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Program #3729RJ
13 Days | 12 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.

Itinerary for Mar 20 — Apr 1, 2015

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Day One: Friday, March 20 - Travel to France
In Transit: International flights to France.

Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: Ideally located in the heart of the old town of Aix-en-Provence, at the foot of the ancient fortifications and in the centre of the markets of Provence with their subtle perfumes, Hotel Aquabella offers an exceptional environment. From your window enjoy the view of the roof tiles polished by the years and the brightness of the sun which sparkles on the water of the swimming pool. Have a drink in lounge-bar "L' Instant" or savor the specialities of the Orangery restaurant and The Terrasse de la Tour. Guests can relax at the Aquabella’s spa, Gym & Spa Sensoriel. Guests have access to the sauna, hammam, and hot bath. There is also a Kneipp shower and ice fountain, and gymnastics classes are also available. The hotel’s outdoor swimming pool is open from May to September.

Contact info:
2, rue des Etuves
Aix-en-Provence, 13100 France
phone: +33 (0)4 42 99 15 00
web: www.aquabella.fr

Room amenities: The guest rooms at the Aquabella are all air conditioned and equipped with free Wi-Fi access, mini-bar and hairdryer. Bathrobes are also provided.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, Bar, 24-Hour Front Desk, Newspapers, Grounds, Terrace, Elevator, Safe, Soundproof Rooms, Heating, Baggage Storage, All Spaces Non-Smoking (Public and Private), Air Conditioning, Sauna, Fitness Center, Solarium, Spa, Hot Tub, Turkish Bath/Steam Bath, Outdoor Swimming Pool (Seasonal), Room Service, Meeting/Banquet Facilities, Laundry, Dry Cleaning, Fax/Photocopying, Free WiFi

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBD
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services at 1-800-241-1404 for rates and bookings.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Two: Saturday, March 21 - Orientation
Afternoon: Arrive at the Marseille airport and transfer with the group to the hotel in Aix-en-Provence. We will gather in our private meeting room where the Group Leader will greet you with a warm welcome and introduce everyone. We will review the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: Get to know your fellow participants at the Welcome Dinner.

Lodging: Aquabella Hotel

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: Ideally located in the heart of the old town of Aix-en-Provence, at the foot of the ancient fortifications and in the centre of the markets of Provence with their subtle perfumes, Hotel Aquabella offers an exceptional environment. From your window enjoy the view of the roof tiles polished by the years and the brightness of the sun which sparkles on the water of the swimming pool. Have a drink in lounge-bar "L' Instant" or savor the specialities of the Orangery restaurant and The Terrasse de la Tour. Guests can relax at the Aquabella’s spa, Gym & Spa Sensoriel. Guests have access to the sauna, hammam, and hot bath. There is also a Kneipp shower and ice fountain, and gymnastics classes are also available. The hotel’s outdoor swimming pool is open from May to September.

Contact info:
2, rue des Etuves
Aix-en-Provence, 13100 France
phone: +33 (0)4 42 99 15 00
web: www.aquabella.fr

Room amenities: The guest rooms at the Aquabella are all air conditioned and equipped with free Wi-Fi access, mini-bar and hairdryer. Bathrobes are also provided.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, Bar, 24-Hour Front Desk, Newspapers, Grounds, Terrace, Elevator, Safe, Soundproof Rooms, Heating, Baggage Storage, All Spaces Non-Smoking (Public and Private), Air Conditioning, Sauna, Fitness Center, Solarium, Spa, Hot Tub, Turkish Bath/Steam Bath, Outdoor Swimming Pool (Seasonal), Room Service, Meeting/Banquet Facilities, Laundry, Dry Cleaning, Fax/Photocopying, Free WiFi

