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Posted by Texas Paralegal Division Blogger at blog@txpd.org on June 8, 2014



April 17 – April 25, 2015

(Eight Days and Seven Nights )

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Help spread the word!!  The Paralegal Division announces its 2015 Trip to Provence, France.  Please note there is a $100 discount if you sign up by July 1, 2014.  By signing up by July 1, 2014, the travel company that manages this tour will guarantee no additional airline fees will be passed along to traveler even if airline fees are increased to the public.  Please note the $300 deposit is non-refundable.

Detailed information has been uploaded to the NEWS area on the home page of the PD website at www.txpd.orgDirect Link to the Provence itinerary and instructions to sign up are located HERE.

Friday, Apr 17, 2015: Overnight Flight Depart for Europe.

Saturday, Apr 18, 2015: Avignon. Upon arrival at Nice airport, meet your Travel & Company Tour Manager. Transfer to Avignon in the heart of Provence, France’s cultural icon tucked between the Alps and the Mediterranean. Make a stop to stroll the wide mansion- and fountain-lined avenues of Aix-en-Provence. Continue on and enjoy a welcome reception and dinner after spending an afternoon getting to know this charming town. (D)

Sunday, Apr 19, 2015: Avignon. Launch into the spirit of Provence with this morning’s sightseeing of Avignon, which includes a guided visit of the Palais des Papes, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and Pont St. Bénézet with your tour manager. Started in 1335, the Pope’s Palace is Europe’s largest Gothic palace and remains a testament to the church’s influence at that time. Today, visitors are left impressed by Giovannetti’s frescoes along with the pope’s quarters then visit the Roman aqueduct Pont du Gard in the first century delivered 44 million gallons of water daily and was used as a footbridge up to the 1700s. Today, the engineering marvel continues to span 300 yards and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Cap off the afternoon with a vineyard tour and wine tasting in the Chateauneuf du Pape region, famous for producing wine since the 13th century. (B)

Monday, Apr 20, 2015: Avignon. This morning discover the secrets to delicious Provençal cuisine during a morning cooking class. Don an apron and work with French chefs in a 19th century kitchen to prepare a meal. When you’re done, you can grade your work as you enjoy your lunch with wine selected by a sommelier. (B,L)

Tuesday, Apr 21, 2015: Avignon. Explore two of the region’s most famous villages: Saint Rémy and Les Baux. The first stop of the day is Saint Rémy-de-Provence, a favorite destination for historical figures as diverse as Nostradamus, van Gogh and Gertrude Stein. After lunch (included) continue to magnificent Les Baux, where you can check out the working medieval-era catapault, castle ruins, and view from the rocky outcropping on which the village is perched. Next visit Les Carrieries de Lumieres, a unique multimedia experience that will immerse you in art. (B,L)

Wednesday, Apr 22, 2015: Avignon. The stop on today’s excursion is Arles, which you may recognize from Van Gogh’s popular oil painting Cafe Terrace at Night. Arles was on the map long before 1888, as you’ll see when visiting the Roman Arena which is still used today, often for bullfights, with a 13,000-seat capacity. Later this afternoon return to Avignon where you will have the remainder of the day to explore on your own. (B,L)

Thursday, Apr 23, 2015: Nice. This morning journey through the countryside back to the Cote d’Azur arriving in Nice. Enjoy an orientation tour of Nice with your tour manager this afternoon. See the city’s many sights, including the Promenade des Anglais. (B)

Friday, Apr 24, 2015: Nice. Today is free to do as you wish. Perhaps take the train to Eze and Monaco to see Eze’s castle ruins, visit the Fragonard Perfume Factory and Jardins Exotique before continuing along the Riviera to glamorous and tiny Monaco. Or, you might like to hop on a bus to the medieval hilltop village of Saint-Paul de Vence, former home to painter Marc Chagall and now full of charming art galleries, boutiques and restaurants. Alternatively, slow it down and enjoy a final day in Nice to relax in the sun and do some shopping. At tonight’s farewell dinner share your memories and start to plan your return visit. (B,D)

Saturday, Apr 25, 2015: Departure Depart for the USA. (B)

FEE WITH AIR INCLUDED: Fee is based on registration by October 31, 2014 ($100 discount & guarantee of no increase in fuel surcharges if registered by July 1, 2014)

Fees: Departing DFW– $4,861; Houston – $5,039; Austin/San Antonio – $5,118; Amarillo/Midland – $5,219; Abilene – $5,379(includes program fee). Note: Registrations after July 1 may include additional fuel surcharges that are finalized 45 days prior to departure; an invoice will be sent at that time if there are any increases. Other departure cities available upon request. Fees based on 20 persons and includes airfare, hotel, transportation, tours, and meals as indicated above.

Additional/Optional fees: Single room supplement:  $780; Ultimate Protection Plan:  $270; Comprehensive Protection Plan:  $225

LAND ONLY FEE: (if you wish to make your own air travel arrangements): $3,822.00

PAYMENT SCHEDULE: Deadline for registration is October 31, 2014; Initial non-refundable deposit is $300; second payment of $500 is due November 15, 2014; third payment of $500 is dues on December 15, 2014, with balance due on Sunday, February 1, 2015. Please note: there is a one-time $40 convenience fee for any credit card payments after the initial deposit. Non-payment of required on-time monthly payments will result in trip cancellation.

MAKE IT EASY ON YOURSELF; SIGN UP FOR AUTO PAYMENTS: Automatic Payments plan available. Automatic Payments makes planning your trip budget easy because your payments are spread out evenly, giving you more time to pay. You choose a payment frequency (every 2 weeks, every 4 weeks, monthly, or quarterly) and your payments are automatically deducted from your checking or savings account. Automatic Payments are available for all registered participants in “My Account:” at www.acis.com/accounts.   

EXTENSION: To extend stay at the end of the trip, an Alternate Request Form must be completed (found at http://www.acis.com/cmsfiles/file/2014-ACIS-Alternate-Request-Form.pdf) and returned to ACIS at least 90 days prior to your trip’s departure.  There will be an additional fee of $175 for this extension, plus any additional airline ticket costs.

REGISTER at http://www.travelandcompany.com/register/, by selecting the REGISTER tab above the logo on the top left on the home page, choose Participants, and sign in using:   Group Leader ID: 91260    Group Leader Last Name: Hackler – Click on the appropriate circle for your departure city for the “At Home in Provence” trip and fill in your information.


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