7 Nights

1 Home Base

8 Destinations

From USD 5,399 per person

Hosted by Art In Voyage’s executive chef, James Beard nominee and award-winning executive chef Kevin Fonzo, our guests will be immersed in some of the most incredible combination of tours and activities centered around food, wine, history, culture and outdoors.

You will experience some of the best and most colorful markets of Provence, in addition to the incredible wine region of Gigondas, Chateauneuf du Pape and Bandol. We will take you on an afternoon of yachting the crystal clear waters of Cassis and neighboring islands while drinking some of the region’s rose, or for a picnic in lavender and sunflower fields. ​

Accommodated at our estate, in your very own suite, you will be pampered by our team while making this haven of peace and quite YOUR home for the whole week.

Journey Dates

Land dates

22 Jun 2019 - 29 Jun 2019

Your Journey Directors

Chef Kevin Fonzo Chef Kevin Fonzo
Franck Jeuffroy Franck Jeuffroy

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

Awake your senses

Let the vivid colors and the smell of Provence enfold you: lavenders and sunflower fields, olives and truffles, crystal clear waters, landscapes that inspired the likes of Van Gogh, Matisse or Cézanne.

Dive into a new culinary world

Join our chef for local markets, cooking classes and nice homemade dinners. Discover the culinary treasures of Provence such as bouillabaisse, boeuf en daube, local spices and herbs. Treat yourself with dinners at some of the most famous restaurants in the region! And wrap the all with great wines of the region!

Take a leap into the past

Discover the incredibly rich history of Provence: medieval bridges, abbeys and cities, charming villages, fishing harbors, the Pope's Palace in Avignon, a miniature Champs Elysées alive with restaurants and shops in Aix en Provence and so many other surprises.

Be at home in Provence

Indulge in our luxury home for the week, a refurbished 18th century farmhouse. Enjoy a dip at the pool boasting incredible views of the valley or simply take a walk to the village of Gordes.

ITINERARY

All activities are optional in attendance

Day 1: Welcome to Provence

Welcome to Provence. You are whisked away to your home for 7 nights. After settling in your quarters, join your host for a typical Provence aperitif, followed by a traditional dinner on the terrace.

Day 2: Gordes - Avignon

Today, we invite you to join us for a visit of the local area: Gordes (including the village), the town of Avignon (and the Pope's palace) as well as the Abbaye de Senaques and its lavender fields. Dinner at the property with dishes from Provence, carefully prepared by our executive chef.

Day 3: Cooking class, lavender distillery and honey farm

After a morning at leisure enjoying the villa and the grounds (or visiting a market with the chef perhaps), join us in the kitchen, wine in hand, for your first cooking class. After lunch, we head out to visit a lavender distillery and a honey farm. Tonight, dinner is served under the stars.

Day 4: Cassis - Aix en Provence - Yacht cruise

This morning, we head to Aix en Provence (home town of founder & CEO of Art In Voyage) to experience its famous and colorful markets. We then head to Cassis and the coastline of Provence, yachting "s'il vous plait"! On board, a light lunch and some local rose will be served. Our dinner tonight will take place at the villa, and will be prepared by chef Fonzo.

Day 5: Chateauneuf du Pape - Gigondas

This morning is at leisure (feel free to use one of our bikes for a stroll to the local village or to join Chef Fonzo for a morning walk through local markets). Our lunch takes place in a local lavender field in the form of a picnic prepared with love by our chef. After freshening up, we depart for for the Chateauneuf du Pape and Gigondas areas where we are expected at two wine estates for a tasting & tour . The second one will be followed by a dinner, with wine pairings, at the famous l'Oustalet restaurant in Gigondas.

Day 6: Farmhouse cooking class - Gordes

This morning, we head out to a local farmhouse where we meet up with a famous local chef for a cooking class. Spices, herbs of Provence, local cheeses, fresh vegetables and locally grown saffron are just a few of the ingredients that will be used for today's lunch that our guests will be preparing. The rest of the afternoon is spent at leisure (borrow one of our courtesy vehicles, or ask one of your journey directors to organize additional tours and activities for you). Dinner will be served at Le Mas Tourteron, Elizabeth Bourgeois' famous restaurant in Gordes.

