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FRANCE

France, ancient Gaul or Gallia, has been, and continues to be, an endless source of inspiration for countless artists, writers, students, and travellers, with its wonderful landscapes, rich culture, spectacular monuments, and archaeological sites.  Retrace the steps of all those who have lived in this great nation, and fully experience what they experienced, first hand.
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TARAS' TIPS:

“Explore the ancient origins of Arles, Nimes, Orange, and Pont du Gard, all highlights of the region of Provence, the first Roman 'provincia' outside of Italy, founded by Julius Caesar.”

Visit the triumphal arches erected by the family of Julius Caesar in the environs of Saint-Remy de Provence, take in the archaeological site of Glanum, the Roman aqueducts, and the nearby towns of Arles and Avignon, and then head to the picturesque villages of Fontvieille and Les Baux De Provence, among others.

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St Remy

FRANCE

Feature Trip 2021

Provence

Painting, Culture, and Art in France!

May/June/July/August

Join Calliope, Clio, Thalia, Urania, and your personal guide on this awe-inspiring adventure around the most beautiful regions in France, Provence.

Provence is one of the oldest regions of France dating back to Phoenician and Greek colonists founding the settlement at Marseilles. Classical Provence, relating to the Greeks and Romans, provides a solid foundation for exploring the region and understanding the traditions of modern Provence.

Follow in the footsteps of Van Gogh and live his paintings. Enjoy a private painting class too!
 

6 Nights From:

£1875

Including breakfasts, 3 dinners, educational materials, guides, coordinator for all transport, transfers, and accommodation.

SCROLL THROUGH SOME OF OUR MUSES' SUGGESTIONS

CALLIOPE (Literature) AND CLIO (History)

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The First Roman Province, ‘Gallia Optima’.

Provence is one of the oldest regions of France dating back to Phoenician and Greek colonists founding the settlement at Marseilles. Classical Provence, relating to the Greeks and Romans, provides a solid foundation for exploring the region and understanding the traditions of modern Provence.

THALIA

ARCHAEOMUSEMENTS

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Attractions in Nimes and

Pont-du-Guard

City of Nimes, the Magne Tour, Fountain gardens, state-of-the-art Musée de la Romanité, the Maison Carrée.
 

The 24,000 seat amphitheater.
 

Pont du Gard.

 

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INSPIRED BY

CLIO AND TERPSICHORE

PROVENCE: ONE OF

THE MOST SPECTACULAR REGIONS IN FRANCE 

Explore one of the most beautiful regions of France and, arguably, all of Europe. This region has inspired many great artists including Vincent Van Gogh, it is also famous for its exceptional wine. Provence owes much of its infrastructure to the Romans, who founded the settlements that have developed into many of the region's most famous towns and cities.

STOP ONE

Spend a day in Arles, Provence

Provence or 'Gallia Optima', is one of the oldest regions of France, dating back to Phoenician and Greek colonists who founded a settlement at Marseilles.

Arles is a former Roman colony under Julius Caesar and grew under the emperor Augustus, visit great monuments from that era such as the amphitheater. Explore these classical foundations with a day in Arles and the surrounding area.   

 

Not to be missed by art lovers is the church of St Trophime, on the town square, whose portal and cloister are jewels of late Southern Romanesque Art. Also, learn about Van Gogh and see what inspired him to paint some of his most well-known works such as  Starry Night over the Rhone.  

STOP TWO

St Remy de Provence

Here we will explore the Roman settlement of Glanum. Explore Roman aqueducts, bridges, and monuments.

Also, we will visit the surroundings of Saint-Paul Asylum, since renamed the Clinique Van Gogh, where Van Gogh recuperated during one of the most productive periods of his artistic career.  Explore the landscape that inspired him to create Saint-Rémy, a collection of paintings that he made when he was a self-admitted patient at the Saint-Paul asylum. 

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“Be inspired in France by the accomplishments of one of history's greatest generals: Julius Caesar.”

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STOP THREE

Pont du Gard and Orange

STOP FOUR

Nimes, City of Art and Culture, through the Ages

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Visit, and learn about, the beautiful, awe-inspiring, 'Pont de Guard', which is an ancient Roman aqueduct bridge built in the first century AD. It helped carry water over 31 miles (50 km) to the Roman colony of Nemausus (Nîmes). Be amazed by its height! It is in fact the highest of all Roman aqueduct bridges, and one of the best-preserved. In 1985, it was added to UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites.

Next, we will visit Orange, which was a miniature version of Rome 2,000 years ago! Roman Orange was founded in 35 BC by veterans of the second legion. 

 

Learn about the history of the city, named after Arausio, the local Celtic water god. named after Arausio (the local Celtic water god). A major battle, which is generally known as the Battle of Arausio, was fought in 105 BC between two Roman armies two and the Cimbri and Teutones tribes. The town prospered but was sacked by the Visigoths in 412.

Spend your final day exploring the magnificent city of Nimes, which has been inhabited since the Neolithic times. It is home to some of the best-preserved Roman amphitheatres and temples in the world. In fact, Nimes is dubbed the most Roman city outside Italy! It was once a regional capital of the Roman Empire home to 50,000–60,000 people.

There are several well-preserved famous monuments to discover, such as the Arena of Nîmes and the Maison Carrée. 

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Temple of Diana

France:

Beautiful, radiant, and awe-inspiring too!

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We proudly collaborate with historians, archaeologists, locals, experts, and academics to ensure that your needs are met.

 

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We can tailor-make your travel experiences for you and your desires. We provide experiences for individuals, groups, families, friends, academics, and history buffs (beginners or experts).

We proudly collaborate with historians, archaeologists, locals, experts, and academics to ensure that your needs are met.