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PROVENCE TOUR ITINERARY – Small Group Tour In Provence France



PROVENCE TOUR ITINERARY – Small Group Tour In Provence France – Best Adventures in Provence™ Tour by France Off the Beaten Path

PROVENCE TOUR ITINERARY – Small Group Tour In Provence France

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Experience Authentic Provence – Best Adventures in Provence™ Tour!

Walkers & Non-Walkers Multiple Daily Options for BOTH walkers and non-walkers alike on our Provence Tour!

Recommended in the Frommer’s France Guidebook, Page 788

PROVENCE TOUR ITINERARY - Small Group Tour In Provence France6-Day/5 night Provence Tour   •   3 Guided Provence Walks  •  Privately Guided Van Gogh Tour at Saint Paul de Mausole  •  Guided Cultural Options Daily for ALL Guests   •   Award-Winning Provence Tour Guides  •  Walk Provence Lavender Route in Valensole During Lavender Flowering Season  •  Visit St. Remy-de-Provence, Les Baux-de-Provence, Gordes, Roussillon, Sault, Cassis, Orange, Arles, Chateauneuf-du-Pape  •  Guided Tour of Arles & Roman Ruins   •   Best Provence Artisan & Craft Markets – No Forced Shopping  •   Chateauneuf-du-Pape Wine Tasting with Master Sommelier  •  Pastis Tasting with Roger in Cassis   •   Hands-On Chocolate-Making Workshop  •  Gourmet Meals  •   Stay in 1 Exceptional, Conde Nast Premiere Boutique Hotel For Entire Tour (No Hotel Hopping)  •  True Small Groups – Maximum 16 Guests Per Tour


Walk Scenic Backroads during our Small Group Best Adventures in Provence™ Tour

to Discover the Best “4 Must See Places in Provence” & Experience Authentic Provence!

  1. PROVENCE TOUR ITINERARY - Small Group Tour In Provence FranceExperience the Alpilles walking through Provence’s famed olive orchards, vineyards, and villages.
  2. Discover vibrantly colored Provence villages (Gordes, Roussillon) and landscapes of the Luberon. During LAVENDER Season – Discover the Valensole plateau, lavender capital, and endless lavender fields sprinkled with stone bories.
  3. Indulge in VIP wine tasting and walking Provence vineyard trails in Chateauneuf-du-Pape.
  4. Feel the magic of the Mediterranean Coast in Cassis!

PROVENCE TOUR ITINERARY – DAY-BY-DAY – by OFF THE BEATEN PATH      •       TOUR SUMMARY»   


*Click on the numbered day tabs below to view details for each day of our Provence Tour Itinerary – PROVENCE TOUR ITINERARY – Small Group Tour In Provence France – 6 Days/5 Nights –  2019 Provence Tour itinerary below is the itinerary tour guests experience on our 2020 Best Adventures in Provence™ Tours.

PROVENCE TOUR ITINERARY - Top 4 Must See Places in ProvenceProvence Tour Itinerary – Day 1:  TOUR BEGINS

  • Dietary Requests & Food Allergies — We accommodate ALL dietary requests and preferences (including vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian, etc) and ALL food allergies (gluten, shellfish, etc) while ensuring an amazing foodie experience for all tour guests with restrictions and/or allergies.
  • Throughout this exclusive Best Adventures in Provence Tour, we select different regional, classified wines for each group meal to ensure guests the opportunity to try as many fabulous wines produced in this region as possible.

Day 1 Highlights: Group Arrival, Check-in at Hotel, Welcome Cocktails & Dinner – D

(B) = Breakfast Included, (L) = Lunch Included, (D) = Dinner Included

PROVENCE TOUR ITINERARY – Small Group Tour In Provence France

 

PROVENCE TOUR ITINERARY – DAY 2:   THE ALPILLES – B, L

PROVENCE TOUR ITINERARY - Top 4 Must See PlacesLes Alpilles & Villages of Baux de Provence Valley, Shop at Weekly St.Remy-de-Provence Market, Chocolate Making Workshop & Tasting, Michelin-Star Gourmet Lunch, Afternoon Walk, Van Gogh in Provence

  • BREAKFAST.
  • Guided tour of and Shopping at St. Remy de Provence Weekly Artisan & Craft Market.
  • A privately hosted, gourmet lunch exclusively for our guests prepared by friend, Chef Jeremy who received his 1st Michelin-star in 2019, and who one of the youngest chefs to receive a Michelin-Star!

