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Living in ProvenceA three-week immersion in Aix-en-Provence

Apr 19 - May 11, 2014 (Call to Inquire)
May 2 - 31, 2015
Discover provencial living throughout this three-week, authentic introduction to living abroad
Starting at $6,995
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2014 Overview
Live the famously relaxed and graceful lifestyle of southern France from your apartment in Aix-en-Provence on our extended stay program. Make new friends during planned activities and excursions that focus on the culture, history, and cuisine of Provence—a trip to Avignon, wine tasting at Chateauneuf-du-Pape, a home-cooked meal with a Provençal family, and much more. Small-group language lessons (four sessions per week) will give you the confidence to shop at the local market and enjoy personal explorations. Expand your circle of friends through lunches with local university students, and set up weekend plans for Friday-night outings at a local café with group members. You’ll also enjoy independent time, with support from our resident director, who will help you tailor your time with optional activities such as hiking, small cooking classes, and other excursions.

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2014 Itinerary
Days 1-2 - U.S. to Aix-en-Provence, France

Depart the U.S. on your overnight flight. Upon arrival in Marseille, transfer to the Adagio Aix-en-Provence Centre. Settle into your apartment and meet your Travel Director, who will be in residence for the month to handle all program logistics and will be available daily to assist with sightseeing arrangements, dinner reservations, shopping suggestions, and any other assistance you may require. Gather for a briefing to ensure you are fully informed about the program and all the latest news in Aix. You will be given a French cell phone* to use throughout your stay. Enjoy an orientation tour of Aix, to locate the Aix-en-Provence International Language Institute, school, shops, pharmacies, and other essential locations, followed by a welcome reception and dinner.

Day 3 - Aix-en-Provence and Orientation
Enjoy a full day of orientation to Aix-en-Provence. Stroll along the Cours Mirabeau, which Peter Mayle declared “the most handsome street in France” in his best-selling book A Year in Provence. See the Fontaine de la Rotonde, which dominates the western entrance to the avenue, and the Fontaine des Quatres Dauphins, the first fountain in Aix to be placed in the middle of a street rather than against a wall. Pass through the Old Town, admire the wrought-iron work above the entrance to the Town Hall, and the mix of architectural styles that create the elaborate Cathédrale St. Saveur. Sample some of the local cuisine during lunch at a restaurant in Aix. During today’s lecture, trace the region’s storied history, from its habitation by the Ligurians, Celts, and Greeks, through its conquest by the Romans and its role as inspiration for artists and writers from all over the world. Sample French cuisine during dinner at a local restaurant.

Days 4-7 - Aix-en-Provence, Language Lessons and Market Visit
Meet your Lifestyle Guide and have your first language lesson at the International Language Institute (IS). This afternoon, visit local markets with your Lifestyle Guide and hone your skills in buying groceries and other supplies. Each Tuesday through Friday, experience Aix through your language lessons and excursions with your Lifestyle Guide, and on your own. In addition, every Thursday, have lunch with local university students who will provide a great opportunity to practice your French skills and learn more about Provence. Those who opted to participate in cooking or art classes will begin their lessons this week.* Kick off each three-day weekend with a Friday night mixer at a local café, where you can engage in lively conversation with your fellow travelers. The first drink is on us!

Day 8 - Aix-en-Provence
Enjoy free time to explore Aix and its surroundings.

Those who opted to participate in hiking or art classes will have their first lesson today.*

Day 9 - Luberon Valley Excursion
The Luberon Valley is in a picturesque mountain region with forests and vineyards. Visit the renowned antique market in Isle-sur-la-Sorgue before continuing to Roussillon, where the buildings are a harmonious mélange of yellows, oranges, browns, siennas, umbers, pinks, and reds. The ground underneath the village contains an ochre deposit, which supplies the pigments for the paints and stains used on the houses. Stop at the hilltop village of Gordes before returning to Aix.

Day 10 - Aix-en-Provence and Art Lecture
Enjoy a lecture on “The Art of Provence.” Learn how Van Gogh was drawn to scenes in St. Rémy and Arles, while Cézanne preferred to portray his native Aix-en-Provence and surrounding landscapes. From past masterpieces to contemporary works, discover the region’s strong artistic tradition.

Those who opted to participate in hiking or art classes will have their second lesson today.*

Days 11-14 - Aix-en-Provence, Language Lessons and Wine Tasting
Through your lessons, continue your immersion into the language and culture of Provence. On Tuesday evening, learn about the region’s history of wine making, and then enjoy a tasting of wines from Provence. Those who opted to participate in the cooking classes will continue their lessons throughout the week.

Days 15-16 - Aix-en-Provence
The weekend is free to explore Aix. There are many interesting and charming villages in Provence that you may decide to visit during your free time.

