Heart In Provence takes small groups of women only on fully escorted, 10 night tours of France! We start this dream in Aix-en-Provence. Founded by the Romans and always in fashion, Aix is still a marvel of light, culture, wine and food. We do 7 nights in this dreamy paradise and then up to Paris by high speed train (TGV) to the City of Light. The company offers initial planning, airport to airport accompaniment, bilingual escorting, on site translation; well-chosen comfortable, appropriate accommodations, ground transportation and all food and beverage arrangements as well. Once you board the plane, you never have to take out your wallet! (Of course, personal purchases and extra hotel charges are not included). Consider this a private tour- a real alternative to travel for the masses. We work with your plans and desires. Touching on the great museums and edifices is only the beginning: after that it all gets very personal. Every step of the way the tours will be customised to guests’ special requests for day trips-wine, art, music, food, culture –it is all possible in Paris and Provence.
a unique and secure way to have that trip of a lifetime to experience France the way the French do.
Heart in Provence exists because of the life experience of its owner Lori, when at age of 29, first visited Europe to go to Chantilly, France on a business trip to pick up a thoroughbred stallion and literally fell in love with everything in French. She knew then and there that she would be back one day- little did she know that it would be when she married a French man and moved to live in Aix-en-Provence. During Lori’s 8 years in France she had the pleasure, passion, privilege and also tribulations of creating a life from scratch. Armed initially with only high school French, she made her fair share and then some, of cultural faux pas, but learned from her mistakes. That is why this company is so near and dear to her heart: she has made all the mistakes possible and takes the guesswork out of seeing Paris & Provence so her guests will have the lifetime experience they have dreamed of. No time wasted waiting in lines or navigating the complex geography of Paris & Provence. Maximizing your trip is the essence of Heart In Provence.
Lori knows the language (certified bilingual), is a newly minted French Citizen and after 8 years living in Aix, she knows how to navigate the culture. Qualified with International Sommelier Guild level II in wine, UBC Certificate in French Culinary Arts and over 4 years of teaching cooking here in Vancouver, over 9 years catering experience, she takes guests to the places she is confident they will love to see. Knowing her way around France helps immensely with flights, trains, hotels and auto bookings. From personal experience she knows where to go and how to get there. Round all that out with a real profound love for French food, wine and culture and this is the perfect opportunity to put all that good learning to use. It is Lori`s pleasure to share this passionate excitement with others: she has done all the hard work, now just show up at the airport with your bag packed and off you go in safety, comfort and security knowing you will be taken care of personally.