By John Bordsen..
“Judi Janofsky is an Asheville-based travel writer who with her husband, Rich Steck, operates Provence Escapes (www.ProvenceEscapes.com), a company that organizes small-group tours in southern France. The couple spends a month to six weeks a year in the region”.
Q: Why Provence?
We’ve been going there for almost 20 years. We vacationed there, got to know the area and would bring friends and relatives to share the experience. They suggested we start a tour business. Now, about 80 percent of participants are repeat guests, so we change our Provence tour each year. This year we’re also adding Dordogne, in southwest France. Read more….
By Richard P. Carpenter…
“Rich Steck and Judi Janofsky, veteran travel writers, have decided to lead trips as well as write about them. Starting in May, they will be hosting seven-day Provence Escapes for a maximum of 10 people per trip. They note that the small group size provides a more personal introduction to history, art, food, wine, and village life in the heart of the Luberon. Guests stay in one villa the entire trip. Rates include seven nights’ lodging, transfers, local ground transportation, admission to attractions, breakfast and lunch or dinner daily, local wines, and other amenities. Airfare and train fares to and from the Avignon TGV (high-speed rail) station are not included.”
Visit www.ProvenceEscapes.com or call 770-998-7800.
By Ilona Kauremszky
Q: One of my favourite books is Peter Mayle’s A Year in Provence. As I don’t like looking on the Internet for information on tours, I would welcome any suggestions you might have for touring this part of France.
— B. Tindell, Toronto
A: For an inside look at all things Provence, travel writers Rich Steck and Judi Janofsky, publishers of wheretogonext.com, are hosting a one-week Provence Escapes trip in the spring. Stops will be made in some of Provence’s most endearing places, including Arles, where Vincent Van Gogh lived and painted, St. Remy and its Roman ruins, the famous antique market of L’Isle sur la Sorgue and Chateau la Canorgue, a family-run winery featured in A Good Year.
“We’ve been traveling and writing about Provence for the last 15 years,” Janofsky says. “We’re excited about showing people our favourite places and introducing them to some incredible regional foods.”
The Provence Escapes Tour package includes seven nights’ accommodations, transfers from and to the Avignon TGV train station, local ground transportation, daily meals, wine tastings, escorted tours and cooking classes. For more details, visit provenceescapes.com.
KOTO Radio, Telluride, Colorado…
By Maribeth Clemente
Before you become caught up in the usual holiday hoopla, you might want to give some thought to your travel plans for next year. As you consider your options, I suggest you visit www.ProvenceEscapes.com. Here travel experts Judi Janofsky and Rich Steck present an excellent itinerary for a week of touring around the sun-drenched region of Provence. Their program takes you to many of my favorite towns and sites in this glorious part of France including the Roman ruins at Arles, the hilltop villages of Gordes and Roussillon, and the centuries-old Abbaye de Senanque, a Cistercian monastery famous for its lavender fields. Judi and Rich limit their group size to ten, so you can count on a very personalized experience throughout. Guests will be staying in a stunning villa near Gordes. There’s still room on their May 31-June 7 tour which is typically an absolutely perfect time to visit Provence.
Judi Janofsky and Rich Steck have been traveling and writing about Provence for the last 15 years. Now they want to go there with you. For seven days, Provence Escapes guests will follow the footsteps of artists, explore beautiful hilltop villages, browse through colorful markets and enjoy the tastes of Provencal foods and wines. “Our tours are in late May,” says Steck. “This is a perfect time to visit Provence, when the sun’s warm enough for sunbathing but gentle enough for sightseeing.”
You can even tell your friends you visited L’Isle sur la Sorgue, famous, evidently, for its antiques market.
Check it all out at www.ProvenceEscapes.com.
Rich Steck and Judi Janofsky, veteran travel writers, have decided to lead trips as well as write about them. Starting in May, they will be the hosts of seven-day Provence Escapes for a maximum of 10 people per trip. Guests stay in one French villa the entire trip. Rates include seven nights’ lodging, transfers, local ground transportation, admission to attractions, breakfast and lunch or dinner daily, local wines and other amenities. Airfare and train fares to and from the Avignon TGV (high-speed rail) station are not included. Visit ProvenceEscapes.com or call 770-998-7800.
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