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La Vie en Harmonie Wellness Retreat

Length: 10 Days
Departing: September 2023

ARE YOU READY TO RELAX, RESTORE, REJUVENATE, REST AND ABOVE ALL, HAVE FUN?!

It’s time for you to step away from it all and come join us in a space where you can rest and restore…

Just take a moment and imagine when you bring together…

A week in Provence and two nights in a boutique hotel in Paris…

Exquisite French food, wine and your very own private chef…

Perched villages and the Mediterranean sea…

Thousands of years of history, art and culture…

An exquisite traditional farmhouse to call home, in the heart of a beautiful vineyard estate, with colourful country markets a short distance away…

Boutique shopping and breathtaking countryside…

Time to explore and time to unwind…

Then I’d like you to add in…

Your own personal health and wellbeing coach who’ll create a new level of vibrant health just for you

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Your very own personal Tour Director whose passion and knowledge of all things French knows no bounds

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A small intimate group of like-minded women who are friends you haven’t met yet

We don’t believe you’ll ever want to leave…

So what will your amazing week look like?

We will meet you in Paris where our group comes together to celebrate over drinks and dinner before we travel via TVG train to Avignon the next day.

Then we will settle into our very own beautiful mas – traditional stone farmhouse – which is located in the heart of the Luberon region of Provence. A home away from home that is exclusively ours for the week, relaxing in the environs of this stunning private property with a gorgeous pool and gardens.

You will enjoy local excursions and visits but allow plenty of time to relax, rest and enjoy our accommodation. A private chef will provide breakfasts and some celebratory dinners, while we arrange for picnics in the garden and lunches out at carefully selected local restaurants.

You can immerse yourself in activities and excursions or you can while away your time by the pool or in one of the many beautiful outdoor spaces; read a book, listen to music, create your own “moment”.

Discovering this stunning region with Sue includes:-

Exploring the beautiful riverside village of Isle sur la Sorgue, where we’ll enjoy one of the most diverse and colourful markets in the region.

Discovering our local village, Goult, one of the “hidden gems” of the Luberon region. 

Avignon, the walled “City of the Popes”; walk the ancient streets, shop to your heart’s content and dine next to the magnificent monuments of the city illuminated in the evening.

Visiting two of the most exquisite “perched” ancient villages of the Luberon, Gordes and Roussillon, now home to a wonderful array of boutiques, galleries and cafes… and stunning views!

Lunch by the Mediterranean Sea at Chez Gilbert, one of the select establishments to hold the Charter of Marseillaise Bouillabaisse, in the gorgeous seaside town of Cassis.

Discovering the feudal village of Les Baux de Provence, and the unique Carrieres des Lumieres – a spectacular sound and light show in an ancient quarry

You’ll love chic St Remy de Provence, where Van Gogh produced 150 paintings in the single year he was hospitalised there;  this gorgeous town is home to another beautiful market, captivating little winding streets and plane tree-lined squares.

Your French Wellness Reset – “Une Vie en Harmonie” with Caroline – includes:

A restorative early start to your day with a nature walk and/or move into a yoga, body movement, stretch or meditation session. These sessions will take place before breakfast each day and of course, are optional.

Daily Masterclasses sharing how to create a new level of health and wellbeing. Ensuring that all of you – your mind, body and spirit – are in balance for exactly where you are at in your life now and in the future.

A 1:1 private session with you, where together we’ll deep dive into creating a wellness plan uniquely for you. You will have completed a pre-tour questionnaire so Caroline is aware of exactly how to share her expertise with you to get the results you want in the time we have together.

Your own Reset Guide, tools and resources to ensure you have everything you desire for your health and wellness toolbox.

Friday 8th September 2023
This evening we meet in Paris at our hotel in the centre of the beautiful, hip Marais district. We’ll start our fabulous week together with a welcome drink and dinner at a local restaurant. (D)

Saturday 9th of September
Today we’ll transfer to the Gare de Lyon in Paris, home of the famous Belle Epoque restaurant, “Le Train Bleu”, from where we will be taking the TGV fast train to Avignon. On arrival we’ll be met by our private bus and driver and transferred to our home for the week, a beautiful farmhouse which is in the heart of the Luberon region of Provence. The farmhouse, or mas as it is known in Provence, is nestled peacefully in the countryside, surrounded by orchards and olive trees.

