My Best of Provence itinerary

I’ve chosen the end of May/beginning of June, and early September for my inaugural tours. The days are long and usually warm. Rain is rare. For me the oppressive heat of the summer sun makes touring in July and August undesirable. Early Spring can be chilly, as can late Autumn. The photo gallery above illustrates some of the sights you will see.

Saturday

Pick up at an agreed time from either Avignon TGV or Marseille Marignane airport and transfer to Chateau Constantin, located 1km outside the Luberon village of Lourmarin.

Champagne reception followed by a gala welcome dinner.

Sunday – The Luberon

Village visits include: Roussillon, famed for its red soil. Local legend has it that a jilted lover threw herself from a cliff and her blood stained the soil for miles around; and Gordes, which for decades has been an ultra-chic retreat for wealthy Parisian families and French celebrities

Monday – Avignon

En route to Avignon we’ll stop at L’Isle Sur La Sorgue, the antiques capital of Provence, and then head onwards to Avignon to visit the Palais des Papes. In the evening we will taste renowned Rhone wines, An optional drawing class is offered as an introduction to Provence’s artistic heritage

Tuesday – Aix en Provence

Top sights include, Cezanne’s atelier and the viewpoint from which he painted Mont Sainte Victoire and the Musee Granet, a world-class painting and sculpture museum. The city also offers some of the best shopping in Provence.

Wednesday – Arles

The city boasts the best collection of Roman sights in Provence – a Roman Arena, a Roman Theatre, Roman baths, and even a Roman Graveyard. It’s also where Van Gogh completed many of his most famous paintings, as well as being the home to an exciting new modern art foundation – Luma Arles. On the way back to Lourmarin there will be an olive oil and wine tasting.

Thursday – Cassis and Les Calanques

We will head for the Mediterranean and the port of Cassis. We will split up to explore the port and enjoy lunch. Regrouping in the afternoon we will take a boat tour out into Les Calanques.

Returning to the Chateau we will enjoy a special gourmet truffle evening, with delicacies such as truffle pizza, and cheese laced with truffles. Based on Jamie’s book about training his dog to find truffles he will share the secrets of truffle hunting in Provence with the group.

Friday – Lourmarin market

Market morning in Lourmarin. The village is home to one of the largest and best Provencal markets.

The afternoon is free. Guests can choose to relax by the pool, play tennis, go for an e-bike ride or take part in a Provencal cookery course.The last evening will begin with Provencal aperitifs such as pastis, rinquinquin and of course rosé. For those feeling sporty there will be a boule competition. Afterwards we will enjoy a BBQ.

Saturday

Farewell. Transfer to Avignon TGV or Marseille Marignane airport