BETHANY ATHERTON TOURS

Itinerary

DAY ONE

Greeted at Marseille Provence airport or train station. Arrive at the beautiful Clos de Saint Phare, your villa above the sea. Depending on arrival times, we will enjoy a delicious dinner or a variety of light hors d'oeuvres while sampling Provence rosé. You will meet your language instructor for the week.

DAY TWO

Breakfast and a morning French lesson. We then make our way to the town of Salon de Provence. Here you will have a tour in French of the last home of Nostradamus, French apothecary and reputed seer. Lunch will be in a secret garden just around the corner. After lunch, we will visit the wonderfully old soap factory, Rampal Latour, where you might be inclined to buy some lavender soap. We will take the country lanes back to the villa. Light hors d'oeuvres and a glass of wine in the evening.

DAY THREE

Breakfast and a morning French lesson. Our destination today is the town of Aubagne, birthplace of Marcel Pagnol and the mecca for Provencal pottery. Lunch will be in a traditional Provencal restaurant. Return to the villa. Light hors d'oeuvres and a glass of wine in the evening.

DAY FOUR

Breakfast. We have a bit of a journey today to get to our Marché Paysan, a true country market, in the hamlet of Coustellet in the Luberon. Here we will gather our ingredients for tomorrow's cooking lesson. Lunch in the ancient Roman town of Apt. Meandering return past Provencal villages including Lacoste, once the home of the Marquis de Sade. Light hors d'oeuvres, French lesson and a glass of wine in the evening.

DAY FIVE

Breakfast and a more lengthy French lesson. Cooking lesson today in the beautiful kitchen at the villa. Lunch in the dining room above the sea. Free afternoon to amble down the path that follows the sea and, schedule permitting, a film in French at the Fernandel cinema. Blind wine tasting in the evening.

DAY SIX

Breakfast and a more lengthy French lesson. Trip to the village of Fare les Oliviers and its olive mill built in 1706. Then lunch in a restored olive mill in the village of St. Chamas. Evening devoted to a homework project. Light hors d'oeuvres and a glass of wine.

DAY SEVEN

Breakfast and a French lesson. Trip to the Camargue, the beautiful wetlands of Provence, home to thousands of flamingos and swans and the famous dancing white horses. Lunch at an old farm house with very traditional fare. We'll cross the Rhone on a little ferry and make our way back to the villa. Light hors d'oeuvres and a glass of wine in the evening with a film at home.

DAY EIGHT

Breakfast and a French lesson. Today we make our way to the superb perched Medieval village of Les Baux. Carved from the living stone, Les Baux was once the nest of powerful Counts feared by the entire countryside. You will look out over one of the most beautiful landscapes in Provence. A casual lunch in the charming village of Maussane les Alpilles. Light hors d'oeuvres and wine in the evening.

DAY NINE

Today, we will have breakfast in the town of Aix-en-Provence. Béchard makes just about the best croissants we have ever tasted. Across the street, there is a café that makes an unrivalled café au lait. We will take a short walking tour and then you will be at your leisure to wander Aix and test your speaking skills in a café at lunchtime. We will meet between 2:00 and 2:30 and drive to the little village of Vauvenargues where Picasso spent his last days. Evening devoted to packing suitcases. Light hors d'oeuvres and wine.

DAY TEN

Breakfast and departure with transporation to airport and train station.

Immersion Costs

Accommodation & itinerary costs $3100.00 pp Accommodation based on 2 people sharing All breakfasts & lunch or dinner with evening aperitif Supplement - single use of double room $500.00

Information

Book your Tour

Please contact us to request your immersion dates. Advance planning is highly recommended. We can also add on days to the arranged itinerary. Longer immersion programs are possible in the autumn and winter months. Programs can be tailored for younger students preferably traveling with adults. If you prefer not to indulge in French Immersion, we can always custom tailor an itinerary for you.

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