March 2023 – A few days in Provence
We had the trip of a lifetime with Emily! She was friendly, fun, very knowledgeable, bilingual and a very safe driver. She took us to some of the most picturesque places in Provence and even accompanied me to the doctor’s office for an emergency, AND was my translator with the doctor! She went above and beyond! Her kindness and expertise were 5 stars. We did not want to rent a car because we didn’t know the roads and having her in the driver’s seat in her beautiful van made the journey stress- free. My favorite part of the tour was sitting in beautiful Cassis at a cafe, watching the sparkling blue sea and just chatting with her about France. She is a wonderful human and I cannot recommend her more highly!
Scott & Janice FitzGerald – Boston
Christmas Tour 2022
Christmas has come and gone. New Year’s too. Today is the Epiphany, the 12th day of Christmas. Many of us will start to de-Christmas our homes or already have. But we learned from Emily that the Christmas season in Provence starts Dec 4 and lasts until Feb 2. Emily shared her passion for Provence with us, it’s customs, traditions and stories. She even had little quizzes for us so we wouldn’t forget or get them all mixed up! LOL She planned every detail to perfection to make sure we had the best and most memorable Christmas in Provence tour. Charming hotels, Provençal lunches, a courtyard afternoon tea, gourmet dinners with regional wines. Fabulous city guides and even a Tuk tuk tour and picnic lunch by the sea. Christmas, farmers and flower markets bursting with colour and bustling with fun shopping for fruits and nuts to recreate the Thirteen Desserts when we returned home. Searching for Vin Cuit. Magical hilltop villages with lovely shops, starting our Santons collections. Museums, a light show, a concert. Truffle hunting and tasting with champagne. Stamping our own Marseille soap at the oldest 120 year old factory. The BEST 4 minute Christmas night parade EVER! Santons…did I mention Santons? We love them!
LOL And even a few Christmas miracles along the way. l could go on and on but I don’t want to give away all the secrets Emily has planned for you on this wonderful tour. She is the very best host/guide you could ever hope for. Caring, calm and you’ll leave Provence with an amazing new friend. Thank you, Emily, for the most memorable time in your most perfect Provence. It won’t be long before I return!
Janet Round, Canada
High Provence Lavender Tour – July 2022
Finally third time was a charm! I found Emily while looking for trips to Provence to see the beautiful fields of lavender. I sent my deposit for 2020 and Covid happened so transferred it to 2021 and things were still crazy but finally 2022. There were 5 of us in our group, my daughter decided to join me and then my grand daughter joined in, and finally the lovely Carroll’s Jill and Greg. We had so much fun, so much wine and so many laughs. We showed the French how to party before midnight the night before Bastille Day, found out we could not sing La Marseillaise worth a darn and went truffle hunting, our sweet truffle hunting dog found one so we learned how to eat truffles and had a cooking lesson from a delightful French chef! We did so much more, it was truly a memorable trip. Much of the Lavender had been harvested early due to drought but we still saw some beautiful fields. I would love to return one day! Emily is truly a wonderful host and fun travel buddy.
This small group tour with Emily was perfect for us. We’ve always toured on our own, so if we were going to book a tour, we wanted a more personal and thoughtful tour with someone who knew Provence and could share their knowledge of the area with us. Not only did we get someone with knowledge but we got someone who had a love for what she did. We truly felt like we wee on a tour with a close friend who was sharing her love for the area with her clients.
We had great expectations going into this trip because we had always done our own research, developed an itinerary and made our own arrangements. This trip with Emily showed us that there are real advantages to traveling with a tour guide who has a passion for what she does. She was knowledgeable, kind and became more like a friend sharing her Provence with us. We are so grateful for our time with her.
Greg & Jill Carol
July 2022 Provence Lavender Tour
Experiencing the lavender fields of Provence was just part of a fabulous week with Emily. From truffle hunting, olive oil tasting, wine tasting, visiting hilltop villages, to lovely breakfasts at an idyllic B&B, casual picnic lunches, and first class dining, Emily provided us with an off the beaten path adventure of a lifetime. Her knowledge of the history of the area made for an educational as well as rewarding and fun trip. She was well organized and such a delight to travel with in her comfortable van. I would highly recommend any of her tours to anyone wanting to visit Provence.
Emily introduced me to the idea of “slow travel “. She purposely planned time into each day so guests could reflect and ruminate about sights we saw and experiences we had. I can’t wait to return.
I went to Provence and I saw…some of the most beautiful countryside in the world. Field after field of lavender and sunflowers. Charming villages and shops. The most incredible B&B owned by a charming couple (and Owen). Wonderful women to share the experience with. And, most of all, Emily – a natural, laid back guide who took exquisite care of us and crafted an incredible itinerary!
I highly recommend taking one of Emily’s tours and will refer her to anyone who tells me they are interested in visiting Provence. Her itinerary was well curated to give us the opportunity to experience more than just lavender and wine – which, I assure you, there were plenty of both. The end of our tour came too quickly and it was difficult to say goodbye to this idyllic countryside as well as the new friends made.
The best way to live out your dreams of summertime in Provence during lavender season is to explore with Emily! She is very personable and has a wealth of knowledge, and creates a thoughtful itinerary to show you so many gems while somehow maintaining a leisurely speed that allows you to truly savor all of the sights and experiences. She also has excellent taste in food, which is such an integral part of travel. Her love and appreciation for the region is evident through her dialogue and attentive planning. Highly recommend to anyone who wants to discover Provence properly.
