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.
Program No. 21096RJ
Length
9 days
Starts at
1,999
Flights start at
875
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9 days
8 nights
13 meals
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DAY
1
In Transit to Program
In Flight
DAY
2
Arrival in Marseille / Transfer to Avignon
Avignon
D
Novotel Avignon Centre

Morning: NOTE FOR PARTICIPANTS COMBINING THIS PROGRAM WITH PROGRAM 21095 ending in Paris CDG: Because these programs are designed to be taken together, your transportation to Avignon from Paris has been arranged by Road Scholar and is complimentary. Please see details of program below for start time on this day. All other participants will have individual transfers from the airport to the hotel. Look for our shuttle service driver to greet you at our set meeting point.

Afternoon: Check in at the hotel in Avignon and take time to relax and freshen up before orientation.

Dinner: Welcome dinner.

Evening: We will gather in our private meeting room at 6 p.m. 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.

DAY
3
Arles/Market Day
Avignon
B
Novotel Avignon Centre

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

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.

Lunch: On your own in Arles.

Afternoon: Field trip to the Pont du Gard

Dinner: On your own

DAY
4
Explore Avignon
Avignon
B,D
Novotel Avignon Centre

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Head on foot to the center of Avignon to explore the Palace of the Popes, the Rocher des Doms, and the Avignon bridge.

Lunch: On your own.

Afternoon: Free afternoon to explore Avignon.

Dinner: At a local restaurant near the hotel.

DAY
5
The Baux de Provence/St Rémy/ St Paul de Mausole et Glanum
Avignon
B,L
Novotel Avignon Centre

Activity note: Today's activities include travel by coach, climbing of stairs, and walking on cobblestones.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: This morning we start the day at Les Baux 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 where where a fortified fortress (today ruins) once stood. (please note there are many stairs and some climbing involved over cobbled stone streets to explore this area). We will continue on to the Provencal village of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, where Van Gogh spend the penultimate year of his life, after being forced to leave Arles.

Lunch: In St Rémy de Provence

Afternoon: Stop just outside of the village to take a look at Glanum, an oppidum, or fortified town, founded in the 6th century BCE, containing two Roman monuments of the 1st century BCE, a mausoleum and a triumphal arch. We will visit St Paul de Mausole’s hospital where Van Gogh was confined.

Dinner: Dinner on your own.

DAY
6
Transfer to Nice, Explore Aix en Provence, Antibes' Picasso Museum
Nice
B,D
Best Western New York

Activity note: Today's activities include over two hours of travel by coach and a walking tour.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: This morning, we will depart by coach (with luggage) to explore the famous town of Aix en Provence. Enjoy a visit to the atelier of local born painter Paul Cézanne, considered to be one of the fathers of modern art.

Lunch: On your own in Aix en Provence.

Afternoon: After lunch, we will take a field trip to the Picasso Museum (formerly known as Château Grimaldi) to learn about Picasso, his work, and his time in France. We will then complete our final drive to Nice and check in at the Best Western New York.

Dinner: At the hotel.

DAY
7
An Introduction to Nice, The Flower Market & The Old Town
Nice
B,L
Best Western New York

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: We will start the morning in Nice, led by our local expert, to drive by and explore the sites of Nice. We will 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 this morning, led by our local expert, discover and savor the flavors of Nice as you explore the famous local food and flower market and stop at artisan shops where local specialties are made.

Lunch: At a local restaurant in Old Nice.

Afternoon: After lunch, we will visit the Matisse Chapel in St. Paul de Vence. Enjoy free time this afternoon to explore St Paul de Vence on your own or to visit the Maeght Foundation.

Dinner: On your own.

DAY
8
Nice's Ancient Past & Her Artists, Chagall, Matisse, & Cimiez Hill
Nice
B,D
Best Western New York

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: This morning, we will depart by coach for the Cimiez neighborhood. We will begin the morning with a brief walk around the Monastery Gardens that feature the old ruins of Nice's Roman past and the Matisse Museum. At the museum, you will see a comprehensive collection of Henri Matisse's artworks from all periods of his life: 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, we will travel down Cimiez Hill to the Chagall Museum. This 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 will leave the Chagall Museum at 12:45 to transfer to the hotel. However, you may choose to stay in the area to explore on your own.

Lunch: On your own.

Afternoon: Take the afternoon to leisurely discover Nice's small streets and waterfront. You may also 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 lover, the Nice Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art is an excellent choice.

Dinner: Farewell dinner.

DAY
9
Program Concludes
Nice
B

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel. This concludes our program.

Morning: Individual shuttle transfer to the Nice (NCE) airport. Transfer time is dependent on flight time and will happen between 6 a.m. and Noon. Check out is at 11:30 a.m. If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoyed your Road Scholar learning adventure and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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