Select An Option:

  • Learn to make chocolate during our 1 hour hands-on chocolate making workshop with local family friend, Master Artisan Chocolatier Joel Durand. No Experience necessary, a fun hands-son experience designed for interested guests. Take home chocolates made in class.
  • A guided cultural excursion is available for guests not interested in participating in the 1 hour chocolate making workshop.

Afternoon — Select an Option: For Walkers & Non-Walkers…

  • 1- WALKERS – A Guided Walk — “In the Footsteps of Romans” Van Gogh’s Presence in Provence (scheduled walk designed for interested guests)
  • 2- NON-WALKERS – Privately Guided Van Gogh Tour at St. Paul de Maussole, And Option to Visit Les Carrieres de Lumieres in Les Baux-de-Provence – the 2019 Exposition Theme is “Van Gogh“!! (optional – designed for interested guests, time permitting)
  • 3- Leisure Time
  • Breakfast & Lunch Included Today

Afternoon Walking Rating for today’s walk…

PROVENCE TOUR ITINERARY - Top 4 Must See PlacesWALKERS:  Guided walk – “In the Footsteps of Romans” walk is rated EASY to Moderate (optional: designed for interested guests). Walking on country trails, some uphill through picturesque landscapes featuring olive orchards and biodynamic vineyards along the “La Via Domitia” (Roman road) and French country architecture with beautiful village scenery, St. Paul de Mausole, sites painted by Van Gogh and the Roman city of Glanum plus spectacular views of Les Baux valley. Ideal for those who walk for a morning or afternoon on a regular basis. Walk distance is 2.5 miles – approximately 1.5-2 hrs. depending on number of stops made for photo-ops.


DAY 2 Highlights: Private Tour and Chocolate Making Workshop, Guided Tour and optional shopping at the St. Remy de Provence Artisan & Craft Market, Michelin-Star Lunch Together, AFTERNOON OPTIONS – Guided Walk, Guided Tour St. Paul de Mausole, Glanum, and/or Carrieres de Lumieres, Leisure Time.

(B) = Breakfast Included, (L) = Lunch Included, (D) = Dinner Included

PROVENCE TOUR ITINERARY – Small Group Tour In Provence France

Provence Tour Itinerary – DAY 3: Luberon HILLTOP VILLAGES: Gordes, ROUSSILLON – Plus SAULT, VALENSOLE – LAVENDER EXPERIENCES – B, L, D

Luberon Valley (April, May, September, October):  We Visit Hilltop Villages of Gordes & Roussillon

IN Lavender Season (June, July, August): We Visit Valensole Plateau and Lavender Capital of Sault Instead of Gordes. Afternoon, We Visit Roussillon – Walk Lavender Fields Featured in National Geographic

Provence Tour Dates, PricesBreakfast : Morning — Select An Option: For Walkers & Non-Walkers…

  • BREAKFAST.
  • 1- WALKERS – Guided “LUBERON VALLEY VILLAGE TO VILLAGE WALK” (with time for walkers to explore each village – Gordes and Roussillon also)
  • 2- NON-WALKERS – Guided Cultural Tours of Hilltop Villages in the “Golden Stone Village” of Gordes and “Artist Ochre Cliff Village” of Roussillon (During months of April, May, September, October)…
  • Year Round: Visit a local, family owned and operated Lavender and Essential Oils Distillery
  • DURING LAVENDER SEASON (June, July, August):  Walkers: Our morning Luberon village to village walk is replaced by our morning lavender trail walk through picturesque lavender fields and villages of the Valensole plateau! Non-Walkers: Shuttle to lavender fields to experience and photograph the endless fields of lavender and enjoy non-walking cultural experiences with your guide.
  • Gourmet French Picnic Lunch Amidst the Spectacular Landscapes of the Luberon and during lavender season, our picnic is amidst the lavender fields.
  • AFTERNOON – We visit the Hilltop village of Roussillon, made famous by its spectacular ochre colors and a love story that ended in tragedy.
  • Michelin-Star Dinner together prepared by local friend, Chef Christian.
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included Today.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included Today


Morning Walking Rating for today’s walk…

  • Provence France Walking Tour Itinerary - Escorted Provence TourWALKERS – April, May, September, October: Guided walk – “Luberon Valley Village to Village” walk in the Luberon is rated EASY to MODERATE (optional: designed for interested guests). Walking on vineyard and country trails through picturesque lansdcapes and French country architecture, lavender and sunflower fields with a variety of beautiful villages in the background. Ideal for those who walk for a morning or afternoon on a regular basis. Walk distance is 4 miles – approximately 2 hrs. depending on number of stops made for photo-ops.
  • Non-Walkers: Shuttle to each of our beautiful hilltop villages and gourmet picnic lunch.

