France·April 17 - 23 2023

Provence in the Footsteps of Van Gogh & Cezanne

Witness the countryside that inspired Van Gogh's greatest paintings

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Overview

If you've never been to Provence, it's a must-see destination. The quaint hilltop villages, the history imbued in the Roman aqueducts and coliseum, the fields of sunflowers and lavender, the markets of St. Remy, hunting for truffles - I could go on and on. And then there's the food & wine. April can't come quickly enough! This was the first Girls’ Guide trip ever did, and we’ve perfected the offerings over the years so that in one short week, you’ll be able to see and experience the very best that this region has to offer. Provence is a place that will live in your heart for many years to come.

Highlights

Learning to hunt for truffles, black gold

Learning to hunt for truffles, black gold

Staying in an exquisitely beautiful Provençal hotel

Staying in an exquisitely beautiful Provençal hotel

Visiting Van Gogh’s bedroom in Saint Paul de Mausole

Visiting Van Gogh’s bedroom in Saint Paul de Mausole

Taking selfies in a field of red poppies

Taking selfies in a field of red poppies

Savoring an authentic gourmet Provençal meal with a glass of fresh rosé

Savoring an authentic gourmet Provençal meal with a glass of fresh rosé

Exploring picturesque ancient Les Baux

Exploring picturesque ancient Les Baux

Playing pétanque with the boys

Playing pétanque with the boys

Having a Provençal cooking class with a French chef

Having a Provençal cooking class with a French chef

Visiting Cezanne’s atelier in Aix

Visiting Cezanne’s atelier in Aix

Exploring the Roman amphitheater in Arles

Exploring the Roman amphitheater in Arles

Schedule

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Day 1

Arrive on the fast TGV train* from Paris into Avignon arriving at 2:21pm when our driver will pick you up. After a 30 minute ride you’ll check in and refresh, unpack and relax at our 4-star Villa and Spa hotel in Fontvieille.

We can help you make jet-lap curing spa appointments** upon arrival if you wish.

Drinks start at 6:30pm followed by dinner at the hotel when we’ll go over the plan for the week with our guide Nancy.

*There is also a train arriving slightly earlier that you can take directly from CDG airport with one change.

**Optional jet-lag massage in the afternoon not included.

Included

Dinner

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Day 2- April 18

Today we are headed to Uzès, the gorgeous walled town with a circular town square. Here we’ll participate in a Provençal cooking workshop followed by lunch. A bit of free time after will allow you to stroll and shop this stunning town.

Then we’ll visit the famous Pont du Gard, the ancient roman aqueduct bridge built over 2000 years ago.

After traveling back to our hotel, you’ll have some free time to relax before dinner tonight which will be at the colorful Le Patio in Fontvieille.

Included

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 3- April 19

Today we’ll rise a bit earlier to experience morning at the beautiful market in St. Remy. They sell not only freshly picked produce but espadrilles, provencal fabrics, olives and other goodies which make perfect gifts to take home. Don’t worry you’ll have time to duck into the lovely boutiques that line every street as well.

After the market we’ll sit down for a nice lunch at Da Pepe in St. Remy for some Italian food just to change things up a bit.

This afternoon we’ll visit the monastery of La Mausole de St. Paul, otherwise known as the hospital where Van Gogh stayed after the ear incident and where he made some of his most famous paintings. You’ll visit his own room and hopefully catch some irises still in bloom behind the building which he captured in several of his paintings done here as well.

In the late afternoon we’ll be instructed on how to play Petanque in St. Remy. Petanque is the Provençal version of Boule, a game played outside with metal balls. You get better the more rosé you drink!

Dinner will be at the wonderful L’Ail ou la Cuisse in St. Remy. Don’t forget to save room for dessert, the chef here specializes in spectacular French pastries.

Included

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 4 - April 20

Today we’ll rise and after breakfast visit an olive oil mill to learn how the unctuous local oil is made. A tasting will be in order.

Then we’ll lunch at Bistro du Paradou in Le Paradou, a tiny medieval village.

This afternoon we will enjoy the interactive show at Carriere des Lumieres followed by a stroll in the famous town of Les Baux. This is the first location that started the interactive, music and light show museum craze that has traveled all over the world.

After a full day, tonight’s dinner is on your own. There are loads of places within walking distance to our hotel.

Included

Breakfast, Lunch

Not Included

Dinner

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Day 5 - April 21

Today, after breakfast, we’ll drive and meet up with our truffle hunters. Here on a typical Provençal farm you’ll learn everything about growing and hunting for truffles with trained dogs. Luckily our truffle guys are fun, funny and produce superb products. After the hunt you’ll enjoy a tasting of the less intense summer truffle outside by the family pool, served with some bubbly of course!

After we’ll have time to explore Lourmarin (one of Peter Mayle’s favorites) and its wonderful shops. Grab a small bite on your own or some dessert if the truffle tasting didn’t fill you up. This charming village is where the famous French writer Albert Camus once lived and worked.

Then we’ll continue on to the über famous small city of Aix-en-Provence for a guided tour with a focus on Cezanne. You’ll get to visit his atelier which looks as if he’s just walked out for lunch.

Dinner tonight will be back in our village at Le Bel Oustau in Fontvieille

Included

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 6 - April 22

Today we’ll visit the city of Arles, famous for its Roman amphitheater as well as being another stop on the trail of Van Gogh.

You’ll have free time here to visit the market. Then we’ll lunch at the Brasserie La Malarte. After lunch we’ll take a guided tour of the city with Heather from Lost in Arles focusing on Van Gogh.

A magnificent farewell dinner and wine tasting will be enjoyed tonight at Château Estoublon.

Included

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 7 - April 23

Breakfast, photo sharing & depart. You’ll be dropped off at the TGV station for your trip back up to Paris. Should you want to fly back from Marseille, there will be a small extra charge. 

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Breakfast

You'll Be Staying Here

Provence in the Footsteps of Van Gogh & Cezanne

Provence in the Footsteps of Van Gogh & Cezanne

LA RÉGALIDO, A CHARMING RESIDENCE IN THE HEART OF PROVENCE

Hosts

Nancy McGee

Nancy McGee

Born and raised bilingual in the province of Quebec, Nancy was naturally attracted to France. After a career in corporate and international event management for the United Nations and Coca-Cola, her desire to share her passion of the south of France has since become her focus. She lives in Sète with her papillon spaniel, Jewel.

Price

Private Room

Private Room

Everyone gets their own fabulous room!

FROM$6,750.00/pp

What's Included

What's Included

Everything stated in itinerary above including all meals except where indicated plus wine with dinner

All classes and hunts as described

All guides

All Museum or other entry fees

All transport in Provence including transfers to and from the train station in Avignon

Roundtrip airfare to France

Roundtrip train from Paris to Avignon

Any spa treatments desired

Any personal souvenirs or purchases

Additional wine, beer or spirits beyond what is offered at meals

Travel Insurance (required)

Medical Insurance (required)

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Provence in the Footsteps of Van Gogh & Cezanne

France· April 17 - 23 2023· 6 nights

FROM$6750/pp