For immediate release | March 5, 2013

Tour southern France and Monaco in October 2013: ASCLA hosts fourth European adventure

CHICAGO — Leave the gloom of fall behind with a trip to southern France, Oct. 5-13, 2013, hosted by the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA).

Destinations for this Mediterranean adventure include Nice, Cannes and Monaco.

This is the fourth fundraising trip hosted by ASCLA, a division of ALA. Previous adventures include Paris, Ireland and the upcoming trip to Italy in April 2013, which is sold out. This adventure is open to the library community; there are no membership requirements in order to participate. Previous travelers have brought spouses, siblings and friends along.

Travelers will arrive in Nice on Oct. 6, then transfer to Les-Baux-de-Provence. From Les Baux, the trip will explore the Luberon Valley, full of vineyards, lavender fields, olive groves and charming towns like L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue and Gordes; Arles and the St. Paul de Mausole; Avignon and the Palace of the Popes; and St. Remy. On Oct. 10, the group will depart for Cannes, visiting St. Tropez en route. From Cannes, travelers will visit Antibes, Juan les Pins, Vence and Èze. They’ll also tour the Monaco Library, the Prince’s Palace of Monaco, the neo-Romanesque cathedral where Princess Grace and Prince Rainier are entombed; and Jardins St. Martin. Download a complete trip itinerary PDF.

Those interested in making a reservation should contact Michael Stillwell at Lyceum Tours ( or ASCLA Executive Director Susan Hornung ( for information. The cost of the trip is $2869 plus airfare. A deposit in the amount of $500 is due by March 31 to reserve your space, with the balance due by July 15.

ASCLA, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is a diverse organization of librarians and support staff who work in academic and public libraries, state agencies, specialized libraries and cooperatives, as well as those who are self-employed. Our division’s work centers on member-driven interest groups that represent the diversity and important work of our engaged and active members. Not an ASCLA member, but interested in forming new interest groups, receiving discounted registration rates on ASCLA preconferences and online courses, and other important membership benefits? Join, renew or add ASCLA to your ALA membership at


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