Day One; Arrival On arrival at Marseilles Airport, greet your tour manager and transfer to your Avignon hotel. Day at leisure for your own interests.
Day Two; Avignon and Maillane A morning walking tour of Avignon, including the Palace of the Popes. Explore Lawrence Durrell and Petrarch connections. Afternoon tour to Maillane to visit the museum dedicated to Frederic Mistral, guardian of the Provencal language and winner of the Nobel prize for literature. Dinner and overnight in Avignon.
Day Three; Aix en Provence A full-day tour to Aix-en-Provence, including a city-tour, visit to the Cezanne Museum and the Bibliographic Museum. Dinner and overnight in Avignon.
Day Four; The Lubéron Full-day tour to the Luberon scenic region, including visits to the villages of Gordes and Roussillon, and the Vaucluse Waterfall. Associations with Edmond Rostand (’Cyrano de Bergerac’), Marcel Pagnol (’Jean de Florette’), Graham Greene, F. Scott Fitzgerald, H.G. Wells, Peter Mayle (’A Year in Provence’). Return to Avignon for dinner and overnight.
Day Five; Rural Writers Explore the Felibrige movement today; hear about Roumanille, who inspired Mistral; Alphonse Daudet, whose ‘Mill’ you will visit, and, on a different level, the movement also influenced entomologist Jean-Henri Fabre, whose house is now a museum. Another writer affected by this movement was Emile Zola, who attended school in Aix, and whose Rougon-Macquart series described the evolution of a family from the south. Return to Avignon for the night.
Day Six; Pagnol Country Drive eastwards this morning, to Pagnol country. Your visit to Aubagne will include a tour of the museum dedicated to the writer, and you will then follow in his footsteps around the picturesque Provencal villages which feature so strongly in his novels. Return to Avignon for a special Farewell Dinner this evening.
Day Seven; Departure An early start for the transfer to the airport prior to your flight to Paris and onward.
A delightful programme which explores some of France's great writers and literature.
Special visits can be arranged to private libraries and collections, and talks by local authors can be included in your tour.
We also organise Writers' Workshops for groups of all sizes
This is not a scheduled tour; it is an example of the Literary Tour itineraries that we put together for groups of all sizes.
Each Literary tour that we operate is customized to suit your exact requirements. The price of the tour depends upon the number of people travelling, date of departure, required standard of hotels, included features etc.
Our emphasis is always on quality; we do not claim to be the cheapest, but prefer to offer excellent value for money for those groups wanting that 'extra something' and a memorably wonderful tour. We use centrally-located hotels, professional Guides, and we include all sightseeing tours in our quotations. Our concert venues are prestigious cathedrals, castles and concert halls, and performances are scheduled to maximise the possibility of a large audience.
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