A few years ago I had the pleasure of joining Nikki Maxwell, founder of Picnics in Provence, for an amazing weeklong stay at Kathryn M. Ireland’s house overlooking the Tescou Valley in France. It was one of my most memorable holidays to date. This time around, Nikki has asked me to join her in Provence from June 1 to June 8. We will be staying in a spectacular 9th century priory complete with a vineyard and panoramic views of Mt Ventoux. This trip will be hosted by Nikki, myself, and a Michelin starred chef.
During the 8 days we will spend our time tasting some of the finest wines in France (our private sommelier is one of the best in the world), wandering through glorious markets, enjoying long lazy lunches in hilltop villages, cooking with an expert chef and hiking ancient river beds. There is still room for 10 people on this once in a lifetime holiday.
The fabulous trip includes:
Eight days in a luxury 5-star private villa with pool, tennis court and outdoor spa
A Michelin starred in-house private chef
Breakfast and refreshments daily
Evening cocktails and appetizers
All meals (including a sumptuous 4 course dinner catered by our private chef)
Open bar at all times
A Sommelier guided day tour to exclusive private wineries, including Châteauneuf-du-Pape
A guided wine and gourmet food pairing lunch
Cheese and wine tastings at a private winery
Liqueur and fortified wine tasting hosted by one of France’s best producers
Visits to local markets
Full day tour of the spectacular Mt. Ventoux area with lunch in one of Provence’s finest hotels
A guided tour of France’s oldest and largest Roman archaeological site
Champagne boules competitions
A private chauffeur
Private cooking class and lunch in an outstanding local restaurant
A picnic amongst the vines with a vertical wine tasting in a private vineyard overlooking a medieval village
Isle sur la Sorgue (antiques shops and Sunday market)
Two resident English/French speaking hosts available 24/7
The cost of the trip is $6999 (plus airfare). We will meet and greet all guests at Avignon station/airport with private transfers to and from the villa. For more information contact Nikki. I would LOVE for some of you to join us! Just look at this images from previous trips with Nikki. I am ready to pack my bags.