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    HISTORY UNPLUGGED: The Romans in France - 11 Day Exploration

    Included in Price:

  • Round trip airfare (including fuel surcharge & taxes) from New York
  • Accommodations in 4 star hotels
  • Breakfast and dinner daily
  • Sightseeing and entrance fees as per itinerary
  • English speaking tour escort throughout
  • Deluxe motor coach transportation
  • Not included:

  • Meals not mentioned
  • Travel insurance (Highly recommended)
  • Tipping driver, guide, etc. (Between $125-$150)
  • Itinerary


    Day 1 - New York / Geneva

    Meet at the international airport for our flight to Geneva. Dinner and entertainment on flight.

    Day 2 - Geneva

    Upon arrival at the airport we will be met by our representative and transfer to our bus and experience a panoramic city tour before we transfer to our hotel. We freshen up and have dinner. (D)

    Day 3 - Geneva – Orange

    After breakfasts we leave Geneva and continue to Orange, in the region of south-eastern France. This is one of the most rewarding and most visited parts of France. Have some free time to explore the city on your own and later have dinner and overnight. (B,D)

    Day 4 - Orange

    Today visit the charming city of Orange, renown as the “Gateway to the Provence” and also for its spectacular Roman monuments. See the Triumphal Arch, built in 10 B.C. with its fabulous reliefs and, the well-preserved Roman Theatre that is still used today and most appreciated for its excellent acoustics. Following the guided city stroll, you will be able to visit the Arena for a fee. Then on to Pont du Gard, one of the best known landmarks of southern France, built around 19 B.C., as an aqueduct to carry water to Nimes, 25 miles away. This is the highest bridge ever built by the ancient Romans. Other highlights include a panoramic drive that takes us to the romantic wilderness of the Ardeche. Also view the stone arch of Vallon-Pont-d' Arc. Return to hotel for dinner and overnight stay. (B,D)

    Day 5 - Orange – Avignon (32km/40min) – Orange

    Today visit the city of Avignon, the ancient city of the popes. The city boasts one of the most beautiful medieval cities of France. A most spectacular memory will be Avignon's most famous bridge, St. Benezet Bridge, built in the 12th century over the Rhone River. Only four of its originally seventeen arches are still standing. After guided visit, enjoy a scenic drive to the ruins of Les Baux de Provence set in a typical Provence landscape. Return to Orange for dinner and overnight. (B,D)

    Day 6 - Orange – Arles, Camargue Natural Park (86km/1h30min) – Orange

    Begin with an excursion to Arles and the Camargue. Arles, a small town, lies on the edge of the Camargue's Nature Park. It is most famous for two things—its Romans ruins and its association with the painter Van Gogh. While living in Arles, Van Gogh painted over 300 pictures, including “Sun Flowers.” Have a guided city tour of Arles, including seeing the inside of the Roman Amphitheatre. Built between the 1st and 2nd centuries, it is a large round structure once used for gladiatorial competitions. Leaving Arles, drive through the Camargue's Nature Park, an area famous for its very attractive fauna (animals, birds, etc.) and flora (flowers and plants), amazing ponds and plains. The symbol for the Camargue is a cross for faith, heart for love, and an anchor for home. You will see this symbol quite often in this area. (B,D)

    Day 7 - Orange – St Maries de la Mer – Orange

    Stop in the Gipsy town of St. Maries de la Mer, which attracts people from all over the world and is famous for its folklore music. The fortress-like church in the center of town dates back to the 9th-15th centuries. From the roof of the church, there are excellent views of the town and of the Mediterranean Sea. At one of the churches, there are bells suspended in archways that play as the wind passes through the open spaces. Dinner and overnight in Orange. (B,D)

    Day 8 - Orange – Mont Ventoux - Fontaine de Vaucluse – Gordes – Orange

    This morning continue to the legendary Mont Ventoux and you will be rewarded with a spectacular view into the Vaucluse and the Luberon mountains. En route stop in the charming small town of Fontaine de Vaucluse. Later in the afternoon, a photo stop will be made at the hilltop town of Gordes. Its castle was built in the 16th century. Before returning to hotel, visit the old abbey of Senanque, which is set among lush lavender fields. Return to Orange for dinner and overnight stay. (B,D)

    Day 9 - Orange - Cevennes National Park - Clermont-Ferrand

    Leaving Orange this morning, travel west-northwest through the Cevennes National Park. Today's tour highlight will be the scenic drive through the Tarn River gorge, one of Frances' most spectacular natural areas. Our destination is Clermont-Ferrand, capital of the volcanic Auvergne region. Dinner and overnight in Clermont-Ferrand. (B,D)

    Day 10 - Clermont-Ferrand – Lyon

    Today drive through France's Burgundy region, noted for their vineyards, and continue to Lyon. Have some free time to enjoy the city. Overnight. (B,D)

    Day 11 - Lyon / New York

    After breakfast we transfer to the airport for our flight home. Arrive the same day. (B)

    *(B,L,D) = Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    The Romans in France - 11 Day Exploration 
    2019 Dates & PricesLand OnlyAir & Land
    Oct 07N/A$4398

    * Not Included:
    Optional tours and gratuities.

    Additional Information: Airline taxes and fuel surcharges are included in the package price and are subject to change until time of ticketing.

    Entry Requirements:
    US citizens require a passport valid for six months beyond travel dates.


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