Explore Provence and le Côte d'Azur with Aurora University

Special 20% savings for AU and GWC alumni and friends!

May 31-June 9, 2013

Follow in the footsteps of Cézanne, Van Gogh, Picasso and Matisse as you experience the beautiful landscapes, villages and monuments in the south of France. This exclusive tour, led by Dr. Stephen Sawyer, Chair of the history department at the American University of Paris, will take you to the enchanted towns of Aix-en-Provence, Arles and the Riviera to explore the landscapes that inspired great French artists. Enjoy fresh local cuisine, classic French wines and the company of fellow AU and GWC alumni and friends on this educational experience.

Tour includes three nights in Nice and five nights in Aix-en-Provence. Secure your place today! Complete the trip registration form and submit it to AU with your deposit.

Trip highlights

Nice and the Riviera

    • View the scenic French Riviera and the old town of Nice
    • Climb high above the coastline to visit St. Paul de Vence and see works of legendary 20th century artists
    • Explore the seaside village of Antibes and Picasso's studio and museum


    • Visit Cezanne’s studio and the landscapes he painted
    • Discover Arles with its Roman arena and Van Gogh monuments
    • Tour the Pont du Gard Roman aqueduct, Avignon’s Palace of the Popes and the medieval village of Les Baux
    View the complete itinerary.

      Activity Level

      Participants should expect to be active throughout this trip. Walking tours at a comfortable pace may range from a few hours to a full day on a variety of terrain, including small hills and uneven surfaces. Good health is required.

      Travel plans

      Dates: May 31-June 9, 2013

      Round-trip travel from Chicago (additional cost for airfare from other major U.S. cities), four-star hotel accommodations, breakfasts, one lunch, one dinner and two tastings, sightseeing tours, transportation by deluxe motor coach, group airport transfers, luggage handling, gratuities and service charges.

      The trip is a collaboration between Aurora University and International Seminar Design, Inc. (ISDI). ISDI provides professional travel management and custom-designed educational travel services.


      Regular rate, double occupancy: $4,981
      Special rate for AU and GWC alumni and friends: $3985 (20% savings)
      Additional cost for a single room: $955
      Full payment due by February 1, 2013

      Travel Insurance

      Your upcoming trip is a significant investment. For this reason, we strongly encourage you to purchase comprehensive travel insurance. If you choose to decline this valuable protection, you are assuming any financial loss associated with your travel arrangement. Visit travelinsured.com for more information. 

      Cancellations and Refunds

      All cancellations must be made in writing. Refunds will be issued based on the schedule below:
      • Before February 16, 2013: Full refund less $600 administrative fee
      • Between February 17 & April 20, 2013: Full refund of recoverable land costs less $1,600 cancellation fee
      • After April 21, 2013: No refund

      For more information and registration details, please contact Barbara Calvert at 630-844-6865 or bcalvert@aurora.edu.