2022 Tour Dates
Sept 11-21, 2022
Your Spot is waiting for you!
Oct 9-19, 2022
Nov 27-Dec 7, 2022
2023 Tour Dates – Just Added!
May 14-24, 2023
June 11-21, 2023
Sept 10-20, 2023
Oct 15-25, 2023
Nov 26-Dec 6, 2023
Custom tour dates available for 4 to 10 travelers. Spend 11 days exploring Provence with us!
Fly into Nice airport (NCE) to be greeted by your tour guide, Dee Poquette and your private driver. After gathering your luggage we will head off to our first hotel, Hotel Victor Hugo. Once we have freshened up, our driver will whisk us off for a quick visit to Villefranche-sur-Mer, Monaco and the medieval city of Èze. Your first meal in Provence is enjoyed sitting on a blanket overlooking the Mediterranean while savouring a picnic of cheeses, olives, tapenade, baguettes, crudities, fruits, rosé wine and delectable cake. Looking out over the blue ocean, it’s a great welcome (bienvenu) to Provence.
After breakfast we are picked up and head off to Saint-Paul-de-Vence for our tour of the famous Maison Godet, a perfumery that has been making beautiful scents since the 1900’s. You will be greeted by Sonia, the great-granddaughter of Maison Godet’s founder. After enjoying a welcome cognac (at 10:00 AM!) with biscuits, you’ll enjoy a guided tour of the perfumery, and sample the many scents and pick out your personal signature scent. You’ll then be able to explore the village where you’ll enjoy lunch before heading to your home away from home, Hotel Bérard a charming 4-star hotel and spa located in the little village of Cardiere d’Azur. After settling into your charming room decorated in the Provencal style we stroll the village before enjoying a light welcome dinner in the hotel’s bistro. Sleep comes easily tonight.
After a leisurely breakfast, we travel to the historic village of Le Castellet, a picture perfect village, perched on the edge of a cliff nestled in the heart of the Bandol vineyards. After lunch you are free to shop or take time for the many photo opportunities in the village. From Le Castellet we travel a short distance to a neighboring village unknown by many tourists. Evenos is home to a medieval ruin that has been lovely restored by the locals in the last three years. Next to village Bandol is where you will find some of Provence’s favorite wines. Of course we must stop and sample some of the local wines. Back at the hotel you will be able to relax at Bérard’s Aromaspa where an advanced two week reservation is required for treatments during our stay.
The morning will be spent at a beautiful market town by the sea, Sanary-sur-Mer, voted favourite market of the French. This port city provides us with our first experience of what French market shopping is all about. You’ll find everything from olives, antiques, fresh fish of the day, local cheese and honey, straw market bags, shoes, French linens, French scarves – great souvenirs and gifts. After your shopping frenzy, it’s time to relax at the stunning seaside town of Cassis. There you will board a boat for a three hour cruise on the Mediterrean to the famous Calanques, one of the most beautiful natural wonders of France. Back on shore we’ll indulge in a decadent apple caramel crepe with a café and people watching on the wharf.
Today is a day off to enjoy the sights and sounds of La Cadière d’Azur. Wander its flowery streets, relax in the main square in the shade of hundred year old plane trees and enjoy the surrounding countryside of vineyards and olive orchards.
After bidding “au revoir” to the mountains and next you’ll visit wonderful Aix-en-Provence, a gorgeous mini-Paris filled with all the charm you’d expect in a quaint city that has been around for centuries. After checking into Hotel Cezane, you’ll take a guided walking food tour. We all usually agree that dinner tonight can be a light affair after sampling so many French foods and wines.
This morning is spent at Aix’s Saturday morning markets. Browse through the many stalls of antiques and clothing and then head to the section of town that houses the food (a great place to grab some delicious street food for lunch) and the fragrant flower market. In the afternoon explore Salon de Provence and the world famous soap factory, Marius Fabre. This factory has been on the same site since 1900 and today you will find fourth-generation family members still carrying on traditional soap making skills. Dinner tonight is at one of the famous brasseries along the Cours Mirabeau.
