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Your Christian heritage comes to life in the sunny South of France and Provence, where many Huguenots made their home and fought for their right to worship. A stirring visit to the Museum of the Protestant Struggle brings the persecution of the Huguenots to life. We'll begin our tour in the beautiful city of Lyon—the gastronomic capital of France. We'll wander through Provence as we visit the fabled city of Avignon and the Palace of the Popes, beautiful Aix-en-Provence, the Pont-du-Gard, and stunning sea-side resorts. We'll end our journey on the dazzling French Riviera with plenty of free time to make your own special memories!


Day 1   We will greet you upon arrival in Lyon and transfer you to your hotel. After lunch we'll take an orientation tour of this beautiful city. This evening, join us for a welcome reception at our hotel. (Lyon 2 nights)

Day 2   We begin this morning with a walking tour of the city. Lyon is rich in Christian and Roman history—today we'll explore both. In 177 A.D., a number of Christians were martyred here for their beliefs. In the 16th century, the city was known for its Calvinism and was seized by French Protestants called Huguenots, during the first religious war in 1562. Like so many cities in France, Lyon endured the ravages of a St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre in 1572, and by then had become a Catholic stronghold. Enjoy a free afternoon and evening wandering the narrow cobblestone streets of old Lyon. The elegant renaissance townhouses are evidence of this city's glorious past.

Day 3    We arrive this morning in Le  Chambon-sur-Lignon, a small village with a miraculous testimony of God's protection. The people of Le Chambon along with neighboring villages worked together to shelter and protect more than 5,000 Jewish refugees during the Nazi occupation of France from 1940-1944. A Protestant minister persuaded the villagers to help the Jews, even though they were under constant threat from the Germans. We will visit the Protestant Temple where Pastor Andre Trocme preached his sermons of encouragement and the Presbytery where he and his wife hid a number of Jews during the war. Enjoy a picnic lunch before continuing on to the charming city of Avignon in Provence. Take a leisurely stroll along its quaint streets before our dinner together. (Overnight in Avignon)

Day 4   Today begins with a tour of the massive Palace of the Popes. In 1309 Pope Clement moved his court here from the Vatican and Avignon developed as the church's center of power. For a period of almost 70 years, seven popes, all of them French, reigned here. After our tour we continue on to one of the most incredible sites in France—the Pont du Gard. This perfectly preserved Roman aqueduct was built before the time of Christ and supplied 44 million gallons of water to Nimes daily. Visit an excellent museum that explains how this ancient marvel was constructed. Late in the afternoon we head for the walled, medieval town of Aigues-Morte. Many Huguenots suffered persecution here and were imprisoned in the Tour de Constance during the Wars of Religion. We will visit the tower and walk the ancient walls before heading for Montpellier for dinner and overnight. (Overnight in Montpellier)

Day 5   Founded during Charles Martel's battles against the Muslims, Montpellier is now a lively university city. We'll uncover its Christian history on a walking tour this morning. During the 16th century the city was controlled by the Huguenots and suffered terrible damage during the Wars of Religion. Its defenses were destroyed in 1622 and two towers are all that remain of the city walls today. Later, we visit The Theological Institute of Nimes—a Bible school equipping Christians to minister the Gospel around the world. Learn about the challenges facing ministers in France and pray for this country. After our visit, we'll have a walking tour of the city of Nimes. This afternoon we'll visit the massive amphitheater known as Les Arenes and the Maison Carree—a Roman temple. We'll also explore Nimes' rich Christian history. (Nimes 2 nights)

Day 6   St. Guilhem-Le-Desert is our first stop today. This remote village is situated in the spectacular gorge of the Herault River and is one of the most beautiful in France. We will visit the Benedictine Abbey founded in 804 by Duke William of Acquitane. Admire the outstanding Romanesque architecture of the abbey, then spend some time in the village exploring its lovely, picturesque streets. After lunch, we continue on to Mialet near Anduze, for a fascinating visit to the Museum of the Protestant Struggle (Musee du Desert). The Huguenots compared their trials to the wandering of the children of Israel in the desert. We return back to Nimes for an evening at leisure.

Day 7   This morning we head for Les Baux-de-Provence. This deserted village was once home to one of the most powerful ruling families in France. Perched precariously on a rocky spur, it was a strong center of Protestantism. In 1632, Les Baux was destroyed. The village ruins resemble a lunar landscape carved into the rocks. Later, we drive to Aix-en-Provence for lunch and then continue on to Cassis. This afternoon you'll experience the spectacular beauty of this small, Mediterranean port town filled with boats and lined with cafes. We'll take a boat trip to Les Calanques—a string of dramatic fjords with sheer white limestone cliffs and turquoise-blue water. Enjoy plenty of free time in this beautiful seaside town. This evening we return to Aix-en-Provence for our overnight stay. (Overnight in Aix-en-Provence)

Day 8   Spend much of today at leisure in Aix-en-Provence. It is one of the loveliest cities in the region, and you'll have time to discover its charms on your own. Later we travel to Nice on the French Riviera. (Nice 3 nights)

Day 9   We take a walking tour of Nice this morning, from its famed Promenade des Anglais to the winding streets of the Old City—filled with Italian style houses, lively markets and lovely shops. The rest of the afternoon is at your leisure. Discover how Italian and French flavors mix for an exciting Mediterranean flair.

Day 10   Spend this final day on your own, discovering the many beautiful cities along the Mediterranean coast by train. Choose to visit Cannes, Monaco, or lovely Antibes, or just relax on the beach. Join us this evening for a farewell dinner as we reflect on the impact the French Protestants made on our Christian faith.

Day 11   After breakfast we depart for the airport in Nice for our return flights to the USA.

On a Journeys of Faith Tour you'll stay in lovely superior three-star and moderate four-star hotels. All custom tour groups choose their own hotel categories based on their group budget. These are some examples of the type of accommodations we use. Each hotel is chosen for its quality, amenities, and location. Whenever possible, we choose lovely European style hotels in town centers, to make it easy for you to explore on your free time and so that you may experience travel as the locals do. We believe traveling this way will greatly enrich your journey.

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