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.
This trip starts after noon in the glorious City of Light. We'll have a welcome glass of bubbly and then head to a bustling local bistro for a light lunch. After a lovely relaxing meal, you’ll have time to 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." Or, we may pop by a nearby new exhibit or favorite museum. By the end of the afternoon, you will have tasted just enough of this magnificent city to whet your appetite for a yummy dinner with the group in a nearby neighborhood restaurant.
day 2 sat
After breakfast on your own (we are surrounded by the best bakeries in town), we’ll hit the ground running and take you to one of our favorite street markets to browse and shop. You’ll love poking among the vintage merchandise as well as the people watching, deal making and treasure hunting that comes with the territory. After a lively group lunch at one of our favorite restaurants, we’ll have several options for the afternoon - perhaps another museum exhibit (so many to visit and enjoy), or a few hours of some serious retail shopping along the chic and fashionable Faubourg St. Honore. Dinner will be together at one of the wonderful restaurants near our accommodations. (Or, we may offer the optional Fat Tire evening bike tour, which is the very best way to see the best of Paris at night!)
In the morning, we'll walk off the fresh croissants with either a jaunt to the world famous flea market (always an experience!) or perhaps 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 a lovely group lunch, followed by free time. 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 to Paris and a perfect photo op. (Or we may decide on a late evening cruise down the Seine, bubbles included!)
Up and out early today! We waste no time and zip down to sunny Provence a la first class on the speedy TGV train. We'll be greeted at the Avignon train station by Christophe, our wonderful and thoroughly adorable driver who will whisk you to your home away from home, Les Murets. On our way, we'll stop off in charming Ile sur la Sorgue for a beautiful al fresco lunch and time to browse this pretty little town. You’ll arrive home in time to enjoy some pool time, inhale the lavender-scented air or a short hike before dinner on the terrace, overlooking the Luberon valley at sunset.
Welcome to our first morning in gorgeous Provence. After our delish and fresh breakfast (warm croissants are hand-delivered!), 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. Dinner at home on the terrace.
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 wonderful week and start trading addresses and emails so we can all stay in touch.
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.