Each day, a choice of 3 morning excursions, with return in the afternoon, will be proposed:
St REMY de PROVENCE, the birth place of Nostradamus in 1503, of Frédéric Mistral, and the stay of Van GOGH The ancient GLANUM, founded in the 6th century B.C.
MAUSSANE and the olive mills
LES BAUX-DE-PROVENCE You'll see the remains of an impregnable rock fortress fuse with the bare rock a barren 300 meter spur of the Alpilles, which was once the seat of a civilized court, and the center of Troubadour poetry. From this citadel you will gaze down across the whole expanse of the Camargue and, even farther beyond, the gleaming sea. The human habitation of this site goes back to the pre-historic times. You will trace its turbulent history through the centuries.
NÎMES was so indelibly marked by Roman civilization that, because of the remains of that period, it gained the title of "the French Rome".
To say NÎMES is to say the Arena where gladiatorial fights and struggles against wild beasts took place.
It was built in the 1st century A.D. and, for its exceptional state of conservation, is one of the finest Roman amphitheatres that have come down to us.
PONT du GARD This gigantic aqueduct built by Agrippa, the son-in-law of Augustus, to supply NÎMES with drinking water, is unique in the world, by its age, 2000 years, by its length, kilometres, by the originality of its majestic construction with 3 levels of receding arches bestriding the river Gard.
A feat of architecture! A major witness to a civilization at its peak.
SENANQUE ABBEY, the last of the "Three Provençal Sisters", founded in 1148, faithful to one of Bernard's basic rules which ordered the building of abbeys in isolated places far from wordly temptations…
Monks still live in the Abbey a contemplative life according to Cistercian tradition.
The stark beauty of the surrounding countryside enhances the solemnity and elegance typical of Cistercian architecture.
GORDES: the village is built on a rocky crag, with stone houses huddled together.
A breath taking view can be held from the Castle built on the site of a pre-existing Medieval fortress of the XIIth Century.
Five Halls in the Catle house the Vasarely Museum, opened in 1970.
FONTAINE DE VAUCLUSE, one of the most famous places of interest in Provence, for lovers of poetry going there to seek, among the old alls of the Castle, the spirit of Petrarch, who lived here the middle of the XIVth Century,
and for enthusiasts of the phenomena of water because here, at the spring of Sorgus, is one of nature's liveliest spectacles.