Heart In Provence offers unique, escorted tours at your pace with monthly offerings and flexible dates. If you are going to France, you must go to Paris. Is is the city of light and so much more.We start in Paris thenon to Provence with 7 night stay in one of Aix-en-Provence's historic hotels. It is a perfectly central spot to make short day trips around the region. Lavender fields in Valensole? Yes- only 1.5 hours away-but only in summer months. (the guide books omit that little detail). Seaside of Marseilles? Absolutely- a quaint local train ride away. The majestic palaces of the Popes in Avignon- couple that with the local wine and that is an amazing day trip. It is all possible from Aix. And don't forget a leisurely market stroll followed by a typical lunch in a local café- people watching extraordinaire. You will see it is like the movies you have seen and the books you have read. Truly.
What is included?
Here are just a few of the possibilities Paris 3 days + Provence
Day 1-Depart Vancouver- arrive CDG Paris.
Day 2 & 3 in Paris
Ideal departure day is Thursday but we have total flexibility. As a small group, we can customize as we choose. Unpack, get settled and we go for a light meal and a beverage - a short walk around Paris to get your barings. Light lunch or early dinner. You will be tired, but feeling great. Lets target a museum or gallery or some shops. Our hotel, located in the Bastille/Marais neighbourhood, this woman-owned property is a true gem. Flora is the chef as well: she runs a bang up place. Each floor is uniquely decorated, quiet and comfortable. We head out to the grande boulevards- Haussman, Champs d'Elysee, and left bank. Museums- we have a special private entrance to the Louvre, Orangerie and many more - a well kept secret. No waiting in lines. (security lines are manditory, regardless of our pass) Late dinner at small café. A true gem, not in any tourist guide books. This is where the French go for dinner.
Down to Aix by TGV train. Gare de Lyon leads us to Aix.
Settle in Hotel du Globe- newly rerfurbished and centrally placed.
Aix has more to discover than you can imagine. We will dip our collective travelling selves into the culture pool here :Cezanne, Van Gogh, Zola and many other writers and artists spent time in Aix. Museum Granet has a special exhibit of Cezanne at the moment.
Trip to Puy St Reparade for a special vineyard visit and lunch. This is where modern meets historic. You will be amazed at how seamlessly they blend.
Lets go to Marseille - there is so much to see and do in this ancient port city. Day trip to Marseille. We will visit this amazing Mediterranean City- full of history and rustic charm. Lunch at the Vieux Port- shopping, Muceum and exhibits await
Last day to revist favorites: this is time to go back to shops, re visit the market and maybe a day trip to the fabulous Thermes Sextius (the water based spa).
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