It was an awesome time together, it was more than I could have ever imagined. The lavender was beautiful. the food was amazing and the ladies were fun to be with. It was like two pea’s in a pod, but there was six pea’s in a pod and we all got along so beautifully. I want to come back to Provence…some day!
June 2022 Heritage Sites & Lavender Tour
Provence is just magical! Emily weaves history, culture, nature, and gastronomy throughout the week. All the little things add up to an amazing experience that is not possible with a large tour company. It is like traveling with a friend. Provence is a feast for the senses!
Anne Benik, Colorado
This was our third tour with Emily and it won’t be our last.The itinerary takes you off the beaten path as well as to the must see places. You will be amazed at all you learn! We didn’t know our fellow travelers until the tour but soon made good friends of each of them. Interesting conversation, laughter and such delicious food and wine!!! On top of this Emily is an excellent driver and a lovely person! Book a tour with her!
Ellie Nasha, New Jersey
Emily, your leadership was superb! You treated us to so many unique experiences which we probably could not have found on our own. Michael has told many people that your tour is the best he’s ever been on. That is saying a lot, as he has travelled all over the world for many years.
Michael & Diane, New York
June Private week-long tour
We just returned from a fantastic week in Provence with Emily Durand. The entire 7 days exceeded our expectations. Emily wowed us each day with visits to interesting historic sights, unique villages, beautiful views, museums, outdoor markets, and also personal discussions with individual owners of winery’s, B&Bs, lavender growers and distillers. If you want a truly meaningful Provence experience, contact Emily for a personalized tour.
Bob & Terrie, New Jersey
April Artist Tour 2022
Emily worked with me to create a personalized one-week itinerary that went beyond our expectations. She handled all aspects of our trip with a professional , low-key manner. The hotels were outstanding and dining was authentic. The luxury vehicle was very comfortable to travel in as well. Knowing we were a group of artist, she allowed time to see artistic points of interest. We plan on returning and will work with Emily again.
Emily was an amazing guide and hostess. Her knowledge of the history and culture of the region was phenomenal! Our accommodations and food experiences were unrivaled. There is nothing I would have changed, we were able to tour and relax, not an easy achievement. This was a trip of a lifetime and she helped to make it the best it could be. I definitely would book another tour with her.
Starting with our first day with Emily, she was a godsend, don de Dieu! We were stranded at the train station in Carcassone, due to a train strike, and the overloaded trains. Emily found an amiable driver with a 9 passenger van, who took us to Nimes, where Emiy met us. From then on, we knew we were in good hands.
Every detail of our trip was handled so beautifully, our accommodations, our dining, our tours of the ancient cities and villages. And our wonderful cooking class in Uzès. I cannot wait to return to beautiful Provence.
Wine Tour, September 2021
What a beautiful day with Emily and Your Private Provence wine tour. Having been to the region before, two friends and I were interested in a deeper dive into what made this region so well suited for wine. She really listened to our interests and designed a really fun, insightful and rich day. We honestly expected a driver to just drop us off at several wineries and got so much more. Loved the cultural and geological history, the insights of a local to life in Provence, and a diverse sampling of the region’s best varietals. As someone who creates custom travel workshops, I look forward to working with Emily again! She can customize a variety of tour experiences from one day to a full weeklong adventure. Highly recommend, can’t wait to go back!
Kirah Van Sickle, Colorado
July Lavender & Photography Tour 2021
I have recently returned from the Provence Lavender Photography Tour with Emily Durand of Your Private Provence and Raina Stinson of Raina Stinson Photography. I highly recommend this tour! Simply put, Emily and Raina guided our small group on a remarkable journey of discovery. We visited lavender fields, explored medieval villages, gazed at the moon and stars. We feasted on fresh produce and French bread from the village markets as well as gourmet fare at restaurants with breathtaking views.
We drank in the perfume of the lavender and the Spanish broom. We foraged for herbs and flowers on the steep hillsides of the stunning medieval village of Brantes to make a delectable lunch that we savored on a terrace built into the rocky slope overlooking spectacular Mont Ventoux. We reveled in the stimulating conversation spurred by the incredible kinship we developed with fellow travelers–new-found friends.
And in every part of our amazing adventure, under Raina’s expert tutelage, we experimented with different ways to document in photographs the story of our journey. On reflection, I am reminded of a quote from Marcel Proust: “The real voyage of discovery consists of not seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.”
Merci beaucoup to Emily and Raina for giving me the opportunity to see with new eyes!
Anne Newtown, Houston, Texas
I just returned from a small-group tour organized and hosted by Emily Durand of Your Private Provence and Raina Stinson of Raina Stinson Photography.
I’ve traveled to France often and this is, by far, the best guided experience I have ever had there The focus of this tour was lavender in bloom and photography, but I’m very confident that touring with Emily in Provence would be EXCEPTIONAL no matter what the focus were. Here are some highlights of the experience:
- All logistics, accommodations and meals were handled by Emily, from arrival to departure. That’s a real treat! Nothing to worry about!
- Beautiful, charming b&b that felt very private, had perfect owner/hosts, lovely breakfasts and great views.
- FANTASTIC choices by Emily of restaurants (and a chef’s private home) for our lunches and dinners, exposing us to the cuisine of different villages in the area, some restaurants with breathtaking mountain landscape views from our table! Each meal was unique and highlighted local, in-season elements, and EVERY menu selection exceeded my expectations.
