7 Days in Provence
Spend 7 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 the City of Art
Arrive at Marseille Airport or Aix en Provence TGV
Spend the day at leisure in Aix en Provence. See the city’s beautiful fountains, architecture and mansions or visit Paul Cezanne’s studio.
After a long day of exploring, return to the Hotel Le Pigonnet, your beautiful and luxurious accommodations for the duration of your trip.
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: Cassis & Les Calanques
Morning: You will participate in a guided wine tasting in the vineyards of “appellation Cassis,” where Phocaens planted the first grapes 2600 years ago. In the sixteenth century, the vineyards of Cassis became a revolution in Provence, specializing in the development of white wines.
Afternoon: Following lunch in the ancient fishing port of Cassis, you will explore Les Calanques de Cassis from a private boat. You will have the opportunity to see in person the white limestone Calanques of Cassis which formed over 120 million years ago.
Dinner at leisure – your guide will gladly reserve a table for you at one of the best restaurants in the area.
Following dinner, your guide will bring you back to the Hotel Le Pigonnet for the night.
Day 4: Day at leisure at l’Hotel Le Pigonnet
Le Pigonnet represents the Provencal “Art de Vivre” situated in the center of Aix en Provence. A beautiful garden, spa, rooms with a terrace create a relaxing environment. You may also enjoy lunch and/or dinner at the hotel’s exceptional restaurant.
Do not hesitate to ask your guide to add a Provencal cooking class with a local chef during the day, for an additional fee.
Day 5: The Palais des Papes in Avignon & the wines of Châteauneuf du Pape
Morning: First, 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 beautiful decors in the frescoes inside 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 6: 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 7: Parisian breakfast
Conclude these 7 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: Six nights in Hotel Le Pigonnet, including breakfast; Pick-up/Drop-off at the airport or railway station; in-country transportation; the services of a chauffeur and guide; entrance into vineyards; Audio Guide of the Palais des Papes and Pont d’Avignon; Tourist taxes.
Not included: Lunches and dinners, optional cooking class, all personal expenses.
7 Days & 6 Nights
Transportation in a luxury 7-seater car