Today (always on Sundays) we will take an early morning drive to the charming village of L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue. Le Sorgue is known worldwide for its authentic brocante (antique) markets. We advise you to pack an extra (empty) bag – you’ll need it to carry all your treasures home. If you are a Francophile for all things French (linens, silverware, china, furniture, glassware, artwork, baskets, etc.) you have found your utopia! Your tour guide will help you barter along the way if necessary – it’s expected!
We bid farewell to Aix and make our way back to Nice, the capital of the French Riviera and check into Apollinaire Nice Hotel. You will have time to discover the highlights of Nice, it’s historic old district, museums and galleries, Promenade des Anglais, Cours Saleya, Castle Hill, Place Massena and the rocky beach. Dinner tonight will be in old town Nice at a traditional restaurant.
The day begins early at the food market in Vieux Nice. We are greeted by Rosa Jackson, a cookbook author and fabulous chef. She will be your guide in the market and build our meal around the season’s best produce, fruits, fish, poultry, or meats and of course cheese and wine. The cooking course is suitable for beginners and everyone takes a part in preparing a perfect authentic Nicois lunch. The rest of the afternoon and night is yours to do as you choose.
After breakfast and a photo session, it’s sadly time to head home or wherever the road might take you, together with luggage full of treasures and memories of a lifetime!
Trip Cost for 10 NIGHTS/11 DAYS:
Initial Deposit of $2,875 due at the time of booking.
Remaining deposit of $2,875 is due three months before scheduled departure date.
*rates are based on single occupancy
READY TO BOOK OUR PROVENCE TOUR?
Welcome Kit including your detailed itinerary and a Jackdaw Journeys market bag.
Licensed, comfortable Mercedes transportation (gas, tolls and parking included) for each destination and activity. This includes transfer from Nice airport to our first hotel upon your arrival to beautiful Southern France – all guests will be asked to arrive at the same time so we can coordinate the group pickup and kick off the tour together.
Accommodations (room + tax) for 10 nights through the duration of our tour. Incidentals are on own.
Breakfast each morning (11 days).
1 Lunch included – most days we are out and about and grab lunch while exploring.
1 Welcome dinner – the beauty of our tour is we can experience the many tastes of Provence, and guests enjoy the local restaurants and cafes or a simple supper of goods from the farmers market (local bread, cheese, charcuterie and wine)!
Group tour of La Maison Godet perfumery in Saint Paul de Vence
1-2 Cookery classes. (May change due to Covid-19 issues.)
Three hour walking food tour in the beautiful city of Aix-en-Provence.
Wine tasting in the sun kissed hills of Bandol.
Boat ride along the French Riviera.
Tour a 121 year old soap factory in Salon de Provence.
Priceless memories and new friends along the way.
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED
Flight – your flight from your home to Nice is not included in our tour package. We recommend using sites such as kayak.com or hopper to set up a search for the best flight costs. We’ve also found that flight searches on Tuesday nights can sometimes land you a great deal!
Gratuity for your driver or service people.
Travel Insurance – we recommend travel insurance for all travelers. Make sure you research your insurance policy to cover any issues that might arrive from Covid-19. See our Covid Cancellation policy.
Any meals not specified above – we’ve created our itinerary so our guests can truly experience Provence – some meals are included but for those that aren’t, the beauty of our tour is the flexibility to eat with the group or do what suits you best. Our goal is for you to truly relax and rejuvenate, not feel tied to a rigid timeline.
Your return transfer to the airport – some guests decide to tack on a few extra days, while others might decide to leave on our last “official” day. Depending on flight times and schedules, each guest arranges their own transport back to the airport simply by asking the front desk to book a taxi for you. If you are leaving from our hotel in Nice, this cost is usually around $15-$20 per person as we are only about 25-30 minutes away from the airport.
Jackdaw Journeys truly is an experience for the senses, set in magical Provence. We hope you’ll join us, soon!