When you travel with us your trip includes:

  • 24/7 bilingual accompaniment-we are there for you
  • pre-trip meeting to get acquainted with your fellow travelers
  • 6 travelers maximum -no big uncomfortable busses
  • all ground transportation/ transfers-Mercedes vehicles
  • 6 nights Aix-en-Provence / 3 nights Paris/ 1 night airport hotel
  • personalized questionnaire- we find out what you must do and what you do not want to do
  • all day trips-choice at time of booking- no packing up every day 
  • most meals - breakfast(typical forfait at cafe), lunch & dinner in Provencal style
  • (that means wine with lunch and dinner)
  • One tea/coffee experience in Paris & one in Provence
  • preflight checklist- so you have everything you need to travel well
  • on site trouble shooting- we take care of all the little inconveniences
  • photo compilation of your trip - emailed to you

Heart In Provence offers the dream trip- you have seen the movies and read the books, now it is time for you to travel in security to Paris & Provence and experience it as the French do. Provence sizzles with an earthy energy found nowhere else in the world. The sun drenched (over 300 days of sun per year) relaxed hometown of Paul Cézanne is a city full of golden charm with its monuments, amazing churches and winding streets full of Provencal character. We will stroll through the city visiting museums, gardens, galleries, churches, shops, spas, and restaurants. .
We plan with you . Pre-trip meetings to fine tune all the details for all tour members- if at distance, we SKYPE
Women only. Safe, secure travel in comfort and conviviality.
We will do day trips. Leisurely ballades no rush-all in air-conditioned comfort.
Nothing more than 2 hours in a vehicle either way. As we are a small group, we are free to choose more intimate settings and visits. No big busses. No herding. No tourist traps. Short train or local bus are options for Marseilles. 
We will visit the known edifices. Palais des Papes in Avignon, the Cathedral in Aix itself, the lavender fields in Valensole (if in season) and other things in the guide books you can`t miss but after that it is exactly what you want to do when you want to do it. We have chosen itineraries that are flexible and at a unique pace.
Your guide is an expert. Lori lived in Aix for 8 years, is bilingual, a certified wine professional, teaches cooking and loves all things French. And a Citizen of France as well.  Hospitality is her gift.
Your guide is there 24-7. Lori travels with you. Anytime you need help or information, she is there for you. No other tour offers that.
Check list. We fine tune with you what you need before, so you will have everything you need for a comfortable and delightful trip.
"What you need to know". We give you a comprehensive list of 101 things that are different in France, excellent for new travelers. And believe me, everything is different.
Photo compilation. After your trip is over, you will receive a photo compilation of the trip. You don`t have to worry about never getting in any trip photos.

Your privacy is important to us. We never give out your information unless you request it. Photos as well: if you prefer not to be in our blog or Facebook page, we respect that.

And we give back. Heart In Provence will take absolutely free of charge-(once our threshold is met) one woman a year who does not have the means to make this trip. The selection will be made from clients of a well established Vancouver not-for-profit organization.


What this trip does not include:

  • Airfare
  • Any additional charges at hotel other than room
  • Room service
  • Mini bar- if available
  • Extra cocktails and wine over 2 glasses/meal
  • (ok, maybe more wine ...)
  • personal purchases
  • Spa time



“No Worries”  is a common saying these days and that’s exactly what you 
get when you travel with Lori as your Personal Guide.
Lori handles everything with grace and ease.  All you have to do, is relax
and enjoy the journey. Her knowledge, love and appreciation of Paris/Aix and her ability to speak French fluently are wonderful bonuses. Lori has exquisite taste and knows all the best shops and eateries to visit, but knows how to save you money.
The luxury of having your own room was exceptional!  We all like our 
privacy. I can only say taking this trip was a blessing and something I’d love to do
Thank-you Lori, for following your heart and sharing this Beautiful gift of
Heart in Provence with us!!!I’ll cherish the wonderful, fun-filled memories, it was Awesome and I am
forever grateful. 

Barbara C.




I so enjoyed this trip to France, it was a great experience for me,  enjoyed meeting you and H as well.   I am very grateful B mentioned going to Paris and I said yes right away.  I feel you did an amazing job with all the places we visited and toured to and from and many new experiences for me.  I enjoyed Paris a lot, our walking trips daily, the museums were amazing and the Eiffel Tower was great to see and the famous beautiful George Hotel.    I enjoyed our train trip to Provence and lunch so good, all of our travels, all of our touring in Providence,  the Ruins, the castles, shopping at the markets, meeting wonderful people .   I enjoyed coffee and croissants in the mornings and watching the people and the food was fantastic with our wonderful lunches and dinners.  For me it was so good to be with the girls and I thoroughly enjoyed this trip.  

I would recommend you as a guide Lori, you did a great job.    Your French was excellent too.   Thanks so much for everything.

Gwen P.


I would highly recommend taking a tour in France with Heart in Provence.


During my trip to Provence, Lori Smithers-Ruiz was able to help me navigate all aspects of French culture, cuisine, sightseeing and shopping. As a solo female traveler, I was freed from the worry of planning, trying to speak French and understand the culture all on my own. Since Lori is fluent in French and has lived in Aix En Provence for 7 years, she truly lets you experience Provence as a local.  Lori was able to show me all the must see attractions, shops and markets in the Provence region. With her many years of experience in the food and wine industry, Lori also recommended the best wine and cuisine in town.


Lori is a knowledgeable, patient, experienced guide who can accommodate your interests and preferences during your trip. If you’ve been dreaming of traveling to France, you will have the trip of a lifetime with Heart in Provence!


L. Clark- teacher & world traveler


A bit of Provence

Need information?

Phone: +1 778 996 7581
Email: lori@heartinprovence.com



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