Yes. All tours are conducted in English and designed for an English speaking clientel. The majority of OTBP Guests come from the U.S.A., Australia, Canada, New Zealand and England. Guests have also come from the Caribbean, Singapore, the Philippines, South Africa and Israel.
Where do we rendezvous on day 1 of the Provence Tour?
Your OTBP Guide(s) will meet you at the Avignon TGV train station, Avignon, France. The group pick-up time is at 4:00 PM at the Avignon TGV Rail Station. Specific meeting location details will be included in your complete tour information package we send you 30 days prior to the tour.
Where does the Provence Tour finish?
We depart the hotel in the morning in order to arrive at 9:30 AM at the Avignon TGV train station in Avignon, France. Guests opting for an earlier train departure need to contact us directly to make arrangements for an earlier transfer back to the Avignon TGV station.
What is the confirmed Premiere Inn (Hotel) selection for 2019 Provence In Your Plate Tour dates?
– NO HOTEL HOPPING!– We stay 5-nights at boutique Hotel Gounod located in the historical heart of St. Remy de Provence – under new ownership, the hotel has undergone 3 major complete and extensive renovations to transform this magical historical masterpiece into one of the best loved hotels of St. Remy-de-Provence. Enjoy stepping into the pedestrian walking streets of the town to explore, shop and/or discover local sites independently during leisure time and/or enjoy a quiet moment with a glass of wine, tea or other beverage of choice in the beautiful and tranquil hotel gardens. Like many hotels in the Provence countryside, our select tour hotel is not equipped with an elevator. Click here to read more about our hotel selection and check out photos.
What kind of transportation is used for the Provence Tour?
The ground transportation throughout our all of our Tours is provided by comfortable and discreet minibus designed and tailored for small group travel.
How should I go about making my travel plans?
Off the Beaten Path is a full service tour operator and it is our pleasure to assist you with all aspects of upcoming travel plans. Whether you are looking for a suggestion for a hotel in Paris or assistance with your rail tickets, simply contact us to request our “extended stay package” at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 1.877.846.2831 for assistance.
What is not included on my 2019 Provence Foodie Exclusive Tour?
Tours exclude – Airfare to and from the trip, Train fare to and from the trip, three dinners, gratuities to Tour Guide and driver, personal purchases.
Who are the Provence in Your Plate® Tours designed for?
Our Provence Gourmet Foodie Exclusive Tours are designed for discerning travelers of all ages and backgrounds interested in discovering the gourmet heart and soul of Provence through our interactive and hands-on food and wine activities and excursions.
Do I need to be an athlete to participate in the Tour?
No. This tour includes only daily leisure walking, and is a non-walking, cultural and gourmet food and culinary focused tour. Guests will be shuttled by minibus daily to and from all tour activities, workshops and excursions.
Is wine included at meals? What kind of wines are included at meals?
Yes, wine is included at all group meals. We expertly match premium wines from the region we’re visiting with each dish. Meals offer an excellent opportunity to try wines from appellations not available to guests at home, and to introduce you to some select wines worth a favorable mention or that are exceptionally appreciated by the locals. — Provence In Your Plate® Provence Culinary Tour FAQs
What is a typical French breakfast?
A typical French breakfast is very simple and comprised of all or any combination of the following — traditional home-made French bread called “baguette”, “viennoiserie” known in English as pastries, such as croissants, pain au chocolate (a croissant with chocolate in it — yum!) or pain au raisins (croissant type pastry with custard and raisins in it), cereal and/or yoghurt or a fresh white cheese of the same consistency as yoghurt called “fromage blanc”, fresh fruits and jams, fruit juices and coffee, tea or hot chocolate. When in the heart of “farm” country, one might be offered a small selection of local cheese and French charcuterie which would be a selection of cold cuts. The breakfast description provided here is exactly the type of breakfast offered on all of our tours. If a hotel in Paris, another major city or the occasional country hotel offers omelettes, pancakes, hot sausages and/or bacon, this is not part of the typical French breakfast and has been added to the morning menu to attract non-French tourists. France does not have breakfast specific restaurants like what you would find in your home country. — Provence In Your Plate® Provence Culinary Tour FAQs
How should I pack? How should I expect to dress during the tour?
Please limit your luggage to a size that you can easily manage while traveling around France through the airport(s) and on the French rail system. Try not to over pack; you will not wear all your clothing, and laundry service is available at our Provence hotel and in town! A suggested packing list will be enclosed in your tour information package. Pack comfortable, casual clothing. It’s vacation and we want our guests to feel and be as comfortable as possible during our daily activities and excursions. Our dinners together include a mix of Michelin-star and casual bistro style restaurants. For men we suggest a business casual ensemble (no tie or jacket necessary unless it’s your personal preference), and for women we recommend a casual dress for dinners. Please no jeans or gym type sneakers at dinner. — Provence In Your Plate® Provence Culinary Tour FAQs
What travel documents will I need for my Tour?
All travelers to France are required to have a valid passport. Please make 2 copies of your passport and personal identification before you depart. Keep one set of copies with you in a separate location from your travel documents, and leave the other set of copies with a contact at home before you depart. If you are not a U.S. citizen, please check with your consulate general for entry requirements. — Provence In Your Plate® Provence Culinary Tour FAQs
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