Who hasn’t dreamed of visiting Provence at the most amazing time of year, when the infamous lavender fields are in bloom? France Today Travels will spoil you with a totally immersive trip during a double destination week in Provence, enjoying the diversity of this stunning region. 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, a stylish, yet relaxed hotel in the rocky, covered landscape of the Haute Provence. A game of boules with two very local Frenchmen and a welcome “aperitif” is in order, followed by a casual bistro dinner on the hotel terrace.
A bustling morning at the colorful Forcalquier farmers market, followed by lunch at a stunning private home in the nearby Durance river valley. Get your cameras ready to capture endless purple fields as our hostess will take us to her favorite “secret” lavender spot, where we will not see another tourist! This is the stuff dreams are made of. Dinner on your own at an authentic village bistro or at the hotel restaurant.
A day for all the senses with a distillery visit and lavender harvesting session in nearby Apt and lunch in a pretty Luberon village. Save time to relax by the pool or spend time at the hotel spa. Tonight, we enjoy an alfresco dinner under the starry Provencal sky, cooked by the hotel’s celebrated chef.
Au revoir to Lavender country and hit the road for Aix en Provence. En route, discover a secret truffle farm and explore the Southern Luberon valley with its perched villages, vineyards and orchards. This evening, we will dine outside at our second indulgent hotel amongst Cezanne’s landscape of olive trees and the famous Sainte Victoire mountain.
*Price quoted per person, based on double occupancy of a room. Please note there is a single occupancy supplement for solo travelers.
**Final itinerary and hotel selection 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 of 4 – 5* category
4 lunches (inc 1 truffle tasting & 1 cooking school), 5 dinners (inc 1 Michelin starred restaurant)
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.