Provence will capture your heart and delight your senses, artistically and gastronomically!
When you join us for this 11-day summer odyssey tour, you will be whisked away on a magical journey where sumptuous cuisines, fine wine, world-class art, nature and history are a treat for all the senses.
As we will be setting off in June, we’ll be in time to catch the magnificent vistas of lavender and sunflowers in full bloom, rows and rows of them that will not only pamper your eyes, but your nose as well. Feel the caressing Mediterranean breeze, view the gorgeous calanques inlets at Cassis and their sparkling turquoise waters and enjoy gourmet feasts of fresh seafood hauls from the famous sea!
Experience the same allures of the Provencal landscapes that inspired Vincent Van Gogh to immortalize what he saw into artistic masterpieces admired by millions around the world. See the fascinating quality of Provencal sunlight as it transforms into different shades of brightness through the day, the same sight that impressed Van Gogh and transmuted into some of his world-famous paintings!
ur itinerary will also offer you the opportunity to live like a French aristocrat as we will be staying in some historic chateaus, Domaine style, surrounded by the mesmerizing beauty of nature. Besides sedentary activities such as gourmet eating and drinking, we will also be playing in some of the finest golf estates that France has to offer!
Early Bird Offer
HKD 36,800 / per person + tax
Day 1: HK – Marseille Provence
Flight depart HKG in the late evening at 10:55 pm
Hong Kong to Marseille-Provence via Paris, Air FranceAF185 HKG/Paris 2255/0555 and AF7660 Paris/Marseille 0720/0840 (on next day)
Day 2: Marseille - Cassis, Charming Mediterranean Fishing Port with Scenic Inlets & Turquoise Water
Upon arrival at the airport, transfer by private coach to Cassis, a very ancient fishing port rebuilt on old ruins in the 18th century. This gorgeous and largely unspoiled, one-time fishing village was occupied as early as 600 BC. A walk through the old village streets will reveal some nice old buildings, some dating back to the 16th century, and some restored with the colorful pastels of Provence. In the summer months, people from all over Europe converge here to enjoy the Mediterranean climate, sea breeze and culture.
Up next is a visit to the gorgeous calanques, which are deep narrow inlets, sort of Provencal fiords, in the rocky cliffs along the coast between Cassis and Marseilles. The long narrow inlets in the high white rocks are truly impressive, some with tiny harbors or beaches at the ends, and rock climbers scaling the walls along the sides. They've provided safe haven for sailors during storms for millennia, and today the clear blue-green turquoise waters are even more popular in good weather.
Following this is a sumptuous seafood lunch, featuring marine ingredients harvested fresh from the Mediterranean Sea.
Check into Dolce Fregate Provence, a luxury resort which welcomes visitors to the Provencal way of life with the region's best cuisine and wines as well as breathtaking views of Bandol vineyards and golf courses.
Stay in Dolce Fregate Provence.
Day 3: Golf Course by Mediterranean & Dinner with Private Reception in Small Maison
After breakfast, enjoy a game of golf at Dolce Fregate Golf Course, with magnificent greens and magic views of the Mediterranean Sea. Bask in the spectacular beauty of our Ronald Fream 18 hole course - considered one of the most beautiful courses in Europe, the course offers golf players great point of views over the sea from 15 of the 18 holes, a real peace of heaven to enjoy your golf vacation
Proceed to La Coquillade in Gargas, a five-star luxury hotel near Roussillon and Gordes. Located close to the Luberon Park, La Coquillade welcomes you in a typical 13th-century wine-making village. Offering contemporary rooms, the hotel boasts an outdoor swimming pool and an elegant restaurant. The spacious and bright rooms open onto the gardens or a private terrace with a stunning view of Luberon.
Stay in Hotel La Coquillade.
Day 4: Gordes, One of Most Beautiful French Hilltop Villages – Lunch by Cascades of Rushing Water
Following breakfast, begin a sightseeing journey to L'Isle sur la Sorgue, one of those places in Provence that one has to see. This "island city" lies at the foot of the Vaucluse plateau in the plains of Comtat Venaissin.
This compact medieval town is built on the islands of five branches of the Sorgue river, 7 km downstream from its source at Fontaine-de-Vaucluse. The river flows through, past, in and around the town, in its many natural beds and several canals. Even without gondolas, water adds a special beauty and character to a town. Sorgue has its many river branches and canals, huge overhanging plane trees and several large, lovely waterwheels. Even if the many mills are no longer working, some of the waterwheels still turn.
Lunch promises to be not only a delicious but also a scenic affair. Culinary specialties here include trout, white and green asparagus, fresh local mesclun mix, tomatoes, mozerella, with dessert such as Valrhona chocolate, strawberries and creme brulee.
In the afternoon other must-see sceneries include Roussillon, listed as one of the most beautiful villages of France; and Gordes, a traditional Provencal 'village on a rock' with narrow cobbled streets that wind even higher to the castle and church at the top of a hill.
Stay in Hotel La Coquillade.
Day 5: Gargas-Sault –Buis les Baronnies- Grignan, No Better Place in Provence to View Lavender in Bloom than in Here
After breakfast, proceed to the valley of Sault, to see a spectacular sight! For a few short weeks, right at the beginning of summer, two of the most photogenic flowers are in full bloom. Long waving rows of soft fuzzy lavender ripple up and over the hills under a bright blue sky. Adjacent to them is an ocean dinner-plate sized golden sunflowers blazing away, keeping their faces to the sun. Lot of photo opportunities avail themselves to you. What’s more, you can also shop for lavender products, like dried flowers, fragrance, soaps, moisturizers and more!
