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Provence and the French Riviera

November 4-15, 2007
U.Va. Faculty: Lisa Reilly, Associate Professor, Department of Architectural History

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Dangling its feet in the Mediterranean, the French Riviera is a region of mountains, hills and beaches, plus handsome cities, quaint villages and a treasure trove of history. We'll begin our journey with five nights in Provence, a land known for its verdant countryside, Roman ruins and breathtaking sunsets. Next, we'll travel down to the French Riviera, the playground for the world's rich and famous, with its sparkling seaside vistas and fashionable promenades.

In this land of lavender and laughter with its sparkling sun, sandy beaches and cool shady courtyards, you'll enjoy preferred access to popular attractions, an exclusive educational program and the flexibility to direct your own experience. Expert local guides open your eyes to the hidden treasures of the region and help you to truly immerse yourself in French culture.

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Program Highlights

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Lisa Reilly, Associate Professor, Department of Architectural History

Lisa Reilly’s chief research interest is in the history of Norman architecture in England, France and Italy. Ms. Reilly publishes and lectures chiefly on Norman architecture and is currently preparing a book on Norman visual culture throughout the Romanesque world. Together with Karen Van Lengen, Ms. Reilly wrote Campus Guide: Vassar College for Princeton Architectural Press. She is also a resident fellow at the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities at the University of Virginia and teaches introduction to architecture, courses on Norman Art and Architecture, Sicily, the Concept of the Medieval, and Durham Cathedral. Ms. Reilly held the NEH/Horace Goldsmith Distinguished Teaching Chair of Art and Architectural History from 1999-2002. Ms. Reilly co-teaches a course entitled Renaissance Art on Site in Florence and Rome during U.Va.’s January term.

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Day 1 - Provence

Depart your gateway city for Marseille, France, aboard Lufthansa or similar carrier. (Provided for Air-Inclusive participants only.)

Day 2 - Avignon

Upon arrival in Marseille, transfer by deluxe motorcoach to Avignon and the Hotel Mercure Pont d'Avignon. (Transfer provided for Air-Inclusive participants only.) Independent Exploration: Spend the afternoon exploring Avignon or relaxing. This evening, gather with fellow travelers for a Welcome Reception and Dinner at the hotel.

Day 3 - Avignon

Educational Focus: The History of the Provençal Popes. Learn about the years from 1309 to 1377 when seven Popes ruled the Roman Catholic world from Avignon. Excursion: Avignon Walking Tour and Rhône River Cruise. See the Pont St-Bénézet and the tiny Chapelle St-Nicolas before visiting the famous Palace of the Popes, a fortress-like medieval masterpiece bristling with ramparts, towers and turrets. See the ancient walls and fortifications of the city as you enjoy a leisurely cruise on the Rhône River. Local Flavor: As your boat follows the river's course around Avignon, enjoy a delicious lunch aboard served with local wines. Independent Exploration: This afternoon, pursue your own interests in Avignon.

Day 4 - Arles

Educational Focus: Roman Architecture in Provence. Learn how to recognize and characterize Roman architecture in the region. Excursion: Arles. With its ancient monuments and Roman ruins, Arles is truly extraordinary. Even after centuries of baking in the Provençal sun, the ancient ampitheater of Les Arènes and the ThéĊtre Antique still stand as fascinating historic relics. Local Flavor: Enjoy lunch in Arles. Independent Exploration: After lunch, explore Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, a charming Provençal town noted for its antique shops and art galleries.

Day 5 - Châ'teauneuf-du-Pape

Educational Focus: The Wines of Provence. Learn about the characteristics of the regional wines of Provence. Excursion: Orange and Châteauneuf-du-Pape. See the Roman Amphitheater of Orange, the best-preserved in all of Europe, and the Arc de Triomphe, built to celebrate Julius Caesar's victories. Next, visit Châteauneuf-du-Pape to see the atmospheric ruins of its castle. The village's reputation for great wine began when its first vineyards were planted in 1317 by one of the Avignon popes. You'll also 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 Nimes. Local Flavor: Enjoy a special wine tasting in Châteauneuf-du-Pape and lunch.

Day 6 - Les Baux & St. Rémy

Excursion: Les Baux and St-Rémy. Perched on a bare rock spur rising from the land, Les Baux, with its winding cobbled streets, tiny squares and ancient fortress, offers insight into medieval life. Nearby is St-Rémy, a town of Roman monuments ringed by lush valleys that inspired 150 of Van Gogh's paintings. Educational Focus: Meet the People. Learn about life in France in an open panel exchange with friendly local residents.

Day 7 - Aix-en-Provence

After breakfast, transfer to Nice and the Sofitel Nice Centre Hotel. Excursion: Aix-en-Provence. En route to Nice, stop to see the historic capital of Provence whose main street, the Cours Mirabeau, is one of the most beautiful in Europe. See the sights in this city where the air is warm, the light sublime and the sidewalks alive with people. Independent Exploration: Explore the colorful markets of Aix-en-Provence independently or pursue your own interests. Local Flavor: Enjoy lunch in a local café.

