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  • DEPOSIT for Joie de Vivre Tour in Provence: Sept. 29-Oct. 6, 2020 (private tour for
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    Bonjour!

    This private culinary and cultural tour for "Les Amis de Melodie" will be based in the enchanting village of Saint-Remy-de-Provence, in the heart of Provence and at the foot of the Alpilles ("baby Alps") mountain range. From there, we'll tour this magical, sun-drenched region, visiting enchanting towns like Les Baux, Arles, Avignon, Aix, Cassis, and Eygalieres. We'll walk up the street from our hotel, "Mas de Carassins," to view Greek and Roman ruins, tour the clinic, St. Paul de Mausole, where Van Gogh lived and painted 150 works, nibble our way through Saint Remy on a walking food tour with a local French guide, learn to cook like a true Provençal with a local French chef, and also just relax at many a sidewalk cafe with a chilled glass of local rosé. Of course, we'll also dine at some of the region's best restaurants, as this is a culinary tour, after all! 

    This tour will be fairly active with daily walks of about 1-3 miles and optional yoga. 

    Book your spot on this private culinary and cultural tour for "Les Amis de Melodie" with a deposit of $500. Then pay two installments of either $1600 each (double occupancy) or $1900 each (single). Installments are due Feb. 1 and April 1, 2020.

    Or it's always an option to pay the full price: $3,700 for double or $4,300 for single. 

    Merci beaucoup!

     

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  • DOUBLE/FIRST INSTALLMENT: Provence
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    Due Feb. 1, 2020:

    First Installment for Provence "Joie de Vivre" tour: Sept. 29 to Oct. 6, 2020. 

    NOTE: This is a PRIVATE tour for "Les Amis de Melodie." If you'd like to book your own private tour, let us know! 

    For double occupancy:

    $1600

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  • DOUBLE/SECOND INSTALLMENT: Provence
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    Due April 1, 2020:

    Second and final installment for double-room occupancy:

    $1,600.00

    NOTE: This is a PRIVATE tour for "Les Amis de Melodie." If you'd like to book your own private tour, let us know! 

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  • SINGLE/FIRST INSTALLMENT: Provence
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    Due Feb. 1, 2020:

    First installment for single-room occupancy: 

    $1,900

    NOTE: This is a private tour for "Les Amis de Melodie." 

     

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  • SINGLE/SECOND INSTALLMENT: Provence
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    Due April 1, 2020

    Second installment for single-room occupancy: 

    $1,900. 

    NOTE: This is a private tour for "Les Amis de Melodie." If you'd like to book your own private tour, contact melimelotravel@gmail.com. 

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  • Taste Your Way Through Burgundy in 2020! (Double occupancy)
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    We are thrilled to announce that we're launching new tours in the gastronomically rich region of Burgundy in the spring and fall of 2020. We're planning these culinary and cultural tours with relatives who live there, know the region well, and are serious foodies! 

    Tentative dates for these tours: April 15 to 22 and Oct. 8 to Oct. 15, 2020. If you have a group of 6-8 friends who would like to explore Burgundy with us during another week in 2020, let us know, as we could possibly offer a private tour during your desired week. 

    These tours will be quite active with lots of walking, some biking, and possibly a hike. Instead of staying a hotel, we would like to rent a villa, likely in Beaune, one of the most beautiful and famous towns, situated in the heart of Burgundy. 
    Guests would fly into Paris and take the fast train (TGV) to Dijon. We would pick you up in Dijon and then drive to Beaune, where we'd hunker down for the week. 
    Here's our rough plan, which will likely be tweaked before the tour, but only to create an even better tour for our wonderful guests! 
    Stay in large, beautiful villa in Beaune with a group of 6-8 guests. Enjoy daily excursions from there - off-the-beaten-track culinary touring and also some cultural sightseeing in Dijon, Vezelay, Pommard, and more - with local guides. 
    Dine at a Michelin-starred restaurant as well as several outstanding local favorites 
    Attend 1-2 cooking and/or baking classes taught by local chefs, possibly at the house 
    Explore on bike at least 1-2 days or half days, depending on interest 
    Possible moderate-level hike of 2-3 hours
    Optional yoga 
    Shop at local farmers markets 
    Visit 2-3 local wineries to learn about the winemaking production in this legendary wine region. 
    Enjoy plenty of downtime to explore our town or just kick back at home - with a glass of local wine, bien sur! 
    Tour would include: 
    Accommodations for 7 nights - likely dates April 15 to 22 (guests fly from Boston April 14, arrive in Paris, France, on April 15) and Oct. 8 to 15, 2020. (Fly from Boston Oct. 7.) 
    All breakfasts at the house (bread, croissants, eggs, fruit, coffee, etc. provided for serve-/cook-yourself-style breakfasts) 
    4 dinners
    4 lunches
    Wine at meals and provided at the house for downtime and l’Apero 
    Daily excursions and tours with local guides
    Transfer from Dijon train station. 
    Transportation during the week

