Dream On…Provence Dreams Tour June 8 to June 17, 2023

Date:
June 8, 2023 @ 3:00 pm
June 17, 2023 @ 9:00 am

Start Location:
Avignon, France
Nearest Airport: MRS or you can use CDG to visit Paris

End Location:
Avignon, France
Nearest Airport: MRS or you can use CDG to visit Paris

Duration:
10 days / 9 nights

Price:
$5,390 per person, double occupancy$6,390 per person, single occupancy, limited availability

 

Provence – The Dream Continues…

June 8 – June 17, 2023

If you have traveled to Provence before you have surely been put under its spell.  The  forever views of lavender and sunflowers, the vineyards flush with grapes ready to become Provence in a glass, the colorful markets bursting with picture perfect produce, farm-fresh cheeses and sun-kissed Provençal olives, the bakery windows tempting you with their mouth-watering displays, shops full of brightly colored pottery and souvenirs of all kinds, medieval towns with cobblestone streets straight from a fairytale…all of it is magic.

There are so many wonderful towns and experiences in Provence that it is impossible to wrap it up into one tour, so we’ve created this brand new itinerary to add to our current offerings. This is our Provence and we want to share it with you.  We hope you will join us this summer for one of our exclusive, small group private tours showcasing some of what we consider the Best of Provence.

Cheers,
Ruth and Mike

Extend the Bliss – Book this trip as a back-to-back tour with our original Provence Dreams Itinerary June 17- June 26, 2023 (See Here)

Dream On…Provence Dreams Tour 
June 8 -17, 2023

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Imagine yourself living like royalty in a chateau, enjoying gourmet meals from your own private chef and drinking wines at a VIP private tasting experience in Châteauneuf du Pape…

 

This is not a dream, this is your Provence Dreams Tour!
So Stop Dreaming and Start Packing!

 

Here are Some of the Highlights of our New Provence Dreams Vacation:

 

Provence Dreams Tour

VIP Accommodations: 2 nights in a 4 Star Hotel in the center of Avignon &7 nights in a Château in the Middle of a Vineyard near Châteauneuf du Pape.

 

 

Provence Dreams Tour - Wine Vacation -The Pont du Gard - a UNESCO Heritage site

Visit The Pont Du Gard- a UNESCO Heritage Site, on a Privately Guided Tour that will take us to the top of this Ancient Roman Aqueduct Bridge from the 1st Century A.D.

 

 

Provence Dreams Tour

Tour the stunning pink and purple salt ponds of Le Salins d’Aigue Mortes (The Salt Works) in the Carmargue, where salt production dates back to Antiquity. In medieval Aigues Mortes, take a walk back in time through the walled in city and along its surrounding ramparts.

 


Blow up your social media with colorful Photo Ops in Provence’s Famous  Lavender & Sunflower Fields.

 

Provence Dreams Tour

Learn about the delicious local wines and terroir of  this region with all of your senses during Exclusive Wine Tastings and Workshops. 

Enjoy live music, mingle with the winegrowers and soak in the sunshine in a festive atmosphere right in the heart of Avignon, capital of the Côtes du Rhône wine region, during one of our favorite  wine  festivals, the Estivales du Rhône.

Savor The Taste of Provence, from Gourmet Picnics in the vineyards to multi-course wine-paired meals in spectacular settings. Elevate your dining experience to a whole new level during a one-of-a-kind Michelin Starred Pairing Dinner, curated exclusively for Bon Beer Voyage!

Test your culinary skills and learn some new tricks during a Cooking Class with our own Private Chef.

Take part in a Travel Journal Sketchbook Workshop. Learn how to record your memories in pencil, marker and/or watercolor for a unique souvenir of your trip. No experience is necessary and journals and other art supplies will be provided.

 

Provence Dreams Tour

Glide by fruit-filled orchards on an easy E-Bike Excursion around the Île de la Barthelasse. Enjoy the lovely views of Avignon and the Palais des Papes as we ride on the paved trail along with Rhone River. We’ll visit a local distillery along the way to learn how they make their very unique fruited brandies and other tasty  spirits!

