France: Birds & Art in Provence: Apr 24—May 02, 2016

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Price: $3,195
Departs: Arles, France
Tour Limit: 14
Operations Manager: Greg Lopez
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Rick Wright

Rick Wright, a native of southeast Nebraska, studied French, German, philosophy, and life sc...


Marco Valtriani

Marco Valtriani holds a degree in biology with an ornithology major from the University Pisa...

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Register for this tour by phone (800/328-VENT or 512/328-5221), or by downloading a tour registration form. Signed and completed forms can be faxed, mailed, or scanned and emailed to the VENT office.

Les Baux-de-Provence

Les Baux-de-Provence— Photo: Rick Wright

This leisurely tour combines comfortable birding in open landscapes with first-rate food and cultural sightseeing and a usually balmy climate.

Mediterranean France is an ancient landscape, justly famous for the diversity of its birdlife and for the richness of its 2,000-year-old culture. Our relaxed tour is based at a single comfortable hotel in Arles, the city founded by Julius Caesar for the veterans of his campaigns in Gaul. With easy access to the renowned coastal marshes of the Camargue and to cultural and historic sites from Antiquity and the Middle Ages to the days of Van Gogh, Arles is the perfect base to enjoy a classically Mediterranean avifauna alongside some of the most famous artistic and architectural treasures in the world.

Mausoleum of the Julii, Glanum

Mausoleum of the Julii, Glanum— Photo: Rick Wright

On some days, birding will predominate, while others will be devoted primarily to historical sites, but most of our time will feature a balance between birds and culture. Late morning starts, leisurely meals, and plenty of free time built in for shopping, strolling, or enjoying the sights ensure a relaxed pace, and the food, the wine, and the varied landscapes of Provence combine to make this an especially appealing European sojourn for birders and non-birders alike.

Accommodations and cuisine very good; birding and sightseeing mixed on most days, often simultaneously at a single site; perfect for birders and their non-birding spouses, partners, and traveling companions; warm, generally dry weather.