Tour The South of France with Us
Tom and Christine invite you to join us for a one week autumn tour of Provence.
Your tour with us begins 90 minutes from the Nice, France airport. We will pick you up at the airport and then take you to your elegant “Bastide de Tourtour” hotel. You will have one of the “Prestige” rooms with spectacular views. You will stay there for six nights, so you won’t have the hassle of moving from hotel to hotel. Each morning we will pick you up in our little van and show you the things that France is famous for — charming villages, beautiful beaches, wineries and, of course, magnificent dining. This is Not your typical whirlwind tour of the tourist hot spots. Christine grew up in the area, and she and Tom continue to spend four months a year there. We have selected restaurants which we have personally dined at and enjoyed. We will Not spend a lot of time driving around. We picked this itinerary because everything is within 30-75 minute drive of your hotel. To keep the personal touch, we will only be accepting Six guests for this trip. Autumn is an ideal time to visit the area, with most tourists having left, and temperatures usually in the 70’s.
We will pick you up at the Nice airport on Monday morning, September xx. You will need to take care of the transportation from the U.S. to and from Nice. Then leave the rest to us. If you plan to arrive in a different way, we can accommodate you. You just have to know that your tour with us begins Monday, September xx.
Day by Day Itinerary
Monday, September xx:
You will be driven from Nice to the hotel in Tourtour (~ 90 min.)
You can rest from your flight or walk around the village. We will dine together at the hotel that evening.
Tuesday, September xx:
It’s market day (Marche) in Lorgues. We will drive down to the wonderful outdoor Market in the village of Lorgues, about fifteen minutes away. We will walk up to the Chapel at San Ferreol an/or drive to the monastery at Le Thoronet. After lunch we will take a short walk to the waterfall at La Sillan de Cascade. Then back to Tourtour for some time to relax or explore on your own.
Lunch: Aups: Restaurant Des Gourmets
Wednesday, September xx:
It’s off to the Gorges du Verdun, France’s version of the Grand Canyon. And it’s only 45 minutes drive. But first we’ll stop in Moustier, a quaint village on the mountainside. It is well known for its distinctive pottery. Next we will drive along the ridge of the Gorges and see the wonders of Verdun. The more adventurous can hike with Tom for a hour or so if they like. We’ll stop by the scenic village of Castellane on the way back to Tourtour.
Lunch: Moustiers: Restaurant La Treille Muscate
Thursday, September xx:
We’re off to the French Riviera ! We will visit Cannes, home of the famous film festival. Then we will drive along the beautiful coast line, dotted with mansions of the rich and famous. We will stop in the smaller seaside town of Antibes and visit the Picasso Museum. Then it’s a walk along the harbor, famous for its huge private yachts and the statue, Le Nomade.
Lunch: Antibes: Le Figuier de Saint-Esprit (A Michelin Star Restaurant)
Friday, September xx:
Day of wine and Olive Oil. We will visit a winery and also see how olive oil is processed. But first a stop again at Lorgues, this time it’s the Friday market, where locals buy and sell almost everything. Then we take a very short drive to the beautiful Chateau Berne which has a a vineyard of over 200 acres. We will be visiting the area very near harvest time. We will end the day with a visit to a local olive mill.
Lunch: Lorgues: Chateau de Berne
Saturday, September xx:
St. Tropez and St. Maxime. We will visit the laid back (relatively) seaside village of St. Maxime. On the way there we will explore the large rock formations of Roquebrune. It reminds me a bit of Utah. Then off to St. Tropez, a glitzy beach
Town made famous by Brigitte Bardot, and Matisse. Then back Tourtour.
Lunch: St.Maxime: La Montana (featuring moule frites).
Sunday, September xx:
Breakfast at Tourtour and then you will be driven to the airport in Nice.
There might be small changes, but we will try to follow this itinerary as closely as possible.
$7500 / couple
The price quoted includes
—– hotel stay at Bastide Tourtour with
- breakfast buffet
- four course dinner gastronomique every evening, including ⅓ bottle of wine and coffee
—- all transportation for the week from pickup at Nice to departure at Nice.
The price quoted does not include:
—- Additional wine or other beverages at Tourtour
—- Special spa treatments at Tourtour
—- Lunch. We have selected very nice restaurants for lunch. You will be able to select as little or as much as you like from their menus.
—- other local purchases made during the trip.