Odyssey at Sea: The South of France
The historic and cultural treasures nestled along the quixotic French Riviera are the stars of an epic educational adventure aboard Road Scholar’s favorite ship, the Aegean Odyssey.
Program No. 23520RJ
12 days
Starts at
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At a Glance

In America, we know it as the French Riviera. To you, sailing an epic adventure aboard the Aegean Odyssey, it is as a French author dubbed it in 1888 — the Côte d’Azur. An educational journey along this glamorous stretch of Mediterranean coast also spotlights idyllic Genoa in Italy and the Catalonian capital of Barcelona. In between, experience St. Tropez, Marseilles and other gems along the French coastline. Unlike most cruise ships that are briefly in port, you’ll have overnight stays in many locations, allowing deeper exploration. Don’t miss your chance to experience our first-ever floating campus!

Extend Your Adventure

This program offers an optional program extension.

Extension: Experience Madrid’s Past and Present

Depending on your departure date, experience the historic capital of Madrid either before or after your Odyssey at Sea, complete with a stay at a centrally-located hotel.
Activity Level
Choose Your Pace
This program offers two activity levels to choose from on every departure date: one that has less walking and fewer stairs and another at a more active pace.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Explore Nice’s most intriguing neighborhoods, including visits to the Russian Orthodox and the markets of the city’s Old Town.
  • Learn about Marseilles’ rich multicultural diversity, the country’s oldest city.
  • Visit the Picasso Museum, full of works produced by the artist during his formative years.
  • Sail exclusively with ship mates who are all Road Scholar participants, like-minded travelers who are as dedicated to learning as you are.

General Notes

We’ll have up to 350 Road Scholar participants on the ship, divided into groups of 35 for shore excursions. Please note roommate matching is available in categories F, H and L. Looking to extend your stay? In addition to “Extension: Experience Madrid’s Past and Present (#23596)” shown above, choose between one of two extensions depending on the direction of your voyage: "Extension: Italy’s Picturesque Lakes Region" (#23593) or "Extension: Experience the Charms of Rome" (#23595).

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