of a private cooking class in the heart of the city.

Description:
Aix-en-Provence’s câlissons are the city’s most famous culinary specialties. Made with almond paste, crystalized candied melon and another candied fruit of your choice, this delicacy will please both you and your children.
In a private cooking class in the heart of Aix-en-Provence, come and spend a great family-bonding moment while making your own calissons. It is really not that difficult! All you need to do is follow the instructions of your private chef and add the ingredients of your choice. During this calisson making class, you will also learn about this local product, from its origins to the present day production.
Needless to say that you will walk out with a box full of your own self-made câlissons! A delicious way to continue your trip in Provence and the French Riviera!

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