During lavender season (June, July, August)…

  • WALKERS – June, July, AUGUST:   Our morning Luberon village to village walk is replaced by our “Lavender Trail“ Walk – Walkers – Participate in a Spectacular, guided walk amidst some of the most beautiful landscape of Provence; walking through magical fields of lavender. The countryside is absolutely beautiful with incredible color and aromas, and offers the perfect setting for a walking experience.
  • Non-Walkers: shuttle to lavender fields to experience and photograph the endless fields of lavender and enjoy non-walking cultural experiences with your guide.
  • WALKERS – JUNE, JULY, AUGUST:  WALK RATING for Guided “Lavender Trail” walk in the Valensole region of Provence is rated EASY to MODERATE (optional: designed for interested guests). Walking on country trails of gravel and pebble stone through picturesque landscapes of lavender fields with a beautiful village in the background. Ideal for those who walk for a morning or afternoon on a regular basis. Walk distance is about 2.0 miles – approximately 1.5 hrs. depending on number of stops made for photo-ops. 

DAY 3 Highlights: The Luberon & Artist Hilltop Villages Gordes & Roussillon – Walking amidst some of France’s most spectacular landscapes, lavender and sunflower fields, Visit to lavender distillery, Michelin-star dinner together. PLUS during lavender season: also experience walking through private lavender fields of the Valensole plateau area, and lavender capital of Sault.

(B) = Breakfast Included, (L) = Lunch Included, (D) = Dinner Included

PROVENCE TOUR ITINERARY – Small Group Tour In Provence France

 

Provence Tour Itinerary – Day 4:  Mediterranean COAST – CASSIS – B, L

Provence calanque tour

Mediterranean Coast – Wine Producing Village of Cassis and Calanques Cruise (Roman period fjords), Perfumery Visit, Pastis Tasting, Group Lunch Along the Picturesque Port

  • BREAKFAST.
  • Guided Tour and Introduction to Cassis Village, the port, and the market.
  • Shop at the Cassis Weekly Artisan & Craft Mediterranean Market
  • Option available for interested guests: Join your guide to meet our local family friends to learn about their family’s perfume making trade and history, tour the workshop, and sample perfumes and hand-made soaps made exclusively at their Artisan “Perfumery”.
  • Guided 45-minute Cruise to View the Historical Calanques (coastal Fjords).
  • PROVENCE TOUR ITINERARY - Top 4 Must See PlacesOption available for interested guests: Meet our local friend and artisan pastis maker, Roger.  Roger welcomes guests to his place in Cassis where we’ll enjoy a hosted tasting of famous French Pastis and Cassis wines accompanied by local foodie specialties!
  • Group Lunch: A lighter fare, Mediterranean lunch along the port of Cassis.
  • Leisure time to pursue independent interests after lunch.
  • Breakfast AND Lunch Included Today

DAY 4 Highlights: The Mediterranean Coast & Wine Producing Village of Cassis, Artisan & Craft Market, Artisan Perfumery, 45 minute Cruise of the Calanques (Roman Fjords), Pastis Tasting, Group Lunch Along the Picturesque Port and Leisure Time.

(B) = Breakfast Included, (L) = Lunch Included, (D) = Dinner Included

PROVENCE TOUR ITINERARY – Small Group Tour In Provence France

 

Provence Tour Itinerary – Day 5: CHATEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE, ARLES ROMAN RUINS TOUR, PRIVATELY HOSTED DINNER – B, L, D

Chateauneuf-du-Pape Wine Country: Walking Amidst Vineyards, Orange Roman Theatre, Private Wine Tasting in 13th Century Cellar, Learn About Famous Wines of the Region, Gourmet Lunch Overlooking Rhone River Prepared by Our Friend, a Private Michelin-Star Chef, Guided Tour of Arles Roman Ruins, Privately Hosted Farewell Dinner 

2019 Provence Tour Dates Tour Prices - Southern France ToursBreakfast: Morning – Select An Option: 

  • 1- WALKERS – Guided “CHATEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE AMIDST THE VINEYARDS WALK”
  • 2- NON-WALKERS – Guided Tour of Roman Town of Orange & its Roman Theatre
  • VIP Wine Tasting in a 13th century cellar to learn about Chateauneuf-du-Pape wines with our friend, Master Sommelier, Guy.
  • Lunch: Privately hosted lunch prepared by our friend, Chef Jean-Claude (former 2-star Michelin Chef of La Mirande) at Chateauneuf-du-Pape Estate overlooking the Rhone river.
  • Afternoon: return to hotel.

