• Discover centuries of history in the beautiful Provence region between Avignon and Aigues-Mortes
• Visit museums of the region, including the Musée du Petit Palais with its outstanding art collection
• Enjoy cruising through beautiful waterways and savour delicious on-board menus
expert in art history and consultant lecturer at Christie's, London
Depart London St Pancras 1024 on Eurostar and TGV via Paris, arriving Avignon 1817. Embark Le Phénicien for six nights. Welcome reception. Overnight Avignon.
Morning lecture: The Popes of Avignon followed by 14th century Palais des Papes. Afternoon: Musée du Petit Palais (outstanding art collection). Overnight Villeneuve-lès-Avignon.
Morning: walking tour of Villeneuve-lès-Avignon including Tour Philippe-le-Bel and Fort Saint-André (exteriors), Chartreuse du Val de Bénédiction and Musée Pierre-de-Luxembourg (16th and 17th century Provençal painting). Afternoon: Le Pont du Gard (great Roman monument and museum). Evening lecture: Provençalism. Overnight Aramon.
Morning cruise to Arles. Afternoon: mausoleum and triumphal arch at Glanum, village of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence (Van Gogh) and Les Alpilles hills. Overnight Arles.
Morning in Arles: historical walking tour including St Trophime (Romanesque church with superb sculptures), Les Arènes (1st century BC amphitheatre) and Roman Theatre (exterior). Afternoon cruise to Gallician for overnight.
Morning excursion through the Camargue (wetlands, pastures, dunes and salt flats) with visit to working manade (Camargue horses and bulls) followed by Saint-Gilles. Afternoon cruise to Aigues-Mortes for walking tour including Ramparts and Tour de Constance. Overnight Avignon.
Depart Avignon 1243 on TGV and Eurostar via Paris, arriving St Pancras 1832.
26 Apr — 2 May 2020
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Peter's lectures are brilliant preparation for sights to be seen. In addition to this intellectual brilliance, he's fun to be with. A kind and accommodating leader.
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This tour is taken at a relaxed pace, and we will have time to enjoy cruising on the boat. Please note some historical sites have uneven ground and steps that participants will be required to navigate.
Aboard the 130-ft long air-conditioned Le Phénicien, a maximum of 16 guests stay in eight ensuite cabins. Whilst the main deck is more spacious, please note that the cabin accommodation is more modest.
Le Phénicien’s chef devises all the menus using fresh, local ingredients, and the wines are selected from the finest vineyards in the Rhône Valley, Provence and the Languedoc. A complimentary bar is available throughout.
Cost of £2995 includes: return travel, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded cabin, full board whilst on Le Phénicien (including complimentary bar), shore excursions & admissions, crew gratuities.
Not included: travel insurance, cabin for single use supplement £1590.
Own flight reduction: £140.