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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 May 10 — May 22, 2013

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Day One: Friday, May 10 - Travel to France
Depart From: Overnight in transit

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, May 11 - Orientation
Afternoon: Arrive at the Marseille airport and transfer with the group to the hotel in Aix-en-Provence. Gather for the Orientation and Welcome meeting in the hotel lounge. Get an introduction to the Art of Living program, and its intercultural approach, with distribution of a day-by-day program booklet including practical tips for your stay.

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, May 12 - Aix-en-Provence
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Presentation: Passe Composé - The History of Aix by our local expert guide. Enjoy a graphic illustration of the urban and architectural evolution of the city, layer after layer, from Roman to modern times. Field Trip: An introduction to the historical center and the history of Aix-en-Provence : 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: Lunch at a local restaurant

Afternoon: Field Trip: Visit the Granet museum, whose permanent collections make it one of the richest provencial museums of France. The museum houses 10 works of Aix-born painter Paul Cezanne including the Portrait of Zola and the "Baigneuse." Field Trip: 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 townhouses.

Dinner: Dinner is on your own to explore local cuisine.

Evening: Workshop: An Introduction to French 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, May 13 - Lourmarin, Roussillon, Gordes & the Abbey of Sena...
Lourmarin, Roussillon, Gordes & the Abbey of Senanque - the Perched Villages of the Luberon

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Field Trip: This morning we 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. Next we stop at Roussillon - 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: Lunch is on your own to explore local cuisine.

Afternoon: Field Trip: This afternoon we start 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. We carry on with a visit to the village of Gordes where you will follow narrow cobble-stoned streets threading their way past elegant town-houses built against the rock, clinging onto its hill flanks.

Dinner: Dinner is included at your hotel.

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, May 14 - Free Time on Market Day in Aix, Presentation and ...
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Free Time: This morning is 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: Lunch is on your own to explore local cuisine.

Afternoon: Presentation: The French Loves and Contradictions by our local expert. Understand the foundations of the French attachment to the art of living. What societal structures sustain their love of pleasure and yet make them one of the most openly rebellious people in the world.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel in the form of a Lecture/ Tasting of the prized cheeses of France. Learn to savor, serve, and enjoy an assortment of the gourmet, farmhouse cheeses of France.

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, May 15 - Marseille and its Old Port
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Field trip: Discover the rich diversity of Marseille, designated Cultural Capital of Europe. Visit the newly renovated Docks, the picture-postcard fishing village of Vallon des Auffes, the majestic seaside drive Corniche Kennedy and the city's Old Port founded in 600 BC 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: Lunch at Les Arcenaulx, a unique setting in the old gallery arsenal for a lunch of saffron spiced Bouillabaisse close to the old port.

Afternoon: Field Trip: 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: Dinner in a French family : a French family will pick you up at the hotel and then back to the hotel. Enjoy the art of living with this rare and precious invitation to a French home and table.

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, May 16 - Following Cezanne's Footsteps
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Lecture : The Living landscapes of Cézanne and Van Gogh. Field Trip : 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: Lunch is included at a local restaurant close to the mountain Saint Victory.

Afternoon: Continued Field Trip to the motifs of Cezanne : See The Terrain des Peintres and be inspired by a different take on Cézanne's cherished Sainte Victoire mountain. On our way to visit Cézanne's studio, we will stop at the Château de Vauvenargues, short-time home and burial place of Picasso. 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: Dinner is on your own to explore local cuisine.

Lodging: Aquabella Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Hotel

Description: The charm of a beautiful restored old house in the heart of ancient Arles

Contact info:
Place du Forum
Arles, 13200 France
phone: +33 (0) 4 90 93 48 95
web: www.hotelduforum.com

Room amenities: Equiped with telephone, TV by satellite, mini bar, hairdryer, air conditioning, safety deposit box

Facility amenities: Swimming pool in peaceful setting, bar with billiard table

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: Contact Ips group for pricing
Call the Road Scholar Program Department at 1-866-359-5966.

Check out time: 10:00 AM

Day Eight: Friday, May 17 - Marseille Soap Factory / Arles
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Excursion : On our way to Arles we will stop at the Marius Fabre Soap Factory, traditional manufacturers of the celebrated olive-oil based Soap of Marseille. Take in the colors and the fragrances where four generations of the Fabre family have carried on the tradition of manufacturing soap for over 113 years, using the same process imposed by French King Louis XIV in the 17th century.

Lunch: Lunch on your own in Salon and free time to discover the city's historical center where 16th century seer Nostradamus wrote ten centuries of prophecies and is buried.

Afternoon: Arrive in Arles and settle into your hotel room. Lecture / Wine tasting at the hotel : Beyond Rosé - The Distinctive Wines of Provence. A local wine expert will introduce you to Provençal wines, whose personalities, like the people of Provence themselves, are lively, colorful, forthright and complex.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant

Lodging: Hotel du Forum

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The charm of a beautiful restored old house in the heart of ancient Arles

Contact info:
Place du Forum
Arles, 13200 France
phone: +33 (0) 4 90 93 48 95
web: www.hotelduforum.com

Room amenities: Equiped with telephone, TV by satellite, mini bar, hairdryer, air conditioning, safety deposit box

Facility amenities: Swimming pool in peaceful setting, bar with billiard table

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: Contact Ips group for pricing
Call the Road Scholar Program Department at 1-866-359-5966.

