Packages and Group Trips for 2021 & 2022

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Sometimes you want to go it alone...other times the fun and ease of group travel seems like a better choice. I'm often asked if I can recommend any group tours to Provence and it's a pleasure to mention the ones below for the year ahead. I've chosen these in particular because I know the tour operator, host or guides well...or I think the itinerary is superb...or my clients have taken the tour and raved about it! If you're interested in any of the following, get in touch so we can discuss. My email: WhatToDoinProvence@gmail.com. -- Julie

 

*Due to Covid travel restrictions, the dates have changed for some of the trips below.  If you're interested in any of these trips, please get in touch to confirm dates, get more info and to book!

 

 

TRIPS IN 2021

Adventures in Provence

Scheduled Departure Dates from June thru October, 2021

(Info current as of: June 1, 2021)

 

This American-owned company, specializing in active tour travel exclusively in France, offers fully escorted six-day, five-night group tours in Provence hosted by the company owner (a tour operator, travel author and photographer who has lived in France for 27 years in 2021) and her team of charming local, English-speaking American and French guides. (They won the LUX 2019 Tourism Award for Boutique French Tour Operator of the Year.)  The itinerary is designed to cater to both walkers and non-walkers alike by offering guided cultural excursions for guests not participating in the scheduled walks. You’ll discover villages and historical sites, walk Provence country trails to discover three distinct areas of the region, dine in a private Provence farmhouse, participate in a Chateauneuf-du-Pape wine tasting excursion featuring a privately hosted lunch overlooking the Rhone River valley, visit artisan food producers and craftsmen, learn about Van Gogh’s presence in Provence, see gorgeous Cassis and the Calanques, and enjoy a mix of celebrity bistrot and Michelin-starred restaurants. You’ll experience four of the most-beautiful areas of Provence--the Alpilles, the Luberon, the Mediterranean Coast, and Chateauneuf-du-Pape wine country—and return each evening to your charming boutique hotel with pool in the heart of the village of St. Remy. For those who wish to arrive early or stay on, we’re happy to help you with planning. Max # of guests per trip is 16. Priced at US$3,698 based on double/twin occupancy. 2021 Dates: June 22-27, July 13-18, September 7-12, September 14-19, September 21-26, September 28 - October 3, October 5-10, October 12-17.​

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To Provence With Love

Sept 6-14, Oct 11-19, and Nov 29-Dec 7, 2021

(Current as of June 11, 2021)

 

Welcome back to our beloved Provence! Guided by a Connecticut-based leader with years of experience hosting groups to France, these tours will whisk you away down the back roads to some of the most spectacular cities (Aix and Nice) and small villages (Le Castellet) on the French Riviera and inland Provence. For 9 days and 8 nights, immerse yourself in French culture and beauty. Each day starts with breakfast and brims with something new and exciting: French cooking classes with an English speaking chefs, excursions to morning markets, a Sunday visit to the famous village of L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue where we'll find one-of-a-kind French antiques and tasty street foods, a boat cruise from Cassis to explore the Roman Calanques, wine tasting in the Bandol region, and a visit to the world famous soap factory of Marius Fabre. All the time lodging in 3-and 4-star boutique/spa hotels. The cost ($4,280 pp double, $4,840 single includes airport or train station pick up (but not drop off), all ground transport, lodging and breakfast, two lunches, two cookery classes, Riviera cruise, wine tasting and tour, and finally a

soap factory tour and a surprise welcome kit. 2021 dates: Sept 6-14, Oct 11-19 and Nov 29-Dec 7 (Christmas markets).

TRIPS IN 2022

The Magic of Uzès and the Roman Rhône 

June 5 to 13, 2022.

 

For 8 days and 7 nights, this women-only, small group tour (6 guests max!) will be based in the charming town of Uzès, given you time to slow down, explore and truly savor this beautiful part of France. Charming Uzès, originally a Roman fortified town dating to the 2nd century BCE, is today a designated city of art and history. With its beautiful architecture and lively food scene, it's the perfect place to immerse yourself in the magic of Southern France. We'll discover the history of Uzès itself and the Valle de l’Eure, visit the UNESCO World Heritage site the Pont du Gard, and have a private chef-guided tour of a weekly food market, creating a lunch together from our visit. We'll have exclusive private tours and tastings at wineries in Lirac and Châteauneuf du Pape, as well as a private walking tour in the UNESCO World Heritage city of Avignon. Our second cooking class will help us understand and appreciate the traditional French Sunday lunch. There will be free time to rest, read, get a massage, window shop or just hang out and people watch in a café. The goal is to leave you relaxed, refreshed and inspired!  This American tour company was founded by a WSET (Wine & Spirits Education Trust) Level 3 certified wine professional, a WSET Diploma candidate who has spent 8 years working in the wine business. She's traveled extensively in wine regions in Europe, exploring vineyards, meeting vignerons, tasting wine, and taking cooking classes everywhere she can! She loves to combine her passion for food, wine and travel to create unique tours for women from around the globe. June 5 to 13, 2022. Price: $5200.

