It seems like yesterday, but it was nearly two decades ago that a dozen travelers met in the city of Avignon, France to begin our first-ever trip –a walking tour of Provence. And the rest is history.
As in any long successful relationship, ours with Provence has blossomed and evolved. After all, we’ve learned a few things in almost 20 years of obsessive exploration. We’ve found routes that barely show up on maps. And the locals have had plenty of time to appreciate how curious, respectful and committed we are to understanding and enjoying their home turf—which opens up amazing possibilities on our Provence trips.
Like a centuries-old Provençal farmhouse, the latest itinerary still offers plenty that would be wonderfully familiar to those first guests. But it’s also the product of two decades of thoughtful renovation to sharpen its authenticity and enhance our amenities.
These days, we include local wines with all dinners to make the whole week a tasting experience. We now spend the week in just two hotels instead of three. And half of those nights are in the lovely Auberge de Noves château, just as authentic as our original hotels but with a fifth star in its rating. Our cooking instruction is in the kitchen of a Michelin-starred chef. And by the time you join one of our Provence walking tours, who knows what other fresh surprises we’ll create?
Thank you, Provence. Here’s to 20 more years of travel!