Emily has an easy-going style that is friendly and accomodating. She delivered above expectation on all aspects of the tour, from market visits, accomodation, stops of interest, and restaurant choices. It was a positive and enjoyable way to see Provence for the first time.
Martha Gingerich, CA
The great sights and diverse immersive experiences that only a local will know better but not all can provide as well.
The flavorful good food and lovely lodgings reflective of the rustic charms of Provence.
The opportunity to develop new friendships across culture in a convivial and comfortable group size, wonderfully shepherded by Emily.
We joined the tour as total strangers in an unfamiliar place and culture. And left Provence with great new relationships and a deeper and enriching taste of the best of Provence.
Emily was our guide and driver for 10 days during our private tour of Provence. There were 7 of us, all friends and we have traveled all over the world for the past 50 years. Our 10 days with Emily traveling all over Provence was perhaps the finest travel experience any of us have ever had. She completely embodies all of the qualities needed to take complete strangers and make them feel as if they are part of her family. She was so professional, knowledgeable, kind, caring and flexible as well as being an unbelievable driver over tiny roads and in tight places. She takes so much pride in the product that she delivers to her clients and I cannot imagine anyone not being completely satisfied with her service. We all agreed that Emily made our Provence experience ten times better than it would have been had we not been with her. She is simply the best tour guide any of us have ever experienced anywhere!
Dennis & Mary Kay – Texas
It was an unmitigated pleasure meeting and spending time with you the past two weeks as you guided us through your beautiful adopted country. Your passion for and knowledge of all things Provence was apparent and was transmitted to the seven of us as you made the historic and modern aspects of the region come alive for us in such a special way.
You are the most knowledgeable, professional, personable, and efficient guide and chauffeur we have ever had. You took ownership of us without patronizing and coddling us, and you were always offering us options and maintaining flexibility if we wanted to deviate somewhat from the published itinerary. We can’t thank you enough for providing us with lasting memories of our 50th anniversary of friendship among the four couples as you led us through OurPrivateProvence. By the way, Nostradamus told us we would love Provence, and he was right!
Emily’s Lavender and Photography Tour is, as stated, a private, and I would say INTIMATE, experience in Provence. From the first evening in L’Isle sur la Sorgue everything about the tour is carefully crafted to create a sense that one has become “at home” in Provence. The accommodations at the converted stone farmhouse are comfortable and well appointed, creating an intimacy that speaks of “part of the family.” In addition to breathtaking venues for photography, each day provided a creative destination (like a Gin Distillery, private home cooking and truffle hunting) to further draw us into the heart of Provence. Despite the abundance of experiences, and wonderful meals and wine, the pace was leisurely, as each day also provided time to enjoy the extraordinary infinity pool positioned against the beautiful mountains. In addition, the careful tutelage of Raina, that she dubbed “Contemplative Photography,” inspired the novice as well as the experienced photographer.
This tour was a once in a lifetime experience providing an extraordinary opportunity to become “part of Provence” for a week.
– Patty Markley, PA
I am happy to write this testimonial about Emily and “Your Private Provence” after spending one wonderful week in July with her, photographer leader Raina, and a lovely group of ladies photographing lavender fields and villages. I was pleasantly surprised with the included Provence experiences including gin making (never expected that!), foraging/cooking class and lavender distillery tour.
Emily herself is very knowledgeable about the area and drove us everywhere in comfort in her beautiful transportation van. She is an excellent driver on those sometimes crazy roads and situations. Our accommodation was very nice and meal and restaurant choices very fun and interesting. At all times she was calm and pleasant and in complete control of the group. What more can you ask for?
– Lisa DeRea Frederiksen, Monaco
Coming from a 10 day solitary driving trip in Provence which included many beautiful sights, medieval villages, lavender fields, and local markets and museums, I was nevertheless ready to relinquish the driving – and especially the parking – to the capable hands of Emily and the searching for photogenic lavender fields to the creative eyes of Raina. Even though I have avoided tours in the past, preferring to discover places on my own, I more than appreciated the added advantages of having a local, passionate resident plan an itinerary based on a deeper knowledge of the area and its history. Through experience and meticulous planning, Emily was able to fit in more villages, more stimulating activities, more (and better) food, more wine and more lavender into a single day than I had been able to do. And all this at a relaxed pace, no rushing here and there. Emily herself embodies these two qualities — qualities which are not often found together: She is extremely organized and meticulous while remaining low-key and relaxed. All of us in the tour group, most of whom were meeting for the first time, felt immediately comfortable and we all appreciated our glimpse into the off-the-beaten-track pleasures of Provencal life provided by Emily and Raina. (Another bonus: I am thrilled with my sunset lavender photos!)
I just can’t say enough about the Lavender & Cultural Tour with Emily. Emily has an in-depth knowledge of Provence, and it shows. From the accommodations to the daily excursions, everything was top-notch and well-planned. The tour was limited to 7 guests; having a small group allowed us to get to know each other and develop friendships. She checked upfront with each of us to obtain any dietary requirements or restrictions, and she made sure that a variety of menu choices was available to accommodate everyone. Emily provided a detailed itinerary for each day, which included both sightseeing and free time. Through Emily’s local contacts, we were able to have unique experiences that other tour guides would not be able to provide. She also timed our tours so that we avoided the big tour bus crowds. If you want a truly memorable experience in Provence, Emily is the one!
Joyce & Luann, Pittsburg
Thank you for the wonderful adventure in France. It was a delight to be led by you through all the lovely landscapes, towns and informing the group of some of France’s rich history. Your tour catered for everyone and was thoughtfully organized and delivered.
We booked Emily for a day trip to Avignon & the Pont du Gard. She was wonderful. She picked us up & dropped us off at our accommodation near Gordes. She accommodated all our requests to the point that the tour was extended at no cost. We had a lovely day visiting the main sites in Avignon and a lovely walk around the Pont du Gard. Her restaurant recommendations were terrific for both the day we spent with her and then her great recommendations for other restaurants in other towns we were visiting on other days. We loved her so much we were lucky enough to book her another day and went E – biking for the day in the Luberon ( Bonniuex, Menerbes & Oppede). Highly recommend Emily & any tour she puts together for you!
I can’t say enough about our fabulous friend’s trip with Emily for 8 nights in Provence. Visiting the 3 regions was especially interesting to see their differences – from Mount Ventoux to the Luberon area and finally Les Apilles! Each was picturesque in their own way. The unique experiences Emily created for us were amazing from garden tours, cooking class, painting workshop, face cream making, galleries, private chef and walking tours. Her driving was so good from pick up at Avignon TGV to drop off at Marseille airport. The Mercedes Sprinter fit the 6 of us comfortably. I look forward to another trip with her!
Judy Moore, California
Our wonderful tour guide felt like a daughter. She took care of our every need as she showed us the Provence she fell in love with twenty years ago. Her easy laid back way belies her attention to detail, and dependability…and did I mention she’s a competent driver?
Emily plans sightseeing excursions based on Your interests and her knowledge of the history of Provence is inspiring. She also seems to know the most unique restaurants and picnic areas imaginable! It was hard to say goodbye to both Emily and Provence.