- Unique, local daily experiences, including a mountain-top astronomical Observatory trip, foraging in a quaint village for fresh herbs, veggies, fruits and flowers for a private, Chef-prepared lunch in the chef’s home, a private tour of a lavender farm and distillery, and much more!
- Extraordinary photo-taking venues on our schedule every day, with continuous hands-on guidance from Raina about looking for great shots, framing shots, setting our cameras and iphones (yes, iphones!) for the best shots and then using editing apps to maximize the impact of our photos. My confidence in my ability to take exceptional photos has grown exponentially!
Many thanks to Emily and Raina! I wouldn’t dream of returning to Provence without first connecting with them.
July Lavender Tour 2021
A traveler is always faced with this secret dilemma…..once you have experienced the perfect tour, in the perfect place, arranged by the perfect host, do you tell the world or do you try and keep it a secret just a while longer?
Such is my dilemma having just returned from that “perfect” week in Provence. I have decided to be magnanimous and share. After all, the world needs as much “perfect” as it can find right now.
Emily’s Private Provence could just as easily be named Emily’s Perfect Provence. Delight in her itineraries, pour over the possibilities and once you commit to the trip know that you will not be disappointed. The food, the pace, the accommodations, the history, the little surprises, the attention to details, the sights and sounds and most enjoyably, the people of Provence, will all be there for you to enjoy. You will have not just visited a place for a week, you will have lived it and that is a next level experience. I’m confident, you will return home contemplating the same dilemma… “share or not to share?”
Peggy Devoy, Illinois
Emily I can’t thank you enough for the wonderful tour last week. It was far and away above my expectations and I had no doubt it would be wonderful!
Every small special detail just added to the overall experience. Your fun personality as our tour guide, the amazing meals in such unique locations, the unbelievable beauty of Provence, and the superior lodging all added up to a trip of a lifetime. I will certainly treasure our time together.
Joan Aaron, Illinois
10-Day Road Trip through all of Provence, 2021 – Hiking tour everyday!
Our guided trip with Emily was different from the typical tour of Provence. We wanted the trip to mostly involve hiking, but still give us an opportunity to spend some time in small villages. Each day we hiked somewhere and in the evening we were on our own to explore the various towns we stayed in. Provence is a wonderful place to hike. In the north it looks similar to Colorado with exceptional scenery. Emily appeared to know every trail. We avoided the “tourist” areas, usually hiking without seeing another hiker. For example, we did not visit Pont du Gard through the visitor center. We intersected the aqueduct some distance from the river, following the ruins through a tunnel, past the quarry where the rock was removed and then arrived at the river and spectacular view of Pont du Gard. Then we had a picnic lunch under an ancient olive tree.
We were delighted the wild flowers were still abundant in mid June. And we enjoyed the wonderful people we met wandering about towns in the evenings, including someone that rang the cathedral bells in a town where we stayed. Speaking of bells, we learned that a cathedral bell that had been cast the day before was to be taken from the mold and rung for the first time. As a demonstration of the flexibility of an Emily guided vacation, she took us to the event and it was grand.
Emily worked tirelessly to customize our time in Provence to suit our interests. All the stressful things we find about traveling she took care of. It was great. Emily is great. Take a trip with her. It will be a success if you tell her the kind of Provence experience you are looking for.
Bill & Judy Tindall, Tennessee
4-Day Private Tour, May 2021
Despite being a frequent traveler, I am not a usual writer of reviews. But this case, deserves one. My wife and myself just spent 5 days in French Provence. This trip was our first to this gorgeous part of France. We were suggested various tour operators. Finally chose the person I will describe for the speed and care she devoted during the pre-engagement phase, very different from the others.
If you are looking to visit the region and wanting a guide that really knows the place and its intense history, is flexible to suit your needs and wishes on the go (in my specific case that included drone flying), is punctual and manages timing without rushing, provides immediate answers during the planning phase and during the tour (early mornings, late evenings, 7 days a week), can drive with utmost care, does great photography to complement yours, and is “super sympa”, the person to provide all of the above is Emily Durand, an American expat that has been living in the region for more than 25 years.
Because Emily is all the above (and more), you will miss her when your Provence visit is over (and regret you did not stay more). A final clarification: While American citizens will feel they are taken care by an American member of their family, that is in no way reserved to guests who come from America. We are proud citizens of a European and a South American country, and Emily provided us with that family feeling.
Cristian & Liliana, Argentine
8-Day September Group Tour, 2019
We thoroughly loved your tour! Every day was packed with fun things to see and do and we were also given free time to explore on our own or just relax a little. You did a fantastic job of driving us everywhere, especially through tiny villages and narrow streets. Some of the highlights for us were getting to meet locales, a wonderful boat tour in Cassis, wonderful restaurants, and unique hotels. We couldn’t have asked for a better experience! Choose Emily as your guide and you won’t be sorry!
Jim & Nancy, Florida
2-Day Tour June, 2019
Nick and I had a wonderful two days touring Provence with Emily! She is just EXCEPTIONAL!!! Such a darling personality, a definite understanding of the history and culture of this region and such a nice way about her—she seems more a friend than a tour guide! We plan to stay in touch with Emily because we liked her so much! Emily asked us about our preferences and interests so she could design an itinerary which was customized just for us. We spent the day together touring different villages, had delicious lunches, were given expert historical or cultural backgrounds, and were also taken to shops specializing in treasures to bring home (depending on our interests and desires).
Emily transferred us from our hotel and back in a luxury Mercedes van and was an excellent driver/navigator. Everything was completely organized and the tour was on a relaxed but specific time schedule. Emily is the PERFECT tour guide, and we would definitely use her again and recommend her to friends!
