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Quaint South France village of Gaujac, surrounded by vineyards, historical sites and activities.

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SPRING 2020 TOUR BOOKING NOW

 Experience a French holiday Bed & Breakfast accommodations at RHONE RETREAT.

PROVENCE ~ FROM AN ARTIST’S POINT OF VIEW

YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED

Join Us for an all inclusive inspirational art tour in the South of France.

For 8 days and 7 nights you will be inspired by the wonders and adventures of ART and TRAVEL. For a trip that will hold special memories for a lifetime…


PROVENCE ~ FROM AN ARTIST'S POINT OF VIEW

  • Each Day will be filled with views of the beautiful French countryside while we journey to medieval villages to shop at amazing markets.
  • Visits to centuries old UNESCO sites or travel through the Camargue Region were the Ancient breed of white horses and flamingos run free. 
  • Find inspiration while visiting local artists studios, galleries and art museums, or walk in the steps of the art masters.
  • Hangout in a French cafe’ enjoying Cafe Au Liat and delicious handmade French Pastries while chatting about our latest inspirational finds.
  • Guests will enjoy handcrafted, healthy gourmet dinners at the RHONE RETREAT and at some of the finest restaurants in the region.
  • Visit outstanding vineyards to taste the organic wines of the region.  

BOOKING YOUR TOUR SPRING 2020

SPACE IS LIMITED TO 6 GUESTS > THIS IS A FIRST COME FIRST SERVE OPPORTUNITY.


SPRING 2020 - April 2020


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PROPOSED ITINERARY

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Itinerary may change due to weather or unforeseen conditions. Comparable activities will be substituted. 

DAY 1

Arrival & Social

MARSEILLE / RHONE RETREAT

Event Details

DAY 1

Arrival & Social

  • PICK UP AT Marseille Airport AND TRANSPORT TO RHONE RETREAT
  • Lunch provided
  • REST AND RELAX, UNPACK, RECOVER
    WINE AND CHEESE MEET AND GREET
    Dinner features delights from the region. Ahh, the Provencal diet is so delicious because it’s fresh and healthy.

MARSEILLE / RHONE RETREAT

DAY 2

Journey Through Avignon

AVIGNON

Event Details

DAY 2

Journey Through Avignon

 

  • Breakfast at Rhone Retreat, then off to Avignon known as “the city of the Popes.” We’ll walk through the cobble streets and marvel at one of the world’s most spectacular fortified cities and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With time, we will visit Musée Angladon to see one of the best French impressionist art collections in the region.
  • A pique-nique in the gardens of the Pope’s Palace in Avignon. Of course, after tasting one of the best wines from our region …Chateau neuf du Pape!! With our palates full, We Return to Rhone Retreat.
  • Evening is a fabulous dinner with delights from our garden and region, as we start to understand why the Provencal diet is so healthy; it’s fresh!!!

AVIGNON

DAY 3

A Walk about Town

UZES, Languedoc Roussillon region

Event Details

DAY 3

A Walk about Town

  • Breakfast at Rhone Retreat
    Visit the local fresh markets starting with our regional gem, Uzès, a small town on the edge of the Languedoc Roussillon region. The market sprawls through the cobblestone streets with bounties of color and scents.  Here we will purchase all our provisions necessary straight from the farmers who grow them . After the baskets are full We will follow the footsteps of Romans to the Pont du Gard, to take in the incredible Roman Aqueduct. Where we will enjoy a Picnic Lunch
  • Evening Dinner at Rhone Retreat.

UZES, Languedoc Roussillon region

DAY 4

The Masters

ALPILLES, St. Remy-de-Provence

Event Details

DAY 4

The Masters

 

  • It’s going to be an art-filled day! In the heart of the Alpilles, St. Remy-de-Provence, where Van Gogh painted some of his most famous works, the antique Market is a must stop. Be inspired by the projections of a master’s work at Carriere de Lumiere.
  • Dinner features more delights from the region.

ALPILLES, St. Remy-de-Provence

DAY 5

Local & Leisurely

GAUJAC

Event Details

DAY 5

Local & Leisurely

  • Enjoy a Complimentary Massage today, relax or join us on a morning walk as we visit L’Oppidum, the remnants of a Roman officer’s bath house, not far from the gates of Rhone Retreat .
  •  After lunch we will visit a local artist’s studio a village away. We will find ebiniste and artist, Loic Meze , who is a true re-see-er that brings old and discarded into new life again.
  • Dinner is another walk away from the gates of Gaujac, we will be wowed by Christine and Pierre at La Maison as Christine brings Provence to the plate with fabulous French savors and Pierre helps us find the perfect local wine to wash it all down.

