7 Days in Provence

THE EXTRAORDINARY PROVENCE 5*
7 Days / 6 Nights
Arrival in: Marseille Airport or Aix TGV
Departure from: Marseille Airport or Aix TGV

Highlight of the itinerary

  • A week immersion in Provence
  • Theme around gastronomy, wine and culture
  • High Hand Services

Explore your tour:

Day 1: Arrival
Arrive and transfer to your Hotel “Le Pigonnet 5*
Day at leisure.
Night at the Hotel Le Pigonnet 5*, Deluxe room.
 

Day 2: Discovery of the Alpilles
Morning: Your guide will take you to visit the village Les Baux de Provence, including the monument “Carrières de Lumières” followed by a tasting at the winery Baux de Provence. The numerous yet unique wines of Les Baux-de-Provence are defined both by the character of their land and the specific choices made by their creators. Since 1995 by a “controlled appellation of origin,” the winemakers of Baux-de-Provence have been united and have continued to preserve their land that is naturally protected and dried by the mistral.
Lunch: Time for lunch will be provided in the historic village of St. Rémy de Provence.
Your expert recommends: Le café de la place
Afternoon: Walking in the streets of St. Rémy de Provence where you can find cute shops, art galleries, and local products. Known for its quality of life and beautiful landscapes, St Rémy has hosted Nostradamus and Van Gogh among other renowned names.
Wine tasting in a vineyard with the Appellation: Baux de Provence
Dinner at leisure.
Night at the Hotel Le Pigonnet 5*, Deluxe room.
 

Day 3: Cassis and the Calanques
Morning: Cassis and the Calanques
Your guide will take you to discover the wines of Cassis and its “Calanques.”
You will savor two wine tastings in vineyards “appellation Cassis.”
At the founding of Marseilles, over 2,600 years ago, the Phocaea’s implanted the first grapes in the Cassis bay. They introduced the “Ugni Blanc,” which is still present today. Over time, the Romans perpetuated the culture of the vine in Cassis and shipped the wine by sea, as evidenced by wine amphoras found in the Cassis bay. The first writings about the Cassis Vineyard date all the way back to the Middle Ages, and in 1381, a notarial text recounts the presence of vineyard land in a place called “The Arena,” by the sea.
The winery moved from the Mediterranean Sea to then expand into the slopes of the surrounding mountains. In the sixteenth century, Cassis sealed its destiny: the vineyard specializing in the development of white wines. A revolution in Provence! (Of course, red wines dominate as well).
Lunch: Time for lunch will be provided in the ancient fishing port of Cassis.
Your guide recommends Le Bistro de La Villa Madie, which has a beautiful sea view.
Afternoon: Explore the Calanques de Cassis with a private boat (Swimming is a possibility. Therefore, we recommend you bring a bathing suit).
In Cassis, Calanques formed over 120 million years ago. To the west of Cassis, the Massif Calanques is made of white limestone over 400 m thick (approx. 1312 ft). Marine valleys have widened, creating real miniature fjords, sometimes containing high natural coves.
Dinner at leisure.
Please do not hesitate to ask your expert to reserve a table at a fabulous restaurant in the area.
Night at the Hotel Le Pigonnet 5*, Deluxe room.

 

Day 4: Day at leisure at l’Hotel Le Pigonnet 5*
Le Pigonnet 5* represents the Provencal “Art de Vivre” situated in the center of Aix en Provence. A beautiful garden, spa, rooms with a terrace and a fabulous restaurant invite you to relax.
Do not hesitate to ask your expert to add a Provencal cooking class with a chef during the day (not included).
No meals included
Night at the Hotel Le Pigonnet 5*, Deluxe room.

 

Day 5: Discovery of the “Palais des Papes” in Avignon and the wines of Chateauneuf du Pape.
Morning: You will visit the “Palais des Papes” and the Pont St. Benezet (audio guide provided).“The Palais des Papes” stands as the powerful symbol of the church’s influence throughout the western Christian world in the XIV Century. Edified in 1335, “The Palais des Papes” was completed in less than twenty years under the leadership of Pope Benedict XII and his successor Clement VI. The monument is the largest Gothic palace in the West and has more than twenty rooms, including the private apartments of the Pope and a theater that hosts public events. The beautiful decors in the frescoes were painted by Italian artist Matteo Giovannetti.
Do not hesitate to ask your expert for a private guide in the “Palais des Papes.”
Afternoon: Time for lunch will be provided in the city of Avignon.
Ask your expert for a reservation at the restaurant “La Maison Christian Etienne” 1*at Michelin guide.
Two wine tastings in the vineyard estates Châteauneuf du Pape, one of the most famous wine regions in the world. Here are located some of the oldest wineries in France, with old castle ruins dating back to the 13th century. When it comes to world-class red wines, Châteauneuf du Pape has no rival!
(10% of the high-end production is white, and rosé is not cultivated here). Most visitors do not get to see the landscapes and places that we have carefully selected for you.
Dinner at leisure.
Night at the Hotel Le Pigonnet 5*, Deluxe room.

 

Day 6: Discover the wines of Bandol
Morning: Two tastings at wineries in Bandol. Bandol is one of the first regions where the Phoenicians came to cultivate vines in a privileged site that will contribute to its growth. The land since then has not changed and is still the one we know today, surrounded by its geological barriers, “Big Brain” in the South, “Mount Caume” in the East, the massif of “Sainte Baume” in the North, with a natural opening to the Gulf of Bandol. In this fabulous scenery along the coastline, you will be seduced by exceptional wines.
Afternoon: Time for lunch will be provided in the medieval village Le Castellet
Your guide recommends: Le « Pied de Nez »
Walk in the beautiful medieval village, the Castellet, dating from the 12th century.
Last tasting in a vineyard in Bandol.
Dinner at leisure.
Night at the Hotel Le Pigonnet 5*, Deluxe room.

 

Day 7: After breakfast in your Hotel, you will leave this fantastic region, and your guide will transfer you to Marseille airport or the TGV station Aix en Provence.

End of our services.

The tour includes: airport/railway station, chauffeur, guide, transport, tours (entries in the vineyards, visit with Audio Guide Palais des Papes and Pont d’Avignon, 5 * Hotel Le Pigonnet in Aix en Provence in a Deluxe room, Continental breakfast, Tourist taxes.
The tour does not include: The flight or train to Marseille or Aix TGV, lunch and dinner, all personal expenses.
Ask your expert to add a cooking class of Provencal fine cuisine with a Chef of the region as an option on your tour.

Minimum 2 people
7 Days & 6 Nights
 From 3100€ per person
Transportation in a luxury 7-seater car

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