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"France is not a country; it's a world." - Gerard Depardieu


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Embark on an unforgettable journey in the south of France on this Private Departure showcasing the beautiful landscapes, vibrant culture, and delectable flavors of the Southern Rhone Valley and Provence. During your journey, discover the charming towns of Gordes, Avignon, and Grignan, stroll through cobblestone streets and bustling Provençal markets, and indulge in the high-quality wines and fresh ingredients of Provençal cuisine. This gastronomic adventure promises an authentic taste of Southern France that will leave you with a deep appreciation for the region’s rich history and culture.

"The Rhône, a mighty river of history, flows with the stories of empires and cultures long gone." - Honoré de Balzac


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    Land in Marseille airport and transfer to accommodations in the hills of Provence

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    Visit the hilltop village of Gordes, enjoy a lunch of local flavors, and visit the Luberon winery for a cellar tour and tasting

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    DAY 3. Château DE MAZAN

    Enjoy an open day to relax and explore Provence at your own pace

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    DAY 4. AVIGNON & Châteauneuf-DU-PAPE

    Morning visit to the ancient city of Avignon followed by lunch and afternoon exploration of the Chateauneuf-du-pape appellation

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    Highlight of the day is a visit to a quintessential Provencal market brimming with seasonal produce and artisan products

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    Stop at a local lavender distillery followed by a picnic lunch and visit to a family-run wine estate

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    Open day to explore the medieval village of Grignan including a visit to the historic castle

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    Transfer to Marseille airport for return flights


Chateau de Mazan

Nestled in the heart of the picturesque French countryside, this historic chateau, once the residence of the infamous Marquis de Sade, offers an elegant retreat with beautiful gardens and sweeping views of the surrounding vineyards and lavender fields. The property offers a seasonal outdoor pool, restaurant, wine cellar, and bar. Rooms offer air conditioning, complimentary WiFi, and bathrooms equipped with toiletries and hairdryer.

Le Clair de la Plume

This charming boutique property captures the essence of Provence's rustic beauty. Set in a few different locations in the historic village of Grignan, this hotel offers a restaurant, organic Mediterranean garden, outdoor pool, and terrace, creating an idyllic atmosphere for relaxation. With its renowned gourmet restaurant celebrating the flavors of the region, Le Clair de la Plume promises a memorable and authentic experience that embodies the allure of Provence. Rooms offer air conditioning, minibar, complimentary WiFi, and bathrooms equipped with toiletries and hairdryer.

"Provence is where the sun paints everything gold, and the soul finds its truest inspiration." - Vincent van Gogh

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Fun Facts


The Luberon region, home to the Luberon Natural Regional Park, is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve recognized for its staggering biodiversity. Covering over 180,000 hectares, it hosts more than 1,500 species of plants within its boundaries. A fusion of Mediterranean and alpine ecosystems, the park has become an important hub for global ecologists. Alongside its ecological richness, it's a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts, offering everything from invigorating hikes to leisurely horseback rides.


Perched atop the edge of the Plateau de Vaucluse is Gordes, one of Luberon's most famous hilltop villages. Its unique buildings, made of white and gray stone, appear to be clinging to the cliffside, giving it the name "hanging village." Gordes offers breathtaking panoramic views over the region and is one of the prized "Most Beautiful Villages of France" (Les Plus Beaux Villages de France).


Châteauneuf-du-Pape, a celebrated appellation in the Southern Rhône, is known for its robust red wine. The region's name, translating to "The Pope's New Castle," is a nod to Pope John XXII who, in the 14th century, encouraged wine production in this area. Today, the remnants of the papal castle serve as a historical symbol, presiding over the vineyards below.


A key pillar of Provencal cuisine is aioli, a traditional sauce made from garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, and egg yolks. This creamy "garlic mayonnaise" is frequently served with vegetables, fish, or meats. Provencal towns, especially in the Luberon region, celebrate this dish with the "Grand Aioli" feast, a gastronomic event that unites locals and visitors around long communal tables to relish aioli-centric meals, epitomizing the region's culinary tradition and communal spirit.


