This deposit secures your spot on our first-ever French-immersion tour in the magical South of France. Felicitations, you're heading to Provence this fall!
Here is a sample plan:
- Stay either in or near the quaint, quintessentially Provençal village of Saint Remy in either a hotel or private home. (Two options: Mas de Carassins in St. Remy or Moulin de la Roque, which is 15 minutes from St. Remy in the tiny town of Noves.)
- On most days after breakfast, we’ll meet for two-hour French classes, followed by free time until lunch together. In the afternoon, we’ll enjoy a variety of excursions, including:
1) A walking food and history tour of Saint Remy with an excellent local guide, who will share their vast knowledge of Saint Remy and the Provence region and welcome your questions - a great way to put your French into practice! Among sites we’ll visit is St. Paul le Mausole, the hospital where Van Gogh lived and painted 150 of his best known works.
2) A tour of famous medieval villages in the Luberon Natural Park – With a local French guide, we would likely visit the charming and historic villages of LaCoste, Roussillon, and Gordes. This enchanting area is about an hour from St. Remy, but so worth the drive. (Perhaps you’ve read Peter Mayle’s “A Year in Provence,” which takes place there, as he lived in Lourmarin.)
3) A full-day cooking class that starts with shopping for ingredients at an outdoor farmer’s market - with a fun, talented, and highly regarded local French cooking teacher.
4) Friday morning market in Eygalières, one of the prettiest little villages in Provence. After shopping for local lavender, honey, soaps, scarves, Provencal textiles, and more, we’ll meet for lunch, then stroll up the hill to one of the town’s highest points for a spectacular view.
5) Wine tasting at Chateau Romanin, a biodynamic winery on a vast and majestic property in St Remy.
6) Yoga class in St. Remy and/or hike in the St. Remy area, which is in the foothills of “Les Alpilles,” also known as the “Baby Alps.”
7) Visit to Avignon or Arles, including tour with a local guide and lunch.
8) More to come….
Cost for a one-week French-immersion tour with Nina and Jenn is $4200 for double occupancy, $4600 for single. Your deposit of $500 - due March 1 - will secure your spot, and two installments are due April 1 and June 1.
Included in the tour price:
Accommodations for 7 nights
All transfers from Marseille airport (about a 1-hour flight from Paris) or Avignon TGV station (3 hours from Paris)
All French classes with Nina, tours, tastings, cooking classes, and excursions
Wine with meals (about 2 glasses pp)
Not included in the tour price:
Excursions enjoyed separately from the group