This afternoon after settling in we’ll gather for a drink and an introduction to our week, and then enjoy our first dinner at the mas. (B, D)

Sunday 10th September
Today starts with a superb breakfast provided by our private chef, Gerald. Gerald will be part of our family this week as he will be with us each morning to provide breakfast and several dinners – his cooking is wonderful! We then drive to our beautiful local village of Isle sur la Sorgue, lined by pretty sparkling canals and home of one of the most diverse and colourful markets in the region. We will allocate different foods to each guest to buy for our dinner tonight, plus you’ll have plenty of time for your own shopping amongst the beautiful pottery & linens in the market and the gorgeous array of homeware shops. We’ll have lunch there and afterwards return to the mas to relax by the pool; later this afternoon, we’ll be looking forward to the first of Caroline’s Masterclasses: RESTORE!

This evening we’ll enjoy an al fresco dinner by the pool; weather permitting, most of our dinners will be in this gorgeous setting! (B, L)

Monday 11th September
This morning after a leisurely breakfast, we’ll start really getting into the theme of our week with Caroline’s Masterclass: RESET!

After lunch we take a drive to Avignon, the city of the Popes, where the Catholic Church had its headquarters for almost 100 years during the Middle Ages. During this time Avignon became a melting pot of religion, education, trade, crime & destitution… extreme wealth and extreme poverty. Avignon was and still is a spectacular walled city and we will take a walk through the ancient streets exploring its fascinating history before free time for shopping. We’ll sit in the beautiful tree-lined Place de l’Horloge for evening drinks and then stay in Avignon for dinner and to see the magnificent monuments of the city illuminated at night. (B, L, D)

Tuesday 12th September
This morning’s wonderful Masterclass fits beautifully with how you will already be starting to feel: REJUVENATE!

Afterwards we’re going to visit one of the famous perched villages of this region, Les Baux de Provence, home of the infamous Lords of Les Baux who dominated this region during the Middle Ages. They were known to be a bloodthirsty lot, whose prisoners were thrown to their deaths over the precipitous castle walls; when you see the sheer drop below you will understand what an unpleasant death this would have been! The village today is exceptionally charming and picturesque – a far cry from those brutal times!

We’ll have time to wander and have lunch at your leisure in one of the pretty village streets or squares, and then continue to the wonderful Carrieres des Lumieres. This is an incredible experience; a spectacular sound and light show located in an ancient quarry, showcasing various artists. You can see current exhibitions at https://www.carrieres-lumieres.com/en/home Then home to relax before drinks and dinner provided by Chef Gerald! (B, D)

Wednesday 13th September
St Remy is quintessentially Provencal… avenues of luscious plane trees line the ring road within which lies the ancient village, where we will discover beautiful winding cobblestone streets, exquisite little squares, chic boutiques, charming cafes and today, the fabulous Wednesday market! This is a wonderful market by any measure; but especially so due to its location scattered throughout the lovely streets of old St Remy. You will have plenty of time to wander, do some shopping, have lunch at your leisure and soak up this unforgettable ambience before returning to the mas. After this gorgeous morning you will be ready to think about how to REVIVE!

This evening we will drive to a great little local restaurant for dinner. (B, D)

Thursday 14th September
Today is a gorgeous day spent in Cassis, a delightful Mediterranean village about an hour and a half drive from the mas. A small but stunning little harbour, charming waterfront shops and restaurants, and colourful fishing vessels and leisure craft make this one of the most beautiful villages on the coast. While here, we can’t miss a boat cruise around the famous calanques, the beautiful limestone, turquoise water inlets dotted along the coast.

We’ll also be enjoying lunch at Chez Gilbert, a waterfront restaurant famous for its bouillabaisse. It is one of the select establishments to hold the Charter of Marseillaise Bouillabaisse, ensuring that this traditional dish is cooked and served to exacting standards. There are optional choices on the menu for those who do not eat seafood. After our long lunch we will enjoy a light dinner at the mas this evening. (B, L, D)

Friday 15th September
After a leisurely breakfast today, Caroline’s last Masterclass sums up how we know you will be feeling after this wonderful week we have spent together… RENEW!

Then, we’ll take off just before lunch to visit two of the most breathtaking “perched” villages of the Luberon, Gordes and Roussillon. These ancient villages were built strategically so that the inhabitants were safe from the marauding hordes during the Dark Ages, and are now home to a beautiful array of boutiques, galleries and cafes… and stunning views across the Luberon Valley! Have you seen the film “A Good Year”? The square in Gordes was home to Fanny’s gorgeous restaurant. The neighbouring village of Roussillon is famous for its ancient ochre quarries, exquisite ochre-toned buildings and art galleries that line the narrow cobblestone streets. You’ll have plenty of time to wander and discover the village before choosing an atmospheric restaurant for a light lunch.

