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An Example Itinerary
7 nights (excluding July & August)

Limited to 7 guests
Price based on your custom itinerary

Here you can sample A Week In Provence by viewing one of my itineraries. Discover all the opportunities you will have by touring with Your Private Provence. No itinerary is the same.  Every tour is customized and designed according to your preferences. 

Calanques region of France seaside hiking tour to beach with turquoise water

Tour Notes

Your week will be customized to your preferences. While this itinerary entails bike rides and trail walking, it can easily be adapted for those whose physical capacity doesn’t permit such activities or whose interests lie elsewhere.

Itinerary

NOTE: This is an example itinerary.

Day 1 – A Week in Provence Begins
  • Pick-up at either Marseille Provence Airport or Avignon TGV Train Station.
  • Transfer to your choice accommodation
  • Half-day tour possible before transfer to your lodging depending on arrival time
Day 2 – Tranquility

A Week In Provence means you’ll wake up every day to French pastries, local fresh fruit and French coffee.

Experience today:

  • The market in Isle sur la Sorgue (a market that combines local produce, artisan crafts, Provencal linens and also a very famous antique flea market – all in one)
  • Fontaine de Vaucluse – scenic walk through the village to the mysterious water source.    Local history museum (option), ancient paper mill and a mysterious legend of a “she-snake monster” will enchant you in this unique place. Lunch by the river.
  • Gordes will be our stop in the afternoon.  Enjoy a guided tour by Emily through the cobblestone lanes and the historical anecdotes that fashioned the village.
  • Dinner on your own.
Day 3 – See, Smell, Taste

A Week In Provence means you’ll enjoy sights, smells and tastes through multiple regions.

  • Scenic drive through the ochre lands (known as the Provencal Colorado) to the heart of Provence’s lavender growing region.
  • Historic walk through the village Sault with lunch at bistro looking over the valley.
  • Guided visit of aroma plant distillery (each season offers a different aroma)
  • A 30-minute drive to a winery producing Côtes du Ventoux wines.  Tour includes a 45-minute visit of the winery and a 45 minutes wine and olive oil tasting experience.
  • On our way back (this day tour makes a loop) we will stop to stroll through Venasque, rated as “One of the Most Beautiful Villages”.
  • Dinner in Roussillon
Day 4 – Luberon Hilltop Villages

Luberon perched villages of Lacoste, Menerbes, Oppede-le-Vieux – by e-bike! Join me for an e-bike adventure that you’ll dream of for years to come.  Even if you are physically fit you will probably enjoy these electric bikes as the villages are separated by valleys. While on our bike tour, we will visit a winery, castle ruins and have lunch at one of my favorite lunch stops. If you don’t want to venture on the e-bikes, the tour can be done by car.

Catered dinner at your villa if you have opted for a villa rental or dinner outing at a local village restaurant.

Day 5 – Artistic Note

We will venture a little farther from the villa and the Luberon area to discover an area that became famous with the works of Vincent Van Gogh.

  • St Remy de Provence will charm you with its pedestrian streets encircled by the remnants of its 14th-century wall.  Today is also market day so you will have the morning to do any shopping you wish.  Lunch on your own with my guided advice on restaurants.
  • Les Baux de Provence is just over the Alpilles (mountain range) from St. Remy de Provence.  This is another one of France’s most beautiful villages noted for its cobblestone streets and medieval chateau-fortress. We will also visit Carrières de Lumières (ancient quarry used to build the Chateau of Les Baux that is now used to host an extraordinary multimedia show.  Images of famous artist (changes each year) are projected on the floors, walls, and ceilings)
    • Option of adding a great hike through the Alpilles
    • Option of visiting the asylum where Van Gogh stayed for a year
    • Option of olive oil mill tour and tasting
  • Dinner on your own
Day 6 – Gourmet Apprenticeship
  • A short scenic drive over the Luberon Mountain Chain to visit the charming village, Lourmarin, rated as “One of the Most Beautiful” villages in France.  Historical walking tour and visit of Chateau.  Lunch on your own in the village.
  • We will continue on to my hometown where we will visit a Provencal Jewish Synagogue (unique in the world) and the beautiful cathedral where I got married.
  • A gourmet experience awaits you in my hometown with a visit at the local farmer’s market and then on to Michelin rated restaurant with our produce to prep our evening meal with the chef.
Day 7 – Architectural Wonders

