Depart Heathrow 0725 on British Airways, arriving Marseille 1020. Transfer to Aix-en-Provence for four nights at the Grand Hôtel Roi René. Welcome and introductory lecture. Opening festival performance in the Grand Théâtre de Provence with the English Baroque Soloists, Monteverdi Choir and John Eliot Gardiner (conductor): Monteverdi Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria (The Return of Ulysses).
Guided walking tour of Aix including the Circuit de Cézanne and Saint Sauveur Cathedral (where Cézanne worshipped). Guided tour of Atelier Cézanne (studio, built 1897) followed by short excursion to the Montagne Sainte-Victoire. Evening festival performance in the Cathédrale Sainte-Sauveur with Cappella Gabetta, Andrés Gabetta (violin), Valer Sabadus and Christophe Dumaux (counter-tenors): Vivaldi Salve Regina RV616; Pergolesi Stabat Mater; works by Platti, Manna, Ragazzi and Porpora.
Morning lecture followed by Château-la-Coste guided tour and wine tasting. Visit to Caumont Centre d’Art (gallery housed in an 18th century hôtel particulier). Evening festival performance in the Grand Théâtre de Provence with Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, Jakub Hrůša (conductor) and Nelson Freire (piano): Wagner Lohengrin Overture; Beethoven Piano Concerto No 4 in G Op 58; Brahms Symphony No 4 in E minor Op 98.
Morning lecture followed by independent visits to local markets. Guided tour of Musée Granet (16th-20th century Italian, Flemish and French works). Evening festival performance in the Grand Théâtre de Provence with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and András Schiff (piano): Bach The Musical Offering BWV 1079; Bartók Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta Sz 106; Brahms Piano Concerto No 2 in B flat Op 83.
Transfer to Marseille for guided walking tour of the Old Port. Depart Marseille 1650, arriving Heathrow 1750.