Note: We like to stay flexible so the itinerary is subject to change based on weather, interests of the group, and day of the week. This itinerary will change based on whether your trip starts in Paris or Provence. Although the days will be different, we always try to have at least one or two market days in Provence and one trip to the Mediterranean.
Meet us in Paris at noon to kick off the trip with a welcome glass of bubbly and get settled in your apartment or boutique hotel. After a light little bistro lunch, we’ll stroll over to the Eiffel tower and visit some of the charming shops in the neighborhood for an introduction to living in Paris "a la francaise." You will have tasted just enough of this magnificent city to whet your appetite, so we'll head to dinner in a lovely neighborhood restaurant.
In the morning, we'll walk off the fresh croissants with a walk over to one or two of our favorite museums, followed by a leisurely stroll through the Tuilerie Gardens and by the Louvre. We'll have lunch at an iconic bistrot near the Palais Royal and walk it off through the gardens in the afternoon. Then we'll head over to the fashionable Faubourg St. Honore, soon to be your favorite shopping street in the world. You'll have some free time to shop and explore with lots of suggestions from your local leaders. Dinner will be on your own that night, and we'll give you a list of some of our favorite restaurants.
After breakfast, we'll hit the ground running to take in all the sights and sounds of chic St. Germain followed by a stroll through the bustling and hip Marais neighborhood. You'll be on your own for lunch and you'll have plenty of time to wander through this beautiful city at your leisure. In the evening, we'll have a fun "picnic dinner" before heading to our favorite evening bike ride through Paris and boat ride on the Seine.
After some last minute shopping, we'll whisk you, in first class comfort, to Provence on the TGV fast train. Our driver will greet us at the Avignon train station and we’ll head straight to one of our favorite villages, Isle sur la Sorgue, which happens to have a bustling market on Sunday afternoons. You will arrive at Les Murets, your home in Provence, in time for hors d’oeuvres and dinner on the terrace, overlooking the Luberon valley.
Off to an early start to our favorite little Mediterranean jewel of a village: Cassis. We’ll lunch on the legendary soupe de poisson with plenty of crisp, cold white wine and then dip our toes in the blue, blue water. We’ll also explore, by boat, the famous Calanques (sort of like mini-fjords) that line the coast here. On the way home, we’ll stop in Aix-en-Provence for a stroll and a café at the famous Deux Garcons. Dinner back home in Paradise.
We’ll stretch our legs with a power walk into the hillside town of Gordes, followed by power shopping at the wonderful Gordes market. Pottery, fabric, jewelry, clothing, food… you name it and you’ll find it here. We’ll follow it up with a sun-drenched lunch nearby and then spend the afternoon visiting the Luberon’s famous trifecta of cliff-hugging villages: Menerbes, Lacoste and Bonnieux.
Off to chic St. Remy for the bustling and colorful market. We’ll be starved by lunch and you’ll adore our very, very favorite spot in Provence where there’s no menu and we rub elbows with locals, tourists and the occasional French film star. We top the day off with a lovely cultural excursion, a vineyard visit and a light and lively dinner sur la terrace.
We snooze a little in the morning then explore pretty Lourmarin for a final day of shopping and culture. After our grand finale on the porch, we’ll do our famous “show and tell” where we all get to show off our special treats and treasures acquired during the week. And of course, our final dinner is festive and fun as we relive the week and start trading addresses with our new bffs.
Now, no crying. It’s time to leave. We’ll get you to the station in plenty of time to catch your train to the airport… or to Paris if you’ve decided to indulge in a few more days of la vie en rose.