Availability Status

Open: Tours that have availability and are open to the general public
Limited Availability: Tours with 5 or fewer places still available
Wait list only: Tours that are at capacity and only have wait list availability

Springtime in provence: Let's Unpack in Arles- Exploring Provence in the Spring

April 26th-May 4th, 2019 | Maximum Group Size:15 Participants | Availability: Open

Come and visit a region that has everything! Stunning countryside full of contrasts, the finest food and wine, beautiful cities, and a cultural heritage that stretches from the prehistoric to the avant-garde. Whether you’re a first-time traveler to France, or have visited many times before, this trip will offer you something new. Provence has been a magnet for painters from Van Gogh to Matisse, a region that never loses its power to enliven and invigorate the traveler with its fragrant lavender fields and its clear, bright light. The Roman city of Arles, with its superb Roman amphitheater will be our base for the week. We’ll explore Avignon, the city of the Popes, the colossal aqueduct - the Pont du Gard - Roman Nimes, ancient hilltop villages, unchanged for centuries, and the elegant city of Aix-en-Provence, a city whose avenues, squares, markets, shops and cafes create an unforgettable buzz of sophistication and excitement.

Garden of France.jpg

The Garden of France: Exploring the Loire Valley

June 6th-15th, 2019 | Maximum Group Size:15 Participants | Availability: Open

The Valley of the River Loire runs from east to west across northern France and is known as the Garden of France. The warm moist prevailing winds blow in from the Atlantic, creating a micro climate that complements the natural fertile soils of the river valley. The fabulous wines that come from this region are the proof. Bypassing Paris, we’ll travel around the Loire Valley and enjoy visits to both cultural sites as well as stunning gardens!

Cote d'azur.jpg

Cote d’Azur- Sponsored by Barrington Community School

September 19th-28th, 2019 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Open

Join the Barrington Community School on an unforgettable exploration of the art and culture of the French Cote d’Azur. We’ll make our first base in the city of Hyeres, within easy striking distance of the city of Marseilles and the fabulous scenery of the Luberon, the mountainous National Park that rises above the coastal plain of Provence. We’ll also spend a day exploring the island or Porquerolles, just off the coast, one the Iles de Hyeres. We then move on to the exotic city of Nice, where panoramic sightseeing will introduce the vastly different areas of the city.

Corsica and Sardinia.jpg

Corsica & Sardinia

September 19th-28th, 2019 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Open

These bucolic islands, located in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Italy, are known for their beautiful light, medicinal plants, primeval landscape of rocks, sculpted by the wind and sea, and clear blue waters. They have, for the most part, managed to escape the influx of tourism that has plagued the Mediterranean in the past twenty years. We will visit prehistoric monuments dating from around 1,500-500 BCE; ports of historic importance such as Ajaccio, the birthplace of Napoleon, and ride along coastal roads with spectacular views. You will experience a timelessness, as if looking back through the centuries, catching a glimpse of a simpler way of life connected to land surrounded by sea.

Mediterranean Shores

September 27th- October 6th, 2019 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Open

Nothing in the world conjures up more romantic and beautiful images than the Mediterranean. Azure waters, white sands, mountain villages, and year-round sunshine combine to create a mood of tranquility and contentment that is truly irresistible. Beginning in Barcelona, we then cross the Spanish/French border, stopping at the ancient walled city of Carcassonne en route, and on into Provence, a region that intoxicates with its light and landscapes. From our base in Arles we explore the grandeur of the Roman Empire. Ancient hilltop villages beckon to be explored and a day in Avignon allows us to dance sur le pont! Our final stay is in elegant Nice, jewel of the Cote d’Azur, a city whose greatest charm is itself: the avenues, squares, markets, shops, and cafes that create an unforgettable buzz of sophistication and excitement.

One Stop Tour:
Chateau De Camon: Exploring The Languedoc From Our Base In A French Chateau

October 25th- November 2nd, 2019 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Open

Set in the south-west of France, in the foothills of the Pyrenees, Gavin Miller has found the perfect setting for a week, The Chateau de Camon. This past Benedictine Abbey where troubadours, crusaders, itinerant knights, Spanish princesses and persecuted Cathars passed through seeking sanctuary, has the authentic historical charm of the 16th century with modern luxury amenities of the 21st century. Four poster beds, beautiful fabrics, exquisite accommodations await us after we explore the antiquities of the Aude and Ariege regions. From the prehistoric cave paintings at Niaux to the medieval grandeur of Carcassonne, it will be impossible to return home without feeling touched by the shadows of the past!