• Discover centuries of history in the beautiful Provence region between Aigues Mortes and Avignon
• Visit museums of the region, including the Musée du Petit Palais with its outstanding art collection
• Cruise through beautiful waterways on the elegant Le Phénicien
Peter Higginson, MA, PhD
expert in art history and consultant lecturer at Christie's, London
Depart St Pancras 0858 on Eurostar and TGV via Lille, arriving Avignon 1705. Transfer to Aigues-Mortes and embark Le Phénicien for six nights. Evening: welcome reception and overnight at Aigues-Mortes.
Morning cruise along the Petit Rhône to Arles for walking tour including St Trophime (Romanesque church with superb sculptures), Les Arènes (1st century BC amphitheatre) and Roman theatre. Evening lecture: Provençalism. Overnight at Arles.
Morning cruise to Villeneuve-lès-Avignon: walking tour including Tour Philippe-le-Bel and Fort Saint-André (exteriors only), Musée Pierre-de-Luxembourg (16th and 17th century Provençal painting) and Chartreuse du Val de Bénédiction. Afternoon: excursion to Pont du Gard (great Roman monument with museum). Evening lecture: The Medieval Papacy. Overnight at Villeneuve-lès-Avignon.
Disembark Le Phénicien. Depart Avignon 1004 on TGV and Eurostar via Lille, arriving St Pancras 1602.
2 Jun — 8 Jun 2019
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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.
Recent ACE Customer
This eighteen passenger vessel blends the spaciousness of a river cruiser with the intimacy of a traditional Provencale canal barge.
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.
travel insurance, cabin for single use supplement £1590.