Many of you have heard us talk about our “happy place” for vacation (other than the places on our beercation itineraries). This is a region of France called Provence. Since so many of you have expressed interest in exploring this region with us, a year ago we decided to create an exclusive, small group private tour showcasing some of what we consider the Best of Provence. The tour was an amazing success and for this year we have decided to extend the trip and add an additional night in our fabulous chateau.
As some of you may know, the parent company for Bon Beer Voyage is called Provence Dreams. We have been vacationing in Provence for years now, and have some very special places and experiences we are looking forward to sharing with you.
You are cordially Invited
to join Ruth & Mike in Provence, France
June 21- June 30, 2019 for
Provence Dreams’ Best of Provence Tour
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Below are the highlights of what we are planning for this year’s itinerary. The day to day itinerary listed has more details and will be updated as we get closer to tour time. There will be a maximum of only 14 guests on this tour so that we can all have a truly personalized trip and arrange for some special experiences that are not available to larger groups.
As you know, we like to travel a bit differently than most standard tours, so although some folks associate Provence with the Cote d’Azure, our trip will take us a bit away from the coastal towns and instead will focus on charming perched villages with medieval cobblestone streets, drives along the mountains and countryside, and views of the stunning lavender fields and vineyards that grace the area.
This is a very special itinerary and we are really looking forward to sharing it. We hope you will be able to join us.
Feel free to call or email us with any questions, but here are some of the highlights:
Our accommodation will start out with a few nights in the papal city of Avignon and then we will transfer to our main location -a chateau in a vineyard near the famous wine region of Chateauneuf-du -Pape!
In Avignon, we will dive right into the fabulous food experiences one expects in Provence with a gourmet welcome dinner in one of the city’s fabulous restaurants. Four to five special dinners will be part of this itinerary, including a cooking class with a local chef for those who are interested (those who would rather relax than cook can still participate in the meal. There will be 9 breakfasts and some lunches also included, with one of these will be a serious indulgence from appetizer to cheese plate at one of our favorite restaurants.
The morning after arrival day, we will begin our adventures with a privately guided tour by an award winning local guide in Avignon.
We’ve planned outings to some of our favorite perched villages and other charming towns in the surrounding areas. Our drives will bring us through the picturesque countryside and towns made famous by artists like Cezanne and Van Gogh. Whether you enjoy painting, photography, cooking or any art form, including admiring others’ works, you can’t help but be inspired by the beauty that will surround you.
Seeing the lavender fields that Provence is famous for is a must experience. You will be surprised to find the myriad uses for the essential oils distilled from this product that has become one of the symbols of Provence.
We’ll explore Vaison La Romaine, an incredible medieval town with winding cobblestone walkways that make you think a knight in shining armor will be riding around the corner any minute! You can hike up to the ruins of the castle at the top of the town or visit the Roman ruins in the lower part of the city. There are a number of fabulous art galleries we will have a chance to visit and, if scheduling works out, have a chance to chat with some of our favorite local artists. Or perhaps visit the local award winning fromagerie? The choices abound and will delight your senses.
You will want to bring extra batteries for your digital camera so you can keep taking pictures when we visit Roussillon, located in the heart of one of the largest ochre deposits in the world. The buildings in this beautiful town are literally pigmented in red and rust tones derived from the the indigenous ochre mines. Here we’ll have the option for a beautiful, short and easy hike through the mines as well as time to enjoy the picturesque Provencal village.
Any visitor to France must see at least a few of the towns classified as one of “Les Plus Beaux Villages de France” (The Most Beautiful Villages in France). You will find those that are perched up on the top of the hillsides like Gordes and Le Baux de Provence are pretty incredible. Sometimes it is hard to decide which is a more amazing sight the view of the villages like this photo to the left, or the views from the villages over the surrounding countryside!
Imagine what it would be like if you could walk into and through some of the world’s most famous paintings. In the old, inactive chalk mines in Le Baux, you will be mesmerized by one of the world’s most beautiful multimedia art presentations – the Carrieres des Lumieres. Let’s just say that there is no way to describe this amazing, immersive presentation except to experience it in person.
Of course we could not bring you to Provence without plans for private VIP visits and tastings at some of the best wineries in Chateauneuf du Pape and other regions. And because we want you to be able to experience as much of the wonderful regional products as possible, we have also arranged for a guided wine and chocolate tasting!
Foodies and dog lovers alike will love our unique truffle hunting experience. Truffles are one of the most expensive foods in the world and truffle hunters tend to be very secretive and territorial.We will learn how these “black diamonds” grow, the mystique behind them, meet the truffle dogs(not pigs!) and go on a truffle hunt. Afterwards we will have the opportunity to taste some of the amazing products created with truffles in our beautiful Provencal setting.
No trip to Provence would be complete without spending some time at one of the weekly markets and the famous weekend market in L’Isle sur la Sorgue is one of the most lively and colorful in Provence. From the Antiques and Bric a Brac (Isle sur la Sorgues boasts the second largest Antiques center in France after Paris) to the delicious local products such as cheese to charcuterie, or locally milled soaps to lavender sachets, you are sure to find some souvenir of Provence as you stroll along the stands lining the streets and waterways.
And of course, we want to make sure you are never thirsty; so besides the wine, while this is not a beer-centric tour, we will make sure to have an opportunity to taste some local beers – you knew we’d search out some of those, right?
All of this and more awaits you in Provence.
Won’t you join us on vacation in our happy place?
This 10 Day/9 night tour will start in Avignon, which has easy access from the TGV and will finish in our Chateau near Chateauneuf du Pape, with transfers available back to Avignon.
Early Booking Price is $4196 pp person double occupancy for
10 days/9 nights.
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As you know, space is very limited and room assignments will be based on a first come first serve basis.
Please Email or Call Us at 1-888-846-2337 with any questions.
Hope you can join us!
Ruth and Mike