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBD
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services at 1-800-241-1404 for rates and bookings.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Three: Sunday, March 22 - Aix-en-Provence and a French Language Workshop
Note: Today's activities include walking up to a mile today over uneven pavement as you explore Aix-en-Provence.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Enjoy a presentation on the history of Aix-en-Provence. Afterwards, depart on foot for the center of Aix-en-Provence where you will receive an introduction to the historical center and the history of Aix-en-Provence. You will view the Saint Sauveur Cathedral, the Museum of Old Aix, the Archbishops' Palace, Town Hall, Albertas Square and the Palace of Justice. Discover medieval streets and the city's architectural heritage ranging from the 5th to the 14th century.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Continue the walking tour of Aix-en-Provence with a stroll down the Cours Mirabeau, Aix's elegant tree-lined main street, dotted with fountains of fresh spring water discovered by the Romans, and a visit to the Mazarin district with its discretely ornate 17th century private town-houses.

Dinner: On your own to explore local cuisine.

Evening: Take delight in an introduction to French workshop led by your group leader. Learn basic French expressions and key phrases to help you throughout your journey.

Lodging: Aquabella Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: Ideally located in the heart of the old town of Aix-en-Provence, at the foot of the ancient fortifications and in the centre of the markets of Provence with their subtle perfumes, Hotel Aquabella offers an exceptional environment. From your window enjoy the view of the roof tiles polished by the years and the brightness of the sun which sparkles on the water of the swimming pool. Have a drink in lounge-bar "L' Instant" or savor the specialities of the Orangery restaurant and The Terrasse de la Tour. Guests can relax at the Aquabella’s spa, Gym & Spa Sensoriel. Guests have access to the sauna, hammam, and hot bath. There is also a Kneipp shower and ice fountain, and gymnastics classes are also available. The hotel’s outdoor swimming pool is open from May to September.

Contact info:
2, rue des Etuves
Aix-en-Provence, 13100 France
phone: +33 (0)4 42 99 15 00
web: www.aquabella.fr

Room amenities: The guest rooms at the Aquabella are all air conditioned and equipped with free Wi-Fi access, mini-bar and hairdryer. Bathrobes are also provided.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, Bar, 24-Hour Front Desk, Newspapers, Grounds, Terrace, Elevator, Safe, Soundproof Rooms, Heating, Baggage Storage, All Spaces Non-Smoking (Public and Private), Air Conditioning, Sauna, Fitness Center, Solarium, Spa, Hot Tub, Turkish Bath/Steam Bath, Outdoor Swimming Pool (Seasonal), Room Service, Meeting/Banquet Facilities, Laundry, Dry Cleaning, Fax/Photocopying, Free WiFi

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBD
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services at 1-800-241-1404 for rates and bookings.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Four: Monday, March 23 - Lourmarin, Roussillon, Gordes and Abbey of Senanq...
Lourmarin, Roussillon, Gordes and Abbey of Senanque: The Perched Villages of the Luberon

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We will begin at the Abbaye Notre-Dame de Sénanque, a 12th century Romanesque cistercian monastery, still active today and famous for its breath-taking lavendar fields and production of honey. Afterwards, we will carry on with a visit to the village of Gordes, where you will follow narrow cobblestoned streets threading their way past elegant town-houses built against the rock and clinging onto its hill flanks. We will travel by coach to Roussillon, or the "Red Village," named after the rich pigments found in the nearby quarries. You will be charmed by this lazy little village evoked by Samuel Beckett in his play "Waiting for Godot."

Lunch: On your own to explore local cuisine.

Afternoon: We will explore Lourmarin, truly one of the most beautiful villages in France with its Renaissance castle, animated cafés and small boutiques, Lourmarin is now home to British writer Peter Mayle, famous for his book, "A Year in Provence." Afterwards, we will depart by coach to return to Aix-en-Provence.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Lodging: Aquabella Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: Ideally located in the heart of the old town of Aix-en-Provence, at the foot of the ancient fortifications and in the centre of the markets of Provence with their subtle perfumes, Hotel Aquabella offers an exceptional environment. From your window enjoy the view of the roof tiles polished by the years and the brightness of the sun which sparkles on the water of the swimming pool. Have a drink in lounge-bar "L' Instant" or savor the specialities of the Orangery restaurant and The Terrasse de la Tour. Guests can relax at the Aquabella’s spa, Gym & Spa Sensoriel. Guests have access to the sauna, hammam, and hot bath. There is also a Kneipp shower and ice fountain, and gymnastics classes are also available. The hotel’s outdoor swimming pool is open from May to September.

