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 October in Provence  

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Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Sites

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Taste the flavors of Provence


October 12th – 20th, 2023

This tour is designed to immerse you into the historical past of Provence taking you to the most captivating sites for both their cultural heritage and stunning architecture.  Along the routes, you’ll plunge into the beauty the countryside during the autumn glimmer. Stroll the markets abundant with local produce and artisan craftsmanship, and taste the exquisite flavors of Provençal cuisine.

Discover the Luberon region where hilltop villages and lavender fields & vineyards create an array of textures and backdrops to your village photos.  The Alpilles & Camargue region, around Saint-Remy & Les Baux-de-Provence is also part of the itinerary.  The last part of the week will be in the vibrant city of Aix-en-Provence and along the blue of the Mediterranean.  The contrasts in nature from these 3 areas in Provence offer a unique Provencal experience – everyday is new to the senses. 

8 nights / 9 days

October 12th - 20th, 2023

 

  • Tour pick-up location: Thursday, October 12th around noon at the train Avignon train station or Avignon hotel (if you choose to arrive the day before). 
  • Tour drop-off location: Friday, October 20th around 10 am at the Aix-en-Provence TGV train station (or Marseille airport)

Two charming accommodations for you:

This B&B is within walking distance to the town center of Saint Remy.  The spacious rooms, studio style, allow you to settle in and feel at home. 

The site is stunning (5* hotel), Cezanne’s mountain (Sainte Victoire) is just a stone’s throw away providing us with the live painting every day.  Truly a remarkable place to stay…enjoy access to the spa as well. 

 

Package Price:

$4,200 per person based on double occupancy (shared room)

$1,100 single room supplement (4 & 5 star lodging)

$1,000 USD deposit to secure your spot (*non-refundable)

 

Itinerary

 

Day 1 – Thursday, October 12th

  • Pick-up at Avignon – TGV train station around 10:30 am 
    • Time to be confirmed once all arrival times are gathered.
    • Choose to arrive in Provence the day before and be picked up at your Avignon hotel.
  • We’ll start our group tour in the center of Avignon for a historic walking tour.  UNESCO sites Pont d’Avignon and Popes Palace and some off-the-beaten-path spots in the center (does not include the inside of the Popes Palace). 
  • Lunch in Avignon during the walking tour with Emily.
  • Visit the Pont du Gard – (30 minute drive from Avignon). Marvel at this Roman masterpiece and the story behind it. 
  • A 30-minute drive from Avignon will take us to Saint Remy.  Arrival around 4:30 pm with time to settle in and relax (or walk into the town for some boutique shopping on your own)
    • Lodging at a charming B&B near the town center for the next 4 nights .
  • 7 pm — Dinner arrangements for the group in Saint Remy.

Day 2 – Friday, October 13th

  • Breakfast 9 am
  • Today is market day in Lourmarin.  You’ll have free time to roam the market and also be guided on a short historical tour of the village. 
  • 1 pm —Picnic lunch together with your market goodies near the ancient Romanesque chapel in nearby village (should the weather not be good we’ll find a bistro)
  • Return to Saint Remy area to start exploring the world of Van Gogh (to be continued in Arles the following day).
  • Asylum (Saint Paul de Mausole) where Van Gogh stayed for a year after his time in Arles. 
  • Relaxing time back at the B&B.
  • 7 pm — Dinner arrangements for the group in Saint Remy

Day 3 – Saturday, October 14th

  • Breakfast 9 am
  • In the morning we’ll drive south to the Camargue region (classified as a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO) to connect with nature and wildlife. The fresh water from the Rhone and the saline waters from the Mediterranean Sea create a mosaic of ecosystems unique to the area.  Flamingoes, herons, white Camargue horses & bulls will accompany us along our off-the-beaten-path routes.  Autumn is a unique time in the Camargue with the flora turning to its winter colors and the arrival of many birds for spending winter or resting on their route further south. 
  • 12:45 pm — Lunch at La Telline to taste the specialties of Camargue.
  • After lunch we will plunge into the Roman world in Arles and also trace the footsteps of Van Gogh who lived here from 1888 to 1889. 
  • 7 pm — Dinner arrangements for the group in Saint Remy.

