FAQs Escorted Tours
FAQs Before My Trip
Do I need a visa or a passport?
All you need to get into France is a passport. Remember to check the expiration date to make sure it’s still valid.
How can I pay for my escorted tour?
PayPal may be used for your convenience for payment by credit card (a 2.5% convenience charge will be added to share costs). If you wish to pay by wire or check, please contact me for the bank and address information.
What’s included in my escorted tour package prices?
Prices are quoted per person and based on double occupancy. If you are a solo traveler, there may be a single supplemental fee.
- Transfer to/from Marseille airport or Avignon train station
- Breakfast every day
- Lunch and dinner on itinerary – unless mentioned “on your own”
- Local ground transportation
- Admission to attractions mentioned on itinerary
- Wines at meals (other drinks are extra)
- Customized itinerary sent before your trip to help you immerse into the culture even before departure.
- Me – your host, guide, translator and ticket to an authentic and hassle free trip.
What’s not included?
- Train fare
- Meals mentioned “on your own”
- Personal expenses
- Last minute excursions added on to itinerary
- Trip insurance
Should I exchange currency before my departure?
I don’t advise bringing large sums of cash. The advantage of traveling with Your Private Provence is that you have the bulk of your expenses already paid for. ATMs are common so it’s not a problem to get some cash for your spending money once in France. If, you don’t already have one, you may want to get a credit card that does not have a foreign transaction fee. It is also advisable to travel with two credit cards in case one gets blocked by your bank security.
What will the weather be like?
There is a lot of sunshine in Provence but do come prepared for those days when the temperature drops and the wind comes up. The region is known for a strong wind (the Mistral) that calls for jackets and scarfs – or warm coats if traveling during the winter months.
How should I pack?
With the airline limitations today on baggage you are only allowed one carry-on and one checked bag. Remember to pack a jacket and sweater for the cooler mornings and evenings and also throw in something for rain protection. Comfortable shoes are a must as the tours require walking and often on cobblestone streets or uneven ground.
FAQs On My Trip
How many other people will be on my tour?
With Your Private Provence you are traveling solely with your party (from 2 – 7 family/friend reservations). Exclusive Tours take a minimum of 4 reservations. Privacy will not be an issue as the accommodation for these tours ensures private bathrooms for each party and plenty of space for everyone.
What type of villa/house should I expect?
When choosing A Week in Provence – escorted tour you will have a house/villa to yourself. I have chosen places that give comfort, style, charm and privacy. I always ensure en suite bathrooms (bathroom allocated to each bedroom). I am American and I am sensitive to the fact the American standards and European standards do not always match. In my selection of accommodations I always do my best to close the gap and offer Americans something that they will be satisfied with. On the same note, I choose places that have Provencal charm to give you an authentic experience.
What type of accommodations will I have if I don’t stay in a villa/house?
In your Pre-Reservation form you will decide what type of accommodations (B&B, Boutique, Spa, Country Resort). I will research the availabilities for you in my list of favorite places for my clients. I have personally visited each place so you can be sure that I will pick the perfect place according to your preferences (discussed via e-mail).
What role does my escort have during our trip?
Your escort (me) ensures all the details of your trip before departure and during your time in Provence. Depending on your choice accommodations she will have her own room in a private area of your villa/hotel. One particular villa is located close to her home so she will make the journey to your villa every morning. Traveling with your escort makes you feel like a part of the culture and not just a tourist. This is a rich experience for both adults and children as they will have many opportunities to immerse into the lifestyle. Your restaurant experiences will be sometimes on your own, sometimes with your escort. For any tour, understand that your privacy will be respected and catered to. Some travelers like to be catered to a lot – others want more time alone. Your Private Provence listens to you.