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From Cagnes-sur-Mer, St. Paul de Vence, Nice, and Aix-en-Provence, to Avignon, Saint-Remy-de-Provence, and Gordes … and the many picturesque villages in between, Chef Bob Waggoner will enliven your senses. Partake in wine and olive oil tastings, gaze upon sunflowers and lavender fields, and experience unsurpassed culinary delights throughout your 12-day trip through Provence. Return to Le Mas de Belle Combe to relax in the countryside and gaze upon the Luberon mountains, the experience sunsets over the hilltop village of Gordes, and wander amongst the home's gardens and olive groves as you make your way to the pool.
Enjoy five Chef dinners and two optional cooking classes with Chef Bob, two Chef dinners with curated local French chefs, five wine tastings at some of the finest wineries in the Luberon Region, and an AOC olive oil tasting as highlights of this exclusive Premier experience.
DAY-BY-DAY IN PROVENCE (May 19-30, 2020)**
Day 1: May 19, 2020
Depart United States for Nice, France
Day 2: May 20, 2020 — Cagnes-sur-Mer, France
Arrive Nice International Airport in the morning. Stop for a light lunch in Cagnes-sur-Mer, followed by private transfer to your hotel Chateau Le Cagnard, a Relais & Chateaux hotel. Check-in your hotel with free time to explore the village on your own. Dinner on your own.
Day 3: May 21, 2020 — Nice
Day 4: May 22, 2020 — Vence - St. Paul de Vence
After breakfast at Chateau Le Cagnard, your guide will pick you up from the hotel to bring you on a guided visit to the Chapelle du Rosaire de Vence, often referred to as the Matisse Chapel or the Vence Chapel. This beautiful chapel is in the town of Vence on the French Riviera, built and decorated between 1947 and 1951 under a plan devised by Henri Matisse. You will transfer to St. Paul de Vence for a visit to Maison de Parfums Godet to learn about their 100-year history, as well as the art and science of creating perfumes. You will then be at leisure to explore within the medieval walls encircling the narrow streets of St. Paul de Vence, to stroll through its many unique shops, and enjoy lunch at leisure. You will return to the hotel and have your evening at leisure.
Day 5: May 23, 2020 —Aix-en-Provence – Villa Le Mas de Belle Combe, Gordes, France
Following your final breakfast at Chateau Le Cagnard, you will depart Grasse for your lovely villa in Gordes. On your way, you will enjoy the amazing town of Aix-en-Provence, founded by the Romans in 103 BC. Aix-en-Provence has been called the city of a thousand fountains and is known for its colorful market, which will be in full swing on this Saturday. This is market day in Aix, so you will explore the market with Chef Bob, discovering the vegetables and fruits, cheeses, herbs, olive oil, and all the flavors of Provence in the center near Cours Mirabeau. After lunch at leisure in one of the many cafes in Aix-en-Provence, you will have time to enjoy renown shopping and to peruse the many art galleries before transferring to Villa Le Mas de Belle Combe — your home in Provence for the next seven nights. While in Aix, we encourage you to visit a local wine/spirits shop to purchase your beverage of choice for cocktail hours and your general enjoyment — wine will be available with dinner. You will be warmly welcomed home with a champagne toast, hors d'oeuvres, and a traditional Mediterranean paella.