Provence Tour Details

June 30 - July 12, 2017
Registration Deadline March 15

  • $3,350
    Per Person, Double Occupancy
  • 13 Days, 12 Nights
    *Round Trip Airfare to Marseille not included
  • Single Supplement US$1,000
    Triple savings US$100

 

What’s included*

  • All land transportation beginning at Marseille train station
  • 12 nights of accommodation: authenticity, comfort, hospitality
  • All breakfasts and 11 dinners in select restaurants(usually in the evening)
  • All activities named in the itinerary (museums, kayak, boat ride, etc)
  • Tour leader with you all day, every day!


* For more information, see “What is included in price of the tour?” for more details.

Going to Provence was for us only a beautiful mirage, until last summer. We didn’t want to attempt the plans on our own, nor did we want to be part of a mega-tour. We struck gold with Lorey, enjoying the camaraderie of a small group, the pleasure of discovering treasures, both famous and hidden, all with the expert planning of someone who knows France inside and out! The intimacy of the tour meant we could be nimble in our travel and your exquisite choices meant we had time to savor, to linger, and to see. ~ Emilie and Herb

Provence Itinerary 2017

Friday, June 30
The tour begins at the Marseille train station (tour leader will coordinate the time to pick you up at the train station based on your arrival.) Early evening drive to spectacular vistas of the Mediterranean coast; Gourmet dinner in a landmark restaurant with a view of the sea.

Saturday, July 1
Morning at the colorful multi-ethnic market of Marseille; Visit the old port, dating back to 600BC; Ride the “petit train” for an open air orientation to Marseille and a visit to Notre Dame de La Garde, crowning jewel of the city; Late afternoon drive to the next B&B and a relaxed dinner at a family run wine estate.

Sunday, July 2
Peruse the treasures in Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, capital of flea markets with its lovely waterwheels on the river; Afternoon in Avignon, fabulous walled city animated by numerous street performers; An audio tour in the Palace of Popes that recreates the lives and times of the popes who resided here in the 13th century; Gastronomical dinner in Avignon.

Monday, July 3
Lavender Day! Our road trip begins along the gorges of the Nesque river; See the views at Monieux; Lunch in Sault, “Capital of True Lavender” and continuing on through hills and valleys abounding in lavender; Dinner in a medieval village, perched on a rocky outcrop.

Tuesday, July 4
Driving tour into the dramatically beautiful mountains to view the Montmirail ridge; Stops in villages to explore the steep, cobbled streets, vestiges of the Romans; Vineyards and wine tasting in Gigondas; Dine in a country setting, restaurant known for its seasonal menus.

Wednesday, July 5
Market Day in Saint Remy and lunch of local cuisine at a Provencale restaurant; Drive through almond, olive and wine country to explore the extensive castle remains of Les Baux, old feudal strong hold; Spectacular visit to a former quarry where art works are displayed like you have never seen before, and set to music. Finish a day of sightseeing with a relaxing picnic at our lovely B&B.

Thursday, July 6
Explore the narrow old streets in the quintessential perched village of Gordes; Special home cooked lunch by a renowned chef in her garden; Visit the ancient stone dwellings at les Bories and then a Cistercian Abbey surrounded by lavender; Back to B&B for another great picnic dinner.

Friday, July 7
Drive to Chateauneuf-du-Pape, known for its legendary wine, but also as the town where popes of Avignon had their summer residence; Fabulous tour of a vineyard with wine tasting before continuing on to next B&B in Uzes, a thriving and historic town. Stroll the lovely streets and squares, with their fine architecture, stone passageways and fountains. Nearby small village for dinner in a family run restaurant.

Saturday, July 8
Market Day in Uzes, the fullest and most abundant of all markets. Enjoy purchasing the makings for an evening “pot luck” picnic dinner; Time in the afternoon to check out Saint-Quentin-la-Poterie, charming village with an abundance of potters.

Sunday, July 9
We will approach the renowned Roman aqueduct, the astounding Pont du Gard by kayak, allowing for a dip in the Gard river; Visit to the museum that provides excellent history and explanations of the construction of the aqueduct. Gastronomical dinner in Uzes crowns our final evening here.

Monday, July 10
Traveling east today through the Luberon valley, a beautiful route that allows for stops along a string of lovely old villages; Stretch our legs in Oppede for a walk up to the old castle; Visit Menerbes, a village that sets upon a ledge like a gigantic ship and has great views and small shops; Settle into our last B&B and enjoy dinner in a quiet country setting.

Tuesday, July 11
We close our travel loop with a return to the Mediterranean, this time to Cassis, a lively and picturesque little port; Choice of a hike or a boat ride to view the “calanques”, small, secluded beaches of turquoise water, each one nestled in the limestone cliffs; One more final dinner of French cuisine, overlooking the sea.

Wednesday, July 12
Transfer to airport in Marseille airport.

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What IS included in the price of the tour?

    • All land transportation from Marseille airport.
    • 12 nights of accommodation: comfort, authenticity, hospitality.
    • All breakfasts and 10 dinners.
    • All activities named in the itinerary (museums, boat ride, wine tasting, etc.)
    • Tour leader is with you all day, every day.

 

What is NOT included in the cost of the tour?

    • Air travel to and from France is not included, but Lorey will assist you in making reservations for a flight and traveling together when possible. Travelers are able to use their frequent flyer programs by booking their own flights and Lorey will coordinate the flights so that you may travel with others in the group if you wish.
    • Only the insurance on car rentals is provided. You are responsible for your own insurance for health, air tickets, and personal items.
    • Lunches are not included. This allows the group to select a restaurant or enjoy shopping in markets for a fabulous picnic on occasion.
    • All alcoholic beverages are at the traveler’s expense except those that are included wine tasting at the vineyards.

 

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We have taken 4 trips to France with Lorey because we LOVE her tours! We have gone to Brittany, Provence and the Basque country and they were all outstanding tours with lots of local flavor due to Lorey’s extensive research of the areas, local restaurants and B&B’s. It was a huge plus that Lorey speaks fluent French in places where the locals speak no English. We are excitedly looking forward to our next tour with Lorey during the summer of 2016.... a new custom tour of the WW2 sites. Lorey is an angel and her arrangements and planning are always superb. The tours have been so memorable and the thousands of photos are treasured reminders of our wonderful times. Bon Voyage! ~ Baer Collen & Suzanne Lussier