Nick & Lugene Vincent, Texas
2019 Lavender Tour
If you want the best tour of Provence, choose Emily as your guide. My husband and I enjoyed this years Lavender and Cultural Tour so much that the day before it ended I signed up to bring my 2 daughters next year! As a local Emily knows the history of the towns we visited as well as the best places to explore, eat and shop. She has a nice group of friends – chef Giuseppina cooked a delicious lunch and Raina took beautiful photos of my husband and I in the lavender fields. There were so many highlights – the food, the scenery and the company. We enjoyed our group of 8 so much- a lot of laughing and storytelling.
My husband and I are seasoned travelers so maybe hard to impress but we give Emily every star possible in a rating. Life is short, go to Provence with Emily as your guide.
Naim & Ellie Nazha, New Jersey
“I had a wonderful time with Emily on my recent trip to Provence. Emily’s planning made the trip so much more enjoyable as there was the right amount of personal time and group travel time. The hotel picked by Emily was also very pretty, convenient, and comfortable.
I was able to go to places and sample eateries that I definitely would not be able to experience if I were going to Provence on my own!”
Vivian Mak, Hong Kong
2019 Lavender Tour
2019 Lavender Tour This tour exceeded all of my expectations! The small group size made it easy for us to get to know each other and each day was such a treat! Emily shared not only her love and knowledge of her adopted country but afforded us a glimpse into life in Provence. She introduced us to local chefs, farmers, and artisans and each was colorful and engaging and passionate about their chosen profession and excited to share with us. We visited beautiful villages and ate marvelous local foods and laughed…and laughed…and laughed! And then there was the lavender! I can’t think of a better week and I hope that one day I am able to join Emily on another tour.
Sue Willis, South Carolina
My first group tour experience could not have been better. Emily was easily likable, the tour was well-organized, informative and well-balanced. The B&B was a highlight as were the dinner locale choices. Emily was also very flexible and accommodated my preferences and needs, giving me the option to participate or take time for myself. I also enjoyed meeting the various people we met along the way. I would absolutely opt to sign up for another tour within YPP.
Alexa Morales, New Orleans
I recently visited Provence on a Lavender Tour with Your Private Provence. Emily Durand, the owner of the company, was the tour guide and driver for the small group of seven women. She was absolutely a perfect guide! I have traveled extensively and have had many tour guides over the years, so I can say confidently that Emily is exceptional. Her years living in Provence provide the expertise she needed to introduce us to this enchanting area, and her years growing up as a young woman in Oregon helped us understand the subtleties of French life. She bridges the two cultures with ease. Emily really went out of her way to customize the tour for us. During our tour when she discovered that I was a potter, she arranged for us to visit a female potter’s studio near the B & B. Emily is professional in her job and yet her easy, relaxed manner helped us all feel welcome and comfortable. Her Lavender Tour was the most perfectly designed tour that I have ever experienced. She put much thought into everything, not just the lavender viewing, but the meals and the daily excursions as well. Every day was different and interesting. The charming B & B she chose was perfect also. This was truly the perfect lavender tour with the perfect private guide. Traveling doesn’t get any better than this!!!
Rose Schutte, Michigan
I want to thank you for such a wonderful lavender tour. The entire experience was everything that I’d hoped it would be and more. The itinerary was such a good cross-section of Provence. I enjoyed the picnics, especially those in the garden near Simiane and at the lavender growers. You were an excellent guide – knowledgable, flexible, personable, and very organized. The thought and effort you put into the tour was evident, and appreciated! The B&B was fabulous – a real gem.
Katheryn Russi, Michagan
April, 2019 3-Day Tour
I’m so thrilled that I found Emily as she added so much value to our 8 night trip to Provence. We hired Emily to assist with our transfers and added touring to our transfer days… Brilliant Plan! In the end we hired Emily for 3 of our 8 days.
She is extremely honest, reliable and her prices are very fair. She accepts credit cards and does everything possible to ensure your comfort. Emily picked us up at Marseille Airport and transferred us to our AirBNB in St. Remy. She organized a unique and magical picnic and generously offered to procure essential groceries as we arrived on a French Holiday and she knew the markets would be closed. We chose to explore St. Remy on our own, but Emily supported us with recommendations for restaurants and hikes. After 4 nights in St. Remy, Emily picked us up and toured us around Avignon and Gigondas, where we did a beautiful hike together. She then transferred us and our luggage to Gordes for the next 3 nights.
Emily is so knowledgeable about the history of the region, but more importantly she is really a great driver. She has a beautiful Mercedes 8- passenger van that is very comfortable and safe. Emily is happy to customize trips to individual needs and I would highly recommend her and would absolutely work with her again.
Kecia & Helen, Portland, Oregon
We had found Emily Durand on the web and had a wonderful time corresponding with her while preparing a detailed itinerary based upon our interests and requirements. She was very prompt and very precise in her responses which we liked very much.
She was even more pleasant in person and we throughly enjoyed spending ten days with her in Provence. She knew the area very well including hotels/B and Bs, restaurants ( my wife is vegetarian but that was no problem for Emily!), parking and getting to the sights we were interested in etc. She gave us a good understanding of the history, culture, architecture as well as “stories and myths” of each of the areas that we visited. She was excellent in finding alternatives if we did not like something or wanted to change something in our itinerary and this was very much appreciated! Having Emily drive us around in her Benz van freed us to observe the scenic beauty and historical sights of Provence without the distraction or tension of driving.
