French Country Adventures are boutique, slow travel adventures designed around the unique markets, cuisine and culture of SW France and its environs. To enhance your experience the tours are limited to 6 guests over the age of 21 unless otherwise arranged.
Prices for 2017
Classic Gascony Adventure – 10 nights, 11 days
July 21st – July 31st – $3,290.00 per person, double occupancy
Eat, Drink, Shop – A Woman’s Adventure in Provence
7 nights, 8 days
Sept. 30th – Oct. 7th – $3,995.00 per person, double occupancy
Oct. 7th – Oct. 14th – $3,995.00 per person, double occupancy
All Insider Adventures are 200 € per person or 175 € per person, per couple, each day. They include transportation, lunch and wine.
All Insider Adventures are payable in euros or by check drawn on a French bank.
All Insider Adventures exclude accommodations. A list of local hotels, chambres d’hôtes and self-catering campgrounds will be provided upon request.
ACCOMMODATIONS FOR CLASSIC GASCONY AND PROVENÇAL ADVENTURES
Depending upon location, availability and chosen tour.
4 or 5 Star Hôtel de Charme
Château or Mas Castle or French Country Estate
Chambres d’Hôtes, Bed and Breakfast
Generally, French Country Adventures’ accommodations are based upon double occupancy, however due to the boutique hotels we’ve chosen, space may be limited by the time of your booking. We will try to accommodate travelers who request a single room, however, travelers who have requested a single room may sometimes be compelled to share a room and we apologize in advance. All rooms have en suite (private, in room) bathrooms unless otherwise noted. If you would like to participate in an adventure and cannot afford the tour package including accommodations, other arrangements may be made for you to stay at a more moderately priced hotel or campground. Please contact me for details.
CLASSIC GASCONY AND PROVENÇAL ADVENTURES INCLUDE
Pousse Rapière or Muscat welcome.
All breakfasts, restaurant and picnic lunches, including wine.
All evening apéritifs * (see Health and French Dining)
All ground transportation.
Pick up and delivery from airport or train station.
Entrance and guided tour fees to museums, attractions and festivals.
All privately guided Armagnac and wine tastings.
English and French translations.
CLASSIC GASCONY AND PROVENÇAL ADVENTURES EXCLUDE
International airline tickets and airport taxes.
Domestic airline tickets and airport taxes
Domestic train tickets and taxes
Transportation from and to your home from airport
Hotel laundry and room service charges
Beverages and bar expenses not included in group meals
Phone calls and post charges
Personal items and gifts
Meals, transportation, local guides and purchases during free time away from the daily itinerary.
I would be delighted to tailor a day trip for one or two persons at any time throughout the year, depending on availability, and can either accompany you or create an exciting itinerary to complement your visit.
Private, customized day trips are 125 € for 1 person, 150 € for two, including lunch and wine. For day trips across the Gers départment border there will be an additional 15 € an hour charge. For non-guided, tailored itineraries there is a flat 50 € fee.
The adventures listed are just suggestions. We can do as much or as little as each individual group chooses, each day.
TRAVEL AGENCY: Your point of arrival in France may be different depending upon the adventure you choose. Since travelers might be arriving from different parts of the world and changing time zones, its very important to coordinate arrival and departure times for your French Country Adventure, therefore using one travel agency is highly recommended. I have used Los Angeles based Altour International for all of my travel needs for the past 35 years. They are a global agency with an emphasis on Movie Industry travel, therefore personal, round-the-clock access is one of their strongest features. Contact Pat Forrest for your all of your air and train ticketing needs. All Classic Gascony Adventures begin and end at Blagnac Airport in Toulouse, and all Provençal Adventures begin and end at Gare d’Avignon, in Avignon.
INSURANCE AGENCY: You are required to carry travel and health insurance for your French Country Adventure. I recommend using World Nomads Travel Insurance
CELLPHONES: If you want to continue using your cell phone while in France, you may need to enable international use by contacting your carrier. A SIM card may also be purchased at any Orange store and phone minutes can be purchased from most local Tabacs (newspaper stands) in France.
PASSPORT, VISA OR ID CARD: For the purposes of a short trip (less than 90 days), valid passports are required from every country for entry into France. Visas are not required for visitors from the United States, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Chile, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Venezuela and several other countries. Citizens of the European Union may travel to France on a national identity card, if they have one. EU citizens who do not have an ID card must be in possession of a valid passport. Visitors from non-EU countries may need a visa, depending on their length of stay and their country of origin. Visas are not required for citizens holding residence status in any other “Schengen” country, whatever their nationality. For a full list of visa requirements for short or longer stays and a list of Schengen countries, please visit the official United States Embassy in France or your own country’s embassy in France.
MONEY EXCHANGE: ATMs are the best way to access local cash (euros) once in France (or anywhere in the EU). If your bank is affiliated with an ATM system in France and you use those machines, you can usually save on fees. Most retail stores, hotels and restaurants accept credit cards. Be aware that U.S. issued credit cards do not have a smart chip, which is standard in credit cards issued in much of the rest of the world. While this is generally no obstacle to purchases, it may preclude some access, such as renting a “velib” (city-sponsored) bicycle in France’s major cities. We recommend that you call your credit card company and inform them of your travels prior to departure, and also confirm your daily limits on ATM withdrawals and purchases.