loading spinner
21096
France

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

Discover open-air markets, medieval villages, Roman monuments and renowned museums as you walk and learn about the unique cultural heritage of the French Riviera.
Rating (4.88)
Program No. 21096RJ
Length
9 days
Starts at
2,299
Flights start at
900
France

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

Discover open-air markets, medieval villages, Roman monuments and renowned museums as you walk and learn about the unique cultural heritage of the French Riviera.
Length
9 days
Starts at
2,299
Flights start at
900
Length
9 days
Rating (4.88)
Starts at
2,299
Flights start at
900
Program No. 21096RJ

Your well-being is our #1 priority

To make your experience as safe as possible, we require all participants to be fully vaccinated. See our Safety Roadmap

Enroll with Confidence

We want your Road Scholar learning adventure to be something to look forward to—not worry about. Learn more

Prefer to enroll or inquire by phone? 800-454-5768
airfare
Need airfare?
Our airfare tool can help. Check it out
climate
Plan ahead.
What kind of weather can you expect? Take a look!
Select your type of room
Price will update based on selection
Prices displayed below are based on per person,doubleoccupancy.
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Mar 23 - Mar 31, 2023
Starting at
2,299
Apr 20 - Apr 28, 2023
Starting at
2,549
Special Offer

Enroll in this date preceded by the corresponding April 13, 2023 departure of “The Best of Northern France: Paris and Normandy” (#21095) and we’ll pay your train fare from one program to the other!

May 4 - May 12, 2023
Starting at
2,649
Special Offer

Enroll in this date preceded by the corresponding April 27, 2023 departure of “The Best of Northern France: Paris and Normandy” (#21095) and we’ll pay your train fare from one program to the other!

May 18 - May 26, 2023
Starting at
2,649
Special Offer

Enroll in this date preceded by the corresponding May 11, 2023 departure of “The Best of Northern France: Paris and Normandy” (#21095) and we’ll pay your train fare from one program to the other!

Jun 8 - Jun 16, 2023
Starting at
2,649
Sep 7 - Sep 15, 2023
Starting at
2,849
Special Offer

Enroll in this date preceded by the corresponding Aug. 31, 2023 departure of “The Best of Northern France: Paris and Normandy” (#21095) and we’ll pay your train fare from one program to the other!

Sep 14 - Sep 22, 2023
Starting at
2,849
Sep 28 - Oct 6, 2023
Starting at
2,849
Special Offer

Enroll in this date preceded by the corresponding Sept. 21, 2023 departure of “The Best of Northern France: Paris and Normandy” (#21095) and we’ll pay your train fare from one program to the other!

Oct 5 - Oct 13, 2023
Starting at
2,849
Oct 19 - Oct 27, 2023
Starting at
2,649
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Mar 23 - Mar 31, 2023
Starting at
2,589
Apr 20 - Apr 28, 2023
Starting at
3,039
Special Offer

Enroll in this date preceded by the corresponding April 13, 2023 departure of “The Best of Northern France: Paris and Normandy” (#21095) and we’ll pay your train fare from one program to the other!

May 4 - May 12, 2023
Starting at
3,199
Special Offer

Enroll in this date preceded by the corresponding April 27, 2023 departure of “The Best of Northern France: Paris and Normandy” (#21095) and we’ll pay your train fare from one program to the other!

May 18 - May 26, 2023
Starting at
3,199
Special Offer

Enroll in this date preceded by the corresponding May 11, 2023 departure of “The Best of Northern France: Paris and Normandy” (#21095) and we’ll pay your train fare from one program to the other!

Jun 8 - Jun 16, 2023
Starting at
3,199
Sep 7 - Sep 15, 2023
Starting at
3,579
Special Offer

Enroll in this date preceded by the corresponding Aug. 31, 2023 departure of “The Best of Northern France: Paris and Normandy” (#21095) and we’ll pay your train fare from one program to the other!

Sep 14 - Sep 22, 2023
Starting at
3,579
Sep 28 - Oct 6, 2023
Starting at
3,579
Special Offer

Enroll in this date preceded by the corresponding Sept. 21, 2023 departure of “The Best of Northern France: Paris and Normandy” (#21095) and we’ll pay your train fare from one program to the other!

Oct 5 - Oct 13, 2023
Starting at
3,579
Oct 19 - Oct 27, 2023
Starting at
3,199

At a Glance

From the green hills, sunbaked villages and lavender fields of Provence to the brilliant azure waters and billowing white sails of the French Riviera, absorb the colors — not to mention the sights, sounds and flavors — of Southern France on this journey that combines field trips led by top-notch Road Scholar experts with plenty of time for independent discoveries.
Activity Level
Let's Go!
Walking up to 3 miles per day; cobblestone streets, uneven and hilly terrain.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 13 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Explore Provence’s lively open-air markets, medieval villages and natural environments.
  • Discover the famed medieval city of Avignon and the historic city of Nice on expert-led excursions.
  • Enjoy independent time to experience this beautiful and unique region on your own.