Those who opted to participate in cooking or art classes will have their final lesson today.*

Day 17 - Avignon Excursion and Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Journey to Avignon, nestled on the banks of the Rhône River. Visit the impressive Palace of the Popes, made up of two distinct buildings: the austere Old Palace, built by the severe Pope Benedict XII, and the ornate New Palace, built by the lighthearted Pope Clement VI. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant, and then continue to Châteauneuf-du-Pape, whose wine-growing tradition dates from the 14th century, when the popes of Avignon planted the first vineyards. Visit Domaines de Mousset, where you indulge in a tasting of the local wines followed by a county buffet dinner.

Days 18-21 - Aix-en-Provence, Language Lessons and Lectures
Through your lectures, classes, and daily life in Aix, continue to broaden your awareness of Provençal culture. Reward yourself with another fun Friday night get-together with your fellow participants!

Day 22 - Aix-en-Provence and Farewell Celebration
Celebrate your French adventure, and your experiences and accomplishments with a graduation ceremony, farewell reception, and farewell dinner.

Day 23 - Aix-en-Provence and the U.S.
Depart Aix-en-Provence for the U.S.

* Art, hiking, and cooking classes are available at an additional cost. Each cell phone will have a 10 EUR credit that can be used for local or international calls. You may purchase additional time as needed. See Special Information for details.

2015 Overview
Experience the famously relaxed and graceful lifestyle of southern France with your private, furnished apartment in Aix-en-Provence. Cultivate new friends during planned activities and excursions that focus on the culture, history, and the cuisine of Provence. Enjoy an excursion to the Luberon Valley, historic Avignon, sample wines at Chateauneuf-du-Pape, discover the famed port of Marseille, and much more. Four
small-class language learning sessions per week will give you the confidence to shop at the local market and enjoy personal exploration. Expand your circle of friends during lunches with local university students, and make weekend plans for Friday night outings to a local café with fellow travelers. You’ll also enjoy free time, with support from your Resident Director, who will help you tailor that time with exciting new activities such as bicycling, hiking, antiquing, and exploring Provence with a rental car.

2015 Itinerary
May 2 — Depart the U.S.
Depart the U.S. on your overnight flight to Marseille, France. Meals appropriate to the time of day will be served in flight.

May 3 — Aix-en-Provence
Upon arrival in Marseille, transfer to the Adagio Aix-en-Provence Centre. Settle into your private, furnished apartment and meet your Resident Director, who will be available during the month to handle program management and logistics and will be available daily to assist with sightseeing arrangements, dinner reservations, shopping suggestions, and any other concierge services you may require. Gather for a briefing to ensure you are fully informed about the program and all the latest happenings in Aix. You will be provided with a French cell phone* to use throughout your stay. Enjoy an orientation tour of your neighborhood, to locate the Aix-en-Provence International Language Institute, shops, pharmacies, and other essential services. Bienvenue! Gather at a local restaurant this evening for a Welcome reception and dinner. (D)

May 4 — Aix-en-Provence
During today’s lecture on the history of Provence, trace the storied past, from its habitation by the Ligurians, Celts, and Greeks, through its conquest by the Romans and its role as inspiration for artists and writers from all over the world. Enjoy a walking tour of this beautiful city. Stroll along the Cours Mirabeau, which Peter Mayle declared “the most handsome street in France” in his best-selling book A Year in Provence. See the Fontaine de la Rotonde, which dominates the western entrance to the avenue, and the Fontaine des Quatres Dauphins, the first fountain in Aix to be placed in the middle of a street rather than against a wall. Visit the Old Town, to admire the wrought-iron work above the entrance to the Town Hall, and the mix of architectural styles that create the elaborate Cathédrale St. Saveur. Sample the local cuisine today during lunch and dinner at a local restaurant. (B,L,D)

May 5 — Aix-en-Provence
Meet your Lifestyle Guide and attend your first conversational French lesson at the International Language Institute (IS). This afternoon, visit local markets with your Lifestyle Guide and hone your skills buying groceries and other necessities.

Each Tuesday through Friday, experience Aix through your language lessons and excursions with your Lifestyle Guide, and on your own. In addition, every Thursday, have lunch with local university students who will provide a great opportunity to practice your French and learn more about Provence. Those who elected to participate in cooking or art classes will begin their lessons this week.* Kickoff each three-day weekend with a Friday night mixer at a local café, where you can engage in lively conversation with fellow travelers. (B,L)

May 6 — Aix-en-Provence
Language instruction this morning, at the IS School, and after class exploration with the Lifestyle Guide. This evening, the first of a two-part optional cooking class is held.

May 7 — Aix-en-Provence
Attend language instruction at the IS School, later, practice newly acquired language skills with local residents. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. (L)

May 8 — Aix-en-Provence
Continue language lessons at the IS School. This evening, gather with your fellow travelers at a local cafe to share experiences of your first week in Aix and exchange ideas for your first three-day weekend. Your Resident Director will host the first drink.

