Provence in the Footsteps of Van Gogh

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  • France
  • April 22 – 28, 2022
  • 7 Days/6 Nights
  • 6-10 Guests

Overview

Have you ever dreamed of Provençale hilltop villages, Châteauneuf-du-Pape vineyards, olive trees with glistening ripe olives dripping from them? If you are looking for a vacation for single women or just a group of women traveling together, join our women-only tour and discover this enchanting region. 

Highlights

  • Learning to hunt for truffles, black gold
  • Walking the Ocre Trail in Roussillon
  • Staying in an exquisitely beautiful hotel in Ile Sur la Sorgue
  • Visiting Van Gogh’s room in Saint Paul de Mausole
  • Taking pictures in a field of red poppies
  • Savoring a Michelin star meal with a glass of fresh rosé
  • Experiencing a one of a kind art show in a limestone quarry
  • Playing pétanque with the boys
  • Having a Provençal cooking class with a French chef
  • Shopping picture perfect Lourmarin, très chic!

What about strolling through a farmers market in Provence and selecting farm-fresh produce for your countryside picnic? On this trip, which was the first one we did way back when we began, we have perfected the offerings over the years so that in one short week you’ll be able to see and experience the very best that this region has to offer. Hunting for truffles and then later having a cooking class with a superb French chef are highlights as is the feeling that comes over you when you step into Van Gogh’s room where he painted over 100 of his best works. We know from experience that Provence is a place that will live in your heart for many years to come.

Itinerary

Day 1 – April 22nd, Friday

Arrive via train to Avignon around mid-day. Our driver will pick you up. Once you make the 30 minute trek to our home base for the week you will check-in, refresh, unpack and relax at our elegant and beautiful 4-star hotel located in the wonderful market town of Ile Sur la Sorgue. This is a water-wheel filled town once famous for its silk mills which is literally an island surrounded by the Sorgue river.

Drinks start at 7pm and then after we’ll dine in grand style at our hotel.

*Optional jet-lag massage in the afternoon not included.

Day 2 – April 23rd, Saturday

Today we’ll explore the environs of historic St. Remy and visit Van Gogh’s monastery where he lived and painted and in addition we’ll get to see some Roman Ruins nearby. Then we’ll lunch in the picture perfect town of St. Remy leaving plenty of time to shop after lunch. The shopping here is stupendous. Hello Souleiado!

We’ll head back to our hotel for some free time to rest and relax leaving time to explore Ile sur la Sorge on your own.

Dinner will be in our own town this evening at a charming local restaurant.

Day 3 – April 24th, Sunday

Because it’s so famous, we dare not miss the market in our town of Isle-sur-la-Sorgue which is well known throughout the region for it’s classic marché items such as: local olives, cheeses, jams, flowers and even French espadrilles and Provençal fabrics as well as its brocante (antiques).

Today we’ll have the opportunity to explore our darling town including a peeking inside their 17th century church with its gorgeous painted blue walls and gilded nave.

Lunch today will be at the delightful Jouvaud Patisserie and tea salon which also seconds as a charming gift shop. Their savory pastries, soups and salads are light and delicious.

There is an option this afternoon head to the Fontaine de Vaucluse, the source of the Sorgue river. Here we will take a short nature walk which will inspire and refresh you.

Tonight you’ll enjoy a night off on your own. Restaurant suggestions will be forthcoming, or simply stay at the hotel and relax.

Day 4 – April 25th, Monday

Today is our truffle hunt with the experts & their dogs, you’ll learn everything you never knew about truffles, how they’re raised and why they cost so much. After tasting our freshly dug truffles with champagne by the pool at the proprietors home, we’ll head to the beautiful village of Lourmarin and enjoy a light lunch.

After lunch we’ll have time to walk around, sight see and shop the exquisitely chic shops of this picturesque town.

NOTE: This is one of Peter Mayle’s favorite villages in Provence.

In the late afternoon we’ll be instructed on how to play Petanque by our truffle guys. Petanque is the Provençal version of Boule, a game played outside with metal balls. While we play we’ll enjoy a light apéro as well as home-made paté and Pastis made by Jean-Marc, owner of the truffle dogs.

Dinner tonight will be a light affair after so many tastings today. A seafood focused meal will fit the bill.

Day 5 – April 26th, Tuesday

 Today we’ll rise early to head over to stunning Uzès for a hands-on cooking class. After our labors we’ll dine with wine on our fixins’.

After class, we’ll stroll around the village of Uzès for shopping and photography and we’ll meet up in a secret medieval garden for tea before heading back “home” to Ile sur la Sorgue. If time and stamina allows we will stop for a few photos at the Pont du Gard.

Dinner on your own @ hotel or in town.

 Day 6 – April 27th, Wednesday

Today we’ll sleep in, and after a sumptuous breakfast at our hotel, we’ll head to the impossibly beautiful town of Gordes. Put your walking shoes on because today we’ll be getting our exercise in not one but two hilltop villages. We will tour this charming village, named one of the most beautiful in France. We’ll enjoy lunch in town enjoying the view over the countryside while we tuck into our Provençal repas.

In the afternoon we’ll visit Rousillon, the famous red village where we’ll walk the Ocre trail and explore this lovely town leaving a bit of time for  souvenir shopping.

We arrive back to hotel early enough so you can lounge, exercise, read or just relax.

Tonight we’ll do something a bit out of the ordinary on our last night together. We’ll head to the gorgeous village of Chateneuf du Pape for an exclusive wine tasting in a 15th century cellar followed by a private meal cooked just for us by the most charming chef you’ve ever met.

A night to remember.

 Day 7 – April 28th, Thursday

All good things must come to an end. Today we’ll enjoy our last breakfast at our hotel and then our driver will take you back to the Avignon TGV station.

Trip Notes:

GG2P always reserves the right to alter the itinerary based on weather or availability as well as exciting opportunities that might crop up!

 ** Not to worry – Vegetarians will be well fed in all cafés and restaurants as well as those allergic to seafood. Options are plentiful.

Trip Cost

Trip Cost: 4,850 Euro*

  • * All our trips are organized and priced based on single occupancy at all the places we stay (unless otherwise indicated). Everyone gets their own fabulous room! If you’re traveling with a friend/relative, or would prefer to save some money by sharing a room, we can usually organize double occupancy at a reduction in cost. Please inquire.
  • * All our trips are priced in the home currency of the trip’s location; however, we will invoice you in the equivalent USD calculated at the exchange rate at the time of invoice.
  • Interest-free payment plans are available. Please inquire.

What’s included?

  • Everything stated in itinerary above including all meals except one (where indicated) and plus wine with dinner
  • All classes and hunts as described
  • All guides
  • All Museum or other entry fees
  • All in-country transport including transfers to and from the train station in Avignon

What’s not Included?

  • Roundtrip airfare to France
  • Roundtrip train from Paris to Avignon
  • Any spa treatments desired
  • Any personal souvenirs or purchases.
  • Additional wine, beer or spirits beyond what is offered at meals.
  • Travel insurance (highly recommended) and trip medical coverage (required for travelers over 50 years of age).

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