Overall, we have absolutely no hesitation in whole-heartedly recommending Emily and have already done so to our friends in the USA.
Arun & Padma Cariappa, Florida
September 2018, 2-day tour
Hi, Emily I just wanted to thank you and let you know how pleased we were to meet you and were so impressed by the tour you took us on around Avignon! You were very warm and knowledgeable about the area and answered all of our questions. Your van was top of the line as well as your service!! I will not hesitate to recommend you to friends and family visiting the area!
Connie Schuler – Alberta, Canada
We had the best time with you on our tour of the Provence region! You planned out the best two-day tour! The hiking in the wine grove and wine tasting in the villages of Seguret and Chateauneuf-du-Pape you planned were great. The village of Les Baux de Provence that you walked us through and gave us all the history is still something we are talking about! The place where Van Gogh stayed and painted in the monastery gave us insight into his life and those who loved and cared for him! Thank you, Emily, for all your kind ways, brilliant descriptions of this amazing area and willingness to shape our tour just for us. We also loved your beautiful van! So fancy, comfortable and fun to ride in.
Cheyrl Waslen – Alberta, Canada
Lavender Tour July 2018
We recently returned from France and wish to leave a few comments on our experience.
At the top of my bucket list is a visit to Provence France. My husband and I are not world travelers and were somewhat hesitant about this trip, we were anxious about almost everything, the language, the travel and the fact that we were in a foreign country. Despite all these concerns we bite the bullet and decided to go for it. We booked a package with My Private Provence.
Much to our surprise and delight, the experience could not have been better. We experienced Provence as if we were locals and had been living there all our lives. This experience will stay with us forever. Never have we been able to enjoy a vacation as we have on this visit.
We were very happy to see so much of Provence and sample the food and its people.
Our tour group was only made up of seven people. Such a small group allowed us to fit right in with our visits to the many villages. A small group is great, but none of this could have occurred without our tour guide, Emily.
Emily was born in the US and has been living in Provence for 22 years. She helped us with all aspects of our visit. She knows the places of interest and knows the best times to visit these places. She speaks French fluently, so we had no problem with communications.
I highly recommend using Your Private Provence if you are contemplating a visit to this area.
Thank you, Emily, we hope to see you again.
Barbara and John Gorman, South Carolina
Thank you so much for a wonderful week. It was everything I had hoped for and more
Your Private Provence is our trip of a lifetime. Emily is truly the Queen of Provence, and she planned our lavender tour with 100% awesomeness, and 0% fluff. Sure, other guides can take you to the sites and drop vapid and empty descriptions of various sites and monuments, like reading off a script, but how many people can truly make the stories come alive because they literally live there. Do yourself a favor, perish all thoughts about going with another tour guide, Emily and Your Private Provence is the only way to go.
Elaine & Wei, New York
There are those who are capable of fulfilling dreams. You are one of them. Thank you.
Michael & Dolly, Michigan
in Provence, 2018
I used Emily through Your Private Provence to help me plan my small wedding/elopement and tours for my family while we were in the area.
The experience went so smoothly in the amazing hands of Emily. She offered several options from vendors for the ceremony, restaurant choices, lodging, and tours throughout the Provence region. She thought of details for the wedding and the tours that would not have even crossed my mind! She was always in touch and responded promptly.
She took into consideration my family’s little quirks and nuances and was really able to develop a unique one of a kind experience for us. She is so sweet, knowledgeable about the area and its history, and really passionate about what she does. I would highly recommend her for touring and especially for helping you make your dream elopement or small destination wedding come true!
Chris & Toni – Florida
June 2018 2-day tour
June, 2018 Lavender & Cultural Tour
Thank you, Emily, for all your help in arranging my trip and transporting me before and after the tour. Also, the tour was so special. I enjoyed it all. You are a great guide to all the special things, places, foods, and experiences in this area of Provence.
Diane Logon, Florida
Our group consisted of six women and one very brave gentleman with of a wide range of ages, backgrounds, personalities, and abilities. We toured the historic Chateauneuf Du Pape. We visited a Winery, Alain Jaume & Fils, sampled several different wines to include one of the Chateauneuf Du Pape wines and had a full course meal (which was unexpected)… So much delicious food. Toured Le Chateau du Bois, Lavender oil is processed, where I bought a bottle of essential oil for the first time in my life. But the highlight of my trip, the chef! Giuseppina, a beautiful soul from the time we stepped into her home, welcoming and bright. Never did I expect such hospitality! And the food was AMAZING.
There are so many things I can say about this trip, the people, the history, and the food… it can go on forever! Emily is the ever patient tour guide, always offered us wine and food, the best friend you could take anywhere and never feel left out. I feel we will book again, next time I would bring my daughter along.
Sarah Murphy, Washington
June 2018 – 3-day tour
We had a great trip with Emily and highly recommend her. Before we arrived, she had designed a lovely tour of Provence villages just for us. Attentive to our interests and needs, she crafted an adventure that was a highlight of a trip to France and Italy.
In several days, she introduced us to the history of these hill towns, the beauty of the rural landscape, and the feel of markets, twisty streets, churches, and Van Gogh’s world. Though we saw a good deal, she also made time for little matters, too, browsing a field of poppies, sipping a cup of coffee during an unexpected downpour, and sitting on a wall to sketch and feel the spirit of a place.
Best of all, she was congenial, thoughtful, open, and just good to be with, adding such a human touch to our little stay in Provence. We loved it! (There was NO way we could have rented a car, navigated our way around – especially with parking – found a hotel and restaurants, and enjoyed ourselves as much without her.) We missed her company when we got on a train in Avignon to continue our journey.