    Tour would not include: 
    Airfare
    Train (TGV) from Paris to Dijon - guests could take train directly to Dijon, and we would pick them up there, and then drive to Beaune, about a half-hour drive. 
    3 dinners 
    3 lunches
    Any activity or snacks/drinks enjoyed separately from the group 

    Cost: $3,400 double, $3,900 single - as long as singles are available. (The house has limited single rooms, so they would be booked on a first-come, first-served basis.)
    NOTE: If the group would prefer a hotel, we will book rooms at a hotel close to or in the center of Beaune. The overall trip cost will likely be higher to reflect the price difference. 
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  • Taste Your Way Through Burgundy in 2020! (Single occupancy)
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    We are thrilled to announce that we're launching new tours in the gastronomically rich region of Burgundy in the spring and fall of 2020. We're planning these culinary and cultural tours with relatives who live there, know the region well, and are serious foodies! 

    Tentative dates for these tours: April 15 to 22 and Oct. 8 to Oct. 15, 2020. If you have a group of 6-8 friends who would like to explore Burgundy with us during another week in 2020, let us know, as we could possibly offer a private tour during your desired week. 

    These tours will be quite active with lots of walking, some biking, and possibly a hike. Instead of staying a hotel, we would like to rent a villa, likely in Beaune, one of the most beautiful and famous towns, situated in the heart of Burgundy. 
    Guests would fly into Paris and take the fast train (TGV) to Dijon. We would pick you up in Dijon and then drive to Beaune, where we'd hunker down for the week. 
    Here's our rough plan, which will likely be tweaked before the tour, but only to create an even better tour for our wonderful guests! 
    Stay in large, beautiful villa in Beaune with a group of 6-8 guests. Enjoy daily excursions from there - off-the-beaten-track culinary touring and also some cultural sightseeing in Dijon, Vezelay, Pommard, and more - with local guides. 
    Dine at a Michelin-starred restaurant as well as several outstanding local favorites 
    Attend 1-2 cooking and/or baking classes taught by local chefs, possibly at the house 
    Explore on bike at least 1-2 days or half days, depending on interest 
    Possible moderate-level hike of 2-3 hours
    Optional yoga 
    Shop at local farmers markets 
    Visit 2-3 local wineries to learn about the winemaking production in this legendary wine region. 
    Enjoy plenty of downtime to explore our town or just kick back at home - with a glass of local wine, bien sur! 
    Tour would include: 
    Accommodations for 7 nights - likely dates April 15 to 22 (guests fly from Boston April 14, arrive in Paris, France, on April 15) and Oct. 8 to 15, 2020. (Fly from Boston Oct. 7.) 
    All breakfasts at the house (bread, croissants, eggs, fruit, coffee, etc. provided for serve-/cook-yourself-style breakfasts) 
    4 dinners
    4 lunches
    Wine at meals and provided at the house for downtime and l’Apero 
    Daily excursions and tours with local guides
    Transfer from Dijon train station. 
    Transportation during the week

    Tour would not include: 
    Airfare
    Train (TGV) from Paris to Dijon - guests could take train directly to Dijon, and we would pick them up there, and then drive to Beaune, about a half-hour drive. 
    3 dinners 
    3 lunches
    Any activity or snacks/drinks enjoyed separately from the group 

    Cost: $3,400 double, $3,900 single - as long as singles are available. (The house has limited single rooms, so they would be booked on a first-come, first-served basis.)
    NOTE: If the group would prefer a hotel, we will book rooms at a hotel close to or in the center of Beaune. The overall trip cost will likely be higher to reflect the price difference. 

     

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