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The 10 best places to visit in Provence

Posted by smadar Palace on Thu, May, 03, 2012


Lavender- Provence Tour

Provence is a treat for the senses. Breathtaking beauty lies in the shadow of the Vaucluse Mountains.The air is heavy with scent of lavender, blooming effortlessly throughout the region. You soon realize?the region?doesn’t beckon visitors. It claims them.


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Gourmands delight in Provence, tucked in the southeast corner of the French Mediterranean. This region carries the impression of every major culture since time began. Romans, Greeks, Celts and Germanic Tribes have all left their imprint here. French Provencal culture’s unique style and flavor are found nowhere else. Classic dishes are a melange of fresh flavors, from earth, sea and sky.Like the fare, each Provencal?town is unique. From the perched village of Gordes, to historic Avignon, to the relaxed beachside Cassis, and everything in between, Provence sparkles as the multifaceted gem of the Mediterranean.


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In Fontaine-de-Vaucluse, a quaint ?village, you’ll find the source of the Sorgue River. The freshwater spring, or fountain, located at the base of a steep cliff, is a must-see experience.


L'isle sur la sorgues, Provence Tours

Following the river from it’s source, you’ll find the town of Isle-sur-la-Sorgue. The “Venice of Provence” is a picturesque waterside village. Stroll the famed antique shops or enjoy a repast at a riverside caf?. If you’re in town on a Sunday, visit the acclaimed Antiques Market and pick up a one-of-a-kind memento.


Gordes, Provence tours

Gordes, a mix of old and new, offers cobblestone streets and remarkable architecture. Home to many artists, as well as stars of stage and screen, the village hosts eclectic music festivals drawing from all over the region.


Provence tours- Roussillon

Neighboring Roussillon’s red ochre hills, streets and facades are reminiscent of the American desert southwest. These hills are as old as time and the range of crimson hues is breathtaking.


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This region of France?boasts wondrous “perched villages” but none as notable as Menerbes. Get to know locals while enjoying this sleepy little village, and you’ll soon discover the je ne sais quoi which inspired British writer Peter Mayle to pen his tome “A Year in Provence”.


Lacoste, Provence tours

LaCoste is sun drenched and welcoming. Seeing medieval architecture, walled chateaus, and clandestine streets you can understand why the notorious Marquis de Sade found it the ideal hideaway.


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Avignon’s Roman influence is evident. Distinctly Romanesque cafes border the Rhone River. The University and, Papal Palace, home to the head of the Western Catholic Church for 39 years, during a break with Rome, bear a resemblance to the buildings of Vatican City.


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Chateauneuf-du-Pape, along the Rhone, is a destination for wine-lovers. Literally translated, this “Pope’s-new-Castle” created a viticulture which produces both reds and whites. Connoisseurs claim these lush and fertile vineyards bear forth grapes resulting in unique and superior vintage, the red being held in highest esteem.

Provence tours-  St remy de Provence

Saint Remy-de-Provence is an authentic artists lair where tortured, immensely gifted legend Vincent Van Gogh, spent time battling inner demons while creating some of his most prolific works. Lush gardens and ancient monuments enhance your visit in a way Nostradamus, another famous resident, couldn’t have predicted.


provence tours- cassis

Cassis is a not-to-be-missed treat. The allure of?this unique region?is embodied in the picturesque fjords of the Mediterranean. The best way to explore them is by taking a boat trip and enjoying the stunning views.

A trip to Provence is sure to relax your mind, body and soul, if just a bit. This region will give new meaning to “ C’est la vie“, because such is life in Provence.

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Best of Provence Tour

Posted by smadar Palace on Sat, Jan, 15, 2011

Best of Provence Tour


Enjoy the best of Provence in a small group tour. Provence is one of the places you fall in love in first sight. Its perched villages, magical landscape and seductive coastline inspired many artists, writers and film makers.

The best of Provence tour designed to explore the lifestyle, the cuisine, the wines and the culture. On this Provence Tour, You will meet the people of Provence, the chef who welcomes you into his private kitchen, the chocolate maker, the vendors in the markets and families of wine makers. And what’s better than touring with a local guide that knows the secrets of his region. This tour gives you an incomparable value of the length of time, activities, quality and amount of meals and authenticity above all.