Provence Dreams Tour

Eat, Shop and Meander through France’s Colorful Markets.

 

Ingo Mehling, CC BY-SA 3.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

Stroll through scenic lanes in some of France’s Most Beautiful Villages & travel back through time while visiting Medieval Towns.

 

This 10 Day/9 night tour will start at our hotel in Avignon and will finish at our Chateau near Châteauneuf du Pape, with a morning transfer available back to the Avignon TGV.

All of this and more awaits you in Provence this summer.
Book Today, Space is Limited!

Reserve Today for Early Booking Pricing!
$5390 per person for Double Occupancy Room
$6390 per person for Limited Single Occupancy Rooms Book My June 8 to June 17, 2023 Provence Dreams Tour Now !

Extend the BlissBook this trip as a back-to-back tour with our original Provence Dreams Itinerary June 17- June 26, 2023 (See Here)
Book Today and get ready for the vacation of a lifetime!

“Likely the best vacation of our lives!”– Janet  & Tom Florida

Please Email  or Call Us at 1-888-846-2337 with any questions.

COVID-19: Due to the constantly fluid situation surrounding Covid 19, Vaccination, Booster and/or Testing Requirements vary from country to country. You will be required to meet the current requirements at the time of your tour for the country or countries in which you will be touring in order to participate in the tour.  Proof of vaccination and/or tests may be requested at embarkation/arrival.  See Terms and Conditions for further info.

Please Read our Terms & Conditions, and complete your Signature & Release Form before you travel. You will need to sign and then either mail or fax this page back to us at least 30 days prior to tour departure-thanks.

Our tour itineraries are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances such as inclement weather, transportation problems, or an unexpected business closure. We’re continually looking for ways to improve our tours and we sometimes come across a special new event, winery or sight since the itinerary was published that we’d like to share with you. Since our tours are planned far in advance, we may occasionally adjust the itinerary as necessary to provide you with the best trip possible! Since a minimum number of passengers are required in order to run each trip, we suggest you refrain from non-refundable air purchases until 2 months prior to your departure date or confirmation that the tour is a go.

Included

  • 2 nights accommodations in Avignon
  • 7 nights stay near Châteauneuf-du-Pape
  • Local Winery & Distillery Visits & Tastings
  • 9 Breakfasts
  • 5 Lunches/Brunches
  • 7 Dinners (including wine)
  • Transportation via private passenger mini-coach as per itinerary
  • Sightseeing as per itinerary
  • E-Bike Excursion
  • Travel Journal Workshop
  • Cooking Class

Not Included

  • Airfare and transportation to and from tour start point and end point
  • Meals or drinks with meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Personal expenses such as laundry or telephone calls
  • Expenses for any activities not included on the itinerary
  • Passport or visa fees
  • Gratuities for porterage, guides, bus drivers and tour leaders
  • Tour insurance to cover tour cancellations/interruptions, lost luggage, etc
  • Any necessary Covid-19 testing requirements for arrivals or departures
  • For full information, please navigate to our Terms & Conditions webpage
  1. Thursday 08 June – Avignon

    Welcome to Provence!  After settling into our Hotel, the Hôtel de l’Horloge, our 4-star boutique property in Avignon, we will gather for a welcome toast with your fellow Provence Dreamers. Then we’ll have the opportunity to “drink local” and taste your way through some of the best wines this region has to offer at The Estivales du Rhône, a local wine fest where the winegrowers from the Côtes du Rhône gather in the most beautiful streets of Avignon to share their wines, their know-how and a taste of their terroir.

    A multi-course gourmet welcome dinner in a beautiful, historic setting just steps from our hotel will be the perfect ending to our 1st day.  After dinner, if you are not too tired, you may want to stroll around the town for a sunset view (the sun sets very late here during the summer!) of the magnificent Popes Palace before heading back to the hotel for a good night’s rest.

