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MAY 26 - JUN. 3, 2015 $2,895
Aix-en-Provence, Le Luberon, Arles, Avignon, Marseille, Les Baux
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MAY 26 - JUN. 3, 2015
Aix-en-Provence, Le Luberon, Arles, Avignon, Marseille, Les Baux

Experience the idyllic days, dazzling light, sloping vineyards and lush olive groves with professor Robert Gurval, UCLA Department of Classics. Explore Aix-en-Provence, the capital of the region, and get to know a personal side of one of the world’s great artists by stepping inside Cézanne’s studio. Journey through the forested region of Le Luberon and delight in its picturesque mountain villages. Marvel at the Roman amphitheater in Arles, and the chapels, churches and museums of Les Bauxde- Provence. Visit the Palace of the Popes, Avignon’s medieval masterpiece, and see the remarkable Pont du Gard, an aqueduct built by the Romans in 19 B.C.

Cost: $2,895
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Activity Level: Moderate Activity
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  • Discover life in Aix-en-Provence, a quintessential Provençal town.
  • Visit the picturesque mountain villages of the Lubéron region.
  • See Roman France during a visit to the historic monuments of Arles and the Pont du Gard.
  • Explore the medieval streets of Avignon, center of the western Christian world during the 14th century.
  • Get to know a personal side of Paul Cézanne, as you visit his studio and family home.

UCLA Faculty on Tour

Robert Gurval
UCLA Professor of Classics
Robert Gurval is associate professor in the Department of Classics. His area of research and teaching concerns ancient Rome and the legacy of its empire in popular culture. Cleopatra is a special interest. Gurval’s publications focus on politics, literature and culture in the age of the Caesars. He earned his BA in Classics at Brown University and his Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley. Gurval has taught at UCLA since 1990 where he has served as chair of the Department of Classics, director of its Undergraduate and Post-Baccalaureate programs, and chair of the faculty committees on the Honors College, General Education Governance, and Undergraduate Honors, Awards and Prizes. He is the recipient of the Rome Prize at the American Academy at Rome, the UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award known as the Eby Award for the Art of Teaching and the American Philological Association’s Excellence in Teaching Award for university professors. Since 2006, Gurval has participated as a faculty lecturer on eight UCLA Alumni Travel tours.



DAY ONE | May 26.
Depart for Marseille, France.

DAY TWO | May 27. Aix-en-Provence
Upon arrival, transfer to Aix-en-Provence and the Grand Hôtel Roi René. In the evening, gather with fellow travelers for a welcome reception and dinner.

DAY THREE | May 28. Aix-en-Provence
Educational Focus: An Introduction to Provence. Focus on the history of the Provence region and Aix-en-Provence, one of the most wonderfully preserved of all French cities. Founded by the Romans in 122 B.C., its thermal springs, narrow streets, colorful markets and beautiful landscapes have lured artists, writers, nobles and visitors for ages.
Excursion: Aix-en-Provence. Set out on a walking tour to explore Provence’s historic capital commonly known as Aix. The main avenue, Cours Mirabeau, is considered one of the most beautiful in Europe. Along this tree-lined avenue are fountains, cafés and bookshops. If you sit at only one French café outside of Paris, it should be here, where the light is sublime and the sidewalks are alive with activity.
Independent Exploration: Spend some time on your own in Aix.
Local Flavor: Sample local specialties during lunch and dinner at restaurants in Aix.

DAY FOUR | May 29. Le Lubéron
Excursion: Le Lubéron. The Lubéron is well off the beaten path in a protected and picturesque mountain region dotted with hilltop towns, forests, vineyards, castles and abbeys. Stroll through a lively market in Lourmarin before exploring the charming village of Bonnieux. Enjoy some free time in the ocher-red village of Roussillon and delight in its colorful old buildings and narrow medieval streets. Stop in the hilltop village of Gordes on the way back to Aix.
Local Flavor: Savor lunch at a restaurant in Bonnieux.

