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The Best of Southern France: Provence and the Cote d'Azur

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Program #21096RJ
9 Days | 8 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
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.
If you’re looking for a more flexible schedule with ample independent time and several meals on your own, then our FLEX learning adventures are made for you.

Itinerary for Apr 10 — Apr 18, 2014

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Day One: Thursday, April 10 - Depart the US and Overnight flight to Marseille
In Transit: Overnight flight to Marseille.

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: Friday, April 11 - Arrival in Marseille (MRS airport), Orientation a...
Morning: NOTE FOR PARTICIPANTS COMBINING THIS PROGRRAM WITH PROGRAM 21095 ending in Paris CDG: Because these programs are designed to be taken together, your transportation to Aix en Provence from Paris has been arranged by Road Scholar and is complimentary. Please see details of program below for start time on this day.

Afternoon: Arrival at Marseille (MRS airport) and Transfers to the hotel in Aix. Check in starts at 2 PM so rooms may not be available if you arrive early. Orientation starts at 6 PM please meet in the lobby of the hotel.

Dinner: Dinner Near the hotel in Aix

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: Saturday, April 12 - Aix en Provence Old Town and the Local Provencal ...
Breakfast: Breakfast Buffet

Morning: Enjoy a walking field trip around Aix en Provence to discover this historic city and heart of Provence. Discover the old religious and civil districts around the cathedral and the city hall, XVII and XVIII century mansions facades, and typical squares with their fountains and the Cours Mirabeau. Explore the various Saturday Markets, Saturday is the busiest Market day and each square offers a different variety of stalls.

Lunch: Lunch on your own in the Old Town of Aix

Afternoon: Free time: Enjoy Saturday afternoon free to explore. Saturday is the best day for all shops to be open and to enjoy the old town on your own.

Dinner: Dinner in the Old town

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 Four: Sunday, April 13 - Isles Sur Sorgue Market and the Sights and Perche...
Isles Sur Sorgue Market and the Sights and Perched Villages of the Luberon

Breakfast: Breakfast Buffet

Morning: Field Trip: Explore one of the largest Markets in Provence and one of the largest antique markets in the World. Isles sur Sorgues is a picturesque Medieval town that offers a sumptuous setting for a Sunday Market. Follow your guide as you learn the history of this small town and also sample some of the local specialties and learn about how they are made. Later enjoy some time to continue the morning at leisure to discover the city on your own and explore the vendor stalls

Lunch: Lunch on your own in Isle sur la Sorgue

Afternoon: This afternoon we end the day exploring some of the lesser visited sites of the Luberon, the region was made famous by Peter Mayle's book a Year in Provence. We stop to see the outside of the Abbey of Senanque, walk the streets of Gorde and as we cross over the Luberon mountains, we stop in the village of Lourmarin before making our way back to Aix.

Dinner: Dinner in the Old town near the 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: Monday, April 14 - Arles, Roman History, Van Gogh and the Beaux de P...
Breakfast: Breakfast Buffet

Morning: Explore the Roman and Art city of Arles. 8 of Arles Roman and Romanesque Monuments and 65 acres of downtown are considered part of the UNESCO World Heritage sites. As part of our visit we explore the old town on foot and discover a few of these special sites. Also learn about the work and places that inspired Van Gogh while he lived in Arles. Later continue the morning at leisure to discover the city on your own.

Lunch: Lunch on your own in Arles

Afternoon: This afternoon we end the day at Les Beaux de Provence. This Fortified village with an interesting history offers some of the most picturesque views of Provence. Here we visit and learn about the sites in the fortified fortress. (please note there are many stairs and some climbing involved over cobbled stone streets to explore the fortress).

Lodging: Aquabella Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Brice Hotel is located in central Nice, just a 5-minute walk from the Promenade des Anglais and the beach. It offers a sauna, a solarium and grounds with a fountain. A buffet breakfast is served in the breakfast room every morning. On sunny days, guests can enjoy a drink from the hotel bar on the terrace under the orange and lemon trees. The hotel is just a 10-minute walk from the tram line and Nice’s central train station. It is ideally located for exploring the city and nearby town such as Monte-Carlo and Cannes.

Contact info:
44 Rue du Maréchal Joffre
Nice, 06000 France
phone: +33 (0)4 93 88 14 44
web: http://www.nice-hotel-brice.com/

Room amenities: Each guest room at Brice Hotel is equipped with satellite TV, a mini fridge and a work desk. Each has a private bathroom with a hairdryer.

Facility amenities: Bar, 24-Hour Front Desk, Newspapers, Terrace, Elevator, Safe, Baggage Storage, Air Conditioning, Sauna, Meeting/Banquet Facilities, Airport Shuttle, Bicycle Rental, Car Rental, Tour Desk, Fax/Photocopying, Free Wi-Fi is available in all areas.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: TBD
Contact Road Scholar Travel Services for rates and bookings.

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Six: Tuesday, April 15 - Transfer to Nice, Explore Cannes and Antibes's Pi...
Breakfast: Breakfast Buffet

Morning: This morning we explore the famous town of Cannes. Led by a local expert learn about the cities history during a walking tour that examines the cities early history and its current status as a mecca for the famous and the beautiful.