    Dinner

  2. Friday 09 June – Avignon

    After Breakfast at the hotel, we will we will head off the beaten path with e-bikes to explore the nearby île de la Barthelasse. The views of  the Popes Palace and the Pont d’Avignon are fabulous from our vantage point, just across the Rhone river. Our ride on the quiet road around the island will lead us through orchards and farms to the Manguin Distillery. During our visit here, we’ll learn how this artisanal distillery has been creating amazing fruited brandies and other delicious spirits via traditional methods for over 60 years. (Those who prefer not to bike can take the river shuttle or walk over to the island to enjoy the views and meet us at the distillery) .

    After we return to Avignon, you’ll have time for lunch on your own. Choose from one of Avignon’s many restaurants with tables outside in the Provence sunshine, or pop in to Les Halles, the amazing covered market where you can wind your way through a mind boggling array of fresh produce, seafood, meats and other local specialties. A few of the the stands even have tables nearby, where you can relax and enjoy your finds for a casual lunch. If you are an oyster lover, the variety here can’t be beat.  Buy a bottle of local rose wine to wash it down with for a perfect Provencal market experience.

    The rest of the day is yours to explore the sights, sounds and tastes of Avignon. From the Pope’s Palace to some great shopping, there is plenty to see and do. If you are looking for some local craft beer, Mike can point you to some great local beer bars and likely will meet you there for happy hour! Dinner is on your own this evening.  Avignon is a foodie’s city, so check the app and/or ask our hotel concierge for suggestions.

    Breakfast

  3. Saturday 10 June Avignon, Chateau Pesquié, Sorgues

    This morning you have your choice of sleeping in or joining a local artist for a Travel Journal Sketchbook Workshop. Discover a different way to experience the places you visit and record your memories during our private 3-hour sketchbook workshop. The travel sketchbook is the art of capturing the story of what we see and experience, wherever we are. Learn to look and to really see what you have in front of you so that you will be able to transcribe it into your personal souvenir travel journal using drawing and watercolor techniques.  Journals and other art supplies are included and no experience is necessary!

    After we’ve all channeled our inner artist and our masterpieces are complete, we will check out of our hotel and head to Chateau Pesquié for a tour, tasting and picnic lunch overlooking the grounds of this beautiful wine estate. (Tables and Chairs will be available)

    From here, it’s time to move into our home for the next week. Staying in our own private chateau gives new meaning to the expression “a person’s home is their castle”. Once we are settled in, we will take a short tour of the chateau and grounds and enjoy a welcome toast with one of the many delicious wines made with grapes from the vineyards surrounding the property. Tonight we will certainly feel like royalty when we are treated to a welcome-to-the-chateau wine-paired dinner created for us by our own amazing private chef!

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Sunday 11 June – L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue

    This morning, after breakfast in the Château, we will head off to one of the best markets in Provence and maybe even in France! The Sunday market at L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, “The Venice of Provence”, has it all – a food market, “brocante”(flea market) and antique market all in one- so you can buy everything from artisanal cheese to colorful tablecloths with Provençal prints to an antique chaise lounge! Stroll along the streets lined with vendors and flower-filled riverside cafés. Check out the waterwheels, do some great people watching and take a peek into the local church. Taste your way along the vendors sampling tapenade, olive oil and cheese!

    Once you’ve shopped up an appetite, we’ll meet for lunch at one of our favorite hidden gems, Jardin du Quay, for a magnificent meal that captures the spirit of Provence.  Their seasonal menu, which changes daily, is served  in the heart of a lovely, tranquil garden, hidden away from the hustle and bustle of the market. 

    Full and content, we will head back to our chateau to relax.  Enjoy a dip in the pool,  sneak off for a well deserved afternoon nap or learn to play pétanque, the French game of boules, with Mike. This evening, you are invited to join us for “Ruth and Mike’s Favorite Provence Vacation Dinner”: a casual picnic al fresco, weather permitting, of  local meats, cheeses, bread, fruits and vegetables, fresh from the market and of course, accompanied by local wines.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Monday 12 June – Aigues-Mortes and the Carmague