GAUJAC

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PRICING

Tour Package Information

  • Cost of the 8 day / 7 night tour $4500 USD per person double occupancy (sharing one bedroom). For a single room (one bed in one bedroom with en suite bath), the cost is $5000.00 USD.  
    ⦁ A non-refundable* deposit of $1500.00 USD will secure your reservation. 


PLEASE REMIT DEPOSIT NO LATER THAN FEBRUARY 20, 2020.
The balance will be due no later than 30 calendar days from the start of your tour 

* Deposit refundable if tour is cancelled on behalf of hosts, due to unforeseen conditions.


PROVENCE FROM AN ARTISTS’ POINT OF VIEW TOUR PACKAGE INCLUDES:

  • Free travel transfers to and from Marseille Airport.
  • 7-nights accommodation in a charming Bed & Breakfast set on picturesque grounds with lush gardens, complete with sparkling pool. 
  • All meals, artfully crafted by local chefs using fresh seasonal ingredients
  • Organized outings ranging from a visit to the Pont du Gard (Roman Aqueducts) to local village streets of France in the outdoor market and visits to Artist Studios. 
  • Prearranged Wine tasting with one of the many local wineries. 
  • A variety of free and optional paid add-on excursions.


TOUR EXCLUSIONS:

  • Airline Tickets
  • Add-on excursions not listed above
  • Personal Purchases
  • Tips for personal services

RHONE RETREAT

 Experience a French holiday Bed & Breakfast accommodations at RHONE RETREAT. A beautiful property built in the early 1800’s, located in a quaint South France village of Gaujac, surrounded by numerous vineyards, historical sites and activities.


>>> Visit Rhone Retreat's Provençe From An Artist’s Point Of View site for additional information: https://www.americansinprovence.com/package/provence-from-an-artists-point-of-view/


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Learn more about Marti's travels to France on her Blog INK ON MY HANDS 

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Questions? Bookings?

BOOKING YOUR TOUR SPRING 2020

 SPACE IS LIMITED TO 6 GUESTS > THIS IS A FIRST COME FIRST SERVE OPPORTUNITY. 


2 TOURS AVAILABLE 

> April 20-27, 2020  

>> April 30-May 7, 2020


To secure your reservation > Please fill out the form and reply with your reservation request, mailing address and phone number.

You will be sent a confirmation email with directions on how to secure your reservation payment and further information.


TIME IS LIMITED > Your  invitation  expires  FEB 20, 2020.  Tour will be rescheduled if empty slots remain.


BOOK NOW! FRANCE AWAITS YOU!

Guests will stay at RHONE RETREAT

Rue du Puits, Le Canet 30330 Gaujac,

About Your Hosts

Marti Schmidt & Ken Jourdan, 2019, Provence France.

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Ken Jourdan

During our week together Ken Jourdan, our Rhone Retreat host and chef, will lead us on excursions to the inspiring markets of Uzes, a small town on the edge of the Languedoc Roussillion region. The market here is quite a treat as you wander through the cobblestone streets to find handmade items and fresh farm food. We will also visit UNESCO’s World Heritage site, Pont du Gard, an amazing example of the role that Romans played in the history of our region. We’ll explore the quaint village of Goudargues, and a morning hike away from the gate’s of the Rhone Retreat, is l’Oppidum, the remnants of a Roman officer’s bath house. These are just a few of the experiences that we have in store for you while you visit this region. 



Marti Schmidt

Marti Schmidt, a seasoned world traveler and Artist for over 30 years, will be your guide through one of the most beautiful parts of Southern France.
Marti’s knowledge and love of the Provence Region and beyond has developed over the years and now she has curated the “PROVENCE FROM AN ARTISTS’ POINT OF VIEW TOUR ”  exclusively as an intimate look at her favorite inspirational art locations. Some of these are out of the way famous sites, including artists studios, cities, villages, museums and galleries. This is a region rich with history, art , architecture, culture and lifestyle. 


Marti is a proud contributor to Perfectly Provence, an online magazine devoted to Provence food, lifestyle and Mediterranean living.

WHAT OUR GUESTS ARE SAYING

 “I had the most wonderful trip to the South of France, experiencing “Provence from an Artists’ Point of View.” It was everything I had imagined it to be.

Experiencing the subtleties of Provence through Marti’s eyes made my trip very special. I will be going again and I highly recommend Marti Schmidt as your host.”


— Nancy Vaughn August 2019 

"Marti an l have traveled to France 3 times. Each time we explored new places and returned to places we love such as Avignon. I am so fortunate to have traveled France with my dear sister/friend Marti. I look forward to future adventures! ” 


— Angela Sorgen August 2019