Provence Tour Testimonials – Tour Reviews
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“Yes, we would recommend this tour with your company. The company is very professional and the programming is exceptional. We liked the hotel very much – the staff was very friendly and accommodating – especially Sophie, the breakfast server. We loved the picnic, the Chef’s kitchen and the evenings both as a group and on our own. The afternoon visit of the Van Gogh hospital was great. We enjoyed our guides and their knowledge, and our group of fellow travelers was terrific. Thanks!” — Elliot & Susan Strom, Yardley, PA – Provence France Small Group Walking, Foodie Tour
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“YES! Caryl and I do not enjoy going on tour with others, BUT this tour was EXTRAORDINARY in many aspects! Our guides were fantastic, knowledgeable and fun. They easily accommodated everyone. Their patience and leadership skills were unparalleled. They truly cared about all of us, ensuring we were always satisfied and happy with all aspects of the tour. They really went above and beyond! Every town, excursion, lunch and dinner were fabulous. The constant flow of information was outstanding. The hotel was beautiful and very comfortable – all the staff very helpful. We would definitely recommend this tour to everyone and we will attend another tour in a different section in France. What a life altering experience. You will see us again!” — Eric & Caryl Pomales, Stuart, FL – Provence Tour Testimonials – Tour Reviews
“Yes, there was a diverse selection of sites, towns and foods of Provence. Loved the towns and activities. Cooking class and Cassis cruise to calanques were extra special. There were A LOT of unexpected little “extras” throughout the trip that made the trip very personalized and wonderful! Our guides were flexible and knowledgeable, and went above and beyond to ensure a fun experience for everyone. Meals were all excellent – lots of fresh, seasonal products. This tour was very well done!” — Randall and Sharon Young, Redmond, WA – Provence Tour Testimonials – Tour Reviews
“Yes, we will recommend this trip to friends. The region is beautiful; the taste of culture and architecture was wonderful. The food was wonderful everyday. The introduction to the food of Provence was great! We appreciate the opportunity to bond with a diverse group of people that small group ventures allow. The hands-on cooking class gave us the opportunity to work together, to create a special experience and the chef was a joy! We really enjoyed our time with him. The day in Cassis was a treat, and each village was, in its own way, charming and unique.” — Barb and Chip Schwamb, Corpus Christi, TX
“Yes, absolutely and we will!!! For both of us cooking class was our favorite day — that was fantastic! We enjoyed all of the activities. We also enjoyed the bistrot lunch and the walks we did. The tour guides are wonderful and obviously know and love the region well. Their knowledge of the local history, culture, food and wine was especially wonderful. The entire tour was perfect – a great experience! Thank you!” — Adam and Kristen Elkins, Plymouth Meeting, PA – Provence Tour Testimonials – Tour Reviews
“Yes, we would definitely recommend this tour!! The variety of activities and excellent tour guides made this an excellent experience! We did so much that we could never have done on our own. We really liked the walks, towns, cooking class, and Arles. Seeing Arles and the Roman ruins and Van Gogh exhibit was great. Our guides were fabulous. They really have a profound knowledge of the history of the region, and they were very attentive and thoughtful to guests, ensuring a good time for everyone. Merci beaucoup, it was fabulous!” — Norman & Pat Scott, Mercer Island, WA
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Below is an email message that our May 6-11 Tour guest Ed Ulmer wrote to his Travel Agent, and shared with us…
We’re back from the French trip and want to thank you for helping us put it together. The flights worked, the hotel in Avignon was great (more of a classic European hotel than one would find in American chains) and the time in Provence was delightful. We thought the T***k small group tour of Italy was very good, but the Off The Beaten Path tour run by Christy Destremau was significantly better. The group was more congenial, smaller and, most important, had two extraordinarily knowledgeable and helpful guides. They met us at the train, took us on all of the tours, joined us for lunch and dinner each day and were available to answer questions on any subject related to Provence and its history as well as providing in-depth commentary on all things French. The effect was that this was a far more personal, relaxed and private gathering among friends than one might find in a more standard tour. Christy handles a number of other tours in France (she and her family have lived there for years) and should prove to be a useful contact for you for any clients you may have who are interested in personalized visits to France. I took the liberty of giving her your card with all of the McCabe contact information and would be happy to drop by your office this week to give you a short précis of the trip. It was great and you should try it yourself!