Check into a chateau hotel converted from a 19th-century property .Set in a three hectare park full of rose trees, the Hotel offers excellent personal service and spacious, period-decorated rooms, all with ensuite bathrooms.
Stay in Grignan.
Day 6: Seguret - Vaison-la-Romaine, Hidden Winery & Gastronomy Treasures Waiting To Be Discovered
Seguret is in a lovely wine district and recognized as one of the most beautiful villages in France. Some 50km northeast of Avignon on the way to Vaison-la-Romaine, the vines in this area are grown on the hillsides and are of better quality than those grown on the wide valley floor of the Rhone river. Rich, spicy reds are made here plus some fruity whites and roses. Beginning our day with a vineyard visit in Seguret, we will soak up the scenic sights, rural atmosphere and sample of the finest French wines.
Following the winery visit, we will make our way to Vaison-de-Romaine, a must-see ancient town in northern Provence. The Puymin and La Villasse Archeological sites, right in the middle of the town, are one of the most important Roman heritage sites in France. Other notable sights are the Roman Bridge spanning the river Ouveze, the medieval town and castle ruins on the cliffs of the left bank of the Ouveze, Notre Dame de Nazareth Cathedral and St.Quenin Chapel.
Stay in Grignan.
Day 7: Pont du Gard- Golf de Nimes Campagne, 15 Storey High Giant Aquaduct with A Challenging Golf Course Nearby To Be Conquered
After breakfast, set off for a visit to Pont du Gard (Roman Aqueduct), one of the oldest and most remarkable Roman hydraulic works. The bridge is 48.77m high, has three levels and was built in ca. 20 BC, crossing the river Gardon near Nimes (south of France). The aqueduct originally carried water from a source at the Fontaine d'Eure near Uzes to a delivery tank in Nimes, from where it was distributed to fountains, baths and private homes around the city. Today, the site has been designated as UNESCO Grand Site de France.
With the sightseeing over, it is golfing time at Golf de Nimes Campagne. Designed by the architects Morandi and Harradine, its inauguration took place in 1968. The course is reputed for its greens and their difficulty, its narrow fairways, flanked by a colourful variety of trees. In 2003, the Golf of Nimes Campagne was rated the 75th best golf course in Europe by the magazine Golf World.
Check into Chateau near Avignon.The history of this Chateau hotel can be traced back to 400 years ago. Continuous additions made it the lovely mansion that they have preserved until the current time with its signature tree-lined driveway.
Stay in Chateau Hotel.
Day 8:St. Remy de Provence, Follow in the Footsteps of Van Gogh
Start the day with a trip to St. Remy-de-Provence, a historic town northernmost and closest to Avignon. One of the highlights is a peaceful hospital built in a former monastery, where artist Vincent Van Gogh spent about a year near the end of his life, its grounds the setting and subject for about a hundred of his paintings, including “Vase avec Iris” (Vase with Iris). Many of the places painted by the artist can be rediscovered – the wild flowers, olive trees, cypresses and the Alpilles. Wonderfully restored town houses, the main church, the shops and the weekly market are also on our itinerary.
Following this will be a tour around a Domaine in the centre of Luberon, a family-run winery and cellar, established in 1920 and completely restored in 1999. Situated in the sun-baked foothills of the Luberon range of mountains, it nestles among the famous “perched hill-top villages” of the region. Surounded by pine woods and wild herbs, it covers seven 7 hectares of vines planted in the Appellation controlled area of Cotes du Luberon. The varieties are Syrah, Grenache, Mouvedre and Carignan for the reds and rose and Grenache Gris, Rolle and Roussanne for the white. We will have our lunch here with some of Europe’s finest wines served.
Stay in Chateau Hotel.
Day 9:Golf de Servannes & Sumptuous Farewell Dinner
Enjoy a day of golfing at. At the foot of the mountains at Bauxe de Provence, this 18-hole championship course twists and turns alongside the rocky barrier, contrasting with the bright blue sky and the rich colours of the countryside.
Farewell dinner at a refined restaurant.
Stay in Chateau Hotel.
Day 10: Marseille – Paris
Free and easy in the morning, before proceeding to the airport to catch our flight home to Hong Kong via Paris.
Air France AF7671 Marseille/Paris 1925/2055 and then AF188 Paris/HKG 2325/1720 (on next day)
Day 11: Hong Kong
rrive in Hong Kong – home sweet home!
Tour Price @HKD36,800 per person (including air fare)
Our price inclusive of:
8 night accommodation (twin-sharing) with daily breakfast
Economy class round-trip air ticket on Air France between HKG and Europe
3 rounds of 18-hole golfing with green fee only as mentioned in the itinerary
Sightseeing programs as mentioned in the above itinerary
Meals including daily breakfast, 3 lunches & 5 dinners (beverage on guests' own account unless otherwise stated)
Transportation on a chauffeur driven coach service as mentioned in the above itinerary
Escort service on the tour
- Levy fee of Travel Industry Council
Tour price exclusive of：
- Airport tax, fuel surcharge, security charges & city taxes
- Tippings for driver, escort, restaurant wait staff, hotel porters in the amount of HK$1,520 per customer