Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 63 miles, approximately 2 hours; walking up to 3 miles throughout the day, standing up to 2 hours at a time; cobblestone streets, some uneven terrain.
The hotel breakfast buffet offers choices such as eggs, breakfast meat, breads, cheese, cereals, jam, butter, yogurt, seasonal fruits, milk, juices, coffee, tea, water.
We will board a motorcoach and set out on a field trip to explore the old city of Arles. With its Roman and Romanesque monuments, Arles is a UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site. From the UNESCO inscription: “Arles is a good example of the adaptation of an ancient city to medieval European civilization. It has some impressive Roman monuments, of which the earliest – the arena, the Roman theatre and the cryptoporticus (subterranean galleries) – date back to the 1st century B.C. During the 4th century Arles experienced a second golden age, as attested by the baths of Constantine and the necropolis of Alyscamps. In the 11th and 12th centuries, Arles once again became one of the most attractive cities in the Mediterranean. Within the city walls, Saint-Trophime, with its cloister, is one of Provence’s major Romanesque monuments.” A local expert will lead our exploration of the old town on foot and point out a few of these special sites. We will also learn about some of the picturesque places that inspired Van Gogh and the works he created while he lived in Arles. As a special highlight, we will visit a traditional Provençal market and have some time for independent exploration.
At a restaurant in Arles, we’ll have a plated meal with beverage choices of soda and water included; other beverages available for purchase.
Back aboard the motorcoach, we will head to the Pont du Gard, where we will learn about this ancient Roman aqueduct that spans the River Gardon.
This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you would like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.