Ooh la la! We are headed to the south of France next summer… and you’re invited!
Bonjour tout la monde!
We are so excited to share this magical area in the south of France with you! Johnny and I have been friends since kindergarten and one of the things we’ve always had in common was a love for “the good life”. There is no place I think exudes this experience more than Provence, France.
Mike and I have been traveling here regularly for over a decade and regardless of where else we venture, we always come back to our “happy place”. Take a look below to see what is on the agenda and feel free to call or email us with any questions you may have before booking. We look forward to having John, Marc, Bobby and the rest of you join us on this exclusive, private tour showcasing some of what we consider the Best of Provence!
Provence Dreams – The Best of Provence Tour
June 20 – June 29, 2020
limited to 14 guests – by invitation only
Our VIP accommodations start with 7 nights in a chateau in a vineyard near the famous wine region of Chateauneuf-du -Pape! We’ll spend the last 2 nights in a 4-star hotel in the center of Avignon. All rooms in both the hotel and chateau are air conditioned, with private en-suite bathrooms. All rooms have showers and most rooms in the chateau also have large soaking tubs. (Please note: Guests will be able to choose their room in the chateau based on the order in which they book, but all rooms are absolutely lovely). The outside patio at the chateau is a fabulous place to enjoy cocktails, facing the lavender field and vineyards. There is also a private pool to cool off in or relax by and boules available to play petanque.
We’ll dive right into the fabulous food experiences one expects in Provence with a gourmet welcome dinner cooked by our favorite local private chef. More delicious dinners will follow during our stay, as well as a cooking class (those who would rather relax than cook can still participate in the meal). Daily breakfasts and some fabulous lunches are also included, with one of the lunches being a serious indulgence of local specialties from appetizer to cheese plate at one of our favorite restaurants!
In Avignon, our award-winning guide will lead us around the historic city, from the Popes Palace to the Pont d’Avignon and on to the famous Les Halles food market.
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 even an award-winning fromagerie in town. The choices abound and will delight your senses.
You will want to bring extra batteries for your digital camera or phone 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 Les Baux de Provence, 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!
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.
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 our Chateau near Chateauneuf du Pape, and finish in Avignon. TGV to/from Avignon is close by. We are happy to assist with pre- and post hotels and tours, flights as well as trip insurance… just ask!
Early Booking Price is $4355 pp person double occupancy for
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.
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 winery, event or pub 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 of sailing.