DAY 1 ARRIVAL TRANSFER
Private transfer with an English speaking driver to your hotel in Aix en Provence
DAY 2 FULL DAY ALPILLES
Meet your English speaking driver-guide in the lobby of your hotel Intercontinental in Marseille and departure for a full day tour of the Alpilles.
Start with a visit to St Remy de Provence - Situated in the heart of the Alpilles, Saint Rémy is one of the "must-sees" in Provence. Surrounded by lush green perfumed valleys, its ancient streets are lined with beautifully restored old houses... you will soon be seduced by Saint Rémy's charm!
Stop at the olive oil farm n- The Domain C’ story began in 1997 when they fell in love with some old olive trees, planted in south-facing land in the rocky range of Les Alpilles, in the locality of Castelas. Today, Domaine produces olives on 110 acres of Appellation d’Origine Protégée groves in the Vallée des Baux de Provence, and in 160 acres on the Plaine de Crau.
Les Baux de Provence - The village of the Baux de Provence is situated in the heart of the Alpilles on a rocky plateau 245m high. A brilliant view of Arles, the Camargue and the Alpilles can be seen from the lookout points! This immense and superb stone fortress is, without a doubt, one of the "must-sees" on the Provencal tourist trail!
End of your day with a private wine tasting - The estate wines have been planted on the slopes of two valleys leading into the Alpilles hills. The earliest record of vines and olive trees on the domain was in 1531. The roman road, via Domitia, passed by its front door on the northern slopes of the Alpilles.
DAY 3 FULL DAY LUBERON
Meet your English speaking driver-guide in the lobby of your hotel and departure for a full day tour in the Luberon
Between the Alpes de Haute Provence and the Vaucluse plain, the bold outline of the Luberon Mountain rises up: this is the symbol of the area, a mountain which brings the area together rather than separates. From the valleys of Calavon in the north to the Durance in the south, the natural link for these "pays du Luberon" which sway gently around its feet.
Start with a visit of Gordes - Gordes is a very beautiful old village, perched on the southern edge of the high Plateau de Vaucluse. The stone buildings built in tight against the base of the cliffs and those perched on the rocks above, including the 12th-century castle, are made of a beige stone that glows orange in the morning sun. The view from the village is a southern panorama out across fields and forests and small perched villages to the Montagne du Luberon
Enjoy a Private lunch pairing food and wine at a local domaine. Art and wine go well together, as we well know. This domaine is a new planet in the AOC Luberon galaxy, with its penchant for contemporary art well visible from the entrance.
After lunch, enjoy a visit of Rousillon & Les Ocres – The ochre of the Luberon fascinates. From Roussillon to Gignac, by way of Villars, Gargas and Rustrel, the former ochre quarries of the Apt valley (Vaucluse) surge from the past, hiking trails have been blazed, panoramic viewpoints opened up, signs of bygone days brought up to date and car parks can be found.
The Abbaye Notre-Dame de Sénanque is a lovely medieval Cistercian abbey that is one of the best places to see Provence's famed lavender fields. Founded in 1148 and once again populated by Cistercian monks, the peaceful abbey welcomes visitors and provides overnight retreats.
Continue to Gargas village for a private visit of a Lustrerie – The Lustrerie is set in an old Ochre factory near Gargas. There are three main activities in the factory; the creation of new designs, the restoration, with such illustrious clients as the Château de Versailles and the re-edition of classic designs. The activity is overseen by the owner and designer who has brought together his expert artisans to create the exceptional Chandeliers, Lamps, Lanterns and Sconces.
Then enjoy a visit of Bonnieux – The village of Bonnieux, perched on a rocky outcropping near the pass between the Petit Luberon and Grand Luberon mountains. This is an outstanding and very central location in the valley north of the Luberon Mountain. Topped by its old 12th-century church, Bonnieux cascades down the hillside and offers a spectacular panoramic view across the fields, orchards, and vineyards of the Calavon River valley.
DAY 4 COOKING CLASS IN CAMARGUE
Meet your private English speaking driver and departure to Arles Market for a private cooking class with Star Michelin chef restaurant following a visit tour of Camargue.
After the market tour departure to the Michelin starred restaurant for a private cooking class
A stay in Arles will give you the chance to savour the wide variety of its local products while strolling through the market on a Saturday morning. This is one of the most beautiful markets in Provence. It stretches over two kilometres and is full of smells and colours.
The chef will meet us there to visit a few local producers and get all the ingredients you will need for your cooking class. Once that will be done, we will head toward to his restaurant where will be held your class.
You will get to know about chef!
Expect to have great fun and to learn some fantastic tips to cook back home some fantastic recipes.
Of course, the class will be followed by lunch (served with wines).
After lunch, you will depart to a Camargue manade, a legendary ranch where you’ll be welcomed by your hosts in traditional outfit riding their white horses. This family-owned ranch has been raising Camargue horses and black bulls from generation to generation on their 500 acres property right in the heart of the Camargue Natural Park.
Their property has been called “Le Mas de Marquises” since Louis XIV and their oldest building dates from 1818.
You will spend the next couple of hours with Estelle and a few more “guardians” wandering around the property where you will see plenty of white horses and black bulls living in their natural habitat in complete freedom.
Don’t you worry you will be completely safe at all time!
5pm – End of the tour at your hotel in Aix en Provence
DAY 5 DEPARTURE
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When you visit France you will find the past very much a part of the present. The French government does an exquisite job of preserving the history and artefact of the past. There is a strong legacy of history and culture found in every city centre and corner of the country.
And not only is their culture but there are many adventures to embark on as well. Given the wide open spaces and enchanting small towns of the French countryside, there is an endless scope of activities to participate in.
Throughout your journey, you will stay at boutique hotels and opulent resorts, but all with one thing in common- which is unmatched luxury and quality of service. All accommodations will be chosen to best fit your itinerary and preferences, which could mean a city centre location of a countryside hideaway. It is up to you how you choose to experience the beauty of France.
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