May 9 — Aix-en-Provence
Enjoy a day free of planned activities to explore on your own. A guided walk of the city environs is offered today.

May 10 — Luberon Valley
The Luberon Valley is in a picturesque mountain region covered with forests and vineyards. Visit the renowned antique market in Isle-sur-la-Sorgue before continuing to Roussillon, where the buildings are a harmonious mélange of yellows, oranges, browns, siennas, umbers, pinks, and reds. The ground underneath the village contains an ochre deposit, which supplies the pigment for the paint and stain used on the houses. Stop at the hilltop village of Gordes before returning to your apartment.

May 11 — Aix-en-Provence
Enjoy a day at leisure. Discover on your own today and use new language skills. An accompanied hike of the environs will be offered. A late afternoon lecture on the Art of Provence and Paul Cezanne will be offered. Dinner this evening will be enjoyed at a local bistro. (D)

May 12 — Aix-en-Provence
Continue your immersion into the language of Provence. This evening, a presentation on the history of wines is given along with samples of regional red, white and rosé vintages.

May 13 — Aix-en-Provence
Language lessons continue this morning. The afternoon will be free of planned activities. For those at leisure, try a visit to a museum such as the Atelier Cezanne. For those who elected to participate, cooking classes will continue their lessons throughout the week.

May 14 — Aix-en-Provence
Language instruction continues. A stop will be made for lunch at a local restaurant. (L)

May 15 — Aix-en-Provence
Language instruction, at the IS School continues. Gather again this evening with your fellow travelers at a local café for drinks with new friends.

May 16 — Aix-en-Provence
The entire day is free of planned activities. Today provides a good opportunity to visit one of the fascinating museums in Aix.

May 17 — Aix-en-Provence
The day is at leisure to enjoy as you wish.

May 18 — Avignon and Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Journey to Avignon nestled on the banks of the Rhône River. Visit the impressive Palace of the Popes, made up of two distinct buildings: the austere Old Palace, built by the severe Pope Benedict XII, and the ornate New Palace, build by the lighthearted Pope Clement VI. Enjoy lunch then continue to Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The name Chateauneuf-du-Pape means “new castle of the Pope” and refers to the fact that the town – located just north of Avignon – was chosen as the new home for the Pope's court in the early 14th century when the popes of Avignon planted the first vineyards. Visit the winery of Domaines de Mousset, where you will enjoy a sampling of the local wines followed by a county buffet dinner. (L,D)

May 19 — Aix-en-Provence
Language instruction at the IS School is scheduled this morning. This evening, attend a presentation on the history of Provencal wines along with sampling of red, white and rosé vintages of the area.

May 20 — Aix-en-Provence
Language instruction classes will continue at the IS School. The balance of the day will be free of planned activities.

May 21 — Aix-en-Provence
Language instruction at the IS School is held this morning. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. (L)

May 22 — Aix-en-Provence
Language classes continue, with the balance of the day is free for independent exploration. Gather again this evening with your fellow participants at a local café for drinks and camaraderie.

May 23 — Aix-en-Provence
Enjoy a day at leisure. You might want to rent a car today for a drive into the countryside. The Resident Manager can offer suggestions for an interesting and enjoyable drive.

May 24 — Aix-en-Provence
Marseille is one of the most important and historic ports in the Mediterranean. Drive to this vibrant French city and take in the panoramic views from Notre Dame de la Garde, the highest natural point of the city. Continue through the city center to the Old Port. There is some free time for independent exploration. Enjoy a lunch at a local restaurant before returning to Aix. (L)

May 25 — Aix-en-Provence
Enjoy a day at leisure. This afternoon, an optional guided hike through the environs of Aix is planned.

May 26 — Aix-en-Provence
Language instruction at the IS School, and then a walk-about to use your skills on the streets of Aix. Join friends this evening for dinner at a local restaurant. (D)

May 27 — Aix-en-Provence
Language classes continue at the IS School. The balance of the day will be at leisure.

May 28 — Aix-en-Provence
Language instruction continues in class and around Aix. Enjoy lunch and practice your French with local university students at a local restaurant. (L)

May 29 — Aix-en-Provence
Language classes conclude today at the IS School. The afternoon is at leisure. Gather again this evening with your new friends and travelers at a local café for drinks and camaraderie.

May 30 — Aix-en-Provence
Celebrate your French adventure, and all you have experienced and accomplished, with this evening’s Graduation Ceremony, Farewell reception and dinner. (D)

May 31 — Depart for the U.S.
Depart the hotel for the drive to Marseille Airport for the flights to the U.S. (B)
Meals appropriate to the time for day will be served in flight.