Mary and David Hummon
June 2018 – 3-day tour
The beautiful, relaxed culture of Provence makes it an ideal vacation spot for first-time guests and return visitors alike.
As a return visitor, I reached out to Emily to see some of the hidden treasures I was on unable to see during my first visit. She asked me what I enjoyed, what I wanted to see most, and how I’d like to spend my time. From there, she tailored an itinerary specific to me.
She was able to encompass all I requested and made excellent suggestions! I had an incredible time exploring Aix, Marseille, Luberon and the Camargue region. I learned fun facts about the region, tasted native delicacies and when I made a special, yet at times unique request, Emily obliged. She’s flexible and easy to be around. Incredibly accommodating and well versed in the culture of the villages that make up the region. Months later, I remain well pleased. Thanks, Emily!!
Myra Jackson, Illinois
June 2018 – 3-day tour
We had a wonderful time exploring Provence with Emily as our guide! With her intimate knowledge of the region, Emily was able to weave into the itinerary places of interest for which we had made special requests, and was able to suggest good alternatives when necessary.
Emily’s deep knowledge of Provence came through best as she led us through several little villages — the little nuggets of information she shared along the way certainly helped us appreciate much better the history of the places we visited. Friendly, open, and very helpful, Emily makes an excellent private tour guide.
Lacretia & Melissa, Singapore
May 2018 – 7-day tour
What wonderful memories were made with four high school friends in Provence, thanks to our guide extraordinaire, Emily!
Fran, Pat, Linda & Georgia – USA
May 2018 – 4-day tour
After an amazing experience as a solo traveler on Your Private Provence’s Group Lavender Tour, ten months later I booked a private tour for my husband and me to see the poppies. Emily is warm, knowledgeable and flexible. We always felt safe and comfortable. Her recommendations for accommodations and restaurants were perfect. The itinerary on this second trip was completely different than the first trip…markets, hikes, wineries, picnics in fields of wildflowers, everything we asked for and more.
Leslie & Joe, Maryland
May 2018 – 3-day tour
The moment you returned my inquiry, your response was swift, professional and warm, a cut above and refreshingly reliable!
You provided us with a jeweled itinerary, nuggets of different rich landscapes, the unknown history which made the “ to do” landmarks interesting and fun. The hiking to discover the history, the flora, was an absolute highlight, cycling along the canal, your organizing of epicurean dinners. Not to mention the accommodation you recommended, an insight into Provence villages and lifestyle. You accomplished this quietly and attended to our needs even before we knew what we needed.
You will most certainly hear from us again…. of course, all the laughs and fun still keep us going.
You gave us a gift to treasure!
Bev & Nat – Sydney & London
May 2018 – 3-day tour
Quality plus! – Emily is very comfortable to be with, is very knowledgeable and is totally accommodating.
– Her a Mercedes is very comfortable and adds to the pleasure.
– Provence is special and we can’t imagine anyone doing a better job of presenting it.
Ken & Sue Poorman
Portland, Oregon USA
A week in Provence – October 2017
As we contemplated our first visit to Provence to identify a village that we might return to for an extended stay, we wanted to slow travel through several small villages with nearby vineyards.
Prior to our trip, Emily created a customized itinerary to best meet our interests and needs. To start our week together, Emily met us at the train station and then proceeded to comfortably drive us through the 2-lane backroads of Provence helping us to discover the magical villages of Provence, the crafts, and the wonderful food and wine. Emily also made delightful and comfortable housing arrangements in a small inn over a renown restaurant and in a chateau.
Through her US network of friends, Emily provided us with a glimpse into the expatriate lifestyle in Provence and helped us think through the optimal expatriate experience. The ease of having your very own guide, driver, concierge, historian, interpreter, photographer, and medical emergency handler was invaluable. And, by the time we left Provence, we felt as though Emily was a member of our family!
Ken & Mary Beth Chalk, Texas
5 Day tour – September 2017
Thank you so much for all you did to make our trip to Provence EXTRA special! Rosamond, the Babbs, the Murfees, and the Youngs all had a grand time and loved our whirlwind tour of the Provence area. It was a special treat to have a guide who knew the area so well, as well as someone we could understand! We felt like we were with an old friend!
The gang – Arkansas and Dallas area
Two Day – September Tour 2017
Thank you so much, Emily, for two wonderful days exploring the Luberon region and Cassis. You were a wealth of information, and we learned so much from you. Our picnic outside of Gordes was delightful! We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect guide. We highly recommend you to anyone seeking an authentic cultural experience when in Provence.
Jayne & Steve Pettler Prince George,Virginia
September 2017 Day Wine Tour
From the moment we met, Emily made us feel at home in Provence! Her careful selection of wine tastings and restaurants were exactly what we were looking for. Thank you, Emily, for making our 10-year anniversary trip exactly what we wanted it to be.
Michael & Lauren, San Diego, CA
Girlfriends in Provence, June 2017
Janine Martin, Australia
Group Lavender Tour, July 2017
Thank you for everything, it was an amazing week. The B&B was perfect as well as the whole itinerary. It will definitely be among my most favorite trips of all time.
Emily is a kind spirit with a gift for bringing people into an authentic Provencal experience. Her planning, organization, and itinerary were perfect and she was flexible when we needed some personal time to wind down or even take a nap and recharge. Her attention to detail is impeccable and her desire to bring joy to others is a beautiful quality. This tour exceeded all expectations; from delicious meals to the magical lavender. This trip should be on everyone’s life list!
