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Who is the Provence Guru?

During their honeymoon, Jamie Ivey announced to his bride that it was time for a career change. Thankless legal deals and long hours related to corporate mergers were not how he envisioned spending his life. He wanted to become a writer.

Ivey proposed a somewhat crazy plot about selling local wine in French markets to a literary agent, and it was accepted. That was the catalyst to pull up roots in the United Kingdom, give up a legal career and embark on a dream of living in Provence. Reality hit like the force of the mistral wind, Jamie admits they were a bit wide-eyed innocent and not wholly prepared for the relocation experience.

Provence Guru Jamie Ivey

Fast-forward 13 years Jamie has five (5) published books. His first four (4) books are based on encounters and episodes from the couple’s life as they took root and established a young family in Provence. Jamie takes a lighthearted view of being a foreigner living in Provence in his books. The novels include Rose En Marche: Running a Market Stall in Provence, Extremely Pale Rose: A Very French Adventure, La La Vie en Rosé: A Very French Adventure Continues, and Ten Trees and a Truffle Dog: Sniffing Out the Perfect Plot in Provence.

Moon Provence Guide Book

Moon Provence: Hillside Villages, Local Food & Wine, Coastal Escapes (Travel Guide) is Jamie Ivey’s latest book. This guidebook took Ivey a year to complete. The book includes self-guided itineraries for exploring Provence. There are suggestions for famous sites and lesser-known highlights. “From sweet-smelling lavender fields and beachside restaurants to rosé vineyards and truffle markets, Moon Provence reveals a feast for the senses.”

My Best of Provence Tour

Fully bilingual and well-versed in local wines, Jamie Ivey (aka the Provence Guru) is converting his regional knowledge into a small-group tour experience. The My Best of Provence Tour launches in 2020 with two weeks May 30 – June 6 and September 12-19. These tours are designed for a maximum of 16 people in luxury accommodation at Château Constantin a wine estate outside of Lourmarin. Jamie has created an itinerary with exposure to the famous sites in Avignon, Arles, and Aix-en-Provence. The program offers a balance of cultural and historical sites with plenty of downtime and relaxation opportunities at the domaine.

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The tour is all-inclusive. You meet the group at the Avignon TGV or Marigane airport and say good-bye seven (7) days later. The launch price for “My Best of Provence Tour” is $3,495 USD/per person. Pricing is based on two people sharing a twin/double room. This pricing includes transfers, accommodation, all breakfasts, all dinners and some lunches.

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What do you feel distinguishes your tour from the other small-group trips?

Writing the guidebook has turned me into something of a walking encyclopedia. I hope to provide unrivalled insight into all things Provencal and to take my groups to ‘local secret’ places. The range of evening activities: rose tasting, drawing class, Rhone wine tasting, truffle evening, boule competition, is unique to my tours.

Private Bespoke Tours

Jamie is also offering a custom-designed private tours for a maximum of seven (7) people. For these tours, the sky is the limit depending on your area of interest and timeframe. Jamie will develop an itinerary to suit your needs. There are no pre-planned itineraries, and pricing includes a consultation about what you would like to see and do. The price for a bespoke tour is €1,000 per day.

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    Carolyne Kauser-Abbott

    Carolyne Kauser-Abbott

    With her camera and laptop close at hand, Carolyne has traded in her business suits for the world of freelance writing and blogging. Her first airplane ride at six months of age was her introduction to the exciting world of travel.

    While in Provence, Carolyne can be found hiking with friends, riding the hills around the Alpilles or tackling Mont Ventoux. Her attachment to the region resonates in Perfectly Provence this digital magazine that she launched in 2014. This website is an opportunity to explore the best of the Mediterranean lifestyle (food & wine, places to stay, expat stories, books on the region, travel tips, real estate tips and more), through our contributors' articles.

    Carolyne writes a food and travel blog Ginger and Nutmeg. Carolyne’s freelance articles can be found in Global Living Magazine, Avenue Magazine and City Palate (Published Travel Articles).

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