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Provence Tour Reviews

Posted by smadar Palace on Mon, Oct, 01, 2012

Great share from guests who just came back from Provence
Vicky and I have finally recovered from the trip back from a glorious vacation in France and wanted to follow up and give you some feedback from our week in Provence.? It was outstanding!!!? We have never done a small group tour like this and were initially concerned about the interaction of everyone, particularly given the intense schedule of activities.? We were so pleased?to be with a wonderful group of people who shared a?similar?interest in food and wine.? The?accommodations?were lovely, Sandrine was a perfect hostess and the beautiful villages of Provence were an ideal backdrop. All that being said one thing made this trip truly magical and that ?was our tour guide. ?The energy, enthusiasm and passion turned what would have been a nice vacation into a very special one. In reviewing the week's itinerary I truly don't believe there is anything I would change. It certainly was an intense week but we loved each and every activity, such a nice mix of dining experiences from the goat farm to lunch at the market place. The itinerary really did give us a wonderful introduction to Provence and food and wines that we might never sample again (thinking of non-EU approved cheeses). The only suggestion that I might have (and it's a small one) is the length of the cooking class.? The first one was a bit long, I think David may have tried to do a little too much. However, the second one, on the last night, was a good length, maybe he had a better appreciation of our abilities!? Also, I think it's important to make sure we have some down time between our daytime activities and the nightly outing.? Maybe it's age, but we did appreciate at least at hour to re-charge our batteries at the end of the day. Please know these are very minor points, nothing could distract from the wonderful week we spent in Provence.
All the best,
John & Vicki

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Sam, had a great time!
It was a perfect week. The weather was good. I enjoyed meeting the other couples. I think we all got along great. ?Our tour guide was fantastic. I knew we were going to be busy but I enjoyed everything. Can't think of anything I would change. Food/wine choices during the week were good.
Can't think of anything negative about it.? Again, our tour guide was the perfect guide/host for this trip. Her knowledge of all things Provence really help us understand the area better. There wasn't any question she couldn't answer.
I don't know when I'd be able to afford another food/wine trip but I would sure look at what you offer if I'm going to.
Thanks,
Liz

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Here are kind words ?that one of the guest wrote about our tour guide in her blog:
She is a gracious hostess who draws you in whether she’s describing how olive oil is made or how a village was taken by force in the 14th century, where to buy authentic Provence linens (not those made in China) or what wine you must try with your chocolate. she has friends throughout Provence which makes for some interesting locations for lunch. Whether it be a lesson in how to decapitate a chicken at the Avignon market — quite a lesson for a city girl — lunch at a goat farm high in the mountains, or at Lolo’s farm.

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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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