From the Haute Provence, a rocky landscape covered in Herbes de Provence and grazed by shepherds, to the regal town of Aix en Provence, to ancient Mediterranean port towns, join us on an unforgettable adventure in Peter Mayle’s country.
Arrivals and transfer to our home base for the next 3 nights, the stylish Le Couvent des Minimes hotel. A game of boules and Pastis tasting is on order, followed by a casual bistro dinner.
A bustling morning at the amazing Forcalquier farmers market, picnic lunch. Afternoon free poolside, at the Occitane spa, or an outing on E-bikes for the more adventurous. Group dinner at an authentic village dining spot.
A day for all the senses in the endless lavender fields of the Plateau de Valensole. Distillery visit and lunch of your choosing at one of the charming villages en route. Celebratory dinner cooked by Chef Jerome Roy at the hotel’s Michelin starred restaurant, Le Cloître.
Au revoir to Lavender country and hit the road for Aix en Provence. En route, discover a secret truffle farm and explore a very pretty Luberon village. This evening, our wonderful hotel, Les Lodges de Sainte Victoire, will offer a special concert for the Fête de la Musique.
* Final itinerary to be confirmed 2 months prior to departure.
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In addition to our years of experience as journalists and residents uncovering the best France has to offer, our sense of fun, our local contacts, our passion for authentic dining spots, delicious wines, the best and most colorful farmers markets in the region, outstanding scenic stops, chances to chat with French friends, off the beaten path experiences, and plenty of relaxation at highly comfortable hotels, you can quantify it as follows:
Seven nights double room hotel accommodation in two carefully selected hotels
4 lunches (inc 1 picnic & 1 cooking school), 5 dinners (inc 2 Michelin starred restaurants)
Local wines included at group dinners
Services of an on-site and full-time experienced Tour Director
Services of all accompanying local guides, where applicable
All private tours and outings, including entrance fees and tastings, where applicable
Optional activities, where specified
Comfortable group transportation throughout the trip
Arrival and Departure transfers to/from the airport and train stations specified below, to the meeting point on Day 1 and from our last location on Day 8
All gratuities for baggage, porters and hotel service
What’s not included:
Air travel to/from France, and any transportation required to get to and from the Arrival/Departure points on our trip itinerary.
Travel or International Health Insurance
Individual meals or drinks taken on your own, when not dining as a group
And of course, there is no hassle with France Today Travels!
We will make arrangements to collect you and return you to one of the following points: Marseille Airport or Aix en Provence TGV station (high speed train from Paris). Do chat with us to ensure you have the best option to tie in with any of your pre and post tour travel plans.