Enjoy the wonderfully relaxed and graceful lifestyle of Provence during this three-week immersion program in Aix-en-Provence. Live like a local as you learn about France’s culture, history, cuisine, and language.

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 Iconic lavender fields of Provence  Typical flower market in Provence. Credit: Sundrenched Gardens/Alamy  Fountain in central Aix-en-Provence  Traditional Provencal cheese market  Traditional condiments in Provence  Sunflowers, a common flower of southern France  Traditional French market  Palais des Papes, Avignon  Palais des Papes, Avignon  A town square in Arles  The portal of the Romanesque Church of St. Trophime, Arles  The Pont du Gard, a Roman aqueduct in Provence  The quintessential Provencal village of Roussillon

Living in France

A Stay in Aix-en-Provence

23 days from $4,290

Enjoy the wonderfully relaxed and graceful lifestyle of Provence during this three-week immersion program in Aix-en-Provence. Live like a local as you learn about France’s culture, history, cuisine, and language.

or Call 855-330-1542

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Smithsonian Journeys offered a once-in-a- lifetime experience with their Living in France program. The hotel/apartment was perfect for a long stay, the tour director was exceptional, provided meals were very good and excursions were hosted by knowledgeable local experts. Although I traveled with a friend this time, this kind of tour makes single travelers very welcome. I will be going on another Smithsonian tour! 

- Deborah W.

If you want one of the greatest experiences of a lifetime take this trip. You will see things you could have never thought possible. It will change your life. It has mine.

- Lynn Marie L.

The Living in France tour gave us the opportunity to get to know a very beautiful and fascinating region. The length of the stay meant that we could set our own pace and have many wonderful experiences without feeling rushed.

- Lawrence R.

Aix-en-Provence captured my heart with its beauty, historical charm, walkability, and friendly people. The Smithsonian Journeys Program is so well organized and well managed that the traveler can relax, absorb and enjoy the culture and language. The hotel is well located within walking distance of everything, with nice accommodations and very friendly staff. 

- Janice S.


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Your Enrichment Program

Living in France is designed to offer you increased choice and personalized experiences while you are in residence in vibrant and historic Aix-en-Provence. Select one, two, or all three of our optional enrichment tracks, which are scheduled so that you can participate in all of them if you wish! Each track is staffed by a local expert who knows the topic and the area intimately in order to provide you with the most insightful experience. You’ll also enjoy many included cultural excursions, each accompanied by a local expert with specialized knowledge for that excursion. Plus, you’ll have the expertise and support of your Smithsonian Journeys Resident Director who will tend to all the logistical details so that you have a smooth, stress-free in-residence experience.

Included Excursions

Explore the Provence region on several included day trips led by a local expert eager to share their knowledge. Tour the remarkable Luberon Valley, Avignon and the Pont du Gard, and Marseille.

Optional Enrichment Tracks

Each track features activities and/or classes that meet at specific times. Travelers will be given detailed information on when and where to meet during orientation. Travelers can purchase any of these tracks separately or as part of a full package; those purchasing all three Enrichment Tracks will receive a 5% discount.

Track 1 – Language Lessons: This track includes ten three and a half-hour French-language classes that are small and tailored to your skill level, guaranteeing individual attention and a comfortable progression through the lessons.  2018 pricing: $995; 2019 pricing: $1,095

Track 2 – Culinary: The cuisine of Provence takes center stage with four (4) engaging food-oriented events. Take part in an authentic French market experience, attend two (2) cooking demonstrations and learn about the fine art of wine and cheese pairings. 2018 pricing: $495; 2019 pricing: $595

Track 3 – Art and Culture: Go beyond the most visited sites of Provence to explore additional museums and architectural gems, including the Musée Granet, the Cézanne Studio, Arles, and the Castle of Lourmarin. 2018 Pricing: $675;  2019 Pricing $825

More about your Smithsonian Journeys Resident Director

Although this three-week immersion program is geared for the traveler desiring independence and flexibility, our Resident Director is present to provide support with practical advice and information. In addition, the Resident Director provides a wealth of cultural insights and knows the area intimately, and will help you tailor your experience with creative ideas for leisure time, restaurant suggestions, and more. The end result… you’ll know your way around, understand the culture, and feel like you’re a true resident in no time!