The Ohio State University Alumni Association

France - Provence

Oct. 11 – Oct. 19, 2016


Provence is where sun-drenched beaches and undulating hills tie the Mediterranean to the Alps. Writers have long extolled Provence as the Land of Inspiration, and the colorful scenery inspired Paul Cézanne, Marc Chagall and Vincent van Gogh.

Discover the magic of Provence first-hand on a seven-night adventure that showcases the many treasures of this fabled land. Explore Aix-en-Provence, the capital of the region, and get to know a personal side of one of the world’s great artists by stepping inside Cézanne’s studio. Journey through the forested region of Le Lubéron and delight in its picturesque mountain villages. Marvel at the Roman amphitheater in Arles and the artisan workshops of Les Baux. Visit the Palace of the Popes, Avignon’s medieval masterpiece, and see the remarkable Pont du Gard, an aqueduct built by the Romans in 19 B.C. This Alumni Campus Abroad program includes excursions, educational programs, first-class hotel accommodations and an extensive meal plan featuring wine with dinner.

Tour highlights and included features

  • Seven nights in Aix-en-Provence, France, at the first-class Grand Hôtel Roi René.
  • All deluxe motor coach transfers in the Land Program itinerary and baggage handling on these transfers are included.
  • Informative educational programs presented by local experts will enhance your insight into the region.
  • Personal VOX listening device to hear every word from your expert English-speaking guides.
  • Attend a Welcome Reception and Dinner.
  • Gather for a Farewell Reception and Graduation Ceremony followed by a Farewell Dinner.
  • Enjoy seven breakfasts, four lunches and four dinners; tea or coffee with all meals, plus wine with dinner.
  • Consultation services of a dedicated Passenger Service Representative prior to departure.
  • Services of an experienced Campus Director throughout your stay.
  • Tipping of excursion guides and drivers.
  • Detailed travel and destination information to assist in planning.
  • Complimentary travel wallet.
  • Walk in the footsteps of Paul Cézanne as you explore his historic hometown of Aix-en-Provence, where he lived and died over a century ago.
  • Journey through the scenic, forested region of Le Luberon and admire picturesque mountain villages.
  • The majesty of the Roman Empire comes alive during a visit to the historic monuments of Arles and the Pont du Gard.
  • Explore the medieval streets of Avignon, a city that served as the center of the Roman Catholic world from 1309 to 1377.

Dates Oct. 11 – Oct. 19, 2016

Cost $3,295* (All prices are per person, based on double occupancy, and early booking deadlines. Dates, itineraries, and prices are subject to change.)

Type Land

Region Europe

Activity level


Contact Amy Stoneking
614-292-2372 or
800-852-TOUR (8687), ext. 2



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The “high” points of the trip were “Learning about the culture and history of France from very interesting instructors. Appreciating the scents and beauty of Provence”. Nita


Depart for Marseille, France.

Upon arrival, transfer to Aix-en-Provence and the Grand Hôtel Roi René. Tonight, attend a Welcome Reception and Dinner.

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Educational Focus: An Introduction to Provence.

Excursion: Aix-en-Provence. Set out on a walking tour to explore Provence’s historic capital. Founded in 122 B.C., Aix-en-Provence is one of the most elegant and wonderfully preserved of all French cities. Discover its narrow streets and colorful markets that have lured artists and writers for centuries.

Independent Exploration: Spend some time on your own in Aix.

Local Flavor: Sample local specialties during lunch and dinner at restaurants in Aix.

Excursion: Le Luberon. The Lubéron is well off the beaten path in a protected and picturesque mountain region teeming with forests and vineyards. Visit a lively market in Lourmarin before exploring the charming village of Bonnieux. Explore the red-ocher village of Roussillon and the hilltop village of Gordes.

Local Flavor: Savor lunch at a restaurant in Bonnieux.

Educational Focus: The Religious and Political History of Avignon. Learn about Avignon and its rise to power during the 14th century. The town was transformed from a sleepy riverside community to the capital of Roman Catholicism that served as the residence of seven French popes.

Excursion: Avignon. Explore the Palace of the Popes, which sits on the banks of the Rhone River. This imposing medieval masterpiece bristles with ramparts, towers and turrets.

Local Flavor: Savor lunch at a restaurant in Avignon.

Excursion: Pont du Gard. See the remarkable Pont du Gard, built by the Romans in 19 B.C. as part of a 30-mile canal to supply water to the town of Nîmes. This enormous three-tiered aqueduct rises as much as 160 feet above the valley and was used through the ninth century. Its first level carried a road and its third, a conduit; all three levels were built without mortar.

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Excursion: Arles. With its monuments and Roman ruins, Arles is extraordinary. Begin with a visit to the Museum of Ancient Arles. Then stroll through the old town and see the ancient Roman amphitheater, built around AD 90, and the Cathedral of St. Trôphime’s 12th-century portal, a masterpiece of Romanesque style.

Excursion: Les Baux. Perched on a bare rock spur rising from the land, Les Baux's winding cobbled streets, tiny squares and ancient fortress offer a glimpse of medieval life. The town is replete with chapels, churches and museums.

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Educational Focus: The Art of Provence. The Provencal landscape and the intensity of light have played a key role in the evolution of modern painting. Discover the art and artists of Provence, their passions and their paintings.

Excursion: Walk in the Footsteps of Cézanne. During a short walking tour, discover the numerous sites that this renowned artist frequented.

Local Flavor: Lunch is served at a restaurant in Aix.

Excursion: Cézanne's Studio and Mont Sainte-Victoire. The artist found inspiration for many paintings in and around Aix-en-Provence. Visit his studio and view Mont Sainte-Victoire, his favorite landscape subject.

Local Flavor: Enjoy a wine tasting followed by dinner at a restaurant in the foothills of Mont Sainte-Victoire.

Educational Focus: Contemporary France. Discuss the political makeup of the French government and other aspects of daily life in France.

Independent Exploration: The rest of the day is at your leisure.

Tonight, attend a Farewell Reception, Graduation Ceremony and a Farewell Dinner.

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Transfer to the Marseille airport for the return flight to your gateway city.

*Itinerary subject to change due to local conditions.


Contact Amy Stoneking at Ohio State Alumni Tours
Phone: 614-292-2372 or 800-852-TOUR (8687), ext. 2

Space is limited. Book your tour now!