Below is an email message that our June 10-15 Tour guest Nancy O’Toole sent us after her return home…
Back home from our two weeks of back to back tours in Provence. Happy to share our feedback…Two very different tours. Your Best Adventures in Provence tour gets a RAVE review compared to Carol’s B**t of F****e T*****s tour that we did right after yours. Your tour was terrific fun!! Loved that all of the wine during the trip was included in your tour price and Cassis day was one of many highpoints. I will never forget that wonderful day; the ride on the boat was fabulous. I overheard my husband tellling our friends that your tour was 1st class. I have to agree. I was very impressed with how knowledgeable our guides were. Your tour definitely has an advantage over others…yours was so much more personalized, and it was obvious that you are known and warmly welcomed by everyone! In two years we plan to bring our daughters and their husbands to celebrate my husband’s birthday. We look forward to traveling with you again. Thanks for everything including the delicious olive oil.
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MORE GUEST RAVES — Would you recommend this trip to a friend?
“Yes, no doubt I will be recommending this trip to friends, family and travel agents. I hope to be coming back myself!! This was without a doubt one of the best times of my life!!! Apart from it being a bit warm, I can’t think of anything I would have changed except of course more time to spend in this beautiful part of the country. I loved it all especially the day at the farmhouse cooking. I love to cook and facilities were a dream as were our hosts! Our guides could not have been better hosts, guides and friends. They truly made the trip run smoothly but more than that there was nothing they wouldn’t do to make sure you were thoroughly enjoying yourself. As you see I am a fan and could go on and on, but as usual have to run to catch up with the group. I’ve made some wonderful friends and couldn’t be happier except if I were staying!!!” ––Karen Lewis, Nashville, Tennessee – Provence Tour Testimonials – Tour Reviews
“Yes, I would happily recommend the tour and company as nothing was too much trouble for our guides. Our guides were the warmest of hosts. The five days were filled with magical moments. I loved cooking class and our chef, all of the restaurants and the villages especially Cassis. Again thanks to our wonderful hosts. I had high expectations and they were were all surpassed! This was truly the experience of a lifetime! Thank you so much.” ––Gill Hall, Victoria, Australia – Provence Tour Testimonials – Tour Reviews
“Yes, we would definitely recommend the trip and would take another ourselves! Guides made the trip! They complemented each other beautifully, were knowledgeable and entertaining! Loved the program in Cassis and the wonderful restaurant overlooking the sea. Kudos to our guides for making a special trip to the train station to pick us up when our train arrived late, and for helping us find lavender oil.” ––Hap and Gerry Snyder, New York City, New York – Provence Tour Testimonials – Tour Reviews
“YES!! I was initially told about this trip by an acquaintance who had signed on for the trip but had to cancel. She is now so envious of my experience! I would definitely recommend this to others – overall the hotel was wonderful, food was excellent and the staff skilled.This trip was one adventure from begining to end. Our guides were the perfect guides – both were super knowledgeable and entertaining. They kept us organized and on schedule all while entertaining us with their knowledge and information. There isn’t anything that I would have changed. All the activities were so interesting that I didn’t want to miss anything! who” ––Barbara Lingo, Nashville, Tennessee – Provence Tour Testimonials – Tour Reviews
“YES This was a once in a lifetime vacation for us. We enjoyed the small group atmosphere and unpretentious welcoming nature of our guides and everyone we met during the tour. Very good guides – they work very well together and offer lots of information with a bit of humor. The walks just got better and better each day with more spectacular views. The guides, the food and service was extraordinary, and will not be replicated in our travels for a long time to come!” ––Alan and Laura Lecours, Gansevoort, New York – Provence Tour Testimonials – Tour Reviews
