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.
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Program No. 21096RJ
Length
9 days
Starts at
2,049
Flights start at
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9 days
8 nights
13 meals
7 B 2 L 4 D
DAY
1
In Transit to Program
In Flight
DAY
2
Arrive to Marseille, Transfer to Avignon, Orientation
Avignon
D
Novotel Avignon Centre

Activity note: This program may be taken in combination with program 21095, ending Paris CDG. If you have enrolled to take these programs back-to-back, transportation to Avignon from Paris has been arranged by Road Scholar and is complimentary.

Afternoon: Arrive at the hotel in Avignon and take time to relax and freshen up before orientation. Orientation: Starting at 6:00 p.m., the Group Leader will greet everyone with a warm welcome and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule and any changes, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. Free time is reserved for your personal independent exploration.Please note that program activities, schedules, and personnel may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. This is a Road Scholar FLEX program. It offers a more flexible schedule than our traditional programs with ample time for personal independent exploration and several meals on your own to enjoy the cuisine of your choice. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Dinner: At the hotel we will enjoy a meal together.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
3
Arles, Market Day, Pont du Gard
Avignon
B,L
Novotel Avignon Centre

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach; driving approximately 63 miles (about 2 hours); walking up to 2.5 miles throughout the day; standing for up to 2 hours; cobblestone streets, even and uneven terrain.

Breakfast: Buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Via motorcoach, we will go an explore the old Roman city of Arles. Eight of Arles' Roman and Romanesque Monuments and 65 acres of downtown are considered UNESCO World Heritage sites. During our visit we will discover the old town on foot and see a few of these special sites. Additionally, we'll learn about the picturesque places that inspired Van Gogh and the works he created while he lived in Arles. Next, we will explore a traditional Provencal market.

Lunch: At a local restaurant in Arles.

Afternoon: Back on the motorcoach, we will head to the Pont du Gard, where we will learn about this ancient Roman aqueduct that spans the River Gardon.

Dinner: On your own

DAY
4
Palace of the Popes, Rocher des Doms, the Avignon Bridge
Avignon
B,D
Novotel Avignon Centre

Activity note: Walking up to 2 miles; standing for 2 hours.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We will head on foot into 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 time. Explore the historic city of Avignon on your own.

Dinner: At a local restaurant near the hotel.

DAY
5
Les Baux de Provence, St Remy, St Paul de Mausole et Glanum
Avignon
B
Novotel Avignon Centre

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach; driving approximately 45 miles (about 1 hour 40 minutes) throughout the day; walking up to 2 miles; unavoidable stairs and inclines at historic sites; standing up to 2 hours at a time; cobblestone streets and uneven terrain.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We will take the motorcoach to Les Baux de Provence. This Fortified village has an interesting history and offers some of the most picturesque views of Provence. Here, we will visit and learn about the sites where a fortress once stood. Next we will journey to the Provencal village of Saint-Remy-de-Provence, where Van Gogh spent the penultimate year of his life, after being forced to leave Arles.

Lunch: On your own.

Afternoon: Just outside of Saint-Remy-de-Provence, we will find Glanum, an oppidum, or fortified town, founded in the 6th century BCE. This area contains two Roman monuments of the 1st century BCE, a mausoleum and a triumphal arch. We'll then head to St Paul de Mausole's hospital where Van Gogh was confined.

Dinner: On your own

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

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach; driving approximately 170 miles (about 3 hours 25 minutes); walking up to 2 miles; standing for about 2 hours; even and uneven terrain.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We will depart Avignon and head to Nice via motorcoach. Along the way we will discover even more of Provence. We will explore the famous town of Aix, where we will see the Atelier of famous local artist, Paul Cézanne, credited as one of the fathers of modern art.

Lunch: On your own.

Afternoon: We will go to Antibes and visit the Picasso Museum (formerly known as Château Grimaldi) to learn about Picasso, his work, and his time in France.

Dinner: At the hotel in Nice.

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

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach; walking up to 2 miles; standing during museum and market visits for up to 2 hours; expect crowds.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Led by a local expert, we will see 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 local flower market. Continuing with a local expert, we will discover and savor the flavors of Nice as we visit famous local food markets and artisan shops where local specialties are made.

Lunch: At a local restaurant in Old Nice.

Afternoon: Via motorcoach we will go a little ways to Vence and visit the Matisse Chapel. Free time to explore St. Paul de Vence or to visit the Maeght Foundation.

Dinner: On your own.

DAY
8
Cimiez Hill, The Romans, Matisse, Chagall
Nice
B,D
Best Western New York

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach; walking up to 1.5 miles; standing for 2 hours; even and uneven ground.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We will go by motorcoach to the Cimiez neighborhood for a brief walking exploration around the Monastery Gardens that feature the old ruins of Nice's Roman past and the Matisse Museum. At the museum, we will see a comprehensive collection of Henri Matisse's artwork from all periods of his life: from the first paintings made in 1890 to the famous gouache cut outs. There are 236 drawings, 218 engravings, and a complete presentation of the books illustrated by the artist at this museum. 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.

Lunch: On your own.

Afternoon: Free time. Discover Nice's small streets and waterfront on your own. You may like to go to the Museum of Fine Arts that has 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: At a local restaurant near the hotel.

DAY
9
Program Concludes
Nice
B

Activity note: See your program’s travel details regarding transfers. If you are an independent traveler (POP status), see “Ground Transportation from Last Location.

Breakfast: At the hotel. This concludes our program. 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 enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures 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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