Michelle Ottey, Pennsylvania
Thanks very much for a very enjoyable and memorable tour of Provence. You did a great job showing us around, teaching us about the local culture and history and, of course, lavender. Continued success with your business.
Giselle Bowie, California
Family Reunion Lavender Tour, June 2017
I spent time on Google and found Emily’s Lavender Tours. Not wanting to drive this time around, Emily seemed to be the perfect solution. I wanted to spend some time in Sault, the lavender capital of Provence, as well as showing my family all Provence has to offer since most had never been there: Roman ruins, beautiful hill towns and incredible scenery, markets and lovely villages, castles and flowing rivers. Once our dates worked out with Emily and she got to know my preferences, we spent lots of email time working out an itinerary to make the best plan for the day without spending too much time in the car. Emily’s suggestions for places to visit were perfect and all her lunch and dinner suggestions were right on. I highly recommend Emily for your Provencal travels!
Harriet Ripinsky, Mount Pleasant, SC
Dear Emily, Our amazing tour with you will be remembered fondly for years to come. Your enthusiasm for the countryside where you live was pure joy. The beauty we saw in Provence was almost indescribable. Provence is rich in color, fragrance, mystery, and steeped in history. The delectable food & wine of the region were simply extraordinary. Cheers to the folks who are fortunate enough to spend time with you!
Cindy Myatt-Cravenho, Brooklyn NY USA
Emily was a great guide and I highly recommend her services for your next trip to Provence! She met our group at the train station with a vehicle large enough to comfortably accommodate all six of us and our bags. Then our four-day adventure began with Emily at the wheel (navigating extremely well through even the smallest of hilltop towns). She easily commented on each of the beautiful towns we drove through and answered all our questions in fun and interesting ways. She’s such a sweetheart and we all had a great time with her!
Sirena Rubinoff, Jerusalem, Israel
Our extended family gathered in Provence during the lavender blooming season to enjoy the beauty of the local towns and countryside, as well as to say good bye to our sister, cousin, and friend, Linda Ripinsky.
Emily was extremely knowledgeable about the area and was very helpful and accommodating to the needs of our diverse group. Her Dining recommendations were superb!!
We all enjoyed our stay, thanks so much to her planning and care.
Dr. Sue Rubinoff, Hohokus, New Jersey
Emily led me on a week long tour of the Luberon, her home, in Provence. Based upon my interests and ideas and her local knowledge, Emily created the itinerary for our week. Each day was crafted as a logical driving loop to explore a portion of this magical place. Emily’s expertise allowed me to experience what I was seeing as a “temporary local”. I would never have gained such an in-depth understanding as a tourist on my own. And I would never have seen as much each day if not for her expert driving!
The language was no problem as she is originally from the west coast of the USA. Emily delivers the full package: logical itinerary, scenic countryside, friendly interactions with local people, discovery around every corner, and fun! Bon Voyage!
Sheila Martinson, Washington – May 2017: Week-long Tour in Provence
Emily was our favorite guide during our 2 weeks in France. She was so personable, taking us to favorite places and making Provence come alive. We loved our vineyard picnic, our tour in Arles, wine tastings, lunch at La Madison de la Truffe, and visits to local villages and markets.
Wonderful memories for my daughter and I thanks to her special care!
Marcia & Terri Hannig, Colorado – May 2017: 3- Day Tour in Provence
Emily, thank you for giving us a wonderful day touring poppy fields. Over the years, I have admired paintings of fields of poppy flowers and you made my dream come true. It was a picture perfect day. Thank you for finding my fields of dreams!
Mary Adam, Michigan – May 2017 Day Tour in the Luberon
For my first time in Provence I decided to hire a guide. It’s not something I normally do but I didn’t want to be bothered with driving and trying to find my way on my own. I didn’t want to waste precious time because I had so little there.
We had several conversations via email in advance of my visit about what my interests are and what I wanted to get out of my time with her. Emily showed me some wonderful places for photos and a little off the beaten path Abbey that was a lovely way to end the day. That was after she wore my butt out hiking to the top of the hill in Lacoste where the ruins of the chateau of the Marquis du Sade watch over the village below.
Our day was partly planned and partly improvised which was perfect for me. I think next time I’d like to tag along on one of her lavender tours for a fun, fresh and energetic view of Provence. Emily was the perfect guide.
Penny Sadler, Texas – September 2016 Day Tour in the Luberon
Words cannot express our gratitude for everything that you did for us. Thank you so much for going above and beyond not just for our tour, but also our elopement! We’re touched and grateful for your attention to detail, flexibility and patience. The tour was hands down, one of the best experiences ever and we’re so thrilled we got do do it with you. Last but not least, thank you for being our officiant and “marrying” us. The entire trip is something we’ll cherish forever.
Love Liz & Marlon (Photography Tour plus Elopement, June 2016)
You are the sweetest and we enjoyed getting to know you. You are also a trooper – spending a week with a rowdy group like ours must not have been an easy task:). You did it, girl!
In addition to the email from Tatiana, I want to thank you for your kindness and sweetness and patience in making our honeymoon so very special. You are a sheer delight.
Tireless, warm, funny, delightful, lovely….I will run out of juice on my IPhone before I run out of adjectives to describe you. We really enjoyed your company and we thank you for all your efforts.
Ditto. I especially enjoyed our “girl” time when all the ladies rode with you
It was a pleasure to meet you too! We enjoyed hearing your wonderful stories about your family too! Maybe our paths will cross again.