“YES would definitely recommend this trip/group! I tend to avoid group travel to do my own thing BUT this was absolutely the best in this type of travel! I loved the trip – one of the best I’ve taken. The walks were great, the cooking lesson was a highlight, the small towns were charming and the guides were perfect – knowledgeable, charming and perfect foils for each other.” ––Barbara Morris, Gansevoort, New York – Provence Tour Testimonials – Tour Reviews
“YES I would recommend this trip to friends who like to walk and be active. I loved everything we did on the trip! I loved the guides, they were very considerate, helpful and knowledgeable about the region. The villages were delightful, and the food was delicious and beautifully presented. The cooking class was fun and tasty! The other guests on the trip were also fun and very interesting. Thank you!!” ––Anita Dunlap, Pacific Palisades, California – Provence Tour Testimonials – Tour Reviews
“YES we would for all of the following reasons and more – Loved, loved, loved our cooking day, the activities, the cooking class and our guides were amazing! Thank you for a great trip!” ––Tony and Christine Beck, Adelaide, Australia – Provence Tour Testimonials – Tour Reviews
“Aboslutely YES! I loved the people, fellow travelers, guides, hotel staff. This was a wonderful experience. Great guides, very knowledgeable, charming and very aware of everyone in the group and what they might need. It was fantastic that I didn’t know or care what day it was. Thank you!” ––Sharan Marshall, Huntingtown, Maryland – Provence Tour Testimonials – Tour Reviews
“YES as long as they are fit and active. I really enjoyed this trip. Loved that our guides were flexible. There were enough choices to make everyone happy, and the food was great. Loved the cooking class. This is a great trip for food and wine lovers!” ––Pat Hofmann, Huntingtown, Maryland – Provence Tour Testimonials – Tour Reviews
“YES we will! First and foremost we like the planning Christy put into making this an extraordinary trip. But then of course, she chose wonderful guides to carry out her vision. The guides were perfect, they complement each other so well. They have made everything so fun! The tour was wonderful. Our favorite things were Gordes and Roussillon villages–and the walk through the poppies, vineyards and orchards with the picnic food from the market. The bistrot lunch, the cooking class, the Cassis boat ride and the lunch in Cassis were all outstanding. How fun it was to see what was for dinner each day too, and trying so many different foods we don’t normally have at home. We loved making new acquaintances and enjoying all of the wines, it was all up at the top of our list. We are sad to leave! Merci Love you guys!” ––Joe and Kathy Roah, Long Beach, California – Provence Tour Testimonials – Tour Reviews
“YES, Great experience! Profesisonally guided. Good choice of locations to visit. And though this is my 4th or 5th visit to the south of France, this is the best tour! I really liked the walks, the cooking experience, the hotel. The guides were fun, approachable, knowledgeable, patient, helpful and profesional. And our bus was the perfect size (discreet).” ––Soh Keng Tan, Singapore – Provence Tour Testimonials – Tour Reviews
“YES – Definitely! I will recommend OTBP to my friends and I will come back again and also join you for Bordeaux and Loire Valley walk. I have had a wonderful time in Provence. The program is very well designed. Just enough amount of walking, shopping and very good meals. Keep up the good work. You are the BEST! Have a wonderful summer!” ––Ms. SiaouSze Lien, Singapore – Provence Tour Testimonials – Tour Reviews
“YES Definitely will recommend to friends. This trip was well organized. Love the walks through the various villages. The poppy fields were a delight. The hotel was excellent and meals very good quality. The service was wonderful–we enjoyed our guides and their sense of fun and humor, they were extraordinary as guides–punctual, courteous, cheerful and knowledgeable. Thank you for making my trip memorable!” ––Ms. Mary Ong, Singapore – Provence Tour Testimonials – Tour Reviews
“YES We would recommend the tour to others. It was a good combination of activities. Cooking class was exceptional. Our guides’ historical knowledge was enlightening and their local knowledge helped us appreciate the culture. The choices of restaurants was excellent. The hikes were beautiful. All arrangements were great and things went smoothly. Thank you for a fun week!” ––Dennis and Bevery Fitzpatrick, Key Largo, Florida – Provence Tour Testimonials – Tour Reviews