General Notes

Program includes independent time to explore the city and several meals on your own. Group Leaders will provide directions for self-directed excursions. Suggestions for free-time activities provided in preparatory materials. Give us a call to combine this learning adventure with select dates of "The Best of Northern France: Paris and Normandy" (#21095) for even more learning in France! We’ll even pay your train fare from one program to the other!
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
The Popes of Avignon: A Century in Exile
by Edwin Mullins
Grounded in the architecture and papal legacy in Avignon and the surrounding area, this engaging history sets the 70-year period of papal exile in the south of France against the context of Europe's turbulent transition from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance.
F is for France: A Curious Cabinet of French Wonders
by Piu Eatwell
An alphabetized catalogue of quirky French culture and history tidbits.
Made in Marseille: Food and Flavors from France's Mediterranean Seaport
by Daniel Young
An enticing portrait of a historically mischievous town, followed by a robust collection of recipes.
Lonely Planet French Phrasebook
by Marie-Helene Girard, Anny Monet
This handy phrasebook focuses on pronunciation, basic grammar and essential vocabulary for the traveler.
Van Gogh in Arles
by Alfred Nemeczek
A study of Van Gogh in the stunning setting of Arles in Provence, the place of his death.
Provence A-Z
by Peter Mayle
A companion to all things Provencal, from bouillabaisse to lavender and vinaigre, by the British expatriate and Francophile Peter Mayle.
The Food & Wine of France: Eating & Drinking from Champagne to Provence
by Edward Behr
Behr seeks out the best of French food, in encounters from Champagne to Provence, to tell the stories of French artisans and chefs who work at the highest level. He shares what he learns from these experts on French traditions and how to best enjoy this food.
My Life in France
by Julia Child
The touching and famous story of Julia Child in France, where she learned to cook and fell in love with French cuisine, all in her own words.
Tasting French Terroir: The History of an Idea
by Thomas Parker
This book explores the origins and significance of the French concept of terroir (the specific taste of a particular place), demonstrating that the way the French eat their food and drink their wine today derives from a cultural mythology that developed between the Renaissance and the Revolution.
Cezanne and Provence: The Painter in His Culture
by Nina Maria Athanassoglou-Kallmyer
Cezanne departed from Paris in 1886 to permanently resettle in his native Aix-en-Provence. This book explores the importance of this place for the artist as well as the regionalist politics of his day.
Camembert: A National Myth
by Pierre Boisard
Camembert - delectably fragrant, creamy-centered, neatly boxed - is the most popular and most famous French cheese. Originally made by hand in the Norman countryside, it is now mass-produced internationally, yet Camembert remains a national symbol for France, emblematic of its cultural identity. In this witty and entertaining book, Pierre Boisard investigates the history of Camembert and its legend.
The Markets of Provence: Food, Antiques, Crafts, and More
by Marjorie Williams
An in-depth pocket guide to 30 of the best markets in Provence. Dive into the heart of Provencal culture and navigate the markets like a local with maps, tips, and handy phrases.
Two Towns in Provence
by M. F. K. Fisher
Celebrated food writer M.F.K. Fisher contrasts village life in Aix-en-Provence with bustling Marseilles, evoking both with anecdote and loving description.
Four Queens, the Provencal Sisters who Ruled Europe
by Nancy Goldstone
Transporting you back to back to the apogee of independent Provençal power in the Middle Ages, Goldstone captures the drama of 13th-century Europe in this history of the four daughters of the count of Provence -- future queens of France, England, Germany and Sicily.
Provence: Food, Wine, Culture and Landscape
by Lars Boesgaard
A stunning portrait of an alluring, sun-drenched region. Whet your appetite for Provence with over 700 jaw-dropping images of the food, landscape, and local people.
Edible French: Tasty Expressions and Cultural Bites
by Clotilde Dusolier
French food-related idioms are explained and delightfully illustrated in this playful meditation on the French language.
A Year in Provence
by Peter Mayle
The original best-selling tale of an ex-pat settling down in Provence, told with warmth and a great deal of humor. It offers a wonderful inside look at the charms and quirks of the people and the countryside in the south of France.
The Yellow House
by Martin Gayford
Gayford chronicles the turbulent three months and texture of the daily lives of Van Gogh and Gauguin in Arles, where they worked side by side in 1888. With 60 B&W reproductions.





Important registration tip:
If you want to attend the live lecture, please do not wait until the last minute to enroll.
If you enroll after a lecture is complete, we’ll send you a recording of the event.