PROVENCE TOUR ITINERARY - Top 4 Must See PlacesEarly Evening:

  • Enjoy A Guided Tour of Arles & its Roman Ruins.
  • Farewell Cocktails & Dinner: Privately hosted and prepared dinner at the Provence Mas (home) of our dear friend Catherine, a renowned Chef.
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included Today

Morning Walking Rating For Today’s Walk…

WALKERS: Guided Walk – “CHATEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE – Amidst the Vineyards Walk”- is rated MODERATE due to large Rhone River bedrock at end of trail (optional: designed for interested guests). Sturdy walking shoes recommended. Walking on vineyard and country trails with riverbed rock and large gravel stones, occasional easy ascents and uneven terrain. The trail offers spectacular views of the Chateauneuf-du-Pape vineyards – The walk is rated moderate-Ideal for those who walk on a regular basis. Walk distance is about 4 miles – approximately 2-2.5 hrs. of walking depending on number of stops made for photo-ops.


DAY 5 Highlights: Chateauneuf-du-Pape Village to Village Walk, Wine Tasting Workshop of Chateauneuf-du-Pape wines (red & white), Visit of Orange & Roman Theatre, Privately hosted Lunch at a 13th century wine cellar overlooking Rhone River, Guided Tour of Arles & its Roman Ruins, Privately Hosted Farewell Dinner.

(B) = Breakfast Included, (L) = Lunch Included, (D) = Dinner Included

PROVENCE TOUR ITINERARY – Small Group Tour In Provence France

 

Provence Tour Itinerary – Day 6:  Tour Conclusion

  • BREAKFAST.
  • Trip concludes — We provide a complimentary 9 AM transfer arrival at Marseille Airport and a complimentary 12 pm (Noon) transfer arrival at AVIGNON TGV Rail Station followed by drop-off at Avignon Centre rail station.
  • Earlier and later departures can be organized. Please contact us for details at Email: contact@traveloffthebeatenpath.com.

 

(B) = Breakfast Included, (L) = Lunch Included, (D) = Dinner Included


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  • WALKERS – Van support is provided for walks to offer maximum flexibility to all guests. You decide how much walking you’d like to do, if participating in our walks. Walker rating = Easy to Moderate.
  • NON-WALKERS:  Shuttle to/from all activities, excursions, meals and visits. NON-Walker rating = Easy.

TOUR DEPOSIT AND PAYMENTS:

  • A US$500 per person tour deposit payment is required to book space(s) on a tour.
  • No advance balance payment required.
  • The remaining balance is due no later than 90 days before the tour departure date.
  • If booking a tour 90 days or less before the tour departure date, you pay the per person tour deposit to book your chosen tour and date. We then email you an invoice to complete your tour balance payment within 72 hours of booking.
  • You may transfer from one trip to another before trip departure without any penalty (excludes custom designed-private tours), as long as space is available on the tour date requested. OTBP must be notified of intent to switch no later than 60 days before booked tour departure date.

CANCELLATION POLICY:

  • 91+ days (from the first day of the trip): Tour Deposit is 100% Refundable.
  • 31-90 days: Traveler forfeits US$500 per person.
  • 0-30 days: Traveler forfeits US$1,000 per person.
  • Should you have to cancel 90 days or less before tour departure, there is NO cancellation penalty if you elect to put your tour monies paid on hold towards a future trip; otherwise, the cancellation terms detailed above apply.
  • No-Show or cancellations received on tour departure day: Traveler forfeits 100% of tour monies paid.
  • Our flexible cancellation policy is applied consistently and exceptions are not made for any reason.

PROVENCE TOUR ITINERARY – Small Group Tour In Provence France

 

mapsandstampmontage2Yes we will definitely recommend France Off the Beaten Path Tours! The reason why we really liked this tour was because it was a small group, and most of all liked the fact that we weren’t hopping around from hotel to hotel – staying in one hotel for the entire tour was definitely a perk we appreciated!! Initially we thought we would be able to maneuver around the region on our own but are so glad we didn’t attempt it. Off the Beaten Path took us to wonderful areas and treated us to some fabulous meals!! We loved every day!! Our favorites were the walks-getting to walk through different scenery on each, cooking class and market day. Thank you!” — Rob and Jane Disch, Watchung, New Jersey

Our “100% RISK FREE BOOKING & TRAVEL” promotional cancellation policy – Your tour deposit and balance payment are 100% refundable until 31 days before tour departure, and at 30 days or less, funds are 100% transferable to a future tour. There are NO limitations or restrictions!