Adventures in Provence

Scheduled Departure Dates from April thru October, 2022

(Info correct as of June 1, 2022)

 

This American-owned company, specializing in active tour travel exclusively in France, offers fully escorted six-day, five-night group tours in Provence hosted by the company owner (a tour operator, travel author and photographer who has lived in France for 28 years in 2022) and her team of charming local, English-speaking American and French guides. (They won the LUX 2019 Tourism Award for Boutique French Tour Operator of the Year.)  The itinerary is designed to cater to both walkers and non-walkers alike by offering guided cultural excursions for guests not participating in the scheduled walks. You’ll discover villages and historical sites, walk Provence country trails to discover three distinct areas of the region, dine in a private Provence farmhouse, participate in a Chateauneuf-du-Pape wine tasting excursion featuring a privately hosted lunch overlooking the Rhone River valley, visit artisan food producers and craftsmen, learn about Van Gogh’s presence in Provence, see gorgeous Cassis and the Calanques, and enjoy a mix of celebrity bistrot and Michelin-starred restaurants. You’ll experience four of the most-beautiful areas of Provence--the Alpilles, the Luberon, the Mediterranean Coast, and Chateauneuf-du-Pape wine country—and return each evening to your charming boutique hotel with pool in the heart of the village of St. Remy. For those who wish to arrive early or stay on, we’re happy to help you with planning. Max # of guests per trip is 16. Priced at US$3,998 based on double/twin occupancy. 2022 Dates: April 26-May 1, May 3-8, May 10-15, May 17-22, May 24-29, May 31-June 5, June 7-12, June 14-19, June 21-26, June 28-July 3, July 5-10, July 12-17, July 19-24, July 26-31, August 30-September 4, September 6-11, September 13-18, September 20-25, September 27-October 2, October 4-9, October 11-16, October 18-23.


The Best of Provence
June 29 to July 7, 2021

 

The Best of Provence begins in one of the oldest and most picturesque villages in Provence: lovely St. Rémy. We'll pick you up at the Marseille airport and take you directly to our one-of-a-kind hotel, built around a courtyard of fig trees! From this base, we'll explore the richness of Provence's village markets, its famous wines and fine cuisine, its medieval cities and ancient sites. With the assistance of local guides, we'll visit the historic towns of Arles and Aix-en-Provence, the evocative ruins of Glanum and Les Baux and the amazing Roman aqueduct, Le Pont du Gard. We'll also enjoy a shopping expedition to the famous Les Halles market followed by a hands-on cooking class in Avignon with a master chef!  For the second portion of our tour, we'll transfer to an elegant 18th-century chateau in the heart of wine country. We'll have a private introduction to the wines of the Côtes du Rhône region with a distinguished sommelier as we bask in the beauty of endless vineyards. We'll also spend time exploring the Luberon region, one of Provence's most rustic and picturesque areas. At this time of year, the lavender fields will be in full bloom, and the landscapes are truly spectacular! This trip is offered by an American travel company celebrating 23 years of immersion journeys in Italy and France. It's always lead by two tour hosts and a number of local expert guides. Our typical clients include families with adult children, couples and single travelers...of all ages. Group size is 16 max.  June 29 to July 7, 2021. Price: $4,950 pp, double occupancy. Single supplement: $825.

Private Provence: A House & Garden Tour

Late Spring, 2022

(Info current as of June 1, 2021)

​For everyone who sees a gorgeous garden gate and simply must know what's behind it, this tour is for you. This exclusive small group tour (8 travelers max) is a one-of-kind opportunity to visit some of the most enchanting private homes and gardens in Provence, where you'll be hosted by the homeowners, architects and gardeners themselves. We'll also visit a professional flower farm, boutiques selling beautiful things for your own home and garden (such as traditional Provencal pottery), a Provencal fabric workshop and one of our favorite antique markets. When we're not poking in and out of these exquisite places, you'll be offered a flower arranging class, a cooking class, a pastry class, a painting or sketch workshop and more. And of course we'll enjoy superlative Provencal meals made from the freshest local ingredients, paired perfectly with our favorite wines. Every step of the way you'll meet enchanting locals (French and expat) who are excited to host you and share their unique stories and experiences. Welcome to Provence and please, come in!  Dates: Late Spring, 2022. For pricing and more details: WhatToDoinProvence@gmail.com.

