Provence Easter Festival Itinerary*

Day 1

The intimate Jeu de Paume theater is an historic treasure. Photo by Agnes Mellon

The intimate Jeu de Paume theater is an historic treasure.
Photo by Agnes Mellon

We’ll await you in the lobby of our hotel. Check in and make yourself comfortable, then meet for a leisurely introductory stroll through historic Aix before a marvelous welcome dinner at Aix’s number one celebration restaurant, Le Formal.

Day 2

Breakfast (included daily)

Walk to Saint Sauveur Cathedral for a memorable Easter morning service (optional)

Enjoy a leisurely Sunday afternoon lunch (included)

Welcome to our home in Aix – for an aperitif before walking to the Grand Theater for our first concert of the tour.

2016 performances will include Yo-Yo Ma with Bach’s cello suites in the Grand Theater, Mozart’s flute quartets in the historic Jeu de Paume, and Pinchas Zukerman in the impressive Darius Milhaud Conservatory Theater.

Day 3

AixObeliskToday we’ll explore some of the “Most Beautiful Villages of France” in the Luberon, including colorful Roussillon and hilltop Bonnieux, where we’ll stop for lunch (included). We’ll return to Aix in time for an aperitif at the home of friends, a veritable museum of antique porcelain, before walking to a memorable concert at the Grand Théâtre (see Day 2 concert information)

Day 4

The Aix market awaits, packed with marvelous treasures, from flowers, to produce, to artisanal soaps and honeys, to striking clothing. After choosing our fill of goods, we will assemble a lunch from the market bounty, and enjoy a picnic together at a countryside home.

An early evening concert (see Day 2 concert information) will be followed by dinner (included), a taste of Morocco at Le Riad.

Day 5

The lovely medieval village of St. Remy awaits us today, with its lively Wednesday market – more treasures to discover. Down one lane an accomplished watercolor artist often sets up a display, offering charming mementos of picturesque Provence.

Then a leisurely, abundant, and delicious lunch (included) at one of our favorite country inns – the Bistro du Paradou, after which we’ll visit an award- winning olive oil mill in Maussane – Moulin Jean-Marie Cornille.

This evening we’ll walk to the historic Jeu de Paume for a concert. This jewel box of a theater was originally a court where Louis XIV played handball! It is one of the last surviving examples of a XVIII century Italian-style theatre.

Day 6

Seaside explorations – the colorful fishing village of Cassis, and a visit by boat to the calanques, deep dramatic Mediterranean fjords, then lunch (included) by the sea

We’ll return to Aix for a concert in the elegant Mazarin district, at the beautiful St. Jean de Malte church.

Day 7

We’ll get an early start to the fabulous open-air antique and vintage market of Isle-sur-la-Sorgue. Wait ’til you see the hundreds of vendors that come each weekend, spreading out their treasures for us to ogle. We have several cherished finds from previous visits to this world-renowned market (you will have seen a few in our apartment earlier this week!)

Enjoy a typical French lunch at a charming waterside brasserie in Isle-sur-la-Sorgue before our return to Aix, where you’ll have a free hour or two to enjoy the town before we complete our week of Provençal tastes with the artful cuisine of Chef Nicolas at tiny Le Millefeuille in Aix.

Day 8

Farewell and departure

*Schedule subject to program to be finalized in February

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