The UVic Torch · University of Victoria Alumni Magazine · Autumn 1998

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PROVENCE & BURGUNDY: A SUMMERTIME RIVERBOAT CRUISE

Deep purple fields of lavender, brilliant fields of yellow sunflowers, white swans along the river-all bring visions of Van Gogh paintings. Ancient towns with winding cobblestone streets, fortresses with splendid valley views, hillside vineyards proclaiming the names of world renowned wines and delicious strawberry tarts filled with custard. These are the delights of Provence and Burgundy offered by the UVic Alumni Travel Program's riverboat cruise in France next June.

UVic President, Dr. David Strong and his wife Lynda, will host the 12-day tour departing June 8 which begins with a three-night stay in Aix-en-Provence in southern France. After exploring this region (the area beloved by Van Gogh) passengers will be transferred to Avignon where they'll board the elegant M.S. Cezanne for a seven night cruise along the Rhone and Saone Rivers.

The ancient walled city of Avignon is easily explored on foot. Avignon was the ancient capital of the Holy Roman Empire and the magnificent Palais des Papes or Palace of the Popes, constructed in the 14th century is well worth exploring.

In the evening the Cezanne slips its moorings and begins a serene glide towards the old Roman town of Arles which is dominated by its surprisingly complete ancient Roman arena-a smaller version of the Coliseum in Rome.

An excursion to the delightful mountain village of Le Baux de Provence also provides an opportunity to visit the hospice of St. Paul de Mausole where Vincent Van Gogh painted some of his most valuable works.

From the sundeck of the Cezanne, Tournon appears with its red-tiled houses. Passengers can explore the town and the castle ramparts or take a small steam train up into the mountain gorges.

The Cezanne glides past Lyon, beautifully flood lit at night, and begins its cruise along the Saone River into Burgundy. The first stop is Trevaux, a quaint, historic town with winding cobblestone streets and a wonderful view from a high terrace above the town. At Macon one of the highlights is a visit to a wine cellar and, of course, the opportunity to sample famous Burgundy wines.

Eventually, the Cezanne returns to Lyon. Here the river is wide, spanned by bridges bedecked with colourful flags. The architecture, shaped by two thousand years of history, is stately.

The following morning passengers say good-bye to new-found friends and disembark taking with them visions of Provence, Burgundy and the lovely M.S. Cezanne. The 12-day tour starts from $4,495 including airfare from Vancouver.

For more information call Edith Knott of University Travel Inc. at (250) 721-4322


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