Join us on a visit to Provence, located in southern France, bordered by the Alps on the North, Italy on the East, the Mediterranean on the South, and the Rhone on the West.
We begin our journey in Avignon, a beautiful city steeped in medieval history and religious ritual. It is the home of the famous Palais des Papes (the Pope’s Palace), the 14th century residence of seven successive popes as well as many hotels (including the one where we will stay) housed in 16th–19th century stone buildings. From Avignon, we will take daily excursions to neighboring towns such as Arles, Nimes and Orange as well as to small quaint villages in the Luberon valley. There will be lots of opportunities to tour celebrated
examples of ancient Roman architecture, visit local markets featuring fresh produce and flowers, and taste the wares of small cottage industries specializing in local products. We will also be able to admire the breathtaking vistas that over the ages have inspired great French artists. We will end our journey with a visit to Aix-en-Provence.
The best times to visit Provence are from March to May and September through November, when the weather is as moderate as the crowds, so our timing should be good, although we may be a bit early for the full-on brilliance of the lavender fields.
- Avignon: the Palais des Papes; taste the famous Châteauneuf-du-pape at a local winery
- Saint-Rémy de Provence: Glanum, a fortified Roman town; see the place where Vincent Van Gogh once lived
- Oil-tasting at a private olive oil mill
- Arles: a walking tour of its impressive Roman monuments; see places painted by Van Gogh; visit to a lavender farm
- Nîmes: its elliptical Roman amphitheater; the Maison carrée; a museum of contemporary art; the Pont du Gard, the world’s tallest aqueduct
- Orange: its Roman amphitheater and Triumphal arch; visit to a truffle farm
- The Luberon valley: its charming landscapes; the village of Gordes; the Abbey of Sénanque and its fields of lavender
- Roussillon: land of ochre cliffs and colorful landscapes
- Isle sur la Sorgue: charming Provencal town with numerous canals
- Ménerbes: beautiful old stone houses, narrow streets winding to the top of a hill which yields breath-taking views; visit to a honey farm
- Aix-en-Provence: reputed to be one of the most gorgeous cities in France, with its wide tree-lined promenade first opened some 400 years ago; walking tour of the city; visit to Cezanne’s former studio; visit to Granet Museum; visit to Aix’s large daily market
See the draft Itinerary.
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