• Become immersed in the varied history of the city of Arles and its surrounding area
• Discover one of the greatest Roman achievements in the world, the Pont du Gard
• Visit the charming Mediterranean fishing town of Saintes-Marie-de-la-Mer, the subject of paintings by Van Gogh
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Depart London Heathrow 1305, arriving Marseille 1600. Transfer to Arles for six nights at Hotel Le Calendal.
Morning lecture: Roman and Romanesque. Visits in Arles: Roman amphitheatre, Théâtre Antique and church of St Trophime (Romanesque pilgrimage church).
Morning: optional visit to Arles market followed by visit to Musée de l’Arles Antique. Afternoon: excursion to Pont du Gard. Free evening.
Morning: excursion to Saintes-Marie-de-la-Mer for relaxed walking tour themed around Van Gogh. Afternoon: continue to Aigues Mortes for visit to Tour de Constance.
Morning lecture: The Yellow House followed by visits to site of the Yellow House and Les Alyscamps. Afternoon: free time in Arles with option to visit the Fondation Vincent Van Gogh (changing programme of temporary exhibitions – subject to confirmation).
Morning: excursion to Glanum (Roman site) followed by visits to Saint-Rémy-de-Provence and Saint-Paul de Mausole (asylum where Van Gogh lived).
Depart Marseille 1110, arriving Heathrow 1215.
10 Oct — 16 Oct 2019
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ACE GENTLER TOURS
Arles is one of a new series of more gently paced tours, created specially for those who prefer a more laid-back, less physically demanding itinerary while retaining the same high level of academic content. Walking distances are typically shorter, visits are more relaxed, and time is dedicated to the gradual appreciation of, and explorations within, our immediate surroundings. Hotels will usually be situated in central locations to allow for ease of access to major sites as well as local amenities; while group members are regularly encouraged to enjoy each location in their own way and at their own pace.
Cost of £1945 includes: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, one lunch, five dinners with wine, water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not included: travel insurance, single room supplement £225.