Ancient France: Gallic, Greek, and Roman


June 26 – July 8, 2018

Director: Raymond Capra, Montclair State University

Ancient France 2018

Gallic oppida, fine Greek imported wares, amphitheatres and other Roman ruins, aqueducts, a supremely preserved Roman temple, ancient and modern ports, medieval Cathedrals built on top of Roman temples, fine archaeological and art museums, all of these (and more) will offer a mosaic of the ancient and medieval roots of Southern France.

In addition to providing a visual introduction to the region this tour will delight the senses, not least of all because those two Mediterranean products par excellence, the vine and the olive, have manifested some of their greatest varieties in Provence.

NB –Monuments listed are subject to change based on closings for restoration and other factors outside our control. Every attempt will be made to see that we visit as many of the sites listed as possible. As well, other sites may be added depending on time and availability.

Tuesday June 26     Aix-en-Provence

Arrival at hotel and checked in by 2:00 PM
(Aix-en-Provence is close to Marseille airport and the high-speed train line)
Afternoon: Musée Granet
Cathedral and Cloister
Welcome dinner in Aix-en-Provence
Hotel in Aix-en-Provence

Wednesday-June 27     Marseille
Morning: Museum of history of Marseille (ancient Greek port)
Museum of Roman Docks,
Lunch at La Vieille Charité
Afternoon: La Vieille Charité archaeological museums
Entremont Gallic Oppidum
Hotel in Aix-en-Provence

Thursday-June 28     Glanum and Les Baux
Morning:Glanum (Gallo-Roman city)
Lunch in St. Remy de Provence
Afternoon: Les Baux
Hotel in Arles

Friday-June 29     Arles
Morning: Roman bath complex
Amphitheatre, Crypto portico
Cathedral and Cloister
Afternoon: Lunch in Arles at La Caravelle
Arch museum
Hotel in Arles

Saturday-June 30     Avignon and Arles
Morning: Musée Lapidaire, Papal Palace and Pont d’Avignon
Lunch in Avignon/ New Ground
Afternoon: The Alyscamps, Roman necropolis and 12th century Church
Hotel in Arles

Sunday-July 1     Vaison la Romaine and Orange
Morning: Roman Vasio (theatre, city ruins, and museum)
Lunch in Provence
Afternoon: Orange: theatre, museum and arch
Hotel in Nimes

Monday-July 2     Pont du Gard and Gallic Oppidum
Morning: Aqueduct over the River Gard (one can swim in the river)
Lunch at Aqueduct
Afternoon: Gallic Oppidum des Castels
Hotel in Nîmes

Tuesday-July 3     Nîmes
Morning: Roman Gate and Amphitheatre
Archaeological museum
Lunch in Nîmes
Afternoon: Maison Carrée, ‘Temple of Diana’ and Tour Magne
Hotel in Nîmes

Wednesday-July 4     Aigues-Mortes
Morning: Aigues-Mortes (medieval walled city)
Lunch in Aigues-Mortes
Afternoon: Bus to Ambrussum (Gallo-Roman Town and museum)
Hotel in Montpellier

Thursday-July 5     Agde and Béziers
Morning: Museum of the Ephèbe and Underater Archaeology
Lunch in Agde
Afternoon: Museum of Béziers
Béziers Cathedral
Pont Vieux
Hotel in Montpellier

Friday-July 6     Narbonne and Oppidum d'Ensérune
Morning: Narbonne (Musée Lapidaire, Horreum, Arch. Museum)
Lunch in Narbonne
Afternoon: Oppidum d'Ensérune (Gallic Oppidum and museum)
Hotel in Montpellier

Saturday-July 7     Lattara and Montpellier
Morning: Lattara/Lattes (Gallo-Roman oppidum and museum)
Lunch in (outside the city)
Cathedral and free afternoon
Farewell Dinner
Hotel in Montpellier

Sunday-July 8     Departure from Montpellier
Montpellier is connected to the greater French transit system both by air with many flights to Paris, Amsterdam, London among other major European transfer hubs (code: MPL Montpellier–Méditerranée Airport or Aéroport de Montpellier–Méditerranée) and the high speed train.

Single Supplement $475