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La Vie en Harmonie – A Girls’ Getaway in Provence!

Length: 7 Days
Departing: June 2024

DISCOVER ONE OF THE MOST STUNNING REGIONS IN FRANCE, WITH PLENTY OF TIME TO RELAX AND RESTORE AT A BEAUTIFUL FRENCH FARMHOUSE… TRAVELLING WITH A GROUP OF FUN, LIKE-MINDED WOMEN, A GUIDE WHO WILL SHOW YOU THE SECRET TREASURES OF PROVENCE….

AND OUR WELLNESS COACH, EXPLORING HOW TO ACHIEVE BALANCE & HEALTH IN YOUR LIFE…

“LA VIE EN HARMONIE”!

Imagine a gorgeous week-long French adventure that includes:

A week in Provence in an exquisite traditional farmhouse to call home, located in the heart of one of the most beautiful parts of the region, with colourful country markets a short distance away…

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

Perched villages and the Mediterranean sea…

Thousands of years of history, art and culture…

Boutique shopping and breathtaking countryside…

Time to explore and time to unwind…

Then add in…

Your own personal wellbeing coach who’ll share with you over the week strategies to 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, from where we will travel via TVG train to Avignon.

Then we will settle into our very own beautiful mas – traditional stone farmhouse – in a stunning part of Provence. A home away from home that is exclusively ours for the week, relaxing in the environs of this superb 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 delight you with delicious French breakfasts and some amazing celebratory dinners, while we arrange for picnics in the garden and other meals 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, dotted with gorgeous little canals and waterways.

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 a classic, colourful Provencal market, captivating little winding streets and plane tree-lined squares.

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

Daily Masterclasses (5) sharing how to create a new level of health and wellbeing. Ensuring that all of you – your mind, body and spirit – are in balance. You can take all this wonderful knowledge home and begin to implement a new level of health just for you.

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.

TESTIMONIALS:

 “Wonderful Wellness Week in France with incredible accommodation, amazing food and fabulous group. Sue with her incredible knowledge of France and Caroline with her amazing knowledge of Wellness – what a perfect combination!” 
– Jacquie 

“Sue and Caroline complemented each other magnificently. We had the most incredible trip. We visited some gorgeous French villages with commentary by a very knowledgeable Sue Heine. Sue is a wealth of information, knowledge and shares a genuine love of beautiful France. She’s also lots of fun and can bust a few great moves!!!!! Caroline gave us five masterclasses over 7 days and let me say they were captivating. When you think you have a reasonable knowledge of health, balance and wellbeing….. think again! We shopped…. And I’m not kidding! To the point of a new suitcase to house my new linens, and all things French!!!!!!! The French mas (farmhouse), was just STUNNING…..
I honestly can not recommend this trip highly enough.”
-Shelley

“I loved my week of wellness & reset at Mas d’Edem. Stunning location, luxurious facilities and who wouldn’t love their own chef for breakfasts and special dinners!  Caroline presented a wonderful series of masterclasses on mindfulness/wellness and living life to your full potential. The masterclasses were informative and gave me much to consider and simple easy changes which are doable. Our day excursions to the iconic Provence towns and markets was wonderful.Our group of 12 were just lovely, friendly and supportive which reflects the thoughts of a wellness reset. Wonderful laughs/ memories I will treasure.  Thank you Sue & Caroline for making a happy, positive & joyous week!  I would do it again!”
-Melissa

Saturday 15th June, 2024
Today we’ll meet at 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 Vaucluse 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, provided by our own 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 cuisine is wonderful! (D)

Sunday 16th June
Today starts with a superb breakfast provided by Gerald. After breakfast, the first of Caroline’s Masterclasses: RESTORE!

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

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, D)

Monday 17th June
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 18th June
This morning’s wonderful Masterclass fits beautifully with how you will already be starting to feel: REJUVENATE!

Today will be a day of rest and relaxation at the mas with a nice healthy brunch, with optional massages available if you would like to book one! This evening we will drive into our local village of Isle-sur-la-Sorgue for a wander around the lovely little canal-lined streets, explore some shops and then enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. (B, D)

Wednesday 19th June
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 20th June
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 21st June
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 22nd June
Today we will say goodbye to Provence and return by train to Paris. (B)

 

TOUR PRICE:
€4,945 euros per person twin share
€1,300 euros single supplement

INCLUSIONS

  • 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 and final payment.

TERMS & CONDITIONS:

PLEASE NOTE THAT BOOKINGS FOR THIS TOUR WILL CLOSE ON 1ST SEPTEMBER, 2023.

  • A deposit of €950 will secure your place on the tour. Please ask us for Australian dollar amount as per current exchange rate, at time of booking.
  • Final payment balance (depending on your room choice and any supplement) will be due on 15th March, 2024 (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.

The €950 euro deposit 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.

In Provence we will be staying in a beautiful private mas (stone farmhouse) in one of the most beautiful parts of the region; 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.

PLEASE NOTE THE MAS WE WILL BE USING ON THE TOUR WILL BE CONFIRMED AFTER 1ST SEPTEMBER, 2023. WE GUARANTEE THAT THE MAS IS A DELUXE STANDARD PROPERTY.

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?