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 (4.82)
Program No. 21096RJ
Length
9 days
Starts at
1,999
Flights start at
875
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4.82 Average
Homoon
(4)
This program was well organized and informative, everything was excellent. Wished only if we had longer hours to stay at museums, especially at Chagall's and Matisse
Martha
(5)
This was a fabulous trip from all angles! Our trip leader, Libby, was phenomenal, extremely knowledgeable, energetic, well organized & efficient. She went above & beyond normal expectations to provide advice & recommendations for free time; even going so far as to organize mini outings for those interested. The history & art speaks for itself, but Road Scholar made it truly memorable!
Linda
(4)
This is a great program for people who are interested in Van Gogh, Matisse, Chagall, Picasso, and Renoir. You will see lots of art and art-related sites. The weather in early October was warm and delightful. Delicious food and lots of wine complete the experience. It's an active trip.
Robert
(3)
This program moves at a fast pace over some very rocky terrain. There are lots of tripping hazards so you'll have to keep your eyes open. The countryside is beautiful but you'll be on the bus a lot going from town to town.
David
(5)
If you are seeking an introduction to Provence and southern France, this is the program for you. You will enjoy the amazing history, the architecture and colors, and the people and the way they live.
Patricia
(5)
I thought I wanted to go to Provence in the summer, but a French friend told me the French go in September, in time for the wine grape harvest and celebration. Glad I did!
Susan
(5)
The Best of the South of France fed our soul with beautiful scenery, amazing streetscapes and markets, inspiring art museums and shops and all with no worries because Road Scholar took care of the essential plans and provided a great group leader. We highly recommend!
Robert
(5)
Wooo Hooo! Great trip.
Larry
(5)
This was a brief but spectacular tour of southern France. I recommend it highly.
Carol
(5)
Excellent overall introduction to this fascinating region. Covers a lot of ground and historical eras, but there is plenty of time to get to see where famous painters (Van Gogh, Cezanne, Picasso, Matisse, and Chagall) worked and lived. This was a rare treat. The small group size allows easy access to the cozy oittle towns. Read the activity level guidelines carefully; there simply aren't wide, smooth, level sidewalks in this part of the world!
Jane
(5)
If you are interested in art and artists, the beauty of southern France, exposure to cultural experiences, and delicious food, this program is a great choice!
Robert
(5)
There is lots of great sightseeing in villages and the countryside. And, of course, museums are a real highlight of the tour. Meals were excellent, with one exception when the food was poorly prepared. You'll be on the go most all day and there is a lot of walking and stair climbing, sometimes. You'll have plenty of free time, but not much down time at the end of the day. Our tour coordinator, Penny, was excellent!
Marilyn
(5)
Excellent introductory tour to the South of France!
Linda
(5)
The Best of Southern France was a superb travel experience. Penny was a great leader, and our little group of 10 were excellent travel companions. I was especially pleased that we got to see as many art-related sites as we did, the highlight being Cézanne's studio near Aix. If you want to fully benefit from the experience, be prepared to walk. I walked 3-7 miles per day, about half of that on planned excursions and the rest during free time.
Joanne
(5)
If you are interested in Provence and the Cote D'Azur, particularly the art and artists of these areas, this tour is great. I liked the combination of time as a group and time apart.
Jonathan
(5)
Enjoyed every moment of our time in Provence in a well-thought-out, well-led program. The museums, art, cities & villages/countryside, and food are wonderful. Highly, highly recommended.
Susan
(5)
The program was well organized. The other quests were friendly, interesting and well informed. The leadership was excellent and very supportive.
Miriam
(5)
We attended the Best of Southern France: Provence and the Cote d'Azur, Our Road Scholar guide, Hazel, was simply the best! It was a beautiful trip, Provence was lovely, my favorite stop was Chagall's "Songs of the Night".
Margaret
This reviewer did not give a star rating.
A very busy, active trip to many many exquisite places. There is time on your own to go back to visit places more in depth later in the day if you still have enough energy. I love France and was happy to see as much as possible, but in the future I will avoid the "Best of" type of tour.
Kathy
(5)
What a wonderful trip! I enjoyed getting to know friendly, interesting people and experiencing amazing places. Our group leader Robert was informative and helpful with a great sense of humor and joie de vivre. I loved every minute and hope to return to Provence someday.
Dee
(5)
If you love to be on the go, see beautiful and interesting places then this is the trip for you! Loved seeing the Roman ruins and visiting the small villages in Provence! My husband and I both thought this was such a wonderful trip.
Kathryn
(5)
This was a wonderful tour. We have only done RS hiking/walking so this was a little more city than we are used to but we still enjoyed it very much. The outdoors of Provence are spectacular, especially if you are from an agricultural background or love the outdoors.
Peggy
(5)
What a wonderful experience! This was a trip to remember, fun shared by close friends. The itinerary exceeded our expectations. Every member of the group was delightful and so much fun to be with. Robert has a way of including every member of the group and of making them feel welcomed and happy to be there. He created a sense of harmony that appeared to be enjoyed by all.





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