Accommodations


Your home for the week of the tour to Provence is a lovely old stone farm, near Gordes, one of most beautiful villages in the Luberon. The house was transformed to an authentic private hotel with a lot of character. Each room is decorated with country antique and Proven?al fabrics. The restaurant is well known as one of the best in Gordes .with a beautiful view of the Luberon it only makes a perfect Provence tour.

Tour of Provence Itinerary


Day one –Saturday

Your tour of Provence starts in Avignon TGV train station. The group will meet in the afternoon and drive to the hotel. You will have time to relax, get to know you’re surrounding before meeting for a first delicious gourmet dinner together at the restaurant of the hotel.

Day two – Sunday in Provence

Wake up and smell the coffee. Your vacation in Provence off to a good start. You will head to the famous market at L’Isle-Sur-La Sorgue. The town called the “Venice” of Provence as it is built on five branches of the Sorgue River. The river flows around the town. This market also known for its antique finds. You will have time to mingle and to explore this charming town on your own and maybe have a picnic from the produce.

Next, we will head to another picturesque town Fontaine-de-vaucluse. A key feature is the unique site of a river gushing up out of the ground.

Tonight, you will be greeted by one of the chefs of Gordes in his own house, and cook with him Dinner in the magnificent landscape of Provence.

Day 3- Monday in Provence

Start your day with French yummy pastries and homemade Jams. Then off to Roussillon, an ocre-red village from the outside. It’s even more spectacular inside the village, red stone buildings and colorful medieval streets. Your tour in Provence just getting better with a private visit to an olive mill and tasting.

Next is a visit to a unique hamlet, the village of Borie, a 100% made of dry-stone, evidence of the rural life of Provence 3,000 years ago. We will continue to Gordes, one of the most visited towns in the Luberon. You will have time to explore the village and adventure on your own at one of the many bistros.

Day 4 – Tuesday in Provence

Today, the adventure continues. Your tour in Provence takes you to some superb hilltop villages, Bonniex, Lacoste and Menerbes. Lacoste known for its notorious resident, the Marquise de Sade, who lived in the old Castle at the top of the town. Menerbes got famous by Peter Mayle, the author of” A year in Provence” as the village where he lived in. One of a kind experience is next; you will have lunch at a goat farm. The owner of the farm will welcome you with specialty treats you will also visit local wineries for a wine tasting. And if it’s not enough, another discovery awaits for you in your vacation in Provence. You will dine at a superb butcher shop, owned by the same family since 1928 and became a restaurant by one of the family members, who is a chef. (The full story will be told).

Day 5 – Wednesday in Provence

No tour of Provence is complete without visiting St. R?my bustling market on a Wednesday. Seduced by the setting and atmosphere, many writers, painters and musicians chose to live here. You will have time to walk around the stalls, enjoy the colors, the smells. ?Then, you will have the pleasure to eat authentic lunch prepared by LOLO at his farm. Next, to Les Baux de Provence, a magnificent little village built on a rock. You will have the opportunity to visit a private winery for a wine tasting. In the afternoon, a chef who owns B&B and a cooking school welcomes you his house to cook dinner and enjoy the sights and tastes of Provence.

Day 6- Thursday in Provence

After breakfast, you will start with a walking tour of the fortified city of Avignon. After working your appetite, you will eat Lunch like French, in Les halles market. (Surprise) After lunch we will drive to Chateauneuf Du Pape, home of the world famous Cotes de Rhone wines. The village is almost completely dedicated to its world famous wine “chateauneuf du pape”. Tasting is a must. Another satisfying day of vacation in Provence ends with a gourmet Dinner at the hotel.

Day 7 – Friday in Provence

Your tour of Provence is up to a great finale. Visit to Cassis, an ancient fishing and today a vacation spot. You will have time to walk around before embarking on a boat to explore the breathtaking Calanques, the Mediterranean version of fjords. These are majestic inlets with stunning steep rocky cliffs. Lunch will be no other then” bouillabaisse”. Cassis is famous for its white Wines and you don’t want to skip that tasting, whether Cassis red or Ros?.

Tonight we will gather for a Gala dinner, sharing, laughing and toasting.

Day 7 – Saturday

It’s hard to say goodbye. Head home or extend your stay.

A Bient?t!

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