September 2016 Rhone Wine Tour
Dear Emily What a wonderful trip, a tour of Provence , including markets, a picnic in a lavender field , a wonderful seafood restaurant in Cassis, and so much more. Emily is an efficient ,organized driver and guide and is fun to be with. She approached our tour with great enthusiasm and wonderful suggestions. Merci Beaucoup!
Chris & Linda – September 2016 Private Tour
When I look back I do not necessarily think of the specific towns we visited as much as the special experiences and moments we had during truffle hunting, making chocolates, taking pictures in the middle of that beautiful flower field, and our hikes, walks and conversations. Thank you for arranging all this for us because they are certainly the experiences that made our trip so special.
Most importantly, what I cherish is that you never made us feel like we are with a private tour guide. Your graceful friendly personality made us feel like we were with a friend – remember Wajd running to you in the morning when she sees you and asking all these questions about your children.
I am looking forward to our next trip.
Hanan & Wadj, May private tour 2016
It was such a very special holiday for me. I just adored every moment and Emily made it so very special.
Emily, thank you for being so accommodating with my challenging itinerary. Thank for being so knowledgeable and adding a layer of history and local insight that no guidebook could deliver. And finally, thank you for being so warm and engaging. It really felt like I was travelling with a dear friend. I could never have imagined it could be so good.
Jane from Australia – May 2016 Private Garden Tour
Emily set-up an incredible getaway! We chose France for our honeymoon (I’ve been dreaming about Provence for years.) and my husband stumbled upon Emily’s website. Wow, we are so happy we found her. After a Skype chat, we knew we made the right decision in going with You Private Provence.
She was flexible, sweet, knowledgeable, and accommodating from the very start. In the beginning, we filled out a form so she could determine what kind of experience we were looking for: museum/history heavy, food/wine, complete relaxation, etc. We realized we wanted a bit of everything (relaxation, sight-seeing, hiking, biking) with a major focus on food and wine of the region. We were thrilled with the way she designed it. She truly personalized the trip to be what we needed and wanted. She seemed to instinctively know exactly what we wanted. There were no moments of anxiety or disappointment, only beautiful memories! Thank you, Emily! We are already planning on coming back!
Honeymoon in Provence Tour, April 2015, Josh and Shawna Penzell, Brooklyn, NY
What an amazing trip! I booked a space on a small group tour with Emily and Private Provence at the last minute and wasn’t sure what to expect. It turned out to be the trip of a lifetime.
Emily created an outstanding itinerary, with just the right combination of interesting activities balanced with time for relaxation. The accommodations were quite unique and very comfortable. Private Provence allowed me to experience the region in a way I would never have been able to arrange on my own. Because of her local connections, Emily was able to arrange intimate meals and outings with local residents that will remain some of my fondest memories. Emily is the consummate professional and is committed to providing a high quality experience to her clients. She is also a delightful person to spend time with while touring beautiful Provence.
March 2015, Energize Provence Retreat, Laurie Fried, San Fransisco
We spent a wonderful day with Emily as our guide touring the “Hill towns of the Luberon”. Our time with Emily was like spending a day with a family friend who gave us a personal tour of her adopted home. If you want an intimate and memorable time in Provence, we recommend Emily and Your Private Provence.
October 2014, Larry and Kathy Huhn, Oregon
Thank you for making our recent visit to Provence a delight. Your attentive and engaging personality made it so enjoyable, and you were incredibly gracious. The Melon and Truffle Experience day was a favorite; your culinary talents exceeded any expectation we had. Thank you for the special melon macarons, too. What a treat!
We were impressed with the history and anecdotes you shared with us at every place we visited; you made these places we’d only read about much more real, and alive. And thank you for insisting that I see Gordes … you were right, it is a “must see” of Provence.
Your punctuality and sense of humor only added to our appreciation of you. We all wish you the very best with Your Private Provence – I know that the service you provide visitors to Provence will make their trips just as memorable as it made ours.
June 2014, Davielle and Mark Huffman, California
Thank you Emily! I have to say this was one of the highlights of our stay in Provence. I will always remember that day and it was made possible because of your connections. Otherwise we would not have experienced that glorious day. It was such a “provencal” thing to do!!
June 2014, Doris and Vanessa Cotric, Montreal
Emily’s Private Provence will transport you to captivating villages filled with fascinating history and charm, to a culture that is rich with heritage, and to a land where you will feel warmth and beauty. Emily will ensure all your needs are met and her attention to detail will ensure you have a trip that will create memories to last a lifetime.
The customization of our trip was tailored to meet our specific areas of interest and the opportunities for exploring areas off the beaten path made everything even more memorable, not to mention the incredible cuisine and local wine tasting we never would have discovered if it hadn’t been for Emily’s Private Provence.
At the end we were wishing the week had just begun so we could start everything all over again! Emily’s Private Provence will not disappoint and she will work hard to ensure lasting memories are made.
April 2013, Craig & Stacy Maxwell, Medford, Oregon
This summer my wife and I had the pleasure of being introduced to Provence by Emily Durand. It was truly amazing. Emily’s attentiveness and insights to the history and culture made Provence our favorite portion of a four-week eight-country trip. We had the perfect mix of adventure and relaxation taking in the ruggedly beautiful terrain and sampling the best food I have ever had.
Thank you Emily we look forward to our next trip to Southern France with Your Private Provence.
June 2013, Peter & Amanda Voorhees, Mount Vernon, Washington