We refer to our trips as “small group, immersive tours”. One of our definitions of “immersion”, among others, is having the space and peace to truly enjoy the experiences we have organized. So, our groups are a minimum of 6 guests and no more than 12. We only reserve 6 bedrooms per tour. Better hurry if you want one of them!
Our tours are quoted in US Dollars and payment is also taken in this base currency, as part of the banking structure of our parent company, France Media. If you wish to calculate the tour prices in your own home currency, you use this link.
Our price is quoted per person, based on double occupancy of a bedroom. Effectively this does mean it is the price per person if you are two people travelling together and sharing a room. For single occupancy of a double room, please see the question about solo travellers.
Absolutely! However, our trip prices are based on double occupancy in a hotel room, which is standard in the hotel industry. As a result, we have to recalculate the cost of the trip for you, taking into account an individual traveller who requires a private room (single occupancy). This is called a single supplement. When we get a request for a single guest, we aim to obtain the most affordable room available. As an alternative, you may opt to share a room with another like minded solo traveller and we will do our best to match you. You would then avoid paying a single supplement all together.
And great news for our female travellers: we are now offering a Women’s Only trip to Provence which includes accommodation on a single basis! For this tour, we have thought outside the box as we will be staying in a countryside manor house where everyone gets their own room. So,”oui”, solo travelers are definitely welcome!
We make the process very easy. Once you express your wish to block a place on a trip, we will send you our Terms & Conditions, along with a Client Profile Form to fill out and submit. At that time, we ask for a $500 non-refundable deposit per person to reserve your space. The balance of the trip payment is due 90 days prior to departure. You’re all set. Bon voyage!
Our tours are culturally oriented, at a relaxed pace, in contrast to some companies who offer sporty cycling or walking vacations. Howevever, as most French villages have cobbled streets and many of them may be hilly, we do suggest sturdy shoes and a reasonable amount of mobility. We also might spend time visiting a farm or vineyard, where the terrain is likely to be rocky and uneven. Sometimes, we might have to walk into a village from an outside boulevard, if group transportation is prevented from driving into the tight streets. This could be up to 10 minutes. If any of these situations trouble you, our tours are probably not for you.
Yes, we can definitely request vegetarian options wherever we dine. There is amazing produce in France and most regional chefs will showcase the local products in season. We also enjoy delicious fresh fruits and salads on our picnics and in the farmers markets. Sometimes, however, in the heart of the countryside, the menus can be very meat oriented, so choices might be limited. Certain regions also make a big deal of their local meat and fish specialities such as duck or fish stew. As long as you don’t mind being surrounded by people eating such main courses, we will definitely find you something delicious and vegetarian to savour!
All of our activities and tours are presented in English and you will be accompanied by an English speaking Tour Director. Many of our Francophile guests do like to try their hand at speaking French and this naturally comes their way over the course of the trip. There are plenty of opportunities in the farmers markets, when meeting artisans and local business owners, even a town official! As they say in French, “il faut être courageux”! And we will do our best to encourage you, if this is your wish.
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