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Italy/France/Monaco/Spain

Odyssey at Sea: From Provence & the French Riviera to Barcelona

The cultural treasures nestled along the French Riviera are the stars of an epic educational adventure aboard the Aegean Odyssey.
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Program No. 23520RJ
Length
13 days
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4,599
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Italy/France/Monaco/Spain

Odyssey at Sea: From Provence & the French Riviera to Barcelona

The cultural treasures nestled along the French Riviera are the stars of an epic educational adventure aboard the Aegean Odyssey.
Length
13 days
Starts at
4,599
Special Offer
Click on Dates & Prices below to see special offer details.
Flights start at
FREE
Length
13 days
Rating (5)
Starts at
4,599
Special Offer
Click on Dates & Prices below to see special offer details.
Flights start at
FREE
Program No. 23520RJ

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Aug 30 - Sep 11, 2022
Ship Inside 4,599
Ship Outside 5,199
Ship Balcony 7,099
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OFFER EXTENDED: Enroll by June 30, 2022 for free air from many cities! Airfare availability may vary by date. Ask about low-cost air from other cities.

Itinerary Note

This departure begins in Barcelona and ends in Genoa. Please see itinerary for details.

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Ship Inside Ship Outside Ship Balcony
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A cabin with no window, porthole or balcony.

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Accommodation Details

A cabin with a window or porthole to view the outside.

A representative picture of a cabin in this category.
Accommodation Details

A cabin featuring a verandah, or balcony, that allows you to step outside without going to a public deck.

Aug 30 - Sep 11, 2022
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Ship Inside 5,599
Ship Outside 6,199
Ship Balcony 8,599
Special Offer

OFFER EXTENDED: Enroll by June 30, 2022 for free air from many cities! Airfare availability may vary by date. Ask about low-cost air from other cities.

Itinerary Note

This departure begins in Barcelona and ends in Genoa. Please see itinerary for details.

At a Glance

The artistic hilltop villages of Provence or the sensational beauty of the Côte d’Azur — why choose? Set off on an educational journey along a dazzling stretch of Mediterranean coast from the unspoiled landscapes of Corsica to glamorous Monte Carlo to elegant Aix-en-Provence, ending in the Catalonian capital of Barcelona. Discover the locales and vistas that inspired such artists as Matisse, Picasso and van Gogh, and soak up local life in bustling marketplaces and seaside villas. What’s more, you’ll experience these coastal gems during lovely moderate temperatures after the peak-season crowds have dispersed. Don’t miss your chance to experience the idyllic south of France!
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 neighborhoods, including the markets of the city’s Old Town and medieval St. Paul de Vence.
  • Discover the historic charms of Aix-en-Provence’s Old Town, followed by an exploration of a local winery.
  • Peruse the Picasso Museum for works from the artist's formative years.

General Notes

We’ll have up to 350 Road Scholar participants on the ship, divided into groups of 35 for shore excursions.
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Stella Grace Lyons
Stella Grace Lyons is an art history lecturer, speaker, and writer accredited with The Arts Society. She gained her degrees from the University of Bristol and University of Warwick. She studied Renaissance art in Italy at the British Institute of Florence and Venetian art in Venice. Her particular interests include 19th-century British art, the Renaissance, 20th century American figurative artists, and representations of the nude in art. Stella conducts art history lectures in-person and online. She enjoys traveling, theatre, classical music and discovering Scottish whiskeys.

