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 Provence but can 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.
This trip starts after noon, in sunny Provence, at the Avignon TGV train station. There you will be greeted by our adorable driver who will whisk you to your home away from home, Les Murets in the Gordes countryside. You’ll arrive in time to meet your host, enjoy some refreshments and hors d’oeuvres and a little rest by the pool or a hike to a nearby village, before having an early cooked dinner on the terrace, overlooking the Luberon valley at sunset.
We’ll stretch our legs with an optional 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.
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 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 favorite Paris addresses with our new bffs.
We’ll wake to our final breakfast in Provence and then whisk you, in first class comfort, to Paris, on the morning fast train. We’ll get to the City of Light in time to drop our bags, and head to a bustling local bistrot for a light lunch. After a welcome glass of bubbly in our “host” apartment, you’ll get settled in your apartment or boutique hotel. We’ll spend the rest of the day walking the ‘hood, strolling by the Eiffel tower and visiting 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, and know your way around a little. You’ll head to dinner on your own, with a list of suggestions from us for fabulous places to dine in the neighborhood.
After breakfast on your own (we are surrounded by the best bakeries in town), we’ll hit the ground running and take you to our favorite flea market outside of Paris. You’ll love the fun of poking among the fleas as well as the people watching, deal making and treasure hunting that comes with the territory! After lunch, we’ll have several options for the afternoon, followed by a quick "picnic dinner" before heading to a magical evening bike ride through Paris and boat ride on the Seine.
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. Our final dinner will be fun and festive at an iconic local steak frites joint, after which we will walk home, past the sparkling Eiffel tower, for a final adieu and photo op.
Now, no crying. It’s time to leave. We’ll help you make arrangements for your next destination, and bid you au revoir, with hopes to see you again soon.