Grignan, a charming medieval village, is famous for the hilltop Château de Grignan. The Renaissance castle holds a special place in French literary history. Madame de Sévigné, a famed letter-writer of the 17th century, often visited her daughter here and wrote about her experiences in Grignan. Her letters are now treasured documents that provide detailed insights into the society and culture of the era.



  • Accommodations during program dates, including all taxes and fees
  • All activities and private excursions described in the itinerary along with services of local guides, entrance fees, and private transportation
  • Meals as detailed in your itinerary, including pre-arranged drink pairings
  • Private airport transfers with porterage on the first and last scheduled days of the program

Not Included

  • Airfare to/from arrival and departure cities
  • Travel insurance
  • Additional alcoholic beverages beyond what has been arranged by Experi to pair with the included major meals
  • Gratuities for drivers, local guides, porters, and included meals

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Reservation process

Step 1:

Complete the form above indicating:

  • the number of travelers in your group
  • your preferred travel dates
  • the best way to reach you

Step 2:

We will contact you to discuss your preferences.

Step 3:

Based on our conversation, we will check availability, confirm pricing, and provide you with a detailed proposal.

Step 4:

To confirm the services and accommodations for your private departure, a non-refundable 30% deposit of the total trip fee is required.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How a Private Departure Works:

What is the difference between a Private Departure and a Custom Program?

A Private Departure is a program that our destination specialists have meticulously crafted and curated to highlight the best of a particular destination. While we offer a few options to personalize your journey, the main framework of a Private Departure itinerary has been set. If you are seeking to make changes in the schedule or activities, a Custom Program may better suit your needs.

What is the process for reserving a Private Departure?

The first step is to complete the website form indicating the number of travelers in your group, your preferred travel dates, and the best way to reach you. Next we will connect with you to discuss your preferences. With these in mind, we will check availability, confirm pricing, and provide you with a detailed proposal. When you are ready to confirm arrangements, the final step is payment of a 30% non-refundable deposit. [Note: The deposit percentage amount may vary depending on the program.]

How far in advance should I plan?

The earlier you begin planning, the more flexibility you will have on dates and availability of accommodations and experiences, particularly if you are seeking to travel during peak times. We recommend contacting us as far in advance as possible before your desired departure date. While we can assist with last-minute travel planning, availability may be limited.

When is final payment due? What is the cancellation policy?

Final payment is typically due 90 days prior to departure although this time frame may vary depending on the specific program. In general, trips canceled more than 90 days before departure incur a Cancellation Fee of the deposit amount. Trips canceled 90 days or less before departure incur a Cancellation Fee of the full program price. (For full details, see our Terms and Conditions at: We highly recommend travel insurance to safeguard against unexpected circumstances such as family/medical emergency.

Do I need travel insurance?

We highly recommend travel insurance to protect your investment in your trip and help safeguard against unforeseen personal events. A range of coverages are available. Please note that certain coverages (such as "Cancel For Any Reason" coverage, which offers the most flexibility) must be purchased within a short window of time following your initial reservation deposit. We do not sell travel insurance, but if you are looking for more information, visit our website at:

Destination-Specific Information - Southern Rhône - Provence:

Who is this trip suitable for?

This trip appeals to those seeking to experience the region's renowned wines, flavorful cuisine, and rich history and culture while being immersed in the picturesque landscapes, charming villages, and relaxed ambiance of the French countryside.

When is the best time of year to travel to this destination?

We recommend traveling to Rhône-Provence in Spring or Fall when temperatures are generally pleasant and crowds are less dense. Mid-June is a good time to try to catch the lavender fields in bloom. The fall grape harvest, the timing of which varies year to year, can be an interesting and fun time to visit, although the dates are difficult to predict.

What does the trip rate include?

Your trip rate covers accommodations, airport transfers, private transportation for all day trips and excursions, guided tours with knowledgeable local guides, exclusive access and activities, concierge services, and meals as detailed in your itinerary. The trip rate does not include airfare.


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