Winter in France: Artistic Elegance in Aix-en-Provence

Immerse yourself in the elegance of Aix-en-Provence with local experts as you explore the architecture, Roman history and works of Cézanne in the off-season when the city is quiet.
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Program No. 23503RJ
8 days
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At a Glance

There’s no better place to learn than in a university town. Curious students read in quiet cafés, art galleries live on tree-lined boulevards and creativity flows through every cobbled alleyway. In fact, Aix-en-Provence has a history of being a cultural hotbed, dating back to the 15th-century when Good King René brought artists, lawyers and nobles to his Provençal capital. And the best time of year to explore one of France’s most beautiful towns? In the winter, when the weather is mild and the tourists have all gone home. Alongside your top-notch instructor, explore the art and history of Aix-en-Provence like a local. Learn how this city inspired masterpieces from Paul Cézanne, discover the landscapes that drew Vincent van Gogh and learn about the incredible monuments that make this sophisticated city unlike any other in the world.
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Keep the Pace
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Experience the landscapes that inspired Cézanne and van Gogh, and explore Cézanne’s studio with a local expert.
  • On a field trip to Marseilles, explore the historic Old Port and study the architecture of Basilica of Notre Dame de la Garde.
  • Discover the cultural wonders of Aix-en-Provence on walking explorations to learn about Saint Sauveur Cathedral, the Archbishop's place, Palace of Justice and more.

General Notes

Give us a call to combine this learning adventure with select dates of "Winter in France: Culture & Charm on the French Riviera" (#22606) for even more learning in Southern Europe! We’ll even transfer you for free between locations.
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René-jean Astier
René-Jean Astier has worked in the travel industry since the 1990s in the United States and France. He studied 19th century history at the Sorbonne University in Paris, and loves sharing his knowledge with lifelong learners. He also enjoys art and the significance of French culture and identity. He especially likes to talk about “la joie de vivre” and share this philosophy with Road Scholars.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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