    Appropriately, as we reach the end of our tour, we head off to the far end of Provence to where this region meets the Languedoc region. Here we will visit the amazing Carmague– a flat, salty, sandy, marshy terrain where black bulls and white horses roam free. The Carmague is like nowhere else in France, or should I say, there is nowhere in France quite like the Carmague. The gorgeous pink-purple lakes that are actually part of the largest salt pan in the Mediterranean is our first destination. We will board a “petit train” which will take us on a journey to the heart of Le Salin d’Aigues-Mortes – the Aigues-Mortes saltworks. We will see how the ubiquitous Carmague salt is mined. As we travel past the colorful waters along the route, and climb to the top of “camelle” (salt hill) we will have a breathtaking view of our next stop, the medieval walled village of Aigues-Mortes, rising up out of the purple and pink waterscape.

    Ingo Mehling, CC BY-SA 3.0 , via Wikimedia CommonsAigues-Mortes dates back to 1240. Its ancient fortifications, its town walls, are said to be among the best preserved of their type in the country. Inside the walled town you will find restaurants, museums, markets, shops and art exhibits. There will be free time to explore here and for lunch on your own. If you are motivated to work off lunch, you might consider a walk around on the ramparts surrounding the town.

    Dinner tonight will be on your own. Restaurant suggestions will be in your app and we are happy to arrange taxis for you.  Reservations are suggested if you are planning on going out.  If you’d rather relax at the chateau, we will have some quiches (supplied by our chef) as well as some light picnic supplies available.

    Breakfast

  6. Tuesday 13 June – Free Day at the Chateau

    Today is yours to spend as you please. Relax poolside with a good book and a glass of wine,  join in on a pétanque match or perhaps a run through the vineyards to work off some of last nights dinner? E-bikes may be reserved in advance by those who want to explore the local surroundings.  A short bike ride away (or a little bit longer by foot), the local sunflower fields are worth a visit. Picnic makings and quiche are available in the chateau kitchen for a light lunch at your leisure.  Today is informal and relaxed.  It is your vacation do as little or as much as you choose!

    This evening, those who are feeling inspired will join in on a cooking class with our private chef, the rest of the group are free to relax until dinner is served!

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Wednesday 14 June – Châteauneuf du Pape

    This morning is all about YOU!

    Sleep late, it’s vacation!  We’ll have the morning free to swim, sleep, take a hike through the vineyards or maybe a few games of billiards in the billiard room?  Brunch will be available later this morning (coffee, tea and croissants will be put out for early risers) so we can fuel up for a big day dedicated to the wines of Châteauneuf du Pape.

    This afternoon is all about Châteauneuf du Pape!

    Visiting a vineyard in of one of Châteauneuf’s many wine estates is a must for any visitor. But since we are not just “any visitors”, our vineyard visit will be to the iconic parcels of the Domaine le Prieuré des Papes and we will be guided by the winery’s technical director.   Here, he will explain the winery’s philosophy and the different terroirs. Then we are off to visit their different production sites to learn about the wine making process.  Once we are all “experts”, we will test our new skills during a blending workshop and try to re-create our own version of the winery’s red “Vieilles Vignes” cuvée. Each person will have three samples in total to create their own cuvée.  After all of our hard work as winemakers, we will taste our way through a number of delicious wines from the Chateau.

    When our day in the winery winds down, we will head back to our Chateau to clean up and get dressed for what is going to be a one-of-a-kind dining experience, created specifically for Bon Beer Voyage, thanks to our Belgian connection! Now it is time for us to make the transition from wine makers/tourists to epicurean experts as we head to the Michelin-starred restaurant: La Mère Germaine, where we will be treated to a Multi-Course Wine vs Beer Paired Michelin Dinner!.  This is a concept that we came up with Ruth met the chef, Christophe Hardiquest, during a visit with the local tourism board and learned that before he had the Michelin star in Provence, he had a 2 star Michelin restaurant in Brussels!  Of course we immediately made the beer connection and knew that this was fate and happily, the chef agreed.

    Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner

  8. Thursday 15 June – Séguret and More!

    The morning after our Michelin meal and pairings, we thought you might want to take advantage of the opportunity to sleep in and enjoy another late morning brunch.

