Trips - Itinerary - Paris & Provence
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 starts in Paris. 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 in the early afternoon for a welcome glass of bubbly in your beautiful apartment or boutique hotel. We’ll have a light lunch and stroll around our elegant neighborhood for a nice little introduction to living in Paris “a la française.” You ‘ll have time to unpack, relax and explore our arrondisement on your own before we head to dinner in a lovely neighborhood restaurant.
We’ll hit the ground running and visit a couple of our favorite museums, and then stroll through the Tuilerie Gardens and the Palais Royal. We’ll have lunch at an oh-so-Frenchy restaurant before heading over to the fashionable Faubourg St. Honore for a little exploring and shopping. You’ll have free time to shop, explore and dine on your own that evening, with lots of suggestions from your local leaders.
we'll head to Paris’ most famous flea market, the Marche aux Puces, to browse, shop and maybe seal some deals before lunching at one of the best and bustling bistrots. On our way home, we’ll hit a couple of Paris landmarks and then have a fun “picnic dinner” in the apartment before heading to our favorite evening bike ride through Paris and boat ride on the Seine.
We’ll spend our last couple hours in Paris taking in a few more sights and nibbling a croissant before whisking you, in first class comfort, to Provence on the TGV fast train. Our driver will greet us at the Avignon train station and 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 by the colorful port and wander this charming little town. We’ll also explore, by boat, the famous Calanques (sort of like mini-fjords) that line the coast here. On the way home, we may stop in the bustling city of Aix-en-Provence for a stroll and café. Dinner back home in Paradise.
We’ll power walk into the hillside town of Gordes and power shop at the wonderful market there. 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 explore pretty Lourmarin for a final day of shopping and culture and an exquisite lunch. 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 last dinner is festive and fun as we relive the week and exchange addresses with our new bff’s.
We’ll say our au revoirs and get you to the station in plenty of time to catch your train to the airport…or wherever you’re headed.