10-20

Guests

8 / 7

Days / Nights

17

Meals

Escape to the chic and sumptuous South of France for a taste of the good life. Sun-drenched hills, herb-scented breezes, vine-ripened grapes—this is the essence of Provence. Join us for an exquisite week in this relaxing gourmand’s paradise. Experience the rolling hills, vineyards, and superb flavors of Southern France.

Explore

the winding streets and bridges of L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue

Taste

a variety of quintessential French delicacies, and learn to make them in a hands-on cooking class

Visit

UNESCO World Heritage Sites, like the ancient Roman Pont du Gard

Day 1

Marignane

Land in the Marseille Provence Airport, and take a private transfer to a 19th-century chateau in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence.

Saint-Rémy-de-Provence

Enjoy the chateau’s supreme comfort and relaxation. Explore the grounds, including 17 acres of rolling hills and gardens, and sip aperitifs poolside with the group before dinner. Stroll to the chateau’s elegant dining room for a welcome feast of traditional French specialties.

Dinner

Overnight at Le Château des Alpilles

Day 2

Les Baux-de-Provence

Travel to Les Baux-de-Provence to explore the village’s cobblestone streets, rock formations, and 10th-century castle. Visit Carrières de Lumières, a quarry turned art installation. After, roam Les Baux and receive recommendations for quaint lunch spots from your Travel Director.

Graveson

Discover Chef Yvan’s colorful culinary workshop in the charming village of Graveson, and master essential French cooking techniques from his charismatic instruction. Indulge in a dinner of our own creation, enjoyed with Chateauneuf-du-Pape wine and storytelling.

Breakfast, dinner

Overnight at Le Château des Alpilles

Day 3

Lourmarin

Walk the stalls of the Lourmarin outdoor market, sampling colorful Provençal goods from local producers and farmers. Taste olive oil, sniff bouquets of lavender, and taste cheeses like Banon.

Bonnieux

Journey to the nearby hilltop village of Bonnieux to meet with a Michelin-starred chef. Wander through the chef’s fragrant herb garden on a private tour. Indulge in a special off-the-menu lunch in his restaurant, and explore Bonnieux for the rest of the afternoon.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Overnight at Le Château des Alpilles

Day 4

Uzés

Explore Uzés by visiting a small, artisanal winery for a tour and tasting. Next, tour a historic olive oil producer. See the olive mill, learn the process of olive pressing, and sample different varieties of their award-winning oil.

Place Aux Herbes, Uzés

Become inspired by all Uzés offers, from the market in the Place Aux Herbes, to lunch cafés, and people-watching. Head over to the masterful Roman aqueduct Pont du Gard, a UNESCO World Heritage Site spanning the River Gardon. Enjoy dinner on your own in Saint-Rémy.

Breakfast, lunch

Overnight at Le Château des Alpilles

Day 5

L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue

Wind your way through L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, built on the islands of five branches of the Sorgue River. Cross over the many canals and bridges, and stroll through the town’s Sunday market. Find meats, cheeses, and baked goods as well as antiques in the largest flea market outside of Paris.

Saint-Rémy-de-Provence

Head back to Saint-Rémy for an afternoon learning about the secrets of this historical town. Visit Van Gogh landmarks, Roman ruins, pottery shops, and pâtisseries. Delight in a delicious dinner at the chateau.

Breakfast, dinner

Overnight at Le Château des Alpilles

Day 6

Camargue Nature Reserve

Experience today’s wildlife expedition in the Camargue Nature Reserve outside of Arles. View the Camargue horses, bulls, pink flamingos, and 400 bird species that are drawn to the salt banks and delta wetlands shaped by the Rhône River and the sea. Take part in a picnic lunch with wine.

Arles

Travel to the Arènes d'Arles, a two-tiered Roman amphitheater built in 90 AD where 20,000 spectators once gathered to watch chariot races and hand-to-hand battles. Enjoy leisure time back in Saint-Rémy in the early evening and dinner at the chateau.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Overnight at Le Château des Alpilles

Day 7

Île de la Barthelasse

Arrive in the ancient city of Avignon, filled with magnificent art and architecture. Tour a famed distillery, taste their award-winning popular brandies and liqueurs, and learn how they grow “prisoned pears” inside bottles. Relax during a lunch inside the distillery.

Avignon

Wander through Avignon on a guided tour, winding down streets with boutiques, artisan stores, and cafés. Explore the Palais de Papes, the world’s largest Gothic palace. Take in aerial views of Avignon from the palace rooftop. Celebrate France during our farewell dinner at the chateau.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Overnight at Le Château des Alpilles

Day 8

Marignane

Savor your last Provençal breakfast, then take a private transfer from your hotel to the Marseille Provence Airport for flights home. Not ready to leave? Continue your travels to Paris, the City of Love, for an optional four-day extension. Bon Voyage!

Breakfast

Extend your trip

+ 4 days in Paris

Day 8

Take the train from Avignon to Paris. Enjoy a private driving tour of the city’s most important sites, like Notre Dame, the Louvre, Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, and more. Bienvenue à Paris!

Breakfast

Overnight at Hotel Bourgogne & Montana

Day 9

Capture special memories on a privately guided photography tour. Ascend the iconic Eiffel Tower.

Breakfast

Overnight at Hotel Bourgogne & Montana

Day 10

Enjoy a day at your leisure. Wander the streets, pop into museums and chocolatiers, and explore a menagerie of boutiques and restaurants.

Breakfast

Overnight at Hotel Bourgogne & Montana

Day 11

Take a private transfer from your hotel to the Charles De Gaulle Airport for flights home.

Breakfast

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Details

Dates

Program: Oct 11 — 18, 2017
Extension: Oct 18 — 21, 2017

Flight Information

If you would like assistance with reserving your flights, please contact us at guestservices@gourmandly.com.

Activity Level

This trip has been designed to include daily exploratory walks that range from one to three hours. Guests should feel comfortable meandering along cobbled surfaces, walking up and down stairs, and sauntering down uneven nature paths. Typically, our more invigorating walks are included as optional activities. Please contact us at guestservices@gourmandly.com if you have questions.

Note: Group maximum of 20 is based on double occupancy.


Included

  • 7 nights accommodations, including all taxes and fees
  • Meals as listed on the itinerary: 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 6 dinners, plus wine pairings with most major meals
  • All private excursions described in the itinerary along with services of local speakers, guides, entrance fees, gratuities, and transportation
  • Full guiding services of a dedicated Gourmandly Travel Director
  • Private airport transfers with porterage on the first and last scheduled days of the program

Not Included

  • Pre-and post-trip accommodations and associated expenses
  • Air and land transportation to/from host cities
  • All types of personal insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Additional alcoholic beverages beyond those included with major meals

Rates*

Classic: $5,795
Single: $7,295

Call to discuss availability and rates for triple, quad, and child accommodations.

Extension Rates*

Classic: $2,595

*Rates are per person, double occupancy in US Dollars.


Deposits

A $1,000 deposit per person reserves your space for this program. Final payments are due no later than 90 days prior to departure. An additional $500 deposit is required for extension reservations.

Travel Terms & Conditions

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