DAY FIVE | May 30. Arles / Les Baux
Excursion: Arles. With its monuments and Roman ruins, Arles is extraordinary. Begin with a visit to the Museum of Ancient Arles. Then stroll through the old town and see the ancient Roman amphitheater, built around AD 90, and the Cathedral of St. Trôphime’s 12th-century portal, a masterpiece of Romanesque style.
Excursion: Les Baux. Perched on a bare rock spur rising from the land, Les Baux’s winding cobbled streets, tiny squares and ancient fortress offer a glimpse of medieval life. The town is replete with chapels, churches and museums.

DAY SIX | May 31. Avignon
Educational Focus: The Religious and Political History of Avignon. Learn about Avignon and its rise to power during the 14th century. The town was transformed from a sleepy riverside community to the capital of Roman Catholicism that served as the residence of seven French popes.
Excursion: Avignon. Explore the impressive Palace of the Popes a fortress-like medieval masterpiece that bristles with ramparts, towers and turrets situated on the banks of the Rhône River. Then spend some free time in Avignon.
Local Flavor: Savor lunch at a restaurant in Avignon.
Excursion: Pont du Gard. See theremarkable Pont du Gard, built by the Romans in 19 B.C. as part of a 30-mile canal to supply water to the town of Nîmes. This enormous three-tiered aqueduct rises as much as 160 feet above the valley and was used through the ninth century. Its first level carried a road and its third, a conduit; all three levels were built without mortar.

DAY SEVEN | June 1. Aix-en-Provence
Educational Focus: The Art of Provence. The Provençal landscape and the intensity of light have played a key role in the evolution of modern painting. Discover the art and artists of Provence, their passions and their paintings.
Excursion: Walk in the Footsteps of Cézanne. During a short walking tour, discover the numerous sites that this renowned artist frequented.
Local Flavor: Lunch is served at a restaurant in Aix.
Excursion: Cézanne’s Studio and Mont Sainte Victoire. The artist found inspiration for many paintings in and aroundAix-en-Provence. Visit his studio and view Mont Sainte Victoire, his favorite landscape subject.
Local Flavor: Enjoy a wine tasting followed by dinner at a restaurant in the foothills of Mont Sainte Victoire.

DAY EIGHT | June 2. Aix-en-Provence
Educational Focus: Contemporary France. Discuss the political makeup of the French government and other aspects of daily life in France.
Independent Exploration: The rest of the day is at your leisure. In the evening, attend a farewell reception, graduation ceremony and a farewell dinner.

DAY NINE | June 3.
Transfer to the Marseille airport for the return flight to your gateway city.


2015-05-provence-lodgeGrand Hôtel Roi René
The Grand Hôtel Roi René, just minutes from the celebrated Cours Mirabeau, is in the heart of Aix-en-Provence. This stylish hotel exudes classic European charm and features many modern conveniences. Enjoy the hotel’s fragrant gardens, terrace and outdoor swimming pool. Each of the air-conditioned guest rooms features a minibar, direct-dial telephone, radio, satellite TV, and a bathroom with hair dryer and other amenities. The hotel offers WiFi for your convenience.


Pricing: $3,245

Special Pricing Available: $2,995*

*Special Price valid if booked by 12/9/2014.
VAT is an additional $295 per person

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  • We loved Provence and plan to travel with UCLA Alumni Travel again."
    Dave and Kathryn ’74 Wopschall, Travelers
  • The local tour guides were insightful and the company of the fellow UCLA Alumni travelers were a delight to be with. We would go back to Provence tomorrow."
    Cynthia Cervantes ’76 and Charles Cervantes, Travelers

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Attn: Alumni Travel
James West Alumni Center
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1397

A brochure will be mailed to you as soon as it is available.

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Written cancellations from time of booking up to 90 days prior to departure will be assessed a minimum administrative fee of approximately $250; within 90 days of departure, refunds vary according to the policies of each tour operator. Please read the cancellation clauses contained within the brochure for this tour carefully.

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Download Reservation Form Download Brochure (3.3 MB) Request Brochure In Mail
310.206.0613 (P)
310.209.4271 (F)
  • We loved Provence and plan to travel with UCLA Alumni Travel again."
    Dave and Kathryn ’74 Wopschall, Travelers
  • The local tour guides were insightful and the company of the fellow UCLA Alumni travelers were a delight to be with. We would go back to Provence tomorrow."
    Cynthia Cervantes ’76 and Charles Cervantes, Travelers