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Provence: The Art of Living

Program Number: 3729RJ
Start and End Dates:
6/14/2013 - 6/26/2013; 3/18/2016 - 3/30/2016; 4/8/2016 - 4/20/2016; 4/22/2016 - 5/4/2016; 5/13/2016 - 5/25/2016; 5/27/2016 - 6/8/2016; 9/2/2016 - 9/14/2016; 9/16/2016 - 9/28/2016; 9/30/2016 - 10/12/2016; 10/14/2016 - 10/26/2016; 10/28/2016 - 11/9/2016;
Duration: 12 nights
Location: France
Price starting at: $3,946.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type:
Meals: 22; 10 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 6 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Open markets of regional produce, lively sidewalk cafés, the old stone and tile of hilltop villages, the rugged virility of Marseille, the feminine charms of Aix — the many facets of Provence have made it a coveted destination for centuries. Discover its simple elegance through an insider’s view of the places, people, architecture, food, wine and décor, all imbued with a seductive philosophy of life that has inspired writers and expatriates worldwide. Come to understand the special provençal relationship with the present and past, the seasons and the earth, the family and its traditions.


• Explore the 14th-century palace of the popes in Avignon.
• Gain rare access to one of the oldest family ranches in the Camargue, France’s national wildlife reserve near Arles.
• Enjoy a taste of local life in Aix-en-Provence. Peruse the stalls overflowing with fresh flowers and produce on market day and sit down to dinner with professionals who live in the city.

Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles, about 2.5 hours a day on cobblestone and irregular terrain.

Date Specific Information

6-14-2013, 3-18-2016, 4-8-2016, 4-22-2016, 5-13-2016, 5-27-2016, 9-2-2016, 9-16-2016, 9-30-2016, 10-14-2016, 10-28-2016

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Itinerary Summary

Arrival Marseille, coach to Aix-en-Provence, 6 nights; coach to Arles, 5 nights; coach to Marseille, departure.

Overnight flight from the U.S.A.
1 night
Arrival Marseille
Coach to Aix-en-Provence
6 nights

Discover Aix, known for its Roman thermal baths, numerous fountains and open markets, and enjoy Provencal cuisine at a terrace café. Explore the hilltop villages of the Luberon and the 12th-century Cistercian Abbey of Senanque, a spiritually inspiring monastery where monks still live and worship. Join Lilli Engle, Founding-Director of the American University Center of Provence, for a keynote presentation on French lifestyles and values. Learn about French gourmet cheeses and taste the very best at a buffet-dinner. See the Mediterranean and the bustling Old Port of Marseille. Discover the gems of rural Provencal architecture as home owners open their doors to you for a privileged visit of their mansions and gardens.

Coach to Arles
5 nights
Coach to Marseille

Visit the lovely town of St. Remy, birthplace of Nostradamus and explore the medieval hilltop stronghold of Les Baux. Take a trip into the past with an archaeologist through “A day in the life of a Gallo-Roman” and then discover the historical city of Arles, the Roman Amphitheater and the 12th-century Cloister of Saint Trophime. Visit a family-run soap factory, producers for over 100 years of traditional Savon de Marseille, olive oil soap. Taste the distinctive wines of France with Joël Corre, director of the Oenological Institute of Aix. Enjoy rare access to a working ranch in the Camargue national reserve, home to flamingos, wild white horses, and spirited bulls, where a personal welcome by one of the area’s oldest ranching families and lunch await you. Discover the Palais des Papes, official Papal residence of the 14th century and one of the largest, most important medieval gothic palaces in Europe.


The epicurious and the curious find much to admire in Western Europe’s largest nation, whose agricultural riches and terrain of beaches, mountains and fertile fields have drawn residents for thousands of years. The northern region hosts the nation’s Parisian capital, as well as unique Breton culture, while the sun-drenched Mediterranean coast sports the chic beach-goers and the terraced vineyards of the interior.

Aix-en-Provence: Comfortable, centrally located hotel. Arles: Hotel in the heart of the old town.
Meals and Lodgings
   Aquabella Hotel
  Aix-en-Provence, France 1 night
   Aquabella Hotel
  Aix-en-Provence, France 4 nights
   Hotel du Forum
  Arles, France 5 nights
 Aquabella Hotel
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
  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 allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: TBD Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services at 1-800-241-1404 for rates and bookings.
  Check in time: 2:00 PM

 Hotel du Forum
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
  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 allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: 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

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
The program begins at Orientation at 5:00 p.m. at the hotel in Aix-en-Provence. You will be staying at Aquabella Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
The program ends after breakfast at the hotel in Arles. You will be staying at Hotel du Forum the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required.
  Parking availability:
not applicable
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
To Start of Program
  Location:  Aix-en-Provence
  Nearest city or town:  Marseille
  Nearest airport:  Marseille International Airport
  Transportation to site: A group arrival transfer is organized for all participants who purchased an air inclusive program and arrive on the group date. Independent travelers are welcome to join this group transfer. The group transfer time will be confirmed in the final participant mailing approximately 5 weeks prior to departure. The shuttle or taxi from the Marseille airport to Aix takes about 30 minutes.
  From End of Program
  Location:  Arles
  Nearest city or town:  Avignon
  Nearest airport:  Marseille International Airport
  Transportation from site: A group departure transfer is organized for all participants who purchased an air inclusive program and depart on the group date. Independent travelers can take a taxi from the hotel to the airport or can ask the hotel for assistance in arranging a shuttle transfer. Independent travelers may choose to take the train from Arles to Marseille and then a shuttle to Marseille airport.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Daily Schedule

