France 2020 Itinerary

     FRANCE 2020     

Colors and Flavors of Provence  September 24-29, 2020

Paris Pre-Trip  September 21-24, 2020


Join your classmates for a reunion in colorful and charming Provence.

Provence is a medley of light and color, of ancient Roman ruins, medieval villages perched on steep hills, and charming and historic cities. You'll have a chance to sample these, along with local products and colorful markets, as well as the light that drew so many artists to these surroundings.

You will stay in Avignon, an ancient walled city, once home to the popes in the 14th century. Her largest monument, le Palais des Papes, bears witness to those times. From Avignon you will be able to venture out to visit the Provence countryside, from the Sunday market in Isle-­‐sur-­‐la-­‐Sorgue, to perched villages like Gordes, as well as the UNESCO site Pont du Gard, and the charming city of Aix-­‐en-­‐Provence, birthplace of Cézanne and site of many of his paintings.. And you will have a chance to taste some of the local specialties for which Provence is famous.

Hotel in Avignon 

Hotel d'Europe

The five star Hotel d'Europe is an elegant and historic hotel located in the center of Avignon, near the Pope's Palace. It overlooks one of the most beautiful squares in Avignon, and has a long and fascinating history.

The original house was built in 1580 and belonged to several prominent local families through the years. The hotel was founded by Madame Pierron in 1799, and given its name by none other than General Bonaparte.

The Hotel d'Europe has welcomed many illustrious guests over the years, from Victor Hugo and Charles Dickens to Picasso and Dali, along with many other famous artists and statesmen.

Rooms are equipped with all modern amenities, including air conditioning, minibar, wifi and high-­‐def TV with international channels, room safe, bathrobe and slippers.

Program includes:

  • 5 nights accommodation in Avignon in double or twin room, including hotel taxes
  • Breakfast daily
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • Visit of the Pope's palace in Avignon
  • Excursion to the Sunday market in Isle-­‐sur-­‐la-­‐Sorgue
  • Visit of St. Rémy de Provence, and Van Gogh site
  • Entrance to light show at Carrières de Lumières at Les Baux de Provence
  • Excursion to the UNESCO site Pont du Gard
  • Visit of Aix-­‐en-­‐Provence, and the Luberon villages
  • Boat cruise on the Rhone from Avignon
  • Departure transfer to Marseilles airport
  • Full time onsite bilingual trip coordinator

Paris Pre-Trip

It's hard to think of France without wanting to spend at least a few days in Paris.

3 nights at the charming 4 star Hotel Littré on the Left Bank.

  • Breakfast daily
  • Welcome reception
  • 3 day Paris metro pass
  • Excursion to visit Paris American High School, with visit
  • Half day excursion to Monet's garden at Giverny

Not included:

Airfare from your home city to France

Meals not indicated in the program

Personal expenses, beverages, souvenirs, etc.

Costs:

Provence only:

Cost per person: $2450. in double or twin room Additional cost for single room.

Paris only:

Cost per person: $1175. in double or twin room. Additional cost for single room.

Provence and Paris combined:

Cost per person: $3425. per person in double or twin room. Additional cost for single room.

Note: For guests doing both Paris and Provence, cost also includes transfer from the Hotel Littré to the Gare de Lyon in Paris, train transportation from Paris to Avignon, and arrival transfer in Avignon from the train station to the hotel.

     First deposit: $250. per person -­‐ due September 15, 2019

     Second deposit: $1000. per person -­‐ due January 15, 2020

Final payment: Balance -­‐ due June 21, 2020

     Questions and additional information:

     Jo Beichler

Latitudes Travel & Tours

      Phone: 207 948 2812

      Email: jbeichler@earthlink.net