From Paris to Marseille
After arriving in Paris we transfer to our accommodation, do a little food shopping then have a much earned champagne, aperitifs and dinner - a relaxing evening for the days ahead.
After coffee, at 8am we meet our French guide at the cheese shop and spend the next 3 hours on a Gourmet French Food Tour tasting Foie Gras, cheese, wines and specialty breads. After the tour we will visit the fresh food market and do what the Parisians do best, shop for their favourite foods.
This morning we go behind the scenes at a Boulangerie (French bakery) and see how the French bake such wonderful bread. With our very fresh baguette under our arm, we head off to enjoy brunch followed by a Discover Paris tour. Dinner is at our apartment this evening.
A leisurely breakfast this morning will put us in the mood for a little culture. Our guide will meet us at 9:30am at the Place du Carrousel opposite the Louvre Museum for a (skip the line) tour which includes the Venus De Milo and the Mona Lisa. Our next stop is the Avenue des Champs Elysees, via the Tuileries Gardens. Here we will decide where we should lunch. At 1:30 we head to the Paris RITZ and commence our 3 hour cooking class at the hotels “Ecole Escoffier” which includes dinner.
After a slow breakfast and a free day, we visit the Eiffel Tower at 5 pm for a sunset (skip the line) tour. Have your camera ready!
After getting ourselves ready for the trip on the TGV fast train the next day, we enjoy the last of the Magic of Paris and the Ritz Hotel with High tea from 4 pm and then a farewell to Paris drink champagne at the Bar Hemingway.
PARIS TO AIX-EN-PROVENCE
From Paris we travel on the TGV (Fast train) to Aix-en-Provence, for three nights stay at La Bastide Du Cours - at a slower pace. This beautiful city was the home of Cezanne and houses many of his works of art. After we settle into our hotel we enjoy a stroll around the city and dine at a local café.
Today we start our day with pastries and coffee at La Patisserie Confiserie Riederer (The “Meilleur Ouvrier de France” Pastry Shop). Then its off to see the beautiful fabrics of Souleaido the original Provencal cloth printed with wooden blocks. Dinner tonight is at Restaurant L’epicurien - rated as one of the best casual restaurants in Aix-en-Provence.
Today we go to the vibrant food and goodies market at the Place de la Madeleine and find ourselves some yummy breakfast. Sightseeing, then a restful lunch at the café “A table”- a wonderful mixture of 50s and 60s funky décor. This afternoon we can please ourselves - more shopping - or a museum. A quiet dinner at La Bastide for our last night in Aix-en-Provence.
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Flavour of Provence with Gabriela Clarke
Today we leave our hotel Charembeau. We journey to Marseille, arriving at La Residence du Vieux Port, to drop off our luggage. We explore the Chateau d'If - Marseille answer to Alcatraz. Tonight's dinner is at the best rated café in town – Le Café Espice.
Today we enjoy our last day in Marseille leisurely wandering around this great city. A tour highlight is the fascinating herb shop Pere la Baize, a traditional herbal institution in the same family since 1815!… now into its sixth generation! Our last stop is another of Marseille institution - the Bar de la Marine where we may toast our tour and the friends we have made along the way.
Today we check out of our hotel. This concludes our organised tour. Farewell and bon voyage! We hope you have lots of fun photos and fond memories.