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Capitals of Heritage in Provence & Marseille

October 13-17, 2014

ProvenceOur Chairman’s Circle members will embark on an exclusive and exciting discovery of Provence and Marseille in typical French Heritage fashion with behind-the-scenes visits, exquisite meals and socializing with hospitable local hosts and French Heritage Society members from around the country.

Join us for a luxurious stay at the newly renovated InterContinental Marseille - Hôtel Dieu, perfectly situated at the gateway to Provence. Perched atop the Panier Hill, in the oldest district in Marseille, the hotel is next to the world-famous Vieux-Port, the cultural and historic center of France’s second largest city. The former Hôtel Dieu, a palatial and exquisitely-restored classified historic monument dating from the 18th century, is now a superb hotel boasting 194 rooms, two restaurants, and a magnificent terrace overlooking the old City.

Discover the Chairman’s Circle Annual Trip to France, specially organized and curated to explore two days visiting Marseille and three days in and around the mythical and beautiful city of Aix-en-Provence. 

Enjoy private dinners in wonderful settings, see monuments whose restoration French Heritage Society has supported and other fascinating museums and public and private sites. We will visit the new Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations (MuCEM) – a groundbreaking project for the Mediterranean region of the 21st century, in a new building designed by Rudy Ricciotti, overlooking the Vieux-Port.

Marseille is the oldest city in France boasting traces of urban life dating back 2600 years. The city and its region of Provence were bestowed as one of two cities in 2013 to be heralded as “European Capitals of Culture” and invested much restoration and infrastructure in celebrating and displaying for millions of visitors the proud and deep-rooted, yet also modern, heritage, architecture, culture and history.

Trip Information

For more information concerning these trips, contact the New York Office or call (212) 759-6846.

Cercle des Amis Benefits

The Cercle des Amis organizes specially created trips and activities in Paris for Ambassadors', Chairman’s Circle and Patron level donors, providing a personalized welcome to exclusive venues and homes in and around Paris.

The Cercle des Amis offers customized behind-the-scenes opportunities to explore France’s cultural treasures.

It introduces French Heritage Society donors to the individuals who own and protect these historic places. Activities range from private visits to châteaux and elegant Parisian homes to artisans’ studios.

The Cercle des Amis is led by devoted French Heritage Society organizer Astrid Stanfield-Pinel in France.