Day 1: Travel to France
(Friday, June 14)
 Depart From: Overnight in transit

Day 2: Orientation
(Saturday, June 15)
 Afternoon: Arrive at the Marseille airport and transfer with the group to the hotel in Aix-en-Provence. Look for the Group Leader with the Road Scholar sign at the meeting point in the arrival terminal. The group leader will lead you to the shuttle service set for the transfer. Gather for the Orientation and Welcome meeting. 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.
Accommodations: Aquabella Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 3: History of Aix - the Historic Center of Aix en Provence
(Sunday, June 16)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Learn about the history of Aix-en-Provence in a lecture at the hotel. 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. Afterwards, depart on 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: 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: 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.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Lourmarin, Roussillon, Gordes & Abbey of Senanque - the Perched Villages of the Luberon
(Monday, June 17)
 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 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: 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 at the hotel.
 Evening: Enjoy an evening at leisure.
Accommodations: Aquabella Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: "The French: Loves and Contradictions" / French cheese / Market Day in Aix
(Tuesday, June 18)
 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: This afternoon gather with your fellow participants for a lecture on "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. Later, enjoy a Field Trip visit of 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".
 Dinner: For dinner enjoy a buffet of assorted gourmet French cheese and learn about them in a lecture on "The Prized Cheese of France." Enjoy an introduction to a few of the 350 to 400 distinct types of French cheese.
Accommodations: Aquabella Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6: Marseille and its Old Port
(Wednesday, June 19)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Travel to Marseille, the second largest city in France. Founded in 600 B.C. by the Greeks, this busy Mediterranean port is a far cry from the Provence of Cezanne and Peter Mayle. Marseille is an energetic city, a melting pot of cultures from North Africa, Italy and Spain, best experienced at its thronging street markets of Provençal produce stalls, Algerian souk-like bazaars, and centuries-old fish market selling the base ingredients for the local speciality fish stew, bouillabaisse. At Marseille's highest point, discover the opulent, domed 19th-century Romano-Byzantine Notre Dame de la Garde basilica in a guided visit. (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 a local restaurant
 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.
Accommodations: Aquabella Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Following Cezanne's Footsteps
(Thursday, June 20)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: 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. Continue to Le Tholonet.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant in Le Thoolnet.
 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 on your own.
Accommodations: Aquabella Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8: Marseille Soap Factory / Arles
(Friday, June 21)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Check out of your hotel room and board the coach for Arles. 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. Enjoy a lecture and wine tasting on "Beyond Rosé: The distinctive wines of Provence - 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
Accommodations: Hotel du Forum
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9: Ancient Arles / Saint Remy / Les Baux-de-Provence
(Saturday, June 22)
 Breakfast: Hotel breakfast room
 Morning: Learn about Arles' past in a guided visit of the Museum of Ancient Arles. 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, continue to Saint Remy, birthplace of Nostradamus.
 Lunch: Lunch is on your own in Saint Remy to explore local cuisine.
 Afternoon: 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
 Evening: This evening enjoy a musical performance. 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.
Accommodations: Hotel du Forum
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10: Roman and Romanesque Arles / Arles Historical Center
(Sunday, June 23)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: This morning learn more about Arles' past in a lecture on “Arles: Roman and 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: Join your expert guide for a walking tour of Arles, visiting its Roman amphitheatre, antique theatre, the cryptoportico, and the 12th-14th century cloister of Saint Trophime.
 Dinner: Dinner is on your own to explore local cuisine.
Accommodations: Hotel du Forum
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 11: The Camargue / Manade / Les Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer
(Monday, June 24)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: This morning we travel to 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 Flamengos, Egrets, wild white horses and black bulls. Continue to Mas des Bernacles, Arles. Enjoy a personal welcome by one of the area's oldest ranching families at the Mas des Bernacles. 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 marsh land.
 Lunch: Lunch at the ranch.
 Afternoon: Drive to Les Saintes-Marie-de-la-Mer, the capital of the Camargue, for a guided visit. It is here, according to legend, that 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.
Accommodations: Hotel du Forum
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 12: Avignon / Palace of the Popes
(Tuesday, June 25)
 Arrive To: Hotel breakfast room
 Morning: Travel to Avignon and explore the Palace of the Popes in a guided visit. One of the largest and most important medieval Gothic buildings in Europe, this fortress and palace was the papal residence and seat of Western Christianity during the 14th century. First, 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.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant
 Afternoon: This afternoon you have free time to discover Avignon at your own pace. You may want 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. In the late afternoon board the coach to travel back to Arles.
 Dinner: Dinner is on your own to explore local cuisine.
Accommodations: Hotel du Forum
Meals Included: Lunch

Day 13: Departure
(Wednesday, June 26)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Departure to the airport
Meals Included: Breakfast
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