Contact info:
2, rue des Etuves
Aix-en-Provence, 13100 France
phone: +33 (0)4 42 99 15 00
web: www.aquabella.fr

Room amenities: The guest rooms at the Aquabella are all air conditioned and equipped with free Wi-Fi access, mini-bar and hairdryer. Bathrobes are also provided.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, Bar, 24-Hour Front Desk, Newspapers, Grounds, Terrace, Elevator, Safe, Soundproof Rooms, Heating, Baggage Storage, All Spaces Non-Smoking (Public and Private), Air Conditioning, Sauna, Fitness Center, Solarium, Spa, Hot Tub, Turkish Bath/Steam Bath, Outdoor Swimming Pool (Seasonal), Room Service, Meeting/Banquet Facilities, Laundry, Dry Cleaning, Fax/Photocopying, Free WiFi

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBD
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services at 1-800-241-1404 for rates and bookings.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Five: Tuesday, March 24 - Market Day
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Enjoy Market day in Aix-en-Provence. Spend your free time exploring the various squares and streets of the city and enjoy the colors, sounds and smells of Provence. Open-market stalls overflow with fresh flowers and ripe produce. In the antiques/flea market section, tables are cluttered with silver spoons and ancient family portraits - ideal for browsing!

Lunch: On your own to explore local cuisine.

Afternoon: There will be a presentation by your local expert. Next, we will visit the Granet museum, whose permanent collections make it one of the richest Provençal museums of France. The museum houses ten works of Aix-born painter Paul Cézanne, including the Portrait of Zola and the "Baigneuse." Afterwards, enjoy some free time in town.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Lodging: Aquabella Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: Ideally located in the heart of the old town of Aix-en-Provence, at the foot of the ancient fortifications and in the centre of the markets of Provence with their subtle perfumes, Hotel Aquabella offers an exceptional environment. From your window enjoy the view of the roof tiles polished by the years and the brightness of the sun which sparkles on the water of the swimming pool. Have a drink in lounge-bar "L' Instant" or savor the specialities of the Orangery restaurant and The Terrasse de la Tour. Guests can relax at the Aquabella’s spa, Gym & Spa Sensoriel. Guests have access to the sauna, hammam, and hot bath. There is also a Kneipp shower and ice fountain, and gymnastics classes are also available. The hotel’s outdoor swimming pool is open from May to September.

Contact info:
2, rue des Etuves
Aix-en-Provence, 13100 France
phone: +33 (0)4 42 99 15 00
web: www.aquabella.fr

Room amenities: The guest rooms at the Aquabella are all air conditioned and equipped with free Wi-Fi access, mini-bar and hairdryer. Bathrobes are also provided.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, Bar, 24-Hour Front Desk, Newspapers, Grounds, Terrace, Elevator, Safe, Soundproof Rooms, Heating, Baggage Storage, All Spaces Non-Smoking (Public and Private), Air Conditioning, Sauna, Fitness Center, Solarium, Spa, Hot Tub, Turkish Bath/Steam Bath, Outdoor Swimming Pool (Seasonal), Room Service, Meeting/Banquet Facilities, Laundry, Dry Cleaning, Fax/Photocopying, Free WiFi