Our final dinner at the mas will be created for us by Chef Gerald! (B, D)

Saturday 16th September
Today we will say goodbye to the mas and return by train to Paris, and a night at our chic little boutique hotel. The tour is not over yet; we’ll celebrate a fantastic week together with dinner in a special local restaurant! (B, D)

Sunday 17th September
Today, sadly our tour ends, but we will say à bientôt; we are sure we’ll be seeing you again soon! (B)

TOUR PRICE:
€4999 euros per person twin share
€1400 euros single supplement

INCLUSIONS

  • Accommodation for two nights in a boutique hotel in Paris & Accommodation for seven nights in our luxury mas in Provence, including breakfast each day
  • Meals as per itinerary, including wine (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
  • Evening aperitifs at the mas each evening
  • First Class train fares Paris – Avignon – Paris
  • Transport in private air-conditioned coach
  • All entries and excursions
  • Daily masterclasses and one-on-one consultation with renowned mindset nutritionist Caroline Silk
  • Full time services of tour director Sue Heine

Please note that our prices are in euros and payments will be converted to Australian dollars on days of payment, ie deposit, second deposit and final payment.

TERMS & CONDITIONS:

  • A deposit of €930 or $1500 Australian dollars will secure your place on the tour.
  • Final payment balance (depending on your room choice and any supplement) will be due on 8th June, 2023 (to be converted to AUD and invoiced one week prior to due date).

We advise you to take out comprehensive private travel insurance as soon as possible after paying major deposits. We recommend Covermore or Go Insurance and can offer a 10% discount on your insurance if you organize this through Toujours France.

Of the €930 euro deposit, €800 is non-refundable as this amount is specifically the deposit for the villa and these are the villa company’s Terms. However, we will of course refund this if we can replace you on the tour.

Once paid, the final payment is non-refundable.

Toujours France guarantees that we will be continuing to ensure the highest standards of safety and hygiene on our tours. Examples of this are ensuring that all our accommodation has been rigorously checked for cleanliness and disinfection; supplies of face masks and hand sanitiser at all times; and close proximity to hospitals, medical clinics and emergency services at all times during our tours.

In Provence we will be staying in a beautiful private mas (stone farmhouse) near the exquisite town of L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue; a home away from home that we call our own for a week, relaxing in the environs of our own private property with lovely pool and gardens. We will enjoy local excursions and visits, but allow plenty of time to enjoy our accommodation and learn how to create a new level of health and vitality for you from Caroline’s inspiring masterclass series. A private chef will provide breakfasts and some dinners, while we also provide for al fresco meals on the terrace and out at beautiful local restaurants.

Our two nights in Paris (either side of the tour) will be in a centrally located boutique hotel close to numerous beautiful cafes & restaurants, chic boutiques and magnificent historic sites.

SUE HEINE
Sue created Toujours France 22 years ago after years of experience in the airline and travel industry. Sue’s focus is on providing a unique travel experience for discerning guests who are interested in discovering France & a select range of other countries in a more diverse, entertaining & personalised fashion than is experienced on larger group tours. In 2003, Sue began a long and fulfilling relationship with European Waterways and other independent barge owners to expand her portfolio to include luxury hotel barge cruising.

Sue lived and worked in Paris for 3 years after leaving school and has visited every year, often twice a year, ever since! She holds a Diploma in Advanced French with extra studies in Art and History. Her grand passion for France encompasses history, art, cuisine, wine, and local traditions and culture. Due to Sue’s ongoing French connections and friendships, she is always familiar with current affairs and trends, so that Toujours France’s guests benefit from the most up-to-date local knowledge, from great shopping to “hidden” local restaurants, new attractions, museums and markets.

CAROLINE SILK
Caroline Silk is a nutritionist whose mission is to educate, encourage and empower women 40 + so they create a new level of health and be that vibrant, amazing woman they deserve to be!

Caroline is known as The Mindset Nutritionist and has been sharing her expertise with women for over fourteen years, helping them uncover what is keeping them stuck and how to move forward with grace and ease.

She understands that health and wellbeing is about the whole of you – your mind and your body. The way you think and how you feel plays an integral role in your relationship with yourself and how you nourish yourself on the inside and out.

Caroline also is a mad Francophile and loves all things French! Surprised?