Lunch: Lunch on your own in Antibe

Afternoon: After lunch join our local expert to explore the Chateaux Grimaldi and the Picasso Museum. Learn about Picasso, his work and his time in France. Later enjoy some more free time to explore the city on your own, see the old city center and explore at your pace some of the small streets before rejoining the group for our final drive to Nice to check in to our hotel.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel

Lodging: Hotel Brice

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Brice Hotel is located in central Nice, just a 5-minute walk from the Promenade des Anglais and the beach. It offers a sauna, a solarium and grounds with a fountain. A buffet breakfast is served in the breakfast room every morning. On sunny days, guests can enjoy a drink from the hotel bar on the terrace under the orange and lemon trees. The hotel is just a 10-minute walk from the tram line and Nice’s central train station. It is ideally located for exploring the city and nearby town such as Monte-Carlo and Cannes.

Contact info:
44 Rue du Maréchal Joffre
Nice, 06000 France
phone: +33 (0)4 93 88 14 44
web: http://www.nice-hotel-brice.com/

Room amenities: Each guest room at Brice Hotel is equipped with satellite TV, a mini fridge and a work desk. Each has a private bathroom with a hairdryer.

Facility amenities: Bar, 24-Hour Front Desk, Newspapers, Terrace, Elevator, Safe, Baggage Storage, Air Conditioning, Sauna, Meeting/Banquet Facilities, Airport Shuttle, Bicycle Rental, Car Rental, Tour Desk, Fax/Photocopying, Free Wi-Fi is available in all areas.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: TBD
Contact Road Scholar Travel Services for rates and bookings.

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Seven: Wednesday, April 16 - An Introduction to Nice: The Flower Market and th...
Breakfast: Breakfast Buffet

Morning: Start the morning in Nice led by our local expert drive by and explore the sites of Nice. See the Russian Orthodox church, Stop at Castle hill for a panoramic view of the city and drive along the Promenade des Anglais before reaching the old town and the Flower market. Later start discovering the taste of Nice led by our local expert discover and savor the flavors of Nice as you explore the famous local food and flower market, stop at artisan shops where local specialties are made and taste Nice.

Lunch: Lunch in the Old town of Nice

Afternoon: After lunch enjoy a walking tour of the old town with you expert guide. Later you can choose to join the coach to return to the hotel or to explore on your own the old town or make your way to some other sites on your own.

Dinner: Dinner on your own to explore the local flavors

Lodging: Hotel Brice

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Brice Hotel is located in central Nice, just a 5-minute walk from the Promenade des Anglais and the beach. It offers a sauna, a solarium and grounds with a fountain. A buffet breakfast is served in the breakfast room every morning. On sunny days, guests can enjoy a drink from the hotel bar on the terrace under the orange and lemon trees. The hotel is just a 10-minute walk from the tram line and Nice’s central train station. It is ideally located for exploring the city and nearby town such as Monte-Carlo and Cannes.

Contact info:
44 Rue du Maréchal Joffre
Nice, 06000 France
phone: +33 (0)4 93 88 14 44
web: http://www.nice-hotel-brice.com/

Room amenities: Each guest room at Brice Hotel is equipped with satellite TV, a mini fridge and a work desk. Each has a private bathroom with a hairdryer.

Facility amenities: Bar, 24-Hour Front Desk, Newspapers, Terrace, Elevator, Safe, Baggage Storage, Air Conditioning, Sauna, Meeting/Banquet Facilities, Airport Shuttle, Bicycle Rental, Car Rental, Tour Desk, Fax/Photocopying, Free Wi-Fi is available in all areas.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: TBD
Contact Road Scholar Travel Services for rates and bookings.

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Eight: Thursday, April 17 - Nice's Ancient Past and Her Artists: Chagall, Mat...
Breakfast: Breakfast Buffet

Morning: "Depart by coach for Cimiez Hill Area. Start the morning with a brief walk around the Monastery of Cimiez gardens that feature the old ruins of Nice's roman past and the Matisse Museum. Explore the Matisse Museum and see a comprehensive collection of the artist works. Works from all periods of his life offer a comprehensive panorama: from the first paintings made in 1890 to the famous gouache cut outs, 236 drawings, 218 engravings and the complete presentation of the books illustrated by the artist. Later in the morning travel down Cimiez Hill to the Chagall Museum. The Museum features Biblical scenes illustrated in 17 large paintings, sculptures, stained glass windows, mosaics and tapestries, 205 preparatory sketches, 39 gouaches (1930), 105 engravings (1956) and 215 lithographs. We leave the Chagall Museum at 12:45 to transfer to the hotel or you may choose to stay in the area to explore on your own."

Lunch: Lunch on your own in Nice

Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure to explore Nice. You may want to consider going to the Museum of Fine Arts that offer an excellent collection of French Painters from all periods. Or for the more contemporary art lovel, try the Nice Museum of modern and contemporary Art.

Dinner: Farewell dinner near the hotel

Lodging: Hotel Brice

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Nine: Friday, April 18 - Departure for the US
Breakfast: Breakfast Buffet

Morning: Transfer to the Nice (NCE) airport. Transfer time is dependant on flight time and will happen between 6 AM and 12 Noon. Check out is at 11:30 AM.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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