Long Weekends and Short Breaks in Provence
With long weekends on the horizon, why not plan a short break in Provence? Gather some friends or family and head south for some warm weather, blue skies, gourmet food and sightseeing.
Touring Ideas in Provence
Late June through August, Provence treats her visitors to flowering lavender and sunflower fields. However, it’s during April and May where you see a magnificent a floral display. There are fields of red poppies, purple and white wisteria dangling from trellises, and iris growing wild. The delicate, fragrant blossoms appear on the fruit trees – cherry, plum, peach, apricot, and nectarine.
Classic Car Drive
Recently, Eric and Karin Gusman, the owners of Domaine de Palerme, near Isle sur la Sorgue organized an excursion for their guests. This “Art de Vivre” day tour starts with the arrival of two classic Citroën 2CV (Deux Chevaux) cars along with the chauffeur guide. During the day the group gets a chance to see some of the villages in the Luberon including Fontaine de Vaucluse, Gordes and Joucas. There is time for wine tasting and a picnic followed by a drive through some more of the famous perched towns before returning to Domaine de Palerme for dinner.
Book the whole of Domaine de Palerme (12-15 people) for a short break in May 2019 and the Gusmans will cover 50% of a full day of 2CV touring for your group. This Citroën 2CV experience is guaranteed to be a highlight of your holiday.
Carrieres de Lumières
It’s hard to describe the sounds and light show in an old stone quarry in Les Baux de Provence to anyone who has not visited before, other than to say it is a must-do. This year the show “Starry Night” features work by Vincent Van Gogh projected on the 14-metre walls. There is a short feature called Dreamed Japan as well. In total, the show lasts for about 40 minutes. Purchase tickets online or at the door; they can also be combined with the Les Baux Castle tour. Visitor tips for Les Baux Carrières de Lumières light show.
In Provence during the heat of the summer months, many hiking trails are not open to the public due to fire risk. The trails are generally closed or open only when the risk is low from mid-June through the end of September. The best months for hiking in Provence are March through early June and October to early December. If you like walking and hiking, then Provence is calling your name.
Taste some Wine
From the famous vineyards of Châteauneuf des Papes to the lesser known wineries in the region there is plenty of the nectar available for tasting. There are plenty of options for wine tasting in the area including hiring a private guide (please ask us for details), a self-guided tour on your own, or combine wine, art and gourmet food at Château La Coste. There are at least 12 Reasons to visit the vineyards of Les Baux de Provence. Before you go, this is a primer on the wines of Provence understanding the colours and terminology.
Book a Short Break in Provence
Luxury, private accommodation
Maximum 15 people
All meals can be provided upon request
Karin & Eric Gusman
Le Domaine de Palerme
725 Chemin de Palerme
84800 l’Isle sur la Sorgue
Tel: +33 (0)6 09 90 80 90
This 15-acre property is located just minutes from the antique shops and busy cafés of Isle sur la Sorgue, guests at Domaine de Palerme enjoy luxurious surroundings and all the comforts of a quiet, rural environment. The Gusmans restored Domaine de Palerme to reflect its period elegance.
Your getaway entre amis (with friends) starts when you arrive at the Avignon TGV station. From there, it’s a quick transfer to Domaine de Palerme. Settled in and enjoy a friendly game of pool over the cocktail hour and then a delicious meal prepared by a local chef.
A truly magical experience. Upon driving the road leading to the chateau, a wonderful, calming feeling envelopes you. The grounds are magnificent and the house is stunning. My friend and I celebrated a birthday here just last September with 60 family and friends. Thirteen of us stayed at the Chateau for a week. We cooked and communed every evening at the large table under the elegant Oak tree just outside the house – the perfect setting for cocktails and the evening meal. The birthday soirée was everything we wanted it to be.
The guests were absolutely awed by the surroundings. The beautiful location notwithstanding, the real reason for the success of our stay and party that week was in no small part due to the care and concern of the owner and host of Le Domaine de Palerme, Eric Gusman. Eric is patient and kind and a well of local knowledge which we drew upon daily. Putting together a party of 60 people takes a coordinated effort and Eric’s vast network of contacts saved the day many times over. I highly and unequivocally recommend Le Domaine de Palerme. We look forward to our next trip there ~ American Guest via Trip Advisor
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