    Just before noon, we’ll depart for our fist excursion of the day, a visit to the charming village of Séguret, classified as one of the plus beaux villages (most beautiful villages) in France.  We’ll have some time to explore the cobblestone lanes, check out the views and stroll through history in this lovely medieval town. Bonus- the local tea salon serves amazing ice cream right in front of an awesome photo op 🙂

    Then we are off to visit the Chateau du Barroux, where  we will tour the whiskey distillery located within the rooms of the chateau, home to Fanny and Jean Baptiste and their family.  Here, they are producing a unique local whisky using a very special type of still from 1928 which was restored by Jean Baptiste. The whisky is made with einkorn, a regional cereal, that adds a special note to the spirit.  After touring the distillery, (and a tasting!) we will have a chance to enjoy some of the amazing views from the rest of the chateau.

    Next, we will visit a truly unique winemaker and experience some guided tastings in a whole new fashion. Demoiselles Suzette is a small, award-winning winery owned by Richard Orange, an incredibly passionate winemaker, who gives his all to his wines. After a short visit to the cellars with Richard, we will be treated to a magnificent view over the vineyards while, with the help of a wine educator, we will learn about wine through different tasting games.  Our sensory tasting experience will help us learn to analyze, understand and talk about wine with the vocabulary of connoisseurs, while having fun.  While the sun sets in the background, we’ll feast on a smorgasbord of fresh local products- goat cheese and other cheeses from a nearby farm, charcuterie boards, vegetable pies, breads, tapenades and more- all pairing fabulously with our wine.  To experience this all in such a magical setting is a Provence Dream come true.

    Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner

  9. Friday 16 June – Pont du Gard & Uzes

    Breakfast is served at the chateau before we are off to visit the spectacular UNESCO Heritage site:  The Pont du Gard. This ancient Roman aqueduct bridge was built in the first century AD. It is estimated that it took the work of a thousand men 5 years to build the Pont du Gard, which stands as the principal piece in a 50 km-long aqueduct. A tribute to the Roman empire’s greatness, it was built to supply water to the area and to the town of Nîmes. Our guided visit will take us to the top of the bridge as well as the museum which will allow us to discover the construction, functions and use of this engineering marvel over time.

    Next we are off to charming medieval Uzes-yet another of the plus beaux villages that we are fortunate enough to visit on this tour!  Located in the Gard department, Uzes is just across the Rhône River from Provence. On the lovely Place aux Herbes you can enjoy a drink and some lunch under the shade of a parasol or the lovely plane trees at one of the many outdoor cafes. Wandering about the town you will find some nice shops and galleries, the Duke’s castle- which is still sometimes inhabited by the latest Duchal family, and a beautiful Romanesque bell tower- The Tour Fenestrelle.

    Tonight we’ll feast at the chateau with a wine-paired meal created for us by our own amazing private chef as a Farwell Dinner.

    Breakfast, Dinner

  10. Saturday 17 June

    All good things must come to an end… this morning we must say adieu… (unless you are staying for  back to back tours!)

    After breakfast, a group transfer to the Avignon TGV will be provided for those heading out by train. Feel free to ask us for assistance reserving local taxis or private transfers to the airport or your next destination.

    Breakfast

    Early Booking Pricing!
    $5390 per person for Double Occupancy Room
    $6390 per person for Limited Single Occupancy Rooms
    Book My June 8 to June 17, 2023 Provence Dreams Tour Now !

Likely the best vacation of our lives!

– Janet Hunter and Tom Ralston , Florida

Such a great trip! Ruth and Mike thought of everything and I was able to just relax and enjoy my vacation as everything was taken care of. The Chateau was so awesome! Couldn’t have asked for more. Can’t wait to book my next tour with Bon Beer Voyage!! 

– Susan Z., Coconut Creek, FL

There is no way to see and do on your own all that Ruth and Mike organize for you on one of their trips. Their access to top-notch locations, experiences, and experts is unparalleled! Having all the logistics handled so you can just relax and soak in the beer, wine and sights, makes for the perfect vacation. It’s like traveling with your most efficient, and fun, friends! 

– Kristine L., North Carolina