A Taste of Provence for the Holidays

Dec. 12 -Dec. 18, 2021

(Info current as of June 1, 2021)

Provence has its charms every season and winter is no exception. The festively decorated shops, the village Christmas markets and the soul-warming dishes you’ll prepare are guaranteed to put you in the holiday spirit. Hosted by a French-born, US-based tour operator with 25+ years experience escorting groups throughout Europe and Latin America, you’ll cook with local chefs in their homes preparing recipes you can serve throughout the year, including authentic bouillabaisse. Tour wineries and taste the renowned wines of the Côtes du Rhône. Go on a truffle hunt and follow-up with a champagne tasting. Complete your holiday shopping at the Santon Fair in Marseilles, at local markets and in the shops of Avignon and St. Rémy. Walk in the footsteps of Van Gogh and Cézanne as you admire the landscapes that served as the artists' inspirations. Visit cultural sites and enjoy the relaxed rhythm of Provençal life. Stay in a boutique hotel and dine at intimate restaurants inaccessible to larger groups. This 7-day, 6-night trip is limited to 6 guests and is perfect for friends, couples and single travelers. Dates: December 12 to 18, 2021. Price: $5200 all inclusive per person ( no single supplement).

A Taste of Provence

May 30-June 6, 2022

(Info current as of June 1, 2021)

Hosted by a French-born, US-based tour operator with 25+ years experience escorting groups throughout Europe and Latin America, these 8 day/7night small-group trips (6 guests max) focus on the food, wine and culture of Provence. Cooking classes at the homes of local chefs, shopping at outdoor markets, gourmet walking tours, winery tours and exclusive visits to artisanal purveyors and producers are combined with visits to the charming hill towns of the Luberon and to historic sites in Avignon, Les Baux de Provence and more. Brush up and practice your French at the optional breakfast "table ronde" conversation sessions. Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and the perfect balance between planned activities and leisure time. Stay at an elegant boutique hotel and dine from the menu with wine at authentic restaurants inaccessible to larger groups. Leisure time for shopping and experiencing the rhythm of Provençal life. Trips are perfect for friends, couples and singles...and fill up quickly. 2022 Dates: May 30-June 6. Price (includes everything except travel to the Avignon starting point): $5600 pp until September 1, 2021, then price is $6300 pp, with no single supplements.

To Provence with Love

May 16-24, Sept 12-20, Oct 10-18 and Nov 28-Dec 6, 2022

(Info current as of June 11, 2021)

 

Welcome back to our beloved Provence! Guided by a Connecticut-based leader with years of experience hosting groups to France, these tours will whisk you away down the back roads to some of the most spectacular cities (Aix and Nice) and small villages (Le Castellet) on the French Riviera and inland Provence. For 9 days and 8 nights, immerse yourself in French culture and beauty. Each day starts with breakfast and brims with something new and exciting: French cooking classes with an English speaking chefs, excursions to morning markets, a Sunday visit to the famous village of L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue where we'll find one-of-a-kind French antiques and tasty street foods, a boat cruise from Cassis to explore the Roman Calanques, wine tasting in the Bandol region, and a visit to the world famous soap factory of Marius Fabre. All the time lodging in 3-and 4-star boutique/spa hotels. The cost ($4,280 pp double, $4,840 single includes airport or train station pick up (but not drop off), all ground transport, lodging and breakfast, two lunches, two cookery classes, Riviera cruise, wine tasting and tour, and finally a

soap factory tour and a surprise welcome kit.  2022 Dates: May 16-24, Sept 12-20, Oct 10-18 and Nov 28-Dec 6 (Christmas markets).

Everyday Extraordinary in Provence

May and September 2022

Live the French way…everyday! If you're a decor aficionado, fabr-i-holic, creative traveler or devotee of French style, this tour is for you—a week of design discovery, treasure-hunting, traditional Provençal crafts, history, and of course, exceptional food & wine! Immerse yourself in exclusive excursions--private workshops from sketching to dyeing, curated personal tours and market visits--and then return to a fabulous mas near St. Remy at the end of day. Think drinks & nibbles under the plane trees, followed by leisurely dinners catered by a local chef, with conversation as inviting and inspiring as the food. Your hosts are American design experts/tour guides with 10+ years of experience leading design-focused tours in Provence. Tours are kept deliberately small; capping at 8 people. Feed your wanderlust! Price: $5300 USD single occupancy (airfare not included.) 2022 Dates: May 14 – 21, 2022 and September 10-17, 2022.