22040
France

French Art Voyage: Paris, the Rhône and the French Riviera

Discover French artistry from the Mediterranean to Paris, reveling in museums, sculpture gardens, vineyards and the timeless landscapes that inspired many of Europe’s masters.
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Program No. 22040RJ
Length
14 days
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4,799
Flights start at
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14 days
13 nights
30 meals
12 B 8 L 10 D
DAY
1
In Transit to Program
In Flight
DAY
2
Arrive Nice, Antibes, Check-in, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Nice
D
Best Western Plus Hotel Massena Nice

Activity note: Hotel check-in 4:00 p.m.

Morning: Aeroport Nice Côte d'Azur — Nice Côte d'Azur International Airport (NCE), 7 miles (12 km) from the hotel in Antibes. See your program’s travel details regarding transfers.

Afternoon: Orientation: The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. On 'Chartered Exclusively for Road Scholar' programs there will be other Road Scholar program(s) on board the vessel. If another group's Group Leader is giving a lecture during the cruise when your group does not have planned activities, please feel free to attend the lecture. When a program is not ‘Chartered Exclusively’, you are invited to take advantage of activities and events on board the ship that are separate from the Road Scholar program. All port stops and field trips are subject to change as weather and river conditions may affect the itinerary. River conditions could affect the progress of the ship, making it run late and sometimes miss ports because it is not safe to dock. Therefore, the cruise itinerary should always be regarded as provisional. Additionally, the time available in each port is set by the cruise line and the cruise line reserves the right change the itinerary without prior notice. Whenever possible, the Road Scholar daily schedule indicates port arrival and departure times. Road Scholar delivers a robust educational program in each port, and this may mean that free time in port is limited. Periods in the schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: At a local restaurant near the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
3
Nice, Matisse & Chagall Museums
Nice
B,L
Best Western Plus Hotel Massena Nice

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach. Walking up to 3 miles throughout the day; cobblestone streets, uneven and even terrain. Standing on even terrain in museums for up to 2 hours. Expect crowds at the flower market.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We will hear a lecture about painters in the French Riviera from the 19th and 20th centuries. Then we will depart the hotel via motorcoach for an overview of the sites of Nice. We will see the Russian Orthodox church, stop for a panoramic view of the city, and drive along the Promenade des Anglais. Our next stop will be the Matisse Museum, situated on the hill of Cimiez, in the Hotel Regina where Matisse lived. The museum gathers a collection of works left by the artist (and his heirs) to the city of Nice where he lived from 1918 until 1954

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: We will continue to explore Nice by motorcoach. We will also have an opportunity to enjoy the Chagall Museum. The permanent collection is the biggest public collection of works by Marc Chagall. It is organized around the set of works produced by the painter on the Old Testament themes.

Dinner: On your own.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
4
Flower market, Matisse Chapelle, Fondation Maeght
Nice
B,L,D
Best Western Plus Hotel Massena Nice

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach. Walking up to 3 miles throughout the day; gravel paths, cobblestone streets, even and uneven terrain.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We will depart by motorcoach for a visit of Nice. With our local expert, we will make a stop at the flower market, which is ranked by France's National Council for the Culinary Arts as being one of the country's most special markets.

Lunch: Everyone will be given “tickets restaurant” (or meal vouchers) that can be used at select restaurants, bakeries, brasseries and cafes. Choose what you would prefer to eat from any eatery that has a "TR" sticker on the front window to designate that they accept meal vouchers. Change is not given back if your meal cost is less that the value of the voucher provided. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and directions.

Afternoon: We will depart by motorcoach to visit the Matisse Chapelle. We will discover the Fondation Maeght, which is an architectural ensemble that was created to present modern and contemporary art in all its forms. An exceptional site that contains one of the most important collections in Europe, with paintings, sculptures, drawings and graphic works of modern art from the 20th century.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
5
Aix-en-Provence, Cezanne Studio
Martigues
B,L,D
CroisiEurope's Van Gogh

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach; driving approximately 2.5 hours over the course of the day (about 128 miles, 295km) with a stop in Aix-en-Provence. Walking up to 3 miles throughout the day; cobblestone streets. Standing for up to 1 hours on even ground.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We will check-out of the hotel and head by motorcoach to Aix-en-Provence. When we arrive, we will be met by a local expert for a walking exploration of Aix. This is Cezanne's birthplace and the landscape that inspired many of his paintings.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: We will head off to the Cezanne studio. Paul Cézanne's house in Aix is one of the most remarkable artists' studios in the world. Preserved exactly as he left it, it is filled not just with the objects he painted but also, with his hat still sitting on its peg and a glass of wine on the table, a sense of the man himself. By motorcoach we will go to Martigues to embark the ship and have a brief orientation led by the crew on ship and safety regulations.

Dinner: Welcome meal onboard. Lunch and dinner each day include unlimited drinks: beer, table wine (red & white), mineral water, fruit juice, tea or coffee.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
6
Saint-Remy-de-Provence, Arles
Avignon
B,L,D
CroisiEurope's Van Gogh

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach. Walking up to 3 miles throughout the day; cobblestone streets, uneven terrain; unavoidable steps at certain historic sites in Arles. Standing for up to 2 hours total; even and uneven ground.

Breakfast: On board.

Morning: We will set on by motorcoach to the Provencal village of Saint-Remy-de-Provence, where van Gogh spent the second to last year of his life, after being forced to leave Arles. We will also visit the St Paul de Mausole’s hospital where Van Gogh had been confined.

Lunch: On board.

Afternoon: We will set out on foot to 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 to discover a few of these special sites. Additionally, we will learn more about the work and places that inspired Van Gogh while he lived in Arles.