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

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Eleni Petroutsou was born in Athens. She has always been intrigued by the wider world. In school, she learned English, Italian, German, and some Spanish. After studying archaeology and history at university, she graduated from the State School of Tour Guides. Her 36 years of experience as a group leader have taken her to Asia, the Middle East, and beyond. She says leading Road Scholar programs gives her “the opportunity to share my knowledge with well-traveled, educated, polite and interesting people!”
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Christopher Witcombe studied painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence, Italy. He earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s in art history at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a Ph.D. in art history at Bryn Mawr College. He taught art history for 37 years and was a Visiting Scholar at Oxford University, England, and the American Academy, Rome. He is Emeritus Professor of Art History at Sweet Briar College, Virginia. He has published nine books and is working two new books on art.
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Stella Grace Lyons View biography
Stella Grace Lyons is an art history lecturer, speaker, and writer accredited with The Arts Society. She gained her degrees from the University of Bristol and University of Warwick. She studied Renaissance art in Italy at the British Institute of Florence and Venetian art in Venice. Her particular interests include 19th-century British art, the Renaissance, 20th century American figurative artists, and representations of the nude in art. Stella conducts art history lectures in-person and online. She enjoys traveling, theatre, classical music and discovering Scottish whiskeys.
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Professor John Cerone holds faculty appointments at The Fletcher School-Tufts University, American University-Washington College of Law, and the University of London. As a practicing international lawyer, he has worked for numerous IGOs and NGOs, served as Special Adviser to the first U.S. delegation to the U.N. Human Rights Council, and has extensive field experience in conflict and post-conflict environments. He has taught in more than 40 countries around the world and is the author of dozens of articles and book chapters on international law.
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Luci Duzevic was born and raised on the Croatian island of Korcula and says she inherited traveling genes from her sea captain father. Earning her Master’s degrees in Art History and French language and literature from the University of Zagreb, she dedicated her life to traveling with a professional license from VERN University of Applied Sciences in Zagreb. Luci also likes to read, bake, discover a good restaurant, see a great dance performance, and spend time with her family and friends at home in Zagreb.
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Barbara Gigi was born in Milan in a family of southern Italian origins. Skilled in languages, she graduated the School for Interpreters and Translators learning French, English, and Dutch. Her career in the fashion industry lasted until she went back to pursuing her dreams of learning and traveling. When she isn’t serving with Road Scholar on study cruises around Europe and land programs in Italy, Barbara is a graduate student in Anthropology at the Ecole des hautes études en Science sociales in Paris.
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Paola is a group leader with 17+ years of experience and has led groups throughout Europe, Morocco, and Peru. She has a Master’s Degree in Marketing and speaks English, Spanish, and French. Paola was born in Peru, but moved to Paris to study when she was 19 years old and has lived in Europe the last 28 years. She is an entrepreneur working as a fashion sourcing agent, one of her passions. For Paola, traveling is mostly about people, history, culture, traditions, gastronomy, and lifestyle.
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Anthony Muldoon graduated with an MA in Hispanic Studies in 1993 from the University of Glasgow in his native Scotland. He then came to live and work in the mountains of Andalucia, first in the Sierra Nevada and now the Serrania de Ronda. Tony leads trekking and cultural groups all over Spain, Portugal, and Morocco as well as cultivating olives and almonds on his smallholding. His passion for the history, culture, and landscapes of his adopted home is heartfelt.
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Katia Giroitto was born in Treviso, Italy. She caught the travel bug as a child and it hasn’t let up since. After obtaining a law degree from the prestigious University of Padua, Katia decided to fulfill her passion by working in tourism, which she has done for the past 15 years. As she says, there is nothing in life that she loves to do more.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Lonely Planet French Phrasebook
by Marie-Helene Girard, Anny Monet
This handy phrasebook focuses on pronunciation, basic grammar and essential vocabulary for the traveler.
La Dolce Vita University: An Unconventional Guide to Italian Culture from A to Z
by Carla Gambescia
La Dolce Vita University (LDVU) is the perfect sampler for anyone curious about (or already in amore with) Italy and its remarkably rich cultural gifts, both past and present.
Four Queens, the Provencal Sisters who Ruled Europe
by Nancy Goldstone
Transporting you back to back to the apogee of independent Provençal power in the Middle Ages, Goldstone captures the drama of 13th-century Europe in this history of the four daughters of the count of Provence -- future queens of France, England, Germany and Sicily.
Lonely Planet Spanish Phrasebook & Dictionary
by Cristina Hernandez Montero
This handy phrasebook focuses on pronunciation, basic grammar and essential vocabulary for the traveler.
Barcelona
by Robert Hughes
A Longitude favorite, this big, thoroughly enjoyable cultural history of the city touches on architecture, art, religion and literature from Roman outpost to the present.
Matisse and Picasso, The Story of their Rivalry and Friendship
by Jack Flam
Jack Flam explores the compelling, competitive, parallel lives of these two artists and their very different attitudes toward the idea of artistic greatness, toward the women they loved and ultimately toward their confrontations with death.
Lonely Planet Italian Phrasebook & Dictionary
by Anna Beltrami, Mirna Cicioni, Karina Coates, Susie Walker
This handy phrasebook focuses on pronunciation, basic grammar and essential vocabulary for the traveler.
Antonio Gaudi, Master Architect
by Juan Bassegoda Nonell
This lavish little collection of Gaudi's work captures the evolution, imagination and exuberance of one of the most influential architects of the 20th century.





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