Day 4 – Sunday, October 15th

  • Breakfast 9 am
  • Explore the Luberon and two exceptional villages for their geographic layout and historical anecdotes: Gordes & Fontaine-de-Vaucluse
  • Lunch will be memorable at a farmhouse restaurant. 
  • Our last stop will be in Isle sur la Sorgue, known for its canal-lined streets and antique shops.  The Sunday flea market will be set up and possibly you’ll find a unique treasure to take back home. 
  • Arrival back at B&B around 5:30 pm
  • Free evening (no group dinner).

Day 5 – Monday, October 16th

  • Breakfast 9 am
  • We start the day with the unbelievable sound & light show in a former rock quarry near Les Baux-de-Provence: Carrières de Lumières
  • Before leaving the Alpilles region we’ll stroll through the village Les Baux and also taste the best olive oil in the world at nearby mill. 
  • Changing regions after lunch making our way to the vibrant city Aix-en-Provence, we’ll stop at one of the original soap making factories to learn the story of Marseille soap and see the fabrication process.    
  • Around 5 pm, check-in
  • Time to settle in before group dinner outing.

Day 6 – Tuesday, October 17th

  • Breakfast 9 am
  • Free time to explore the Aix markets (flower market, Provencal market, fruit & Vegetable market, flea market).
  • Lunch on your own in Aix
  • 2:30 pm — 2 hour guided tour of the historic center (learn about the secrets of the city with your licensed city guide, Frederic). 
  • 7 pm — Evening group dinner outing

Day 6 – Wednesday, October 18th

  • Breakfast 9 am
  • Explore the fishing village Cassis and the limestone inlets known as the Calanques.  The Cassis tour includes the Wednesday market, a boat tour to see the Calanques and lunch along the port.
  • Return to Aix around 3 pm (with a stop at a Santon shop to learn about the artisan work and Provencal Christmas tradition). 
  • Free time
  • 7 pm — Evening group dinner outing

Day 7 – Thursday, October 19th

  • Breakfast 9 am
  • Cooking lesson & winery tour near Aix-en-Provence; Chef Gilles will guide you through the produce market before taking you to a winery to pick up your wine and then head to his house where you will cook your lunch. 
  • Return to Aix hotel around 3pm
  • Free evening. 

Day 8 – Friday, October 20th

  • Breakfast 9 am
  • Morning transfers to Aix TGV train station or Marseille airport

 

Meals Included:

  • All breakfasts (7)
  • 7 lunches  – every lunch except for one lunch in Aix
  • 6 Dinners (two dinners not included)
  • * Wine is included at meals.

market provenceNot included:

  • Transportation to/from Provence, Avignon
  • * Further drinks at meals after your complimentary wine are not included and at your charge directly with the restaurant.

Activities included:

  • Country walks, sometimes a little off-the-beaten-path to get up close to the fauna and flora
  • October in ProvenceOlive oil mill tour/tasting
  • Cooking lesson
  • Provencal markets (Lourmarin, Cassis, Aix)
  • Flea market Isle sur la Sorgue
  • Boat tour in Cassis
  • Santon artisan shop
  • Marseille soap factory tour
  • Carrières de Lumière sound & light show
  • Guided tours – learn the historical & cultural anecdotes that shaped the sites, towns, villages, and region.October in Provence

Villages, towns & places visited:

  • Avignon
  • Pont-du-Gard
  • Arles
  • Camargue region
  • Lourmarin
  • Saint Remy
  • Les Baux de Provence
  • Isle sur la SorgueOctober in Provence
  • Gordes
  • Fontaine-de-Vaucluse
  • Aix
  • Cassis
Contact Emily today to reserve your spot.

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