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Christmas in Aix-en-Provence

21 Dec — 27 Dec 2017 | Tour Director: John Bryden

ACE Aquileia tour: Basilica of Aquileia

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Tour Director

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John Bryden , MA, ARCM, ARCO

international concert pianist and organist and classical music lecturer

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Itinerary

Day

1

Depart Heathrow 1055 on British Airways, arriving Marseille 1350. Tour Director organ recital at Marseille Cathedral. Transfer to Aix-en-Provence for six nights at the Grand Hôtel Roi René. Welcome and introductory lecture.

Day

2

Morning: Saint Sauveur Cathedral (where Cézanne worshipped) followed by guided tour of Musée Granet (impressive collection of 18th-20th century Italian, Flemish and French works). Afternoon: guided tour of Atelier Cézanne (studio, built 1897) followed by free time to enjoy Christmas markets.

Day

3

Whole day visit to St Tropez: La Citadelle de St Tropez (Museum of Maritime History), Notre Dame de l’Assomption, walk along the Old Port and visit to a private art gallery.

Day

4

Christmas Eve Caumont Centre d’Art (gallery housed in an 18th century hotel particulier) followed by special Christmas Eve lunch. Afternoon excursion to the Château de Lourmarin (picturesque Renaissance castle, originally a 12th century fortress), including private piano recital by guest Tour Director Emilie Capulet.

Day

5

Christmas Day High Mass in Saint Sauveur Cathedral followed by Christmas Day lunch. Afternoon: St Jean de Malte (architecturally stunning 13th century Gothic church), followed by some free time.

Day

6

Whole day visit to Nîmes: Roman amphitheatre, Maison Carrée (remarkably well preserved Roman temple). Return to Aix via scenic hilltop village of Uzès (historical home of the Dukes of Uzès).

Day

7

Transfer to Marseille for guided walking tour of the Old Port and visit to Notre Dame Basilica. Depart Marseille 1440, arriving Heathrow 1545.

Tour Dates

21 Dec — 27 Dec 2017

Days

7

Cost

£2295

Tour Code

XAPR-17

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Cost of £2295 includes:

Return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, one brunch, dinner with wine, water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.

Not included:

travel insurance, double room for single use supplement £295.

 
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