Check out time: 10:00 AM

Day Nine: Saturday, May 18 - The Camargue, a Manade & Les Saintes Maries de la...
Breakfast: Hotel breakfast room

Morning: Day-long Field Trip and Lecture : Discover the Camargue, 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. Enjoy a personal welcome by 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. Discover the natural reserves, fighting bulls and agile white horses of this romantic wild marshland.

Lunch: Appetizers and Lunch at the ranch

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

Dinner: Dinner is on your own to explore local cuisine.

Evening: .

Lodging: Hotel du Forum

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Hotel

Description: The charm of a beautiful restored old house in the heart of ancient Arles

Contact info:
Place du Forum
Arles, 13200 France
phone: +33 (0) 4 90 93 48 95
web: www.hotelduforum.com

Room amenities: Equiped with telephone, TV by satellite, mini bar, hairdryer, air conditioning, safety deposit box

Facility amenities: Swimming pool in peaceful setting, bar with billiard table

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: Contact Ips group for pricing
Call the Road Scholar Program Department at 1-866-359-5966.

Check out time: 10:00 AM

Day Ten: Sunday, May 19 - Roman & Romanesque, Visit of Ancient Arles
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Lecture at the hotel : Roman and the Romanesque. The presence of the past is seen throughout this brief summary of the history of Arles recounted through its architecture - from Roman ruins to more "contemporary" landmarks.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant

Afternoon: Lecture / walking tour of the historical city center: A Day in the Life... Local landmarks come alive during this creative tour that traces the daily habits and haunts of a typical Roman through the streets of Arles 2000 years ago.

Dinner: Dinner is on your own to explore local cuisine.

Evening: Evening Activity at the hotel: Discover the history and the up-lifting sounds of Provencal folk music, its Italian influences and the traditional use of the fife and drum, called galoubets-tambourins.

Lodging: Hotel du Forum

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Hotel

Description: The charm of a beautiful restored old house in the heart of ancient Arles

Contact info:
Place du Forum
Arles, 13200 France
phone: +33 (0) 4 90 93 48 95
web: www.hotelduforum.com

Room amenities: Equiped with telephone, TV by satellite, mini bar, hairdryer, air conditioning, safety deposit box

Facility amenities: Swimming pool in peaceful setting, bar with billiard table

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: Contact Ips group for pricing
Call the Road Scholar Program Department at 1-866-359-5966.

Check out time: 10:00 AM

Day Eleven: Monday, May 20 - Ancient Arles Museum, Saint Rémy & Les Baux de Pr...
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Lecture/ Guided visit of 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.

Lunch: Lunch on your own in Saint Rémy

Afternoon: Excursion to Les Baux : A short walk up the hill will take you to the village of Les Baux de Provence, where an "eagle's nest" fortress was built in the 10th century. Located on a rocky plateau, this medieval stronghold provides a panoramic view of Arles and the Camargue region. Entirely restored, Les Baux counts 22 architectural treasures classified Historic Monument by the French government: a romanesque church, medieval castle, renaissance façades, ancient townhouses... all of which can be visted only on foot, as no cars are allowed in the village.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant

Lodging: Hotel du Forum

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The charm of a beautiful restored old house in the heart of ancient Arles

Contact info:
Place du Forum
Arles, 13200 France
phone: +33 (0) 4 90 93 48 95
web: www.hotelduforum.com

Room amenities: Equiped with telephone, TV by satellite, mini bar, hairdryer, air conditioning, safety deposit box

Facility amenities: Swimming pool in peaceful setting, bar with billiard table

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: Contact Ips group for pricing
Call the Road Scholar Program Department at 1-866-359-5966.

Check out time: 10:00 AM

Day Twelve: Tuesday, May 21 - Avignon and the Palace of the Popes
Arrive To: Hotel breakfast room

Morning: Excursion to Avignon : We will stop on the Barthelasse Presqu'ile to enjoy the view on the Rhone river and the celebrated brige "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. Afterward enjoy a guided visit of the Palace of the Popes, official Papal residence of the 14th century - one of the largest and most important medieval Gothic structures in Europe.

Lunch: Farewell lunch at a local restaurant

Afternoon: Free time to visit le Petit Palais, with its renaissance façade and 15th century tower. The palace is now a museum and home to a large collection of 14th century Italian paintings, sculptures and regional paintings from the Middle Ages & the Renaissance.

Dinner: Dinner is on your own to explore local cuisine.

Lodging: Hotel du Forum

Meals Included: Lunch
Day Thirteen: Wednesday, May 22 - Departure
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Departure to the airport

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.

Our Value Promise To You

You won't find a better value.

Included
at no additional cost on this date ...
11 nights of accommodations
22 meals: 10 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners
6 Expert-led lectures
13 Field trips
3 Hands-on experiences
1 Performances

Ratings

4.7
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