Dinner: On board.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
7
Avignon, Viviers
Viviers
B,L,D
CroisiEurope's Van Gogh

Activity note: Walking up to 2 miles throughout the day; cobblestone streets, even ground. Standing for up to 1 hour; even ground.

Breakfast: On board.

Morning: We will explore the medieval city of Avignon on foot with an expert. We will also take a field trip to the austere and imposing Palais des Papes, where we will learn about the history of papacy in Avignon.

Lunch: On board.

Afternoon: As we cruise toward Viviers, we will enjoy a discussion about Provence through the centuries, revealing a melting pot of civilizations.

Dinner: On board.

Evening: If you would like, join our Group Leader for an evening stroll in Viviers.

DAY
8
Bourg Saint Andeol, Palais des Eveques, Tain l'Hermitage
Tain l'Hermitage
B,L,D
CroisiEurope's Van Gogh

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach; driving approximately 1 hour total. Walking up to 2 miles total; uneven and even terrain. Standing for up to 1 hour during morning and afternoon visits.

Breakfast: On board.

Morning: We will set out on a motorcoach to visit the Bourg Saint Andeol and the Palais des Eveques with a local expert. En route to rejoin the boat in La Voulte, we will stop and visit a chocolate factory. A tasting is included!

Lunch: On board.

Afternoon: On board, we will hear a lecture about the Wine Regions along the Rhone and the Origin of Wine. We will enjoy a wine tasting of some of the regional Rhône wines.

Dinner: On board.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
9
Vienne, Lyon, Free Time
Lyon
B,L,D
CroisiEurope's Van Gogh

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach Walking up to 3 miles total; cobblestone streets, inclined terrain in Lyon. Standing for up to 2 hours; even ground.

Breakfast: On board.

Morning: We will take a short walk with our local expert along the bridge that connects Vienne to visit the Roman Temple of Augustus. Back on board, we will hear an expert lecture on important people in Lyon's history.

Lunch: On board.

Afternoon: We will arrive in Lyon and take a look at urban development in the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Lyon, a world UNESCO heritage city, sits at the confluence of two great rivers: the Saône and Rhône. Long at the center of European trade due to its strategic location, the city serves as a midway point of France. We will take the funicular down to Old Lyon for further exploration of the architecture, hidden traboules and alleyways of one of the greatest Renaissance sites in France. Free time.

Dinner: On board.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
10
Tournus, Chalon
Chalon sur Saône
B,L,D
CroisiEurope's Van Gogh

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach. Walking up to 2 miles total; even and uneven terrain.

Breakfast: On board.

Morning: On board, our Group Leader will present a lecture on the Dukes of Burgundy.

Lunch: On board.

Afternoon: We will explore the monastic city of Tournus and learn about the role of monasteries in the wine trade. We will go by motorcoach to Chalon to visit the Museum of Photography Nicéphore Niepce and a wine tasting afterwards.

Dinner: Farewell meal and evening celebration on board.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
11
Beaune, Dijon, To Paris
Paris
B,D
Les Jardins du Marais

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach. Getting on/off TGV (high speed train); climbing 3-12 steps with railings to reach reserved seat on train; participants are responsible for handling their own luggage; restrooms are on board the train; approximately 2.5 hours to Paris. Walking up to 2 miles total; even and uneven terrain.

Breakfast: On Board.

Morning: We will disembark the ship and head out by motorcoach towards Paris. Our route will take us past some of the world's most renowned vineyards. We will make a stop in Beaune for an educational stroll through this fortified city, capital of the Burgundy wine trade.

Lunch: On your own.

Afternoon: We will continue on the motorcoach to Dijon for an exploration on foot. We will make our final transfer by train to Paris to check-in at the hotel.

Dinner: At a restaurant near the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
12
Jacquemart André Museum, Orangerie Museum
Paris
B
Les Jardins du Marais

Activity note: Use of Paris Metro; unavoidable stairs when escalators/elevators aren't available or in service; standing on moving subway when seats aren't available; expect crowds. Walking up to 3 miles total; cobblestone and paved streets. Standing for up to 2 hours during visits on even and uneven ground.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We will head on the metro to the Jacquemart André Museum.

Lunch: On your own.

Afternoon: We will hop back on the Paris Metro to the Orangerie Museum, which is a must-see museum in Paris. Claude Monet chose to exhibit some of his most prized works featuring his large water lily paintings. Here we will enjoy a lecture about art of the 20th century and the Walter Guillaume collection. This collection includes Monet and its waterlilies, Modigliani, Rousseau, Matisse, Utrillo, and Soutine.

Dinner: On your own.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
13
Le Marais, Picasso Museum
Paris
B,D
Les Jardins du Marais

Activity note: Use of Paris Metro; unavoidable stairs when escalators/elevators aren't available or in service; standing on moving subway when seats aren't available; expect crowds. Walking up to 3 miles total; cobblestone and paved streets. Standing for up to 2 hours during visits on even and uneven ground.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: At the hotel we will hear an expert lecture on Picaso. We will walk around one of oldest and most visually stunning quarters of Paris, Le Marais, to discover the most beautiful mansions. Le Marais which means 'marsh' in French , which once was one and went from being a mostly working-class and immigrant neighborhood to one of the most affluent and prestigious areas in the city.

Lunch: On your own.

Afternoon: We will then head out by metro to the Picasso Museum. At the Picasso Museum we will learn more about Pablo Picasso, his work, and his time in France. This collection is composed of 5,000 pieces by the artist, more than 200,000 personal archives, and his own collection of some 150 works (Matisse, Cézanne, Le Douanier Rousseau, etc.)

Dinner: At a local restaurant we will enjoy a farewell meal together.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
14
Program Concludes
In Flight
B

Activity note: Hotel check-out 12:00 Noon.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet. 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. Don’t forget to join our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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