“Yes, would recommend due to – small group, wonderful guides and hotel (only one hotel, no moving was great!), choice of villages to visit without spending a long time getting to them, and guides shared the culture of the country, not just the sights. Guides and driver were excellent. Food was great/well above average as was the wine. Cooking school was a highlight, we learned a lot. Seeing the calanques of Cassis was a treat. Your pre-tour communication and suggestions were very helpful.” –Kenneth Doss and Peggy Cannon, Holland, Michigan – Provence Tour Testimonials – Tour Reviews
“We would definitely recommend the trip to friends who like to sit back and relax, who enjoy food and wine, beautiful scenery and colorful markets and villages and making friends. We liked the hotel in its tranquil setting and a short walk into the town. The garden and swimming pools are beautiful, and the room is very comfortable with all the necessary facilities and amenities. We had two very professional guides. They made sure everything went as organized. We enjoyed the stories and history told about Provence during the tour. The guides were also great at taking pictures for the group and accommodated all of our special requests. All of the meals are fine dining and up to Michelin standard. We were provided with more than what we could drink, and enjoyed that our food was matched with different local wines. We also enjoyed all of the walks through different countryside each day, and the cooking class!! We enjoyed making lots of new friends from different countries -these are very memorable moments together. In one word, this trip is the “essence” of Provence!” –Francis and Lilian Lee, Hong Kong, China – Provence Tour Testimonials – Tour Reviews
“Yes – We enjoyed everything about the trip and will recommend to friends! The villages were interesting, the explanations were excellent and the food was very good, especially loved the Cassis and Gordes lunches! We thought it was all FABULOUS!” –Richard and Trude Skolnick, Santa Monica, California – Provence Tour Testimonials – Tour Reviews“Yes we would without a doubt!! The tour showcased a very beautiful part of France and gave us a good “French experience” one which we will never forget!! We enjoyed the food, walks, local and historical information, the weather, the company and especially the villages we visited.Our guides were very experienced and we were very satisfied with their expertise. The hotel was a great “home away from home”, and our group bonded very well! Thank you for some great memories!!” –Ron and Faye Atkinson, Swan Hill, Victoria, Australia – Provence Tour Testimonials – Tour Reviews
“Absolutely, would recommend without reservation. We had a fabulous time!! Our guides were knowledgeable and very personable, the hotel location was good and convenient to town and activities were very fun.” –Donald and Kaye Kelley, Austin, Texas – Provence Tour Testimonials – Tour Reviews
“Yes! Loved the walks, each covered different ground! Loved the variety of villages and the well organized, efficient excursions. LOVED cooking class!! Beautiful room at the hotel. Many great meals and wines! We liked that the guides took very good care of us.” –Seth and Kristy Cain, Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA – Provence Tour Testimonials – Tour Reviews
“Yes! We will definitely recommend your Provence Tour to our friends and family! The trip met our expectations. We did a lot of diverse things that the area offered, and it was a great learning experience. Our guides were attentive to our needs and their knowledge of history added to our cultural experience. We loved the hotel! AND, the food and wines were awesome!!! This was a true holiday!” Sarah Bennett, Abby Boor, Mary Ann Boor, Washington, D.C. (Best Adventures in Provence Tour) – Provence Tour Testimonials – Tour Reviews
“Yes, I would recommend this trip to a friend. Our guides made everyone feel comfortable, they accommodated a lot of needs and were a lot of fun. The cooking class was a definite highlight, LOVED the trip to Cassis. Lunch locations were all great, BUT Cassis was SPECTACULAR!! The food and wines were great! The tour stops were great! I especially loved Saturday’s walk in the Luberon. Overall, everything was great – certainly met my expectations and would recommend highly to others! Thank you!!” -Joan McCourt, Wilton, Connecticut – (Best Adventures in Provence Tour) – Provence Tour Testimonials – Tour Reviews