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBD
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services at 1-800-241-1404 for rates and bookings.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Six: Wednesday, March 25 - Marseille and its Old Port
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Discover the rich diversity of Marseille, designated Cultural Capital of Europe, where you will find the picture-postcard fishing village of Vallon des Auffes, the majestic seaside drive Corniche Kennedy and the city's Old Port founded in 600 B.C. by the Greeks. Visit the Basilica of Notre Dame de la Garde (walking up numerous stairs). This major landmark, that dominates the city, was built 800 years ago in a Romanesque-Byzantine style and features a monumental sculpture of the Virgin Mary, which has become the emblematic, protective figure of Marseille. Don't miss the hand-crafted wooden boats hanging in the chancel, offered as ex-votos by fishermen for their safe return to shore, and take time to enjoy the exceptional panoramic view of Marseille.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Continue exploring Marseille and venture through the winding, narrow streets of the city's oldest district, "Le Panier." See Town Hall overlooking the Old Port, and climb the steps of the Montée des Accoules. Discover the austere splendor of the galleries, inner courtyard and chapel of La Vieille Charité and the antique vestiges in the Roman Docks museum.

Dinner: With young professionals.

Lodging: Aquabella Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: Ideally located in the heart of the old town of Aix-en-Provence, at the foot of the ancient fortifications and in the centre of the markets of Provence with their subtle perfumes, Hotel Aquabella offers an exceptional environment. From your window enjoy the view of the roof tiles polished by the years and the brightness of the sun which sparkles on the water of the swimming pool. Have a drink in lounge-bar "L' Instant" or savor the specialities of the Orangery restaurant and The Terrasse de la Tour. Guests can relax at the Aquabella’s spa, Gym & Spa Sensoriel. Guests have access to the sauna, hammam, and hot bath. There is also a Kneipp shower and ice fountain, and gymnastics classes are also available. The hotel’s outdoor swimming pool is open from May to September.

Contact info:
2, rue des Etuves
Aix-en-Provence, 13100 France
phone: +33 (0)4 42 99 15 00
web: www.aquabella.fr

Room amenities: The guest rooms at the Aquabella are all air conditioned and equipped with free Wi-Fi access, mini-bar and hairdryer. Bathrobes are also provided.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, Bar, 24-Hour Front Desk, Newspapers, Grounds, Terrace, Elevator, Safe, Soundproof Rooms, Heating, Baggage Storage, All Spaces Non-Smoking (Public and Private), Air Conditioning, Sauna, Fitness Center, Solarium, Spa, Hot Tub, Turkish Bath/Steam Bath, Outdoor Swimming Pool (Seasonal), Room Service, Meeting/Banquet Facilities, Laundry, Dry Cleaning, Fax/Photocopying, Free WiFi

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBD
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services at 1-800-241-1404 for rates and bookings.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Seven: Thursday, March 26 - Cézanne
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Enjoy a lecture on Cézanne and Van Gogh. Afterwards, we will depart by coach to admire the landscapes that served as inspiration to Paul Cézanne, prodigal son of Aix and Post-Impressionist painter considered the father of the modern art. Stand in awe of the Sainte Victoire mountain, subject of many of Cézanne's chefs d'oeuvres, get a glimpse of the Château Noir, and discover the rugged countryside and sharp light of Provence, made famous by Cézanne's work.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: We will carry on to the Terrain des Peintres, an inspiring and different take on Cézanne's cherished Sainte Victoire mountain. Enjoy a stop at the Château de Vauvenargues, short-time home and burial place of Picasso. Next, we will visit Cézanne's Studio. Built in 1901, according to the plans of Cézanne himself, the workshop contains much of the original furniture and still-life materials we find in Cézanne's paintings: the pot-belly stove, a chest of drawers, the olive jar and decorative vases, the plaster cupid statue made by Belgian sculptor François Duquesnoy.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Lodging: Aquabella Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Le Calendal is ideally located in the heart of the historic center of Arles, between the Roman theater and amphitheater. Formally a 17th century house, it is surrounded by gardens.

