Luberon Views in Provence from Taillades @PrivateProvence
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Calling Wine Lovers! Join a Wine Tour in Provence in September

Has Provence been on your travel bucket list for a while? Or, are you already a Provence fan looking for an experience away from the major tourist sights? Emily Durand, the founder of Your Private Provence, has created a wine-focused experience for an intimate group this September. Durand is an …

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Truffles in Provence #Truffles #MesseDesTruffes @PerfProvence
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4 Days in Provence: Wine and Truffle Tour in January

Talk about a perfect January get-away! Emily Durand has created a three-night and four-day tour in the heart of Provence with a distinct focus on the best of the cooler season – wine and black truffles. The first month of the year in Provence you can (generally) count on brilliant …

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Christmas in Provence @privateprovence
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Spend Christmas in Provence

Bilingual guide Emily Durand and the owner of Your Private Provence is running a holiday tour in Provence from December 16-22, 2016. This “Christmas market and truffle tour” is a small group tour for a maximum of eight (8) guests. You can view the full itinerary here. Why would you want to sign up for …

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palais-des-papes #avignon @privateprovence
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Tour Avignon with a stress-free plan

Tour Avignon the best way – gourmet food, away from the noise, in the secret spots and with time to soak it all in… There is something about standing at the comptoir with a double expresso in a french looking coffee cup and starting the day with the locals. It …

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Luberon windows #Luberon #ExploreProvence @PerfProvence
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Exploring Provence’s Luberon with Bliss Travels

The forecast was for sweltering weather, those blue sky-cicada-filled days that scream for poolside lounging in Provence. As I packed the car, I wondered (again) why I was joining a Bliss Travels trip with founder Wendy Jaeger? I do not consider myself a “tour” person – what would the group …

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Mur de la Peste #Luberon #ExploreProvence @PerfProvence
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExploreProvencal HistoryTrips and Tour Guides

Mur de la Peste a Rocky Trail in Provence’s History

Over 100,000 people (some estimates as high as 126,000) died in Provence between 1720 and 1722, including almost 50% of Marseille’s population some 46,000 inhabitants. All in the name of commerce. The Grand Saint-Antoine arrived in Marseille’s port on May 25, 1720, from Syria (previously Levan), the vessel was late, …

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Bliss Travels food and Wine #BlissFR @PerfProvence
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Exclusive Interview Bliss Travels Wendy Jaeger

Contributor blog post by Ginger and Nutmeg: American-born Wendy Jaeger admits that France is in her soul. The founder of Bliss Travels met with Nutmeg for coffee, in the Luberon, to chat about the company’s culinary and wine vacations. On the outside, it looks like Jaeger did a complete 180-degree turn …

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Travel in Provence #ExploreProvence @SophiesProvence
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExploreTrips and Tour Guides

Getting to Know Rhone Valley Wine and Food with Travel in Provence

Sophie Bergeron began developing her palette early on, at four years old, when her grandfather first introduced her to wine tasting. Sophie’s grandfather ran a vineyard in Algeria before immigrating to France in 1962; she tell us that “He loved the grape concentrations in Mediterranean style wines.” It seems that …

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Old fortifications and tower #AixenProvence @PerfProvence
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Aix en Provence Walking Tour Discovery Beyond the Ordinary

Frédéric Paul is the founder of Le Visible est Invisible, a company that offers guided tours in Aix en Provence and the region. What he hopes to demonstrate to clients during the walking tours is that the history of Provence is in your face, but you need to be ready …

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Gout et Voyage #Travel #GroupTours #Provence @goutetvoyage
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Weekend in the Luberon with Goût et Voyage

Martine Bertin-Peterson is intrepid; she had a window of 90 minutes of “downtime” between her back-to-back tour groups, yet she agreed to meet me for a glass of rosé. Beneath the walls of the immense Palais des Papes, in Avignon, we chatted about her food and wine excursions in Provence. …

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