Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

How many other people will be on the tour?
We limit our tours to 8 to 10 travelers offering guests a more personal experience.
Who is your typical guest?
Our group usually includes a combination of couples, singles, friends and family. They’re typically more independent travelers who prefer to experience a culture and enjoy seeing more unique places away from the crowds. And did we tell you they like to have fun? And love good food and wine?
What type of accommodations should I expect?
Imagine yourself in a lovely French country home – something out of Architectural Digest – with beautiful but comfortable furnishings, spacious guestrooms with French linens and ensuite bathrooms, beautiful gardens with a pool. On our Provence tour and our Dordogne tour, you don’t have to imagine it. You live it. Staying in a private villa gives our guests the authentic experience of living like a local and a sense of home. And how great is it to unpack only once during a trip?
Who leads your tours?
We love sharing this part of the world with our guests. And want to make it a personal experience for them. So we lead every tour ourselves.
What type of transportation do you use?
Our guests travel in two seven-passenger air-conditioned vans with plenty of leg room and storage for all the goodies they may buy at the local markets.
Are prices based on double occupancy?
All prices quoted are per person, land only and based on double occupancy. If you are a solo traveler, there is a single supplemental fee.
What's included in the price?

Almost everything once you’re there.

• Seven nights in a luxury villa
• Transfers from and to the nearby train station
• Local ground transportation
• Admission to all attractions
• Breakfast every day, 2 lunches and 5 dinners
• Local wines
• A personalized packet of information including market buying tips,
restaurant recommendations and information on places we’ll visit.

What's not included in the price?
Airfare to and from France, train fare to/from nearby station, a few meals, trip insurance.
What type of deposit is required for the tour?
A $750 per person deposit is required at the time of booking, payable within seven days of reservation confirmation. The balance is due 120 days before the first day of the tour. For tours booked less than 120 days in advance, full payment is required at the time of reservation.
What if I have to cancel?
If we receive written notice of your cancellation 121 days or more from the start of the tour week you booked, we will refund half of your deposit for each person booked. There will be no refund for cancellations made 120 days or less from the start of the tour week. Once the week of your tour has started, no refunds will be issued for any unused portion. Cancellation fees apply regardless of the reason. Once you have booked your trip, we strongly recommend immediately purchasing travel insurance (including trip delay, trip interruption, trip cancellation and baggage coverage), as well as accident, medical and emergency evacuation insurance.

It’s never happened in the past, but if a minimum number of people do not sign up for the tour, we may have to cancel the trip and return your refund in full.

Should I buy trip insurance?
We strongly recommend that all guests have a travel insurance policy to ensure your peace of mind before and while traveling. It’s important that you protect yourself in case of trip cancellations, an interruption for any reason, baggage delays or loss of baggage and medical expenses.
Who should I contact for more information?
You can contact Judi or Rich by completing the contact form on this website or by phoning 770-998-7800.
How do I make a reservation?
Please contact us first to be sure there is space available on the tour you are considering. Then we will send you a Reservation Form to complete and send, along with your deposit, to our office for processing.
Can I book a private tour?
Yes, Judi and Rich often take private groups on a customized tour.
If I want to spend a few extra days in France, can you help with recommendations?
Most of our guests stop in Paris on the way to Provence and spend a few days site seeing and overcoming any jet lag. We’re happy to make recommendations of hotels, restaurants and sights to see. We also can suggest places to see in other parts of France or Italy.

Before My Trip

How do I change my currency?
The euro is the currency of France. Other currencies  are generally not accepted in most establishments. Most French villages have banks with ATMs that give a better rate of exchange than an exchange bureau. Be aware, your local bank may charge a flat fee for every ATM withdrawal in a foreign country as well as 3 – 5% of the money withdrawn. It’s a good idea to check with your bank before traveling abroad. If you are using a credit card to make purchases in France, we recommend either a Capital One or Chase Sapphire credit card since they do not charge a foreign transaction fee. Please note: American Express is the least accepted card in Europe.
What type of weather should I expect?
Late spring and early fall are the best times to travel to Southern France. Typically the weather is very pleasant – cool in the morning and warmer in the afternoon. But it is unpredictable and we can have a full day of cool or warm weather. Or a sprinkle of showers.
What kind of clothes should I pack
When traveling in France, we recommend limiting luggage to one small-to-medium size bag and one small carry-on per person. There is a washing machine at the villa for your use. And a hair dryer in each bathroom. Southern France is informal. Men may want to pack casual pants and shirts. Women may want to bring dressier pants or a skirt for dinner. Otherwise cotton pants and shirts with a lightweight jacket or sweater will be appropriate. Some villages have cobblestone streets so be sure to bring comfortable shoes for everyday wear. And just in case of rain, it’s a good idea to bring a lightweight rain jacket or poncho and a small umbrella.
How can my family contact me while I am traveling?
You will receive the phone number at the villa, as well as Judi’s and Rich’s cell phone numbers, with your travel documentation three weeks prior to departure. If you bring your own cell phone, we recommend that you check international calling and text rates, disable data roaming and consider a prepaid service designed for international travelers before leaving home.

 

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How much free time will I have?
We design each itinerary to have a balance of planned activities and personal time to explore. Not only do we schedule free time, but you can venture off on your own at any point during the trip.
Can I bring electric appliances and electronic devices ?
France uses 220-volt electric current. The plugs have two circular pins. If your appliances/equipment are not dual voltage or don’t have the proper plugs, we suggest you purchase a converter and/or adaptable plug before you leave home.
Should I bring a hair dryer?
Each bedroom in the villa is equipped with a hair dryer. We’ll also provide towels, hand and bath soap.
Are there laundry facilities at the villa?
Yes, the villa does have a laundry room although dryers in France are not as effective as those elsewhere so it may take a little longer.
What type of food should I expect to eat at the villa?
Food and wine is such an important part of French culture. All meals served at the villa are prepared by Judi who is classically trained. Breakfast usually consists of fresh baked breads and pastries (yes, deliciously warm croissants from the local baker, one of the best in the area), fresh fruit, yogurt, homemade preserves and hard-boiled eggs. Typical lunch menus  include vegetable tarts, salads and cheeses. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres are served in the evening. Dinner, typically served in the garden or terrace, consists of three to four courses, usually regional specialties made from ingredients we buy at the local markets. Each course will be paired with an appropriate Provençal wine. And a wonderful benefit of staying at a villa is that if you have a sudden urge for a tasty treat, you’re only steps away from the kitchen.
What if I have dietary restrictions or food allergies?
When you complete your Reservation Form, there is an area where you can indicate if you have dietary restrictions or food allergies. We will be sure to prepare meals for you that meet your dietary needs.
Is there Internet access at the villa?
Yes, you will have Internet access while staying at the villa. Ask Rich or Judi for the current password.