Contact info:
5 rue Porte de Laure
ARLES, 13200 France
phone: +04 90 96 11 89
web: www.lecalendal.com/

Room amenities: All rooms include air conditioning, direct line telephone, television with Canal + and 15 satellite channels, free Wi-Fi connection, a safe, a bath or shower, and a hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The hotel has laundry Service available seven days a week and includes washing and drying 8 € for 6 kg. There is free Wi-Fi connection throughout the hotel as well as ready to use computers. A shop with local specialties, tourist guides, and basic necessities. A self-service buffet breakfast includes juice, fresh fruit, pastries, fresh bread, a variety of jams and preserves, and cereal. A dining area serving sandwiches and salads.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Eight: Friday, March 27 - Transfer to Arles
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Free time to enjoy your last day in Aix. Check out is noon at the latest. You may leave your luggage in the hotel's luggage room.

Lunch: On your own to explore local cuisine.

Afternoon: Coach departs for Arles. (35 minutes). Upon arrival, take some time to unpack and to relax. Later in the afternoon, enjoy a presentation on wine.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Lodging: Hotel Le Calendal

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Le Calendal is ideally located in the heart of the historic center of Arles, between the Roman theater and amphitheater. Formally a 17th century house, it is surrounded by gardens.

Contact info:
5 rue Porte de Laure
ARLES, 13200 France
phone: +04 90 96 11 89
web: www.lecalendal.com/

Room amenities: All rooms include air conditioning, direct line telephone, television with Canal + and 15 satellite channels, free Wi-Fi connection, a safe, a bath or shower, and a hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The hotel has laundry Service available seven days a week and includes washing and drying 8 € for 6 kg. There is free Wi-Fi connection throughout the hotel as well as ready to use computers. A shop with local specialties, tourist guides, and basic necessities. A self-service buffet breakfast includes juice, fresh fruit, pastries, fresh bread, a variety of jams and preserves, and cereal. A dining area serving sandwiches and salads.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Nine: Saturday, March 28 - Ancient Arles / Saint Rémy / Les Baux-de-Provence
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We will depart by coach for the Arles Archeological Museum. Housed in a contemporary building near the remains of the Roman Circus arena, the museum offers unique insight into the city of Arles at the time of Roman rule. Discover a rich selection of sculptures, mosaics, and daily objects that bring to life the ancient origins of Provence. Afterwards, we will depart for Saint Rémy, birthplace of Nostradamus.

Lunch: On your own in Saint Rémy to explore local cuisine.

Afternoon: We will depart by coach for an excursion to Les Baux-de-Provence (20 minutes). A short walk up the hill will take you to the village where an "eagle's nest" fortress was built in the 10th century. Located on a rocky plateau, this medieval stronghold provides provides a panoramic view of Arles and the Camargue region.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Lodging: Hotel Le Calendal

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Le Calendal is ideally located in the heart of the historic center of Arles, between the Roman theater and amphitheater. Formally a 17th century house, it is surrounded by gardens.

Contact info:
5 rue Porte de Laure
ARLES, 13200 France
phone: +04 90 96 11 89
web: www.lecalendal.com/

Room amenities: All rooms include air conditioning, direct line telephone, television with Canal + and 15 satellite channels, free Wi-Fi connection, a safe, a bath or shower, and a hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The hotel has laundry Service available seven days a week and includes washing and drying 8 € for 6 kg. There is free Wi-Fi connection throughout the hotel as well as ready to use computers. A shop with local specialties, tourist guides, and basic necessities. A self-service buffet breakfast includes juice, fresh fruit, pastries, fresh bread, a variety of jams and preserves, and cereal. A dining area serving sandwiches and salads.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Ten: Sunday, March 29 - Visit of Ancient Arles
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Learn more about Arles' past through a lecture.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Enjoy a lecture and walking tour of Arles' historical city center. Local landmarks come alive during this creative tour that traces the daily habits of a typical Roman through the streets of Arles 2,000 years ago.

Dinner: On your own to explore local cuisine.