A Week In Provence wouldn’t be complete without visiting a few of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.  Orange’s Roman Antique Theater and Avignon’s Palace of the Popes.  We will also venture into the renowned wine region, Chateauneuf-du-Pape.

  • An hour’s drive North will take us to a large theatre of Imperial Rome listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • From here we will venture down into the renowned wine region, Chateauneuf-du-Pape.  For those who wish, the vineyards can be discovered by bike (VTC or electric)– a moderate 1,5-hour loop to discover the different terroirs producing this fine wine.  Lunch in the village Chateauneuf-du-Pape.
  • Last, but not least – Avignon!  Here you will stand in awe in front of the biggest Gothic palace in the world and the legendary Pont d’Avignon.  After a historical walk through the city, we will celebrate our week together at a lovely restaurant next to the magnificent Popes Palace.
Day 8 – Transfer to Your Next Adventure

Leisurely breakfast and transfer back to Marseille airport, Avignon train station, or place of your choice within a 45-minute drive. 

You may also decide to add on to your week in Provence with a seaside excursion to see the beautiful Calanque region shown at top, the Camargue, Cassis, etc. Let’s plan your trip!

Activities & Sites Included

  • Villages rated as “Most Beautiful Villages of France”
  • Two markets (Isle sur la Sorgue and Saint Rémy de Provence)
  • Scenic, off the beaten path, routes between villages
  • Wineries, bike rides, olive oil mills, light hikes,
  • Cooking lesson with Michelin rated chef (or local chef at a Provencal home)
  • 3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites (Roman Antique Theatre and the Triumphal Arch in Orange and the historical center of Avignon along with Palace of the Popes)
  • Aroma Plant distillery tour
  • Provencal Jewish Synagogue
  • Chateau-fortress of Les Baux de Provence and sound and light show at Carrières de Lumières

Places Visited

  • Avignon
  • Luberon hilltop villages Gordes & Roussillon
  • Isle sur la Sorgue
  • Les Baux de Provence
  • Saint Remy
  • Arles
  • Aix
  • Cassis
  • Carpentras
  • Cotes-du-Rhone wine region
  • Chateauneuf-du-Pape

Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.

Vincent Van Gogh

(Photo: Avignon sunrise by Emily Durand.)

Includes

  • Chauffeur, guide, interpreter (me as your private guide)
  • All transportation from pick-up to drop-off
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • All breakfasts
  • Most lunches
  • Most dinners
  • Cooking class with Michelin rated chef
  • Entrance Fees to monuments and museums listed on the itinerary (except for options)
  • Tolls and parking fees

Does Not Include

  • Airfare and/or train tickets
  • Lunches and dinners mentioned “on your own”
  • Travel insurance (necessary for your protection)
  • Extra drinks at restaurants (one glass of wine is included)
  • Cost of sightseeing and/or events not mentioned in the itinerary (decisions made spur of the moment at your request)
five star review
  • 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 stres..."
  • 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, A..."
  • April 2013 custom week long tour

    ""Emily’s Your 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 p..."
  • September 2016 Private 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"
  • 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 th..."
  • Lavender & Heritage Sites Tour 2023

    "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..."
  • June 2014 Day Tour in Provence

    ""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!!"Doris and Vanessa Cotric, Montreal "
  • June 2014 Private Provence Tour

    ""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. An..."
  • October 2014 Day Tour of the Luberon

    ""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."Larry and Kathy Huhn, Oregon"
  • May 2016 Private Garden Tour

    ""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 traveling with a dear friend. I could never have imagined it could be so good."Jane from Australia "