A villa in Saint-Remy-de-Provence
4 rooms w/ en-suite-bathrooms - 8 participants
April 26 to May 4, 2019 ~ May 3 to 11, 2019
COMMENTS FROM PROVENCE TRAVELERS
I have taken several European trips as well as domestic tours with Jean and have come back each time simply in amazement. Jean has a way to bring all of the 2D art and architectural books to life in 3D. He shows you 2000 year old architecture (Pompeii) that you can see feel and touch. Jean's historical knowledge is incredible and entertaining. You stay at the best hotels and you eat at the best restaurants...he knows exactly where to go and what to do. Provence was my latest trip. It was so charming. Each day we all wondered how the heck he could out do himself with the WOW factor in our daily explorations from the day before. None of his tours are for the weary because they are energy packed days of non stop touring. My friends have joined me on these trips having no art or architectural background and have had an incredible time. I can not think of any better way to travel than a tour with Jean... Simply Incroyable!! Bravo Jean, I will see you again somewhere overseas soon!
Fort Myers, FL (her 5th tour)
I want to take this opportunity to let you know how absolutely fabulous our trip to Provence was with you in September. You are so knowledgeable in so many areas, from furniture design to architecture history and current events. You know all the special places to go and visit, we never would have found. The light shows were particularly special. The villa and the chef were first rate and our entire group was so compatible. No hassles and I attribute that all to you expertise and great attitude. We have always been suspicious of group tours, but you made us believers! But only on your tours! We look forward to our next opportunity to travel with you .
Bruce Frazier and Richard Nielsen
Our weeklong trip through Provence could not have been better. As we head back to the states I feel compelled to document our experience for others who have never had the good fortune to travel with Jean Renoux. From the moment we arrived we felt comfortable and cared for.
The house in St Remy was lovely and spacious. All accommodations were comfortable yet authentic.
Traveling with two of my colleagues we always felt safe as we toured the fabulous sights and inspired as we discovered something new at every stop. Our days were completely fulfilling. Our evenings filled with great regional cuisine and interesting new friends.
We felt privileged to obtain all our continuing education credits this way. We will certainly do it again!!!
All my best,
Lorraine Rogers-Bolton (her third tour - Always travel with two other co-workers)
Our recent trip with you to Provence was delightful, informative and so much fun -- we will always remember it. What a treat to have you all to ourselves. You did a wonderful job of customizing our journey to suit our needs and interests. Knowing that my husband and I were celebrating milestone birthdays, you outdid yourself creating a one-of-a-kind experience. We are so grateful for your time, love and attention. I would recommend your tours to anyone looking for a deeper experience on vacation, one that includes history, education and a fuller understanding of the culture, arts and architecture. It's been a couple of weeks and we are still wandering around in a Provence-induced haze of happiness. Thank you!
Lisa Kahn (their second tour)
The word Provence alone evokes images of undulating hills swaying with fragrant lavender, rocky outcrops topped with ancient villages, and of course, herbs, fabrics, antiques, and Provençal homes and furniture.
A tour of Provence would be incomplete without witnessing such grand sites as the Roman Arena/Amphitheater in Arles and the Papal Palace in beautiful Avignon. Plunge back through history by visiting the drystone huts near Gordes known as bories. The Roman Pont du Gard aqueduct serves as a reminder that engineering and architecture can work together to create lasting beauty. Explore the charming village of Les Baux, perched high above the serene landscape of Provence. In Roussillon see how local artisans use the ocher rock from rust colored cliffs to enhance architectural décor.
Spend an afternoon in Isle-sur-la-Sorgue exploring France's second largest flea market, where over 350 antique dealers display their finest pieces. We will also visit some of the most beautiful villages of France and follow Vincent Van Gogh to some sites were he painted. There are many artists living in Provence and quite a few artistic foundations showing high quality art, always a pleasant surprise.
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Day 1 - Friday:
Leave the US on the airline of your choice to Paris (airfare not included).
Day 2 - Saturday:
LAND in Marseille-Marignane-Airport OR arrive at the Avignon-Train-Station where we will pick you-up and drive you to the villa.
We will go to our house in Saint-Remy-de-Provence. Don’t forget your bathing suit, there is a pool.
Day 3 - Sunday:
Our house is in St Remy-de-Provence, a very pretty town with lots of things to visit within a short driving distance.
Every day we drive different sites. One of the closest ones, happens to be the Roman ruins of Glanumis, an ancient Roman city. Its Mausoleum is one of the most beautiful of the Roman world
Next is a visit to the insane asylum of St. Paul-de-Mausole, where Vincent van Gogh had himself admitted after he cut off one of his ear lobes, following a fight with Paul Gaugin. He stayed there for one year and 8 days during which he painted over 150 works.