Day 8 - Nice

Educational Focus: Matisse and Chagal on the Côte d'Azur. The South of France inspired countless artists with its brilliant light and colors. Learn about two of the most original artists-Matisse and Chagal. Excursion: Nice. Explore luminous Nice, stretched across a sparkling blue bay. Visit the Marc Chagall Museum, which houses the largest collection of the artist's work; and the somewhat incongruous, but beautiful onion-domed Russian Orthodox Cathedral. Local Flavor: Enjoy lunch in Nice. Independent Exploration: Browse the colorful produce market on the Cours Saleya or stroll the Promenade des Anglais along the sea.

Day 9 - Côte d'Azur

Educational Focus: Essence of Provence. Learn about the sweet success of the perfume industry in Provence. Excursion: St-Paul-de-Vence, Grasse and Cannes. Follow in the footsteps of such celebrities as Greta Garbo, Jean-Paul Sartre and F. Scott Fitzgerald as you stroll around St-Paul-de-Vence and visit the Foundation Maeght's collection of modern art. Learn how perfume is distilled from local ingredients in Grasse, the fragrance capital of France since the 16th century. Finally, mingle with the glitterati in high-class Cannes, home to the famous film festival.

Day 10 - Monaco

Excursion: Monte Carlo and Musée Rothschild. Spend the day exploring miniscule Monaco, a sovereign state that is half the size of New York's Central Park. Imagine rubbing elbows with royalty as you visit the Palais du Prince and other stately sights during your tour of Monte Carlo. View the famous casino before setting out to drive along the sunny coast to St-Jean-de-Cap-Ferrat. Here, enjoy a guided tour of the elegant villa of Béatrice Ephrussi de Rothschild, now a museum of stunning art and antiques.

Day 11 - Nice

Educational Focus: The Contemporary France. Discuss life and politics in France. Independent Exploration: The day is yours to explore on your own, do some shopping or just relax and soak up the warm Mediterranean sun. Tonight, attend a Graduation Ceremony followed by a Farewell Reception and Dinner.

Day 12 - Nice-USA

Transfer to the Nice airport for the return flight to your gateway city. (Provided for Air-Inclusive participants only.)

NOTE: Itinerary and flight schedule(s) may change due to local conditions. Many excursions in this program involve an element of walking as some of the finest attractions are not closely accessible by motorcoach.

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Program Fees

$3,045 per person, double occupancy, land only. A limited number of single rooms are available for a supplement of $725.

Price includes:

Price does not include:

$4,045 per person, double occupancy with roundtrip airfare from Washington Dulles. A limited number of single rooms are available for a supplement of $725.

In addition to the inclusions noted in the land-only pricing, air-inclusive price includes:

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How To Register

Ready to register? The best way to do this is by phone so that we can ensure we are meeting all of your needs. Please call us at 800-346-3882. Or, e-mail with your contact information and the best time to reach you.

A deposit of $500 per person is required to reserve your spot.

Early registration is encouraged as space is limited.

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Terms & Conditions


Your tour operator will include information on obtaining trip insurance in your confirmation letter. Please note that there is a time frame for securing trip insurance. The University of Virginia will cancel its endorsement of and faculty and staff participation in any program destination for which a Travel Warning is issued by the U.S. Department of State. Vendor Terms of Agreement will specify under what circumstances the vendor will cancel a program and/or under what circumstances participants might receive some reimbursement if they cancel their travel with the vendor themselves. U.Va. strongly recommends that all participants purchase trip cancellation insurance which includes protection in the face of political unrest, natural disasters, and personal emergencies and participants should discuss this insurance directly with the vendor or other travel services with whom they deal. You will find more useful travel information by going to the Travel Resources link on this website.


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The price of this trip is based on an Advance Purchase Excursion fare. After tickets are issued, penalties up to 100% of the ticket price may be levied. If connecting flights are requested, special promotional fares may be used, in which case penalties of as much as 100% may be assessed by the airlines if reservations are changed or cancelled after ticketing. After departure, if the reservations are changed, you will be charged the higher, all year Economy class fare. VARIATIONS TO THE GROUP ITINERARY MUST BE REQUESTED NO LATER THAN 60 DAYS PRIOR TO DEPARTURE.


In addition to airline cancellation penalties, all cancellations for any reason whatsoever will be subject to a $150 per person cancellation fee. Cancellation from 90-61 days prior to departure will result in forfeiture of 10% of the entire cost of the trip per person; 60-31 days, 30%; 30-15 days, 50%. Cancellation from 14 days up to the time of departure will result in forfeiture of the entire cost of the trip. TRIP CANCELLATION INSURANCE IS AVAILABLE. AN APPLICATION WILL BE SENT AFTER YOU RESERVE. All cancellations must be submitted in writing to AHI International Corporation.


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