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
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Something I wish I'd known in advance - the free time on this trip is blocks of 2 hours in the middle of the day in the various towns, usually needed to find lunch. Not enough to really explore. There is one long stretch of free time in Avignon, none in Nice. Other flex trips have group activities for half of the day and the rest is free at your home base. Partly this was the nature of the activities of this program. Lots of walking on uneven surfaces and hills if this is a concern. It was warm in late September and A/C is not standard in restaurants, museums. The second hotel was cool, the first barely so.


Excellent trip. In one week you will experience all there is in Southern France.


I enjoyed the locations we visited. The leader was kind and organized, but he did not adequately inform us about what we were seeing and its historical importance. The local guides who took us around museums were excellent. The ventiliation in the Novotel Avignon Centre was terrible (the room was hot and stuffy); the size of my room at Best Western New York in Nice was terrible (no floor space to do my mat exercises in the morning). Much of the food we ate with the group was mediocre--not at all what one expects in France. The people on the trip were pleasant, interesting and very nice, and in that, I was very lucky.


A wonderful introduction to the charms of Provence and the Cote D'Azur! Poppies, olive trees, lovely landscapes, inspirational art moments and memorable vistas! This trip has it all! Prepare to be enchanted!


Detailed, well organized. Dont appreciate the "ethnicity" query...... even though I answered.


We had a fantastic time on this trip. Beautiful art and charming villages everywhere we went. Interesting fellow travelers. Looking forward to our next trip!


We loved this trip!! So many of our favorite artists have a history in the region! We loved all of the places that we visited .... but the Caves were beyond amazing! Standing at the sites where Van Gogh painted and lived were also moving. Chagall and Matisse and the Matisse Chapel touched our hearts! We also loved the cities, the food , our guide Penny, and the other travelers in our group! We are already looking at where to take our next Road Scholar trip to!


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


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!


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.


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.


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.


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!


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!


Wooo Hooo! Great trip.


This was a brief but spectacular tour of southern France. I recommend it highly.


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!


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!


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!


Excellent introductory tour to the South of France!


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.


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.

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