“Yes, we feel that this tour was a great way to get to see southern France.Overall we enjoyed the small personal feeling of the tour. It was nice staying at one hotel, but seeing a variety of towns while getting history of those towns enroute. Walking through the countryside and seeing everything up close was wonderful. The variety of food and wine was something that we would have never been able to duplicate on our own. Great food, wines, nice choice of towns to visit-each one had something a little different to offer, and we loved the cooking class!” -Rocco and Sue Malandrino, Chicago, Illinois – (Best Adventures in Provence Tour) – Provence Tour Testimonials – Tour Reviews
“YES! I would definitely recommend this trip to a friend! We loved the hotel, the food was to die for and the guides were both interesting and knowledgeable. The cooking class was fantastic, and the boat tour along the coast of Cassis was so much fun! The towns of Gordes and Roussillon were breathtaking! I also liked our small group. We all got along beautifully. We will always remember our trip to Provence! Merci!” -David and Karen Tatak, Chicago, Illinois – (Best Adventures in Provence Tour) – Provence Tour Testimonials – Tour Reviews
“YES of course I would recommend this trip!! The food was fantastic, cooking class was great, the guides were informative and fun, the locations were great, what’s not to like? The Mas des Carassins was very good! I liked everything! Just to emphasize: Our guides were wonderful!! I have been to this area of France before, but they put a new light on it!!” –Nancy Johnson, Denver, Colorado – Provence Tour Testimonials – Tour Reviews
“Yes – The tour allowed us to see more and eat in much better restaurants than we could ever have done on our own. This was a well organized tour, our guides were friendly and very helpful, meals were outstanding with a nice selection of different local wines each day. Thank you for a great week!” –Greg Corning and Madelyn Ruiz, Sunnyvale, California – Provence Tour Testimonials – Tour Reviews
“Yes- Abolsutely! Every day was my favorite! Amzing experience, something I never thought I would be able to do. Thank you from the bottom of my heart! I will never forget this week. We had so much wonderful food! Our guides were fabulous! Will recommend to everyone! The level of service, hotelquality, destination, exclusive restaurants, history lessons. Our cooking class chef was lovely, she made me feel so welcome in her home. Cassis – Amazing. Great blend of sea and mountain destinations. Walks were great. Thank you so much!!” –Lisa Lyons, Langhorne, Pennsylvania – Provence Tour Testimonials – Tour Reviews
“Yes, I would definitely recommend to friends!! This tour was very special in the way it combined activities and provided alternatives and choices daily. Our guides were excellent – always attentive to the needs of the group and individuals in the group. Every activity I participated in was great. I especially loved the Mas des Carassins, the boat ride in Cassis, the cooking class (in such a beautiful setting) and all the villages we visited. It was a great way to make new friends and a fun adventure to share with the friend who joined me on this trip. Well done!!” –Sharon Weinberg, Denver, Colorado – Provence Tour Testimonials – Tour Reviews
“Yes – We would recommend this trip to friends! The food, activities, tour guides and fellow travellers all exceeded our expectations. It was the best vacation I ever had! Our guides really made our trip! Their knowledge of the area was wonderful. Traveling as a group allowed us to do and see so much more than we would have experienced alone. Our guides made this such an exceptional experience, and I will sincerely miss them.” –Ed and Kathy Simmons, Sussex, New Jersey – Provence Tour Testimonials – Tour Reviews
“Absolutely!!! Our guides were top notch–terrific! We loved them. They ensured our safety and well being throughout the trip! We loved our group!! Great age range, well matched (though we know you have little control over that). Great value as well, incredible food, delicious wine (and plenty!), top of the line excursions. We would change nothing about the tour! We loved the lunches and dinners! Awesome people throughout. By taking the tour, we were able to see and do things we would not have otherwise-we would have missed so many memory making moments. We want return for the Loire Valley tour soon. Great job!!” –Friends -Tina Losinger and Susanne Weisman, Austin, Texas – Provence Tour Testimonials – Tour Reviews
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