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Provençe From An Artists’ Point Of View - Guided Tour of Provence France

WHAT AIRPORT SHOULD I FLY INTO?

Marseille Airport > BOOK YOUR FLIGHT

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HOW DO I GET TO THE RHONE RETREAT?

Your Tour group will be personally transported by Ken Jourdan, owner of Rhone Retreat located in the quiet village of Gaujac, France. The Rhone Retreat is a one hour drive from the Marseille Airport. There aren't shuttles or trams that run daily to Gaujac. The ride is beautiful with delighting views of the countryside. It is important that everyone in your group is present at scheduled departure time.

Recommendation >> Because travel plans can change due to unforeseeable events, it is important to allow yourself some flexibility. Scheduling arrival in Marseille the day before your Rhone Retreat transport day will give you this flexibility.


WHAT IS THE WEATHER LIKE IN AIX-PROVENCE, FRANCE?

Temperatures tend to average around 30°C (86°F) during the summer and fall to an average of 15°C (59°F) during winter. The months before and after the high season are the most pleasant, when the weather is as moderate as the crowds - May, June, September, October. October is the most uncertain month of the four, but of course it can also be a splendid month with warm, sunny days and practically no rain. The Fall air is crisp, the temperatures in the 20's°C (Celsius) / mid 70’s°F (Fahrenheit). The infamous Mistral wind that blows blustery down the Rhône Valley toward the Riviera can have a great effect on the temperatures. > Check weather conditions in Aix-en-Provence, France


WHAT SHOULD I PACK?

We all love the comforts of home but it's no fun dragging it all around while traveling, so pack as light as possible. Think comfortable and casual, light layering items including a sweater or windbreaker is recommended. Comfortable walking shoes are a must. Find great France packing and travel tips >> HERE


WHAT AMENITIES ARE PROVIDED AT THE RHONE RETREAT?

  • Rhone Retreat cottages and rooms are well appointed.

  • Onsite laundry services are available for your convenience.

  • Wi-Fi throughout the property and computer/printer available in the office.

  • Relax by the pool and enjoy the gardens within our stone walls.

  • A library is available in the main house.

  • Indoors are strictly non-smoking.

  • Groceries can be pre-arranged on request. Please inform us of special dietary needs, in advance.

  • Parking space is available on the property and closed by an electric gate.

  • Easy access to local village and vineyards.


WHAT ADD-ON EXCURSIONS ARE AVAILABLE WHILE IN PROVENCE?

Provence France is the perfect destination for the casual traveler or the experienced explorer. A curated and guided group activity schedule, filled with exciting and interesting activities, is included with the Tour Package. Guests also have the option to explore the region independently of the group. There are many free and paid activities to be enjoyed outside of the guided tour schedule. Perhaps you'd prefer to venture instead of joining the offered guided tour. Your Tour hosts, Ken and Marti will be available to help you curate your Add-on Excursions upon your arrival in France.

Types of activities: Shopping, wine tasting, boat rides, walking tours, cave exploration, theraputic massages, rent a car and drive the French countryside and many more.


ARE ACCOMMODATIONS AND TOUR ACTIVITIES DISABILITY AND HANDICAP FRIENDLY?

In short, no. Provence and the Rhone Valley region is ancient country, making it difficult and very demanding to accommodate those with physical disabilities/handicaps without special care and advanced planning. The villages and towns within this area are mostly comprised of uneven narrow cobblestone streets on hilly terrain and housing is rarely equipped for handi-accessible living. Modern hotels/facilities, usually found in tourist areas, are better outfitted for hosting disabled guests.