Day 7: St Remy de Provence - Les Baux de Provence

Enjoy your last morning at the property. This afternoon, we depart for St Remy de Provence and Les Baux de Provence. A trip to the region would not be complete without seeing first hand some of the sites (and sounds) that inspired the likes of Van Gogh, Cezanne or Matisse. Our farewell dinner is served by the pool, Provence inspired and carefully prepared by chef Kevin Fonzo.

Day 8: Take the opportunity to extend your stay

Airport transfers are organized, or extend your stay beyond Provence

OUR HOME BASE

L’amandiere

Surrounded by over 100 Almond trees and sitting on the edge of Gorde’s valley, l’Amandiere is our little piece of heaven in Provence, minutes by foot from one of the most beautiful villages of France: Gordes

L’ Amandière is a charming property, entirely used built in the famous local “Gordes stones”. Surrounded by imposing dry-stone walls for complete privacy, it boasts exceptional views of the Luberon Natural Park, the village of Roussillon and the Monts de Vaucluse.

The old bastide has recently been renovated and enlarged, accommodating 14 guests in 7 beautifully appointed en-suite rooms. Local colors were introduced to the very humble interior, carefully decorated, without excess or opulence.

A garden of 4200 m², including olive trees, almond trees, cypresses, offers many corners of rest in the shade. The heated pool of 5 x 12m and its large pool house of 50 m2 open up to an exceptional view while offering maximum sunshine.

L’ Amandiere is place of unique charm in an idyllic and peaceful setting where reigns a very special atmosphere of calm and serenity.

THIS JOURNEY INCLUDES

7 Nights

7 nights at l'Amandiere, in beautifully appointed en-suite bedrooms Open bar at the property (liquor and wines) Complimentary beverages at the property Daily maid service

18 Meals

7 traditional breakfasts 5 professionally prepared dinners at home (dinner preparation at the property by our chefs may be attended by our guests) 2 dinners at local gourmet restaurants 2 lunches following the cooking classes (one at the property, one off-site) 1 picnic lunch, 1 light lunch on the boat, 1 lunch at the property

10 +Activities

2 cooking classes 2 wine tastings at wine estates 7 excursions (Gordes, Avignon, Abbaye de Senaques, Aix en Provence, Cassis, Saint Rémy de Provence, les Baux de provence) 1 Catamaran tour 1 visit of a lavender distillery and a honey farm

As well as...

Complimentary use of courtesy vehicle or bikes Private airport transfers from and to Aix / Marseille or Avignon Services of a journey host, an executive chef as well as local guest chefs All taxes

GOOD TO KNOW

All listed activities are optional in attendance Additional daily trips and excursions may be arranged for a small supplement. International flight to and from Marseille may be arranged through us. Travel insurance is recommended (Art In Voyage partners with ALLIANZ) Price is based on a double occupancy. We charge a small single supplement. Space is limited to 10 with a maximum capacity of 12 guests

HOW ABOUT EXTENDING?

While in the South of France, why not extend to the Southwest of France or even Spain or Italy? You could also make a stop on your way back to Paris or any other European destination! Just let us know what you would be interested in as an extension to incorporate to this exceptional journey when you secure your journey or fill the enquire form.

WHY TRAVEL WITH US?

Expertise Flexibility Friends /Family Spirit /Small Groups Luxury Conditions Exclusive Experiences

FINEPRINT

All listed retreats (hotels, villas and barges) are, at times, subject to changes. If replaced, similar or higher standards will be upheld.

A refundable deposit* of $2000 per person is due at the time of your reservation. In case of a cancelation at more than 90 days prior to departure, your deposit will be returned minus a $250 per person administrative fee. Your final balance is due 90 days prior to departure. Your journey is non-refundable when canceled less than 90 days prior to departure. To that effect, we strongly suggest travel insurance, which we can assist with. NEW! Find a replacement at least 30 days prior to departure and your journey will be fully refunded, minus a $250 per person administrative fee.

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