But it is Sunday, so we are going to the second largest antiques market in France at L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue. In the morning, there is also a great farmers/street market.
Day 4 - Monday:
Arles was a Roman city whose foundation dates back to the 6th C. BCE. We will visit the very interesting Museum of Roman Antiquities, a modern building erected in the axis of the Roman circus, the foundations of which are still partly visible. Between models, artifacts and maps, the genius of Roman creativity becomes obvious, It is a wonderful place to understand how important the civilization was and how much we owe to them, in decoration, architecture and also in our political systems. Then we will tour the Roman Amphitheater, and walk around Arles to find some of the spots that Vincent van Gogh painted including a famous draw bridge.
Pont du Gard – Built circa 19 BCE. by Marcus Agrippa, the 890-ft long, 160-ft high aqueduct, comprises of three impressive tiers of arches. The bridge was listed as a protected monument as long ago as 1840, when major restoration was undertaken, and was designated a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1985. The Pont du Gard was part of a system 32 miles long that brought water to Nîmes from a spring 14 miles to the north.
Day 5 - Tuesday:
In Avignon we will visit the Pope's Palace, built in 1378. The Popes left Rome because of political turmoil and were in Avignon for 70 odd years. They did own the town and the area known as Comtat Venaissin until 1791.
There also some interesting museums, about design and furniture and about Contemporary Art. Outside of Avignon many foundations have art shows by interesting artists. You won't be bored and you won't be without things and places to see and enjoy.
Day 6 - Wednesday:
In the morning, if you want, we could go the weekly street market in
Saint-Remy. It is a great one. We always have a very good time going there for a few hours.
We will stop by a fabric outlet selling designers' fabrics at incredibly low prices. Even not buying anything I like the place, kind of French Calico Corner. Nonetheless, people with me bought lots of fabric there because of the choice and the prices. I cannot guaranty anything, but if you have a decorative job or you need to make dresses, you may find fabrics for those, as well as those great Provencal table cloths and napkins.
We will visit the village of Roussillon, which has a beautiful landscape of ocher cliffs, then visit an ocher factory, l’Usine Mathieu, where we will learn how ocher can be applied in architecture and décor.
Day 7 - Thursday:
Gordes – High on a rocky hill, Gordes has been listed as "one of the most beautiful villages of France". Within the town are outstanding old doorways, arcades and walls of flat stone perfectly restored, while the panorama on the outskirts overlooks the valley and mountains of Luberon.
Les Bories – Just south of Gordes lies the Village des Bories, a bizarre, primitive habitat. Bories are tiny beehive shaped huts built of overlapping dry stones. The construction techniques are thought to date back to Neolithic times. This group of bories was inhabited from the 16th to the early 20th centuries.
There are many fantastic small villages that are worth the detour: Bonnieux, Lacoste, Menerbes, Bedoin, Crillon-le-Brave and many more. We will see a few of those which are the real image of Provence.
Day 8 - Friday: Les Baux - With its ruined castles and deserted houses capping an arid rocky spur plunging abruptly to steep ravines on either side, the old village of Les Baux-de-Provence is a spectacular highlight of the tour. A stronghold in the early 10th century, Les Baux holds many Roman artifacts, including burial tombs and stèles (monoliths), marking it as a Roman defensive town.
Cathédrale d’Images – Located inside an underground quarry from which the Romans took stone to build their houses and monuments, an incredible audiovisual performance created with 40 projectors and 2,500 slides on 4000 m2 of sheer rock.
Day 9 - Saturday:
You will be driven to the Avignon train Station or to the Marseille Airport.
- Air Conditioned Rooms each with en-suite PRIVATE bathroom.
- House with Tumble Dryer, Washing Machine - Internet, Wi-Fi
- Breakfast served every morning.
- Daily cleaning of the rooms.
- Provencal cooking at the house (with explanation if desired) .
- 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 6 dinners.
- Entries to whatever sites we will be visiting.
- Transportation while in Provence.
- Pick-up, drop off at Marseille's Airport or Avignon TGV Train Station.
- Books on Provence.
- Medical/accident insurance.
$3410 per person en Double occupancy.
Only One-Single room: $4110
Only one room is available for two people not sharing a bed.
If you create a group from 4 to 8 people, family members or friends, to make it your own private tour and enjoy the villa all for yourselves, you will get a discounted price.
Call me at 941-365-5214
Both tours require a minimum of 6 participants - Maximum 8
REGISTRATION WILL BE CLOSED ON
DECEMBER 31, 2018