5 Days in Provence
Spend 5 days in Provence immersed in the unique culture of Southern France, drinking exquisite red, white and rosé wines and touring the countryside with an English-speaking local.
Day 1: Explore Aix-en-Provence
Arrive at Marseille Airport or Aix en Provence TGV
Morning: Your friendly guide will pick you up at the airport or train station and bring you to your hotel.
Afternoon: Explore the Aix en Provence city’s beautiful and historic architecture, fountains, and mansions, as well as Paul Cezanne’s studio.
After a long day of exploring, you will return to Le Pigonnet, your luxurious accommodations for the duration of the tour.
Day 2: Wine Tasting in Alpilles
Morning: In the village Les Baux de Provence, your guide will take you to the monument Carrières de Lumières followed by a tasting at a Baux de Provence winery. 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 le mistral.
Enjoy lunch at Le Café de la Place in the historic village of St. Rémy de Provence, if you wish.
Afternoon: Following lunch, walk down the streets of St. Rémy, where you’ll find 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.
Dinner at leisure.
Day 3: Wine Tastings in Bandol
Morning: Savor two wine tastings at wineries while taking in the beautiful coastline of Bandol. Bandol is one of the first regions in which the Phoenicians cultivated vines in a privileged site that will contribute to the grapes’ growth.
Afternoon: Lunch at leisure; your guide recommends the restaurant Pied de Nez . Following lunch, walk the streets of the beautiful medieval village of Le Castellet, which dates back to the 12th century. Conclude the day with one final wine tasting in Bandol.
Dinner at leisure.
Day 4: The Palais des Papes in Avignon & the wines of Châteauneuf 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. The beautiful decors in the frescoes in the palace were painted by Italian artist Matteo Giovannetti.
Do not hesitate to ask your guide for a private tour in the “Palais des Papes.”
Afternoon: Lunch in Avignon at leisure; your guide will gladly reserve a table for you at at the restaurant La Maison Christian Etienne. Following lunch, you will participate in two wine tastings in the vineyards of 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 is unrivaled! Most visitors do not get to see the landscapes and places that we have carefully selected for you.
Dinner at leisure.
Day 5: Parisian breakfast
Conclude these 5 days in Provence with breakfast in Le Pigonnet. Following breakfast, your guide will transfer you to Marseille airport or the Aix-en-Provence train station.
You may add a cooking class of Provencal fine cuisine with a chef local to the region, if you desire.
Included: Four nights in Hotel Le Pigonnet, including breakfast; Pick-up/Drop-off at the airport or railway station; in-country transportation; chauffeur, guide and tours; entrance into all vineyards; Audio Guide of Palais des Papes and Pont d’Avignon; Tourist taxes.
Not included: Lunches and dinners, all personal expenses.
5 Days & 4 Nights
Transportation in a luxury 7-seater car