France & the Huguenots

A first class (7 Day) detailed program

Offered March thru November

Day 1 Depart USA
An overnight flight for Paris, France departs late afternoon.
In Flight Meals

Day 2 Paris
Bonjour and welcome to the city of lights! After being met at the airport and transferred to our hotel, you'll have some free time to explore the city on your own before dinner. Following our evening meal, we are treated to a guided sightseeing tour. Overnight Paris. Dinner included.

Day 3 Paris/Versailles
Following breakfast, we head outside the city to the ornate palace and grounds of King Louis XIV, the palace of Versailles. Within the halls of this impressive residence, empires were founded and kingdoms collapsed. We'll be given a guided tour of the palace and visit the historic (and huge) Hall of Mirrors and the lovely gardens. This afternoon we are back in the center of Paris and a tour of the massive museum, the Louvre. Here you will have a chance to view some of the most famous works of art in history such as the Mona Lisa, Whistler's Mother, the Venus de Milo, and more than 350,000 original pieces from ancient times through the 18th century. The rest of the day is free to explore the city where the tragic St. Batholomew's Massacre of the Huguenots took place in 1572. Overnight Paris. Breakfast and Dinner included.

Day 4 Avignon/Aix-En-Provence
We leave Paris this morning via train for Avignon, known also as the "city of popes". We'll visit the Palais de Papes (Papal Palace) which was built in the 14th century. The narrow streets of this old town feature cafes, street vendors and entertainers. Our motor coach meets up with us in Avignon and takes us to southeastern France and the sophisticated town of Aix-en-Provence. After settling in at our hotel, we'll have a relaxing dinner and enjoy the sounds of a local music festival. Overnight Aix-en-Provence. Breakfast and Dinner included.

Day 5 Aix-En-Provence
This sophisticated city was once a ancient Roman spa and later the capital of the region of Provence. Today it is known for romantic streets and elegant houses. In 1598, King Henry IV granted the Huguenots the right to practice their faith and to set up schools and printing presses. Provence was once the site of many such fortified towns featuring Huguenot meeting places and schools. We'll visit the market, the seminary and the renovated studio of impressionist Paul Cezanne. Overnight Aix-en-Provence. 
Breakfast and Dinner included.

Day 6 Aix-En-Provence/Mailet
If possible, we will start the day with a worship service before our day trip to Mialet and the Musee du Desert. The rest of the day will be at leisure in Aix-en-Provence. Overnight Aix-en-Provence. Breakfast and Dinner included.

Day 7 Depart For USA
A morning departure will bring us home by mid afternoon. 

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