Lodging: Hotel Le Calendal

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Hotel

Description: Le Calendal is ideally located in the heart of the historic center of Arles, between the Roman theater and amphitheater. Formally a 17th century house, it is surrounded by gardens.

Contact info:
5 rue Porte de Laure
ARLES, 13200 France
phone: +04 90 96 11 89
web: www.lecalendal.com/

Room amenities: All rooms include air conditioning, direct line telephone, television with Canal + and 15 satellite channels, free Wi-Fi connection, a safe, a bath or shower, and a hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The hotel has laundry Service available seven days a week and includes washing and drying 8 € for 6 kg. There is free Wi-Fi connection throughout the hotel as well as ready to use computers. A shop with local specialties, tourist guides, and basic necessities. A self-service buffet breakfast includes juice, fresh fruit, pastries, fresh bread, a variety of jams and preserves, and cereal. A dining area serving sandwiches and salads.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Eleven: Monday, March 30 - The Camargue / Manade / Les Saintes-Maries-de-la-...
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We will depart by coach for the Camargue (54 minutes with several stops), where you will discover the largest river delta in Europe made up of large lakes, natural salt flats, marshlands and lagoons. This natural reserve and regional park is home to flamingos, egrets, wild white horses and black bulls. Afterwards, we will depart by coach (54 minutes) for Mas des Bernacles, where you will enjoy a personal welcome from one of the area's oldest ranching families. Traditional practices come alive as you participate in the Festival of Flowers with Provençal cowboys (Gardians) on horseback.

Lunch: At the manade.

Afternoon: We will depart by coach for Saintes Maries-de-la-Mer where, according to legend, the "three Mary's" (Mary Magdalene, Mary Jacob, and Mary Salome) and Saint Sarah were washed ashore after being forced to flee the Holy Land by boat. This small fishing village has since become a place of pilgrimmage for Gypsies who vow an intense devotion to Saint Sarah.

Dinner: On your own to explore local cuisine.

Lodging: Hotel Le Calendal

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Hotel

Description: Le Calendal is ideally located in the heart of the historic center of Arles, between the Roman theater and amphitheater. Formally a 17th century house, it is surrounded by gardens.

Contact info:
5 rue Porte de Laure
ARLES, 13200 France
phone: +04 90 96 11 89
web: www.lecalendal.com/

Room amenities: All rooms include air conditioning, direct line telephone, television with Canal + and 15 satellite channels, free Wi-Fi connection, a safe, a bath or shower, and a hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The hotel has laundry Service available seven days a week and includes washing and drying 8 € for 6 kg. There is free Wi-Fi connection throughout the hotel as well as ready to use computers. A shop with local specialties, tourist guides, and basic necessities. A self-service buffet breakfast includes juice, fresh fruit, pastries, fresh bread, a variety of jams and preserves, and cereal. A dining area serving sandwiches and salads.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Twelve: Tuesday, March 31 - Avignon / Palace of the Popes
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We will depart by coach for Avignon. Enjoy a stop at the Barthelasse Presqu'île to enjoy the view of the Rhône and the celebrated bridge "Pont d'Avignon." The bridge was formerly one of the entrances to this fortified city, whose ramparts represent some of the finest examples of medieval fortifications in existence. There will be a short walk to Les Palais des Papes where you will have a guided visit of the official Papal residence of the 14th century- one of the largest and most important medieval Gothic structures in Europe.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Free time to visit le Petit Palais, a palace which is now a museum and home to a large collection of 14th century Italian paintings, sculptures, and regional paintings from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.

Dinner: On your own to explore local cuisine.

Lodging: Hotel Le Calendal

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day Thirteen: Wednesday, April 01 - Departure
Breakfast: At the hotel

Morning: Departure to the airport. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please be in touch via the Road Scholar Social Network, where you can share memories, pictures, and comments. Best wishes for all your journeys.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

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Included
at no additional cost on this date ...
11 nights of accommodations
24 meals: 11 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
5 Expert-led lectures
17 Field trips
4 Hands-on experiences

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